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Things I've learned at Wikipedia[edit]

  • When you become an administrator, your user talk page gets a lot more interesting.
  • WP:Assume good faith can be a valuable approach in many circumstances of life, not just Wikipedia.
  • Use "page preview" before saving an edit.
  • Use the "thank" feature often.
  • Check an article's history before proposing it for deletion.
  • Look for a plausible redirect in lieu of deletion.
  • Check new articles for copyright violations.

Wit and wisdom seen about town, good enough to share[edit]

  • The problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it can never work.[1]
  • I used to have a dream that my computer would be as easy to use as my phone. And my dream came true. Now I don't understand my phone either.
  • The bad news is, the guy who bullied you in school is still taking your lunch money. The good news is, he makes a pretty good Subway sandwich.
  • Age improves with wine.

Wit? Wisdom? No, just puns.[edit]

  • I was going to make a joke about sodium, but Na.
  • If you've seen one shopping center, you've seen the mall.
  • As any English major knows, Oscar was Wilde, but Thornton was Wilder.
  • There was once a zoo that held only one animal. The animal was a dog. It was a shih tzu.
  • Beauty is in the eyes of the beer holder.

Country songs have the wittiest titles[edit]

About me[edit]

I am a native Californian (5th generation no less). I grew up in Oakland, California, and now live in San Diego. I attended Oakland Technical High School and Stanford University. I have also lived in Los Angeles, Baltimore, New Orleans, and Honolulu.

On Wikipedia I mainly work on articles related to San Diego, particularly things having to do with San Diego history and San Diego neighborhoods. I also function as a Wikignome, cleaning up or proofreading articles that I come across. And I occasionally "rescue" an article which had been nominated for deletion, by adding sources to prove notability, or by rewriting to meet Wikipedia standards. Others who want to do this kind of thing could look for "unreferenced biographies of living persons" at Category:Unreferenced BLPs.

I've been hanging around Wikipedia off and on since 2006. I began editing in earnest in June 2009, when I saw articles about the San Diego Yacht Club and Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego that contained blatant errors of fact. I corrected those errors, and was hooked. Six short years later, I have become one of the 2,000 most active Wikipedians. Actually #1599 last time I looked, but who's counting? 0;-D (That's my personal smilie: an angelic grin.)

In January 2015 the Wikipedia community decided it was high time I got down to work and handed me a mop. I hope they never regret it.

Articles created[edit]

Articles I've created or substantially expanded include:

Articles rescued[edit]

A partial list of articles I "rescued", by improving them after they had been nominated for deletion in an AfD (articles for deletion) discussion:

  • and 388 others, primarily articles which had been tagged as "unreferenced BLP" (unreferenced biography of a living person) - a tag which can result in their deletion.

Articles used for "Did you know...?"[edit]

Articles I wrote or expanded that were featured on the Wikipedia front page with "Did you know...?" items:


Some of my favorite Wikipedia pages include:

Useful links[edit]

Barnstars and such[edit]