— ♣№tǒŖïøŭş4lĭfė♫♪ is the name I use on Wikipedia, where I have been a member since 20 March 2005. I don't normally take part in discussions or projects, but I will when absolutely necessary. I don’t care to have any elevated user privileges, such as being an administrator, because I’m just a freelance editor and try to avoid any involuntary responsibility. If it’s doesn't interest me, then I’m not going to do it. If it’s something that interests me, then there’s no limit to the amount of time and effort I’ll put in to accomplishing my goal. My main areas of interest and knowledge are geography and history, and I also enjoy photography and a wide variety of other topics and interests. I’m a stringent perfectionist and sometimes spend an enormous amount of time on simple details. The majority of the time I spend on the internet is on Wikipedia.
What am I doing here?
I first came to Wikipedia in early-2005, because I was impressed with the incredible amount of information that was available on the website, even though there were less than 750,000 articles at the time. I was surprised to see articles about things I already knew about and things I was interested in, but I didn’t have a clue as to how I could contribute to Wikipedia. I created this account on 20 March 2005 and made my first edit five days later in the form of creating my first article, Sandy Creek (original version), which was a pretty poor article in its first incarnation. I’m quite surprised the article was never deleted, and in years to come, I went through and expanded it.
Since then, I’ve been bouncing around between various interests. My first venture was into the realm of fancruct within the Mortal Kombat franchise, but most of my edits were just original research based on my own experiences playing the game. I devoted a lot of time to expanding and creating some of those articles, but I didn’t understand how to properly reference my topics. I eventually abandoned my interest in Mortal Kombat, and years later, I looked backed to see most of my “work” had been deleted or written over.
Beginning in 2006, I began sparring on the AfD for the deletion of many articles. I nominated numerous articles for speedy deletion, the former RfD, and AfD. The process for nominating articles for AfD was too cumbersome, so I just went through the list of already nominated articles and put in my deletion vote. I was involved in some high profile deletions and spent way too much time arguing for some articles to be deleted — most notably one particular article, which I thought was just the worst article when it was first created (have been deleted numerous times previously). The coalition force of authors trumped it up with original research, dead links, and fake sources that the AfD administrators never bothered to verify. In addition to that, the writers of the article flooded the debate in support for the article, and it survived deletion. Going through the rigors of the deletion process made me lose a lot of faith in the integrity of Wikipedia, because fake articles and junk found its way into Wikipedia so easily, while administrators and other veteran users squabbled over seemingly thousands of unwritten rules and never stepped off their dais for things that didn’t concern them. It made me realize that Wikipedia had very few set standards, such as notability vs. verifiability and the lack of consensus for article inclusion. Frustrated, I walked away from the AfD forum and never returned. While I don’t care to combat vandalism outside of my own articles of interest, I am a believer that users should have a registered account before being able to make edits on Wikipedia.
I believe every article should have numerous images, and I have uploaded over 200 images that are currently used in Wikipedia articles. I take pride in my pictures, and most of them are related to the National Register of Historic Places or other historical and geographical articles. I also dabble in the Michigan WikiProject and mainly organize articles through project tagging and categorizing. I’m currently organizing and improving articles within the Physical geography department. I’ve created a few articles and modified some relating to baseball and other interests of mine but haven’t had a significant impact on those topics.
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Because of the increase in images that I've uploaded to Wikipedia, I cannot post them on here without causing my user page to load very slowly. Instead, I have compiled all of my images to a subpage, where it's structured in a way to increase its loading time for viewing convenience.
For more technical information on my uploaded images, see