The Encyclopedia is, and always has been, a fraud.
My main editing interests at the moment include Chinese and Korean classical literature (which are at least vaguely related to what I studied in college) and biblical, Jewish and early Christian topics (which is a hobby I picked up mostly by accident in 2012/2013 while working as a translator in northern Japan).
As of the last week of January 2017, though, I'm planning on restricting myself mostly to editing Chinese topics for a while, because I've spent a little too much time contributing to noticeboard discussions over the last month or so, and articles on topics related to western religions tend to get dragged to those places regardless of whether they should. I really much prefer writing articles, without wasting time worrying about whether my edits will be challenged by people with strong theological inclinations. When writing articles on Chinese topics, I typically use mostly Japanese sources for a number of reasons: (1) I live in Japan and have easier access to an abundance of sources in Japanese than in other languages; (2) Japanese sources have historically been treated as authoritative and preeminent in Sinology as practised by western scholars (see for example this lecture by Victor Mair); (3) I read Japanese much better than Chinese (as in, I can read Japanese at least a little); (4) when it comes to Chinese topics, there are usually more sources in Japanese than in English and other western languages, and oftentimes a Chinese topic that meets GNG might very well have never been covered in a single reliable source in English.
I put pages on my watchlist as a formality. I keep pages I created on my watchlist because almost no one ever edits those pages, and when they do about half the time it's a sockpuppet of some user who got blocked for harassing me years ago, so getting an email when those pages get edited is convenient. (The other half of the time it's a bot.) I normally "watch" pages that I recently edited, and when I log on to Wikipedia I check my own contribs first to remind myself what those pages are -- I don't keep regular watch on my "official" watchlist. So when I tell you I am "watching" a certain page I mean this in a slightly different way to most other Wikipedians. Technically.
To all those who have benefited from my involvement in a number of drama-board threads over the course of April and May (during which time I have been busy in real life to engage in serious research to build decent articles and have basically been treating Wikipedia as a social networking site while volunteering my time to fix other editors' problems), I must apologize. I have been experiencing both on-wiki trolling and off-wiki harassment as a result of my activities, and I do not know how to deal with it as long as there are logged-in editors in supposedly good-standing who are willing to humour said trolls/stalkers. So for a while I will cut back on my involvement in the drama-boards for a while. Again, my apologies to User:The Banner, User:SMcCandlish, User:In ictu oculi, User:Tenebrae, and so on. Until real life lets me write articles again (still haven't gotten to the point that I can GA-nominate Li He...) I will probably be mostly active on RSN and FTN. Maybe BLPN.
- 1 Explanation of my current username
- 2 Rant about my old username and how it has been usurped by ... me ...
- 3 Response to off-wiki criticism by disturbingly racist editors
- 4 Bart Ehrman article needs revision
- 5 How often have I been called a troll and never been blocked for trolling?
- 6 My thoughts on BLP and GNG
- 7 Subpages
- 8 Random observations
- 9 Pet peeves
- 10 Favourite Wikipedia quotes
- 11 Articles I wrote
- 12 Random trophies
- 13 General merriment
Explanation of my current username
"88" references the year of my birth, and has nothing to do with neo-fascism. The penchant of various editors such as the long-banned Til Eulenspiegel to compare me to a Nazi aside, there really is no such connection. (This was during my IP-phase in early-mid 2014; I reported the incident here. Curiously, he claimed to have been following me ever since; this is weird, because I made very few logged-in edits for like eight months. How was he following my edits?)
Rant about my old username and how it has been usurped by ... me ...
I also used to own the username Elvenscout742 until some genius decided that the Japanese/French Wikipedia editor still known by that name who hasn't edited in years must be a different person from me, and all my redirects had "en" added to them and the old ones deleted. Am I allowed to re-add those redirects? Or must all my talk page signatures from 2005 to 2013 be permanently red-linked, lest I accidentally be confused with the "other" Elvenscout742?
Unified log-in confuses me...
Response to off-wiki criticism by disturbingly racist editors
In case any overt racists like these two care about such things, by neither citizenship nor ethnicity am I Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, northern Han, Filipino, Tibetan or Mongolian. I was born in Dublin, Ireland to two Gaelic-Irish Catholic parents, and lived there until I moved to Japan in 2012 at age 24. My first language is English. My skin is pale, my eyes are blue and my hair is light brown.
As an aside, neither of these editors, whose Wikipedia IDs are obvious from their koreansentry.com IDs and the content of their very disturbing conversation, have been blocked yet. Not for what they wrote about me -- I find it more amusing than offensive -- but for their admitting to tracking down a Chinese and/or Filipino editor with whom he/she had a disagreement and posting their personal information, along with some very uncomfortable racial speculation, off-wiki.
Also of note is that on the following page one of these users actually used the phrase "Jewnited States of Murica"!
Bart Ehrman article needs revision
It's been itching at me for a while, but the "reception" section of that article is almost exclusively focused on criticism of Ehrman and his views (or views of modern scholarship in general, rightly or wrongly attributed to Ehrman who has summarized them for a popular audience). This criticism invariably comes from the right. But from what I can establish, the more noteworthy criticism of Ehrman and his views within the scholarly community is from the left. Elaine Pagels and her criticism of Ehrman's (conservative) assessment of the Gospel of Thomas as a second-century gnostic text is nowhere to be seen. This bites me every time I listen to this lecture. (15:30~16:30, especially 16:17~16:21 -- "one by a professor in a close state to here which I will not mention"; the way she says this is delightful. If you think I'm reading too much into that, she explicitly states who and what she means in a different lecture, at 15:42~15:55.) This is notable because, among the things conservative evangelicals attack Ehrman for, virtually none of them are scholarly positions Ehrman has advanced; they are the consensus positions among modern practitioners of historical criticism, that Ehrman simply summarizes in some of his popular books, and so mentioning these "criticisms of Ehrman and his views" in the article on Bart Ehrman is incredibly misleading and WP:UNDUE. The actual criticism of Ehrman's scholarly opinions that he advances in his more scholarly writings (and books aimed at a university-student audience) tend to receive the overwhelming majority of what little criticism they do receive from the left, as Ehrman is actually relatively conservative in a lot of the issues about which current scholarship is concerned.
How often have I been called a troll and never been blocked for trolling?
This list is not exhaustive. To be such, it would need to include the entire archives of the external blog the banned user JoshuSasori set up for the sole purpose of calling me a troll despite no longer being able to do so on-wiki. Google "trollvenlout" -- some of the pages are still visible despite the blog itself having been abandoned when JoshuSasori apparently decided he had better things to do with his life.
-  Go away, you said, bitter troll.
-  [Hijiri88's talk page posts are] trolling
-  trolling from [Hijiri88], a user who evidently has too much free time on his hands.
-  [Hijiri88's talk page posts are] troll droppings
-  I am going to ignore you from now on, [...] per WP:Don't feed the troll(s)
-  Sigh. Trolled again.
And how often have I been called insane and never been committed?
-  At first I thought you were just a little crazy, but you are both crazy and insane.
-  this sort of behavior doesn't strike me as even being particular, well, sane (I know this user has called me insane numerous times, but I don't have the diffs on hand, so this is a placeholder while I find the more blatant ones; heck, ArbCom desysopped him for personal attacks, which when one checks the diffs were him questioning other users' sanity)
My thoughts on BLP and GNG
If enough sources do not exist to cover a subject objectively and in-depth, then that subject does not merit a Wikipedia article. If a YouTube personality is popular, but he shamelessly spoils new movies in the middle of videos on unrelated topics, then a Wikipedia article on him should be able to discuss criticism of him for that; if enough sources do not exist to do so, then the article should be deleted. If an actor in a long-running children's television show is primarily notable apart from the other dozens of actors who have appeared in said show because he stole an auction item whose sale proceeds were supposed to feed sick children, then we should have sufficient reliable third-party sources to describe that incident and not violate BLP: if we don't, then the subject is not worth a stand-alone Wiki article.
- Alternate accounts
- Antisemitism in early Christian literature
- Ariwara no Narihira redraft
- Articles I created or significantly contributed to
- It's nice when various members of the Wikipedia community with different points of view can come together and send a message that fascist propaganda is not welcome on the project; it's not nice when the same anti-fascist Wikipedians immediately break down into squabbling over bullshit as soon as the moment has passed.
- My sentences are too long. I'll occasionally start with "The fact that..." followed by a subordinate clause, and then forget to add a verb to the main clause at the end.
- Editing from an iPad and no desk while holding the iPad makes hitting letters in the middle of the screen difficult. I once misspelled "ignored" as "inored" twice in one post, twelve words apart. And then there's this monstrosity.
- When one has a serious issue that needs dealing with and takes it to ANI, providing any amount of detail in one's explanation is almost certain to backfire. Actively contributing to every other thread on the page in the hopes that someone will return the favour is generally fruitless.
- Templates are the Devil. Avoid them.
- This applies to both the article space and user talk pages.
- It especially applies to template shortcuts, most of which look like they work when you search for them and then suddenly don't when you transclude them.
- This applies to both the article space and user talk pages.
- Reverting someone's edit because they made a misprint in one word or because they mistranscluded a template (see immediately above) should be explicitly mentioned in WP:DICK if it isn't already.
- Wikipedia hates Samaritans. Not the northern Israelite ethno-religious group. The modern metaphorical Samaritans who try to do good deeds for strangers. If you try to weigh in on a dispute on any of the noticeboards, look carefully at all sides of the argument, closely analyze all the evidence presented, do your own independent research, and present a reasonable solution to solve the problem, the best you can hope for is that your solution will be accepted, you will get at most one or two "thank you"s on your talk page, and everyone will immediately forgot your contribution. More often than not, though, your solution will either be steamrolled or quietly accepted and enforced, and you will make enemies of one or both sides of the dispute and you'll wind up being the next person to open a noticeboard thread on it. Lather, rince, repeat.
- New accounts (less than 1,000 edits and less than six months since their first edit) and SPAS (including near-SPAs and until-recently SPAs) should never be allowed close discussions, especially things like GARs and AFDs. They are technically not forbidden from doing so in a lot of cases, but it is never a good idea to allow them to do so in my opinion, because more often than not (and much more often than is acceptable) they make a mess of things. Furthermore, non-admins should not close AFDs or RMs except in very clear-cut cases of consensus being to preserve the status quo.
- "You can't remove sourced content" is a really terrible reason for reverting someone. Not everything that can be sourced should be included in Wikipedia. WP:V is about not including unverifiable material; it says nothing about including everything that is in a source even if that source made a mistake. In fact it explicitly defines reliable sources as ones that have a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy: citing a source that has such a reputation as justification for including inaccurate (and so apparently un-fact-checked) content is a disaster. WP:VNT, similarly, does not encourage including information that is verifiable but not true; it is meant to discourage including information that is true but not verifiable. Information must always be included or excluded based on careful consideration of WP:WEIGHT, WP:NPOV, WP:NOR (if it's a choice between (a) including unnuanced misinformation, (b) balancing it out with factual information from other sources, and (c) leaving it out altogether, (c) is almost always the best option) and even (sometimes) WP:WIAE.
- I hate spending all my time on noticeboards. Writing articles is so much more fulfilling. I hate it when I keep getting dragged to noticeboards because of stuff I didn'tdo, and keep getting dragged away from building an encyclopedia. Users who criticize me -- or anyone, really -- for "constantly showing up on noticeboards", when we are literally dragged there against our will through no fault of our own, should be cautioned first, and then blocked if they repeat-offend.
- If you see a discussion in which you were involved get closed in an inappropriate way, dispute it immediately in the appropriate venue. Do not just post on the closer's talk page twice and then drop the stick. If you don't formally dispute the close, you can be held responsible for not having done so, and so having tacitly "accepted" the close, later.
- Certain topic areas (any kind of ethnic and/or religious conflict, for instance) should be banned from all general purpose noticeboards (ANI, RSN, etc.). AGF doesn't seem to apply on those articles' talk pages, and the editors involved invariably seem to assume everyone else already knows that providing a fair, neutral comment on any such discussion leaves one open to being pretty harshly insulted. Editors who voluntarily devote all their on-wiki time to those articles should have their own "special" noticeboards where they can fight to the death until only one remains.
- Temporary blocks and "You will be blocked if you continue" probation are ineffective methods for dealing with WP:IDHT. Surprisingly enough.
- Not following the elaborate instructions for processes that should be a lot simpler in a timely manner is bad. You might get distracted. And then when you get back you'll notice that you "made an error" by doing exactly what you were told in the order you were told. Note that with WP:GAR, this was implicitly made overly complicated with the intention discouraging its use.
- Saying "it meets GNG" on AFD regardless of what the basis for AFD is (the page is a POVFORK, it's a COPYVIO, etc.).
- Users who close discussions as "no consensus" (in favour of the status quo) because a proposal was made by one user and not seconded but also not opposed by anyone. This is especially annoying in AFDs, RMs and the like where the closer is a non-admin whose lack of access to admin tools mean they are technically incapable of performing a proper close.
- Arguing that a block proposal is punitive when it clearly isn't.
- Bludgeoning talk page discussions so that everyone on the other side gets so frustrated they leave in order to go do something constructive (like they are supposed to), then claiming that you "won" the discussion. Or, worse, opening an ANI thread about how the other parties are "refusing to discuss on the talk page".
- Users who edit-war/tag-team to insert unsourced material or material that wasn't there before into articles, then open ANEW reports as soon as the one who isn't tag-teaming hits 3RR.
- Telling someone in a discussion in which they're not involved and have no intention of posting in again to "drop it" and pinging them to do so.
- Arguing that a talk page comment is "OR", even though WP:NOR applies to article content, and engaging in the equivalent of original research in a talk page discussion that is meant to determine, for example, whether something should be removed from the article (per WP:NOT, WP:WEIGHT or any of a number of other reasons) is perfectly acceptable. Similarly, it can never be an NOR-violation to remove something from an article, despite what seems to be claimed quite frequently.
- Unsourced plot summaries that read like they were written by Chad Summerchild.
Favourite Wikipedia quotes
This section will be built up, hopefully, over time. I just wanted to preserve one particular gem that I noticed today.
- No one objected to the disputed statement
Articles I wrote
These articles were started by User:Elvenscout742:
|Satō Tadanobu||2012/12/25||Article AFDed by sockpuppet of banned user JoshuSasori|
|Ukare Gitsune Senbon Zakura||2012/12/25||Article stripped of "unsourced" content by sockpuppet of banned user JoshuSasori, who had taken pride in having written a bunch of unsourced film articles|
|Utsunomiya Yoritsuna||2012/12/19||Article (successfully!) speedied by sockpuppet of banned user JoshuSasori; not recreated until I returned to active production more than two years later|
|Waka (poetry)||2012/11/17||Mostly a patchwork of unsourced crap from its creation to now (August 2015)|
|Flag of Iwate Prefecture||2012/10/24||Only prefectural flag to have an independent article! Wooh!|
|Uta monogatari||2012/9/13||Let's not talk about it...|
|Ochiai Naobumi||2012/9/11||Article stripped of "unsourced" content by sockpuppet of banned user JoshuSasori; earlier unsuccessfully speedied by a reckless edit-warrior who was apparently banned soon thereafter for unrelated reasons|
|Twenty-Four Eyes||2006/12/22||Living proof that I was editing Japanese cinema articles before JoshuSasori even had an account -- users who wrongly accuse me of trolling and edit-warring have a nasty habit of getting banned, don't they?|
|Cædmon's Hymn||2005/6/21||While I am not and never have been a specialist in Anglo-Saxon literature, it was a hobby of mine in junior high school. However, as the other articles on this list should demonstrate, I'm not very good at coming up with good articles off the bat, and at the time I started this article I didn't really understand WP:WEIGHT. My source for the statements in the early versions of the article was Brian Branston, who is anything but "fringe" or "non-mainstream" in the field of early Anglo-Saxon literature. Indeed, even now the article Anglo-Saxon paganism cites him 12 times. However, when I read him I was only 16, and the exact implications of what he was saying apparently went over my head. I have never been an expert on Cædmon's Hymn, and at the time I created the page I was working with only two independent sources (Branston and the 4th and 7th editions of the Norton Anthology of English Literature). I merely thought that as one of the earliest extant pieces of English-language writing, the Hymn definitely deserved its own article, and created an initial draft based on what I knew. It was wrong to assume bad faith and say that I "created the page to highlight a non-mainstream view". The page quickly got redirected to the article on Cædmon. I hadn't known that I should have taken all the information out of that article and added it to the new one, but I assumed the poem was more famous than the poet, and since the poem didn't have an independent article it probably hadn't been discussed anywhere on Wikipedia. I had never seriously argued the POV that the Hymn contains pagan themes, and would have accepted that this was fringe and should not be in the article if the other users had accepted that the article should exist. However, four years later (during my wikiretirement) my view that the topic should have its own independent article prevailed. I was still the one who started it, though.|
|Susumu Nakanishi||2014-02-18||Created page on the father of the Okura Immigrant Theory as part of my ongoing campaign of trolling against users of such diverse interests and editing patterns as JZ, CN, TH, ND and SG. Or something. Yeah, that's the ticket. I'm just trolling everyone. That totally explains my actions on the Yamanoue no Okura page over the past three years. And all my other Japanese poetry edits summarized on this page, for that matter. Yeah...|
|Ōe no Chisato||2014-09-14||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 23|
|Sone no Yoshitada||2014-09-14||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 46|
|Fujiwara no Kiyosuke||2015-04-01||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 84|
|Asukai no Masatsune||2015-04-06||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 94|
|Koshikibu no Naishi||2015-05-09||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 60|
|Daini no Sanmi||2015-07-09||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 58|
|Fujiwara no Sadayori||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 64|
|Sagami (poet)||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 65|
|Minamoto no Hitoshi||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 39|
|Egyō||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 47; part of my ongoing attempt to promote various dubious 20th-century NRMs based on Nichiren Buddhism by writing well-sourced articles about Japanese Buddhist monks from centuries before Nichiren was even born|
|Fujiwara no Yoshitaka||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 50|
|Fujiwara no Sanekata||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 51|
|Fujiwara no Michinobu||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 52|
|Takashina no Takako||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 54|
|Ryōzen||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 70; part of my ongoing attempt to promote various dubious 20th-century NRMs based on Nichiren Buddhism by writing well-sourced articles about Japanese Buddhist monks from centuries before Nichiren was even born|
|Shun'e||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 85; part of my ongoing attempt to promote various dubious 20th-century NRMs based on Nichiren Buddhism by writing well-sourced articles about Japanese Buddhist monks from centuries before Nichiren was even born|
|Gyōson||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 66; part of my ongoing attempt to promote various dubious 20th-century NRMs based on Nichiren Buddhism by writing well-sourced articles about Japanese Buddhist monks from centuries before Nichiren was even born|
|Dōin||2015-08-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 82; part of my ongoing attempt to promote various dubious 20th-century NRMs based on Nichiren Buddhism by writing well-sourced articles about Japanese Buddhist monks from centuries before Nichiren was even born|
|Kashū (poetry)||2015-08-10||Created stub to fix redlinks in many of the other articles in this table|
|Suō no Naishi||2015-08-16||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 67|
|Ariwara clan||2015-08-29||Removing some of the red-links I added to the Ariwara no Narihira article -- I wonder if I can get that one to FA-standard...|
|Prince Abo||2015-08-29||Removing some of the red-links I added to the Ariwara no Narihira article -- I wonder if I can get that one to FA-standard...|
|List of Japanese court ranks, positions and hereditary titles||2015-08-30||Removing a lot of the red-links I added to the Ariwara no Narihira article -- I wonder if I can get that one to FA-standard...|
|Princess Ito||2015-09-06||Removing one of the red-links I added to the Ariwara no Narihira article -- I wonder if I can get that one to FA-standard...|
|Ōe no Otondo||2015-09-13||Removing one of the red-links I added to the Ariwara no Narihira article (as well as my other baby Ōe no Chisato) -- I wonder if I can get that one to FA-standard...|
|Ariwara no Motokata||2015-09-13||Removing one of the red-links I added to the Ariwara no Narihira article (as well as the Ariwara no Muneyana article coming soon) -- I wonder if I can get that one to FA-standard...|
|Ōmi no Mifune||2015-11-17|
|Xiaopin (literary genre)||2016-04-03|
|Chinese influence on Korean culture||2016-04-19||Created page that was requested the previous June.|
|Yu Wuling||2016-11-03||Part of Wikipedia Asian Month.|
|Zhang Hu (poet)||2016-11-04||Part of Wikipedia Asian Month.|
|Han Hong (poet)||2016-11-04||Part of Wikipedia Asian Month.|
|Zu Yong||2016-11-06||Part of Wikipedia Asian Month.|
|Yuan Jie||2016-11-06||Part of Wikipedia Asian Month.|
|Zhu Qingyu||2016-11-06||Originally meant to be part of Wikipedia Asian Month, but not finished by the deadline. Technically, since the page was started in November (see User:Hijiri88/Zhu Qingyu) it could have just about squeezed through, but that would have been questionable. I had already passed the four-article bar anyway. Hopefully in 2017, I will be able to write articles on English Wikipedia on topics I know more about; bear in mind that on August 2 of 2015, I created twelve articles in the space of a day. Topics in my principal area of expertise are excluded from WAM on Japanese Wikipedia, and my French ability isn't what it used to be.|
|Ma Dai (poet)||2016-11-06||Originally meant to be part of Wikipedia Asian Month, but not finished by the deadline. Technically, since the page was started in November (see User:Hijiri88/Ma Dai (poet)) it could have just about squeezed through, but that would have been questionable. I had already passed the four-article bar anyway. Hopefully in 2017, I will be able to write articles on English Wikipedia on topics I know more about; bear in mind that on August 2 of 2015, I created twelve articles in the space of a day. Topics in my principal area of expertise are excluded from WAM on Japanese Wikipedia, and my French ability isn't what it used to be.|
|Liu Xijun (poet)||2016-11-24||Originally meant to be part of Wikipedia Asian Month, but not finished by the deadline. Technically, since the page was started in November (see User:Hijiri88/Liu Xijun (poet)) it could have just about squeezed through, but that would have been questionable. I had already passed the four-article bar anyway. Hopefully in 2017, I will be able to write articles on English Wikipedia on topics I know more about; bear in mind that on August 2 of 2015, I created twelve articles in the space of a day. Topics in my principal area of expertise are excluded from WAM on Japanese Wikipedia, and my French ability isn't what it used to be.|
|Short Biography of Li He||2017-09-17|
Rewrites/expansions of existing articles (where 90+% of the text following my edits was mine)
|Sakanoue no Korenori||2015-03-31||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 31; total rewrite from scratch (drafted in user space based on independent sources; unaware that article already existed because of a misspelling in another article — Wikipedia is funny sometimes)|
|Kokuchūkai||2015-04-02||Total rewrite from scratch (drafted off-wiki based on independent sources)|
|Ono no Komachi||2015-04-02||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 9; total rewrite from scratch (drafted off-wiki based on independent sources)|
|Imakagami||2015-06-18||I actually completely forgot I did this one for the longest time. Weird.|
|Kenji Miyazawa||2015-08-10||Total rewrite and massive expansion, originally taking place in user space, later on talk sub-page, before being overlaid onto mainspace on date cited left (but project still ongoing)|
|Ariwara no Narihira||2015-08-27||Ogura Hyakunin Isshu 17; total rewrite from scratch (drafted in user space based on independent sources); promoted to GA status 2016-06-26|
|Li He||2017-01-28||Noted Tang dynasty poet whose coverage on English Wikipedia until my edit was pretty bare.|
On other Wikipedias
- ja:満誓 (before I realized that articles on Japanese topics weren't covered under Japanese Wikipedia's Asian Month for a pretty obvious reason)
- ja:篁物語 (same)
- fr:Izumi Shikibu nikki (part of French Wikipedia's Asian Month)
- fr:Matsuranomiya monogatari (same; first draft written in English, if anyone is interested in reading it -- the subject is not covered on English Wikipedia as of November 2016)
- fr:Uchigiki shū (same)
- fr:Shōmonki (same)
Not gonna put all my barnstars here. Barnstars can be given by anyone for any reason, and I have seen them given out for extremely dubious reasons ("Thank you for helping me win that edit-war", "Sorry the community blocked you for sockpuppetry, but I still love you"...), so I only intend to put substantial and positive stuff here.