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Ritchie333
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Ritchie333 is a fortysomething software engineer, musician and real ale drinker.

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Action Count
Edits 39262
Edits+Deleted 42494
Pages deleted 1279
Pages restored 39
Pages protected 156
Pages unprotected 13
Protections modified 12
Users blocked 55
Users reblocked 17
Users unblocked 58
User rights modified 1
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Zen and the art of Wikipedia Maintenance[edit]

Domestos Reliable Sources. Kills all A7s. Dead.
Soft words turneth away ANI threads.
  1. Always have sources to hand when creating and expanding articles. Don't write articles based upon your own personal hypotheses and inferences. Don't write articles based upon knowledge that you half-remember learning, but have no idea from where or from whom. Write articles based upon actual, concrete, sources[1], and ensure that the article cites those sources. If you half-remember something, go and hunt up a source that covers it first, then write.[2] If you don't do this, expect your articles to be speedy deleted, nominated for deletion or asking the AfC help desk why your article was declined.
  2. Calculus is good for mathematicians, and it's good for Wikipedians too. Don't worry about how competent an editor is now – focus on the first derivative and worry about their rate of competence change. A good newbie can teach themselves to become more competent. A bad newbie never will.
  3. "I think a good number of voices of compassion, balance and reason are probably closer to the Wiki community than most people realise. I don’t think the 91% male editors are all single with no female partners, sisters or daughters."[3]
  4. In any debate about the merits of a musical act, be it solo or band, as discussion continues, the probability of comparing the perceived quality of the act to Justin Bieber approaches 1.
  5. Every time you start a thread on WP:ANI, God[4] kills a kitten.
  6. My own wikocratic oath is : First, cause no drama'.'[5]
  7. I really wish wikilawyering were against policy.[6]
  8. "Mark you this, Bassanio. The devil can cite Wikipedia Policy for his purpose." (The Merchant of WP:VENICE)
  9. Without the content, Wikipedia is just Facebook for ugly people[7]
    Hey, who are you calling ugly, ya mingaaah??! Martinevans123 (talk) 09:26, 2 August 2015 (UTC)
  10. "If I had a choice between trusting a compulsive liar locked in a straitjacket in a padded cell scrawling his inane ramblings about how the lizard people secretly run the world through an extensive mind control programme on the wall of said cell with his own faeces and trusting what is written in The Sun, I'd flip a coin because they truly are about equivalent in reliability."[8]
  11. "It's important to remember that however set-apart and distinct we feel the project is, the point of contact with the real world is the user of the encyclopedia, the person who pops into Wikipedia to find some needed information or just to browse a bit, and couldn't care less what the Wiki-world experience is like to those inside of it" [9]
  12. On consensus : "if everyone opposes every proposal that doesn't 100% match their idea of perfection, nothing will ever happen"[10]
  13. "Being right and being a dick are not mutually exclusive."[11]
  14. If somebody tells you to "get a life", they might have a point. Enjoy editing Wikipedia, but don't let it consume you, and make sure you experience the real world enough to get perspective on things. Especially if you have a wife and kids.
  15. When people have problems with editing wiki markup, it's a problem with the software's poor interface, not the end user.
  16. If you see an angry rant on a talk page about your revert to that article that talks about "the truth" but ends with — Preceding unsigned comment added by..., you can probably ignore it. If it's an IP, you probably can rest safe that your revert hasn't even been touched.
  17. There is no race to be "first" to answer a question on WP:HD, WP:RD, WP:AFCHD and WP:ANI .... all you get is an edit conflict with SineBot for your troubles if you're lucky.
  18. If you want to be an admin, find your best friend's car, take out the rotor arm, slash the tyres, then tell them to their face you did it. If you can survive the abuse you get back, you might have what it takes.
  19. Twinkle has a lot of magic buttons to automate tasks. None of them are for writing content and adding sources. The best content editors ignore twinkle, and vice versa.
  20. Assume good faith can mean deleting an article or doing a blanket revert, then apologising to affected editors that you needed to do it.
  21. Those that can, do. Those that can't, bicker about the manual of style or the citation guidelines. I mean, who cares that somebody's falsely accused of murder – just put that bloody full stop BEFORE the ref tag.
  22. Make your articles good or utterly brilliant if you so wish, but beware the lure of the rubber stamp and remember that if it doesn't improve the encyclopedia, balls to it.
  23. If somebody really wants to win an argument, just let them. You'll live. As Mark Twain put it, "Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of good example."[12](other religious magazines are available)
  24. If I see one more editor throw the term WP:RS at a newbie without explaining what it stands for and why it's relevant, I will scream.
  25. "We can't do anything to change Wikipedia until the WMF crumbles. In the meantime we should all go write an article to console ourselves." (with apologies to Banksy)
  26. As for gender itself, all we should be interested in here is what an editor has in their head, not in their pants. [13]
  27. One of the most dangerous habits you can get into is to take Wikipedia too seriously. Dozens of editors have been indefinitely blocked at ANI and Arbcom because the encyclopedia is super-duper important and blocking them is soooooo unfair.
  28. If you use personal attacks in a debate, you're wrong. Even if you think you're right, you're still wrong. That the other party is also wrong is irrelevant.
  29. Any WP:CIVIL or WP:NPA based block of a user with at least 3 FAs will cause more problems than it solves. "Let's all move on guys and gals before this turns into another pantomime. I have an FAC[14] to write."[15]
  30. The longer the edit summary, the more likely the edit will be reverted. Nobody ever reverts "ce" or "fmt"
  31. In an argument involving two people, it's possible for both participants to be completely and utterly wrong, but good luck to anyone trying to convince them of this.
  32. "Since such a high percentage of anonymous IP editors are vandals, they are all treated like shit. Trying to make serious edits to Wikipedia as an IP editor is like blindly blundering through the countryside on the first day of hunting season dressed like a moose."[16] Furthermore, Wikipedia has a surprising number of editors who think that openly declaring you are using an O2 4G IPv6 address is more "anonymous" than signing your posts "Dawnslayer666" which gives no clues to your identity or location whatsoever.
  33. "No one should cheer after a block ... doing so trivializes the most powerful tool in our toolbox and celebrates a power that should be handled with care."[17]
  34. Domestos Reliable Sources. Kills all AfDs. Dead.

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One revert guarantee[edit]

If you think one of my edits makes the encyclopedia worse, revert it. Please try and leave a good edit summary or discuss it on the talk page, though. In return, I pledge I will only revert your changes once and once only, if at all. If you revert back again, then I'll go to the talk page. Or I might decide you're correct. Either way, I have no more right to edit this place than you.

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