Put me in a box
Communication on my Talk Page greatly encouraged.
I work slowly. I do not edit my field of expertise because I'm a little too close to that and it probably will lead to POV editing and needless conflicts. To avoid this, I edit my side-interests primarily. These change regularly, but right now are West African history, turn of century baseball, and places I am visiting soon. Took a break from January 2015 until June 2016, I highly recommend it.
Some articles I edited
- Anlu and Takembeng
- Art in Sierra Leone
- French Sudan/Soudan which became part of the Mali Federation and then the Union of African States
- Kisra legend
- Kojo Tovalou Houénou (important figure in the History of the Kingdom of Dahomey) who was married to Roberta Dodd Crawford who studied with N. Clark Smith
- Komenda Wars
- Morris Industrial School for Indians
- Nyarroh who was kidnapped by Ndawa
- Pope Anastasius II
- Presidential Council (Benin)
- Rassemblement Démocratique Africain
- Slavery in Mali and Slavery in Niger and some of the other Slavery in Africa articles.
- State formation
- William Clarence Matthews
- 1963 Togolese coup d'état
Since I weigh in on a few AFDs, figured I'd be transparent about my process:
- I do not read the article in question at first. I think this is sometimes misleading and so I start with a search in a couple of databases to see if I can ascertain notability through the results in them.
- Then I read the discussion and follow any evidence presented for keep or delete.
- Then I read the article and see where that leads me.
- Finally, I give it a best vote. My general rule of thumb is: A topic is probably not notable if a Wikipedia stub/start class article would be the best thing written about the topic. This is a helpful way to figure out if a topic has significant coverage or simply marginal mentions. This is imperfect and I won't be 100% faithful to it, but it is just sorta my guide.
- I follow all AfD discussions in which I participate and will gladly change votes based on other ideas later presented. I might even flip back.
- Philosophically, I'm probably closer to an inclusionist, but who thinks that depth is preferable to breadth while including as much information as possible. So, that leads me towards being a deletionist, I guess. I couldn't care less about these.