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The Upholder of the Wiki Barnstar
I hereby award this Wikipedian symbol of merit to Uncia and DoriSmith for their diligence in indentifying copyright-violating images for removal from the encyclopedia. — Athaenara ✉
The Special Barnstar
For your extreme patience and welcoming approach at Talk:Richard Fountain I think you deserve this!
The Detective Barnstar
For outstanding detective work on hoax articles. Shawn in Montreal (talk)
The Editor's Barnstar
Thanks for your excellect work. Sweetmusician (talk)
The Administrator's Barnstar
You are superb and a great administrator. Thanks a lot for your work, comments, suggestions, diligence and patience. Sweetmusician (talk)
The Original Barnstar
Hey, Dori! I'm just dropping you this barnstar as a thank-you for your awesome CSD tagging. Keep it up! :) Ironholds (talk)
The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Alternatively, the Really Fast Mouse Barnstar… nice going - you beat me to the rollback button. Again. And. Again... Keep up the great work! :) Theopolisme
The ________ Barnstar
A barnstar from you would look nice in this spot, wouldn't it? All you have to do is …
|— Wikipedian —|
|Born||Los Angeles, California|
|Current location||Healdsburg, California|
|Time zone||Pacific Time Zone|
|Height||5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|Family and friends|
|Education and employment|
|Occupation||Freelance writer and programmer|
|High school||South High|
|Hobbies, favourites and beliefs|
|Joined||22 September 2005|
(13 years, 4 months and 29 days)
Like a lot of other people on the Web, I started off programming in high school. Unlike a lot of other people on the Web, that was in 1977, before most of them were born.
I learned BASIC on a machine that looked like a typewriter, which was connected via an incredibly slow line to a mainframe several miles away. I found that programming came easily to me and when I realized that I could get paid good money for solving puzzles, a light went on and I said, "This is for me!"
What I found was that what came so easily to me wasn't quite so easy to non-programmers, and I started teaching classes. I then realized that understanding concepts and being able to explain those same concepts to non-technical people are two very different beasts and that while lots of people can do the former, not so many can do the latter. The same light that had gone on in 1977 went on again in 1997 and I switched gears and changed over to primarily write and teach about web programming.
I've taught and spoken at a number of conferences (among them: Macworld Expo, Builder.com, O'Reilly's OS X Conferences, SxSW, ADHOC, Geek Cruises, and Thunder Lizard) and written for a few magazines, both online and print. For some reason, any magazine that has named me a contributing editor has shortly followed that by going under (NetProfessional and MacWEEK.com, RIP), so now I stick to freelance work for folks I like.
I'm also List Mom and publisher of the Wise-Women's Web Community, a thriving list of several hundred web designers and developers (guys are welcome too, btw).
In my free time, I goof off by adding to my weblog, Backup Brain, which is where I put the writing that no one will pay me for.
According to Wikipedia's own guidelines, I qualify as someone who should have an entry (given a couple of best-selling books), but I don't (and do not want one). On the other hand, after more looking around, I was stunned by the number of topics (mostly people) that don't have WP articles; enough so that I started a list. I would be happier if that list was shorter.