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About

Plato said "To do is to be". Jean-Paul Sartre said "To be is to do". Frank Sinatra said "Do-be-do-be-do".

I live in New York City. Musician, photographer, web developer, chess player. Knowledge hungry, always seeking something new.

I began in 2003/04-ish as a casual reader of Wikipedia, making occasional minor edits as an IP user. My first registered edit that I'm aware of was made in June of 2006. I have had at least one other (now abandoned) account since then, before settling on this username in 2011. My addiction grew, and in May 2012 I finally decided I wanted to give back to the community and start making more substantial contributions, and since March 2013 I've been here almost daily.

I occasionally get emails from Lila Tretikov thanking me for donating $3 USD to the Wikimedia Foundation. I must have set up an automated payment at some point. I don't mind, though. Money well spent :)

Philosophy

My philosophy as a Wikipedian is pretty straightforward. I try to make it fun and avoid disputes. I try to create new articles when I see the need for one, but in general I enjoy improving existing ones. I love music and am fascinated by big cities, and tend to focus my editing on these topics. Content creation is important to me, but the bulk of my 50,000+ edits are owed to fighting vandalism. It keeps me going, offering a break from the drama you may run in to other areas of the wiki. No one argues with you, and I get the same rewarding feeling. I have trouble comprehending all the frivolous disputes when there's so much real work to be done.

As an administrator I'm heavily involved with maintenance of the project. As always I spend much time in preventing abuse of the wiki, but I try to help out anywhere there's a backlog. I probably lean more toward an inclusionist except for recently created articles with major fallacies. I am an absolute stickler about verifiability, and have very little patience in dealing with BLP violations and spam.

I also very much dislike how many people think WP:BRD is something you are required to follow, or an excuse to revert. I'm all for the philosophy behind it, but incorporate it into your own editing and don't try to force it onto others. Citing BRD in your edit summary feels aggressive. Your rationale should explain why you reverted, not that BRD says you should, or that you can. Instead consider linking to WP:AGF (Twinkle makes this easy), clearly state your rationale, then do your part by initiating discussion yourself on the corresponding talk page. That seems more friendly and conducive to a collaborative environment.

I have a lot of faith in new users. In my early days I was accused of sockpuppetry. Fortunately I was resilient. I believed in Wikipedia and did not want to give up. I feel like many users would have been scared off and abandoned the project altogether. The experience shaped the Wikipedian that I am today. It taught me how important it is to be careful with new users, and always assume good faith. It makes me wonder how many other would-be long-lasting contributors we must have lost...

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I use a modified version of the Vector skin with the Monobook background. My wikieditor is monospaced with syntax highlighting enabled. I find these tools indispensable:

Finally, as a reader, and as an editor, I'm a huge fan of the Media Viewer.

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