Right now, my focus is on articles related to Polk County, Florida and the Florida Heartland. I am a member of Wikipedia:WikiProject Florida and have noticed there are lots of people working on articles relating to the big cities (Miami, Tampa, Orlando, etc.) but not very many who focus on some of the less populous interior counties. So my plan is to work on Polk County/Florida Heartland topics and see how far I can go. Here are my immediate goals:
Merge the messy list of people from (Polk County) list into one tight list for the entire county.
Other areas I'll work on when I need a break from the above:
(American) football articles- many of the crucial articles need major work.
When the mood strikes me, I go on copy-edit binges. In one night, I accumulated 100+ edits fixing playoff births,its/it's,pasttime,their/they're/there, and (surprisingly) mispell.
The random article button is a fun way to browse wikipedia. By reading random articles you can: (1) Learn about something or someplace you never even knew existed. (2) Copyedit pages which needed serious attention- I find when I do "random duty", I make an edit to at least half the articles. (3) Occasionally find some great ideas on how to approach an article you are working on. (4) Fix vandalism which somehow fell through the cracks. The "Johnny is stupid" type of vandalism n almost always gets fixed right away. Some vandals are far slicker than that. I've fixed vandalism/deliberate untruths which were two years old while on random duty. That's the stuff which really damages wikipedia. So go for it...
Occasionally, I go on recent change patrol, but if I see that I am consistently being "beat" in reverting vandals, I work on something else. No need to patrol at times when so many others are already on patrol. If I see vandalism is high and there aren't many fighting though, then I stay on patrol, though.
Get a county article up to FA status. I've heard so many people say there aren't any really good county articles. Well, someone just needs to write one really, really good one and then there will be a model for other county article editors to follow...
Stay away from wikidrama Yes, it's out there. No, I don't want any part of it...
No Edit Wars: I haven't really been involved in any disputes (yet), but have already decided that if there is a content dispute where someone reverts my edit and I disagree strongly, I won't revert back... I'll try to discuss and reach a compromise with the user, or failing that try to reach consensus among others in the community. If things don't go my way, then so be it... Of course my personal no revert rule has exceptions: (1) I have no problem reverting obvious vandalism multiple times whether or not I am involved with the article. (2) A BLP issue - because it is that important. (3) If I find a source which clearly shows their edit was wrong (but really, I should have included the "cite" the first time I edited. Even so, I probably would discuss first to avoid being provocative.
Encyclopedia building is job #1: Using as an example my ex-girlfriend (who was a sysop- who I would never "out", especially since she seems to have exercised her right to disappear) at first, she was a great editor which is why she became an admin with little opposition. Then she started getting away from article space and spent all her time on user talk pages and wikipedia name space. One day she showed me her edit count using some tool (this was before the neat little pie graph page on the toolserver was around). She was proud of her "stats", but all I could see was someone whose contributions to actual wikipedia articles was less than 10% of all edits. Wikipedia had become her myspace... so I've decided to make my main activity article building- which doesn't mean I won't make edits to other namespaces or vote in Afd or whatever, but I have made a decision to make at least 60% of my edits (ideally 70%+) be edits to articles. I'd like to challenge everyone to try and keep that percentage as high as you can. Go to the Things to do or Open tasks sections of the community Portal and help with some of the backlogs. Or just hit the Random page button... you'd be surprised how much you can help.
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