Editing tips (personal list)
Privacy note: I'm pseudonymous and prefer to remain that way; please see User:Middle 8/Privacy.
For my approximate (on the lower side) total edit count on Wikipedia, i.e. including previous accounts, add 5,432 edits to my present edit count. 10,000th edit ca. March 2015; 11,000th edit April 2016
Approach; areas of subject expertise
Since I first studied acupuncture, the evidence base for acupuncture has changed. Research shows that compared to sham acupuncture, real acupuncture is very likely not effective (or least not proven to be effective) for many (perhaps even all) of its traditional indications, and my edits reflect this fact. At the same time, both real acupuncture and sham acupuncture are more effective than no acupuncture at all, and for this reason acupuncture is used in certain settings, including academic medical centers of major medical schools, and my edits reflect these facts also. ("Sham acupuncture" generally controls for needle insertion and/or location of needling, and sometimes overlaps with traditional definitions of acupuncture itself, in which cases it cannot reasonably be defined as "placebo acupuncture".)
As of mid-2016, I have about 3900 mainspace edits, including counting earlier accounts retired for privacy reasons. (See User Analysis Tool at wmflabs.org.) 20-25% of those are to acupuncture and Chinese medicine-related topics. The balance of my edits are in all sorts of other areas: particularly popular culture and music topics, as well as topics related to science, technology, health and politics.
Conflict of interest statement
How to abuse WP process
Put an article where some editors you don't like are editing on your watchlist so you don't forget about it. Every once in a while, when it appears on your watchlist several times in a row, that's a sign that some work is going on there. Open the article's history (no need to look at the article itself) and look for some bigger edit by one of the "bad" editors. Revert back to before that. Or even better, revert back to a version from several weeks ago. Put the code of a random content-related policy page in the edit summary. Make sure to leave only very short, essentially meaningless comments on the talk page. The goal is to keep the "bad" editors occupied with explaining their edits. They cannot spend too much on this, because every hour that they spend explaining is an hour less of "bad" edits. Do not read what they write because that would be a waste of time. Should the "bad" editors ever get the impression that you have understood one of the things they said, they would have one thing less to repeat. You want them to repeat themselves because it's stressful for them and makes them look silly.
How to make editing fun (or at least painless)
- Omit needless words
- Be collegial
- Ignore all drama
- Do procrastinate; don't perseverate; avoid the urge to stay up late
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