Welcome to my user page.
If you're interested, I've written a short essay on "How I survive Wikipedia", and another on the citation habit. I also wrote an opinion piece on the Wikipedia Education Program which appeared in the Signpost in December 2011.
Reception sections in articles on video games, books, TV shows and movies are often poorly written; some advice on how to improve these sections is here. Please comment on the talk page there if you have improvements to suggest.
You can see a portrait of me here, under "Portraits", painted by a friend.
I am also User:Mike Christie on an iPhone, which was used as you might expect; accidental rollback is a common problem on iPhones, so a separate account allowed me to keep the rollback feature turned on for this account. However, I have found a great solution to this; see here if you have an iPhone and are running into the same problem.
How to compose a successful critical commentary
These rules appear on pages 33-34 of Daniel Dennett's Intuition Pumps. I've long tried to follow similar rules, but had never seen them codified. These are Dennett's wording, but the rules are due to Anatol Rapoport and are known as "Rapoport's Rules".
- You should attempt to re-express your target's position so clearly, vividly, and fairly that your target says, "Thanks, I wish I'd thought of putting it that way".
- You should list any points of agreement (especially if they are not matters of general or widespread agreement).
- You should mention anything you have learned from your target.
- Only then are you permitted to say so much as a word of rebuttal or criticism.
I believe that if more editors followed these rules, even if only perfunctorily, we'd see discussions move more quickly (and more often) to agreement.
I thought it might be useful to other editors to know what books I have, so here is a list. Please feel free to ask me to look up anything in any of these works. I've initially have just put the books I have found most useful. I will add more periodically.
Patrologia Latina Bede:
Articles I am in the middle of reviewing or want to look at.
- Beall's list of questionable open access journals
- Education sandbox
- Sandbox Sf and fantasy pulps tracking
- Sandbox2 Bede list of works
- Sandbox3 Bud Dunn
- Sandbox4 British palaeolithic sites
- Sandbox5 New articles created from December 1933 deaths
- Sandbox6 FAC nominations data
- Sandbox7 ASF BRE grid
- Sandbox8 SF and fantasy pulp magazines article draft
- SF references
- Anglo-Saxon articles
- Anglo-Saxon research resources
- Tool to look at contributions to any page by editor
- another dashboard tool
- Pre 1978 copyrights
- Wikipedia citation generator
- More links
- NPP notes
- How to search for magazine copyrights
- Math formula help
- Wikipedia:Featured articles/By length
- Source review checklist
- Featured log
- Archived nominations
Where I've been
Places I've been:
U.S. states I've been to:
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Articles I have worked on
- John W. Campbell, Jr.
- Space Science Fiction Magazine
- Fantasy (1938 magazine)
- Dynamic Science Fiction
- Tales of Magic and Mystery
- Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories
- Tops in Science Fiction
- 10 Story Fantasy
- A. Merritt's Fantasy Magazine
- Uncanny Stories
- Out of This World Adventures
- Strange Tales
- Two Complete Science-Adventure Books
- Captain Future
- Uncanny Tales (Canadian)
- Dynamic Science Stories
- The Witch's Tales
- Space Stories
- Flash Gordon Strange Adventure Magazine
- Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine
- Ghost Stories
- Strange Stories
Featured articles. Starting in February 2015, I'm going to add links below to the FAC reviews I've done while each of the articles below was at FAC. I'm doing this to ensure that I stick to my goal of doing at least six FACs reviews for every article I nominate, and also, I hope, to encourage other editors to review more FACs.
- Ace Books 4 Sep 06; TFA 6 Dec 12
- Asser 28 Apr 07
- Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 25 May 07; TFA 1 Oct 08
- Æthelbald of Mercia 4 Jun 07
- Ælle of Sussex 13 Jun 07; TFA 7 Jan 08
- Æthelberht of Kent 28 Jun 07
- Ceawlin of Wessex 7 Jul 07
- Cædwalla of Wessex 6 Aug 07; TFA 9 Sep 09
- Fantastic Universe 25 Aug 07; TFA 31 Jan 10
- Ine of Wessex 31 Aug 07
- Egbert of Wessex 17 Sep 07
- Eadbald of Kent 28 Sep 07; TFA 2 Dec 09
- Authentic Science Fiction 8 Oct 07
- Beyond Fantasy Fiction 14 Oct 07; TFA 1 Jan 09
- Wihtred of Kent 22 Oct 07
- Wiglaf of Mercia 4 Nov 07
- Eardwulf of Northumbria 4 Dec 07 (conomination with Angus McLellan)
- Wulfhere of Mercia 22 Dec 07; TFA 25 Apr 10
- Offa of Mercia 22 Jan 08
- Imagination (magazine) 27 Jan 08; TFA 28 Sep 09
- Aldfrith of Northumbria 11 Feb 08 (conomination with Angus McLellan)
- Coenwulf of Mercia 20 Feb 08
- If (magazine) 5 Mar 08; TFA 18 Sep 10
- Æthelred of Mercia 22 Mar 08; TFA 9 Feb 15
- Amazing Stories 31 Oct 08 (conomination with Swtpc6800)
- Wonder Stories 31 Dec 08
- Coenred of Mercia 9 Jan 09; TFA 25 Jun 11
- Beorhtwulf of Mercia 31 Jan 09 (conomination with Angus McLellan)
- Galaxy Science Fiction 23 Oct 10
- Venture Science Fiction 26 Nov 10
- Fantastic (magazine) 16 Jan 11
- Startling Stories 8 Feb 11
- Planet Stories 19 Mar 11
- Fantastic Adventures 3 Apr 11
- Unknown (magazine) 14 Apr 11
- Science Fantasy (magazine) 6 May 11
- Nebula Science Fiction 27 May 11
- Astonishing Stories 10 Jul 11
- Super Science Stories 23 Aug 11
- New Worlds (magazine) 14 Oct 12 (conomination with Nikkimaria)
- Famous Fantastic Mysteries 24 Apr 13
- Fantastic Novels 9 Jul 14; TFA 30 Jun 15
- Future Science Fiction and Science Fiction Stories 20 Oct 14
- Science Fiction Quarterly 19 Nov 2014
- Marvel Science Stories 5 January 2015
- The Thrill Book 5 February 2015
- Cosmic Stories and Stirring Science Stories 6 March 2015. Reviews: Girl Pat (1935 trawler), Taiko, American Arts Commemorative Series medallions, Battle of Malvern Hill, German–Yugoslav Partisan negotiations, Keen Johnson, God of War III, Uncle David, St. Elmo (1914 film), M-theory, Sardines (Inside No. 9), 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, Texas Revolution
- Radiocarbon dating 12 April 2015; TFA 8 July 2015. Reviews: Love It to Death, Mark Oliphant, Blackrock (film), Juan Manuel de Rosas.
- Tales of Wonder 16 May 2015. Reviews: Portrait of Monsieur Bertin, 2003 Sri Lanka cyclone, Stephen I of Hungary, Earth-grazing meteoroid of 13 October 1990, George Pickingill, 2008 UEFA Champions League Final, SMS Königsberg (1905), Richie Farmer, 1880 Greenback National Convention, Southern Cross (wordless novel), Cincinnati Musical Center half dollar, Ancestry of the Godwins
- Scientific Detective Monthly. 21 June 2015. Reviews: 2012 Budweiser Shootout, Mercedes-Benz CLR, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold, Battle of Malvern Hill, 2006 UAW-Ford 500, Battle of Agua Dulce, The Turn of the Screw (2009 film), Maniac Mansion, Yugoslav monitor Vardar, St Denys' Church, Sleaford, Oviri (Gauguin), Tyrone Garland, Æthelwulf, 2006 Subway 500, Final Fantasy Type-0, dopamine.
- Amazing Stories Quarterly. 26 June 2016. Reviews: Climatic regions of Argentina, Theodore Komnenos Doukas, Ben Crosby, 2008 UAW-Dodge 400, Emma Stone, Wrestle Kingdom 9, English Benedictine Reform.
- Science-Fiction Plus. 23 August 2016. Reviews: Milos Raonic, Margaret Lea Houston, Agharta (album), Peter Martyr Vermigli, Heffernan v. City of Paterson, Wrestle Kingdom 9, Divisional Cavalry Regiment (New Zealand), The Left Hand of Darkness, Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Rare Replay, Ellie (The Last of Us), 2003–04 Arsenal F.C. season, No Me Queda Más, Emma Stone, Did You Hear What Happened to Charlotte King?.
- Weird Tales. Nominated. Reviews: 2015 NBL Canada Finals brawl, Chicago Pile-1, Bluebuck, The Pale Emperor, St Botolph's Church, Quarrington, Bud Dunn, Paul Palaiologos Tagaris.
I'm also going to track how many peer review I do in return for ones I receive.