I have learned so much editing and writing for Wikipedia and had a lot of fun along the way, but I've had increasingly less time for Wikipedia over the last several years. Instead, I've been focusing my free time doing mapping for the Georgia State Defense Force (a volunteer part of the Georgia Department of Defense (GADOD)), and updating OpenStreetMap.org using GPS traces I create during hikes and mountain bike rides, which feeds back into the mapping. If I had time, I would also be editing Wikipedia at least about the parks I'm GPSing in and articles related to the GADOD. I still check my talk page and plan to come back someday, at least in short bursts for specific things. -- Daniel Mayer (aka mav) 17:10, 22 July 2014 (UTC)
My most recent major contributions:
This user page has been vandalized 57 times (including once from WoW) as of 14 January 2010
Hello, I have been a Wikipedian since January 1, 2002 (as an anon) and I created an account named maveric149 (UID 62) the next day. After getting totally hooked on the idea of Wikipedia I became an Administrator and went a bit wikicrazy by racking-up an insane number of edits (most active non-bot-using contributor from early 2002 to early 2004). My focus slowly turned from quantity to quality (26 FAs) and along the way I ran for the first Wikimedia Board (Summer 2004), was appointed the volunteer CFO of the Foundation (July 2004 to August 2006), served as a founding member of the Arbitration Committee (January 2004 to September 2005) and became a Steward (April 2004 to the present).
My real name is Daniel Mayer and I was born and raised in California. In December 2001 I graduated with a bachelors degree in biology and a minor in geology but I'm interested in a great many things. From my last year at university until the end of 2003 I was working for Caltrans part-time on transit planning, specifically transit-oriented development. During that period I was going to night school studying geographic information science (GIS). For most of 2004 I worked for the City of Sacramento, California on a GIS contract. In December 2004 I moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Soon afterward I was hired on another GIS contract but started my career in late 2005 when my client decided to hire me as a full-time employee (which led to a major decrease in my editing here). I tend to shy away from contributing on biology, GIS, or transport articles because that reminds me too much of work.
Taking GIS courses has totally hooked me on geography and helped feed interest in my long-time favorite subject geology by going on field studies (see my images section). I've also always had a fascination with the periodic table and its elements. So those three areas, geography, geology (esp of North America) and chemical elements (co-founded WikiProject Elements) are where I spend most of my FA-writing Wiki time nowadays. Attending Wikimania 2008 at the amazing Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt has reinvigorated my wiki-spirit. I'm now trying to develop a good work-life-wiki balance. I'd like to spend more time on history, especially battles and English monarchs (maybe reestablish some Emsworth FAs). So far, the most I've done in that area is significantly expand about half the day of the year articles and set up the 'On this day...' section on the Main Page.
- Useful links
- 1 Selected contributions
- 2 Images
- 2.1 created/expanded with public domain text
- 2.2 Special projects
- 2.3 Historical anniversaries
- 2.4 August
- 2.5 September
- 2.6 October
- 2.7 November
Last updated: 00:07, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
- Other articles I helped save from de-featuring
- Priority list for FA push.
- Geothermal areas of Yellowstone
- Geology of the Grand Teton area
- Mount Garibaldi (work with Black Tusk)
- Phosphorus (work with Pyrotec)
- Mary I of England (pretty much just needs a good copyedit and inline cites)
- Radon (work with Nergaal)
- Antoine Lavoisier (work with Awadewit
- Battle of Hastings (too important not to be featured)
- Carbon (WP:VITAL)
- Carl Wilhelm Scheele
- Rocky Mountains (WP:VITAL; merge this PD text)
- Aluminium (WP:VITAL)
- Mercury (element)
- Grand Canyon (WP:VITAL)
- Silver (WP:VITAL)
- Billy the Kid (work with Claygate)
- Grand Teton National Park
- Periodic table (WP:VITAL)
An uncategorized list of some articles that I have started (or restarted) with unique content (public domain copy/paste created articles and redirects/change of article name omitted) (partial listing -- newer entries are at top):
Delaware Basin  - history of the Grand Canyon area  - Racetrack Playa  - Places of interest in the Death Valley area  - History of the Yosemite area  - Geology of the Death Valley area  - Geology of the Capitol Reef area  - Geology of the Canyonlands area  - Grand Teton National Park  - Geology of the Grand Teton area  - Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve  - Snake River Land Company  - 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens  - Mount Garibaldi  - Geology of the Bryce Canyon area  - Geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area  - Zion National Park  - Geology of the Grand Canyon area  - Mount McLoughlin  - Mount Mazama  - Mount Adams  - Mount Thielsen  - Mount Jefferson  - Newberry Caldera  - - Newberry Volcano  - Dorothea Puente  - Geology of Mount Shasta  - I AM Foundation  - Chaos Crags  - Geothermal areas in Lassen Volcanic National Park  - Geology of the Lassen area  - Cinder Cone and the Fantastic Lava Beds  - Lassen Peak  - Lassen Volcanic National Park  - Leon Day  - Geology of the Yosemite area  - John Muir  - Mono-Inyo Craters * - Owens Lake  - Devils Postpile National Monument  - 1872 Lone Pine earthquake *#1 - spheroidal weathering *#3 - Divergent boundary * - Slab gap hypothesis *#1 - Laramide orogeny *#2 - Wikimedia *#1 - The Ed Sullivan Show * - Death Valley Pupfish  - Basin and Range * - Geothermal areas of Yellowstone *#1 - Richard Ramirez * - Barbara Boxer  - centipede  - California Gold Rush  - anti-hero  - Ira Flatow * - cartography  - Herb Ritts * - William Hyde Wollaston *#2 - Philippe Starck  - Lincoln County War *#2 - Billy the Kid  - Charles Hatchett *#1 - Jimmy Doolittle *#1 - Yucca Mountain  - List of countries by population *#1 - Chick Hearn * - impact event *#3 - bacteriocin * - smallpox vaccine  - glycomics * - Nuclear bunker buster * - endosymbiosis *#3 - Hallucigenia *#3 - homeobox * - List of elements by name (I know - not an article - but still a lot of work!) *#1 - barium (there was only two sentences there before - so I'm counting this as an aGeology of Mount Shasta]]  - I AM Foundation  - Chaos Crags  - Geothermal areas in Lassen Volcanic National Park  - Geology of the Lassen area  - Cinder Cone and the Fantastic Lava Beds  - Lassen Peak  - Lassen Volcanic National Park  - Leon Day  - Geology of the Yosemite area  - John Muir  - Mono-Inyo Craters * - Owens Lake  - Devils Postpile National Monument  - 1872 Lone Pine earthquake *#1 - spheroidal weathering *#3 - Divergent boundary * - Slab gap hypothesis *#1 - Laramide orogeny *#2 - Wikimedia *#1 - The Ed Sullivan Show * - Death Valley Pupfish  - Basin and Range * - Geothermal areas of Yellowstone *#1 - Richard Ramirez * - Barbara Boxer  - centipede  - California Gold Rush  - anti-hero  - Ira Flatow * - cartography  - Herb Ritts * - William Hyde Wollaston *#2 - Philippe Starck  - Lincoln County War *#2 - Billy the Kid  - Charles Hatchett *#1 - Jimmy Doolittle *#1 - Yucca Mountain  - List of countries by population *#1 - Chick Hearn * - impact event *#3 - bacteriocin * - smallpox vaccine  - glycomics * - Nuclear bunker buster * - endosymbiosis *#3 - Hallucigenia *#3 - homeobox * - List of elements by name (I know - not an article - but still a lot of work!) *#1 - barium (there was only two sentences there before - so I'm counting this as an add) * - soluble * - Manzanar  - Nisei Japanese American *#1 - Japanese American  - batholith * - Linda Lovelace (yeah - yeah - I know she was a heterosexual porn queen - but she reformed!) * - roundabout intersection *#1 - Treaty of Nanking *#3 - Scott Bakula  - Chandra Levy * - mycorrihiza *#1 - cowpox *#1 - Shmi Skywalker *#3 - War of Jenkins' Ear * - [Giant Impact theory] (now giant impact theory) * - [hieroglyphics] (now Egyptian hieroglyph *#1 - Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi  - [Ural mountains] (now Ural Mountains) *#2 - 1400  - First Transcontinental Railroad * - Fermi paradox * - Dolly the sheep * - [Michelangelos David] (now Michelangelo's David) *#2 - paclitaxel * - Pericles  - Arabesque  - Arabic calligraphy  - brown dwarf * - picometre * - symbiosis  - E. coli  - Acetic acid bacteria *#1 - arthrobacter * - Mineral salts pyridone broth *#1 - bacterial growth  - Bdellovibrio *#3 - Botulism  - Clostridium botulinum * - micrometer * - Aerobic organism *#1 - petri dish * - disulfide bond *#2 - Medici * - carbon cycle  - Cambrian Explosion * - desert varnish * - Death Valley National Park  - Mono Lake  - Japanese American Internment  - Long Valley Caldera  - John Sutter * - [Sutters Fort] (now Sutter's Fort State Historic Park) * - 1478 * - [Davis] (now Davis, California) * - James Lovelock * - 1480 * - The Book of the Courtier * - [Sacramento] (now Sacramento, California)  - Decameron  - The Book of the City of Ladies * - Christine de Pizan * - Canterbury Tales (some original text from Chaucer)  - David Bowman (no big surprise there) * - Lucrezia Borgia  - Lorenzo de' Medici *
[Sutters Mill] (now Sutter's Mill) * - California Department of Transportation  - Central Pacific Railroad * - [Single Occupant Vehicle] (now Single-occupancy vehicle) *#1 - Bacillus cereus  - protium * - Sansei Japanese American *#1 - Issei Japanese American *#1 - kinase  - hypha * - Bridalveil Fall *#2 - Verne Winchell *#1 - beryllium copper  - Tulare Lake * - Alluvial fan * - Elastic-rebound theory *#2 - Zabriskie Point * - Wisconsinan glaciation 
An uncategorized list of some articles that I have added a significant amount of unique content to (relative to the article size or quality of information presented when I found it) and/or edited significantly (adding of public domain text not counted -- although I do a lot of that too) (totally inadequate partial listing -- newer entries are at top):
Oxygen  Polish September Campaign  - History of Montreal  - Flatworm  - Plate tectonics  - Capitol Reef National Park  - Canyonlands National Park  - Mary I of England  - Reagan Administration  - Ronald Reagan  - Cascade Range  - Mount St. Helens  - Colorado Plateau  - Bryce Canyon National Park (massive expansion)  - Grand Canyon  - Crater Lake  - Crater Lake National Park  - Theodore Roosevelt  - Mount Shasta  - Giant sequoia  - Hetch Hetchy Valley * - Yosemite Valley  - Mammoth Mountain  - Owens Valley  - Alabama Hills * - Rodney King  - Spanish Armada  - United States National Monument  - Yosemite National Park  - All in the Family  - Rocky Mountains  - M*A*S*H (TV series) *#1 - O. J. Simpson  - Elvis Presley  - Ed Sullivan  - I Love Lucy  - Wind  - Geography of California * - Yellowstone National Park  - vanadium  - Saddam Hussein  - Panama Canal  - Boston Massacre  - crystal structure  - Native American  - Rick D. Husband * - North Korea  - map projection * - Longitude  - CMYK  - Huguenot  - fluoride  - Apollo moon landing conspiracy theory *#3 - Lincoln County, New Mexico *#1 - cephalopod  - Mid-Atlantic Ridge *#3 - mammal  - cnidocyte *#1 - Nye County, Nevada * - American Airlines Flight 11 *#3 - Argument from evolution *#1 - 1834  - Auburn, California * - Orders of magnitude (including almost all individual entries)  - nitrogen  - x^ sulfur * - hydrogen  - Kenneth Branagh  - carbon  - Girolamo Savonarola * - ethanol  - penis (no comment)  - Monterey Bay Aquarium  - George McFarland *#1 - crop circle  - owl  - Kenyanthropus * - manatee  - Hominid ] - Ted Williams * - accountancy scandals *#1 - Evolution of Homo sapiens *#1 - irreducible complexity * - evolution  - speciation * - glacier  - oral sex (no comment)  - Jeffrey Dahmer * - proteomics (damn it! Somebody beat me to creating this one)  - scurvy * - John Travolta ] - The Empire Strikes Back  - 2001 U.S. Attack on Afghanistan * - Palaeogene *#2 - mycelium * - Mohammed Daoud Khan *#1 - intelligent design  - jellyfish  - United States  - reparative therapy  - sexual orientation  - smart growth  - Gene Roddenberry * - A Beautiful Mind  - Holocene extinction event *#1 - global warming  - Anasazi  - search engine  - carbonate * - Pioneer 10  - bubble fusion * - Drake equation  - Monterey, California  - bacillus  - Fertile crescent * - 433 Eros * - Michelangelo Buonarroti Buonarroti - Augustus Caesar * - Pompeii  - Sennacherib * - anthropic principle * - California  - Polyphemus *#2 - periodic table  - 1519 * - 1863 * - 1848  - Thomas Malthus * - Francesco Sforza *#1 - Dhimmi * - Arab-Israeli conflict  - sexual orientation  - Each one of the periodic elements (took 4 hours -- yikes!)  - List of Latin phrases (mega additions) *#1 - Florence (major additions)  - 1561 * - homosexuality  - 2001: A Space Odyssey  - Geoffrey Chaucer  - homophobia * - muon  - Baldassare Castiglione * - Giovanni Boccaccio * -
I also have many thousands of minor to moderate edits under my belt.
NOTE:: All of the below images were uploaded before I had an account at Commons (most uploaded before Commons existed). Many have since been deleted b/c they were orphans or uploaded to Commons and slightly renamed. One day, I'll get around to uploading higher resolution versions to Commons. Until then, many of the below images will be red links.
- Zion National Park
- Mono Basin
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Lava Beds National Monument
- Death Valley National Park
- Grand Canyon area
- Eastern Sierra
- Yellowstone National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Bryce Canyon, Fossil Butte, Grand Teton, and others
More at Commons:User:Maveric149/Gallery
created/expanded with public domain text
Table of formations exposed in the Death and Panamint valleys area  - Vegetation of the Yosemite area  - Medicine Lake Volcano  - Hoodoo (geology)  - Grand Staircase  - Bighorn Sheep  - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone  - Animals of Yellowstone  - Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem  - Lava Beds National Monument  -
Below are lists of articles I either expanded or created that fall into one or more WikiProjects I am involved with.
WikiProject Tree of Life
Participant in WikiProject Tree of Life
I helped develop a table for organism articles (see: roundworm and sainfoin for some nice examples) Taxonomy tables I have created
sainfoin - Fabales - Dicotyledon - Flowering plant - Solanaceae - Solanum - Spurge - Honeysuckle family - Honeysuckle - Dipsacales
Hominid - Gorilla - Kenyanthropus - Owl - Typical owl - Scarab beetle - Rose chafer - Dipper - White-throated dipper - White-capped dipper - American dipper - Brown dipper - Rufous-throated dipper - Old World thrush - Japanese robin - Siberian rubythroat - Red-flanked bluetail - East coast akelat - Riukiu robin - Thrush nightingale - Nightingale - European robin - Bluethroat - Dog
Lead participant in WikiProject Elements. I have completed the templates for all these elements (I have also greatly expanded most of these articles):
beryllium - magnesium - calcium - barium - strontium - radium - lithium - sodium - potassium - rubidium - caesium - francium - fluorine (with help from others) - chlorine - bromine - iodine - astatine - boron - silicon - germanium - antimony - polonium - bismuth - lead - thallium - indium - tin - gallium - aluminium - radon - xenon - krypton - argon - neon - helium - phosphorus - hafnium - tantalum - tungsten - rhenium - osmium - iridium - platinum - gold - mercury - yttrium - zirconium - niobium - technetium - ruthenium - palladium - silver - cadmium - scandium - titanium - rutherfordium - dubnium - seaborgium - bohrium - hassium - meitnerium - darmstadtium - roentgenium (then unununium) - lawrencium - lutetium - thulium - erbium - ytterbium - holmium - uranium - neptunium - nobelium - mendelevium - fermium - einsteinium - californium - berkelium - curium - americium
WikiProject Protected Areas
Participant in WikiProject Protected Areas. I helped a bit with the table design and was the person who suggested that the table headings should follow a color scheme.
Participant in WikiProject Battles. I completely redesigned the table and suggested a heading color scheme.
As part of WikiProject Days of the Year, I've been involved with expanding the events section of our Historical anniversaries day pages and then updating every year page linked from those pages along with many other articles. A handfull of the entries did not need additional events so I just updated all the linked year pages and many of the corresponding subjects. I am also the lead coordinator of the Selected anniversaries section on the Main Page.
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