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The endless and often quite heated debates, the lack of respect for experience and knowledge, and other problems, along with my busy schedule in real life, drove me away from Wikipedia for a number of months in the first half of 2008. I returned briefly, thinking I would keep a low profile, being far less involved than I used to, but ultimately was driven away again by the debates and politics which continually plague Wikipedia, and as such stopped contributing in any significant way at some point in 2012, or perhaps earlier.

I generally tried to be as patient, flexible, and understanding on issues of debate as possible. But I found that such debates were, more often than not, not worth fighting, as my contributions to Wikipedia were meant to be a hobby, and enjoyable - not a source of stress in my life. I did my best, therefore, not to get on anyone's nerves, and not to devote my free time, my hobby time, to arguing with people. However, this aspect of Wikipedia is I think one of its primary flaws. We really need to focus better on producing accurate, objective material, and presenting it in a professional and academic manner, and not arguing with one another.


Lord Amethyst (yes, I know it's a dumb name - we all do dumb things when we're younger) studied history & East Asian Studies at Brandeis University, received a Masters in Japanese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and completed an MA in Art History at the University of Hawaii at Manoa before going on to the PhD. He spent a semester at Jouchi Daigaku in Tokyo, in the spring of 2003, and has worked/interned at the Museum of Science, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Japan Society (New York). He lived in Yokohama for a year, studying the Japanese language intensively at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies and attaining an advanced level ability in the language. He is looking forward to a career in academia and the museum world.

I've been editing and creating entries since roughly the beginning of December 2004, and have been a Wikipedia Administrator since October 2005.


  • Please see User:LordAmeth/Articles for a very much outdated list of articles I created or to which I significantly contributed.
  • User:LordAmeth/Sources is a very much outdated list of the books I owned, and articles I cited, for my contributions to Wikipedia.
I award this Society Barnstar to LordAmeth for his extensive edits on Japanese society & culture, expanding its content on Wikipedia... Spawn Man 02:18, 11 October 2005 (UTC)
I hereby present you with the Military history WikiProject Distinguished Service Award for your significant contributions to Wikipedia's coverage of Japan's military history. —Kirill Lokshin 03:47, 12 March 2006 (UTC)
For your diligence and dedication in cleaning up the lists of requested articles, I hereby award you the WikiChevrons. Kirill Lokshin 17:40, 24 March 2007 (UTC)
I would like to show my appreciation to you for creating so many Japanese art-related articles, which are so lacking here, by giving you this High Culture Barnstar. K.C. Tang 04:45, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
In recognition of your diligent contributions towards the various reviews of military history articles, I am delighted to award you the Content Review Medal. Kirill 16:55, 8 December 2007 (UTC)
In gratitude for your coordination services to the Military history WikiProject, from February 2008 to September 2008, please accept this barnstar.-- TomStar81 (Talk) 01:13, 1 October 2008 (UTC)
By the order of the coordinators of the Military history WikiProject, you are hereby awarded the WikiChevrons with Oak Leaves in recognition of your long and distinguished service as a Coordinator of the Military history WikiProject from August 2006 to September 2008. For the coordinators, Kirill (prof) 01:41, 3 October 2008 (UTC)
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