User:Niteowlneils

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I have been an administrator since spring or summer 2004, and am always happy to help with cleaning up after cut&paste moves, and many other things that require admin abilities. However, I really try to keep totally clear of edit wars. I've only blocked a handful of users for vandalism, never for 3RR, and have never protected a page. I have also never unblocked someone blocked by someone else, and I probably never will, as it would have to be a very clear case of one-sided bad faith or bad judgement, and I believe that is highly unlikely to ever be the case. If you are seeking help with edit war issues, I'd recommend contacting another admin, or posting the issue at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard or Wikipedia:Village pump.

Wanna see what/who I've deleted/blocked/protected/uploaded? click here

I agree to multi-license all my contributions, with the exception of my user/user talk pages and subpages, as described below:

Multi-licensed with the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License versions 1.0 and 2.0
I agree to multi-license my text contributions, unless otherwise stated, under Wikipedia's copyright terms and the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike license version 1.0 and version 2.0. Please be aware that other contributors might not do the same, so if you want to use my contributions under the Creative Commons terms, please check the CC dual-license and Multi-licensing guides.
I hereby award you a long-overdue Wikipedia Barnstar for having the patience to turn B-Movie Bandit substubs into real, live articles. You really deserve a lot more of these awards. - Lucky 6.9
I hereby award you the Barnstar of Diligence for your tireless efforts in many places, but most especially for continuing to address the myriad "objections" at Seattle, Washington's FA nomination. Jwrosenzweig 23:40, 10 Mar 2005 (UTC)

My home page: http://www.niteowlneils.com/
My resume: http://www.freelancesoftwaretester.com/

Music I like

I've been editing Wikipedia since February 23 2004. I have been averaging 300-700 edits per week, but that number will drop considerably June 2, 2004, when I start working at a new contract job. Update: As of the end of December 2004, I'm unemployed again--great for my Wikipedia editing and everything else, except my bank account. :/ I made my 15,000th edit 17:04, 7 Feb 2005. 20,000th around 17:32, 5 May 2005. (up-to-date edit count, by namespace--thanks Kate!)

I initially did Recent Changes patrol, but since then have mostly done New Pages patrol, and occasionally Random page patrol. Being an introvert IRL, the pattern continues here--I rarely leave "welcome" messages.

My primary contributions

My Edit summary glossary

My personal WIWO (a start)

Tips[edit]

Tips for teachers and professors considering starting a Wikipedia-related school/class project: Wikipedia:School and university projects

Pages that take forever to find and tools[edit]

Wikipedia:How to fix cut and paste moves
History of Wikipedia
Wikipedia:Wikipedia's oldest articles
Wikipedia:Pushing to 1.0
Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks
Wikipedia:Mirrors and forks/GFDL Compliance
Wikipedia:Topical index
Special:Specialpages
Talk:Fort Charlotte, Shetland--example of documenting permission use of text
Image:PerthZooMalleefowl.jpg--example of documenting permission use of images
{{move to wiktionary}}
{{Wrongtitle|title=}} For titles incorrect because of technical limitations; eg EBay
{{Imdb title|title=|id=}} Links movie to IMDb article; id=seven digit number in the IMDb URL
{{imdb name|name=|id=}} Links actor to IMDb article; id=seven digit number in the IMDb URL
{{lived|b=|d=|(lastname, firstname here)}} Adds year of birth and death cats to biographies--doesn't work for people still alive
{{US patent|(patent number here)}}
{{Geolinks-US-streetscale|decimal lattitude|decimal longitude}}

Notability[edit]

User:Niteowlneils/2500 Augustine wheelchair ramp is factual, verifiable, and NPOV, meeting the guidelines stated by Jimmy Wales at Wikipedia_talk:Fame_and_importance#No. Still, should it be in the main article space? I'd say no.

See also: User:Niteowlneils/Copy of kept prank article and votes

Actor lists[edit]

Note: From http://www.starseeker.com . I've linked the names blindly (mostly search and replace), so, especially with movie and TV series names, check for alternate spellings/forms (EG +/- "A", "The", etc.). Also, please feel free to add any names that are missing.

Browser versions I test with[edit]

  • Mozilla 1.4
  • Opera 7.02
  • IE 5.5
  • Netscape 7.1
  • Firefox 0.8
  • (rarely) SBC/Yahoo 1.0.05.409

Tutorial[edit]

My "sandbox" copies of articles I'm thinking of suggesting adding to the tutorial:

  • a shorter glossary (altho' I think an even shorter one might be better for the basic tutorial, or maybe divide it between fairly simple concepts (EG page, stub), and more complex ones (EG Infobox, Transwiki)--I'm still working on this suggestion.
I got it down to 10 entries, and added a link to it from the wrap-up page of the Tutorial on 4/29/04
  • a page about registration (I think this one's pretty much done--my current inclination would be to put it before the page listing other tutorials (currently page 7)).
I added it to the flow 4/28/04 Niteowlneils 22:09, 29 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Guide[edit]

My "sandbox" copies of articles I'm thinking of adding to a new Advanced tutorial, the goal of which I see being giving people that have mastered the basics covered in the tutorial, guidance in writing good Wikipedia-style articles, some info on key backend processes/areas, any shortcuts they can use, and ideas about various ways they can contribute.

New Pages study[edit]

  • User:Niteowlneils/NewPagesStudy (list of 100 articles from a 4-day old "New Pages" list, with notes on their condition when I checked them) (Work in progress--less than 20% complete)

Initial stats: approx 76 by registered Wikipedians; 11 by PZFUN, 9 by Sfoskett, 9 by Darra

Alternate Admin Accountability Policy[edit]

User:Niteowlneils/Draft AAAP

CSD or Not[edit]

Just starting to collect samples--not ready for votes yet.

User:Niteowlneils/csdornot/

Sample 'schools of {state}' table[edit]

Work in progress.Done, at least for the time being.

User:Niteowlneils/SchoolTable

User:Niteowlneils/Rhode Island schools

User:Niteowlneils/Providence County, Rhode Island schools


User:Niteowlneils/Sandbox