"Suppose that, as is perfectly possible, Wikipedia continues producing articles at a rate of 1,000 per month. In seven years, it would have 84,000 articles."
-Larry Sanger, July 2001, quoted in Kuro5hin.
For any complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.
-paraphrase of H.L. Mencken
Qui nos rodunt confundantur, et cum justis non scribantur.
Their business model depends on the Internet not sucking. And we help the Internet not suck. - Jimmy Wales, on why Google and Yahoo like Wikipedia.
|It's really pretty simple:|
Who am I?
I'm just a guy who knows a bit about everything. I prefer breadth to depth, although having both is best. There are few things I know a lot about, but few that I know nothing about. The things I do know a lot about are an odd collection, and include:
- economics, specifically microeconomics and game theory.
- the history, culture, politics, and especially architecture of the Caucasus region.
- military history, especially World War II
- science fiction
I've been around Wikipedia since Fall 2003, making me a veteran Wikipedian but certainly not one of the oldest.
I stumbled on to this site while writing trivia questions for quiz bowl, and used it as a reference for more than a year before starting to contribute significantly. Then I got addicted. You know how it goes.
What do I do here?
When I was a slacking college student, I spent an immense amount of time on Wikipedia. These days I have a job, a wife, a social life, and a World of Warcraft addiction. You won't see me around here much; too many other demands on my time.
I'm an administrator, and have been for years. Since I haven't been very active lately, I'm not up-to-date on current policy and practice. For that reason, I don't use my admin abilities for anything except occasionally deleting spam and other obvious nonsense on the recent changes page.
Where have I been?
Of all my work on Wikipedia what you're most likely to see is the Tutorial, which was my idea even though I'm sure it would have happened eventually without me. I wrote most of the original version, and still do some updating and maintaining occasionally. I started the Welcoming committee page, but can't claim credit for the tradition of welcoming new users. I'm also proud to have written much of the early content of Wikipedia:Assume good faith, some of which still survives several years later.
To see a list of the articles I've started or made major edits to, check out my obligatory bragsheet.
- User:Isomorphic/newuser - my new user greeting boilerplate.
- User:Isomorphic/ToDo - stuff I'm planning to work on. Some day, maybe.
- User:Isomorphic/Essays - my thoughts on Wikipedia.
- User:Isomorphic/Quotes - amusing things others have said.
- User:Isomorphic/Hall of Fame - exemplary Wikipedians (my POV of course)
|If you find this page on any site other than Wikipedia, you are viewing a mirror site. Be aware that the page may be outdated, and that I have no personal affiliation with any site other than Wikipedia itself. The original page is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Isomorphic.|