User:Cosmic Latte

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Cosmic Latte (#FFF8E7)

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Hello. I'm Cosmic Latte, the colour of the universe. No, this has nothing to do with race or skin tone or anything like that. In fact, we're all made of the same old stardust. I just happen to delight in the idea that we're not only stardust, but also Starbucks.

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General userboxes[edit]

Wikipedia Rollbacker.svgThis user has rollback rights on the English Wikipedia. (verify)
This user thinks that there are too many people who don’t know that they're worse than their own children at spelling!
darThis editor is a darwikinist.
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This user values the quality of Wikipedia articles over the quantity and thus supports the merging of related content and deletion of articles that violate policies and guidelines.
Commons-emblem-copyright.svg This user finds copyright paranoia disruptive.
This user thinks that too many people have no idea how to use words that they should have learned in grade two.
This user likes the song Hotel Wikipedia.
This user chooses never to split infinitives.
Regarding gender, this user will use the vernacular, not what is politically correct.
whomThis user insists upon using whom wherever it is called for, and fixes the errors of whomever he sees.
You and MeThis user thinks that if you believe it is incorrect to use "you and me" as the object of a sentence, a little talk needs to be had by you and me...
Subj This user prefers that the subjunctive mood be used. Were this user you, he would use it.
Latin Plurals: "Data is are..." This user uses "data", "media", "memoranda", "criteria", and "agenda" as the plurals of "datum", "medium", "memorandum", "criterion", and "agendum".
Majority ≠ right This user recognizes that even if 300,000,000 people make the same mistake, it's still a mistake.
User:Alpha Omicron/Miss SC
Wheaties, Cheerios, and Rice Chex This user prefers the cereal comma.

Because I haven't found (or made) a userbox for it yet: This user is opposed to ageism of all kinds, and believes that kids from 1 to 92 should be eligible to be editors, administrators, or even bureaucrats or arbitrators as long as they display the necessary skills.

I couldn't have said it much better than this.


This user is a member of
WikiProject Time.
Many of my contributions have been to year-related articles. My concrete goals are to help standardize, clean, and add to this ever-growing, ever-revised, and potentially endless set of articles. More abstractly, I enjoy the challenge of judging historical notability from an encyclopedic, "neutral" point of view.

Psi2.svgThis user is a member of
WikiProject Psychology.
I have edited several psychology-related articles with an eclectic mindset, seeking to ensure that a diversity of viewpoints is represented. I believe that eclecticism and WP:NPOV go hand-in-hand.

By the way, those rectangles you see above, on the left, are called Userboxes. I wanted to make it easier for less experienced users to access them in general, but I ran into some peculiar obstacles. So, for those of you who might like to add some Userboxes to your own user page, here is my own link to the Userbox Gallery.


I feel that I have contributed in useful or important ways—whether through copy-editing, content-addition, or criticism—to the following articles, among others: 2008, 2009, 20th century, Astrology, Becky Taylor, Beginning of human personhood, Chesley Sullenberger, Eric Nance, February 2009 Victorian bushfires, George W. Gill, History of depression, Major depressive disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Psychology, Race (classification of human beings), September 11 attacks, Sigmund Freud, Sociology, Soul, US Airways Flight 1549, and YFZ Ranch. I created the articles on Becky Taylor and George W. Gill, and helped to promote Major depressive disorder to featured status. I have also been involved with several article-deletion discussions.


From my talk page:

"Experienced Editor, awarded for being a registered editor for at least 1.5 years and making at least 6,000 edits"
This editor is an
Experienced Editor
and is entitled to display this
Service Badge.
For your work on the years articles. Pathfinder2006 (talk) 00:41, 10 May 2008 (UTC)

Editors Barnstar.png The Editor's Barnstar
For first-rate copyediting and cleanup of the article 20th century. Groupthink (talk) 13:36, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
A great defense. Whole argument--including ending with a concern over a probable WP:DGFA violation--shows you to be a great defender of wikipedia policy. --Firefly322 (talk) 11:04, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

I hereby award Cosmic Latte this Flaming Joel-wiki for going through wiki-hell for six weeks and coming out the other side...always remember rule numero-uno, don't edit unless you don't mind having your material ruthlessly edited, and keep on smiling. Cheers, Casliber (talk · contribs) 05:38, 8 December 2008 (UTC)



Before you read further, I ask that you forgive me in advance for sounding off about the pitfalls of...well, sounding off. There is, alas, no easy way to speak about the benefits of silence.

I mention above that I take a darwikinist approach to editing; that is, I see Wikipedia as a dynamic and evolving ecology of ideas. But, as some people have failed to understand, there is a difference between evolution and development. Evolving doesn't necessarily mean improving; bigger isn't always better; and, as the eugenicists really failed to understand, that which appears "better" in one context may be at a severe disadvantage in another. Like the earth, the human mind--even in a collective sense--has its limits. Patience and memory are finite resources. I find Wikipedia philosophically interesting, then, for two conflicting reasons. First, because so many people collaborate on it, it allows the ecological nature of ideas to become truly manifest. Second, again because so many people are involved, it easily permits these ideas to exceed their carrying capacity in human intelligence. The boundaries between knowledge and information, between trivial and notable, become obscured. As Wikipedia acquires more articles, so the earth receives more and more people who, themselves feeling irrelevant to the grand scheme of things, come to see Wikipedia as a chance to gain their 15 kilobytes of fame through vanity articles. These articles often evade detection for far too long, because such activity simply contributes to the wealth of information in which importance is obscured in the first place. Others add their birthdays and anniversaries to year and date pages. (Evidently the ability to encapsulate one's identity into an absurdly customizable cell phone, and then to alert everyone to that identity with, say, a Klaus Nomi ringtone, still leaves people wanting more. Curious, isn't it?) This sort of activity actually bothers me more than "witty" vandalism, because the latter vandals are at least aware that they're tagging a quantitatively ridiculous amount of information with some qualitative baloney. The "vanity vandals," in contrast, are dishearteningly oblivious to the fact that this is what they're doing. So, I think we will do ourselves a favor to take a relatively exclusionist, and maybe even a deletionist, approach to editing, in the belief that as mere information is winnowed from true knowledge, we'll begin to gain a sense of which ideas really matter and, in so doing, of why and how we matter.


Because an encyclopedia is a compendium of knowledge, and because most of what we know concerns the past--after all, it's been around for quite a while--most encyclopedic material deals with prior people, events, and discoveries. Due to my interest in time-related material, however, I've found myself working with an unusual quantity of knowledge that is either unfolding or expected to unfold sometime in the future. So, in addition to the general views noted above, I've done some thinking about how to handle present- and future-related material.

For some of my thoughts about current events, here is part of an entry that I made on an article's talk page:

Since this is Wikipedia and not Wikinews or an almanac, I generally prefer to let the dust settle a bit before adding or updating recent events. In other words, I think that WP calls for a relatively exclusionist approach to new information. More precisely, you might say that it calls for a sort of compromise between eventualism and exclusionism: Consider the eventual value of brand-new information, but realize that this value is almost certain to be a lot less than it first appears. It's easy to confuse notability with freshness in memory. In any case, when dealing with completely new material, it's always a good rule of thumb to add information and (good) references simultaneously.

As for writing about the future, here is a discussion that occurred on my own talk page, followed by an afterthought of mine (also left on the talk page) for other editors for whom it might be beneficial. Briefly, I think that a literal and straightforward, but close and careful, reading of the WP:FUTURE policy is enough to guide future-related writing on Wikipedia.

Hello Cosmic Latte. I'm not trying to be cute, concerning mentioning of the United States presidential election, 2008. If Bush dies, resigns or is removed from office before his term expires? Cheney would be the 44th President. This time - I've replaced 44th with next. GoodDay (talk) 14:58, 16 March 2008 (UTC)
I've also changed 44th President to next President, at the 2009 article. PS- Though I disagree with using 44th, I won't revert (again) if you guys prefer to keep it. GoodDay (talk) 19:00, 16 March 2008 (UTC)
I'll leave it up to other folks, too. Seems like both of us have pretty much stated our cases on the matter. Cosmic Latte (talk) 10:33, 17 March 2008 (UTC)
For those of you who might be interested in time-related articles and edits, and would like some more information about the above dispute: Basically, it boiled down to a debate about how to apply the WP:FUTURE policy to an upcoming presidential election. A very broad interpretation of this policy might suggest that, because WP is not a crystal ball, it can't predict that the next U.S. president will be the 44th. Because some extraordinary circumstances could make him or her the 45th, WP can only claim that the election will be for the "next" president. My view, however, is that this argument is a "slippery slope" to saying that, because WP isn't a crystal ball, it can't say anything about the future, because there is always the possibility--however minute--that some extraordinary circumstance could change all plans. What if a meteor or supervolcano wipes out the human population? What if a wandering black hole eats the entire planet? Thankfully, however, a close reading of WP:FUTURE excuses us from making such bizarre considerations, because it states:
[A.] Individual scheduled or expected future events should only be included if the event is notable and almost certain to take place. [...]
[B.] Articles that present extrapolation, speculation, and "future history" are original research and therefore inappropriate.
To assume that the next presidential election will be the 44th (or that the human race and Planet Earth will be around tomorrow) is to meet condition A, whereas to recognize the possibility that it will be the 45th (or that Armageddon is just around the corner) is to meet condition B. Thus the former assumption is, in my view, acceptable, whereas the latter recognition is not. Cosmic Latte (talk) 03:12, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

RfA criteria[edit]

The sociologist Emile Durkheim argued that healthy doses of moral regulation and social integration/solidarity are necessary for a functioning society. To modify and simplify this line of reasoning for our purposes, we might say that both authority and equality are vital components of a community. (We're really simplifying Durkheim, who actually distinguished between two types of solidarity, the "better" of which could be characterized more by equity than by equality. Read up on him if you're interested.) On Wikipedia, the bureaucrats have an exceptional degree of (technical) authority; IP users and registered users have a respectable degree of equality, insofar as they can edit most of the same articles. Adminship is, to me, a middle ground, where a potentially enormous group of users (equality) can share a special set of tools (authority, at least in a technical sense). When I participate in RfA's, I will generally support, as long as it appears that the candidate will not overmphasize authority at the expense of equality or solidarity. This means that I will tend to support as long as the candidate does not meet criteria such as:


This user supports protection of the environment.
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Do you?
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Gandhi August 1944.jpg This user believes in the power of nonviolence.
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This user has an active interest in Social History
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May we never forget…
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Female.svgFemale.svgMale.svgMale.svg This user supports heterosexual and homosexual marriages, and is against any kind of gender restrictions.
DemThis user is a Democrat.
GPUSThis user supports the Green Party of the United States.
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This user uses no way as Way.
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This user is interested in Philosophy, particularly later modern Western philosophy
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Nh-pluto-in-true-color 2x JPEG.jpg This user misses Pluto. May its planethood rest in peace.
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Psi2.svgThis user is interested in psychology.
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This user is interested in the life and times of Ludwig II of Bavaria

Because I haven't found (or made) a userbox for it yet (although, interestingly, I've come across a userbox for the opposite idea): This user thinks that race is a biological reality, but strongly denies the popular idea that racism follows from such a belief.

And, last but not least...[edit]

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airsickness bags
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I hate to admit it, but...[edit]

Face-angel.svgThis user is a reformed vandal.