"The Wolves Pursuing Sol
" (1909) by J. C. Dollman.
- Hail to the Day! Hail to the sons of Day!
- To Night and her daughter hail!
- With placid eyes behold us here,
- and here sitting give us victory.
- Hail to the Æsir! Hail to the Asyniur!
- Hail to the bounteous earth!
- Words and wisdom give to us noble twain,
- and healing hands while we live!
- —Sigrdrífa, Sigrdrífumál
and ƿelcome to my corner of Ƿikipedia. While I have a general interest in all things folklore and folkloristics, language and linguistics, and essentially anything to do with history, I often focus on topics relating to the indigenous beliefs, practices, culture, and values of the Germanic peoples and their continued influence in modern society. I frequently edit on topics in Slavic, Classical, and general Indo-European studies as well. All of my edits are rooted in Wikipedia:Good article criteria.
I have been editing Wikipedia for over a decade now. There is a joy in producing what has every opportunity to be a peerless, entirely neutral reference work, limited neither by space nor deadline. While these articles are never "finished", I continue to hack away at bringing a variety of articles up to snuff. Ideally, these articles come closer and closer to being the highest quality springboards to further research one can find anywhere. And it's all free. No socio-economic advantage needed!
There are downsides. The process itself is messy and often difficult. This is partially because the software has become increasingly archaic but also because the project has over time developed internal social problems—see, for example, a 2015 article regarding Wikipedia's rampant sexism and its failure to rein it in. Although at its core Wikipedia is a platform for building articles, the Wikipedia community often views change of any sort as negative.
In addition, a clique mindset from users who seem to spend nearly all of their waking hours on Wikipedia all too often reigns. Over the years, some people have come to live their lives on Wikipedia. Communities have formed. In some circles, Wikipedia has become a clunky social network. Friends unblock friends. People—particularly those that spend all of their time on Wikipedia—gang up on those who don't, resulting in an often false idea of "consensus". In addition, a lot of time is wasted on misunderstandings, confusion regarding interpretation of policy, and, well, resident trolls.
It also admittedly gets a little old to clean up pseudoscience from articles, such as terminology and references to cryptozoology. But the end result is often worth it.
I've decided to restrict my reverting abilities to one revert per 24 hours rather than abide by Wikipedia's three revert per 24 hour policy. Why? I don't have a lot of time to spend here these days and the three-revert policy seems to be broken (some users are arbitrarily allowed unlimited reverts during content disputes or a user that reports someone else for violating the three revert rule may themselves be blocked, for example). That said, I make an exception for unambiguous vandalism (Wikipedia:Vandalism).
My one goal on Wikipedia is to build articles. I am sure that we can all agree that Wikipedia articles should be easy to read, sources should be frankly stated up front, and no corners should be cut. I edit with this in mind. You are welcome to help me continue to do my part here by way of collaboration—in fact I hope you will, there's a lot to be done—but I ask that you first please take a look at Wikipedia:Good article criteria. If I make an edit that doesn't reflect this, let me know. To do so, please use my talk page.
Written/developed "Good Article"-status articles
Who is really
behind all of those GA articles? Faster, dwarf minions
I stopped producing Good Article-status articles years ago. This is mainly because I don't have time for the review process but I continue to edit with these principles.
Articles I've contributed to heavily, or had a large hand in developing, that have reached (and remain at) Good Article status:
Freshly grown articles currently waiting to be inspected at Wikipedia:Good_article_nominations:
- None at this time
A 16th century depiction of children being educated in runelore
While I've authored/rewritten numerous articles on Wikipedia, here are some articles that I'm attempting to grow into something of quality enough for GA-examination:
High-priority articles that need to be rewritten:
A selection of my photographs that I've contributed to Wikipedia:
People Being Nice
A collection of people being nice to me:
||You... you are a wonder. Not only knowledgeable, but dedicated, a trait far less common, yet far more valuable. You are the reason Wikipedia is free from those who would wish to destroy it for their own enjoyment. You are the reason people can come to Wikipedia for reliable and factual information. You are a person that, despite the misinformation and clutter of the world, can be trusted to give clarity and understanding on a subject that has touched the imaginations of many. For your work on culture on the medieval peoples of northern Europe, thank you. Floatsam (talk) 04:30, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
||The Good Article Barnstar
|I award you this barnstar for your incredible efforts of bringing 30 articles on Norse and Germanic topics to Good Article status. Keep it up, but don't make your dwarven minions work too hard! –Holt T•C 17:51, 5 February 2009 (UTC)
||The Good Article Medal of Merit
|I award you this barnstar for you endless stream of Nordic mythology-related articles that pass themselves through the GA process. No other editor delivers such comprehensive quality in their nominations, making your articles a dream to review. Thanks for making Wikipedia a better encyclopedia. Arsenikk (talk) 11:54, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
||The Original Barnstar
|In spite of our less than auspicious interactions in the past, I would like to recognize your valuable contributions to our coverage of Germanic topics. You have done some good work on Wikipedia. dab (𒁳) 20:39, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
||The Editor's Barnstar
|I award User:Bloodofox the Editor's Barnstar for his valiant efforts to keep irrelevant, unsourced and subtrivial material out of our articles. Haukur 14:13, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
User:Bloodofox has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as Bloodofox's day!
You have made remarkable contributions to the project,
and the editors and readers of those pages are and always will be grateful to you for them.
We all look forward to seeing you return and continue in such development.
Thank you again for your outstanding efforts at article development.
Casliber (talk · contribs) 07:15, 24 December 2009 (UTC)
A record of your Day will always be kept here. Sorry, a bit late this one.
To expand or rewrite
Notes to myself (or you?) for eventual future work:
- Alu (runic)
- Corn dolly, needs plenty of attention.
- Fjörgyn and Fjörgynn
- Hel (location),needs expansion
- Merseburg Incantations
- Nine Herbs Charm
- Rune poems, needs expansion, particularly Scandinavian rune poems.
- Runic alphabet, needs major work, including overhaul and standardization of individual rune articles.
- Zisa (goddess)
Articles I intend to create (or I encourage someone to start):
- Boar helmet
- Jelling stone ship, apparently easily the largest stone ship in all of Scandinavia
- Reincarnation in Norse mythology
- Suti in Norse mythology
Ongoing article projects that are not yet ready to be brought into their articles for various reasons:
- The Grimmdex: An extensive and ongoing table of contents for Jacob Grimm's landmark 19th century work Deutsche Mythologie. Based on James Stallybrass's English translations of the volumes. Grimm's work is very massive, intricate, frequently referred to, but is itself pretty difficult to approach. The original table of contents for the tomes is very lacking. I've built a new, sprawling table of contents in an attempt to help others dig through the dusty corridors found within.
- Haukurth's Germanic Mythology Art Project: An ongoing project to collect and upload all of the (now public domain) illustrations of Germanic mythology to Wikipedia. Many of these illustrations have not seen the light of day since the 19th century, and few realize they exist. That is, until now.