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Greetings, to whomever it may concern! Let me start off by saying howdy, and welcome to my user page! Most Wikipedians here just call me "I.B." or "Ill Barr" (for those of you who are viewing this page through a sans serif typeface, that's "Ill" as in an "ailment" or "malady", not the Roman numeral for the Arabic numeral '3'). I have been editing the English Wikipedia off-and-on since around roughly mid-2006, first as an anonymous I.P. user, then eventually as a registered user in 2008. I've used a variety of different user names over the years, before settling on this present moniker that you see before you today.
I have been editing under this present user name since March of 2010; this is my unified user name across all of the Wikimedia Foundation's various projects. On other projects aside from Wikipedia, I am particularly active over on the English Wikiquote and the Wikimedia Commons, and have been an administrator on the former since January of 2015. I also dibble and dabble occasionally on the English Wikisource and Wiktionary, as well. On the Wikimedia Commons, I mainly upload public domain content, and photographs that I have taken myself. Most of my photographs are licensed and distributed under the Creative Commons licensing standard, and you can view them here, if you'd like.
If you require assistance with a certain issue or quandary that you have regarding the course of Wikipedian events, please do not hesitate to ask me for help by leaving me a talk page message, here. I'll be glad to assist you in any way I can, to help in absolving the issue. Or, if I've made a mistake somewhere, which we're all bound to do at some point, you can bring it to my attention so I can better rectify it. Or, if you just want to chat about anything, anything at all that your heart desires, you can, of course, do that as well.
This barnstar is awarded for your multiple improvements in the article United States Coast Guard which have helped make it better organized and readable. Thank you. Cuprum17 (talk) 21:00, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
The Copyeditor's Barnstar
For your copyedit efforts on the article Hal Moore. It is a much better article with your help. Cuprum17 (talk) 22:12, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
For your efforts to improve the article on the late Sergeant Jesse Aliganga, a Filipino American and Californian, I present to you this barnstar. May it shine bright to all whom see it, reminding them that those who have given their lives in service to their nation are not forgotten. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 05:02, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
The Cleanup Barnstar
For signal efforts in the cleanup of the article Coast Guard Squadron One I hereby present you with this token of my eternal appreciation. Cuprum17 (talk) 21:59, 19 October 2015 (UTC)
The Coast Guard Star
I hereby award you the Coast Guard Star for your very helpful edits on scores of Wikipedia articles related to the United States Coast Guard over the last two years. This is the inaugural presentation of this award. Thank you and Semper Paratus! Cuprum17 (talk) 21:55, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
The Teamwork Barnstar
For downloading images, copyedit work, and general improvements on the Wikipedia article SPARS I hereby award you The Teamwork Barnstar along with my sincere thanks for helping improve yet another U.S. Coast Guard related article. Semper Paratus! Cuprum17 (talk) 00:56, 23 April 2016 (UTC)
When referring to ships, do not use "The". Refer to it as if it were a person's name. Also, do not italicize ship prefixes.
In the introductory first sentence for a person's biographical article, do not put any preceding ranks or titles. Should be the name only. Superseding suffixes should only be for honors bestowed by monarchies and such.
When referring to people in the main body text, do not use any preceding ranks or titles. If you must, then do it only once and use the person's name only after that. Also, do not blue-link any ranks or titles with a person's name, just the name only.
For career subsection headers, if the person was known for only one field or work, then there's no need for a preceding qualifier. So, for a soldier who did nothing but that, putting "army career" is redundant.
For a person's infobox portrait caption, don't put the person's office or billet title or something like that. Rather describe the picture and what's in it instead.
When referring to a war, use the common name historians use, rather than the operational name, unless the operational name has become common usage, such as Operation Market Garden.
Periods in abbreviations or initialisms should only be for two-letter ones. Unless it's for a proper noun that originally spelled it that way. So, U.S., U.N., E.U., but DEA, ATF, FBI, CIA, DHS, USMS, USMC, USN, etc.
Soldier, sailor, and airman are not capitalized, unless at the start of a sentence. They are not proper nouns. I don't care how the DOD's PAO does it, they don't control the English language. I'll make an exception for USMC, since it's so commonly accepted now.
Don't use USPS abbreviations for states, unless it's a two-worded state like Rhode Island, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, South Dakota, North Dakota, North Carolina, South Carolina, or West Virginia. Either spell out the state name fully or don't include it.
Police or military ranks are only capitalized if they immediately precede somebody's name. So, "Hospital Corpsman Third Class (FMF) Jane Doe, United States Navy", but "hospital corpsman third class" when written by itself.
Use the common name of a country whenever possible. So, "East Germany", "South Korea", and "South Vietnam" instead of "German Democratic Republic", "Republic of Korea", and "Republic of Vietnam".
If you're going to use an abbreviation or initialism, make sure to spell it out at least once near the start of the article with the abbreviation in parenthesis, so people know exactly what the heck it is you're talking about.
When referring to an army or navy, use the proper name. If the proper name is not used, make sure to capitalize it properly. So, it's North Vietnamese army, rather than North Vietnamese Army, since the latter name is not official.