I'm a computer scientist with broad interests in history and the sciences. I found the instant improvability of Wikipedia to be nearly irresistible. It's a great system, so I decided to become part of it.
Contrary to some impressions, I'm not online all of the time, and I sometimes even travel to the big room with the blue roof. Thus, I may take some time to reply to a discussion or request. Further delay is possible in the rare cases where I think before I write something. ;-)
In a democratic society, good decisions can only be expected from an informed population. Oppose censorship, both online and offline.
In science, any compromise between a correct statement and a wrong statement is a wrong statement.
If I disagree with an argument, please do not assume that I automatically disagree with the conclusion. I may well do so, but I also point out flaws in arguments where I have no opinion on the conclusion, or even (if rarer, I'm no saint ;-) where I agree with the conclusion. I cannot stand bad logic - it's a professional weakness.
For keeping your temper in the face of provocation (by one who has been professionally trained to provoke, no less) you are hereby awarded the Resilient Barnstar.Raymond Arritt 00:31, 6 March 2007 (UTC)
I hereby present you with The Zen Garden Award for Infinite Patience for discussing Holocaust denial in a calm, rational, civil and good-humoured manner in the face of severe provocation ;) EyeSereneTALK 19:06, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
The Reference Desk Barnstar
Thank you for your reply to my query at the Science Reference Desk regarding the History of Quantum Mechanics. Your contribution to the discussion was insightful, and helped me find the answers I was looking for. Thanks! FusionKnight (talk) 19:43, 22 January 2008 (UTC)
The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
I award you this Barnstar for the fine reasoning you demonstrated here. Your efforts to maintain legitimate scholarship as it appears on Wikipedia and prevent its obfuscation are appreciated. Keep up the good work! Regards, WilliamH (talk) 21:48, 28 February 2008 (UTC)
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For all the hard work and tireless contributions you have made to Wikipedia while maintaining a high standard of quality. Green451 (talk) 02:19, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
The Resilient Barnstar
For keeping your temper in the face of hostility and for reverting countless acts of vandalism. Great Work. South Bay (talk) 21:39, 13 October 2009 (UTC)
The Anti-Flame Barnstar
We don't always agree, but you demonstrate calmness on controversial issues. THE FOUNDERS INTENTPRAISE 14:57, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
The Reference Desk Barnstar
Thank you for being so patient and inversting so much time while trying to help me resolve my Emacs and SINGULAR problems. Your kind acts do not go unnoticed and are very much apprciated. — Fly by Night (talk) 15:14, 24 October 2010 (UTC)
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