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Radar Mac.png  On the Radar:  An Occasional Newsletter on Wikipedia's Challenges

— "Comments?" links go to OtR's own talk page, not those of the original news-item sources.
  • Wikipedia co-founder on WP's flaws – and potential replacement? (SMcCandlish, 2 June 2018)
Update: Larry Sanger, who helped start Wikipedia (as Nupedia in 2000) but left the project in 2002, has elaborated quite a bit on his earlier examination of WP's flaws. They're laid out, as background material, in an April 2018 announcement of a blockchain-based encyclopedia project, provisionally named Everipedia, which would subsume WP's own content as well as introduce lots more. Read the detailed whitepaper version or the short summary version – or both, since they're not 100% consistent.

This is an idea that could actually grow legs (even accounting for all the blockchain hype that's going around). The idea is to open-source online encyclopedia writing even further, with a real-value reward structure, expert and public review, directly competing articles in a marketplace of content, and the writing/publishing process decoupled from the centralized control of a single community and its rules. The primary question to my mind is: How could quality be ensured, if no particular policies applied? A truly unfettered marketplace of ideas and "information" produces populist, falsehood-mired dreck (e.g., fake news, everything you see on 4Chan and Facebook, the History Channel converting into an aliens and ghosts conspiracy network, and that planet-sized morass of bullshit we call the blogosphere, as just a few obvious examples). Still, I'm curious where this is supposed to be heading. And, since there's to be a compensation mechanism, do I get paid out by Everipedia's blockchain for my 100,000+ WP edits here when they get imported into Everipedia, or does some script kiddie cash in on more than a decade of my work when she runs a few lines of code to copy a zillion WP articles into the new system? Kinda matters. Also: calling it anything-pedia is likely to fail; that namespace is already glutted. — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  01:50, 2 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Original 11 November 2015 story ("Wikipedia's Co-founder Is Its Biggest Critic", Zach Schwartz, Vice magazine): Sanger said in a [then-]recent interview, "I think Wikipedia never solved the problem of how to organize itself in a way that didn't lead to mob rule", and that since he left the project, "People that I would say are trolls sort of took over. The inmates started running the asylum." Not an idle concern?  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  09:07, 19 November 2015‎ (UTC)  
An Information Research survey shows that people's editing motivation is often "their desire to change the views of society", and also that they view Wikipedia as a "social media site". This isn't news to us, and the material doesn't have a huge statistical sample, but I would bet real money that it will be re-confirmed by later studies. This has systemic bias, neutrality, and conflict of interest implications (also not news). What we don't really think much about it is what this means for Wikipedia long-term, as everyone with an agenda becomes more aware that they can try to sneakily leverage Wikipedia articles to boost their side of any story, especially after the Trump 2016 US presidential campaign proved that great/terrible things can pulled off by organized manipulation of "social media" sites (whether WP really is one or not is irrelevant if the public thinks it is).  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  23:28, 1 June 2018 (UTC)
The 2017 Community Wishlist Survey has closed; the results are here, and as disappointing as in previous years. This process is fundamentally flawed, for numerous reasons:
  • Only the top-ten proposals will get any resources devoted to them, no matter how many there are, or how urgent or important they are.
  • It's a straight-vote, canvassing-allowed, no-rationale-needed, short-term "popularity contest" – normal Wikimedian consensus-building is thwarted.
  • This setup encourages people to vote for the 10 things they want most, then vote against every other proposal even if they agree with it. Proposals cannot build support over time.
  • There's no "leveling of the playing field" between categories. Important proposals of narrower interest (e.g. to admins, or to technical people) never pass, only the lowest-common-denominator ones do – and the most-canvassed ones.
  • Too few Wikimedians even know the survey exists or when it is open, which greatly compounds the skew caused by focused canvassing – the intentional spikes actually determine the outcome.
I've drafted some suggestions for making it work better.  — SMcCandlish ¢ >ʌⱷ҅ʌ<  18:08, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
Far-right billionaire investors the Koch brothers – who have a long history of media manipulation – have been using sockpuppets (via an intermediary PR firm, Meredith Corporation, to whitewash on Wikipedia. Koch, through Meredith, is now buying out Time Inc., publisher of Time magazine and other major publications. This may ultimately impact the reliability (or perception of reliability) of them as sources.  — SMcCandlish ¢ >ʌⱷ҅ʌ<  03:02, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
"Wikipedia:Nations and Wikipedia" is a new meta page to accumulate and help organize ways nations/governments and Wikipedia interact and for the Wikipedia community to establish relevant policies and guidelines."
This may be a good place to keep track of evidence of organized tampering with Wikipedia content by governments and those doing their bidding (see Pakistan article, below). Or at least a place to formulate a community response to this problem.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  03:57, 29 June 2017 (UTC)
This is just one example in a years-long pattern of various forms of sport vandalism (i.e. vandalism for sport), which just happens to be about sports. This kind of spontaneous mob behavior is a different wrinkle on the "traditional" sort of mass vandalism, e.g. some celebrity encouraging (often as a joke) their fans to go do disinformational things here. This particular sort isn't even new. What I find more interesting is the rapidity and spread of the mainstream-press coverage of this non-event, which was already dealt with on WP before even online editions of any newspapers could run their stories. Over 1,500 ran them anyway, even though they were reporting on already-resolved trivia. This tells us that, while the press will sometimes grudgingly report good things about WP, they all feel threatened by it and will continue to make it look bad to their circulation if they can get away with it. This means we need to not treat as inconsequential any real-world perceptions of problems with or on WP, because they will probably be called out publicly and exaggerated.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  21:05, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi![edit]

I am Stanton McCandlish (often referred to as just SMcC here and some have nicknamed me Mac, which I don't mind). I am a Web developer, IT consultant, nonfiction author, civil liberties activist and nonprofit executive, as well as amateur pocket billiards (pool) instructor, former online news editor, policy analyst, archivist, independent publisher, and also an amateur artist, among other things. I have been among the most active, avid Wikipedians. I have a B.A. in anthropology and communication (a custom minor that combines linguistics and broader human communication, including journalism, PR, and media criticism). I am a US citizen, but have lived in England, Ireland, and Canada for extended periods, and learned to read and write in the UK (and I use something of a form of Mid-Atlantic English consequently). I have competence in an odd assortment of topics, like Celtic mythology, English grammar and usage, Manx cats, New Mexican culture, US law in certain fields (freedom of expression, privacy, and intellectual property), salamanders, Web standards, UI usability, albinism, pool and billiards, online media, Art Nouveau, post-punk subcultures, Mac OS X, and various fiction franchises, among other subjects. Being an autodidactic polymath, my interests shift over time and are intense. My latest passions are the interface of zoology and anthropology, especially the history and nature of domestication; and shifting patterns of English usage.

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Bio[edit]

Basically, this is my compressed CV
Stanton McCandlish is a freelance Web developer, systems and network administrator, and online PR/communications consultant; a buyer and seller of collectibles; and a pool instructor. His specialties include advocacy, media relations, information management and architecture, usability, technology policy analysis, and technical writing. He is also an anthropologist and linguist by training.

He long volunteered as the Communications Director for the CryptoRights Foundation (presently on hiatus pending reorganization). As such, he has acted as the nonprofit's press manager, public relations lead, publications manager, and Webmaster, and has also participated in mission-critical technical projects, such as leading Project HighFire's documentation.

Stanton was among the world's first professional online activists, and came to CryptoRights after working on issue campaigns, policy and online communications at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) from 1993 to 2002, where he also ran one of the most-linked-to Web sites on the entire 'Net, and edited the organization's newsletter, EFFector, one of the largest-subscription online bulletins of the era. He has written a variety of articles and tutorials, been quoted by most major US news publications on Internet policy issues, and is co-author of the privacy and e-activism book Protecting Yourself Online: The Definitive Resource on Safety, Freedom, and Privacy in Cyberspace (with Robert B. Gelman). He also managed production of the updated online editions of Everybody's Guide to the Internet (by Adam Gaffin), including revision, management of multi-language translation, and online distribution.

After studying computer science, technical writing and anthropology/linguistics at the College of Santa Fe, Eastern New Mexico University, and the University of New Mexico, Stanton did technical consulting at UNM, as well as maintaining an early independent electronic bulletin board system (BBS) and operating a small press publishing operation in Albuquerque. Some of his current areas of (mostly off-WP) interest include electronic privacy, free expression online, preservation of fair use of intellectual property, and protection of the public's interest in the development of technical standards. McCandlish holds a B.A. in cultural anthropology and communication from UNM.

He likes cats, salamanders, spicy food, art nouveau, post-punk, and good girl art, and lives in Oakland, California.

Contact[edit]

Wikitivities[edit]

Putting my money where my mouth is

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The "TL;DR" version[edit]

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278This user is ranked 278 on the list of Wikipedians by number of edits (as of 17 June 2018).
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46,000+This user has made over 46,000 contributions to Wikipedia articles.
4,000+This user has logged more than 4,000 moves or other log actions on Wikipedia.
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ESU99.8% for major edits and 99.7% for minor edits. – Last update: June 2018.
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Detailia

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What I'm working on now...[edit]

...when time permits:

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Manx cat.
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WikiProject Cue sports.

Incomplete articles[edit]

"Incubator" of new or maybe-to-be-restored articles in progress

Stuff I occasionally work on, because it's unfinished or it was deleted but could be salvageable with some better sourcing and writing.

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Stuff I've been largely responsible for or heavily involved in[edit]

Projects[edit]

Articles[edit]

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Overhauled[edit]

Pre-existing pages I've done a lot of work on (like all-day or more); new list started January 2018, so very incomplete:

Wikipedia policies, guidelines, essays, and proposals[edit]

User-space essays[edit]
Major successful proposals[edit]
Ongoing proposals[edit]
Accepted proposals needing further work[edit]
Log of closed proposals
Changes to WP:POLICY and WP:PROCESS pages[edit]
Mergers[edit]
Deletions[edit]
Moves/renames/retargetings[edit]
Other policy/guideline interpretation and application matters[edit]
Changes to template functionality[edit]
Sockpuppet investigations, requests for arbitration, sanctions[edit]

I won't list all of them here, just those that "did something". Lots of ANI's just archive away without closure, or close as "no action at this time".

Major templates[edit]

Categories[edit]

  • Category:Cue sports (I created and have been one of the most active maintainers of most of its subcategories.)
  • Category:Insular ecology (I didn't write the articles in it, I just noticed they were scattered about and not categorized sanely, so now they are.)
  • Lots that I'm forgetting.

Non-admin closures[edit]

Just started tracking this in September 2017. I sometimes do non-admin closure of discussions (RfCs, RMs, etc.) and push right up to the boundary of what a non-admin can do, with that I believe are positive results.

Gallery of contributed images[edit]

Some of the images I've contributed under GFDL/CC (and sometimes PD) are displayed as thumbnails in my Gallery Page.

To-do list[edit]

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Unsorted additions:


Here are some tasks awaiting attention:

Wikawards[edit]

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The Running Man Barnstar: For your many, many fine cue sport related edits. – Fuhghettaboutit, 23:30, 9 February 2007 (UTC) The Working Man's Barnstar: For all the arduous work on Cue sport – 68.239.240.144, 23:46, 20 February 2007 (UTC) The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar: For sleuthing out sockpuppets being used to subvert WP:RFA – Dgies, 20:05, 11 April 2007 (UTC) The E=mc2 Barnstar: Awarded for your tireless work on articles relating to the field of pigmentation. – Rockpocket, 09:23, 17 April 2007 (UTC) Excellent User Page Award: [...] ask Mr. McCandlish if programmers are users too. Peace and love. – SusanLesch, 03:31, 12 September 2008 (UTC) Barnstar Eaten by a Bear: I regret to inform you that the barnstar that I was going to give you, for your bit of WP:CFD hilariousness about "Category:Celtic sports clubs", was eaten by a bear. Happy editing! – Hamtechperson, 04:46, 24 December 2009 (UTC) The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar: For general template taming goodness. – Ludwigs2, 03:36, 31 December 2009 (UTC) Some Falafel and One Canadian Beer: For being here and to work on the women sport project. – Genevieve2, 20:34, 20 January 2012 (UTC) Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar: For behaving in a genteel fashion, as if nothing were the matter, and for gallantry. – jathinkimacowboy, 03:27, 2 February 2012 (UTC) Heroic Barnstar: For your recent work at WP:MOS: A model of unflagging effort, precise analysis, institutionally broad and historically deep vision, clear articulation, and civil expression under great pressure. Unforgettable. – User:DocKino, 06:14, 7 February 2012 (UTC) Chapeau ... for this one! Cheers - DVdm (talk) 20:20, 31 January 2012 (UTC) Cheers!: For all of the thoughtful posts through the extended discussion at MOSCAPS. I've appreciated it. – User:JHunterJ, 13:52, 10 February 2012 (UTC) The Barnstar Creator's Barnstar: Thank you for your submission of the Instructor's Barnstar. It's now on the main barnstar list. – User:Pine, 15:11, 26 February 2012 (UTC) Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar: This comes as a recognition of your kindness in developing the Firefox Cite4wiki add-on. It has been helpful and a great resource. I was also happy to learn you contribute to Mozilla which I do as well :) User:stephenwanjau, 18:28, 31 August 2012 (UTC) The Socratic Barnstar: In recognition of your general fine work around the 'pedia, and the staunchness and standard of argumentation on style issues. And if for nothing else, I think you deserve it for this comment. Ohconfucius ping / poke 02:07, 13 November 2012 (UTC) The Special Barnstar: It's a bit delayed, but for your rather accurate edit summary here. Keep up the good work on various breed articles! TKK bark ! 18:06, 25 February 2013 (UTC)The Original Barnstar: For your recent work at WP:MOS: A model of unflagging effort, precise analysis, institutionally broad and historically deep vision, clear articulation, and civil expression under great pressure. Unforgettable. DocKino (talk) 06:14, 7 February 2012 (UTC) The Purple Barnstar: You've been putting up with a lot of crap from other quarters; just want to let you know that people out there do, in fact, manage to appreciate your work. illegitimi non carborundum! VanIsaacWS Vexcontribs 04:55, 11 February 2013 (UTC) The Brilliant Idea Barnstar: I couldn't quite find a suitable barnstar for this, but I found it insightful when you brought up the issue of accessibility within TfD#Template:Tn. Maybe it was kind of a small realization you had, but on behalf of the disabled friends I have, thank you for bringing it up. A step in the right direction for making this everyone's encyclopedia. Meteor_sandwich_yum (talk) 02:58, 1 May 2014 (UTC) A cheeseburger for you! Except of course that would be 30 min on the treadmill. But we can still look. Thank you for well measured comments. In ictu oculi (talk) 02:59, 11 May 2014 (UTC) The Fauna Barnstar: For being an enlightening Star in a farmyard Barn – Gregkaye ✍♪ 15:11, 22 September 2014 (UTC) WikiCake: You seem to be among the vanguard in the quest to raise copy editing and style formatting to at least the level of writing barely literate articles. Primergrey (talk) 05:04, 29 March 2015 (UTC) The Special Barnstar: A thank you ... for disagreeing, with reason and cogent arguments backed up by both source and policy as well as logical interpretation of the position you disagree with. In essence for disputing content in a manner that builds consensus. It may seem a little over the top to barnstar for a couple of days work but in an area where there's been entrenched battle ground for so long it has put a huge smile on my face, and moved me on a few of my positions, to be disagreed with in such a consensus building fashion. My faith in wikipedia has been somewhat restored and I can only hope it's a sea change for the way the talk page looks on the articles. SPACKlick (talk) 23:26, 10 July 2015 (UTC) Ten Year Society: I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Ten Year Society, an informal group for editors who've been participating in the Wikipedia project for ten years or more. Best regards, Sarah (talk) 01:00, 21 August 2015 (UTC) 100,000 Edits Award: Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that only 339 editors have been able to accomplish. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts. Keep up the good work! Buster Seven Talk 15:06, 4 October 2015 (UTC) The Socratic Barnstar: For extremely skilled and eloquent arguments and advice in guiding the overhaul of the very important article Domestication William Harris • talk • 07:47, 4 February 2016 (UTC) Some baklava for you! To fortify you in your marathon task of finding an acceptable form of words to use in our MoS. I admire your patience and stamina and am thinking of proposing you as a Middle East peace envoy... BushelCandle (talk) 00:25, 4 March 2016 (UTC) The Barnstar of Diplomacy: Thank you so much for stepping in on the Donald_Trump_sexual_misconduct_allegations article, specifically the talk page. You seem to be able to clearly communicate the applicability of guidelines and resolve what might otherwise become a dispute. Excellent job! CaroleHenson (talk) 19:28, 2 November 2016 (UTC) A barnstar for you! Howdy Wkatherine003 (talk) 07:46, 8 November 2016 (UTC) A cup of coffee for you! Thanks for your service to rodents. Bluerasberry (talk) 14:36, 8 December 2016 (UTC) The Barnstar of Integrity: I award you this barnstar ... because you have shown to be a person of integrity and honor. Or, more simply, a stand-up guy. Antidiskriminator (talk) 10:05, 17 January 2017 (UTC)A Dobos torte for you! User:7&6=thirteen (☎) has given you a Dobos torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it. The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar: For going above and beyond to help with a query — Anakimi talk   20:58, 13 July 2017 (UTC) The Tireless Contributor Barnstar: Thanks you for the Project namespace and TL/SUPPLEMENTAL updates.....been trying to get that wording right for a long time. Would love your CE skills at WP:ESSAYPAGES guideline section and the infopage Wikipedia:Essays. ... Moxy (talk) 17:08, 6 September 2017 (UTC) Your Opinion is More Important than You Think Barnstar: Thanks for your definitive non-admin closure of a RfC, thereby asserting a sane consensus and bringing U.S._Dollar back to congruence with reality. BirdValiant (talk) 06:34, 30 September 2017 (UTC) The Fauna Barnstar: Thanks for the big progress recently on sorting out fauna titles – and other titles, too. Keep it up. Dicklyon (talk) 00:13, 1 October 2017 (UTC) Precious: Thank you for quality articles such as ... William_A._Spinks, for service in 12 years, for thoughts about policy, style and consistency, for an initiative for clarification, - Stanton, cat lover in four dimensions, you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:41, 1 December 2017 (UTC) A beer for you! Thank you for your recent edits to WP:RFAADVICE. When I wrote that page a few years ago, I never dreamed of the tens of thousands of hits it would get and become the default advice for RFA candidates. It's nice to know that someone is watching over it and making useful improvements. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 10:14, 17 December 2017 (UTC) The Barnstar of Diplomacy: I appreciate your contributions regarding my topic ban as well as your thoughts on Arbitration Enforcement. --MONGO 13:23, 10 January 2018 (UTC) Precious six years: Thank you ... for improving article quality in January 2018! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:06, 30 January 2018 (UTC)The Userpage Barnstar: I decided you deserved this for your very interesting and informative User Page ... Tlhslobus (talk) 14:53, 1 March 2018 (UTC) There is a mop reserved in your name: You are a remarkable editor in many ways. You would be a good administrator in my opinion, and appear to be well qualified! You personify an administrator without tools. John Cline 13:29, 22 May 2018 (UTC)The Original Barnstar: For your ongoing and unending effort to tidy up the bureaucracies around the English Wikipedia. Jc86035 (talk) 05:05, 14 July 2018 (UTC) Perhaps it's time... As someone who as bumped into you in various spaces over the years with a generally positive impression resulting, I decided to take a closer look at the scope and caliber of your contributions over the last few days because it has occurred to me that your experience and facility with nuanced policy might make you a good candidate for adminship .... I suspect you would be good with the bit. Snow Rise let's rap 07:40, 16 July 2018 (UTC) The Disambiguator's Barnstar is awarded to Wikipedians who are prolific disambiguators. For applying your expertise in disambiguating the James Addison Baker articles. Oldsanfelipe (talk) 19:02, 24 August 2018 (UTC) The Industrial Barnstar: The Upward Spiral – For your excellent expansion work of the Girls Under Glass article following its AfD nom. Nice work! Lugnuts Fire Walk with Me 18:20, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
noob involved been around veteran seen it all older than the Cabal itself
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For your many, many fine cue sport related edits.
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For all the arduous work on Cue sport
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Awarded to SMcCandlish for sleuthing out sockpuppets being used to subvert RfA.
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Awarded for your tireless work on articles relating to the field of pigmentation.
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[...] ask Mr. McCandlish if programmers are users too. Peace and love.
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For general template taming goodness.
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For being here and to work on the women sport project.
--Cordialement féministe ♀ Cordially feminist Geneviève (talk) 20:34, 20 January 2012 (UTC)
For behaving in a genteel fashion, as if nothing were the matter, and for gallantry.
--Djathinkimacowboy 03:27, 2 February 2012 (UTC)
For your recent work at WP:MOS: A model of unflagging effort, precise analysis, institutionally broad and historically deep vision, clear articulation, and civil expression under great pressure. Unforgettable.
DocKino (talk) 06:14, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
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for this one! Cheers - DVdm (talk) 20:20, 31 January 2012 (UTC) For all of the thoughtful posts through the extended discussion at MOSCAPS. I've appreciated it.
JHunterJ (talk) 13:52, 10 February 2012 (UTC)
This comes as a recognition of your kindness in developing the Firefox Cite4wiki add-on. It has been helpful and a great resource. I was also happy to learn you contribute to Mozilla which I do as well :) ₫ӓ₩₳ Talk to Me. Email Me. 18:28, 31 August 2012 (UTC) In recognition of your general fine work around the 'pedia, and the staunchness and standard of argumentation on style issues. And if for nothing else, I think you deserve it for this comment  Ohconfucius ping / poke 02:07, 13 November 2012 (UTC) It's a bit delayed, but for your rather accurate edit summary here. Keep up the good work on various breed articles! TKK bark ! 18:06, 25 February 2013 (UTC)
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For your recent work at WP:MOS: A model of unflagging effort, precise analysis, institutionally broad and historically deep vision, clear articulation, and civil expression under great pressure. Unforgettable. DocKino (talk) 06:14, 7 February 2012 (UTC) You've been putting up with a lot of crap from other quarters; just want to let you know that people out there do, in fact, manage to appreciate your work. illegitimi non carborundum! VanIsaacWS Vexcontribs 04:55, 11 February 2013 (UTC) I couldn't quite find a suitable barnstar for this, but I found it insightful when you brought up the issue of accessibility within TfD#Template:Tn. Maybe it was kind of a small realization you had, but on behalf of the disabled friends I have, thank you for bringing it up. A step in the right direction for making this everyone's encyclopedia. Meteor_sandwich_yum (talk) 02:58, 1 May 2014 (UTC) Except of course that would be 30 min on the treadmill. But we can still look. Thank you for well measured comments. In ictu oculi (talk) 02:59, 11 May 2014 (UTC) For being an enlightening Star in a farmyard Barn Gregkaye 15:11, 22 September 2014 (UTC)
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You seem to be among the vanguard in the quest to raise copy editing and style formatting to at least the level of writing barely literate articles. Primergrey (talk) 05:04, 29 March 2015 (UTC) for disagreeing, with reason and cogent arguments backed up by both source and policy as well as logical interpretation of the position you disagree with. In essence for disputing content in a manner that builds consensus. SPACKlick (talk) 23:26, 10 July 2015 (UTC) For extremely skilled and eloquent arguments and advice in guiding the overhaul of the very important article Domestication William Harristalk • 07:47, 4 February 2016 (UTC) To fortify you in your marathon task of finding an acceptable form of words to use in our MoS. I admire your patience and stamina and am thinking of proposing you as a Middle East peace envoy... BushelCandle (talk) 00:25, 4 March 2016 (UTC) Thank you so much for stepping in on the Donald Trump sexual misconduct allegations article, specifically the talk page. You seem to be able to clearly communicate the applicability of guidelines and resolve what might otherwise become a dispute. Excellent job! CaroleHenson (talk) 19:28, 2 November 2016 (UTC)
A cup of coffee for you! The Barnstar of Integrity A Dobos torte for you! The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
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Thanks for your service to rodents. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:36, 8 December 2016 (UTC) I award you this barnstar ... because you have shown to be a person of integrity and honor. Or, more simply, a stand-up guy. Antidiskriminator (talk) 10:05, 17 January 2017 (UTC) 7&6=thirteen () has given you a Dobos torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it. For going above and beyond to help with a query — Anakimitalk   20:58, 13 July 2017 (UTC) Thanks you for the Project namespace and TL/SUPPLEMENTAL updates.....been trying to get that wording right for a long time. Would love your CE skills at WP:ESSAYPAGES guideline section and the infopage Wikipedia:Essays. ... Moxy (talk) 17:08, 6 September 2017 (UTC)
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Thanks for your definitive non-admin closure of a RfC, thereby asserting a sane consensus and bringing U.S. Dollar back to congruence with reality. BirdValiant (talk) 06:34, 30 September 2017 (UTC) Thanks for the big progress recently on sorting out fauna titles – and other titles, too. Keep it up. Dicklyon (talk) 00:13, 1 October 2017 (UTC) Thank you for quality articles such as ... William A. Spinks, for service in 12 years, for thoughts about policy, style and consistency, for an initiative for clarification, - Stanton, cat lover in four dimensions, you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:41, 1 December 2017 (UTC) Thank you for your recent edits to WP:RFAADVICE. When I wrote that page a few years ago, I never dreamed of the tens of thousands of hits it would get and become the default advice for RFA candidates. It's nice to know that someone is watching over it and making useful improvements. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 10:14, 17 December 2017 (UTC) I appreciate your contributions regarding my topic ban as well as your thoughts on Arbitration Enforcement. --MONGO 13:23, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
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I decided you deserved this for your very interesting and informative User Page ... Tlhslobus (talk) 14:53, 1 March 2018 (UTC) You are a remarkable editor in many ways. You would be a good administrator in my opinion, and appear to be well qualified! You personify an administrator without tools .... --John Cline (talk) 13:29, 22 May 2018 (UTC) For your ongoing and unending effort to tidy up the bureaucracies around the English Wikipedia. Jc86035 (talk) 05:05, 14 July 2018 (UTC) As someone who as bumped into you in various spaces over the years with a generally positive impression resulting, I decided to take a closer look at the scope and caliber of your contributions over the last few days because it has occurred to me that your experience and facility with nuanced policy might make you a good candidate for adminship .... I suspect you would be good with the bit. Snow let's rap 07:40, 16 July 2018 (UTC) The Disambiguator's Barnstar is awarded to Wikipedians who are prolific disambiguators.
For applying your expertise in disambiguating the James Addison Baker articles. Oldsanfelipe (talk) 19:02, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
The Industrial Barnstar
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The Upward Spiral: For your excellent expansion work of the Girls Under Glass article following its AfD nom. Nice work! Lugnuts Fire Walk with Me 18:20, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
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I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Ten Year Society, an informal group for editors who've been participating in the Wikipedia project for ten years or more. Best regards, Sarah (talk) 01:00, 21 August 2015 (UTC) Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that only 339 editors have been able to accomplish. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts. Keep up the good work! Buster Seven Talk 15:06, 4 October 2015 (UTC) This editor is entitled to display this
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(12+ years & 96K+ edits)
This user helped promote the article CornerShot to Good status (promoted 24 July 2006) This user helped promote the article Jasmin Ouschan to Good status (promoted 12 September 2009)
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This user helped promote the article William A. Spinks to Good status (promoted 22 April 2016) On March 2, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article William A. Spinks, which you created and substantially expanded. On June 2, 2010, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Golden Cue, which you created and substantially expanded. On 5 May 2009, In the news was updated with a news item that involved the article Shaun Murphy (snooker player), which you substantially updated. On 5 May 2009, In the news was updated with a news item that involved the article John Higgins (snooker player), which you substantially updated.
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This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA. Thank you for being a part of the discussion.
Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation. 20:37, 21 January 2012‎.
Thank you for your submission of the Instructor's Barnstar. It's now on the main barnstar list.
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Thank you ... for improving article quality in January 2018! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:06, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
[This one updates monthly.]
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For awarding me a barnstar, I hereby giveth unto you one angry tarsier of appreciation. Thanks!
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This barnstar point is awarded to SMcCandlish for giving me a barnstar point!
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I, Λυδαcιτγ, award Stanton McCandlish the Minor Barnstar Point for the creation of said Barnstar. Howdy Wkatherine003 (talk) 07:46, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
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"Anti-awards" like this are a great example of what not to do on Wikipedia just because you disagree with someone:
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I hereby award this barnstar for your disruptive MFD nomination.
freak(talk) 13:00, 4 May 2007 (UTC)
Incidentally, the Wikipedia:Fromowner "placeholder image" junk did get deprecated by the community just as I suggested and predicted, about a year later (by which time the admin who posted the above display of incivility had quit the entire project anyway). I wasn't disruptive, just a little before my time. — SMcCandlish [talk] [cont] ‹(-¿-)› 00:12, 14 September 2008 (UTC)

What I'm up to in general on Wikipedia[edit]

On Wikipedia, I mostly do the following in lieu of large-scale article authorship (though I do have some major ones planned and three under my belt):

  1. Resisting poorly-thought-out attempts to change the WP:Manual of Style and other policies and guidelines
  2. Neutralizing (sometimes subtle/crafty) PoV-pushing by tagteams of editors with a conflict of interest who try to bend Wikipedia into a promotional or advocacy outlet
  3. More broadly, reverting and repairing vandalism and other intentionally anti-encyclopedic edits, especially those by religious or other zealots, slanderers, the foul-mouthed, and the discriminatory
  4. Making substantial contributions to existing articles (and sometimes creating new ones) on topics I know a lot about
  5. Shepherding the growth and health of some particular articles that need it (and, in some but not all cases, about which I care a lot)
  6. Correcting typos, grammar errors and readability problems
  7. Weeding out unverifiable, or incredible and unsourced, claims
  8. Adding missing salient information
  9. Moving articles that violate the WP article naming conventions
  10. Correcting outright factual errors
  11. Improving cross-references, categorization, etc.
  12. Improving consistency of formatting
  13. Removing redundant wikilinks
  14. Removing pointless (Wikipedia is not a dictionary!) wikilinks – everyone already knows what "eye" and "the sun" mean, in most contexts in which they appear
  15. Removing minor, childish quasi-vandalism (smart-aleck remarks in articles, etc.) – I like to document these in the Talk pages, since they often are actually funny
  16. Tagging outright vandals' talk pages with countdown-to-blocking warnings
  17. Repairing semi-vandalism edits in the form of deletions of long-standing passages without explanation, or the inexplicable addition of large chunks of questionably relevant or unsourced alleged facts, especially attacks against living article subjects, fanwanking and crackpotism.
  18. Copyediting, encyclopedizing and formalizing any juvenile, colloquial, non-neutral or poorly thought out language in articles
  19. Fixing miscellaneous "bad stuff" - vanity/marketing language, crystalballing, etc.
  20. Proposing (and sometimes performing) merges of redundant articles
  21. Adding obvious missing redirects and making sure they go to useful places
  22. Educating misinformed arguments (per logic or Wikipedia policy) on talk pages
  23. Trying to resolve circular disputes on talk pages
  24. Defending articles from AfD when the reasoning for the deletion is specious, especially "NN per nom" me-tooism.
  25. Nominating truly atrocious crap for AfD (or for SD, or just prod'ing them)
  26. Learning a lot concerning things I didn't know about, on all sorts of topics
  27. Having a good time!

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Wikiphilosophy[edit]

On the non-"political" side, I am largely an exopedianist with little interest in the socializing aspects - I get that from other aspects of my life. I'm largely a WikiGnome but shapeshift into other forms of WP:WikiFauna at will, sometimes for long stretches. I have taken part in some quite extensive policy debates, spent a lot of time on visual improvement of articles, wallowed in sourcing troublesome articles, buried my nose in copyediting, become a template master, and obsessed over the perfection of certain articles, as well as gotten into pointless arguments, while also created barnstars. I'm really just not pigeonholeable.

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Critics who think I frequently make valuable contributions but get into conflict with me frequently would probably classify me as a cross between a WikiPlatypus and a WikiPuma.


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Potential conflicts of interest[edit]

Just as a matter of full disclosure, there are certain articles I should not heavily edit (i.e., other than to revert vandalism, provide sources, or otherwise adjust in an entirely neutral manner), because of unintentional potential for conflict of interest or non-neutral point of view. Other editors may wish to examine carefully any edits I ever make to any of the following topics:

  • Stanton McCandlish (me; while I would easily pass WP:GNG and WP:BIO, I have no article, have never had one, and don't want one - that would be a bit creepy to me, and friends with articles say they just cause trouble for them (personal attacks, misinformation, etc.), and I helped one get theirs deleted to protect their privacy.
  • Protecting Yourself Online (I co-authored a book by this title, ISBN 9780062515124; it has no article and is surely not notable enough to have one)
  • Wilcox–McCandlish law (something amusing that a colleague and I came up with in the '90s; someone else created an article about it here, before I even became a WP editor; it was subsequently deleted on notability grounds, and should probably stay that way, though it might make a good WP:Essay, as it applies to talk pages here)
Things I could vaguely, conceivably have a conflict of interest on, due to past connections
  • Too many clients to individually list here (and some are covered by NDAs anyway); I know better than to edit articles about them.
  • CryptoRights Foundation (I was their volunteer CCO/Communications Director for several years, starting 2003; it bugged me somethin' fierce that it did not have an article until recently, but it seemed grossly inappropriate to even start a "just the facts" stub on it, and someone else finally did)
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation [EFF] (held various job titles there, including Program Dir., Communications Dir., etc., and was editor of their EFFector newsletter, and the webmaster of eff.org, 1993–2002)
  • Blue Ribbon Online Free Speech Campaign (this was largely my brainchild, as a part of my professional life at EFF; it was an EFF project not a personal one) – Note: The present article is a bogus WP:COATRACK for MIT SAFE, which supported the campaign but had nothing at all to do with its genesis. Someone please fix this, per WP:SPLIT.
  • University of New Mexico [UNM] (alma mater, 1991–1993 and 2007–2010; former employer, 1992–3)
  • Double Rainbow (ice cream) (former employer, 1991)
  • Wal-Mart (former employer, late 1980s)
  • Cannon Air Force Base, United States Air Force (former employer, late 1980s; I was a civilian worker, not military personnel)

Things and stuff[edit]

Funniest things I've seen on Wikipedia[edit]

[emphasis added when salient]
  • Wikipedia:Not everything needs a navbox
         The content itself isn't funny, but the fact that more than 50% of the content of the page is a huge navbox is hilarious.
  • Hairy ball theorem
         Perhaps the funniest real article name on Wikipedia. (It's a real math/physics theorem, and not intrinsically funny, though a bit amusing.)
  • Unbelievably selective evidence
         Someone concerned about overlinking in articles actually used the Professional wrestling article as alleged smoking-gun "proof" of rampant overlinking across Wikpedia, requiring (naturally) much more stringent anti-linking wording in WP:LINKING. Of course that article in particular would have overlinking, along with just about every other noob error, except when periodically cleaned up by experienced, neutral editors who don't believe in fairytales. The article is clearly indicative of nothing but the nature of that topic's fanbase (and thus its most frequent editorial pool).
  • "Hotel Wikipedia"
         A song parody by various Wikimedians (to the tune of The Eagles' "Hotel California"). I hate filk, with a passion, yet I somehow loved this.
  • Possibly the worst ever of my own typos. (See edit summary used.)
         I think I was channeling Ancient Finnish or something.
  • "...Karl Marx, founder of modern Marxism..."
         in Animal Farm, as of 13 January 2010 version (we all know that ancient Marxism was of course founded by Marxus Aurelius, right?)
  • From the "unclear on the concept" department
         Rather remarkable definition of "watch your language".
  • "Presumably we're talking about Life on Mars (TV series) here? John Carter 20:56, 13 April 2007 (UTC)"
         A comment posted at WP:COUNCIL/P, on a proposal for a "WikiProject Life on Mars"; if you don't get why this is hysterically funny, just move on - it's an old-school sci-fi geek thing. (Hint: "John Carter" + "Mars".)
  • Very strange font activism vandalism of my sig at a talk page
         Did you know?... That there are not just regular vandals but ones with really, really weird agendas lurking in Wikipedia?
  • 11:07, 26 March 2007 83.253.36.136 (Talk) (→Performance of FAT 32 - moved spam down)
         An edit summary from Wikipedia:Village pump (policy). Needless to say, the next editor's summary read "deleted spam".
  • A diff that must be seen to be believed
         Someone upset about grammar flames that were wasting people's time and being a distraction posts a distracting time-waste in the form of a longwinded and meticulously-researched grammar flame about it (plus a second shorter one!), all in support of the grammar flaming of the starter of the grammar flame; in the process, re-opening debate to yet more grammar flaming in the pointless sub-thread being complained about (dormant for over a day), and to which the poster was not even a party to begin with. I couldn't make this stuff up!
  • 05:46, 21 February 2007 Gracenotes (Talk | contribs) (→Template:Barnstars - *stabs kittens*)
         An edit summary in response to "no, don't delete the barnstars!" panic replies to a TfD on a useless template simply relating to barnstars. I awarded Gracenotes a Barnstar Point for that one.
  • http://www.well.com/~mech/WP/FunnyWikipediaCaptcha.jpg
         I'm not sure Wikipedia's account-creation CAPTCHA database should include every word... >;-)

Smartest things I've seen on Wikipedia[edit]

Just a few particularly well-thought-out bits by other editors. They aren't necessarily mindblowing or anything, just insightful and well-put.

  • Tony, your writing guides were what prompted me to start getting articles up to GA back in mid-2012. I've done over 100 since (still waiting to actually get a FAC passed solo, maybe next decade) ...."
         User:Ritchie333 (talk), at 21:57, 2 January 2018 (UTC) [12]. While this is well-deserved praise for the WP:MOS-supporting how-to essay series by Tony1 (which start here), this also gets at why style on Wikipedia is not trivia or trivial.
  • "WP:ANI is like a huge orgy. It's fun to watch, and sometimes it's fun to join in, but like any orgy, the larger it gets, the greater the chances are that someone will eventually try to stick a dick in your ass."
         Slakr (talk), at 03:52, 19 March 2009 (UTC), User:Slakr/Admin coaching [13]
  • "I ... had no problem whatsoever learning wikicode when I started writing and improving encyclopedia articles in 2009. I do not want to learn new software features that are less productive and less intuitive than old software features. I welcome any upgrades that are entirely intuitive and non-disruptive to existing editors. I will oppose ill-conceived and poorly-implemented make-work projects for professional programmers. This is not an employment program for coders. It is an encyclopedia created by volunteers, who are article writers and researchers."
         Cullen (talk), 18:40, 29 November 2015 (UTC), Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Breakfast#RFC - Remove Flow from WikiProject Breakfast? [14] (commenting on how testing WP:Flow, WMF's new forum software intended to replace talk pages, pretty much destroyed the wikiproject that agreed to test it.
  • "I reverted to the version before the diff you cited [i.e., the addition of disputed material], but was reverted. Changes pushed through without consensus are likely to be ignored or constantly disputed, so there's actually no point in doing this."
         SarahSV (talk) 04:51, 27 January 2016 (UTC) Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Images#RfC: Should the guideline maintain the "As a general rule" wording or something similar? [15]
  • "Revert rules should not be construed as an entitlement or inalienable right to revert, nor do they endorse reverts as an editing technique.
         Passed 9 to 0."

         Arbitration Committee, 22:47, 23 March 2012 (UTC) Article titles and capitalisation, Final Decision
  • Perhaps the most cogent explanation to date of what wikiproject banners are really for (and it's not advertising projects) by WhatamIdoing, at WP:Arbitration/Requests/Enforcement, 06:00, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
  • About 95%-accurate Observations on Wikipedia behavior by Antandrus, 12 March 2016 (may have been revised since then)
  • "A small group is more likely to develop a self-reinforcing delusion that their position is reasonable, even when a large number of people outside the group are telling them otherwise."
         Gigs (talk · contribs), 12 June 2013, in Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2013-06-12/Op-ed, "The tragedy of Wikipedia's commons".
  • "Nearly all our policies are driven by the need to prevent ... abuse of Wikipedia. Policies on biographies of living people are driven largely by those who would abuse Wikipedia for purposes of defamation. Policies on neutrality and verifiability have been largely driven by the need to address those who were here to push a political agenda or promote their fringe viewpoints. What Wikipedia is not is pretty much a chronicle of all the things that people have tried to use Wikipedia for that the community has decided are detrimental to a quality encyclopedia. ... This isn't censorship, it's curation."
         Gigs (talk · contribs), 12 June 2013, in Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2013-06-12/Op-ed, "The tragedy of Wikipedia's commons".
  • "[C]onsensus is an outcome of discussion, not a type of discussion. Editors' comments contribute to the consensus-building process."
         David Levy (talk · contribs), 11:49, 6 March 2012 (UTC), at Wikipedia talk:Today's featured list#Renaming and re-stylizing Today's Featured List?, accessed March 11, 2012
  • "If rules make you nervous and depressed, and not desirous of participating in the wiki, then ignore them entirely and go about your business."
         Koyaanis Qatsi (talk · contribs), 04:00, 18 September 2001 (UTC); it is the original formulation of WP:Ignore all rules
  • "Any pile of bullshit decomposes naturally."
         Wikipedia:Ignore all dramas (as of this version) on ignoring instead of responding to wikistupidity; later versions have it as the far less pithy "Even the largest pile of bullshit will decompose on its own." The original addition was "The most copiously deposited bullshit decomposes on its own." I reverted it to the concise version on 10 August 2011‎ and it seems to have stuck.
  • "Removed older logo. One logo is sufficient. Logos are copyrighted and Wikipedia should not serve as a gallery for logos."
         Farine (talk · contribs), 05:59, 6 May 2008 (UTC) (edit summary at Data East)
  • "Anyone who adds material to an article, but cannot be bothered to cite any sources, is being discourteous to the other editors who later have to try to find reliable sources."
         Dalbury (talk · contribs) 11:42, 24 January 2007 (UTC) (Wikipedia talk:Speedy deletion criterion for unsourced articles#Userfy is a good option, accessed January 31, 2007)
  • "Of course, the point of style is to give coherence and consistency, deviations from which can detract from the publication's voice (in this case, an encyclopedic voice)."
         Ninly (talk · contribs), 06:38, 8 May 2009 (UTC) (Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style, accessed June 2, 2009), on the real purpose and value of the Wikipedia Manual of Style.
  • "Show the door to trolls, vandals, and wiki-anarchists, who, if permitted, would waste your time and create a poisonous atmosphere here."
         — WP co-founder Larry Sanger, on Wikipedia:Etiquette
  • "...no need for bullet points - detail here is no more important than others"
         SilkTork (talk · contribs), 10:19, 27 June 2011 (UTC) (edit summary at Wikipedia:Article size); too many editors create bulletized lists from normal prose all over the place, as if Wikipedia were a giant PowerPoint presentation.
  • "While the title should be recognized as a reference to the article topic by someone familiar with the topic, for the uninitiated, it is the purpose of the article lead, not the article title, to identify the topic of the article."
         Born2cycle (talk · contribs), 17:25, 26 January 2012 (UTC), Wikipedia talk:Article titles thread "Common names"
  • "The reason Wikipedia has policy pages at all is to store up assertions on which we agree, and which generally convince people when we make them in talk, so we don't have to write them out again and again. This is why policy pages aren't "enforced", but quoted; if people aren't convinced by what policy pages say, they should usually say something else. The major exception to this stability is when some small group, either in good faith or in an effort to become the Secret Masters of Wikipedia, mistakes its own opinions for What Everybody Thinks. This happens, and the clique often writes its own opinions up as policy and guideline pages."
         JCScaliger (talk · contribs), sockpuppet of Pmanderson (talk · contribs), 03:57, 3 February 2012 (UTC), Wikipedia talk:Article titles thread "Request for edit, Poll". While Anderson made this point in a WP:POINTy way, sockpuppeting in a discussion he was trying to control (and arguing against me on the details of the issue) he's precisely right, and this was well articulated.
  • "If a high-profile [Wikipedian] poll is conducted that brings in widespread participation from editors who had previously stayed away from [the] venue, and the holdouts who had been stonewalling and preventing progress merely slouch, stuff their hands in their pockets, and walk away, then that proves that they knew full well that their arguments were not sufficiently persuasive, or didn’t have sufficient numbers, or both. ... Trying to now torpedo the current consensus by stating that certain people somehow didn’t have an opportunity to participate is nothing but sour grapes ... On Wikipedia it’s called ‘wililawyering’ which is disruptive and mustn’t be rewarded."
         Greg L (talk · contribs), 00:49, 10 February 2012 (UTC) Wikipedia talk:Article titles thread "Why no action on implementing community consensus"

Allegedly sensible or clever things I've come up with here[edit]

  • "WP is a bad place to engage in labelling that isn't absolutely integral to international public perception of the subject."
         (In an essay/tutorial at WT:Categorization, 15:39, 9 June 2018 (UTC) [16]. Someone suggested[17] framing on their wall!)
  • "[O]ur articles are palimpsests stirred together by a global assortment of geniuses, crackpots, and everyone in between, sometimes citing great stuff, sometimes poor stuff, and sometimes nothing".
         (At WT:Manual of Style, 16:49, 24 December 2017 (UTC) [18]. This was in the context of readers wanting to verify our content with claim-by-claim inline citations not "general references". Someone else nominated it as a mot juste and "a gem" [19].
         It was later quoted on someone's user page [20] along with one by Stephen Fry and another by Neil Gaiman. Pretty good company; I'm honored.)
  • "A disambiguation that introduces another ambiguity is a failure."
         (I say this frequently. I'm not aware of anyone quoting me on it verbatim, but I've seen a rise in the same argument made in other words, and it is having the desired effect on article titles debates at WP:Requested moves.
  • "If MoS does not already have a rule on something, then it almost certainly doesn't need one."
         (Included as a corollary at EEng's "If MOS does not need to have a rule on something, then it needs to not have a rule on that thing" essay.
  • "No line item in our Manual of Style is supported by 100% of editors, and no editor supports 100% of its line items. The same situation is true of all style guides and their scopes and audiences in the wider world. The purpose of a stylebook is to set some ground rules (often arbitrary) so that the ballgame of writing can continue instead of the players standing around on the field brawling about trivia."
         Summary of what I've said in variant wording probably 100 times in style disputes. No one ever tries to refute it. This awareness is what keeps our MoS from being a nightmare of editwarring about specific rules, over-inclusion of rules we don't need, deletion of ones we do just because someone doesn't like them, and pretense that no rules are needed.
  • "The next-to-last resort of someone who cannot muster a rational response to an opposing argument is to wave away that argument as something impossible to respond to (the last resort being ad hominem attacks).".
         (In particular, if you say "TL;DR" to refuse to respond to a cogent argument because it takes work to do so, you are at the wrong site – this one consists almost entirely of millions of pages of detailed and particular text, so if you can't parse a few paragraphs you are incompetent to work on this project.)
  • "If one grinds an axe long and hard enough, there is no axe any longer, just a useless old stick."
         (A quasi-Taoist response to cranky complaints that relate to incidents so long ago no one should care any more. Compressed version: "Grind axe too long: no axe.")
  • "Two words: tea pot. ~~~~"
         (A response to angry accusations of wrong-doing that self-evidently apply at least equally and usually much more accurately to the ranter. More recently, I've used it as a mantra for myself, when I feel wikistressed.)

Nifty Wikipedia tools[edit]

Kind of hard to find unless you already know about them:

Resources[edit]

  • Wikimedia Labs at Mediawiki.org, for general info.
  • The Tool Labs at WikiTech.Wikimedia.org, where anyone can create an account to develop tools.
  • This page indicates lost tools and other problems after the demise of the old ToolServer.
  • OAuth applications list

Stats tools[edit]

Internal tools[edit]

Editing tools[edit]

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Coding tools[edit]

Lua programming and Scribunto modules

Cleanup tools[edit]

  • Reference citation consistency checker (use in sandbox or talk page): {{ref info|Manx cat|style=float:right}}

Visualization tools[edit]

Help and info[edit]

Editor interaction analysis[edit]

  • Editor Interaction Analyzer by Sigma, compares the edits of two to three specified editors to see which articles overlap, sorted by minimum time between edits by both users. Only works on the English Wikipedia. Speed: slow.
  • Intersect Contribs, compares the edits of two to eight editors at any WMF wiki to see which articles overlap. Speed: fast.
  • Intertwined contributions, merges the contributions of two editors at any WMF wiki into a single list. Speed: fast.

Unsorted additions[edit]

Outdated due to the demise of the ToolServer
  • Search through a page's history for edits made by a particular user [26]
  • List contributors to an article, ranked in order of activity [27]
  • Find images for a given article, using interwiki links [28]
  • What pages have you and another edited? [29]
  • User's across-projects contributions [30]
  • Who wrote that? (Wiki blame) [31]
  • Fix bare url reflinks [32]
  • X!'s edit count [33]
  • 3RR tool [34]
  • Soxred93's thorough edit counter
  • Snottywong's tools – an array of user & editing statistics and search tools
  • Snottywong's tools – an array of user & editing statistics and search tools

Interesting layouts[edit]

It's possible to do some nice layouts with CSS – carefully – inside the "shell" that MediaWiki provides. Just of use on project and user pages, of course. We don't do stuff like this in articles.

Security[edit]


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