On Wikipedia, I have done a lot. I say this not as a brag, but rather as inspiration (hopefully). I've expanded WikiProjects, developed templates and tools, copy-edited thousands of articles, wrote featured articles, submitted DYKs, wrote guides, gave several conference talks at Wikimania, ... you name it, I've probably done it. What's the takeaway from this? I'm just some guy that started editing because something was wrong on the internet. If you come here, with your 10th, 1,000th, or 10,000th edit and go "Holy shit! This guy has nearly 425,000 edits!", remember that I was once you and that I'm still just some guy!
In my qualified experience as some guy, just write articles. Expand them. Fix typos. Add references. Copy-edit a paragraph. That's what we're here for after all. You'll make mistakes, but that's okay. Over time, you'll learn the ropes, the secret handshakes, and all the dos and don'ts of editing. If you run into an issue, ask for help at either the help desk or at a relevant WikiProject. In fact, go join a Wikiproject now if you haven't done so already. It's one of the best things you can do on Wikipedia to not feel lost and find other people that are interested in the same things you are. If you have an idea, bounce it off other people at The Village Pump. You'll have plenty of "Why didn't I think of that?" or "You mean there was an easier way to do this all this time?" moments. Hell, I've been here 15+ years and I still have them. But more importantly, if you just edit, you'll find what you like to do on Wikipedia, and your experience will be a pleasant one.
As of writing, my 425,000 edits amounts to roughly 0.036% of all edits ever made on Wikipedia. Why do I bring this up? Because while 425,000 edits is a huge number, 0.036% is not. This means that 99.964% of Wikipedia was written by other people. Other people like you. So don't for a moment think you have nothing to contribute, because together we help the Internet not suck.
If you have any questions about me or my work, leave me a message on my talk page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfold fear.
– Thomas Jefferson –
The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
– Ayn Rand –
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
– William G. McAdoo –
The problem with quotes on the Internet is that they are often not true.
– Abraham Lincoln –
For dealing with the mess that the isotope articles were in, and categorizing them, and for the work put on creating Wikipedia books on the chemical elements, you deserve at least a little double barnstar.
Your diligent work in the area of redirect categorization and improvement is duly recognized and greatly appreciated. You are truly one of the unsung heroes of Wikipedia, and we hope you continue to enjoy your improvement of this awesome encyclopedia! To Headbomb, thank you for updating redirects about the Cochrane Collaboration.
I really appreciate your insightful and detailed proposal for revising open access icons. Please continue to take coffee breaks when things get heated. Every good idea needs its champion and my wish for you is that to the extent you are representing the idea, you appear as measured, helpful, conciliatory, and inclusive as the idea itself.
Thanks for all the effort you make to resolve a very weird situation that is formulated in Wikipedia. I really appreciate your comments and your willingness to help Wikipedia project by establishing a safe environment for everyone.
In 2016 you were one of the top ~200 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do!
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week in recognition of your work on science related articles. Thank you for the great contributions!
In 2017 you were one of the top ~250 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do!
I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for maintaining professionalism in this conversation - this is a topic that has previously become contentious but this time everyone is working well together to identify and remediate actual problems, look for improvements, and explain intricacies that occur.
Thanks for approving my BRFA a mere 11 minutes after I filed it, and for the trust you put in me ("I would have liked to see a greater variety of categories, but you know what you're doing. Do more supervised testing if you feel the need for it"). It turns out I did end up making a couple of wrong edits (36) due to a few edge cases with different template formatting, but otherwise the ~9k edits went smoothly. Again, thank you.
Thank you! I was at one of the events w[h]ere [Michele S. Mirman] was installed as president and thought she would be a good person to try my first Wiki on given her status. Any help would be appreciated - I'm just learning!
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