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I am a published writer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia.

I have semi-retired from Wiki because I am sick to death of the stalkers, wankers and assorted idiots who haunt this place and ruin it for everyone else. Sardaka (talk) 08:07, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

At the moment I have semi-returned, still doing some editing and at the same time keeping an eye on my stalkers.

If I wanted to make one suggestion for improving Wiki, it would be that "editors" (too complimentary a term for a lot of them) should not be able to access the contributions of other editors, because that's how the stalkers do their stalking. There is no serious reason why any of us needs to follow someone else's contributions, and it is being constantly abused by the idiots.

My other suggestion would be that we should not be able to put particular articles on our watch lists, because this too is being abused by the assorted stalkers and idiots. What these people do is that they put every article on a particular subject on their watch list; then, as soon as someone makes an edit to one of those articles, they pounce on it and proceed to pass judgment on it. If it doesn't completely meet with their approval, they undo what the other person did. "What's wrong with this"? you might say. What's wrong with it is that the idiots develop a proprietorial attitude towards that group of articles and start acting as if they are in charge of them. Everything has to meet with their approval and other editors often can't get a word in edgewise. If someone has a special interest in a particular article, they can go and look at it anytime. The watch list system is making it too easy for the idiots to behave as if they are in charge of various articles, eg the Sydney suburb articles (they know who they are).

Sardaka (talk) 08:19, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Articles I have written[edit]


The Abbey and Witches Houses, Annandale

Watsons Bay, Sydney

Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Sydney Architecture

Campbelltown Heritage

Federation Architecture

Australian Architecture

Hanging Rock, Victoria

Glebe, Sydney

Woollahra, New South Wales

Mountain scenery, New South Wales

Miscellaneous odds and ends:

customizing signature

How do I go about customizing my signature?

Sardaka (talk) 09:50, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Click on "my preferences" (in the default Monobook skin, it's at the top right), then type the Wikicode corresponding to the signature you want in the "Signature" textbox. Be sure to tick the "Raw signatures (without automatic link)" box! Xenon54 (Frohe Feiertage!) 11:10, 12 December 2008 (UTC)
Yes, and you may see also Wikipedia:How to fix your signature and Wikipedia:User_Page_Design_Center/Style#Text_formatting (some very useful tips on changing fonts, colors, etc!) --PeaceNT (talk) 11:30, 12 December 2008 (UTC)

Lisgar Gardens[edit]

Lisgar Gardens are located in Lisgar Road, west of the Pacific Highway. The gardens were created by Max Cotton, who lived in Lisgar Road. In 1920, he purchased land from his brother Leo and began developing the gardens for his own interest and satisfaction. With gardens such as these, he could indulge his interest in horticulture and genetics. Aided by friends and family, he created extensive gardens and fishponds on the natural bushland that sloped down from Lisgar Road. He became friends with Professor Eben Gowrie Waterhouse -- owner of Eryldene in the suburb of Gordon -- and the two spent much time together, sharing an interest in camellias. By the mid-1960s, Cotton's health was failing after forty-five years of working on the gardens, and they were acquired by Hornsby Council. They were officially opened to the public on September 21, 1968.