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User:Ivanvector

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Welcome to my user page! I am a long-time contributor to Wikipedia, first registering my account on 8 October 2009. I'm proudly Canadian and an accountant by profession, but my interests on Wikipedia cover a very wide range of topics. I am originally from London, Ontario and spent much of the last ten years in Toronto, although I now live on (in?) Prince Edward Island.

Off-wiki, I can be found on a number of websites such as my cat's blog, usually using the name "ivanvector". Chances are good that if you're interacting with "ivanvector" on another site, you're interacting with me, but don't take it as a sure thing. I am able to confirm if necessary; if such a pressing need presents itself, please leave a note on my talk page. I can be contacted sporadically at my twitter account, although I have mostly stopped using the site over continued failure to address or even acknowledge their serious harassment problems; find me on Mastodon instead.

Janitorial duties[edit]

On 19 June 2016 I became a sockpuppet investigations clerk. I may be able to answer your questions about sockpuppetry on Wikipedia but I can't always respond quickly. If you suspect a user of sockpuppetry you should file a report and present your evidence there. You can also find help at the sockpuppet investigations talk page or the SPI IRC channel, #wikipedia-en-spi connect.

I volunteered and was approved to become an administrator on English Wikipedia on 27 December 2016. You can see stats on my administrative actions here, or browse logs of things I commonly do such as blocks, deletions, and page protection.

Names and pronouns[edit]

My real name is not Ivan Vector, which many people find confusing. My real name is Greg, but I don't take offense in being referred to by my pseudonym, nor by Ives, Ivan, Vector, or other variations. I'm also not Russian, as some users think this name implies. For what it's worth I am primarily English with an odd mix of French, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Slovak and Jewish heritage, and my username is a reference to an inside joke from when I was in engineering school.

There have been many disputes on Wikipedia about the use of gender-neutral pronouns. My preference is to assume gender neutrality if a user has not stated their preference, and refer to most users using singular they. I do my best to respect all users' preferences in this regard, and if I have misgendered you it is not out of malice but out of cluelessness. I identify as male, and you can use the male gendered pronouns (he/him/his, etc.) to refer to me, but I won't take offense to any particular set of pronouns.

What I do around here[edit]

DGAF This user can't be arsed, and hopes some day you will join them.
en This user is a native speaker of the English language.
eh This user is a Canuck, and speaks Canadian English.
fr-1 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau élémentaire de français.
es-1 Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel básico de español.

My core editing philosophy is to not give a fuck. You shouldn't either. I don't do things that I expect to get credit for, or to rack up my edit counter, or to please or anger anyone. I do things because they are the right things to do. I certainly make mistakes; if you disagree with something I've done, I absolutely welcome you to inform me and we can discuss a solution.

I spend a significant portion of my Wikipedia time contributing to discussions about content. You will see me in places like redirects for discussion, sockpuppet investigations, move discussions and reviews, as well as patrolling pending changes and reverting vandalism. I sometimes dabble in the disambiguation challenge, and quite often I'm just around doing my own thing.

Languages[edit]

I am fluent in my native language, English, and read and write at a professional level. I speak with what has been called a southern Ontario urban accent.[1] I have also studied French academically and Spanish for travelling, which has come in handy in evaluating foreign-language redirects, for example. I have a handful of edits on the Spanish and French Wikipedias, and have done some work on Simple English Wikipedia, Wiktionary, and Wikimedia Commons. On this Wikipedia I write in Canadian English unless there is a good reason to use a different local variation. On the other Wikipedias I just write poorly.

Submitted articles[edit]

The vast majority of my article-space edits are minor things like spelling and grammar corrections, general copy-editing, navigation templates and vandalism patrol. I've also ended up being credited as the creator of a few pages where all of the older revisions were deleted, due to copyright violations I worked on repairing. The pages I list here I feel are my most significant real content contributions.

Selection of content highlights
Highlighted content
Did you know?
  • ... that the grey jay builds its nests in late winter, while the forest is still deep in snow? 22 February 2017
  • ... that descendants of the family who settled Toronto's Ashbridge Estate were still living on the same property over 200 years later? 7 March 2017
New articles
Significant contributions
Expanded redirects
Translations
  • Start-Class article Consumer Protection Act (Quebec): created as a result of a redirect discussion I think for the sole purpose of demonstrating some obscure point, probably about interlanguage links.
  • Start-Class article Saltes Island: translated primarily from Spanish with help from other language wikis as a test of whether it was possible for wikidata's interlanguage feature to point to a redlink. Article was selected randomly.
Non-mainspace encyclopedia content
Userspace essays
Works in progress/miscellaneous

Note: I do not claim ownership of these pages! These are pages that I have started, and placed links here for myself so that I can find them easily in the future. If you would like to make edits, please feel free, but please do not move the pages to mainspace. Thanks.

Projects and interests[edit]

I add userboxen to this section to give a little more detail about me as a person, identify projects I regularly or occasionally participate in, and to make myself available for connections to other users with similar interests. For example, the userbox with "gtr-2" indicates that I am a novice guitarist, and adds my user page to the category Wikipedian guitarists, a list of all of the Wikipedia users who play guitar. If you were looking for help from an editor who plays guitar for some reason, that would be a good place to start looking.

I've added and removed a lot of userboxen over the years, eventually settling on this collapsed-box format which may be less-than-ideal on narrow monitors (and probably awful on mobile). If you have a userbox you think I should add, you should tell me about it.

Interests and WikiProjects
Emblem-money.svg This user is a member of the Accounting task force.
Potato heart mutation.jpg This user is a member of WikiProject Prince Edward Island.
Symbol redirect arrow with gradient.svg This user is a participant in WikiProject Redirect.
Cycling (road) pictogram.svg This user is a member of
WikiProject Cycling
Internet-group-chat.svg This user is signed up for the Feedback Request Service.
Emblem-money.svg This user is an accountant.
Laufrad-campa-vento.jpg This user is a proud cyclist.
gtr-2 This user is an intermediate guitarist.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpg This user supports sustainable living.
* This user's garden is full of as many useful plants as possible.
TOR This user is a fan of the
Toronto Blue Jays
Romeo,Lilli & Mog.jpg
This user's home is overrun with cats.
This user plays
NumberWang.
ChessSet.jpg This user definitely couldn't defeat Garry Kasparov and Deep Blue with a row of pawns and a bishop.
ZAP! No user serviceable parts inside.
Political chart.svg According to the political compass this user is Economic Left (-6.50) and Social Libertarian (-5.44).
"No smoking" sign with text This user supports the ban on smoking in public places.
No gun.jpg This user's safety and liberty are threatened by all firearms.
Bear paw.jpg This user supports the right to arm bears.
Nuvola apps edu science.svg This user believes science, practiced through the scientific method, is the
most reliable way of determining the
nature of reality.

Recognition from fellow editors[edit]

Barnstars and WikiFun are interesting and creative ways for Wikipedians to show appreciation for one another. This is a selection of appreciation notices and templates that fellow editors have left for me over the years.

Barnstars and recognitions
Canadian Barnstar - Silver v2.svg The Silver Maple Leaf Award
This maple leaf is awarded to Ivanvector for quality article improvements including the promotion of good and featured content during The 10,000 Challenge of WikiProject Canada. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 15:23, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Sock Puppet Star.png The SPI Barnstar
Thank you for your steadfast work untangling, tagging and reorganising the writhing nests of socks at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/OfficialPankajPatidar and the three or four related cases today. That can't have been an enjoyable way to spend your afternoon. Yunshui  15:57, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hires.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Amazing job on the gray jay, I can't imagine how long it took to write what you did! RileyBugzYell at me | Edits 23:17, 30 January 2017 (UTC)
Well thank you! I should point out that the article was already 40k before I ever touched it. What I've done is mostly just clean-up of what many other users contributed in the past, and plenty of others have helped. Ivanvector (Talk/Edits) 14:33, 31 January 2017 (UTC)

Thank you! ツ
Refdesk barnstar candidate2.png The Reference Desk Barnstar
Dear Greg, Face-smile.svg
Thank you for taking the time to offer advice and assistance to your fellow editors via the Help desk. I remain most grateful to you for the clear and helpful guidance you gave me recently; thank you, Greg! Face-wink.svg
With kind regards;
Patrick. ツ Pdebee.(talk)(guestbook) 20:54, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG Congratulations on becoming Wikipedia's newest administrator! Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 10:30, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

Cup-o-coffee-simple.svg Congratulations on your successful RFA! Thank you for offering to serve Wikipedia in such a capacity; the project could not function without editors like you! On the morning of your first day on the job, please have a sip of this coffee. It'll kick you right into gear! —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 00:27, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

Export hell seidel steiner.png I would just like to thank you for all the work you put into this edit. I There's no arguing with stats. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 04:07, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
I considered awarding the Admin's Barnstar to a non-admin, but this one fits better. Thanks for your tireless work at SPI! ~ RobTalk 23:10, 11 June 2016 (UTC)

A red-billed francolin for you!
2011-red-billed-francolin.jpg You saved me!
Thanks for your help with the Afrikaans bird redirects. I think the nomination is finally correct and I couldn't have done it without you. -- Tavix (talk) 03:54, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Thank-you-word-cloud.jpg The 78.26 RFA Appreciation award
Thank you for the participation and support at my RFA. It is truly appreciated. I hope to be of further help around here, and if you see me doing something dumb, you know where to find me. Again, I thank you. 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 01:08, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

For helping unscrew the mess I created in trying to bring a debate to its conclusion, and getting everything settled with a minimum of rancor, I present you this Peace Barnstar. I've probably done this wrong too.

Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
For cleaning up a mess Dkendr (talk) 23:28, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Export hell seidel steiner.png Here is the drink as promised. Next time I'm in the GTA, I'll look you up. Tiggerjay (talk) 02:14, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Barnstar of Humour Hires.png The Barnstar of Good Humor
For your brilliant edits at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2015 July 18. I laughed. Σσς(Sigma) 06:14, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
I'll second that. Articles should be neutral, but ~I think a bit of humo(u)r at editor-side pages greases the wheels. Si Trew (talk) 14:24, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Surreal Barnstar Hires.png The Surreal Barnstar
For this: "Wikipedia is not MeowMeowBeenz" at MfD  Etamni | ✉  01:29, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Dobos cake (Gerbeaud Confectionery Budapest Hungary).jpg 7&6=thirteen () has given you a Dobos Torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it.


To give a Dobos Torte and spread the WikiLove, just place {{subst:Dobos Torte}} on someone else's talkpage, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past or a good friend.

7&6=thirteen () 19:04, 7 May 2015 (UTC)
Rainbow trout transparent.png Whack!
You've been whacked with a wet trout.

Don't take this too seriously. Someone just wants to let you know you did something silly.

For calling for the deletion of Fox News Channel I present to the editor this WP:TROUT. That was just silly.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 22:20, 4 May 2015 (UTC)



Enjoy your wiki-burger! :) --Lenticel (talk) 00:18, 18 February 2015 (UTC)


Barnstar of Humour3.png The Barnstar of Good Humour
For managing to view even the Gamergate ANI with a sense of humour and making up a pretty great new word too. Dylanfromthenorth (talk) 00:48, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Heh :) Thanks! Ivanvector (talk) 16:55, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Castle Neuschwanstein.jpg Thank You
Thank you for participating in my topic ban. This really is a genuine thank you, no sarcasm is intended. I was in the wrong and I accept that. Rotten regard 23:49, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG My thanks for you contribution in the Chione articles for deletion page. You were constructive and civil, enabling the situation to be resolved refreshingly quickly. In the end I think I've come round to your point of view; better to keep the history and redirect then delete. Nyctimene (talk) 21:07, 29 October 2014 (UTC)

Dobos cake (Gerbeaud Confectionery Budapest Hungary).jpg 7&6=thirteen () has given you a Dobos Torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it.


To give a Dobos Torte and spread the WikiLove, just place {{subst:Dobos Torte}} on someone else's talkpage, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past or a good friend.

7&6=thirteen () 22:15, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
Peace Barnstar Hires.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
Thank you for your support of me during a recent situation regarding another editor, as well as for your suggestions on afd. I really appreciate it, Daniellagreen (talk) (cont) 00:13, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Rainbow trout transparent.png Whack!

You've been whacked with a wet trout.

Don't take this too seriously. Someone just wants to let you know you did something silly.

You have been trouted for: You asked for it :P

Ha! I still don't know much of anything about deleting images though. :( Ivanvector (talk) 17:09, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Export hell seidel steiner.png Cheers! Thank you for cleaning up Portrait of a Commander and possibly saving it from deletion. Tco03displays (talk) 21:17, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you! But this beer should definitely go to Neonchameleon, for actually fixing the article. Ivanvector (talk) 21:25, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

The Maple Leaf[edit]

The best leaf[citation needed]

To my knowledge, I am the first editor to employ the red maple leaf emoji 🍁 in my signature, having started with this edit on 30 June 2015 at 21:58 UTC, and it pleases me greatly that several other users have since followed my lead. If you would like to flaunt your Canadian-ness to the world (or just really like appreciate envy your hoser brethren) visit Special:Preferences and add <span style="color:red">🍁</span> to your signature where you would like the maple leaf to appear. Note that the use of templates in signatures is discouraged, so using {{red}} directly is not possible. Also note that you can't use the proper Canadian spelling of colour in the code, because of systemic bias against us.

I occasionally turn the maple leaf blue when discussing the Toronto Blue Jays, even though the maple leaf in their logo is red. I don't change it when discussing the Toronto Maple Leafs, even though their logo is a blue maple leaf.

I'd also appreciate being corrected if I am in fact not the first to use the maple leaf. Credit where credit's due, eh?

UPDATE: as of some time in late summer 2016, the character set containing the U+1F341 🍁 MAPLE LEAF character was given native colouring; subsequently, at least for me, the icon always appears yellow regardless of the coded colour. Yellow maple leaves don't mean anything to me, so I've removed it from my signature.

Accountability[edit]

In the interest of transparency, should there ever be a need to mine my contributions, I am aware of the following edits which were made by other people on my computer while logged in, or edits I made while logged out:

I have one doppelganger account, PEIsquirrel (talk · contribs), for editing in public places. Although real squirrels keep finding a way into my basement, PEIsquirrel holds no special privileges. I have no other accounts other than these two, and am reasonably certain that I have never edited as an IP other than what is listed here.

References, yes, References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sounds of Southern Urban Ontario English". LanguageGeek.com. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Beach residents decry 'offensive' newsletter". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 20, 2015.