History and editing preferences
My first inclination to join Wikipedia came around the summer of 2007, when I asked my mom if I could get an account to add a mention of the "cloning" cheat to the Pokémon Emerald article. She said no, but in my rebellious ways I did it anyway (only for it to get reverted not long after), and I joined that December; I was 13, in seventh grade, and pretty immature at the time. I mainly edited Linkin Park and Blessid Union of Souls articles, tricked out my userpage, and crafted userboxes. (While I no longer do this, here's a list of them.) I won a brief period of infamy after creating a userbox for people who feel that homosexuality is immoral. (To be clear, I'm not homophobic [or heterophobic, etc.], nor was I at the time; I'm not interested much in sex at all, so it doesn't matter to me what anyone else's sexual preferences are if they're not actively hurting anyone.) My reasoning was that it's a viewpoint like any other and should be afforded some space here – to put it nicely, the community disagreed. That pretty much turned me off userboxes for good.
In mid-2008, I got acquainted with Escape Artist Swyer, with whom I worked on No Doubt album articles for a little over a year. She did most of the work; I mainly just found sources for the more obscure ones and reworked a lot of her additions to Tragic Kingdom. This was better, but not quite fulfilling.
I started editing Shadow the Hedgehog (the video game) at the tail-end of 2008. I'm a big fan of the Sonic series, having been introduced to it circa 2003 with Sonic 3, and was one of the few who genuinely enjoyed Shadow's game and thought it took the series in an interesting direction. I was elated when it became my first solo GA and, in May 2009, my first FA. This whisked me into the gaming world on Wikipedia, and video games remain my largest area of contribution – particularly Sonic, as well as Pokémon and quirky indie games.
After a period of dwindling enthusiasm, though, I went on semi-retirement in July 2011. I became involved with a girl that fall; I was under a lot of social pressure to date, so I thought that was what I needed. It ended quickly and angrily (I'm clearly not partner material), and now we never speak or look at each other when in proximity. As a result, I was seriously depressed for months, expending a lot of time on self-harm and suicidal ideation, and certainly had no motivations to edit. (I've been depressed at other times, but not really at that level.) I feel that this helped keep me off Wikipedia for the next couple of years as well. However, I came roaring back into commission in January 2014. I'm not sure what influenced this, but I've been more active than ever. It's been nice seeing familiar faces (well, usernames) and new ones and building up articles about games I enjoy once more. I also took a brief Wikibreak in July 2014 to recollect my thoughts and cool down from some heated arguments.
Generally speaking, I don't take articles of upper C-class or higher under my wing, as these are likely to be well-written, complete, and well-referenced enough for the majority of readers. That being said, when I do start heavy work on an article, I usually take it all the way to GA or FA status because, hey, I've come so far already; why stop?
My piece of work here that I'm most proud of is Sonic X, since in the process of preparing it for GAN and, later, FAC, I spent numerous hours tediously scavenging the Internet for any reliable sources I could find and even located some print sources, and now I feel that the article is the most complete resource available anywhere for the show. The process did not, by any means, "go fast". Also, I turned Green Hill Zone from a redirect to a GAN in two and a half hours – that was invigorating.
Aside from mainspace editing, I sometimes review candidates for GAN, FAC, and peer review. If you'd like me to review an article for you, I can usually make time to do that, so just ask. Keep in mind that I'm better at nitpicking for layout, formatting, and grammar than I am for prose clarity and completeness.
Something I hold intense respect for is Wikipedia's principle of the neutral point of view. To some extent, my preference for neutrality surpasses Wikipedia's: I'm unsatisfied with certain assumptions and biases in numerous discrimination/social justice-related articles—including some ranked as GAs and FAs—but have accepted that they're not changing anytime soon. I can't stand unstated ideological biases in writing, and have inadvertently entered more than my share of real-life arguments by speaking without emotion about controversial topics and playing devil's advocate. While I find TV Tropes a valuable site overall, I dislike its preservation of pages like "So Bad, It's Good", and I value our generally stifling attitude toward assumptions that most people have but that aren't objective or too likely to go unchallenged.
Less widespread here is my feeling that all subjects with even a few third-party sources covering them briefly or tangentially ought to be considered notable for inclusion in independent pages on Wikipedia (provided that they don't overlap too much with individual existing articles). Moreover, I think we should consider reader outcry (such as what JonTron's late article got when it was proposed for deletion) in deciding whether to keep articles, as it shows demand. I'm one of the most inclusionist editors among long-time contributors to the Video games WikiProject. While these are officially just my own ideals, I have also created some articles for video game characters previously not considered notable, with the understanding that official policy on notability would allow these. However, many of them have been re-merged due to Wikipedia's bizarre, changing, and inconsistent apparent attitudes toward notability.
It surprises me that Wikimedia states that immediatism and inclusionism don't usually go hand-in-hand, as I follow both ideologies for much the same reason: In my eyes, readers typically come here to look for as much (accessible) information as is available, not to read polished, concise pieces of work. They may be doing so at any time, so I prefer articles to be available (rather than in my sandbox or one of my tempspaces) when they do.
Most editors with GAs and FAs on their brag lists wouldn't admit this—if indeed they feel it—but I like getting articles to recognized status largely because it helps me feel useful here. A green disc or gold star is a tangible goal, which can turn building a page into a fun project. I do also care about genuinely improving them, and have done decent work on articles I've never intended for recognition, but unlike someone like Sergecross73 (whom I do respect for his selfless attitude toward improvement), I'm more inclined to continue editing when I score a quality emblem once in a while to validate my efforts.
Wikipedia policies that I don't feel strongly about one way or the other—but will still, of course, try to comply with in general—include those on biographies of living people, external links, dialect-specific language, sockpuppetry, some types of original synthesis, and some finer points of reliable sources.
While I don't agree with all of his views, Dream Focus's userpage is very much an interesting read, in a countercultural coffee-table way, and I think he especially makes great points about the nature of "merging" and how the vast majority of the time there's no real merge of content whatsoever.
- → Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- (created) → List of Digimon video games
- → Pokémon Channel June 30, 2014
- → Shadow the Hedgehog (video game) May 3, 2011
- → Tragic Kingdom – with Escape Artist Swyer
- → Amy Rose
- → Big the Cat
- → Blaze the Cat
- → Boom Box (No Doubt album) – with Escape Artist Swyer
- → The Castle Doctrine – with Samwalton9
- → Chao (Sonic)
- → Digimon Racing
- → Don't Starve
- → E-102 Gamma
- → Green Hill Zone
- → Mew (Pokémon)
- → PETA satirical browser games
- → Pokémon Colosseum
- → The Singles 1992–2003 – with Escape Artist Swyer
- → Sonic: After the Sequel
- → Sonic Advance 3
- → Sonic and the Secret Rings
- → Sonic Rush
- → Sonic X
- → Tony Hawk's Underground
Former GAs redirected for notability
Sometimes the mother wolf doesn't give up when her children are eaten by predators. Sometimes she does.
Other worked-on articles
- Astro Boy: Omega Factor
- Blessid Union of Souls
- King Krule
- Knuckles the Echidna
- Project M (mod) – with New Age Retro Hippie
- Shinobi (2002 video game)
- Sonic the Hedgehog (1991 video game)
Other created articles
- Almost Acoustic (Volume 1)
- Black Flag discography
- Close to the Edge (Blessid Union of Souls album)
- E-123 Omega
- Freedom Planet
- Gutbucket (band)
- Hammer of the Gods (album)
- "Hollywood Bitch"
- "I Believe" (Blessid Union of Souls song)
- Joe Musashi
- Lego Star Wars (video game series)
- Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy (mobile)
- "Light in Your Eyes" (Blessid Union of Souls song)
- List of Sonic the Hedgehog video games
- Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – with New Age Retro Hippie
- Pyongyang Racer
- "Quality Control" (song)
- Silver the Hedgehog
- Slippy Toad
- Third Unitarian Church
- Unwind (novel)
- "What's Golden"
- Wikipedia:Wisps' Law
- Zorua and Zoroark
References? You want references? This section only exists because I don't like the lingering feeling of a page ending with a level-3 header. Aesthetic taste; there's your reference.