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About Daniel Rigal
Hello. I am Daniel Rigal. I was born in 1970 and I live in Guildford in the United Kingdom. I have an MSc in Communications Systems Engineering from the University of Kent where I was involved with UKC Radio. Before that I went to Wanstead High School (and lived to tell the tale). I work in London as a Systems Administrator.
I don't have any great plan to write on a particular subject. I make small improvements where I spot the need. I am not a trainspotter (honest!). I only write about railways because I don't drive and hence spend a lot of time on trains. I am also interested in IT (particularly open source issues), media, finance, modern art and design.
I like editing Wikipedia because I am not good enough at programming to give any useful free software to the world but at least I can contribute to the Commons this way. I get a lot out of Wikipedia as I use it as my main starting point for almost any form of research, at work or at home, so I am more than happy to give something back by improving articles or removing vandalism. I also enjoy trawling the new pages and weeding out the nonsense. It is an interesting window into the modern psyche to see what non-notable rubbish some people think is worthy of inclusion in a serious encyclopaedia.
I am not around as much as I used to be but there is still a reasonable chance that I will catch anybody vandalising a page on my watchlist (if nobody else gets to it first) so please don't take the risk.
This just to say thanks to everybody who is doing such a great job of reverting vandalism to my talk page (and to this page before it got protected) and all user pages in general. I know it might seem like a thankless task but it is appreciated.
The things that I can't stand
Of course we all hate vandalism but not all vandalism is equal. A lot of it is just idiots messing about without thinking that they are wasting the time and resources of a charitable foundation or clueless kids so obsessed with the modern idea of pure celebrity that they can't see anything wrong with jumping on here and spuriously bigging themselves up. In the lower rings of the hell for vandals we find the people who I really can't stand and I'd like to address them directly:
- To the people who fake the deaths of living people
- You think this is funny? Did you even think that one of the subject's friends or relatives might see it and be genuinely upset by it? What do you get out of it? Why would you want to do this? What is wrong with you?
- To the vandals who just won't go away despite being blocked repeatedly
- If you have had more than a dozen sockpuppets blocked and have not given up then you really do need to think that maybe there is something seriously wrong with you or your life. Every person who has to spend time dealing with your crap is a person who could be doing something more productive or enjoyable. Why are you still here?
- To the grand scale fakers
- You make whole walled gardens of WP:CB articles, templates, categories and so on about stuff that isn't notable or sometimes isn't even real. It must be almost as much work for you to write this stuff as it is for us to find it all and delete it. Are you so far gone that you think this stuff is real and important? If so, there are people who can help you but you need to get off Wikipedia and find them. Alternatively, maybe you imagine you are the king of the trolls? Who cares if you are a king if you are still just a troll? Why do you waste your time on this?
Why so few userboxes?
There are a lot of userboxes where you can claim your affiliation to various groups and viewpoints. As you can see, I don't have any of these. It is not that I think that there is anything wrong with these boxes but I don't really see the point and furthermore I feel that my affiliations and viewpoints don't belong on Wikipedia anyway. I like a good argument about politics, religion or whatever as much as the next
loud-mouthed bozo informed debater but I believe that Wikipedia is not the place for any of this. When I am on Wikipeda I do my best to take all my other hats off and just be a good Wikipedian. That is why I only have userboxes relating to my stance as a Wikipedian.
Despite being a deletionist, I do occasionally write some stuff. Here is a list of the articles which I have extensively edited:
Written from scratch
- Alberto Magnelli - Italian abstract artist
- Back-end database - A database that is accessed via another application
- Bill Pritchard (Partially translated from the French Wikipedia) - British singer-songwriter
- Charities Aid Foundation - A UK charity that assists other charities
- Clap-o-meter - A device for measuring applause, or at least pretending to
- Discount-licensing.com - A UK company that sells second hand Microsoft licenses, to the apparent annoyance of Microsoft.
- Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (partially translated from the French Wikipedia) - French contemporary artist
- Eastwood (album) - Album by the Cuban Boys
- Hélio Oiticica (partially translated from Portuguese Wikipedia) - Brazilian abstract artist
- Jack Smith (artist) - British abstract artist
- Jean-Pierre Yvaral - French abstract artist
- Maija Isola (stub) - Finnish textile designer
- Meat on the bone - Type of food product
- Munchy box - Controversial Scottish fast food
- Otto Freundlich (partially translated from German Wikipedia) - German abstract artist
- Penalty fare - Excess charge for travelling on UK railways without the correct ticket
- Robert Kuśmirowski - Polish contemporary artist
- The Dream and Lie of Franco - Anti-Franco artwork by Pablo Picasso
- The Looney: An Irish Fantasy - Comic novel by Spike Milligan
- The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (stub) - Book by Jeff Kinney
- Tottenham and Forest Gate Railway - A railway in east London, which I use regularly
- Wanstead High School - A school in east London, which I was a pupil of
- YES! To Fairer Votes - A political campaign
Saved from deletion
- Aaron Fricke - US gay rights campaigner
- The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English (stub) - Reference book of women writers
- Moneyfacts - UK based financial information service company
- Monkey (advertising character) - Advertising mascot with a cult following
Rewrites and major changes
- An Idiot Abroad - TV series. Previously copyvio and promotional, now a decent stub
- Cildo Meireles - Brazilian installation artist
- Chris Burgess - US basketball player (still not a great article but you should have seen it before!)
- Cuban Boys - British comedy electronic band
- Gospel Oak to Barking Line - A railway line I used to use in London
- Horseshoe theory - Political theory concerning similarity of extreme left and right wing ideology
- Impossible object - Objects that can be drawn but not actually made
- Jeppe Hein - Danish installation artist
- Keith Leblanc - US musician and producer
- Lindy Morrison - Australian musician and politician
- List of discredited substances - Amusing list of things people used to believe in
- Nicky Clarke - Hairdresser
- Non-decimal currencies - Currencies with weird numbers of minor units
- Orbirail - The concept of an orbital railway round London (still a poor article as it is nearly impossible to reference)
- Remo Mancini - Canadian politician and business man (previously being fought over by pro and anti factions, now neutral)
- RFB protocol - The protocol used by all VNC software
- Scottish Children's Reporter Administration - Scottish Government agency
- Tottenham and Hampstead Junction Railway - Predecessor to the Gospel Oak to Barking Line (above)
Looking at this list I wonder how I get suckered into working on some articles. I mean, its not like I care about Remo Mancini, Nicky Clarke or the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration. Its just that sometimes you see an article that is so in need of help you need to do something for the good of Wikipedia even if it means researching a subject you don't really care about from scratch.
Yes, of course, I know they are not really "my" articles.
Trophy cabinet / Gratuitous vanity
I decided to copy all my barnstars and the like here in order to display them. They are also shown in their original context on my talk pages. I am not trying to pretend to have twice as many barnstars as I really do.
|The Editor's Barnstar|
|Your unflagging pursuit of excellence puts the rest of us to shame! --LK (talk) 07:09, 28 April 2011 (UTC)|
|The Modest Barnstar|
|Thanks for your recent contributions! -Mike Restivo (talk) 20:12, 29 April 2011 (UTC)|
|The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar|
|For your tireless actions against combatting vandalism to Diary of a Wimpy Kid articles. Abhijay (☎ Talk) (✐ Deeds) 14:13, 6 January 2012 (UTC)|
|The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar|
|For reverting vandalism on Wikipedia. Keep up the good work Leeboy100 22:25, 28 December 2012 (UTC)|
|The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar|
|With appreciation for your vigilance in eliminating the vast cross-wiki Belmaachi hoax and sock farm, I award you this barnstar. — CactusWriter (talk) 22:32, 9 August 2015 (UTC)|
|The Working Man's Barnstar|
|Give you this for your work in the AFD area which can be tiresome and frustrating -Ugog Nizdast (talk) 17:18, 9 September 2015 (UTC)|
- Need a major suite of articles on Microsoft product licensing (inc template) as it is a complex area and our coverage of it is woeful.
- Suggested structure:
- Retail licences
- Licence cards, activation/deactivation issues, transferability, piracy, virtualisation rights, etc
- Full versions
- Upgrade versions
- Home versions
- Student versions
- Developer versions (not MSDN)
- OEM licences
- Stickers and cards, activation/deactivation issues, piracy, legality of transfer (e.g. Germany), "windows refund day", virtualisation rights, use on self-built PCs, hardware upgrade issues, limited support rights, etc.
- Volume licences
- Volume licence keys, Multiple Activation Keys (MAK), Key Management Server (KMS), audits, legality of second hand sale (Discount-licensing.com, others?), piracy, virtualisation rights, legal issues (EU, etc.), etc.
- Academic (Microsoft Campus Agreement
- MSDN Microsoft Developer Network#Software subscriptions
- MS Software assurance (disambiguate from real Software Assurance)
- Client Access License (Existing coverage is good. Need more like this!)
- User vs Device vs Server, counting and enforcement, etc.
- Existing disconnected articles which need to be woven in to this structure include: Product activation, Volume license key, Microsoft Software Licensing and Protection Services, List of software licenses, Software license, Software licensing audit, Product key, Software license agreement (aka EULA), Windows Anytime Upgrade, etc.
- Suggested structure:
Is Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. (the American company that makes modems and related stuff) notable? If so, write a stub.
- Any low hanging fruit on Wikipedia:WikiProject Missing encyclopedic articles/Skysmith's list of missing articles/Art?
- Get Orbirail referenced and coherent (or find a way to recast it so it isn't a problem any more). Maybe recast it as Orbital railways in London.