User:Peteforsyth

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My Wikipedia work[edit]

Wikipedia:Service awards#Senior Editor (or Labutnum)
Pete Forsyth is a Senior Editor.
User:Peteforsyth/Barnstars Pete's Wikipedia
barnstars and awards
I award this Barnstar to Pete for his great efforts improving WP Oregon. —Aboutmovies February 2007

Most of my Wikipedia work is related to Oregon, with an emphasis on policy, history, and politics. I am particularly interested in the ballot initiative system. I also focus heavily on strengthening citations, which enables readers to verify claims and explore issues in greater depth. Here are some of the pages I've put the most work into:

Featured article Columbia River
The history of this river, and its role in Oregon's history, is rich and fascinating. I have worked on this article for several years, along with some other excellent Wikipedians; in September 2009, we were successful in getting it approved as a featured article, making it the first article on a major world river to achieve that status.
List of Oregon ballot measures
Keeping track of ballot measures in our state, and nationwide, is pretty damn important. Heavily-financed special interests are nationally coordinated; regular folk oughtta be too. Wikipedia is a great place to keep factual information about ballot measures and the strategies that have been used on both sides.
Symbol support vote.svg Neil Goldschmidt, Wayne Morse, George W. Joseph, and other Oregon political figures
Wikipedia is a resource for getting to know our government officials. I've worked on many Oregon politicians' Wikipedia entries.
Symbol support vote.svg Barlow Road and other aspects of Oregon history.
I'm particularly interested in the development of hydropower on Oregon's rivers, and the story of George W. Joseph.
Oregon statewide elections, 2006
My first major project on Wikipedia. This was meant to provide a central place for information about elections; the Secretary of State's site and others have a good deal of information, but not in a format that makes it easy to absorb or navigate. This page needs more work, especially citations and formatting. If I take this on for a future election, I'll probably do it very differently.
Featured article I helped get the following articles (and portal) to Featured article status
Hanford Site, Oregon State Capitol, and 1984 Rajneeshee bioterror attack, Johnson Creek (Willamette River), and the Oregon portal.
Symbol question.svg I have been known to nominate new articles for the Did you know feature.
There's a full list of Oregon-related DYKs.

A few articles I started, that grew substantially without my direct intervention:

I've built some navigational templates, and worked on nearly all of the articles covered in these ones:

I've uploaded many of my own photos, and created maps and charts. I also try to improve image quality whenever possible, adjusting color levels, cropping out unnecessary text from maps and diagrams, etc. A few of my own images below:

This tool shows all the images I've uploaded or edited here on Wikipedia, or at Wikimedia Commons. New articles I've started in the last month. (/New article archive)

some wikitricks[edit]

<div style="background-color: #ECE5B6; padding: 0.5em; border: solid 1px black; -moz-border-radius: 8px;">
makes a background color, when put at the top of a page. Looks really cool on a talk page. No closing /div tag needed? Grabbed this from User:Valentinian.
User:Martha_Forsyth (Pete's Mom) experimented with this, and learned the following:
  • You can change the background color (see tags at Web-safe colors#X11 color names).
  • Adding a </div> tag at the end will give you a box with the background color specified (you can specify text color too. E.g., color:white (or other color).
  • No closing /div tag applies the background to the whole page (section??).
Example
—05:08, 26 March 2008 (UTC)
[[w:User:Peteforsyth]]
links from other Wikimedia projects to this page
InterWikiLinky
how to link to other projects
{{WikiProjectBanners|1={{template1}}|2={{template2}}|3={{template3}}|4={{template4}}}}
collapsible WikiProject banners
Use external editor for images, etc.
Note: Page has been moved to mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:External editors - Martha (talk) 22:27, 27 October 2008 (UTC)
easy columns
{{Col-begin}} {{Col-1-of-2}} {{Col-2-of-2}} {{Col-end}}
list style
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http://www.htmlgoodies.com/beyond/css/article.php/3470331

resources[edit]

Proper citations are a crucial element of a good Wikipedia article. I use <ref> tags and templates like {{cite news}} to create well-formatted citations, wherever possible. A good source for Oregon-related citations is the Multnomah County Library's NewsBank-based system. My card number: 211680283880xx

Favorite sources:

Time zone converter

stuff to do[edit]

The Portland Tribune has a couple extensive overviews of Southeast Portland: http://www.portlandtribune.com/neighborhoods/story.php?story_id=116172415370358000 and http://www.portlandtribune.com/features/story.php?story_id=30283 and overview of Portland neighborhoods: http://www.portlandtribune.com/neighborhoods/

I want to do some photography on Mount Tabor, and other places in the area.

When I've got a spare $17: this 1931 article discusses public vs. private hydropower in the west.

  • A weird episode to work in somewhere - 1991 legislature "on the lam" due to kerfuffle over redistricting: Lednicer, Lisa Grace (June 29, 2001). "Democrats will return Saturday". The Oregonian. 

legislation advocacy[edit]

Make works of the State of Oregon public domain
Works of the United States government are in the public domain, and I believe works of the Oregon government should be as well. Wikipedia would be able to do much more if it could use resources developed by the state gov't. I'm drafting a letter to send to Oregon legislators to that effect. Please help me improve it, or comment on its talk page!
E-waste legislation
Various states, including Washington and California, regulate the disposal of e-waste to some degree. Oregon is likely to join them this legislative session. I've drafted a news release (linked above) on behalf of Free Geek, urging the legislature to prioritize reuse over recycling, and to ensure that waste processors adhere to responsible practices.

my work elsewhere[edit]

I write for other outlets about Wikipedia. This page links to my the more prominent articles, presentations, and interviews I've done.

Statistics on my Wikipedia editing[edit]

  • As of April 2009, I ranked 2120 among Wikipedia editors in terms of all-time edit count.

sub-pages[edit]

automatic list

Signpost[edit]

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