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About me:

Chris Watkins

What I do: Wiki & open knowledge consultant, and a director of the Appropedia Foundation, which runs Appropedia (Wikipedia article), wiki for sustainability, appropriate technology & international development. My Appropedia homepage says more about my passions - in particular, international development, water and sanitation, sustainability, global public health, appropriate technology & renewable energies.

Oh, Wikipedia...: I'm concerned that Wikipedia is losing its civility. I'm concerned that there's not enough encouragement, too much deletion rather than organized efforts to improve articles. I'd like to see deletion as a good faith process, transwikiing or moving pages to userspace rather than officiously deleting them.

Wikiholics unite: On Wikipedia, I've contributed more than 6000 edits, including 2800-ish in mainspace and 70-ish new articles. I do much more editing on Appropedia, though my main role there, as a director, is supporting the community and working on partnerships.

putting myself in boxes:
My blog: Pablo Garudaa
Joint blog: Appropedia Foundation blog
enThis user is a native speaker of the English language.
id-4Pengguna ini mampu bersumbangsih dengan bahasa Indonesia mendekati penutur ibu.
ms-3Pengguna ini boleh menyumbang dengan taraf yang baik dalam Bahasa Melayu.
en-sg-2This user's Singlish not very good lah.
es-1Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel básico de español.
de-0Dieser Benutzer hat keine Deutschkenntnisse.
MEngThis user has a Master of Engineering degree.
UNSWThis user is a student or graduate of the University of New South Wales.

More userboxes.

Very, very occasionally, I contribute to the Wikipedia in Indonesian (user page) and even more rarely, in Malay (user page).

The places:

Spent decades: Flag of Australia.svg
Spent years: Flag of Indonesia.svg
Spent months: Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of the United States.svg Flag of Thailand.svg Flag of Guatemala.svg
Spent a week or more: Flag of Nicaragua.svg Flag of the Republic of China.svg Flag of Mexico.svg Flag of the Philippines.svg Flag of Canada.svg
Visiting soonish: Flag of Germany.svg
Would love to visit... please someone invent carbon neutral travel! Flag of Iran.svg Flag of Syria.svg Flag of Turkey.svg Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of India.svg ...and every other country.
Ancestry: Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of England.svg Flag of Germany.svg

Idea pinched from Grutness who lifted from Moriori who half-inched from Calton who nicked it from Salsb who stole it from Guettarda who borrowed it from White Cat

This is a Wikipedia user page.

If you find this page on any site other than Wikipedia, you are viewing a mirror site. The page may be outdated and the user may have no connection with the site you are viewing. The original page is

Wikimedia Foundation

Wikiholic alert.
"My username is Chriswaterguy and I am a wikiholic."
  • I cancelled my plans to live and work in China when I learnt they blocked Wikipedia.
  • I often read non-fiction books and mark things that I want to put into Wikipedia. I now read blogs and ask the writer to consider using an open license so we can adapt it for Appropedia,
  • I'm a registered user of about 10 wikis (I've stopped counting, but way more than 10).

Yes I'm an addict. No, it's not a problem. I'm going to take a break, just as soon as I finish editing this...

Maybe I need a 12 step program...

  1. We admitted we were powerless over wiki-editing and our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him/Her/It/Them.
  4. When that failed, we took responsibility for our own actions.
  5. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  6. Admitted the exact nature of our wrongs.
  7. Made a list of all the new experiences we had passed up because we were in a wiki-editing vortex, and became willing to try them all.
  8. Left the computer occasionally, in order to meet attractive people in real life, and flirt with them.
  9. Continued to take inventory and when we were wrong promptly reverted it.
  10. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Her, praying only for knowledge of Her will for us and the power to carry that out.
  11. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to wikiholics.
  12. Realized the irony of creating this notice.


WikiProject Climate change · talk
WikiProject Energy development · talk
WikiProject Water purification · talk
WikiProject Urban studies and planning · talk
WikiProject Countering systemic bias · talk
WikiProject Community · talk

I sometimes post questions & point out problems in articles at:
WikiProject Business and Economics · talk.

To leave me a message, click the "talk" tab, or Use this link

Note sure what to do with this...More - interests and opinions.


Issues with help[edit]


A few users with similar interests[edit]

...and many, many more of course.

user pages that I will probably get around to browsing, some time...[edit]

  • User:Jimbo - the creator.
  • User:Larry Sanger... if Jimbo's the creator, then Larry might be the devil, in some kind of gnostic view of co-creation followed by conflict. That's if I understand Gnosticism, which I probably don't.
  • User:Kierant - some interesting links.

bits from Wikipedia[edit]

During the May 1998 Revolution, when calls for political reform or reformasi in Indonesia led to the resignation of President Suharto, Malaysian satirists Instant Cafe lampooned a government broadcast in which 'Malaysians are reminded that reformasi is an Indonesian word, which has no equivalent in Bahasa Melayu.' ([1])

from elsewhere:[edit]

Javanese poetry [2][3]

hana caraka
data sawala
padha jayanya
maga bathanga

differed in opinion
equally powerful
both corpse[1]

  1. ^ My own attempt at rendering the poem, drawing from Javanese script and this Indonesian translation

What I do on Wikipedia[edit]

I think about one day doing more on other topics I want to learn about... so I'd be learning, researching, adding well-verified information when the articles are too skinny, and making suggestions on the user page... but not taking a strong position on what should and shouldn't be in the article. These topics include:

Read why I'm enthusiastic about Wikipedia.

My pending tasks · My sandbox · My scratchpad · My areas of interest · My notes on Appropriate technology

My key links: Appropriate technology · Appropedia · site

General editing: Guide to layout · How to write a great article · How to edit a page · Some articles on editing · Citing sources · Forum for Encyclopedic Standards

Specific: Cleanup resources · Stub types · Prettytable · Help:Table · Divbox · Web colors · userboxes · Format templates · AutoWikiBrowser.

Something cool about Wikipedia[edit]

When English speakers see the words "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" we probably think: cool, it's free, I don't have to pay. I realised that there more to it when using the Indonesian Wikipedia. For "free" it didn't use the word gratis (no cost), but rather bebas (as in free from restrictions). Actually, both meanings are true of Wikipedia.

Useful bits of wiki code[edit]

Gallery and caption:

See User:Robchurch/Software/Captions in galleries

<gallery caption="Some pictures">

To put a line through a block of text (more than one paragraph):

<div style="text-decoration: line-through">    </div>

HTML attributes


In this userspace: