User:Arch dude

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I am a 67-year-old American (WASP, male.) I was a systems architect in the field of data communications software from 1970 to 2016, and am now retired. I am interested in computers, Open Source, Linux, science, science fiction, the singularity, nanotechnology, history, and just about everything, in approximately that order.

I am a radical Singularitarian. "Radical" means that I think the singularity is inevitable and that it will occur prior to 2020. I feel that human civilization is building a technological infrastructure that makes it increasingly easy to create a superintelligence, either explicitly or by accident. Wikipedia is possibly an important part of the infrastructure.

My first contribution to Wikipedia occurred on 10 July 2006.

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In reviewing my edit history, I realize that I tend to edit primarily obscure areas having little to do with my stated interests, and much more to do with "cleaning up" in a broad sense. I add PG and Worldcat links, disambiguate, and occasionally add missing articles, mostly from material over 100 years old. I have created more than 125 articles, but many of these are simple DAB pages.

I have linked about 500 Project Gutenberg Authors: (Wikipedia:Project Gutenberg author list.)

I am also a disambiguator

Disambig.svg This user repairs links to disambiguation pages.

disaambiguation has come along way since I started doing this. If you want to help, please go to the daily problem page and just start working.

other Wikis[edit]


I rewrote the Itanium article and brought it to GA status, pretty much by myself. I nominated it for FA status: we'll see what happens. I started this effort because the existing set of articles were very weak and had a large pro-Itanium bias, and I had a very negative attitude toward the effect of the Itanium saga on the computer industry. As part of writing an NPOV article, I found that Itanium has some really worthwhile features to somewhat counterbalance the "political" problems. I also recruited a member of the Gelato team to write the Gelato Federation article. This has been a fun experience.

My RFA failed. Based on this experience, I concluded that the RFA system is fundamentally flawed, and I am no longer willing to invest any time in this system. I will spend my time trying to improve articles.

Firefox add-on for worldcat links[edit]

I decided that Worldcat Links are extremely valuable, so I created some templates and spent some time implementing a Firefox add-in. See User:Arch_dude/worldcat. I asked around in several Wikipedia forums and received not negative feedback, so I have been gradually adding worldcat links. Nobody has yet objected. Together with one other user, I've several hundred links. My goal is to add a link to every Wikipedia article that is about an author or subject with a Worldcat ID: that would be a substantial percentage of our articles.


I needed an article from the Dictionary of National Biography, so I went to Wikisource to find it and found the DNB project there to be non-existent, so I created the project as a place to keep my article source. (s:Wikisource:WikiProject DNB.) Others joined and the project took off, eventually resulting in all 30,000 or so DNB articles being present on Wikisource. The project continues, with the aim of ensuring a Wikipedia article for each DNB article (with very few exceptions.) Here at Wikipedia, the associated project is Wikipedia:WikiProject Dictionary of National Biography.