The motto of the AIW is conservata veritate, which translates to "with the preserved truth".
This motto reflects the inclusionist desire to change Wikipedia only when no knowledge would be lost as a result.
I contribute because I like to write, and editing gives me a chance to polish what I've added to the pool of knowledge. Those looking at my additions will see that I also like to dig through book databases to extract lists--sometimes the lists are all one can find on pre-internet era authors and illustrators. I think that these lists will over time become articles, simply because fans and collectors will add to them. If you build it, they will come. I guess that puts me in the Inclusionist camp.
October 2015 Have used most of my time on Wikipedia expanding Mandolin article, adding musicians articles and most recently creating a much bigger List of mandolinists (sorted), which includes a lot of mandolinists from different countries and genres.
July 2014 Over past year have been adding musicians, especially those who play mandolin or from Philip J. Bone's book "The Guitar and Mandolin."
December 04, 2010 I have been working over instrument articles, centering around the article Mandore (instrument). Adding source material and researching for picture captions.
At the time of writing this, March 9, 2008, I have spent a lot of time with one article, Earth Abides, because I liked the book so much and because I saw an opportunity to add to the unwritten history. Starting on this book has so far generated 13 other articles, as I added illustrators and then the authors for other books they illustrated. It doesn't take very long to realize that you have forgotten pages you started, which is why I began this list. I want to make sure that all the pages I create have full citations, even if I have to go back through them later. I am a new editor, and can always use hints, especially as the stylebook makes such fascinating reading.