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NOTE: I've curtailed my editing recently (since mid-2004) for several reasons:

  • Utter burnout (12,000+ edits will do that to you)
  • Wikipedia's growth means this place isn't the same tight community it once was
  • Wikipedia's growth means there's more vandalism than ever before
  • Revert wars and partisan bickering leading up to the 2004 presidential election

Having said that, the itch to contribute never quite abates, and my editing will continue on a limited basis.

Greetings! I am a lifelong resident of California and an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley.

I stumbled upon and became a member of Wikipedia in January 2003 when the 'pedia made front page news on Slashdot. I was swept up in the ease with which anyone could contribute to articles. While editing this encyclopedia can be frustrating at times, it is a very worthwhile endeavor that someday (hopefully in my lifetime!) will be an invaluable repository of human knowledge. While the 'pedia is still in its infancy and has a lot of maturing to do, I see every day's worth of edits like a mathematical function approaching a limit. Every day, this project gets better, but it will always have room to improve, and as time goes to infinity, this encyclopedia will approach perfection.

Some observations:


• A lesson in wording future events: remember when this was true?better edit
Attribute opinions to make them more NPOV
Transliteration mania!

Panorama of the eastern part of UC Berkeley

As of Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 05:09 UTC Wikipedia says that 5,430,012 articles have been created!

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