I'm enthusiastic about Wikipedia and I hope to spread that to others. If you're interested in helping, check out the to do list. Some tasks require actively editing articles, but in many places the most helpful thing to do is just to comment. Some of the tasks are quite complicated and require experience, but many of them are simple tasks that make a big difference!
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Thoughts on Wikipedia
It is often intensely frustrating to work on an article with editors of opposing viewpoints. However, even editors I strongly disagree with make Wikipedia articles better. The conflict itself may motivate both parties to research the issue and add content in areas that would have otherwise languished. It is important to keep disputes civil: I have seen at least one editor make valuable important contributions to Wikipedia, but be so disruptive in confrontations with other editors, that a community ban was placed on the editor. Having seen both the positive outcomes of conflict, and the negative outcomes of poor conflict skills, makes disputes somewhat easier for me to approach with a good attitude. However, resisting being caught up in negative emotions is still a struggle I don't always win.
It is difficult to be in a position of a co-editor seemingly not understanding something so basic, so obvious, that one cannot even describe it for them. Having two people attempting to talk to each other, each in this situation, makes resolving a dispute difficult. Miscommunication is bound to ensue, resulting in hard feelings where perhaps none are warranted.
In early May 2007, I got an email inviting me to work on the contraception-related articles on Citizendium. I looked into their editing policies, and two really turned me off. Firstly, they require a real name. While I have put enough of my personal details on the internet that I'm sure someone could find me if they really looked - I'm not comfortable just giving away my real name. Secondly, only people with paper credentials are allowed to approve stable versions of articles. While I certainly have strong paper credentials, they are in metallurgy. I haven't been interested in working on the metallurgy articles on Wikipedia - I do that at work all day! Contraception is my hobby, and I would like to believe I do a decent job with the articles I work on - but I have zero official credentials. So working on Citizendium would require me to have less privacy and less say in the final content. I'm flattered by the invitation, but, no thank you.
Topics of interest
My typical adolescent curiosity about sexual intercourse has grown into a fascination with related topics such as birth control, fertility, reproduction, and the moral questions associated with them. Most of my Wiki contributions - now several thousand - have been in topics related to these.
Below is a list of articles I feel I have made important contributions to. The extent of my contributions to these articles varies.
Miscarriage and Abortion
Ethics of contraception
I have also contributed to a WikiBook Sexual Health.
|The Barnstar of Diligence|
|For extraordinary attention to detail and superb editing on contraception-related topics. Awarded by TeaDrinker 21:46, 4 September 2006 (UTC)|
|The Original Barnstar|
|I noticed that your edits were impressive and so I've decided to award you this Original barnstar! Wikidudeman (talk) 13:23, 13 August 2007 (UTC)|
|The Copyright Cleanup Barnstar|
|For taking the time to not only salvage but improve upon John Rock (American scientist). Thanks. :) Moonriddengirl (talk) 21:19, 4 December 2009 (UTC)|
|The Content Creativity Barnstar|
|For your outstanding early work on Birth control, comprising 173 edits from 2005 to 2009, more than any other editor of that article. —Cupco 03:56, 2 September 2012 (UTC)|
|The Million Award|
|For your contributions to bring condom (estimated annual readership: 1,017,000) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers. -- Khazar2 (talk) 15:35, 29 August 2013 (UTC)|