My Wikimedia Commons account → User:Loadmaster
My Simple English Wikipedia account → User:Loadmaster
My Wikimedia Bugzilla account → david@​tribble.​com
My PGP public keyUser:Loadmaster/PGP public key
My web page → david.tribble.com

Born David R. Tribble
Residence Plano (Dallas), Texas, US
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Citizenship American
Education B.S. in Mathematics,
minor in Computer Science
Occupation Software Engineer
Known for Software Engineer
Photography (amateur)
Wikipedian
Home town Arlington, Texas
Political party Conservative Libertarian /
Liberal conservative
Children 2
Website david.tribble.com

→ Current date and time: 07:18, Saturday, July 30, 2016 (UTC)
Leave me a message at my user talk page
→ Yes, I am a fan of the original Star Trek TV series
More tribbles
→ No, I am not actually a loadmaster

## Projects

Projects of which I am a member

## Contributions

 This user is one of an infinite number of monkeys editing Wikipedia right now.
 12,000+ This user has made more than 12,000 contributions to Wikipedia.

 This user has been on Wikipedia for 10 years, 6 months and 4 days.

→ My current edit count
→ 12,000th edit (2015-12-30): System time
→ 11,501st edit (2014-07-22): American Dream
→ 11,000th edit (2013-12-18): Binary-coded decimal
→ 10,500th edit (2013-06-06): Intel 4040
→ 10,000th edit (2013-01-15): USS Wyandot (AKA-92)
→ 9,500th edit (2012-06-04): S. E. Cupp
→ 9,000th edit (2011-08-29): Brian Clark (September 11 attacks survivor)
→ 8,500th edit (2011-01-12): COT
→ 8,000th edit (2010-05-24): Talk:COBOL
→ 7,000th edit (2009-08-28): Eiffel (programming language)
→ 6,000th edit (2009-05-12): Mystery Science Theater 3000
→ 5,000th edit (2008-10-25): Pink noise
→ 4,000th edit (2008-01-17): Template:Chset-tableformat
→ First edit (as user Loadmaster): Controversy over Cantor's theory (2006-04-11)

### Using my work

If you wish to use any of the photographs or images created or uploaded by me, see the "Licensing" section for each image. Also refer to Commons:User:Loadmaster/permissions for more details.

## Better screenshot images

To get the best screenshot images from DVDs, I use a technique of sampling two or more consecutive frames from the source film and then combining them together into a single image. Most graphics editing programs (I use Paintshop Pro) allow two (or sometimes more) images to be averaged together into a single image. The averaging smooths out the pixel noise of each individual image, making the result much cleaner than any of the source frames. The only trick to using this technique is getting two or more consecutive images that are alike enough so that the resulting combined image does not appear blurred. Non-moving subjects are usually the best to work from.

Example images created using this technique:

## Fighting Wikipedia Vandalism

The approach I take to fighting vandalism on Wikipedia is pretty simple. I check "my watchlist" page periodically, looking for edits made by unregistered users (i.e., users with IP addresses instead of user names). For each one of those edits, I click on the "diff" link for it. This displays the changes made by that user. If it's obviously vandalism, I then click on the user's name or the "contribs" link on the "diff" page, which shows a page listing all the contributions made by that user.

I can then check many edits made from the same IP address. Typically, several edits are made by the same vandal within the span of an hour or so. Reverting the edits is then a straightforward thing to do.

If a user looks like he is vandalizing pages, add a {{test1}} tag to his Talk page. If the vandalism continues, add {{test2}}, {{test3}}, and finally {{test4}} tags. As a last resort, ask for administrator intervention against vandalism.

Another item to check is the inclusion of image Example.jpg within articles, which is a favorite target of vandals.

As an example of vandalism idiocy, see that 98 edits were made to the article on Pythagoras, none of which contributed anything of value.

Example of a blocked abusive vandal: User:Lookaroundyou (Oct 2007).

I am of the opinion that vandalism could be greatly reduced by simply limiting editing access to Wikipedia articles to only registered users, but apparently this goes against the current policy.

Marking bad new articles for deletion

A small percentage of new articles are simply nonsense or vandalism. These articles should be tagged with {{db}} tags so that they can be deleted:

## Cool signatures

Interesting, but typically HTML-intensive, signature graphics by some Wikipedia users that I've collected:

Possible signatures that I could use:

## Selected articles/categories nominated for deletion (AfD)

Articles
renamed, wasNotable Usenet personalities
AP has edited pages such as Talk:Archimedes Plutonium‎ from IP addresses in the range 216.16.55.* (PrairieWave.com)
renamed toUsenet celebrity
Categories

## Notable People I Have Met or Interacted with

(Who have articles on Wikipedia)

## Other Stuff

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3,555,555 on 2011-02-10 at 22:32Z
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4.50 million as of 2014-04-29
4.90 million circa 2015-06-25
5.0 million some time in Aug 2015
Current number of articles: 5,205,378 (stats)
• Embedded wiki tags:
{{CURRENTMONTHNAME}} → July
{{CURRENTDAY}} → 30
{{CURRENTYEAR}} → 2016

## Tags, etc.

 This user eats cheese.
 This user contributes images to Wikimedia Commons.
 This user is a member of WikiProject Computing.
 This user is a member of WikiProject Java.
 SYN This user is a synaesthete.
 This user knows 41 digits of pi.
 ${\displaystyle \int \!\,}$ This user knows that ${\displaystyle \sum _{n=1}^{\infty }n=-{\frac {1}{12}}}$ reference

 This user lives in the U.S. State of Texas
 This user's time zone is UTC−6 (CST/CDT).

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