User:John

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I've been here for ages, on and off. I like:

  • Copy-editing for style. Less is more, terse beats flowery, euphemisms are bad, "In October of the following year..." --> "In October 1872..." Breathless prose is also bad. "Revealed". Elegant variation. Puffery, hagiography and fanspeak. We aim for a neutral encyclopedic tone here.
  • Cliché. Duly, promptly, eventually. Adverbs (and adjectives) especially need to be used with care.
  • Reducing overlinking. It's such fun to insert these lovely blue links. But with them too, less is more. The right number of judiciously targeted links is more effective.
  • Sourcing. This has got better over the years, but is probably still the number one flaw in Wikipedia. It's possible to insert some garbage about a minor artist sourced to a blog and have it remain there for years. We need to be more vigilant, for biographies of living people, but also in general.

I'm restricted in the time I can give to Wikipedia for various reasons, but if I can help you with anything, ping me on my talk page.

Awards[edit]

Copyeditor Barnstar Hires.png The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Good work on Fiona Watt, Theroadislong (talk) 19:00, 21 September 2022 (UTC)
Cscr-featured.svgOn behalf of the FAR coordinators, thank you, John! Your work on Joan of Arc has allowed the article to retain its featured status, recognizing it as one of the best articles on Wikipedia. I hereby award you this Featured Article Save Award, or FASA. You may display this FA star upon your userpage. Keep up the great work! Cheers, Nikkimaria (talk) 02:14, 25 September 2022 (UTC)