In my youth I read encyclopedias for recreation. I spent some TV-free summers with the Junior Encyclopædia Britannica, a former red-bound companion to the regular edition meant for the middle school years.
My higher education and career are in computers, programming, networking, and computer security, but that's not where I usually edit. Geology and geography articles, among others, seem to interest me – I brake for road cuts. I like maps and create some for topics that interest me and for which I can find source material.
- My Wikimedia category has superceded my Wikipedia gallery for a complete catalog of original images that I've uploaded for Wikipedia – photographs, maps, graphs, and diagrams. A few uploaded to the English Wikipedia and not yet migrated to Commons will not be categorized there.
- I've found notable third-party re-use of some of my images in other publications on the web, not always properly attributed.
- Articles started
- The list of articles that I started includes a couple that have become quite respectable thanks to lots of help from other interested editors.
- I created a user script for quick and easy vandal warning. I've kept it under my userspace because I don't know how to make it more generally available nor if there would be enough interest. But I find it very useful, and there are a number of other people who have it installed, too.
I loathe parenthetical remarks and so should you. If a statement is worth making then it is most likely worth placing in a regular sentence. There will be exceptions, of course, but they should be very rare.
How to Write Good
- My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules.
- Avoid Alliteration. Always.
- Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
- Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
- Employ the vernacular.
- Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
- Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
- It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
- Contractions aren't necessary.
- Foreign words and phrases are verboten.
- One should never generalize.
- Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said: "I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
- Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
- Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary; it's highly superfluous.
- Profanity sucks.
- Be more or less specific.
- Understatement is always best.
- Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
I, EWS23, hereby award Kbh3rd the RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar for creating the extremely helpful vandal warning toolbox. Keep up the good work! 17:00, 17 April 2006 (UTC)
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