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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.

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Good day.

Thank you for taking some of your valuable Wikitime to read my Wikipedia user page.

Starting in the late 1990s, for several years, I edited articles on a few open content websites, including Ward Cunningham's original WikiWikiWeb, some webrings on (before and during the Yahoo! years), and then Open Directory (DMOZ). I then discovered Wikipedia, and edited anonymously for a few years before registering a username (if only there were means to get credit for anonymous edits!). On Wikipedia, I pursue mostly WikiGnome-ish activities. Sometimes I do a bit more. I hope that what I have done is of value to someone.

Almost all of my work is informed directly by the Wikipedia:Manual of Style (MoS). If I change something in an article, then it is usually backed by some rule, or at least principle, found therein. One could say that mostly I enforce the MoS, but such phrasing sounds too punitive. I prefer to think that I am teaching or educating other editors, while cultivating and weeding a garden. If I am feeling a bit testy, than I view myself more in a janitorial role, as cleaning up a mess. On occasion, when grouchy, I encounter writing which at first impression, moves me to interpret it as evidence of mental derangement or retardation. When I find myself being so uncharitable, I deliberately stop myself, and try to reinterpret the strangeness as perhaps being the effort of someone whose skills in English are vastly superior to my skills in their language. That usually puts me back in my place.


Wikipedia editors have a great privilege: we are stewards and guardians of an incredibly valuable treasure. Millions of people have spent countless hours working on this project. We have a weighty responsibility. When we edit, the fate of all prior work is in our hands. I try to bear this in mind whenever I edit, and hope I am a worthy caretaker.

Writing experience[edit]

Intermittently, from 1979, through the early and middle 1980s, I worked as a part-time newspaper reporter, termed a stringer, at the then Milwaukee Sentinel, now Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. My beat (specialty) was technology, science, defense, and an occasional light feature. Among many things I learned was to write very tersely. At a newspaper, more so before electronic media grew common, there was a ferocious emphasis on word count and article length. Failure to write compactly meant that lots of stuff got deleted by copy editors. At times, accuracy suffered thereby.

During this time, I also edited the work of some college students, mostly term papers, and one Master's degree thesis. Two of the students told me that my work raised their grade by one increment, e.g., from a C to B.


In the early 1990s, for a few years, I was a member of the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC), now American Society for Quality (ASQ). I highly recommend this truly fine organization for anyone interested in any similar or related issues. I still remember some of the basics of quality control, and try to apply my knowledge to Wiki work.


Of many things I consider very seriously, one is objectivity, or neutrality in Wikipedia nomenclature. I try very hard to be neutral. This is mostly due to my basic personality, but was also further informed and refined by my newspaper experiences. But, no one can be fully neutral in all ways, no matter how great our efforts; for some insights on this see Wikipedia:Systemic bias. At least two kinds of neutrality clearly exist: attitudinal and functional. We all have many biases, of many types, and these effect our thoughts and actions. Attitude biases are the easiest to counter, mostly by consciously monitoring ourselves and working to be deliberately neutral in our actions. Functional biases are much harder to counter. We all have varied strengths and weaknesses, areas of knowledge and ignorance. Thus we work in areas we know, and perform actions we understand, and tend to perform less well outside that range. Where I do this, and accidentally harm or confuse anyone, I apologize. Tell me and I will act to improve my results.

Edit summaries[edit]

Edit summary notes are highly useful for documenting work, to explicate processes and motives for others to understand. I have devised many for my use, which also may be useful for others. So, I have listed them on an edit summaries page. These notes are never a form of attack. They exist to inform others of exactly what I have done and why, and to help them find useful and germane parts of the Wikipedia:Manual of Style from which they may learn and become better editors.

Needlessly piped redirects[edit]

One problem which some edits cause, which is needless, and thus especially irksome, is links with needless pipes which redirect.

For example, after the name of many programming languages, there is the string " (programming language)". Often this creates a direct link, but often it creates a needless pipe (per WP:NOPIPE) which points to a redirect.

Examples of links that are piped and direct:

  • [[C (programming language)|C]]
  • [[Python (programming language)|Python]]

Examples of links that are needlessly piped and redirecting:

  • [[C++ (programming language)|C++]]. Instead, the unpiped direct link is [[C++]].
  • [[Perl (programming language)|Perl]]. Instead, the unpiped direct link is [[Perl]].

If you don't know for sure if a link is optimal, why not check it first? It is easy and fast! Check links after making them, but before saving edits, via the Save page function, and takes only a few seconds. On the article edit page, simply use the Show preview function, to display the links in their published form, and then test (click on) them, before saving. Then, you can use the Show changes function to see all changes that have been made up to that time.

Only then, after confirming that everything is perfect, should you save.

Actual? Itself? Themselves? No![edit]

Some words are, sadly, routinely overused, and usually incorrectly, to the point of becoming useless verbal junk. For example, most common uses of the words "actual", "itself", and "themselves" are vague, imprecise, ambiguous, and almost meaningless. Such words can almost always be cut from a sentence with no change in the meaning. Here are some examples:

  • They can almost always actually be cut from an actual sentence with no change in the actual meaning.
  • They can almost always be cut from a sentence itself with no change in the meaning itself.
  • They can almost always be cut from sentences themselves with no change in the meanings themselves.

Proofread! Try it! Communication begs for clearer terms. Readers need clear semantic guidance as to what an author's references are about.


I have created a few userboxes. As with all I do, if you like one, or more, please feel free to use it-them.

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