User:Bob the Wikipedian
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This user is an English WikiDragon (Wikidraco wikidraco anglica).
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other American (8%) +
other French (7%) +
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other Roman (6%) +other German (6%)
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Being the best citizen I can.
Hi! Call me Bob (as opposed to BTW - that gets confusing!).
I'm a computer scientist, a violinist, and a longtime zoology enthusiast. With my exposure to the Internet, I've developed a passion for paleobiology as well, and Wikipedia has become an irreplaceable part of my life. Where will you find me on Wikipedia? Writing and maintaining code for the Tree of Life WikiProject, developing the Wikipedia trading card game, and helping out here and there. I've played a big role in the Wikipedia Education Program, though I regret I haven't been able to volunteer any time for it the past few months.
About the Wikipedia Education Program
Here are a few ways in which Wikipedia and the classroom can work together to benefit one another simultaneously:
- Individual research projects - Why not replace a term paper with a Wikipedia article that will be seen by hundreds, or even thousands? That alone motivates students to write more cohesively and thoroughly. Students learn how to write for a public audience and do research with reliable sources such as journals.
- Group research projects - Teach your students to collaborate with one another in writing literature. When students collaborate in literature, this requires them to conduct highly critical peer review in order to avoid contradictions and often produces a greater, more flavorful wealth of information. Wiki editing is an increasingly valuable skill in the business world as businesses discover new ways to present ideas and collaborate on projects.
- Presenting complex ideas to the public - Once the research is done and the journal article is written, what better way to present the information than Wikipedia? While we don't allow you to publish your own research, we highly encourage the publication of facts cited in other people's works. Presenting information to the public requires your students to apply what they know to help the average layperson understand complex subjects using terms familiar to most people-- a skill many students lack.
- Enriching Wikipedia's media gallery - Help illustrate Wikipedia with freely-licensed photos, drawings, vectors, sound clips, or videos. This is a wonderful chance to learn copyright laws to a depth students never imagined existed. This would make a great supplemental project for any photography, art, graphic design, film, or recording class.
- Coding - We're just beginning to discover the unknown capacities of WikiSyntax. It looks like Lisp but functions like a scripting language. What better way to learn preprocessing web programming than to write code that will be used globally?
About my username
Yes, my name really is Bob. Well, Robert, but Bob is short for Robert. There are actually LOTS of diminutive forms of Robert, and I respond to several (but not all) of them.
When picking a username, it's important to pick something both memorable, distinguishing, and neutral. A memorable username means you'll be recognized later on down the road if you've talked to someone before. A name that's easy to pronounce by native English-speakers is far more memorable than, say, your last name with your first initial on either end (well, at least in my case). As for the "Wikipedian" part, many folks have asked me if that was Joe-the-Plumber-inspired. The answer is no-- Joe the Plumber was in 2008, and I registered in 2006. I was actually going for a spinoff of Alexander the Great.
What's a WikiDragon, anyway?
A WikiDragon is a Wikipedian who doesn't worry so much about the tiny opportunities for improvement of Wikipedia, such as fixing typos. WikiDragons focus instead on heavier aspirations, such as rewrites of entire sections of articles, creating useful stubs (sometimes whole articles), moving projects forward, or even reforming the way people do things on Wikipedia. WikiDragons, by their very nature, leave large footprints on Wikipedia (for better or for worse).
WikiDragons tire quickly, though, and are known for taking frequent and often extended breaks, often due to a busy life outside Wikipeda.
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