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This user has been a member of Wikipedia since December 2003.
This user has been on Wikipedia for 18 years, 3 months and 15 days.
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I love sharing my knowledge and the idea of telecommuting, so Wiki is a 'home quite close to home' for me, also illustrating the truth in saying if you find work you like, you will never work again. Working on Wiki gives me this great feeling of doing something good and useful *now* - anybody can access my work anytime they wish, there are no delays in article publications, no restriction on who has enough money to pay for my work (hmmm, I can see a problem with this in the long run though... :>). I have now seen Wikipedia grow for years, and it is amazing. I am sure that in the near future Wiki will rival Google as the best tool on the web. And, of course, if it is, it should be on Wiki - well, except spam and like.
I have taught dozens of university-level courses with students submitting writing assignments in form of Wikipedia articles, and I've even developed a course about Wikipedia. For most of my courses I have developed a series of freely licensed Prezi slides, check them out, copy and resuse! More about my teaching stuff, from tools I've developed to the list of articles my students created or improved, can be found here.
Here are some of my published papers about Wikipedia you may find interesting. If you hit a paywal, stop by LibGen.
The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter(pictured) and written by Bill Lancaster. Based on the 1938 John W. Campbell Jr. novella Who Goes There?, it tells the story of American researchers in Antarctica who encounter a parasitic extraterrestrial life-form that assimilates and imitates other organisms. The group is overcome by paranoia and conflict as they learn that they can no longer trust each other. The film stars Kurt Russell and also features A. Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, David Clennon, and Keith David. Of the film's $15 million budget, $1.5 million was spent on Rob Bottin's creature effects, a mixture of chemicals, food products, rubber, and mechanical parts used to represent an alien capable of taking on any form. The Thing was released on June 25, 1982, to very negative reviews and earned $19.6 million during its theatrical run, but has been favorably reappraised. It found an audience when released on home video and television. (Full article...)
... that the 1945 Augustów roundup which resulted in the disappearance and likely murder of about 600 Polish citizens by the Soviet Union is considered the largest crime committed in Poland after World War II?
(16 February 2014) ... that South Korea's proposed highest-denomination 100,000-won banknote was cancelled in 2008, since the 19th-century map Daedongyeojido depicted on the note did not portray the Liancourt Rocks?