User:Ocaasi

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email: jorlowitz@gmail.com twitter: @JakeOrlowitz - @WikiLibrary - @WikiAdventure - @WikiProjectMed
This is my personal account. Although I work for the Wikimedia Foundation, contributions under this account are exclusively in my individual, volunteer capacity. To contact me in my role running The Wikipedia Library at WMF, please leave your message at User talk:Ocaasi (WMF).

Play to learn: The Wikipedia Adventure * Do research: The Wikipedia Library * About editing: Wikipedia: Plain and simple
Editing with a company: Plain and simple COI guide * Get help: In the Teahouse * Need a break: Listen to Wikipedia


  • "And when people did help they were given a flattering name. They weren’t called “Wikipedia’s little helpers,” they were called “editors.” It was like a giant community leaf-raking project in which everyone was called a groundskeeper. Some brought very fancy professional metal rakes, or even back-mounted leaf-blowing systems, and some were just kids thrashing away with the sides of their feet or stuffing handfuls in the pockets of their sweatshirts, but all the leaves they brought to the pile were appreciated. And the pile grew and everyone jumped up and down in it having a wonderful time. And it grew some more, and it became the biggest leaf pile anyone had ever seen anywhere, a world wonder."

—New York Review of Books, [1]

  • "I call this Revolution 2.0. Revolution 2.0 is, is - I say that our revolution is like Wikipedia, OK? Everyone is contributing content. You don't know the names of the people contributing the content ... This is exactly what happened... Everyone was contributing small pieces, bits and pieces. We drew this whole picture. We drew this whole picture of a revolution. And that picture - no one is the hero in that picture."

— Activist Wael Ghonim

  • "What are we going to do tonight, Brain? Same thing we do every night, Pinky, try and take over the world."

Pinky and the Brain

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Barnometer™
I hereby recognize you, Ocaasi, for all your anti-vandalism work and continued use of the STiki tool. You've classified over 4,000 edits! Additional thanks for watching my talk page(s) and all the suggestions you've put forth. While I personally thank you for your support, you've also done a lot of good for the community in the process.  Keep up the good work, West.andrew.g (talk) 04:56, 20 April 2011 (UTC) Thanks for all your patient efforts in uploading images even when it seems all the copyright nightmares get in the way. You surely deserve it. Pass a Method talk 21:57, 1 May 2011 (UTC) For the patient, clear way you are able to demonstrate fundamental editing tasks. Alistair Stevenson (talk) 04:11, 2 May 2011 (UTC) Sonia and I award you this barnstar for your work on making Wikipedia easier for new users.  Pine (GreenPine) t 09:52, 4 June 2011 (UTC) This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA.  Thank you for being a part of the discussion.  Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation. I went off to work on other things, glanced at the IRC window just now and noticed that you're still helping the same person. For your tireless dedication to helping new contributors in this instance and others, I award you this Guidance Barnstar. Thank you. wctaiwan (talk) 09:25, 1 February 2012 (UTC)For helping people in IRC. Pinetalk 10:28, 12 February 2012 (UTC) Thank you for the encouragement on IRC. Pinetalk 10:41, 24 February 2012 (UTC) Amazing news about Highbeam!  Thank you, it is much appreciated! Jimbo Wales (talk)]6:15, 14 March 2012 (UTC) Most amazing work. Thank you. FormerIP (talk) 17:02, 14 March 2012 (UTC)For your excellent work on the article Paid editing on Wikipedia Rangoon11 (talk) 15:18, 23 March 2012 (UTC) for your hard work in providing Wikipedians with reference materials through the provision of accounts with HighBeam. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 09:51, 4 April 2012 (UTC) The Barnstar of Wikipedia MentoringI meant to post this Barnstar on your talk page for something you did last year, but I never got around to combining the images into a single barnstar. I just found it in incomplete form laying around in a folder, as yet unposted on your talk page. The image of Atlas is incorrect, the world being flat and resting on the back of a turtle. According to Bertrand Russell's editor according to Stephen Hawking in a brieft history of time, that turtle rests on the back of another, in an infinite regress of turtles. So the Atlas carrying the world of mentees actually rests on the back of another mentor, and so on  all the way down. I never got around to fixing the image of Atlas for the mentoring barnstar, so I will just give you the ingredients, and you can build the barnstar yourself out of these ingredients. :) !!!! PPdd (talk) 15:18, 5 April 2012 (UTC)}} Thank you for coordinating the High Beam opportunity! This is awesome, THANK YOU!  Sarah (talk) 15:57, 13 April 2012 (UTC) I award this as you are beaming with HighBeam and letting 1000 others. Thank You :-) -- ɑηsuмaη  ʈ ᶏ ɭ Ϟ 16:29, 13 April 2012 (UTC) For your fine work on the HighBeam partnership. Thank you! Carrite (talk) 21:01, 13 April 2012 (UTC) Ocaasi - for opening up Highbeam to so many Wikipedians, you thoroughly deserve the Brilliant Idea Barnstar. Many thanks,  Simon Burchell (talk) 16:55, 19 April 2012 (UTC)Today I happened across your WP:PSCOI. It was a breath of fresh air versus the mindboggling legalese of WP:COI. Thanks!  Woz2 (talk) 23:55, 2 May 2012 (UTC) For successfully arranging a potentially hugely productive agreement with Highbeam! Great job! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 15:39, 3 May 2012 (UTC)For your awesome work with academic libraries. You deserve this for tireless efforts to get Wikipedians the resources they need. ceradon  talkcontribs 20:40, 8 August 2012 (UTC)For your work to get content creators like myself access to many, many awesome resources, I award you this barnstar with my thanks. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 18:46, 9 August 2012 (UTC)For your incredible work on the OTRS queue, helping to reduce the number of outstanding "quality" tickets. Thank you. Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 19:19, 21 August 2012 (UTC)For your great newsletter, The Olive Branch! I love it! Electric Catfish 21:05, 4 September 2012 (UTC) (courtesy of Steven Zhang who ported this over to me)For managing to stay cool and resolve the situation with the newsletter, despite throngs of angry torch and pitchfork-wielding Wikipedians angrily knocking at your door. Everyone screws up here from time to time. Sometimes it's a little screw up, sometimes it's a big one. Whichever one you feel this one was, I think you handled it in exemplary fashion. Trusilver 04:26, 5 September 2012 (UTC)Sir, Thank you for everything you do for/on Wiki and keep it Up...We all need your support...God Bless you..Cheers! Bharathiya (talk) 04:35, 5 September 2012 (UTC)Your sincerity in responding to complaints about matters regarding the notification to users about the new newsletter Wikipedia:Dispute Resolution Improvement Project/Newsletter that you created is commendable. Furthermore, thanks for taking the initiative to create the newsletter, and also the The Wikipedia Library. It's clear that your intentions are to improve Wikipedia. Northamerica1000(talk)Good job at staying cool and dealing with other editors' concerns, whether civilly expressed or otherwise. My hat's off to you. VanIsaacWS Vexcontribs 05:01, 6 September 2012 (UTC)I suspect you'll be getting a lot of wiki-love in the next several days as folks begin using their awesome new Questia accounts. Have a Bluegrass Barnstar from Wikipedia's resident Kentucky geek. I've already used Questia to buff and polish my next FAC. It is proving way more helpful than Highbeam, although I appreciate that one too. Keep up the amazing work in helping content creators get access to much-needed resources about lesser-known subjects. Acdixon (talk · contribs) 15:06, 19 September 2012 (UTC)As Acdixon gives the Kentucky barnstar, why not have the Baseball Barnstar as well for helping us in the Baseball Wikiproject have access to one of the sources we can. Secret account 07:24, 21 September 2012 (UTC)This one's for your judgement, kindness and generosity!!! Hi, I just wanna thank you personally for awarding me The Great Question Badge for my Question in the Teahouse!!! That was my 1st badge, not that I wanna collect loads of them, but the 1st means a lot... I was mistaken about senior editors, U guys are actually the nicest guys to deal with... I also wanted to know if you do take up User Adoption... Cause I was searching for one... Anyways, Thanks a lot, U made my Wikipedia experience a lot more meaningful!!!! Ajayupai95 (talk) 09:05, 7 February 2013 (UTC)Thanks again for appearing on the discussion panel at Social Media Week NYC; it was a great conversation and I'm glad you were part of it! WWB Too (Talk · COI) 13:01, 26 February 2013 (UTC) Hey Ocaasi! Your work at the Wikipedia Teahouse is really amazing! I hereby award you this Barnstar for your tireless efforts and also for you really deserve it! Thanks again and keep it up my bro! Thanks again. ;) Mediran (t • c) 09:05, 28 February 2013 (UTC) Thanks for everything! Tjanaka (talk) 19:23, 14 March 2013 (UTC) Thanks for the admin toolbar, which I have borrowed from you for my user page. Bearian (talk) 14:51, 19 March 2013 (UTC)Hello Ocaasi, Eduemoni has given you a shining smiling star! You see, these things promote WikiLove and hopefully this has made your day better. Spread the Edeumoni (talk)16:35, 20 March 2013 (UTC)For your ongoing efforts to rationalize Wikipedia's COI editing policy. Altering fundamental policy at Wikipedia is akin to trying to steer a glacier with a curling broom. You have put in an extraordinary amount of work in support of the most sensible effort to regularize COI editing and to thereby open it to scrutiny. I thank you for your continued work and wish you the best for the ultimate success of the effort. Carrite (talk) 22:12, 20 March 2013 (UTC) Thank you for your continued contributions especially the High Beam subscription project which has been of immense value to so many editors!!  Keithbob  Talk  20:01, 31 August 2013 (UTC)Thank you very much for your efforts to create TWA. It is both fun and useful for new wikipedians. Odeesi (talk) 15:22, 3 November 2013 (UTC)Hello Ocaasi, I saw that you have been doing some really nice work on Wikipedia, particularly on The Wikipedia Adventure, responding to comments with in minutes, and generally doing a great job; so thought that you deserved to be the inaugural recipient of the 'Really Nice View' award. Congratulations! Matty.007 21:01, 3 November 2013 (UTC)Thank you for informing the community about the passing of Jackson Peebles and helping ensure that his memory was honored. Perhaps it wasn't a pleasant job, but I'm glad you were willing to do it. AutomaticStrikeout (₵) – Rest in Peace, Jackson Peebles 20:28, 22 November 2013 (UTC)Thank you so much for your advice and patience! I really appreciate your help! Kwesifokuo (talk) 19:33, 14 December 2013 (UTC)Thanks for continuing to participate in the Individual Engagement Grants program, Ocaasi!  I appreciate you lending your exuberant ideas and insight to the process, and for being a thoughtful grantee.  Looking forward to what 2014 may bring! Siko (WMF) (talk) 00:41, 21 December 2013 (UTC)Ocaasi, I think you deserve the Writers Barnstar because of how much you put on here. But I have a question, how do I get Barnstars? To answer, go on my talk page and answer. Thanks! Unknown249 (talk) 21:30, 13 January 2014 (UTC)For your ongoing efforts to make useful tools like JSTOR etc. available to content creators. Your hard work is noticed and very much appreciated and has more effect on the content of the encyclopedia that you will ever realize. Carrite (talk) 03:40, 20 June 2014 (UTC)To Ocaasi, thank you for your comments at Yahoo Health. Axl ¤ [Talk] 20:06, 21 July 2014 (UTC)I've been editing WP for a while, but just tried out your Wikipedia Adventure in advance of doing a presentation to librarians on getting involved in WP. That's a great tutorial and I'll be sharing. Thanks! Hamaxides (talk) 18:54, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
noob involved been around veteran seen it all older than the Cabal itself where did my life go? oh, have to go check my watchlist...


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  • "It worked and grew because it tapped into the heretofore unmarshaled energies of the uncredentialed. The thesis procrastinators, the history buffs, the passionate fans of the alternate universes of Garth Nix, Robotech, Half-Life, P.G. Wodehouse, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charles Dickens, or Ultraman—all those people who hoped that their years of collecting comics or reading novels or staring at TV screens hadn’t been a waste of time—would pour the fruits of their brains into Wikipedia, because Wikipedia added up to something. This wasn’t like writing reviews on Amazon, where you were just one of a million people urging a tiny opinion and a Listmania list onto the world—this was an effort to build something that made sense apart from one’s own opinion, something that helped the whole human cause roll forward."

—New York Review of Books, [2]

  • "So there was this exhilarating sense of mission—of proving the greatness of the Internet through an unheard-of collaboration. Very smart people dropped other pursuits and spent days and weeks and sometimes years of their lives doing “stub dumps,” writing ancillary software, categorizing and linking topics, making and remaking and smoothing out articles—without getting any recognition except for the occasional congratulatory barnstar on their user page and the satisfaction of secret fame. Wikipedia flourished partly because it was a shrine to altruism—a place for shy, learned people to deposit their trawls."

—New York Review of Books, [3]



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