User:Wasted Time R

So named after the Eagles' striking "Wasted Time" and "Wasted Time (Reprise)" from Hotel California. And a metaphor for WP editing?

 This user has a page on Wikimedia Commons.

Not a waste if I'm an 'influencer' or 'protector'?

Find source material that isn't on Google. You'll have the field to yourself.

Don't.

Why it is or isn't a waste, Part 3

65,000+ This user has made more than 65,000 contributions to Wikipedia.

A's and faves

4 FA articles: I've been the lead writer of:

 This user won the Million Award for bringing John McCain to Featured Article status.
 This user won the Million Award for bringing Mitt Romney to Featured Article status.
3 I've made a significant contribution (#2 editor) to: Nancy ReaganSaxbe fixZoo TV Tour
I've made fewer but important contributions to: Pat NixonCity of Blinding LightsTemple Israel (Memphis, Tennessee) • maybe others?

1 MILHIST A-class articles I've been the lead writer of: John S. McCain, Jr.

41 GA articles I've been the lead writer of:

*Tried and failed FAC

 This user won the Million Award for bringing Hillary Rodham Clinton to Good Article status.
 This user won the Million Award for bringing Lauryn Hill to Good Article status.
Your majesty, it gives me great pleasure to bestow these Imperial triple crown jewels upon Wasted Time R for your contributions to articles political and otherwise in the areas of WP:DYK, WP:GA, and WP:FC. Cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 05:04, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
 This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Joe Biden to Good Article status.
 This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Sonia Sotomayor to Good Article status.
 This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Tony Bennett to Good Article status.
 This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Jill Biden to Good Article status.
 This user won the Half Million Award for bringing Ann Romney to Good Article status.
2 I've been a significant contributor (#2 editor) towards: Cornell PlantationsCynthia Lennon
Also 3 GA that are now FA and thus off this list.

Beyond these, I've created and/or been the major author of literally hundreds and hundreds of Wikipedia articles. Some of my favorites:

 This user participated in the Spring 2009 GAN backlog elimination drive, helping to reduce the backlog by 106 articles.
GA reviews I've done

Started towards GA-level quality but really need completion/returning to: Rod StewartJames TaylorShe Loves You

Articles that look good in parts but I don't think I've fully captured the subject on: Legal Services Corporation

Articles I'm #1 editor on by frequency that I'm not very (or at all) happy with current state of (and may have long since stopped looking at): The AnimalsThe RascalsBruce SpringsteenWhitewater controversyJohn S. McCain, Sr.Rudy GiulianiVictoria Reggie KennedyDixie ChicksThe Allman Brothers BandBob SegerElton John • and others I'm no doubt forgetting

Awake, you sleepers, from your sleep! Rouse yourselves, you slumberers ... who are wasting your years in vain pursuits that neither profit nor save.

Look before you leap.

Early history

Starting in January 2005 I made around 1,000 edits as anons User: 68.197.107.71 and User: 67.108.122.62, never feeling committed to the idea that WP converges to quality or that anyone reads these articles. I'm still not sure on either account ... a page view count mechanism would be really helpful. In May 2005 I began using this account; within a little more than a month I had another 1,000 edits. Too much!?

2008 update ... a page count tool is finally here!!

Why it's a waste, Part 1

The biggest problems in WP articles, especially those dealing with popular culture:

1. Excessive detail in the wrong places, such as an article's intro
2. Inconsistent levels of detail within an article or across a set of articles
3. Just plain too much detail

Proper usage in music articles

Punctuation

```Her biggest hits were "Fool to Love," "Cry Every Day," and "Tears for Years."
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```Her biggest hits were "Fool to Love", "Cry Every Day", and "Tears for Years".
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```Her most popular albums included ''No Love Supreme,'' ''Sorrow Tomorrow,'' and ''Love is Pain.''
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Barnstars

 The Minor Barnstar For making minor edits to improve the quality in the Il Divo article I award you this Barnstar Rosameliamartinez 09:10, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

 The Editor's Barnstar I, Eseymour, award you this Editor's Barnstar for your fine work in leading the dismantling of Hillary Rodham Clinton controversies and integrating the content into appropriate separate articles. Awarded on the 13th of November, 2007.

 The Barnstar of Good Humor Thanks for the laugh from the Britney Spears comment at WP:GAR. I’m envious that your life is so carefree as to allow you to place concern on train wrecks troubled pop stars. ;) Ɛƚƈơƅƅơƚɑ talk 17:54, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

 The Wasted Time Barnstar For putting up with all the garbage that goes along with political articles and for being able to keep cool for 3 years without running away like many of us have considered. I will waste some of my time to give you this waste of time barnstar. STX 19:23, 6 February 2008 (UTC)

 The Tireless Contributor Barnstar This barnstar is for your tireless efforts in creating and improving the Hillary Clinton article, please keep up the good work. Thanks! Dwilso talk 04:04, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

 The Resilient Barnstar For being able to listen to criticism, and improve in your ability for NPOV writing a very informative section on the Cultural and political image of Hillary Clinton. Kudos!! ≈ jossi ≈ (talk) 03:11, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

 The Original Barnstar To Wasted Time R, on the occasion of press coverage of your wiki work. Few have represented Wikipedia so well and at its highest level of excellence. As others have said, well done. Congratulations! -Susanlesch (talk) 00:33, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

 The Special Barnstar To Wasted Time R on a very special occasion, in recognition of outstanding contributions to Wikipedia. Susanlesch (talk) 02:40, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

 The Half Barnstar For incredible collaboration to get John McCain up to GA status. Keep up the good work! Eustress (talk) 19:37, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

 The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar For going above and beyond the call of duty to deal with the Hillary Rodham Clinton FAC when the nominator didn't follow up. Ealdgyth - Talk 14:41, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

 The Tireless Contributor Barnstar For this, I, J.delanoygabsanalyze, hereby award you this Tireless Contributer Barnstar. I don't think I have ever seen such dedication anywhere, let alone on Wikipedia. Congratulations, and keep up the good work! J.delanoygabsanalyze 03:16, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

 United States barnstar of national merit I award you the barnstar of national merit in recognition of your ceaseless contributions of excellence in the United States Senator John McCain article and biographical series. —  $\sim$ Justmeherenow (  ) 19:58, 18 August 2008 (UTC)

 The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar For your participation in the Spring 2009 GAN backlog elimination drive, in which you reviewed 5 articles, you are granted this barnstar! Great work! —The participants on the Spring 2009 GAN backlog elimination drive 21:24, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

 The Original Barnstar For all of your hard effort in getting War Tour up to GA which, if it is indeed the first Tour article to make it to that level, is an accomplishment to be proud of. MelicansMatkin (talk) 00:03, 14 April 2009 (UTC)

 The Special Barnstar For bringing the Running to Stand Still article up to WP:NSONGS standard, and then some... --Merbabu (talk) 23:14, 20 November 2009 (UTC)

 The Barnstar of Good Humor For commendable patience and tolerance in the face of his GA reviewer's continually missed deadlines and inane complaints about phrasing, I award Wasted Time R this barnstar of good humo(u)r. Steve Smith (talk) 10:43, 4 December 2009 (UTC)

 The Guidance Barnstar Awarded to User:Wasted Time R Appreciation for splitting that "time" between your own excellence in editing without forgetting about those of us still plodding along. Leahtwosaints (talk) 01:34, 29 March 2010 (UTC)

 The Teamwork Barnstar For you excellent work on the Arizona SB1070 article, repeatedly editing and contributing with other users. Theo10011 (talk) 19:01, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

 The Original Barnstar Thank you for helping me out three and a half years ago when I did not completely understand how things worked. You and User:JayJasper are tied as the most neutral wikipedia editors. I am proud to have collaborated with y'all.Southern Texas (talk) 22:40, 9 December 2010 (UTC)

 The Barnstar of Diligence For extraordinary scrutiny, precision, and community service. Cheers! —Eustress talk 22:02, 7 February 2012 (UTC)

 The Barnstar of National Merit This tricolor-beribboned barnstar is awarded for the recipient's even-handedness in addressing nation-of-origin issues on Wikipedia. (And, by the way, cogratulations on the George W. Romney bio's having become an article especially featured on Wikipedia!) this WikiAward was given to Wasted Time R by Hodgdon's secret garden (talk) on 23:37, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

 The Editor's Barnstar A great article on Lenore Romney. Congrats on the GA and may we see many more!! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 22:17, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

 The Special Barnstar Thanks Wasted Time R! You assisted in various ways on the Paul McCartney FAC. Thank you! Without your help McCartney would not be a FA today! ~ GabeMc (talk|contribs) 21:39, 9 July 2012 (UTC)

 The Barnstar of Diligence For your work on Political positions of Mitt Romney, where you put your nose to the grindstone and just kept on fixing the article, even while the rest of us squabbled endlessly. Still-24-45-42-125 (talk) 14:51, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

 The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar I'm beginning to see why they call this "silly season". I've noticed the upheaval going on with many of our politics-related articles, and I'm impressed with the calm, respectful, and neutral way in which you deal with the POV coming from both sides. I can't say I envy your position, but I have great respect for the work you're doing. 21:12, 11 September 2012 (UTC)

 The Teamwork Barnstar You, Anythingyouwant and Gabe deserve any one of several barnstars for your work at Mitt Romney's FAC, but I chose this one because of your tireless effort cooperating with the other two in resolving the many many issues that had to be tackled. Congratulations on helping get the article to where it is hamiltonstone (talk) 00:53, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

 The Special Barnstar for such careful attention to the sources in reviewing DYK nominations, specifically in regard to Ved Vejen. With gratitude. -- Ipigott (talk) 18:55, 2 February 2013 (UTC)

 The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar Thanks for all your efforts and for your time. Miss Bono (talk) 17:21, 21 March 2013 (UTC)

 The U2 Barnstar I hereby award you the U2 Barnstar for your efforts in helping Wikiproject U2. Congratulations! For your Contributions on Morleigh Steinberg's Article. Enjoy it 14:06, 19 April 2013 (UTC)

 The Tireless Contributor Barnstar i don't know if this is the right bstar to say thank you for all you are doing for Morleigh Steinberg's article... but THANKS A LOT 12:17, 19 June 2013 (UTC)

 The Good Article Barnstar For your contributions to bring George McGovern to Good Article status. With 18,000 views a month, this article serves as many readers as ten average GAs put together. Thanks for going after the big topics--it's hugely appreciated! -- Khazar2 (talk) 12:38, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Why it's a waste, Part 2

 Too much wasted time has taken its toll. Have wiped my 1000-item watchlist and only put back a few obligations and obscure things I care about. Edits should be few(er), once I finish some things I started.

From December 2006. Didn't work.

All sorts of articles, mostly popular culture ones but some other kinds as well, have picked up sections named Trivia. This is not a good idea!

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, not a catchbin for every factoid about a subject, as some non-Wikipedia popular culture web pages are. Wikipedia articles should have a cohesiveness of content. If a "Trivia" item is really important, it should be put into one of the mainline sections of text in the appropriate spot. If a "Trivia" item is somewhat important, it can often be pushed down into a subordinate article (such as an album or song article for a musical artist, rather than the main article). If a "Trivia" item isn't important, it should be left out of any article! It's that simple.

Trivia sections are the lazy way out; they represent no organisation, no structure, no cohesion. They should all be gotten rid of, something I've tried to do when I've encountered them in articles I've worked on.

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Music/MUSTARD#Trivia for a guideline against Trivia sections in music articles.

And Wikipedia:Avoid trivia sections in articles for a guideline against Trivia sections in all articles.

Why it's mostly a waste, Part 4

Content of Wikipedia, November 2007.citation needed HT:User talk:JzG

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