Hello. I'm chuck
Location: North Somerset, UK
Profession: electronics design engineer
Joined Wikipedia: 05 February 2005
Interests: walking, golf, reading, writing, languages, history, maths, chemistry, physics, geography, human biology, book binding, investment, economics, business, computing, software, music, HiFi, guitars, electronics, photography, cars, motorbikes, aviation, metalworking, woodworking, gardening, architecture, house refurbishment.
Other IDs: same username on Wikipedia Commons http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:CPES)
POV: is anything true?
Wikipedia: I remember Roy Donahuge, a kindly unassuming author in the Technical Publications Department at EMI electronics where I worked. He demonstrated how to turn the convoluted proposal that I had sweated weeks over into a shorter, more logical and readable document by applying a few simple rules. Up to that time, like many technical people, writing was a chore, although punctuation and spelling still were until I came across, Task's, Penguin Guide to Punctuation and then they invented PCs with word processors and spell checkers.
I find that copy-editing Wikipedia articles is a good way to learn about subjects but I do feel guilty about changing other people's work, especially those who may be non-native English speakers, young, or just not experienced in writing. The Wikipedians who do the research, start articles, and provide the illustrations and those who subsequently add to the articles are the front-line soldiers. The organisation, presentation, punctuation and grammar, while essential, requires different skills.
Thanks to the Wikipedians who correct my errors and explain why, and to the Wikipedians who discus topics in an objective, constructive, and polite way. And no thanks to the rest!
Contact: You can leave messages for me on talk for this page.
|The Epic Barnstar|
|I just wanted to let you know that your work on the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria article has not gone unnoticed. In appreciation for that work, I hereby award you the Epic Barnstar, which is awarded to an editor who makes particularly fine contributions related to history and events. TJRC (talk) 23:55, 30 October 2009 (UTC)|
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