I don't have a lot of time to write for Wikipedia, but when I did in 2005, here is what interested me:
- counter systemic bias
- translate articles
- increase coverage of Israeli writers
- increase coverage of Israel Prize winners
- stop presenting simple Hebrew words as hopeless mysteries, by which I mean the widespread, poorly elucidated use of "Tiberian Hebrew" in the first sentence of about 300 articles
- and all of that good stuff.
I intended my username as a nonsense word. Later I was amused to learn that it's similar to the Hebrew word for "piggy" (haziron, חזירון), not to mention the Turkish word for June (Haziran).
I am a learner of the Hebrew language. My exercise on Wikipedia was to translate the Hebrew pages about various writers of modern Hebrew prose, or Israeli literature. From this exercise I have learned most of what I know about the subject. It was a way for my fellow Hebrew students and me to learn more about it. My translations were mainly word-for-word. I appreciate others' efforts to improve the selection of facts and smooth the language.
If there aren't enough Wikipedia pages in English about authors of modern Hebrew fiction for your appetite, try the Institute for Translation of Hebrew Literature.
For a selection of prominent authors, please refer to Israeli literature. If that has evolved into prose more appropriate for an encyclopedia, an old list form will still be in the revision as of 10:32, 3 Jan 2005.
Another old list is at /Featured articles in Hebrew.
The following notes may also be of interest to my imaginary obsessive fan.
Back then, many of the authors mentioned in Israeli literature had main entries in Hebrew. Fewer had entries in English. However, all of the author names (as spelled in English), except Barak (Bar Zohar), were linked in the English-language list of Hebrew language authors. I took the trouble of checking all of the spellings in Hebrew and English to make sure they matched existing pages or referring pages.
For some prominent Israeli authors, even the Hebrew-language Wikipedia had stubs, or only links, or no reference at all. For some of those I used Google to verify the Hebrew spelling of the name.
For reasons of convenience and importance, it seemed most worthwhile to translate articles about the following authors from the Hebrew-language Wikipedia: Shulamith Hareven (he:שולמית הראבן), Shulamit Lapid (he:שולמית לפיד), and Amnon Dankner (he:אמנון דנקנר). Although there was no Hebrew-language article about Orly Castel-Bloom (he:אורלי קסטל בלום), I eventually put together an English-language article.
Beyond those, here are the remaining authors who were mentioned in "Israeli literature" with Hebrew spelling and who had articles in the Hebrew-language Wikipedia.
- Igal Mossinsohn (he:יגאל מוסינזון)
- Yoram Kaniuk (he:יורם קניוק)
- Yaakov Shabtai (he:יעקב שבתאי)
- Yehoshua Kenaz (he:יהושע קנז)
- Nava Semel (he:נאוה סמל)
- Hannah Bat-Shahar (he:חנה בת שחר)
- Ruth Almog (he:רות אלמוג)
- Judith Katzir (he:יהודית קציר)
- Mira Magen (he:מירה מגן)
- Yoel Hoffmann (he:יואל הופמן)
- Yael Hadaya (he:יעל הדיה)
- Anton Shammas (he:אנטון שמאס)
- Yitzhak Ben-Ner (he:יצחק בן נר)
- David Shahar (he:דוד שחר)
These were generally in he:Category:Hebrew writers.
- Yeshayahu Koren (he:ישעיהו קורן)
- Yonat and Alexander Sened (he:יונת ואלכסנדר סנד)
- Dan Benaya Seri (he:דן בניה-סרי)
- Dorit Rabinyan (he:דורית רבינין)
- Shimon Ballas (he:שמעון בלס)
- Eli Amir (he:אלי אמיר)
- Savyon Liebrecht (he:סביון ליברכט)
- Orly Castel-Bloom (he:אורלי קסטל בלום)
- Gadi Taub (he:גדי טאוב)
- Lily Perry (he:לילי פרי)
- Dov Elbaum (he:דב אלבוים)
- Nira Harel (he:נירה הראל)
- Tamar Bergman (he:תמר ברגמן)
- Dorit Orgad (he:דורית אורגד)
- Michal Snunit (he:מיכל סנונית)
- Michael Barak, pen name of Michael Bar Zohar (he:מיכאל בר-זהר)
- Daniella Carmi (he:דניאלה כרמי)
- Leah Aini (he:לאה איני)
I found it helpful to verify spelling by searching guesses in Google or in the Mt. Scopus Library catalog.
- Albert Suissa (he:אלברט סויסה)
- Esty G. Hayim (he:אסתי ג. חיים)
- Michal Govrin (he:מיכל גוברין)
- Yitzhak Gormezano-Goren (he:יצחק גורמזנו גרן)
- Eleonora Lev (he:אלאונורה לב)
- Alex Epstein (he:אלכס אפשטין)
- Shimon Zimmer (he:שמעון צימר)
- Itamar Levy (he:איתמר לוי)
Two accomplishments of which I am proudest at the moment of writing these words: 1. Woggly wrote on my talk page that I should "keep up the good work". Woggly is extraordinarily kind. 2. The author of the original Hebrew recommended article that I translated in small part as Bulb to light all Ramat Gan left a message on my talk page that he likes the translation. Then I noticed that it is linked from WP:UNUSUAL. Q.E.D.
Expanded and de-stubbed: Encyclopaedia Judaica
Wrote section, based on article available online by Gideon Toury: List of translators: Hebrew translators
Translated new (or wholly replaced) articles from the Hebrew Wikipedia: Hanoch Levin, Avraham Shlonsky, Shaul Tchernichovsky, David Grossman, Batya Gur, Irit Linur, Etgar Keret, Yitzhak Salkinsohn, Yehuda Alharizi, Meir Shalev, Ram Oren, Dan Tsalka, Yitzhak Orpaz-Auerbach, S. Yizhar, Herzliya Hebrew High School, Aharon Megged, Amalia Kahana-Carmon, Hanoch Bartov, Moshe Shamir, Benjamin Tammuz, Nurit Zarchi, Haim Be`er, Sami Michael, Shulamith Hareven, Amnon Shamosh
Substantially lengthened articles by translating from Hebrew Wikipedia or using the Internet Movie Database and Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs articles: Israeli literature, Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Amos Oz, Haim Gouri, Yosef Haim Brenner
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Finding needed articles
I looked for ways to identify needed articles in other Wikipedia editions (mainly Hebrew). Among other things, I found en:Wikipedia:Version_1.0_Editorial_Team/Core_topics and simple:Wikipedia:List of articles all languages should have. Then I made a partial comparison of those two:
When the time came to turn my English Wikipedia username into a pan-Wikimedia username, I missed the chance to unify with my other accounts that are shown below. Oh well.