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I have a technical background, mainly connected with computers and programming, and a wide range of interests, spread regrettably thinly. After a few edits as an IP, I made this account, choosing a name that protects privacy but conveys something of my past—the useful uniq utility was required as my first few attempted user names were taken.

Most of my wikitime has involved Lua modules, as outlined in this index. Over a year (September 2012 to December 2013) was needed to develop Module:Convert which is used here and at other Wikipedias. Techo stuff is good, but supporting those who do significant content development is better. Opposing contributions that degrade the project is also useful.

One reward from working on Wikipedia comes from interacting with a wide variety of amazing talent. Why do great contributors edit here? A factor is that humans have evolved to enjoy cooperation and the passing of knowledge to others. Further, Daniel H. Pink has written a very interesting book asserting that rewarding people with payments will only go so far towards motivating them (and in fact, can produce negative effects on productivity). Instead, Pink suggests, the best results occur when people find intrinsic meaning in their work. The three key motivating factors for creative work are autonomy (choice of task and its implementation); mastery (urge to improve performance on a task believed to be worthwhile); and purpose (desire to improve the world). Enabling those factors has resulted in what is seen at Wikipedia. See the RSA animated lecture.

Comments or questions about what I have done are welcome, or if you notice some blunder I have made, please tell me.

Tom was kind enough to post the following here, I think to brighten my drab page.

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This barnstar is awarded from the grateful English-speaking nations of the world for your heroic and successful efforts in finding a solution to the Shapiro reference template for the Shakespeare authorship question article. Your elegant solution now allows two ISBN numbers to be displayed in one Harvnb template, thus saving countless hours of manual labour for Wikipedia editors on this and future articles and allowing speakers of both British and American English to be able to retrieve source cites from two different versions of the same work. He that edits this page and helps bring it to FA, when the history of Wikipedia is written, will stand a tip-toe when this article is named, and this accomplishment shall the good Wikipedian teach his son, and Shakespeare authorship shall ne'er be mentioned from this day to the ending of the world, but in it your contribution shall be remembered. Tom Reedy (talk) 13:18, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

I wrote a module for the Hindi Wikipedia: hi:User:Johnuniq/number

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For your willingness to go way out of your way to help people from other wikis in technical matters. Siddhartha Ghai (talk) 17:44, 19 September 2013 (UTC)


1 mi = 1.6093440 km
[[ module:express barnstar for Lua contribution ]]
p = {}
global function expressBarnStar ( star, reasons, sign )
    -- todo: function to handle the data; ask Juniq
    return '[[file:' .. star .. '|150px]]' .. reasons .. /n .. sign
return p
One week live already and wonderfully stable, consistent and very few faults appearing. A pleasure to work with.  -DePiep 12:00, 18 December 2013 (UTC)

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Congratulations! For all your hard work on the hands conversion issue, you have received a pony! Ponies are cute, intelligent, cuddly, friendly (most of the time, though with notable exceptions), promote good will, encourage patience, and enjoy carrots. Treat your pony with respect and he will be your faithful friend! Montanabw(talk) 21:50, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

To send a pony or a treat to other wonderful and responsible editors, click here.


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The Interwiki Cooperation Barnstar
Thank you for all your help and tireless efforts in making sure that module:convert works properly and flawlessly in Ilokano Wikipedia.--Lam-ang (talk) 15:52, 27 March 2014 (UTC)


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Thanks for your huge effort in Chinese Wikipedia for localizing Convert module. Sameboat - 同舟 (talk) 06:45, 30 April 2014 (UTC)


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For your great effort in Bengali wikipedia Module:convert. - Jayanta Nath (Talk|Contrb) 19:58, 11 May 2014 (UTC)