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— "Comments?" links go to OtR's own talk page, not those of the original news-item sources.
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)
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Larry Sanger, who helped start Wikipedia (As Nupedia in 2000) but left the project in 2002, said in a 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)
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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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Wikitivities[edit]

Putting my money where my mouth is

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TL;DR[edit]

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AfD-3 This user has had 3 pages put up for deletion. Most of the time, they were deleted.
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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.

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

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  • 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.

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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)
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For your many, many fine cue sport related edits.
--Fuhghettaboutit 23:30, 9 February 2007 (UTC)
For all the arduous work on Cue sport
68.239.240.144 23:46, 20 February 2007 (UTC)
Awarded to SMcCandlish for sleuthing out sockpuppets being used to subvert RfA.
—dgiestc 20:05, 11 April 2007 (UTC)
Awarded for your tireless work on articles relating to the field of pigmentation.
Rockpocket 09:23, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
[...] ask Mr. McCandlish if programmers are users too. Peace and love.
-SusanLesch (talk) 03:31, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
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I regret to inform you that the barnstar that I was going to give you for this bit of hilariousness was eaten by a bear. Happy editing!
Hamtechperson 04:46, 24 December 2009 (UTC)
For general template taming goodness.
Ludwigs2 03:36, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
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)
Chapeau Cheers! The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar The Socratic Barnstar The Special Barnstar
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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)
WikiCake The Special Barnstar The Socratic Barnstar Some baklava for you!
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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)
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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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(10+ years & 78K+ 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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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.
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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:
Consider yourself duly admonished
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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. Setting up a WikiProject and making it work
  2. Making substantial contributions to existing articles (and sometimes creating new ones) on topics I know a lot about
  3. 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)
  4. Correcting typos, grammar errors and readability problems
  5. Weeding out unverifiable, or incredible and unsourced, claims
  6. Adding missing salient information
  7. Moving articles that violate the WP article naming conventions
  8. Correcting outright factual errors
  9. Improving cross-references, categorization, etc.
  10. Improving consistency of formatting
  11. Removing redundant wikilinks
  12. Removing pointless (Wikipedia is not a dictionary!) wikilinks – everyone already knows what "eye" and "the sun" mean, in most contexts in which they appear
  13. 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
  14. Reverting and repairing intentionally destructive vandalism, especially that by religious or other zealots, slanderers, the foul-mouthed, and the discriminatory
  15. Tagging outright vandals' talk pages with countdown-to-blocking warnings
  16. 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.
  17. Copyediting, encyclopedizing and formalizing any juvenile, colloquial, non-neutral or poorly thought out language in articles
  18. Fixing miscellaneous "bad stuff" - vanity/marketing language, crystalballing, etc.
  19. Proposing (and sometimes performing) merges of redundant articles
  20. Adding obvious missing redirects and making sure they go to useful places
  21. Educating misinformed arguments (per logic or Wikipedia policy) on Talk pages
  22. Trying to resolve circular disputes on Talk pages
  23. Defending articles from AfD when the reasoning for the deletion is specious, especially "NN per nom" me-tooism.
  24. Nominating truly atrocious crap for AfD (or for SD, or just prod'ing them)
  25. Learning a lot concerning things I didn't know about, on all sorts of topics!
  26. 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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Where I am in Wikispace[edit]

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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)
  • CryptoRights Foundation (I am their volunteer CCO/Communications Director, since 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)
  • 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)
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.
  • 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 (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]
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.
Perhaps the funniest real article name on Wikipedia. (It's a real math/physics theorem, and not intrinsically funny, though a bit amusing.)
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).
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.
I think I was channeling Ancient Finnish or something.
in Animal Farm, as of 13 January 2010 version (we all know that ancient Marxism was of course founded by Marxus Aurelius, right?)
Rather remarkable definition of "watch your language".
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".)
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".
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.
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.

  • "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? [3] (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? [4]
  • "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
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), at 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 clever things I've thought up here[edit]

  • "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)."
  • "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; concise version: "Grind axe too long: no axe.")
(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

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Internal tools[edit]

Coding tools[edit]

Lua programming and Scribunto modules

Visualization tools[edit]

Help and info[edit]

Editing tools[edit]

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Unsorted additions[edit]

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  • List contributors to an article, ranked in order of activity [11]
  • Find images for a given article, using interwiki links [12]
  • What pages have you and another edited? [13]
  • User's across-projects contributions [14]
  • Who wrote that? (Wiki blame) [15]
  • Fix bare url reflinks [16]
  • X!'s edit count [17]
  • 3RR tool [18]
  • 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

Security[edit]


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