May 26, 2006 to April 16, 2011
After nearly five years of editing that has resulted in over 61,000 edits, over 7,500 articles, over 200 templates, and at least 30 images, it is time to retire from Wikipedia. This decision was not made lightly in the fact I still like to edit. It was made not out of anger toward any policy of Wikipedia, any issue with another user, or toward Wikipedia itself, but mainly out of a change in priorities that meant Wikipedia was not important to me now as it was then. For those who are not aware, I am engaged to be married later this year. I am also involved in a job-related exam that will take place in October that I need to focus on so that is consuming more of my time.
When I first joined Wikipedia in May 2006, I did it out of something to do away from work. It in its own way, became writing therapy for me in the sense that I was able to write about what I liked, but did not know why. Wikipedia also allowed me to sort out parts of my life that I needed to deal with which I finally did last year. And it allowed me to pay tribute to where I grew up both in Tennessee and South Carolina which became DYKs last year, mainly David C. Chapman and South Carolina Highway 291.
There are a lot of users who I worked with over the last five years that I would like to thank for their assistance and comapny: Arsenikk, Darwinek, Dr. Blofeld, Orlady, Dravecky, Parutakupiu, Sue Anne, Bms4880, and Andrwsc among others. For those other users whose names I failed to mention, thank you.
- Second Olympic ribbon was a special ribbon for contributions for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
- Most articles - On April 13, 2011, I was ranked 21st with 7535 articles at Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by article count.
- Most edits - On April 6, 2011, I was ranked 360th at Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of edits.
Articles saved from deletion
- 17 total
- 2007: Bruce Haslingden (April 14), Chinese American Food Society (May 28), Thomas M. Jacobs (October 18), and Valeriy Kapaev (November 21).
- 2008: Siobhán Hoey (February 2 - the second time), Aoife Hoey (formerly Aoife Hoey (bobsleigh)) (February 8), Louis Bozon (April 28), Dario Poggi (also April 28), Franz Kneissl (speedy - May 7), and Jamie Cruickshank (speedy - November 6).
- 2009: Lukas Hoffmann and Michel Duboille (both July 21), Ewa Kamińska-Eichler (September 20), Adrian Collier (speedy - October 4), Donald Johnstone (speedy - October 6), E. Marmsoler (December 5).
- 2010: Chris Arrowsmith (February 9), Rasmutis Višinskis (speedy - November 2)
Did You Knows
- 101 total
- 2006 (16 total): Alevtina Kolchina (June 29), Nicole Manske (July 15), FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1950 (August 9), Single-grain experiment (October 12), Edwin B. Hart (October 13), Susan L. Hefle (October 19), Samuel Cate Prescott (October 23), Carl R. Fellers (October 25), Charles S. Lawrence (November 1), William Underwood Company (November 2), William Lyman Underwood (November 3), Samuel A. Goldblith (November 4), Thermal death time (November 6), Howard W. Mattson and Charles J. Bates (both November 21); and Food Technology (magazine) (December 1).
- 2007 (13 total): Bernard J. Liska (January 24), Daryl B. Lund (February 10), Guy Livingston (February 16), Southern Pacific (band) (February 22), Nan Kelley (March 10), Kerry Lynch (April 24), John Bower (April 25), Gabriele Kohlisch (June 28), Charles W. Lindberg (July 2), Paul Aste (July 16), Clifford Gray (July 28), Alexandru Papana (September 18), and Bonny Warner (October 29).
- 2008 (17 total): Altenberg bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track (January 8), Oberhof bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track (January 14), Igls bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track (January 18), Lake Placid bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track (January 21), St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun (January 22), Eugenio Monti track (February 1), Utah Olympic Park bobsleigh/luge/skeleton track (February 3), Whistler Sliding Centre (February 17), La Plagne bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track (February 18), Russian National Sliding Centre (February 28), Bert Isatitsch (April 15), Robert H. Storey (April 19), Martial van Schelle (April 26), Bill Flemming (May 31), Adriaan Paulen (July 30), Lake Sagami (September 16), and Vladas Česiūnas (September 28).
- 2009 (7 total): Thomas Zereske (January 9), Cross-country skiing at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009, Nordic combined at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009, and Ski jumping at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 (all March 11); Robert V. Decareau (July 28), Eggnog Riot (December 24), and Singing Christmas Tree (December 25).
- 2010 (44 total): CFA International Cat Show (January 4), Ski jumping at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Normal hill individual (February 17), 2010 Winter Olympics national flag bearers (February 18), Luge at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Doubles (February 23), Skeleton at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's (February 24), Luge at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's singles (February 26), David C. Chapman (June 15), South Carolina Highway 291 (July 6), Venues of the 1896 Summer Olympics (October 12), Venues of the 1904 Summer Olympics (October 13), Venues of the 1928 Winter Olympics and Venues of the 1932 Winter Olympics (both October 18); Venues of the 1932 Summer Olympics (October 22), Venues of the 1936 Winter Olympics (October 24), Venues of the 1936 Summer Olympics (October 26), Venues of the 1948 Summer Olympics and Venues of the 1948 Winter Olympics (both October 27); Venues of the 1952 Summer Olympics (October 29), Venues of the 1956 Winter Olympics and Venues of the 1960 Summer Olympics (both November 3); Venues of the 1964 Winter Olympics and Venues of the 1956 Summer Olympics (both November 8); Venues of the 1964 Summer Olympics and Venues of the 1968 Winter Olympics (both November 12), Venues of the 1968 Summer Olympics (November 15), Venues of the 1972 Winter Olympics (November 16), Venues of the 1972 Summer Olympics (November 17), Venues of the 1976 Winter Olympics (November 20), Venues of the 1976 Summer Olympics (November 23), Venues of the 1980 Winter Olympics (November 25), Danny McDevitt (November 29), Venues of the 1984 Winter Olympics (November 30), Venues of the 1980 Summer Olympics (December 2), Venues of the 1984 Summer Olympics (December 3), Venues of the 1988 Summer Olympics (December 9), Venues of the 1988 Winter Olympics (December 11), Venues of the 1992 Winter Olympics and Venues of the 1992 Summer Olympics (both December 13), Venues of the 1994 Winter Olympics (December 14), Venues of the 1996 Summer Olympics (December 15), Venues of the 1998 Winter Olympics and Venues of the 2000 Summer Olympics (both December 23); and Venues of the 2002 Winter Olympics and Venues of the 2004 Summer Olympics (both December 28).
- 2011 (4 total): List of Olympic venues in athletics (March 15), List of Olympic venues in sailing (March 19), List of Olympic venues in figure skating (April 1), and List of Olympic venues in ski jumping (April 6).
- 5 total
- 2008: Alan Kulwicki (April 2 - minor)
- 2009: FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 (March 23 - major), 2009 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships (October 12 - major)
- 2010: Skeleton at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's (April 4 - moderate), The Whistler Sliding Centre (June 22 - major)
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