User:Wmahan

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Hi, I've been editing Wikipedia since 2004-03-18.

Contact[edit]

NOTE: if you are sending me a message about an external link I removed, please read my page about external links first.

Leaving a message on my talk page is the preferred way of contacting me about Wikipedia.

If you aren't familiar with Wikipedia, you can send me an email using this link (or by going here if you don't have an account).

About[edit]

I think Wikipedia is interesting due to the following dichotomy:

  • it's a free and open collaboration of people around the world, and nothing like it has existed before; but
  • it's just a website, and the contents of any particular page or the contributions of any one person are unimportant.

I'm a proponent of free software, and I think the fact that Wikipedia is free is as important as its openness.

I see spam as a greater long-term threat to Wikipedia than vandalism. Vandalism is usually motivated by a desire for amusement or attention, and in most cases it is readily recognized. By contrast, spammers have a direct financial interest in developing more sophisticated methods of self-promotion, and I expect that they will become more organized and harder to detect over time.

Links[edit]

Here are few miscellaneous links:

Notice[edit]

This is my Wikipedia user page. If you are reading this on any site other than Wikipedia, you are viewing a mirror site that I am not affiliated with in any way.