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— Wikipedian  —
Name J. Randall Owens
Born December 31, 1969
Current location Manchester, UK
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
Aliases Randy, KarMann, DeadMeat
Contact info
Website GhiaPet
Blog Yes

Round holes I almost fit

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and nothing else matters.
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MCR This user is from Manchester.


en This user is a native speaker of English.
de-3 Dieser Benutzer hat sehr gute Deutschkenntnisse.
la-2 Hic usor media latinitate contribuere potest.
ru-1 Этот участник владеет русским языком на начальном уровне.
fr-1 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau élémentaire de français.
it-1 Questo utente può contribuire con un livello semplice di italiano.
This user has a basic understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
blz-2 This user is an intermediate speaker of blazon.
... This user would like to know all existing languages.
he or she
This user considers the singular they to be substandard English usage.
Regarding gender, this user will use the vernacular, not what is politically correct.
This user thinks that too many people have no idea how to use words that they should have learned in grade two.
whom This user insists upon using whom wherever it is called for, and fixes the errors of whomever he sees.
This user thinks that there are too many people who don’t know that they're worse than their own children at spelling!
This user thinks that if your grammar is incorrect, then you’re in need of help.
Subj This user prefers that the subjunctive mood be used. Were this user you, he would use it.
. The This user does not put two spaces after a full stop.
A, B, and
A and B
This user uses the serial comma unless its inclusion is confusing.
It’s really not that hard to use each word in its proper manner.
’s Thi's user know's that not every word that end's with s need's an apostrophe and will remove misused apostrophe's from Wikipedia with extreme prejudice.
"…" This user favours typewriter style quotation marks over typographic ones.
ANAL 5 This user is incredibly stringent with professional grammar.
Mix This user has been influenced by too many dialects of English to use one orthography, vocabulary and grammar consistently.


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C-1 This user is a beginning C programmer.
mysql-2 This user is an intermediate MySQL programmer.
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css-2 This user is an intermediate Cascading Style Sheets user.
js-2 This user is an intermediate JavaScript programmer.
xml-1 This user is a beginning XML coder.
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?met? This user prefers metric units and cannot figure out why Americans have such a hard time with them.
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This user knows by heart the first 15 digits in the decimal representation of pi.
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This user loves problem solving.
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6×9=42 This user jokes in base 13.
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ela This user speaks Ecclesiastical Latin.
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Middle Ages
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♂ This user is male.
Man-and-woman-icon.svg This user is straight
but not narrow.
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C2H5OH-2 This user drinks occasionally.
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NG This user's alignment is Neutral Good: the "Benefactor."
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Wales/Cymru This user is of Welsh descent
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🇳🇴 This user is of Norwegian ancestry.
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Food & Drink

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H2O This user is H2O intolerant. Achoo!
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-xen This user believes that userbox should always be pluralised userboxen, and thinks that this is one of the most important and exciting issues of our time.
ubx-c This user thinks that userboxes have gotten out of control.

Pedia pages[edit]


Talk | Pet Projects | Gallery | Bookmarks | My Main Page | Variables | Boilerplate

Handy links[edit]

Vandalism | Editing | All style | Style | Layout | Tables | Characters | TeX (math) new | Newpages | Templates | Stubs | Boilerplate | Upload | Utilities | Public | DB

Other Wikipediæ[edit]

Meta | Commons | News | Species | Deutsch/German | Русский/Russian | Latina/Latin

John Owens[edit]

John Owens lives in Manchester, UK since 2016, after moving from Tucson, Arizona, and was until recently a student at the Pima Community College. He is (yet another) computer system and network administrator, with some knowledge of server administration and a good grasp of Perl. And he has been voted Number 1 on the "list of bigots to avoid" on User:Olga Bityerkokoff's page! He came in at number 32 on this month's Top 200 Countdown, and he'd like to extend his special gratitude to Michael, who made it all possible.

If you have a Un*x computer and check its native-format time, you've got a pretty good idea how old he is, in seconds.


As a recovering non-Wikipedoholic, I'm starting to edit again, but in moderation, so far. I recently upgraded to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, so I'm starting to accumulate some pictures for the Wikipediæ. See some of what I've got so far: /Pet Projects#New pictures from trip. I'm currently focusing on my astrophotography technique (pun intended).

In things tangentially related to Wikipedia, I've started a project to create an electronic markup format for corrections to all those things that aren't Wiki. With my vast imagination, I've decided to call it the ProofReading Markup Language, or PRML for short. (SourceForge project site)

What he does[edit]

Weed whacker extraordinaire, great at spotting typos, too.

Oh yeah, and I know lots of stuff, too. ;)

And I refuse to ever take the Wikipedia:Are You a Wikipediholic Test. There are some things both you and I are better off not knowing. See also: Wikipedia:Wikipediholics in denial.

Foreign languages and contributions[edit]

I'm now contributing to the German and Russian Wikipædiæ in my own small way, too. (And in case you can't tell by my abuse of 'æ's, I just wish there was a Latin Wikipædia for me to contribute to, too.)

I'll be demmed, there is a Latin Vicipædia!!! :) I always wondered if there was a language code for Latin; never could find one in a list. Now I'm going to have to find out if 'la' is really official, or just what they use because it makes sense.

Since then, I've discovered Wikipedia:Multilingual coordination and ISO 639. Yup, it's a real, genyooine, official code.


A few of my best, most pride-inspiring contributions:

Mostly though, I'm more of an editor than a writer. And yeah, I know what all those authors say about editors....


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