Hello! I'm Elonka Dunin. I am a writer, game developer, project manager, cryptologist, webmistress, public speaker, world-traveler, and appreciator of all kinds of different subcultures. :)
I've had a Wikipedia account since September 16, 2005, made my 1000th edit on January 19, 2006, and was approved as an administrator in December 2007.
As of 2021 I have created or put major work into over 500 Wikipedia articles, and have made over 70,000 edits, which I guess puts me somewhere in the top 1200 of active Wikipedians.
Wikipedia is one of my favorite hobbies, and I love writing articles, helping behind-the-scenes, and giving lectures about how members of the public can better be positively engaged with their own Wikipedia experiences. :) I think Wikipedia is an amazing concept that is going to continue to grow quite rapidly. I often scan through the new articles that are flowing in at a rate of over a thousand per day, and I am humbled by the sheer quantity of information that's accumulating in this massive project. I am very proud to be a part of it.
I grew up in Los Angeles, and have also lived and worked in Denver, St. Louis, Nashville, and England. As of 2018, I live in Rockville, Maryland, USA. The quickest way to get in contact with me is usually via Facebook message or email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Messages on my talkpage are also welcome. :)
The following are awards which other Wikipedians have seen fit to bestow upon me. Thank you.
I hereby present Elonka the Surreal Barnstar award. This unique Star is given to those individuals who positively add "special flavor" to the community by acting as a sort of wildcard. -- Lperez2029 23:21, 2 November 2006 (UTC)
I hereby award Elonka this Special Barnstar in recognition of her extreme civility, valour and chivalry in defending what on wikki are underdog positions, but majority POV in real life. And for looking gorgeous in the pic on her user page!
For surviving an unusual and undeserved quantity of Wikipedia controversy, getting up, brushing yourself off, and continuing doing good work in the face of adversity. AnonEMouse(squeak) 20:53, 24 October 2006 (UTC)
Elonka has been awarded The Soap Opera Barnstar for helping bring WP:SOAPS back from the dead! — TAnthony 02:02, 7 June 2007 (UTC)
The Mighty Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
For your work in upholding our encyclopedic standards and BLP policies, and especially the patience you have shown in dealing with difficult contributors. WjBscribe 23:00, 24 June 2007 (UTC)
Zen Garden Award for Infinite Patience
A little birdie told me that you maybe could use a lift. You've kept your head through recent events a lot better than I would have, and you haven't let it drive you away from editing. Looking forward to seeing you at Hacking 201 again this year! LaMenta3 20:34, 29 August 2007 (UTC)
Elonka, for your work in mediating the Hungarian and Slovak communities in their dispute, and for your remarkable patience, I award you the Barnstar of Peace. +Hexagon1(t) 14:14, 23 April 2008 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
It's pseudo-long, but just read this wiki-user-talk-thingy-thread for why Elonka gets this Barnstar (geeks and hackers need pay special attention): . Transparent disclosure: I have met Elonka in the real world. Follow the link anyway. This was VERY cool real "defense of wikipedia" work. If I didn't know you, me and two other users would likely be eternally wiki-screwed for no good reason. Quartermaster (talk) 19:06, 26 July 2008 (UTC)
For your tireless and endless efforts to protect Wikipedia against an organised group trying to subvert Wikipedia from inside and for going above and beyond to prevent Wikipedia from being used for fraudulent purposes, you are awarded The Defender of the Wiki BarnstarBharatveer (talk) 05:52, 7 August 2008 (UTC)
Your Opinion is More Important than You Think Barnstar
Awarded for your participation in the dispute over at Talk:Medicine. Your opinion and your ability to handle disputes is really, really appreciated. Cheers :) —Cyclonenim (talk·contribs) 23:25, 20 August 2008 (UTC)
User:Elonka has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as Elonka's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear Elonka!
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