User:Tempshill

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Hi. Tempshill 18:05, 18 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.
— Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.

Politics and the English Language, by George Orwell, is the best 5,321-word guide to writing that you'll find.

There is no need for our writing on Wikipedia to be dry while being encyclopedic. Probably my favorite clause I have written on Wikipedia is "...Hewlett-Packard's now-forgotten NewWave...." Has NewWave technically been completely forgotten by our civilization? No, but it is not an error to call it "now-forgotten", and that term makes the sentence a lot more interesting and informative to the layman. And it's still extremely accurate — not 100% accurate, but somehow more accurate than it would be if "now-forgotten" were deleted.

In this vein, my favorite sentence in all of Wikipedia is currently a comment in the Borat article: "Everything that Borat has said about Kazakhstan is incorrect."

US military photos[edit]

If you, yes you, have the inclination and time, I've found that the websites of the branches of the US military are a great source of public-domain photos, and many of them could and should be copied over to Wikimedia Commons, or to Wikipedia if necessary, to illustrate articles here. I don't really mean photos of military hardware — most Wikipedia articles on fighter planes and tanks have already been very well illustrated by fans of the topic. I mean the photos of people doing all sorts of both white- and blue-collar jobs; construction hardware; sports photos; and miscellaneous equipment of all kinds; all of which are of very high quality; and it's all PD. Granted, it seems like the PR arm of each branch of the military tends to post lots of photos that emphasize individuals rather than their surroundings or what they're doing; but they will continue to provide a stream of really high quality photos over time, all of which we can use freely.

Useful links[edit]

Fair use problems[edit]

  • {{copyvio|url=http://example.org}}
  • {{db-copyvio|url=url of source}}
  • Wikipedia:Fair use
  • Category:Candidates for speedy deletion

To-do[edit]