User:Jesselong

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Hi, my name is Jesse. I live in South Africa. I've been using Wikipedia for a long time, but I don't do many edits, because I don't consider myself an authority on that many subjects.

You're probably looking at this page because you've seen a comment I've made about an article or some change I've made to an article. Please look at my list of pet Wikipedia peeves below, it may enlighten you as to why I made the comment or change.

My Pet Wikipedia Peeves[edit]

Using relative language

I don't believe that Wikipedia articles should include relative references to things. This includes
Time
Please don't refer to time relative to the date on which you write the article. eg.
  • Using the phrase "this year" creates text which is guaranteed to be incorrect within 12 months.
Also, please don't refer to seasons relative to your current location on the planet. Believe it or not, just south of the equator, there is a whole hemisphere were spring starts in September, and summer is during December-February, autumn is around March-May, and winter is June-August. Actually, its fine to use seasons, without hemisphere qualification in articles where only one hemisphere could possibly be valid, but then again, why not just refer to the months involved? Also, the summer of 2015 is could mean either the beginning or end of 2015 for southern hemisphere dwellers.
Instances of things
New is a terrible adjective. Same goes for old.
  • The old president of USA was George Bush during Bill Clinton's reign. The when George W Bush was elected all articles that referred to the old president while meaning George Bush Snr would immediately be wrong.
  • New quickly becomes old, when a newer new comes in. Shortly after that, another new is introduced, and the original new becomes old-old, while the second new becomes the old, the new-old and the old-new. The third new is now the new-new new. Heaven forbid it should get old.

Consistency

Actually, I think Wikipedia should provide some guidance on some consistency issues. They probably do, I'll look for it.
Date Formats
2009-10-03 cannot be followed in the same article with 3 October 2009. Pick one format and stick with it.
Abbreviations
"5% were girls and 95 percent were boys" should be taken out and shot. Either its "%" or its "percent". Let's use them consistently.

Date formats

Americans write the date as mm/dd/yy. For the rest of the world, this is very unnatural. We either use big endian format, like yyyy-mm-dd where the most significant part comes first, or little endian format, like dd/mm/yyyy where the least significant part comes first and each / can be spoken as of. See: https://xkcd.com/1179/