User:Red Phoenix

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Nothing great has ever been accomplished without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't give up. Don't ever give up.

Jim Valvano

To be this good takes AGES. To be this good takes SEGA.




Hello, my name is Red Phoenix.

Yes, that's an internet handle and not my real name. I choose not to disclose my real name publicly. The inspiration for the name came to be in 2007, coming from the legendary figure of the phoenix, and I've used it ever since. I joined Wikipedia in August 2007 as Redphoenix526 in order to make some updates without showing my IP address, and well, I'm still here today. How that is, I'm not really sure, but I'm glad.

A little about me[edit]

I'm employed as an assistant manager with a national retailer in the United States and I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Purdue University. I'm a proud Hoosier, born and raised. I'm also an author of fantasy fiction in my spare time, though it's just a hobby at this point. Ever since I was young, I have always been a fan of Sega consoles and video games, and have remained a member of the Sega task force of WikiProject Video games. More than that, though, I've enjoyed working in Wikipedia's functional areas, including WP:AFD, WP:GAN, and continued work with the Video games WikiProject, especially the Sega task force.

After starting in August 2007, I retired in July 2008 after a failed RFA and rampant drama running in the Sega task force, where I spent most of my time. I began to grow distant from the community I had worked with and just as well saw how much time Wikipedia was taking away from my college studies, because I could not put it down. During my year here, I had a few great contributions, including getting Crush 40 and Sega Genesis to GA status, as well as List of Sega 32X games to FL status, when the standards for each status level were more loosely interpreted than they are now, and referencing did not require such lofty standards for reliability. All were delisted after I retired, but in a way I think that's a good thing because being six years older I can see more that can be done with each.

I returned in May 2013, and I don't have any plans to leave soon. Even during my time of inactivity, I did frequently check Wikipedia and my user pages to see if anything was going on. It feels very good to have that spirit to keep editing again.

So, what am I doing back here?[edit]

Well, to be honest, I'm not sure why I'm back after five years of not being on Wikipedia. I do know I'm contributing at my highest level ever now, with awesome rewrites of Sega v. Accolade, Sega CD, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, and Sega Game Gear... see the theme here? Oh, and I also rewrote List of Sega 32X games again, too. I have more fantastic plans, too, and I've dabbled a bit with helping out at WP:GAN, WP:AFD, etc.

Despite it all, I'm still an administrator hopeful and would love to be renominated to have access to "the mop" after I've regained my experience with writing Wikipedia articles and with contributing in Wikipedia's service areas. I'd really like to have a focus on dispute resolution and the administrator's noticeboard, as I fancy myself a good mediator of discussion, but would love to help out in other areas such as XFD, etc. My only RFA failed because of my naivety, but with six years comes a sense of maturity and a knowing of what I was missing before, and what I needed to learn from the experience.

A brief rundown of my editing philosophies[edit]

Very much, I'm a true WikiDragon. I make huge edits to pages, often focusing on one or two at a time, striving to amp up its quality. I always shoot for good article status as a bare minimum on any project I work on. I do tend to be a little protective of my own edits, but I credit that to pride, a trait that I have both on and off the encyclopedia. The opportunity to improve an article that has been down for so long and to work on it on my own to make it worth reading is a very appealing aspect to editing that I believe allows me to enjoy contributing.

In promotion of openness, I feel it's important to disclose my thoughts on the thresholds of article quality the encyclopedia should have. While I used to be quite inclusionist, I now consider myself a deletionist-mergist-redirectionist (DMR) Wikipedian. To put this into perspective, I believe that articles have to be able to attain some level of quality in order to be worth its own article on the encyclopedia. A stub in itself is not an issue, for instance, but a stub that can only be a stub and can't ever be worth more expansion has no business having its own article. If a subject is notable, there should be plenty of sources out there to write a complete article, and if not, the subject might be better covered as part of another article or topic. WP:WIAGA is a good measure of the things needed for an article to be complete for our readers; complete, reliably sourced, and well-written articles are what our readers expect, not original research and half-abandoned projects sitting around the Internet. Good articles themselves are only a status, and while not a be-all, end-all, should be what articles are able to achieve in order to be worth an article.

Two other principles I believe very firmly in are WP:UNDUE (especially WP:BALASPS, a closely related concept) and WP:NOTDIR. Due weight and balancing aspects are very crucial to making sure the encyclopedia adequately covers the subjects that are notable. Likewise, we here at Wikipedia are not a directory to everything by everyone. We have the potential to be an important knowledge base and someday improve Wikipedia's reputation for reliability. Such should be our goal for this encyclopedia, to become something respectable and reliable, but still the largest and deepest encyclopedia ever built, behind the core concept that anyone can edit and continue to make improvements and add new, quality notable articles.

In short, we're here to build a quality encyclopedia, not an OR guide to everything in the known universe.

Areas of my editing interest[edit]

If you would like me to assist with an article that is in my interest area, feel free to leave a message on my talk page and I'd be glad to have a look.

I also periodically do some FA and GA reviewing on request.

My favorite contributions[edit]

Here's some of the articles and lists that contain my best contributions. Anything listed here, I have personally worked on to make it have that status. Former GAs were demoted during my inactive periods, as the referencing standards of Wikipedia have improved. Though I am disappointed in the diminished article qualities that have resulted, I am glad to know the standards have improved and look forward to the challenge of improving them again.

Current projects[edit]

Future projects[edit]

Feel free to navigate my userspace with the bottom box, and thanks for visiting. You can also leave comments for me here and I'll get back to you as soon as I'm on next.

Red Phoenix flame of life...protector of all...