- 1 About
- 2 Travel
- 3 Wikipedia
- 4 Projects
- 5 Recent changes patrol
- 6 Contributions
- 7 Contact info
My first Wikipedia edit as a registered user was on 1 March 2005. After a unanimous RfA, I became an administrator on 11 December 2007. If you want to know more about me, you must be either lost or bored. Either way, this page is me in a nutshell. — Kralizec! (talk) 18:05, 6 October 2009 (UTC)
Born in rural Ohio in 1973, I am of Scotch-Irish descent and am the only child of a working-class father and white-collar mother. I was raised on a steady diet of PBS and attended the same public school district all 13 years. During my teen years I was a very active hospital volunteer, and I attended weekly Presbyterian church services with my grandparents from the time I was in seventh grade until I graduated from high school and moved away to college.
One of the best parts of my childhood was my family's love of travel. Of the 17 years I lived with my parents, we took multi-day, out-of-state vacations during fifteen of those years. Virtually every summer we would pack up the camper and enjoy a 5 - 15 day, 1500+ km long road-trip to somewhere interesting (four of our vacations saw us travel over 3000 km!). (see Travel below)
My Bachelor of Science degree was earned from Bowling Green State University where I initially majored in Health Care Administration, but eventually changed to Management information systems. Along the way, I also picked up a minor in Interpersonal communications. In college I was involved in student government and the Honors Student Association (despite not being an honors student). During four of my college years, I worked in the university's network services department. I also did a three month internship with a software developer in New England.
In 1998 I married my college sweetheart. Our son was born in 2003; he is named after his great great great great great grandfather who emigrated from County Down, Ireland to the Colony of Pennsylvania in the mid-1700's. Our (fraternal) twin daughters were born in 2005; they are named after their various grand and great grandmothers. Our family also includes a dog, cat, and three tanks of tropical fish. The username 'Kralizec!' has been my handle (or .nic as we used to call it back in ye olde unix days) since 1993.
My employer from 1998 to 2008 was a midwestern bank, where I held a variety of information technology jobs. From 2003 to 2008 I served as a team leader in the company's network monitoring department, which because I worked four ten-hour days each week, I was able to keep our kids home with me three days every week (enabling me to enjoy being a semi-stay-at-home dad). After my employer was eaten by a competitor and I was subsequently downsized, in April 2008 I began doing IT contract work in the banking industry.
Personally, I self-identify as being an agnostic secular humanist. On the American political spectrum I am a Moderate Republican with mostly conservative fiscal views (including being an advocate for fiscal responsibility) and moderate social views (including strong support for same-sex marriage and the environment) ... however some of my more conservative friends accuse me of being a Republican In Name Only. Despite being agnostic and a devout believer in Evolutionism, I semi-regularly attend services at our local Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
My interests and hobbies include playing with my three rambunctious kids; travel (see below; by age 29, I had already been to 30 U.S. states and territories, 2 Canadian provinces, and 6 Australian states and territories); reading books (science and science fiction) and magazines (The Economist, National Geographic, Newsweek); amateur photography (primarily digital these days, via my Canon PowerShot SX200 IS); tropical fish (Mickey Mouse Platys); and strategy games, both on the computer (RTS, turn-based, and the historic city building genres, with Ikariam being my current top "time waster") as well as more traditional board games (such as Axis & Allies, Shogun, A Game of Thrones, Power Grid, etc.). Additionally I often say that gluttony is my favourite sin, with Japanese cuisine (specifically sushi) and Chinese cuisine (especially Mandarin and Szechuan style) being my most favourite.
The countries I have been to:
Spent years: United States
Weeks to days: People's Republic of China
Detailed by region
The provinces, states, and territories I have been to:
Months to weeks:
Weeks to days:
Days to hours:
Less than a day (including airports and train stations):
Initially an adherent of Inclusionism, a few years ago I became a subscriber of Eventualism as a response to the large amount of non-notable, in-universe cruft seeping into the project. I also feel that process is important to the smooth operation of the project, however the natural prevalence of Instruction creep gives me pause.
My first (anonymous) Wikipedia edits were in 2003. It was not until early 2005 that I finally broke down and became a registered user.
- 1st edit  - RPGnet - 1 March 2005
- 5th edit  - Lorne, Victoria - 22 March 2005
- 10th edit  - Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - 23 March 2005
- 50th edit  - David M. Walker (astronaut) - 10 April 2005
- 100th edit  - USS Canberra (CA-70) - 17 April 2005
- 500th edit  - Image:USS Prince William (CVE-19).jpg - 5 September 2005
- 1000th edit  - Saparmurat Niyazov - 29 November 2005
- 2500th edit  - Category:Oslo class frigates - 2 June 2006
- 5,000th edit  - USS Chicago (SSN-721) - 14 March 2007
- 10,000th edit  - Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents - 17 October 2007
- 15,000th edit  - blocked 126.96.36.199 - 15 May 2008
As a Wikipedia administrator, I am involved in several "back office" areas of the project. On a daily basis I process requests at Administrator intervention against vandalism as well as Requests for page protection. Additionally I often participate in administrative discussions at the Administrators' noticeboard and Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents. I also frequent Village pump (policy) for the discussion of existing and proposed policies and guidelines.
When it comes to blocking editors, I take the official Blocking policy very seriously. Sometimes this causes frustration for vandal fighters, as I will not make punitive blocks, and as per WP:IPB I do not hardblock IPs for long periods of time. Additionally as the blocking policy states that editors should be warned when their behaviour conflicts with our policies and guidelines, the length of time that I am willing to block an unregistered editor is directly proportional to the number of times that members of the Wikipedia community have tried to educate the IP. If an IP has only received one or two warnings, unless it is an especially egregious case of vandalism, I will rarely block the IP address for longer than six or twelve hours. Conversely, IPs that have received at least four warnings are rarely blocked for less than 31 hours.
Regarding other administrators, I feel that wheel warring is incredibly harmful to the project and as such I personally follow a zero-revert-rule (0RR) for the actions of other admins. If you disagree with another admin's administrative action, either take it up with that individual or bring it up for a community review at WP:AN/I. That said, if another administrator notices that I have made a mistake, they should feel free to correct it without any need to contact me first (however a courtesy note on my talk page would be appreciated so that I may learn from my mistakes).
On occasion my efforts have been recognized by members of the Wikipedia community.
To date, I have had varying degrees of involvement with the following projects:
- Australia - concentrating on the nation's maritime and military history
- Maritime warfare task force - emphasis on world navies and naval battles
- Oklahoma - mainly related to tourism areas in the state
- Photography - amateur photography with a focus on architecture, landmarks, landscapes, and nature
- Ships - primarily ships from the pre-Dreadnought era through the Cold War, with emphasis on WWI, WWII, and Cold War ship classes
- Templates - focus on navigational templates
- User warnings - keeping up with the latest discussions and developments, especially relating to new vandal warnings
Projects from which I have retired:
- History of Poland - mostly World War II-era naval ships of Poland and the historic Polish states
- Ohio State Highways - mostly photography of various state routes
Recent changes patrol
While not a member of the recent changes patrol per se, there are several articles I watch very closely in order to prevent vandalism. They include:
- Arab World
- New Seven Wonders of the World
- North American currency union
- North American Union
- Oklahoma City bombing
- Pensacola Christian College
- Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Shia Islam
- Wonders of the World
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This section is pretty long and boring ... but a lot shorter since I forked the category, disambiguation, photography, and template sections to their own pages. This area serves primarily as my own reference, especially when I need a template for starting a new article, category, template, or disambiguation page.
Listed below are the articles I created, de-stubbed, heavily contributed to, or are just generally proud of my contributions to:
- 5"/54 caliber Mark 16 gun, a World War II-era naval artillery gun
- Agawa Canyon in Ontario
- Associated Banc-Corp, a bank holding company headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin
- BancorpSouth, a bank holding company headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi
- HMAS Benalla (A 04), a Paluma class survey motor launch of the Royal Australian Navy
- Blue Rock State Park in south-eastern Ohio
- Boddole Zer, a character in the fictional Macross universe
- Boston-class cruiser in the United States Navy
- HMAS Canberra (D33), a County class heavy cruiser of the Royal Australian Navy
- Charles Moss Duke, Jr., an astronaut from the Apollo space program
- Culture Shock (TV series) on the Travel Channel
- David M. Walker, an astronaut from the Space Shuttle program
- Ed Galloway's Totem Pole Park in Foyil, Oklahoma
- First Citizens BancShares, a bank holding company headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina
- Galveston-class cruiser in the United States Navy
- Gul Agha Sherzai of Afghanistan
- Hwanggang Dam in North Korea
- Krupp armour, a type of naval armour
- List of Canadian islands by area, including population
- List of islands of the United States by area, including population
- List of Italian destroyers, primarily ships since World War I
- List of ships of the Royal Moroccan Navy for the Kingdom of Morocco
- List of ships of the United Arab Emirates, in reference to the UAE navy
- List of United States Naval reactors, including builder, generation, and ship type
- Lorne, Victoria in Australia
- Major non-NATO ally of the United States
- Mark VI monorail was the pre-1989 core of the Walt Disney World Monorail System
- HMAS Mermaid (A 02), a Paluma class survey motor launch of the Royal Australian Navy
- USS New Haven (1776), a ship of the Continental Navy that operated on on Lake Champlain during the Revolutionary War
- New York Private Bank & Trust Corp., a bank holding company headquartered in New York City
- North American currency union, a theorized economic and monetary union of Canada, Mexico, and United States that is a popular conspiracy theory target
- North American Union, the theoretical union of Canada, Mexico, and United States that is a popular target for conspiracy theories
- Ohio Historical Society in Columbus, Ohio
- Oklahoma City bombing - I helped bring the article up to Good Article status
- OLG Casino Sault Ste. Marie in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
- Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
- SMS Novara (1913), a Rapidkreuzer-class light cruiser in the Austro-Hungarian Navy
- HMAS Paluma (A 01), lead ship of her class of survey motor launches in the Royal Australian Navy
- Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida
- Portage River in northwest Ohio
- Prayer Tower on the campus of ORU
- Providence-class cruiser in the United States Navy
- Quamzin Kravshera, a character in the fictional Macross universe
- Ramona Valley a wine region in Southern California
- Raspberry Island in Alaska, the 64th largest island in the country
- Rollersville, Ohio, an unincorporated community in Sandusky County, Ohio
- Royal Moroccan Navy, the naval branch of the military of Morocco
- S6W reactor, used by the United States Navy
- Shenaz Treasurywala the Bollywood actress and model
- South Financial Group, a bank holding company headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina
- SPACEWAY-1, the DirecTV satellite
- Super Tuesday, 2008, the date of the first multi-state primary elections held during the U.S. presidential election cycle
- Super Tuesday II, 2008, the date of the second largest simultaneous number of state presidential primary elections
- Truxtun-class cruiser in the United States Navy
- Vermilion Lighthouse in Vermilion, Ohio
- The Web Planet, a 1965 episode from Doctor Who
- Wicher-class destroyer in the Polish navy
Photographs and images
To date, I have uploaded more than sixty of my own images to Wikipedia. They include photos taken in Australia (Northern Territory, Victoria), Canada (Ontario), the United States (primarily Ohio and Oklahoma, but also including Illinois, Michigan, and West Virginia), and a couple of map illustrations.
Despite my disdain for them, disambiguation pages do serve a purpose. I have even created a few.
So far I have created over fifty categories. A large number of them have a naval theme and stem from my participation in WikiProject Ships.
For ease of navigation, I have created heaps of redirects during my time here at Wikipedia. However, when I create a redirect, I am always sure to use one of the tags specified in Wikipedia:Redirect.
Templates can be a powerful navigational tool for browsing closely related topics. Currently I have started or heavily edited around twenty-five templates, many of them in conjunction with my participation in the Ships WikiProject.