Hi, thanks for visiting my user page. It explains my approach to editing ("Be Bold!", Inclusionist and pro-"In popular culture" sections) and lists my "pet peeves", such as "weasel wording" and "puffery". I also believe that Wikipedia articles can have well-managed, well-sourced "In popular culture" sections (see WP:POPCULTURE). I believe that well-managed, properly sourced "in popular culture" sections help set WP apart from other encyclopedias. They also can demonstrate the broader popular resonance of many topics.
I am concerned about gender bias in Wikipedia and racial bias in Wikipedia. To try to help resolve the lack of coverage of women, black people, and their contributions, I have created several articles, such as Women in music, Women in law, Women in film and Black conductors.
I am also adding genres to the leads of actor and director articles. For an example of this, see Tom Cruise. Some may find it too detailed, but I think it gives you a good sense of the range of films an actor has appeared in. I believe that the genres of the films that an actor has acted in and the genres of films a director directs are an important piece of information.
I also like finding good images on Wikimedia Commons and then adding them to articles with a suitable caption. For some examples of lede illustrations I have added, see Emptiness, Insignificance, Boredom and WP:OR. Some essay ledes that I have added illustrations to include WP:Purpose and WP:No editor is indispensable.
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Australian grunge lit is cool! Gritty dirty realism stories about regular people in rental housing who work normal jobs to make ends meet and who spend spare time hooking up and smoking up. I have added a lot of sourced info to the main article about writers, books and themes. There are important people in the grunge lit scene I created articles for: Paul Dawson (Australian professor) has written influential articles about the genre; Kindling Does for Firewood and The Lives of the Saints (fiction) are important books; Andrew McCann is a writer; Post-grunge lit is the literary genre that emerged after grunge lit. Luke Carman is one of the key authors in post grunge-lit. He is active writing fiction and penning "take no prisoners" essays on the Australian literary scene; one such essay got the attention of the Guardian in the UK!
After over a decade of believing that Wikipedia desperately needed missing content added to articles (e.g., one comes to an article and it has no history of the concept), during which time my Modus Operandi was to cut text from an online source, enclose it in quotes, and drop in a bare URL, I have "seen the light"😊. Several colleagues have pointed out that this bare-bones system leaves a trail of extra work for other Wikipedians, who have to convert long quotes to paraphrasing and fill in the bare refs. To be a better Wikipedia citizen, I have started regularly taking the time to paraphrase material and I am usually adding full references.
I am working on the hip hop article, which is about all of the African-American arts and creative styles (Rapping, DJing, Breakdancing and Graffiti art. I am also contributing to hip hop music, an article about the musical styles used in hip hop, which include rapping, DJing, turntablism, beatboxing and hip hop music producing. I am learning a lot about this vibrant scene in the process.
On a different tangent, I am contributing to the club drugs article. This is an unusual category of drugs. Unlike most categories, like opiates or amphetamines, which are defined by their pharmacological origin or chemical structure, "club drugs" includes any drug that is used in nightclubs, raves and dance parties. In the 1960s mod scene, the club drug of choice to fuel all-night dancing was amphetamines. In the 1970s disco scene, the club drugs of choice shifted to cocaine, poppers (amyl nitrate liquid in small bottles) and Quaaludes. Quaaludes were used so often in discotheques that the drug was nicknamed "disco biscuits". In the late 1980s and through the 1990s, well, you couldn't open a newspaper without reading about rave scene members using MDMA, a drug better known under its nicknames "ecstasy", "E" or "Molly". The rave and electronic dance music subculture used other drugs too, such as stimulants (amphetamines/methamphetamines), psychedelics (LSD) and dissasociative drugs (ketamine).
I contributed a lot to the Grunge article, which helped me to learn a lot about this Pacific Northwest alternative rock genre and subculture that developed in Seattle's underground music and independent label scene. Blending hardcore punk, heavy metal music (especially Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin) with the noisy sound of indie rock, grunge also introduced a new focus on introspective lyrical themes about weighty topics like social alienation, drug addiction and depression.
I worked on the disco article, adding information about the drug subculture (cocaine, Quaaludes, amyl nitrite); the important role played by DJs in creating club mixes and developing the disco sound; the sexual promiscuity and public sex (often in washrooms, balconies, and exit stairwells) associated with disco clubs and disco fashion (platform shoes and Leisure suits).
My fave project (Sept-Dec 2014) was fleshing out ledes. Often, as an article grows more comprehensive, the lede section does not take account of the new material. I have been doing a lot of music genres, but also doing other stuff, like hospital and Experimental film. So far, I haven't seemed to upset too many editors with my "Be Bold" editing of ledes!
Another project has failed. I believe that war crimes are a notable and notorious part of the major wars of the 20th century, and I tried to advocate for the mentioning of war crimes in the Lead of these articles. An editor disagreed with my views, and we reached an impasse in our Talk page discussion. So I started my first RfC to get more viewpoints. All the editors disagree with war crimes being in the lead. Oh well, I learned a lot!
I learned the hard way about WP:CAN, the rules on canvassing when I tried to contact another editor who I thought would support "keeping" an article I have created. Another user warned me I was canvassing in violation of the rules and then she or he redacted not just my message, but even the history of the message being sent was cleansed away...must be some Black Ops special administrator power! :)
My article List of suicides which have been attributed to bullying was AfD'd, but in the end it was kept. It is a hard article to read (you will cry), because it is about these young people who were bullied to the point that they committed suicide.
WP:Essays are a fun place to edit on Wikipedia, because you are allowed to write in a more informal manner, and in some essays you can even (try to) be funny. Essays I have started or done significant additions to include:
If you are concerned about an edit that I did, I want to let you know that I follow Wikipedia's "Be Bold" editing guideline. If I come to an article, and find statements that I believe contain Original Research on scientific or political topics (this is where pseudoscience and racism, among other issues, can creep in (e.g., editor X's views on how to cure a disease with homeopathy or editor Y's views on various minority groups), misleading or biased points of view, incorrect information, or dubious and unsourced claims, I will, in some cases, remove, reword, or rephrase the content. At the same time, I know that their are clear limits to boldness (e.g., making a major change to a Good Article without discussing it on the talk page).
I would like to work together with other editors so that we can make Wikipedia into an online encylopedia that is both a reliable and useful reference source and an enjoyable read. Please send a note if you disagree with any edits.
I want to try to work out any disputes or disagreements in a calm and friendly manner, based on the rules that guide our editing on Wikipedia (e.g., the Five Pillars guidelines and the Wikipedia Manual of Style).
I believe in an inclusionist philosophy on Wikipedia. I think it is OK for an article to start from humble beginnings, and then develop. If an article starts with non-ideal sources (student newspapers, blog articles, etc), this content can act as a placeholder, as the article develops and better references are found. Sometimes, editors create just the basic framework of an article, with the intention of coming back to fill it in later, or for others to do so.
An underdeveloped article is just like this house under construction. Lend a hand, don't tear it down! A building, like an article, takes time to build. Imagine if a building were constantly ripped apart at the seams during construction!
I really don't understand the zeal of some deletionists to AfD (propose deleting) new articles and articles that are under construction. I have literally been in the first few minutes of creating an article, and I've had an AfD slapped on the article, just as i'm in the process of adding references! One tip for new WP editors: to avoid having an article deleted, you can work on the article "offline" in your WP sandbox, and only put it on the real WP page when it is ready, with lots of Reliable Sources as references. That's the strategy I used when I created the article on Poseur, because I knew it was a contentious topic, and that it would likely be flagged for deletion.
Origin of username
"So you see!/ There's no end/ To the things you might know,/ Depending how far beyond Zebra you go!"
Possible solutions to Wikipedia's chronic editor retention crisis
These are the articles that survived the AfD process. Some were cleansed away in the AfD flames, like my lovely article on "Machine pistols in fiction", which had references for almost every sentence!! : )
Some of my editorial "pet peeves" include: