User:David L Rattigan

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This user thinks notability sucks.

Note from David L Rattigan: I have not been active on Wikipedia since some time in 2006. I may return from time to time. :)

Visit my website: David L Rattigan, Freelance Writer

David L Rattigan is a Vancouver-born British-Canadian living in St Catharines in Ontario.

He is a writer, teacher and communicator. His qualifications are:

He has worked in pastoral ministry in British Columbia as a Pentecostal and evangelical, but is now an openly gay liberal Anglican. He writes extensively on the Web about his fundamentalist past and spiritual abuse.

Aside from theology, biblical studies and religion, Dave's main area of interest are film, the arts and Linguistics.

Wiki stuff[edit]

Important things I want to say about Wikipedia[edit]

  • Having a bias or an opinion does not disqualify you from editing an article on Wikipedia. Being incapable of putting your own opinions aside and writing from an NPOV does disqualify you.
  • Wikipedia is not paper. Quit acting like there's going to be a national shortage of webspace if someone writes an article Joe Juggs, the inventor of the Dagenham Drudgedipper.

What I like about Wikipedia[edit]

I like that Wikipedia is preserving information and history that no one else would have thought of preserving. That's why it ticks me off when I hear someone dismiss an article as "not notable" and then vote for its deletion accordingly. If something was "notable", we'd just open the Encyclopaedia Britannica and read it there. But there are things that are never going to find their way into a standard encyclopaedia, simply because they don't fall into the received view of what's worthy of being recorded. The beauty of Wikipedia is that it is not only edited by "people", but its content is selected by people. I love that.

See this article for how my view fits into official Wikipedia policy.

Wikipedia pages I find helpful[edit]

And I particularly like this rule:

Why do you make multiple redirects?[edit]

  • First, I am addicted to Wikipedia, and sometimes I have to find something to do just to get my fix
  • Second, I am committed to making Wikipedia as user-friendly as possible, and redirects for names, titles and subjects that are frequently mispelled are really helpful to people

Why do you hang out at AfD?[edit]

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion is a place I hang out occasionally because I am not a big fan of the notion of notability. I like to go in and help rescue articles that someone has decided isn't "notable", which usually means something more like, "It doesn't exist in my little world." While the notion of notability is often cited as an authority in AfD discussions, it is not in fact official Wikipedia policy. I think notability sucks. I'm an inclusionist. I get rattled with people who act like the web is going to implode if someone adds a few unnecessary sentences about an obscure subject.

However, there are a handful of official Wikipedia policies that I care about, and where articles clearly violate them, I am happy to vote for deletion. Two of those are "neutral point of view" and "no original research". A third is a "guideline" rather than a policy: Vanity. I feel pretty strongly about all three.

Wikipedia articles started by David L Rattigan[edit]

British New Wave | Arthur Ibbetson | Intermezzo (1939 film) | The Mummy's Shroud | The Devil-Ship Pirates | Suzan Farmer | Prescot Grammar School | Hans J. Salter | The Curse of the Werewolf | Edward van Sloan | Jack Asher | Clifford Evans | Dracula Has Risen from the Grave | So Long at the Fair | Great Expectations (1946 film) | Finlay Currie | Franz Reizenstein | Horror film scores | Universal Horror | Frankenstein Created Woman | Craig Blomberg | The Plague of the Zombies | Williamson Square | The Super Lamb Banana | If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium | Roy Ashton | Kenneth Griffith | Mel Stuart | Acid Brass | Scars of Dracula | The Gorgon | James Bernard | The Brides of Dracula | Novachord | Seth Holt | Roy Ward Baker | Bernard Robinson | Don Sharp | Dracula: Prince of Darkness | Rasputin, the Mad Monk | Angelo Muscat | Francis Matthews (actor) | Philip Latham | Barbara Shelley | Thorley Walters | Edward de Souza | The Kiss of the Vampire | Frank Skinner (composer) | Lionel Atwill | Kiwi Kingston | Bruce Bawer | Monsieur Hulot | Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed | Veronica Carlson | Peter Rogers | Gerald Thomas | Jimmy Sangster | Dr. Terror's House of Horrors | Freddie Francis | Jour de Fete (Jacques Tati) | Les Vacances de M. Hulot | Alain Romans | Knowsley Safari Park | Les mistons | Princeton, British Columbia | John Gilling | Regents Theological College | Mattersey Hall | The Context Group | Kensington Temple | Tommy Tenney | True Freedom Trust | New Perspective on Paul | She-Wolf of London (film) | John Avanzini | Charisma (magazine) | J. Rodman Williams | Torture Garden (film) | Fountain Trust | Michael Harper | Thomas Smail | I, Monster | Harald Bredesen | Jack Deere | Building Schools for the Future | Denys Coop | A Kind of Loving | Peter Sasdy | Laurie Johnson | James Barr | Rope (play) | Hands of the Ripper | Arthur Grant | Shadow of the Cat | Four Sided Triangle | Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter | Woolton Picture House | Richard Pasco | Sword of Sherwood Forest | Nigel Green | Noel Willman | Harry Locke | Marjorie Rhodes | Spring and Port Wine | Vampire Circus | Peter Bull | Nathan Juran | The Scarlet Blade | Noel Rawsthorne | Barry Warren | Sarah Lawson | Leon Greene | Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon | Dave Freeman (writer) | Carry On Behind | Herbert Mundin | Clytie Jessop | The Face of Fu Manchu | The Brides of Fu Manchu | Les Bowie | Harry Waxman | Leonard Salzedo | Colin Blakely | Paul Massie | The Swimmer (film) | Taste of Fear | Ian Hunter (actor) | The House by the Lake | Michael Carreras | Phil Leakey | Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World | Sherlock Holmes (1932 film) | Madhouse (1974 film) | Robert Quarry | Richard Wordsworth | Gary Raymond | Wilfrid Lawson (actor) | Jacques Cottin | The Witches (1966 film) | Circus of Horrors | Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace | Larry Dann | Linguification | The Earth Dies Screaming | The Skull | The Intelligence Men | Barbara Ewing | Fanatic (1965 film) | London Bible College | Max Turner | No Place Like Home (sitcom) | John Scott (composer) | Denis O'Dea | The Heart of the Matter (film) | Judith Furse | London Belongs to Me | Ivy St. Helier | Danger List | Marla Landi | The Right Person | Stolen Face | The Browning Version (1951 film) | David Tree | Wilkie Cooper | Reginald Wyer | Thomas Heathcote | Cyril Raymond | tom thumb (film) | Alan Hume | Ernest Steward | Arthur Crabtree | Sidney Hayers | Mike Raven | Mankinholes | John Forbes-Robertson

Missing Wikipedia articles (which I might get around to starting)[edit]

Don Chaffey | Todd Armstrong | Anthony Hinds | James Carreras | The Moonraker | Yvonne Monlaur | Yvonne Romain | Arthur Crabtree | Sidney Hayers | John Comer | Judith Furse | Cyril Raymond | London Belongs to Me | Alan Hume | Ernest Steward | Wilkie Cooper | Desmond Dickinson

People I admire[edit]

David L Rattigan on the Web[edit]