User:Snow Rise

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~~-=-~ My history on the this addictive project and where you will find me working within it ~-=-~~

I started editing Wikipedia around 2006, but for years my contributions remained infrequent and generally minor. In 2010 I started making more substantial contributions and in 2011 finally got around to registering as an autoconfirmed user. At about 5000 live edits since then, I'm still not exactly a heavy hitter in terms of volume, but I consider myself a Wikipedian through-and-through and take great pride in the accomplishments of this community -- not just in terms of our content, but also with regard to the way of getting things done and getting on with each-other that we've developed. I try to make myself broadly useful in a variety of areas of contribution and feel I have a thorough understanding of how this little project of ours operates.

In terms of article space, I contribute largely in the vein of the life sciences, mostly on topics within the context of ecology, natural history, evolution, taxonomy, physiology -- the physiology of the senses especially -- and medicine; in the cognitive sciences, with particular interest in evolutionary psychology, environmental psychology, neuroscience, perception and cognition in regard to the physical senses, memory, emotion, and the computational and modular models of the mind; and in linguistics, including historical/comparative linguistics, syntax, semantics, universal grammar, and translation. But I also get around the other physical sciences, the humanities (notably history, literature, film & television, music, dance, politics, current events and games) and contribute just a bit to technology and geography articles. I'm a member of a handful of Wikiprojects relating to some of the above topics.

I also contribute widely through a variety of process pages. I spend a good deal of time on RfC discussions and in article talk space generally and also try to make time now and again for various of the other routine work available on AfD, AfC, requested translations, requested articles, community discussion portals, ANI and other noticeboards, and even SPI, when necessary. I also contribute guidance at the reference desks in sporadic but sometimes prolonged bursts and often find it one of the more rewarding experiences on Wikipedia, especially when I can marry it to general editing of an article brought to mind in the discussion. My most recent venture has been into the good article nomination process, something I never got around to before. I hit up our sister projects on occasion, particularly Meta, Commons and Wiktionary, and I venture on rare occasion to the Wikipedias of other languages to translate/transwiki the occasional article. I also have a bit of a knack for developing complex tables and many other detailed formatting elements, including some light template work.

I hope to start contributing some free license photographic content to the project in the near future and over the next year I intend to make a larger drive in the number of articles I edit than I have the past, and if at some point my watchlist ends up past 1,500 articles, I may well see about whether the community would judge me to be a good candidate for a mop. If any of the above areas are of interest to you and you have an uphill task within them, or really any subject or process, do not hesitate to drop me a line; collaboration is more than half the fun. :)

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