User:Peter G Werner

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Asci of Morchella elata. Wikimedia Commons featured image and English-language Wikipedia Picture of the day, February 24, 2010

Update, January 2017: Just an update that I'm only on semi-active status these days. I occasionally keep active with mycological and other natural history articles, and the occasional minor edit to an article I happen to be reading. However, I just don't have the time for this project that I once did.

My Wikipedia philosophy[edit]

One thing I really appreciate about Wikipedia is the sheer depth of subjects covered, as well as its timeliness. If you wanted to find the obscure details of the present taxonomic status of the Tricholomataceae, an overview of San Francisco's Mission School art movement, the iodine value of lard, a biography of Matokie Slaughter, or just what goes on in the San Francisco Armory, you'll find it in Wikipedia and not the Encyclopedia Britannica. (That's the ideal, anyway, there are still many important topics that are barely covered in Wikipedia. And, of course, there are lots of downsides to Wikipedia – much of the content is incomplete, poorly written, or biased, and most articles lack any proper citation.)

Because I appreciate this depth, my general Wikipedia orientation is "inclusionist". I take issue with the idea that only the kinds of subjects that would go into Encyclopedia Britannica should be included in Wikipedia. However, I'm definitely a moderate inclusionist. I don't buy the argument that Wikipedia should be about "everything". I respect the fact that Wikipedia has standards of notability and that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and not any number of other things. Because of this, I find myself arguing "Delete" as often as "Keep" in AfD debates. (I've even nominated a few articles for deletion.)

I'm also a bit of a "mergist", in that I'd rather see a single good article with broad coverage about a group of things then a bunch of content forks and ton of tiny little stubs about related topics. To that end, when I start articles on groups of living organisms that aren't well covered on Wikipedia, I typically cover the topic from the "top down", starting with an article on a genus or family and later breaking out articles on notable species as necessary. I find this creates fewer messy content forks.



My contributions[edit]

Projects I've started[edit]

Karl Johanssvamp, Iduns kokbok.jpgThis user is a member of
WikiProject Fungi.
Agar plate with colonies.jpgThis user is a member of WikiProject Microbiology.
This user is a member of
WikiProject Food and drink.
Morpho menelaus.pngThis user is a biologist.
Boletus edulis EtgHollande 041031 091.jpgThis user collects mushrooms.
Asahiflex600.jpgThis user enjoys photography.
MacThis user contributes using a Macintosh computer.
Masterkeyboard.jpgThis user enjoys electronic music.
Video-x-generic.svgThis user enjoys films.
. TheThis user does not put two spaces after a full stop.
A, B, and CThis user prefers the serial comma.
de-1Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.
GoldenGateBridge-001.jpgThis user lives in San Francisco.
inclThis user is an inclusionist.

Articles started or mostly written by me[edit]

Articles in which I've made a significant contribution[edit]

I hereby award you a Barnstar for your excellent and numerous large-scale article contributions to Wikipedia in the area of mycology. Your dedication in sharing your area of expertise, maintaining neutrality and providing high-quality information is an example to us all. Well done and please keep up the good work -- Serephine

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