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Greetings and welcome to my user page! Until recently I thought I couldn't tell you about myself because of WP:CHILD, but apparently the Wikimedia Foundation considers a minor to be anyone younger than 16, not 18. That pleases me, as there are some things that I couldn't tell you before that you will find useful.

First off, my brain is strange, though I suppose I am fond of it despite that. Or maybe because of it. Either way, my IQ is around 137, which has its perks, but those are offset somewhat by mental deficiencies: Asperger's Syndrome, Attention-Deficit Disorder and probably Major Depressive Disorder, although the latter is not diagnosed because there would be no advantage in doing so. I am medicated for the second, and otherwise somehow cope with all three, but I am not without my occasional lapses. In particular, any edits I make at night are more likely to be of questionable intelligence or downright foolish. This is because my ADHD medications serve as both cognitive and social inhibitors. Conversely, their wearing off results in substantial disinhibition. Essentially, when I'm not on them, I'm more likely to pay attention to irrelevant details, which prevents me from focusing on relevant ones, as well as make decisions impulsively when they should have been thought through more carefully. This is not to say that most edits I make while off my medications are stupid, or I'd entirely refrain from editing at night. And I don't try to do stupid things, because that just creates messes for me to deal with later, but when one's thought process is altered, it can be really hard to tell at the time. So if I've done something stupid, particularly something uncharacteristically so, check to see if the edit was made after 19:00 EST (23:00 UTC). If so, that's probably part of the reason.

My greatest aptitudes are in public policy and history, but I'm generally not skilled at content creation and therefore stay away from it. (Anyone wanting to laugh at my pathetic encyclopedic ability is invited to look at Civil Defense Patrols (Guatemala), whose writing is significantly worse than that of this user page.) Instead I created my Wikipedia account to make minor spelling, grammar and cohesion changes to articles while at school (as I could not edit anonymously due to an IP block), and not surprisingly made my home in the WikiGnome-suited new pages patrol. I'm sure I was terrible at it, as someone with no knowledge of Wikipedia's policies cannot possibly decide effectively whether or not articles meet those policies. Nevertheless, I wasn't yelled at that much, all things considered, so… I guess I learned quickly enough? Nowadays, you cannot patrol new articles without first obtaining the relevant userright, which was a wise decision.

Although I don't do much writing, I have access to almost 300 databases and tens of thousands of journals through my college. If you ever need access to anything, please don't hesitate to ask me!

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My editing style and habits are best defined by boldness. Sometimes this is on the verge of recklessness, particularly when my medications have worn off, as I explained above, although I try not to be reckless when I'm competent to do so. Regardless, if I see a problem that I can easily fix myself, I do. Sometimes I'm wrong and make things worse; in that case I expect to be reverted by someone wiser. If I know I can't easily fix a problem, I tag it so someone more competent can address it. Anyone who objects to the tag can easily contact me, on either my or the article's talk page. And if an unsuitable article is created from a redirect, I almost certainly will restore the redirect with my explanation of why in my edit summary; if the creator disagrees, they can simply press the undo button and explain why they find it suitable for inclusion.

The problem with handling it this way is that I also generally don't communicate very well: most of my edits contain a two- or three-word edit summary that says something like "Clean up" or links to a policy. This makes things easier for me, especially for reverts, as many of those are of single-purpose editors who don't know how Wikipedia works and don't care to learn, but handling it this way also somewhat bites those who are editing in good faith (see WP:HNST). However, as explaining every trivial edit I make in detail is simply not feasible, I have yet to find anything that doesn't unintentionally shave some heads. Those with suggestions are welcome to approach me with them; I promise I'll at least consider them. In the meantime, if you're someone who has questions about anything I've done, stupid or otherwise, you're invited to ask me about it on my talk page. I'll try to give a detailed, thorough and helpful reply.

Another pattern worth noting is my habit of writing a substantial sum of text (say, a paragraph) and then making two or three or six minor edits to correct errors within it. Critics would claim that this is why we have a preview button, and they would be correct. Alas, using a preview button is not particularly convenient on slow Internet speeds such as mine, as loading the preview usually as long as submitting the text and loading the entire page itself. I should get into the habit of simply reading my text in Source before submitting, and I'm working on that, but doing so isn't always feasible, particularly when there are balloons of wiki markup in the middle. Any other suggestions are welcome; in the meantime, I just wanted to disclose that, no, I'm not intentionally inflating my edit count by being careless, and I'm not about to start using the preview button on things that aren't high-risk.

Style- and habit-wise, I'm something of a hybrid between a WikiGnome and a WikiFærie. Anyone able and willing to produce a quality artistic rendering of such a hybrid for display on this page will be generously rewarded.

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THanks Tunomukumo Namutenya (talk) 18:31, 8 July 2015 (UTC)
Bubble Tea.png Thank you for your work patrolling new pages! This provides a valuable service to Wikipedia. Rubbish computer 13:42, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
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3,737 patrolls in the last 12 months! That's very, very good! Keep up the good work. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 10:12, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
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Thanks for all the work you put into patrolling new pages! It really does make a difference :) Keep up the great work! ~ Anastasia [Missionedit] (talk) 20:39, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
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Just a note to let you know that I constantly see you doing wise and helpful things all over teh wiki. Here is a kitten in appreciation for your contributions. Glad to have you aboard.

Diannaa (talk) 18:29, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

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Thanks for your great work at Articles For Creation! – Lionel(talk) 10:33, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
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Things I dislike:

  • WP:CHILD: the restrictions placed by the policy are burdensome to the communication of useful information about editors, and they're ineffective anyway, as the information it seeks to control is already online via other media
  • {{R from alternative name}}: there's nothing wrong with this template, per se, but if you're applying it to a redirect, you're probably applying the wrong one. Lists of Rcat templates can be found at Template:Rcat functional index (partial but comprehensive) and Wikipedia:Template messages/Redirect pages (complete)
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