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30 April 2019


Date of my first edit: 26 NOV 2004

Really, Really Important things I've learned about Wikipedia[edit]

These are my notes:

Write to the target audience[edit]

  • Audience: A related question, is who should the pages be written for? Most writers are in college or past college. However, there is evidence that most readers are high-school students, or other people who are not familar with a topic. What is obvious and irrelevant to a CS student or grad, may be very unclear and important to a high-school student or someone who is thinking of returning to college. Of course, Wikipedia has yet to define its target audience very well. The lists make it accessible to a much broader audience. excerpted from a comment by an anon who signed his message: The Phantom Avenger for SE


  • K.I.S.S. - Keep It Sweet and Simple.
    • Write first for the Educated Layperson (that's hard)...
    • ...then try to do it better and write for the beginner (that's harder)
  • If an educated layperson can't figure it out by following the wikilinks, then it's too hard.
  • Yes, we're experts (more or less) but we're writing for a general audience. We could write a clever, concise, deep sentence to explain something...but it's useless if it isn't easy to understand.
  • Eschew argot, technicality and cant.

Spelling/Grammar checking[edit]

'Whenever doing anything but minor editing, copy and paste to a word-processor with real time spelling/grammar checking!

That and that I can't spell. I also can't capitalize, but that's a different matter.

Very useful wiki pages that I use a lot[edit]


monthly statistics
'Evolution of Heavy Metal Umlaut' video

Cleanup Projects[edit]

We seem to have briefly caught up with stub sorting so I think I'll spend some time working on:

Category:Articles needing cleanup
Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia
Category:Wikipedia introduction cleanup
Category:Articles with ibid
Category:Articles needing sections
wikiblame (tool)
Category:All articles needing copy edit --> Wikipedia:WikiProject_League_of_Copyeditors/proofreading#Ready_for_final_proofread
category:Category needed (maybe someday, when I catch up...)
Wikipedia:Uncategorized pages
m:Transwiki transwiki instructions
Wikipedia:Peer review



With the default rules, a link to a redirect like foo will appear in green as foo, a link to a disambiguation page like bar will appear with a yellow background as bar, and all the pages in Category:Articles for deletion should appear in a pinkish color.

I made admin[edit]

We all know admin is "no big deal" (in fact the quote is here, Jimbo Wales said it), but it's really nice to be asked.

The vote is/was at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/RJFJR. (I put this link here so I could watch while I was fretting over whether I'd get it).

here is the admin's reading list that I'm still trying to absorb and will keep handy as a reference.


I've uploaded these images to commons:

Press Releases[edit]

This is a question I posted at Village pump (Policy) and the replies. I am placing it here so I don't forget it.

Celesio was begun with press-release. Is it correct that a press release is not copyrighted? RJFJR 15:56, Jun 26, 2005 (UTC)

In the United States, everything is copyrighted. --Carnildo 20:39, 26 Jun 2005 (UTC)
But if it's a press release being sent out to be published, aren't they granting rights to reproduce on it? Or does that just apply to people they directly send it to? RJFJR 20:55, Jun 26, 2005 (UTC)
That may be (or may not be). IANAL. But I assure you, that press release is not under the GFDL. --Carnildo 21:09, 26 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Press releases are definitely copyrighted. They do not grant free rights to reproduction — they license it for reproduction to certain partners under certain conditions, in the same way that a record company licenses its music to the companies that print the CDs and gives people who buy the CDs very limited personal use rights. I am not a lawyer, however. Deco 21:01, 26 Jun 2005 (UTC)
I'm not a lawyer, but I am a journalist. "License" at least implies more formality than exists. Maurreen 21:15, 26 Jun 2005 (UTC)
Thank you, everbody! I have chopped, added an external link to the press release, and marked corp-stub. (I will file this as a reminder. I appreciate it). RJFJR 01:35, Jun 27, 2005 (UTC)


A footnote is a note placed at the bottom of a page of a document to comment on a part of the main text, or to provide a reference for it, or both. The connection between the relevant text and its footnote is indicated by a number or symbol which appears both after the relevant text and before the footnote.

  1. Place a <ref> ... </ref> where you want a footnote reference number to appear in an article—type the text of the note between the ref tags.
  2. Place the <references/> tag in a "Notes" or "References" section near the end of the article—the list of notes will be generated here.


According to scientists, the Sun is pretty big,<ref>Miller, E: "The Sun.", page 23. Academic Press, 2005</ref>
however the moon is not so big.<ref>Smith, R: "Size of the Moon", ''Scientific American'', 46(78):46</ref>

== Notes ==


According to scientists, the Sun is pretty big,[1] however the moon is not so big.[2]

Footnotes come after punctuation[edit]

Footnotes at the end of a sentence or phrase are placed immediately after the punctuation. For example: President Bush called for a halt to the violence,[3] and opposed a timetable for withdrawal.[4]

What footnotes are normally used for[edit]

  • Some publications use footnotes for both the full citation of a source, and for additional comments or information of interest to the reader.
  • Some publications use Harvard style notation for sources, and use footnotes exclusively for tangential comments or more detailed information. In this case, in other words, footnotes are notes with relevant text that would distract from the main point if embedded in the main text, yet are helpful in explaining a point in greater detail. Such footnotes can be especially helpful for later fact-checkers, to ensure that the article text is well-supported. Thus, using footnotes to provide useful clarifying information outside the main point is fine where this is needed.


footnote examples
  1. ^ Miller, E: "The Sun.", page 23. Academic Press, 2005
  2. ^ Smith, R: "Size of the Moon", Scientific American, 46(78):46
  3. ^ example footnote abc
  4. ^ example footnote xyz


I, Haza-w, hereby award this Working Man's Barnstar to RJFJR for his tireless cleanup work.

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In gratitude for your work on the Park Golf page, I, in my minimal authority here on Wikipedia, would like to present you with this Barnstar. Thank you for aiding in fixing the page and making it so that reading it doesn't make my eyes bleed anymore. Banpei 08:38, 14 March 2007 (UTC)

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45,000 edits (I'm not really counting) and 6 years (where does the time go).

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Now over 11 years. Aaaack!

Reference desk entries[edit]


to do[edit]

User:Dsp13/Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science

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