If you have any interest in editing Wikipedia by smartphone, I encourage you to read my essay, Smartphone editing. Thank you.
|25 April 2021|
Wikipedia can be a tricky place for beginners. I am happy to be of assistance. You may also find Wikipedia:A Primer for newcomers to be a useful introduction to editing. Another great place to get help with editing is the Teahouse, where I am an active host.
Call me Cullen, or call me Jim
My real name is Jim Heaphy. I have been contributing to Wikipedia since June 28, 2009. I became an administrator on July 23, 2017. I am committed to the principles of Wikipedia, including the neutral point of view, and try to improve articles in areas where I have some expertise or interest. I always appreciate constructive criticism.
As a child, I spent many pleasurable hours browsing the World Book Encyclopedia but never imagined back then that I would be an encyclopedia editor myself one day. Despite its problems in some areas, I truly think that Wikipedia is the greatest thing since sliced bread, and am proud to make my own small contributions to this worthy project.
I worked myself through college slowly. I attended City College of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. My major was Human Relations and Organizational Behavior.
I now live in the wonderful city of American Canyon, California, at the southern end of the Napa Valley. I am 69 years old, and am a married male with two adult sons. I have been self employed as a small business owner in the construction industry for 27 years, and have been an occasional freelance writer and public speaker for decades.
I have a lot of interests, among which are American history, Abraham Lincoln, California, the history of mountaineering, the Sierra Nevada, Mount Shasta, the Arts and Crafts movement, Native American artists, San Francisco, wine, cooking, plein air landscape painting, photography, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, antique and classic cars, the history of Michigan, and Judaism. I am fascinated with American politics but try to keep it a small part of my editing. I am a book lover, and enjoy fact checking and adding useful references to existing articles, as well as writing new articles on notable subjects that interest me. Please let me know if signs of bias creep into anything I write.
I strive to be fair in my editing and broad about the kind of articles I work on. I am a Democrat, but wrote an article I'm very proud of about a Republican I admired, Norman Livermore. I am a Jew, but wrote an article about a Hindu religious festival, Kalpataru Day and a Russian Orthodox church, Holy Virgin Cathedral. I am an American, but have expanded articles about people from all over the world.
Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest
When editing on Wikipedia, I always strive to make improving the encyclopedia my highest priority. I edit most often in areas I care about, but I also edit in areas I've learned about and become interested in through Wikipedia, especially in Articles for Deletion (AfD) debates.
I have been a member of the Sierra Club since 1976, and many of my early contributions to Wikipedia have to do with notable people and places associated with the Sierra Club and the mountains of California in some way. I am disclosing my club membership, but also want to state that I am not now nor have ever been an officer or employee of the club, and my contributions are my own, and not coordinated with anyone else. Over the years, I have become a generalist editor, and no longer focus in that specific area, although I still care very much about those topics.
I am self-employed in the construction industry, and provide a very specialized service on a freelance basis. My small business specializes in repair and maintenance of Solid surface and Granite countertops. I've done relatively little editing in these areas, with the exception of one related article I wrote, Oxide jacking. I discussed this article with other experienced editors, to be sure that I was on the right track.
I will always disclose and freely discuss any potential conflict of interest. I pledge that adherence to Wikipedia's Five Pillars and all applicable Wikipedia policies and guidelines will always come first for me as an editor.
User:ChesPal and User:AmCanDave
My wife edits Wikipedia under the username ChesPal, though she isn't as active as I am. She had an idea for her first article, she and I worked on it together, and developed it at the San Francisco WikiWomen's Edit-a-Thon. The article is Amish dolls. She has also written a second article, Shawnee Pottery, and has done a great job expanding existing articles William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park and Lion Brand, with a bit of assistance from me.
My son David has begun editing Wikipedia, under the account AmCanDave. He has made some edits to Arlen Ness, with my assistance and guidance, as he has learning disabilities. He would like to do more editing, based on his own research and interests. I will assist him with Wiki markup, but his contributions are his own.
Antidote to drama
I like this perceptive essay on problematic Wikipedia editors, Observations on Wikipedia behavior, and recommend it to anyone who is interested.
Categories I've Created
- Category:Sierra Club
- Category:Wikipedians by alma mater: University of San Francisco
- Category:Wikipedians who edit by smartphone
Contributions to Featured articles
- Sunbeam Tiger, Today's featured article for June 21, 2013, a photo, a very small contribution, but I am pleased to have made that contribution.
- Walt Disney, Today's featured article for December 5, 2016 includes two photos I took.
- Canadian drug charges and trial of Jimi Hendrix, Today's featured article for December 13, 2015, includes contributions to content which I'm proud of, although GabeMc deserves most of the credit for bringing this to Featured article status. I am just happy to have been part of the process.
Major contributions to Good articles
I have also done significant copy editing at Hotel Polen fire. Although I did little direct editing, I provided recommendations on the talk page, and ongoing advice to the most active editor at Gun show loophole.
I am proud of these articles, appreciate the input of other editors, and also, I invite any editor to pitch in and help improve any of these articles.
Articles I've written (I don't own them, I just started them)
Kewpie (mayonnaise) | Boiled dressing | Timeline of violent and dangerous incidents at the U.S. Capitol | Ethan Nordean | Warren Alpert | Tanzina Vega | Cayetano Juarez Adobe | Cayetano Juarez | The Meat Racket | Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the meat industry in the United States |Sonoma Index-Tribune | Rainbow baby | Kamifūsen | Soleil Ho | Raymond Dabb Yelland | Zenith Radio Nurse | Aunt Sammy | Jan Shrem | Manetti Shrem Museum of Art | Yusuf Ahmed Sarinle | Ocean to Ocean Automobile Endurance Contest | Larry Pinkney | Grace Quan | Marina Rustow | Sebastian Ruth | Joe's Special | The Terror (1920 film) | Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep (organization) | Adele Stimmel Chase | Rondal Partridge | Imogen and Twinka at Yosemite | Alyce Frank | Lee Bycel | Leni Sinclair | Wolf House | Norman Dyhrenfurth | Last Will and Embezzlement | Vaillancourt Fountain | Israeli breakfast | Skookum doll | Parcel tax | Dudley Perkins (motorcyclist) | Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Ultra Classic | Jeffrey Bleustein | Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders | 1970 Memorial Park riot | Mary Gardiner | Suomi NPP | Oxide jacking | Life net | Polaroid Z340 | Dugan Aguilar | Chris Brown (dancer) | Sonoma TrainTown Railroad | High Sierra Camps | Fred R. Archer | I Gotta Know (Wanda Jackson song) | Gladding, McBean | Sierra No. 3 | Al Qöyawayma | Moonlight Cocktail | Fred Rosenbaum | They Call the Wind Maria | Hagafen Cellars | Cedric Wright | Dirk van Erp | Joseph Asher | Jules Eichorn | Allen Steck | Robert L. M. Underhill | Miriam O'Brien Underhill | Glen Dawson | Horse Camp | Tom Frost | Mount Whitney Fish Hatchery | Chuck Pratt | Bestor Robinson | Shelton Johnson | Mezzetta | Richard M. Leonard | William Siri | Lute Jerstad | Leland Curtis | Robert Clunie | Francis P. Farquhar Mountaineering Award | Nellie Charlie | Carrie Bethel | Ford Hunger March | Marin French Cheese Company | William S. Rice | High Trips | Norman Livermore | Whoa Nellie Deli | Bishop Mule Days | American Canyon High School | Kalpataru Day | Holy Virgin Cathedral
Collaborations with newer editors
Articles I've expanded, revised and/or added photos to
José M. Hernández | Ramón Mercader | The White Dawn | Music in Monk Time | Myles Moylan | Jason Reynolds | Manchild in the Promised Land | Tuna fish sandwich | John Burris | Alicia Appleman-Jurman | Rick Joyner | Donald Frith | Leo B. Bozell | Joe Biggs | Milana Vayntrub | Totem Pole (Monument Valley) | John Johnson (reporter) | Julian Serrano | Avril Haines | Proud Boys | Thomas Earl House (Napa, California) | Brad Parscale | Susan Page | Steve Scully | Venceremos Brigade | Joseph Benti | Clayton Bailey | Jeeves of Belgravia | Meroe Park | Pilgrim's Pride | Lee Mroszak | R. Timothy Ziemer | Tyson Foods | Smithfield Foods | Arthur D. Simons | JBS S.A. | Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant | USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) | Akhilesh Reddy | List of Jewish American authors | Michael Tubbs | Hervé de Vathaire | Enlightenment Now | Peanut butter and jelly sandwich | History of the Jews in Trieste | Holmesburg Prison | Paul K. Guillow, Inc. | First Guaranty Bank | José Castro | Surly Squirrel | Streptanthus niger | Jessi Combs | Frank Fat's | Roberts Landing, California | Gavin Newsom | Toyota Sports 800 | Sandra Oh | California Genocide | Fiat 600 | NSU Prinz | Subaru 360 | Oracle Arena | Henry Raschen | Backpacking | Bear hunting | Packhorse | Crocker Art Museum | Charles and Ray Eames | The Black Panther (newspaper) | Sam Maloof | Ernest Hemingway House | Underwood Typewriter Company | Typewriter | Pilar (boat) | Mission Creek | Lefty O'Doul Bridge | Chase Center | Victor Hugo | Kataro Shirayamadani | Art Nouveau | Stearns-Knight | Watson School | Bill Graham helicopter crash | Franz Bischoff | Basket weaving | Pea Soup Andersen's | Maria Martinez | Waldo Peirce | George Bellows | Tiffany lamp | Haig Patigian | Helen Wills | Harvey Ellis | American art pottery | Van Briggle Pottery | Mahiole | Robert Gray (sea captain) | Newcomb Pottery | Motorized bicycle | Mariner of the Seas | Crochet | Pomo | Linden, California | Parks Reserve Forces Training Area | Vasudhara | Terrapin Crossroads | Sonoma, California | Francesc Palóu | Mount Conness | José Figueroa | Snowmobile | Eadweard Muybridge | Bing (company) | International Longshore and Warehouse Union | Harry Bridges | A. J. Foyt | Flying Merkel | Regina Company | Ives Manufacturing Company | San Francisco City Hall | Lionel Corporation | Abner Phelps House | Vehicle fire | Carnival Victory | World Erotic Art Museum | Charles Shaw wine | Webster's Dictionary | Gamble House (Pasadena, California) | Kevin Tsujihara | David Peel | That's Amore | Jack Brooks (lyricist) | St. Vincent de Paul Church, San Francisco | Bernard Tyson | Randy Fine | Golden State Model Railroad Museum | Field's metal | Carlos D. Bustamante | Tony Serra | Brett Kavanaugh | Dick the Bruiser | Webster's Dictionary | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez | Darius Kinsey | Alice Walker | John O. Brennan | 2017 Olathe, Kansas shooting | Doug McConnell | George Banks | American Left | The Last Trump | Goldwasser | Haripal Kaushik | Gregory Scofield | The Shape of Water (film) | Red Thunder Cloud | Roy Moore | Steptoe & Johnson | François D'Haene | Jaune Quick–to–See Smith | Alexander Kreiser | Abigail Reynolds (artist) | Baby rattle | Layette | Courtland, California | Jules Dalou | Albert Ludovici, Sr. | Ryer Island Ferry | Howard Landing Ferry | Michael Tubbs | Brendan Bechtel | Solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 | Josefina Howard | Kevin Starr | Steppenwolf (band) | Charles A. Wight | Bitter in the Mouth | Salade niçoise | Richard H. Frenkiel | Tennessee Williams | Harley-Davidson KR | Mustang (motorcycle) | Cushman (company) | Metz Company | List of individual weapons of the U.S. Armed Forces | Indian Motocycle Manufacturing Company | Flying Merkel | Presidio Terrace | Jerry Brown | Excelsior Motor Manufacturing & Supply Company | Harley-Davidson XA | José Figueroa | Dragster | Pallet | Richard North Patterson | Norman Solomon | Mick Murphy (guitarist) | Stacy Piagno | Sharon Runner | Crangon franciscorum | Terrapin Crossroads | Parks Reserve Forces Training Area | Joseph Alioto | Vasudhara | Nampeyo | Kataro Shirayamadani | Death of Kings | Brian Preski | Gabrielle Carteris | Janna Levin | Alsós | Zynga | List of members of the Black Panther Party | Nick's Cove, California | Ben Ezra Synagogue | Bataclan (theatre) | White Miles | Eagles of Death Metal | Valley Fire | Whispering Pines, Lake County, California | Hobergs, California | Middletown, California | Cobb, California | Ina Garten | Rough Fire | Roberta Grossman | Public Storage | Bernie Sanders | Amy's Kitchen | Peter Schiff | Bill Graham (promoter) | SAG-AFTRA | 2015 Waco shootout | Sonoma International Film Festival | Arlen Ness | Dallas municipal election, 2015 | Elizabeth Esty | Walt Disney | Charles Shaw wine | Mogollon culture | Ceramics of indigenous peoples of the Americas | Basket weaving | Arequipa Pottery | Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota | Jane Fauntz | Sean Parker | Donald MacDonald (craftsman) | Camp Stone | Snow Storm: Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth | Jay Alexander | David Ellenson | Mariko Yamada | Betty Yee | First Presbyterian Church (Napa, California) | Napa County Courthouse Plaza | Alexandria Hotel and Annex | Yankel Feather | Divco | 2014 South Napa earthquake | Lenny McNab | Tony Stewart | Homo floresiensis | Parnell, Grattan Township, Michigan | Betty Reid Soskin | Black Bear Diner | Anne Brigman | Judy Dater | Aristides de Sousa Mendes | Moisés Bensabat Amzalak | Yolo Causeway | Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area | Sheri Fink | Mug shot | Gary Grimshaw | Paul Bradt | Middle Teton | Cattle in religion | Herman Bottcher | George Fischbeck | Thomas and Mary Poynton | Frederick Bee | German Shepherd | Casa de Fruta | Google | Stearns-Knight | Mitchell Brothers O'Farrell Theatre | Murder of Donna Jones | Lion Brand | Cedars of Lebanon (U2 song) | John Livermore | Amish doll | Akhil Reed Amar | Lella Vignelli | Michael Blakey (anthropologist) | Rudolph Kos | Mel Ramos | Goose Lake International Music Festival | Melvyn Maxwell and Sara Stein Smith House | George Meany | Hotel Polen fire | Michael McGinn | Medusa (Bernini) | CueCat | Wells A. Hutchins | Lincoln (2012 film) | Charles Krug | Yellow-bellied marmot | Fish toxins | Muntz Car Company | Chlorogalum | Saponin | Double Star | Albert M. Bender | Franz Bischoff | Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico | Cindy Pawlcyn | Harry Yount | Norman Clyde | Oscar Eckenstein | David Brower | Arlene Blum | | Ephraim Faience Pottery | mule | John Muir Trail | Mount Whitney Trail | Fifty Classic Climbs of North America | East Face (Mount Whitney) | Pendleton Woolen Mills | Yvon Chouinard | Harry Bennett | Half Dome | El Capitan | Maurice Sugar | Roy Ashburn | Baseball at the 1936 Summer Olympics | Annapurna | Theodore Solomons | William Kent (U.S. Congressman) | Mary Hunter Austin | Mountain Warfare Training Center | Duncan McDuffie | Les Mann | John Muir's Birthplace | Frederick Meyer | Charles Hitchcock Adams | Bear-resistant food storage container | Michel-Gabriel Paccard | Jacques Balmat | Ice axe | Whitney Portal | John Salathé | Royal Robbins | American Canyon, California | Yountville, California | Curry Village, California | Mount Shasta | The Mountaineers (club) | Mount Rainier National Park | Mount Garmo | John Muir | Lynn Hill | William Keith | Henry Way Kendall | Sierra Club | Hexes (climbing) | P. B. Van Trump | Ansel Adams | Yosemite Firefall | Lucy Telles | Rudy Wendelin | Fort Bragg, California | Noyo Harbor | James S. Hutchinson | Joseph N. LeConte | George Davidson (geographer) | Pack station | Walt Disney Family Museum | | Peter Croft (climber) | Benny Bufano | Mike Thompson | Levi Strauss & Co. | Siskiyou Union High School District | Mount Shasta, California | California Native Plant Society | Francis P. Farquhar | Otto Neumann (Artist) | Daniel Day-Lewis | Lands End, San Francisco | Ania Bien | Blanche Bruce | Dixiecrat | Steck-Salathé Route (Sentinel Rock) | SIG 522LR | Verner E. Suomi | Yosemite Lodge at the Falls | Tuolumne Meadows | Tioga Pass Entrance Station | Flag of California | Hudson Hornet | California and Hawaiian Sugar Company | Edmé Bouchardon | E. H. Harriman | Victor Hugo | Memorials and services for the September 11 attacks | John Smybert | Thomas Hancock | Charles Sumner | Cyrus Edwin Dallin | Appeal to the Great Spirit | Blacksmith | Peter Croft | Grueby Faience Company | Pope Clement XII | White Motor Company | Mill Valley, California | Nicholas Civella | Barnstar | Anchor plate | Abraham Lincoln Brigade | Albert L. Farr | Maffeo Barberini (1631–1685)
Found at Articles for Deletion, and helped to keep by improving
The Fisherman's Granddaughter | Kidnapping of Amber Swartz–Garcia | In der Falle | Journey to Portugal | Jū-Ni | Made to Stick | Dwarika's Hotel | Joe Nalo | Torah Project | Nitronic (prod) | Solly Afrika Mapaila | Yeshivat Shaare Torah | Steve Comisar | Fue Lee | Margaret Stock | Alan Bleviss | Arthur Busch | Alfredo Rouillon | Zoo Art Fair | Nels J. Smith | George Hindori | South Summit (Everest) | National Kitchen & Bath Association (prod) | Irvin Jim | Claires Court School | Edward MacDowell Medal | Carolein Smit | Lizard Squad | 2010 Hebei tractor rampage | Sommer Contemporary Art | Nikolaev Massacre | Hilmar High School | Hoërskool Brandwag | Pioneers of Alaska | Ali Nasr | Philip Guarino | Circle 7 logo | Krishnahari Baral | Kate Botello | Mashregh News | Roland De Wolk | Beerenberg Farm | Shantaveri Gopala Gowda | Ryton Woodside | Hunter Douglas | Julius Blum GmbH | Kwak Pom-gi | Mistress Quickly | Benicia Unified School District | Naomi Wilzig | Veda Shook | Hitler's Children | Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary | Mojtaba Tehrani | Gary Kowalski | Jenny Hill (politician) | Shipra Mazumdar | Romola Remus | Varietease | Leon Jordan | John Lucas Miller | Jennifer Lim (theatre actress) | Chris Davenport | Eduardo Cojuangco, Jr. | Camilla | iriver Story | Bob Shaheen | European Youth For Action | I.Y. Yunioshi | 1978 Agoura-Malibu Firestorm | Print Council of America | Death of Michelle Le | St. Mark's Episcopal Church (West Orange, New Jersey) | Joseph Mulder | Working People's Vanguard Party | Hoogar | Alacrite | August Hermann Ewerbeck | Kōbako | Sandusky Automobile Company | International Wildlife Film Festival | AnandTech | Orio Palmer | Falesco | Barack Obama Tucson memorial speech | Robert Harper Clarkson | George Watsky | Dick Levy | Rango Bapuji Gupte | George M. Daniel | Ethan Russell | Michelle Kaufmann | Heart in Oregon | Richard H. Hall | National RTI Forum | Grenville Anderson | Maria Filotti | Maria Filotti Theatre | Scott Backes | Jack Wishna | Akrom Yo‘ldoshev | Rob Stone (actor) | GoodWeave International | Bat World Sanctuary | Back In The Saddle Tour | Ballotpedia | Ben Kamin | Edit conflict | De Echoput | Kohara | Pope Valley Union Elementary School District
My record in Articles for Deletion debates
As of June 10, 2013, I have participated in 1528 Articles for deletion debates. I used SW's AfD Statistics Tool to analyze my participation in the 250 most recent deletion debates as of that date. Of the debates where there was a clear consensus, I was with the consensus 88.5% of the time. I recommended "Keep" 44.4% of the time, "Delete" 46.6% of the time, "Merge" 0.4% of the time and "Redirect" 8.5% of the time. I make a sincere effort to reflect Wikipedia's policies, guidelines and established consensus in my participation in Articles for Deletion debates.
Possible future article ideas. Feel free to discuss on my talk page, or write one yourself.
Joe Black Fox | Tennessee Mafia Jug Band | Bill Denz | Alvina Hoffman | John Needles (cabinetmaker) | Michel Payot | Anthony Berger | Bev Johnson | Cesare Mondavi | David McAlpin | James K. Moffitt | Tom Killion (artist) | Joseph Worcester | David Rago | Russel Varian | di Rosa Preserve | Goldman Promenade | Thomas D'Agostino | Cesar Chelor | Earl Thollander | Deborah Oropallo
You can see them here.
You can see some of them here. Others can be found in my archives.
News media coverage of my Wikipedia editing
- Huffman, Jennifer, American Canyon man moonlights as Wikipedia editor; Increasing Knowledge, One Article at a Time, Napa Valley Register, March 2, 2014
- Raskin-Zrihen, Rachel, American Canyon man researches, edits Wikipedia, Vallejo Times-Herald, July 7, 2014
- Fu, Alison, Wikipedia enthusiasts convene at Berkeley edit-a-thon, Daily Californian, September 23, 2013
- Young, Nora, The unsung heroes protecting Wikipedia from disgruntled Bachelor fans, Spark, March 18, 2018
Video of my presentation about the Teahouse
You can watch a YouTube video of my December 21, 2016 presentation at the Wikimedia Foundation office in San Francisco. I also gave this presentation at WikiConference North America in San Diego in October, 2016. I analyzed one month of conversations at the Teahouse.