I am the founder of Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Roads. I took care of virtually all the infrastructure to keep the project running in the beginning, until other editors stepped in. While we had our issues in earlier years, today we are one of the most renowned projects on the English Wikipedia for our productivity. There are no official project leaders, but myself and a few other editors step in to keep the project running and all the project pages maintained.
In the past, I also served in several functionary and clerk positions on Wikimedia, but as my time for Wikimedia has decreased, I have stepped down from many of those. Sometimes I do show up in relevant community discussions to provide my perspective.
Sock disclosure: User:Rschen7754 public is my public account, and User:Rschen7754bot was my bot account (now inactive). Another account has been disclosed to the Arbitration Committee, and is blocked as a doppleganger.
Your job is hard. No matter how well you perform your duties, some will say you have been too lenient. Some will say you have been too strict. And some will say that you've been inconsistent or arbitrary. Likewise, some will criticize you for moving too quickly, and others will criticize you for moving too slowly.
Strive to be none of those things, neither too lenient nor too strict, neither too quick nor too slow. And never inconsistent or arbitrary. But know that you will face those claims anyway. Face those claims with friendliness and dignity, and all will be fine in the end. – Jimbo Wales
But programs that actively damage this project must be discontinued, not hid behind outreach as a shield. – Courcelles
I'm pretty hard-pressed to consider this the "largest-ever systematic effort of the Wikimedia mouvement to boost high quality content creation". There are several wikiprojects that easily top this effort, and I'd say that they're fairly systematic too. (Wikiproject Military History immediately comes to mind, but roads, medicine, and several others are well up there.) – Risker
A phenomenon I've seen increasingly frequently in the past years is people setting themselves up in the role of a "critic of authority" and using that as a shield for their misbehaviour. Whenever someone tries to put them to task over the disruption, cue the cries of "They're trying to silence a critic!" The sad thing? It works more often than not. Most of the administrators then turn a blind eye and avoid acting for fear of being "repressive" given our powerful culture against that – and the arbitrators are even more strongly tied up given the scrutiny. – Coren
When someone screams about "admin abuse", it's most likely true – they're probably abusing admins again. If there's a block involved, expect to see a battalion of sockpuppets in short order, making even more shrill cries of admin wrongdoing. – User:Antandrus/observations on Wikipedia behavior
In a similar "ask to reconsider" vein, I would point out that you appear to be conflating "administrator" with "has never written an article or otherwise contributed to Wikipedia content". Could I perhaps urge you to reconsider that notion? – Fluffernutter
Being civil is the recognition that those you interact with are also human beings and deserve to be treated as such. It means striving to not demean or attack, to remain polite (yes, politeness is superficial, but it's also important), to listen, and to accept. It means being able to agree to disagree, and that the "other" isn't a moron because they disagree with you. Maybe they're wrong. Maybe you are. Are you a moron because you were wrong?
It doesn't mean never loosing your temper, it means not treating people you're angry with like crap. You don't have to call someone an "idiot" to treat them like idiots. Being rough around the edges or using strong language isn't a problem, routinely telling people you disagree with to "fuck off" is – not because you used the word "fuck" but because it shows lack of respect.
In the end, it's all about treating other editors as peers, not as plebs that can't possibly understand your genius, or as adversaries. That is what the civility pillar is about: work with each other. – Coren
Civility is more than the sum of the individual words that have been said. – NuclearWarfare
I have 100 sockpuppets. So what? My sockpuppets' contribution in Wikipedia (english & greek) is very serious. I just like having sockpuppets. This doesn't mean I want to destroy Wikipedia. Wikipedia's policy on sockpuppets is wrong. My sockpuppets are always doing a serious job. – el:User:Picker78
You guys don't know how random it is to not check Wikipedia for a while and then come back and you're all singing Bohemian Rhapsody. – Scott5114
Be part of the turnaround... now become part of the solution! – Me 
Barnstars and other awards
On this 6th anniversary of the founding of Wikipedia, I am awarding you "My Barn". You are one of the Wikipedians that have made the most exemplary contributions to my "home" areas of Wikipedia in the past year. Congratulations! RoyalbroilT : C 17:10, 15 January 2007 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
This Barnstar is awarded to User:Rschen7754 for your diligent and extensive work improving articles and wikiprojects related to Roads and Highways in the United States. User:MPS February, 2006
The Original Barnstar
Thank you for your work and patience at the state route naming conventions poll, in helping bring a general consensus to this long-standing debate even at the risk of one vocal opponent to the entire process. Your work on various transport related pages is of high quality and improves the quality of the encylopedia. Kudos and thank you! Seicer (talk) (contribs) 19:14, 1 September 2006 (UTC)
The Spinning Barnstar
I hereby award a spinning Barnstar to User:Rschen7754 for his dedication to maintaining California state route articles in their consensus defined form and at their consensus defined names. Keep up the good work, and don't let User:SPUI get you down. JohnnyBGood March, 2006
The Working Man's Barnstar
I award you this "Working Man's Barnstar" for your intelligent comments and hard work in moving hundreds if not thousands of state highway articles in the state route naming conventions poll. You demonstrated excellent patience when asked the progress when you knew that you faced hundreds of articles left. RoyalbroilTalkContrib 15:17, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
You deserve this barnstar for not just the interstate Wikiproject, but for the US Roads Wikiproject. In any event, I can see that your Wikiproject will get so much bigger, and first I award you this in honor of you efforts to make the editor's community a better place. I plan on being in when I can. Thanks for starting the project. User:Wikipediaman123/Signature -Wikipediaman123 14:32, 17 February 2007 (UTC)
US Roads will thank you - and so do I
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
I, Master son give you this TC barnstar for your hard work in maintaining and expanding WP:USRD and putting up with all the fun that goes along with it - staying strong through the best - and worst - of times
California State Route 56 was probably the first article I've ever touched, it being a road I've lived within a mile of for all of my life. I have to say, I screwed it up quite a bit, and even took it to GAN, when it was not even at Start-class standards yet. But now I see that you're taking the article to FAC, and it is quite an impressive piece of writing. I am very appreciative that you've taken so much work to improve this article. I'm also thankful for the advice you've given me to help me become somewhat of a better editor, even though I'm not really active anymore. — PCB 05:04, 16 November 2012 (UTC)
The Barnstar of Diligence
For all your work in seeking to protect the identities of users, particularly minors, on the project, I hereby award you this barnstar of diligence. Thank you for helping to make Wikipedia a free encyclopedia that anyone can safely edit. GoPhightins! 02:04, 26 January 2013 (UTC)
Awarded to Rschen7754 for your extraordinary efforts to protect Wikipedia during the Morning 277 Sockpuppet investigation. The Whack-a-Mole Stuffed Tiger Prize goes to sysops who tirelessly block returning sockpuppets at Carnival Wikipedia. DocTree (ʞlɐʇ·cont) Join WER 00:41, 24 July 2013 (UTC)
For fixing my error in the WikiCup's 2013 August newsletter, please accept this. If we meet in real life ever, I'm buying you a drink. Ed[talk][majestic titan] 06:26, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
I guess you've had one of these before, but I can't think of a better way to thank you for all your tireless work at SPI and sorting out the mess it sometimes gets into. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 15:52, 30 September 2013 (UTC)
The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
I'd rather be over informed than not informed at all, as has been the case on more than a few afd's filed for articles I've created or done significant work on. Its Acts of Random Kindness like this that help build the community spirit here, and for that I thank you. TomStar81 (Talk) 04:04, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Your Valiant Majesty, It gives me great pleasure to recognize Rschen7754 as a recipient of the Valiant Return Triple Crown, for earning all the elements of a Triple Crown after a legitimate return from ArbCom. Thank you for rewarding the good hopes that people had in you – you're an inspiration to others. – SMasters (talk) 06:28, 10 December 2010 (UTC)
Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that very few editors have been able to accomplish. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts. Keep up the good work!
The Reviewer Barnstar
For doing your due diligence and honest opinions for failing a Good Article Nominee. Jgera5 (talk) 15:47, 4 December 2014 (UTC)
I am an active content writer, and my comments on most content-related issues are in my role as a content editor, not as an administrator. While my role as an administrator certainly does affect my interpretation of our content policies and guidelines, per w:en:WP:INVOLVED I only perform noncontroversial actions in the roads subject area, and do not enforce most content policies or guidelines in this area with the use of administrative tools (with a few limited exceptions such as WP:BLP).
I believe that holders of advanced permissions should be accountable for their actions. Thus, my global recall/resignation pledge is located at m:User:Rschen7754/Resigning.
On this wiki, for the administrator permission, I will also accept a more traditional recall procedure. Thus, I adopt User:Courcelles/Recall as it was in this diff, with the following three amendments:
Actions unbecoming of an administrator are also included
Four of the uninvolved editors must be administrators
Any editor under a community sanction or blocked on any other Wikimedia Foundation public wiki cannot initiate or certify a recall.
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