|Thursday 13 March, 2014|
Who I am
A graduate with a degree in Martial Arts and Strength and Conditioning, working in logistical telemetry and with a background in electrical telemetry. I am a long-time, low-level contributor, but have been more regularly active in the last few months, and am currently becoming more involved with reviewing and generally improving articles. I have also been very recently promoted at work, so may intermittently have to scale back my involvement on the project.
I believe that it is important for WikiProjects to have even brief reviews of existing articles in order that workload can be prioritised (especially if 'importance' fields are made available). To this end, I have recently been working through the backlogs of unreviewed articles at WikiProjects Languages, Linguistics, and their subprojects such as WikiProject Latin, but am also given to stumble across WikiProjects randomly and contribute to clearing backlogs wherever I find them. To also contribute to even higher quality articles, I was also being mentored by Khazar2 for Good Articles reviewing until his sudden retirement. I had been taking a break from it for a while, but am now looking to get involved again as part of the 2014 WikiCup.
When it comes to editing Wikipedia, I take a relativist standpoint; I believe that Wikipedia is a dynamic and organic entity, such that actions may not only be ends in themselves, but means to ends as well. For this reason, I consider acceptable any edit or addition/subtraction of content made with the intention of making Wikipedia of higher quality, broader scope, and improved informativity. I also believe that Wikipedia is not just an self-contained encyclopaedia, but that Sir Tim Berners-Lee's World Wide Web should be exploited to its utmost to produce a navigable knowledge resource that also acts as a portal to relevant information throughout the World Wide Web. An article does not need to be directly citable to be useful, as it can still lead readers to further specific information on the topic, such as the sources of books and articles.
For this reason, I am a strong advocate of good referencing. For Wikipedia, I tend to prefer in-line numbering over Harvard & APA styles, with hyperlinking allowing information to be made directly navigable rather than requiring cross-referencing.
My writing style
I am a British English user of the serial comma, and justify use of the singular they by analogy to quantum superposition (i.e. given an indeterminate gender, both and neither gender is therefore correct). Likewise, although I do not use the emphatic double negative, and generally avoid the deletive double negative for the sake of unambiguity, I describe both as correct by analogy to the operations of subtraction and multiplication respectively performed on negative numbers. Having studied the German language to an intermediate level (which has now sadly waned), my English grammar is occasionally also influenced by German grammar in terms of syntax (I learned whom through the German wem, and maintain that it is part of a deprecated dative case in English now mostly restricted to pronoun declension, though am becoming more convinced that the English dative case is a form of lative case). I try to avoid use of 'however', as I feel it dilutes juxtaposition by marking it too obviously (and because I consider it a trope from what I believe to be its original synonymy to 'regardless'). But I do not object to opening conjunctions. (I also tend to abuse parenthesis.)
You may notice that my current main interest is languages; I speak halting German, and understand bits of French; I know a few bits of other languages here and there, but they're far too insignificant to mention. My current focus is Polish, so I've started a Polish page here, and will be looking to help improve my Polish by translating articles (likely in my chosen WikiProjects, especially on things like Polish RAF squadrons). I am open to any suggestions for translations, but my translation is currently greatly facilitated by machine translation tools, so after manual proofing, my writing is at a very basic level.
Along the lines of martial arts, my user name comes from Sarutobi Sasuke, a ninja from late 19th-century Japanese literature.
Besides martial arts, my interests also extend to theoretical physics, systems dynamics and mathematics, especially quantum physics, biomathematics, and epidemiology. I will however read anything with the slightest piece of jargon and any unusual symbols.
|Good Article reviewing:||Sign up at the Recruitment Centre||Done|
|Review 5 Good Articles||2 reviewed|
|Nominate and bring 2 articles to Good Article status||In progress|
|WikiProject reviewing:||Unreviewed articles in WikiProject Latin||Done|
|Unreviewed articles in WikiProject Linguistics of known importance||Done|
|Unassessed articles in WikiProject Linguistics of known quality||On hold|
|Unassessed and unreviewed articles in WikiProject Linguistics||On hold|
|Unreviewed articles in WikiProject Languages||On hold|
|General contribution||Wikicup 2014||In progress|
Self-help writing tutorials:
- Spot the ambiguity
- Advice on how to improve your prose
- Exercises in weeding out fluff from article text
- Advanced editing exercises
- Beginners' guide to the Manual of Style
- Copy-editing essentials, part of the Military History Academy
- Build your linking skills
- Using hyphens and dashes
- Exercises in avoiding the "noun plus -ing" construction
- Exercises in paragraphing and sentence structure
- How to find good copy-editors
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