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Hello there. My name is Steel1943. I have been registered on Wikipedia since December 2006, but did not perform my first edit until October 2011, and ironically enough, the edit was a request on an article's talk page to edit a semi-protected article ... and then, my second edit was not until June 2012. It was a slow start, but since then, I have amassed over 65,000 edits. Why do I edit and help Wikipedia? Honestly, it's for the knowledge, and attempting to understand how one of the most viewed web sites in the world is able to run as efficiently as it does. I now know that due to the efforts of volunteers who dedicate the time out of their lives to bring forth knowledge that can be viewed by anyone, Wikipedia has flourished into the mass of encyclopedic-grade articles that it has become today.

I remember when Wikipedia was just starting out during the beginning of the millennium when I was just an "IP."; a Wikipedia reader with no intent to edit (and didn't edit) who saw the value of Wikipedia, and watched it grow into the site that it is today. I even recall the "old days" of underscores and CamelCase. I hope to help the knowledge on this site grow, as well as make sure that no good information is lost ... but, at the same time, not waste time trying to protect something where insurance measures have been put into place for lost material; thank goodness that the ability to revert most deletions of material exists as a function here!

What I do[edit]

I used to have a whole list of goals listed in this section. However, due to my interests in helping Wikipedia constantly changing as time progresses, I removed it. Essentially, what I mainly do randomly revolves around these points:

  1. Monitoring the Upload log and tagging images for speedy deletion, size reduction, etc. appropriately. (I tend to spend most of my free time doing this since this seems to be one of Wikipedia's never-ending needed tasks.)
  2. Monitoring and participating in most WP:XFD forums including WP:FFD, WP:RFD, WP:RM, WP:TFD, and the various forums for pages in the "File:" namespace. (I have no plans on doing any substantial work in either WP:CFD or WP:MFD for the time being, but hope to eventually motivate myself to become more involved in WP:AFD.)
  3. Creating redirects and disambiguation pages, whenever necessary and/or helpful.
  4. Monitoring the WP:AFC/R forum from time to time.
  5. Attempting to improve the functionality of highly-visible (and usually protected) templates without going against any sort of consensus to do otherwise, or breaking Wikipedia.
  6. Working on disambiguating links with the help of the WP:DPL system.
  7. Depreciating out-of-date templates.
  8. Moving and organizing all Wikipedia:Votes for deletion subpages (that are not redirects) and Wikipedia:Pages for deletion subpages (that are not redirects) for article-namespace pages that did not get transferred over to the Wikipedia:Articles for deletion namespace when a bot automatically moved all of the pages over in 2010. This task also includes fixing all links to point towards the proper page after the page is moved to preserve conversation history, as well as includes placing and/or adjusting {{Old AfD multi}} templates on articles' talk pages when necessary. (On hold: realized that the movements can create linkrot in the "deletion edit notices". In other words, this is off the table unless somehow I gain the ability to delete pages since the "linkrot" issues can be fixed be creating a dummy page at the title, then re-deleting it with a note pointing to the correct discussion page.)
  9. Moving or nominating for speedy deletion all Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation subpages (that are not redirects) to the "Draft:" namespace, provided that the page is not an actual talk page, but rather a draft. Also, redirecting these if the article for the subject already exists. (This is essentially DONE now.)
  10. Moving all Wikipedia:Miscellaneous deletion subpages (that are not redirects) and Wikipedia:Non-main namespace pages for deletion subpages (that are not redirects) to the "Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/" namespace as appropriate. (DONE)
  11. Crossing my fingers that gerrit:146608 gets implemented someday.
  12. ...And basically, doing other miscellaneous copy-edits to articles and vandalism reverts as I notice them during my rather random viewing of all types of articles.

Disambiguation or name pages I have created and/or contributed substantially[edit]

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  1. Bahamut (disambiguation) (The first one I can remember)
  2. Power of 10 (disambiguation)
  3. Harry Ashby
  4. As if
  5. Lisa
  6. Ecton
  7. Uproar
  8. Mapmaker
  9. Homeboy
  10. At the Edge of the World
  11. Straight Outta Compton (disambiguation)
  12. Hegel (disambiguation)
  13. Brown dragon (disambiguation)
  14. White dragon (disambiguation)
  15. Hegel (surname)
  16. Iron Chef (disambiguation)
  17. Time Spiral (disambiguation)
  18. Berenberg (surname)
  19. Kalani (surname)
  20. Esper (surname)
  21. Lisa (surname)
  22. Tandy (surname)
  23. David Bowie (disambiguation)
  24. James Tandy
  25. Tandi (given name)
  26. Sandi (given name)
  27. Brahman (disambiguation)
  28. Brahmin (disambiguation)
  29. Over There (disambiguation)
  30. Jody (given name)
  31. Aspis (disambiguation)
  32. Babau (disambiguation)
  33. Flam (surname)
  34. Carl Wilson (disambiguation)
  35. Arlen (given name)
  36. Arlen (surname)
  37. Squealer
  38. Squeal
  39. Moving Targets
  40. Carlos Estevez (disambiguation)
  41. Beef jerky (disambiguation)
  42. Ray Charles (disambiguation)
  43. Kapala (disambiguation)
  44. Figure It Out (disambiguation)
  45. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
  46. HSN (disambiguation)
  47. Andre Young (disambiguation)
  48. KSD
  49. Cuddle (disambiguation)
  50. Aidi (disambiguation)
  51. Zhang Hao (disambiguation)
  52. Most (surname)
  53. Reina (given name)
  54. Reina (surname)
  55. Dragon Warrior (disambiguation)
  56. + (disambiguation)
  57. Mindy McCready (disambiguation)
  58. Acon
  59. Wally (given name)
  60. Torched (disambiguation)
  61. Affluenza (disambiguation)
  62. Pick-up sticks (disambiguation)
  63. Shields (surname)
  64. Reeve (surname)
  65. Spetsnaz (disambiguation)
  66. Ike (given name)
  67. The Master and Margarita (disambiguation)
  68. Tetris (disambiguation)
  69. FXX (disambiguation)
  70. Hockey (disambiguation)
  71. Ilz (disambiguation)
  72. Jain (surname)
  73. Anil K. Jain
  74. Earthworm Jim (disambiguation)
  75. Race of Champions (disambiguation)
  76. Say You Will (disambiguation)
  77. SimCity (disambiguation)
  78. Tropic of Cancer (disambiguation)
  79. Tropic of Capricorn (disambiguation)
  80. Green Grass
  81. Dido, Queen of Carthage
  82. Lucas Brothers
  83. Egg grenade
  84. Keith Lucas
  85. Keith-Lucas
  86. Vampire Academy (disambiguation)
  87. Science of Star Wars
  88. Houses of the Holy (disambiguation)
  89. Redonda (disambiguation)
  90. Boy band (disambiguation)
  91. Wikipedia:Naming conventions (sports)
  92. Wikipedia:Number sign
  93. Bert Schneider (disambiguation)
  94. Brian Boland
  95. Fike
  96. Perr
  97. Shio
  98. Foli
  99. Koot
  100. Leef
  101. Leif (disambiguation)
  102. Gool
  103. Sturdy
  104. Tugboat (disambiguation)
  105. Meniscus (disambiguation)
  106. Jumpy
  107. Parmesan (disambiguation)
  108. Zonk
  109. Wikipedia:Parenthesis
  110. Ondine (disambiguation) (Sort of ... turns out that I created this page as a redirect in 2012, then converted it to a disambiguation page via a split from Undine (disambiguation) in 2015, which I redirected Ondine (disambiguation) upon its creation ... odd how time changes a person's mind ...)
  111. Jungle Patrol
  112. Byomkesh Bakshi (disambiguation)
  113. French dressing (disambiguation)
  114. Bling Bling (disambiguation)
  115. Mike Tyson (disambiguation)
  116. Mega Man (disambiguation)
  117. Feh
  118. Street Racer
  119. Wikipedia:Importance
  120. My Moment
  121. Big Dave
  122. Alimony (disambiguation)
  123. JKA
  124. Land of Oz (disambiguation)
  125. Small Fry (disambiguation)
  126. Hawaii Calls (disambiguation)
  127. Empty Bottle (disambiguation)
  128. Where I Am (disambiguation)
  129. Burned Out
  130. Some pages and redirects using information from List of botanists by author abbreviation
  131. ...more to be added to this list in the future!

Articles I created[edit]

  1. Ken Reeves (meteorologist) (Original creation)
  2. Alonzo Fields (Split from content at Butler)
  3. Paintbrush (Split from content at Brush)
  4. Shantae (series) (A combination of original content, plus misplaced content from Shantae and Shantae: Risky's Revenge)

Articles I think need to be created[edit]

  1. The Boy Who Saved Christmas - film (IMDb)
  2. Genghis Grill - restaurant chain
  3. Rack N Ruin - video game
  4. Dragon Fantasy: The Black Tome of Ice - video game, sequel to Dragon Fantasy

What I find useful[edit]


My conclusion[edit]

I'm here, and editing. So, enjoy your time here on Wikipedia. And don't worry, Wikipedians won't bite... well, most of the time. Face-smile.svg --Steel1943 (talk)

A section that somehow became a Barnstar section[edit]

Rescuebarnstar.png The Article Rescue Barnstar
"My conclusion" not specifically ^article related^: The paladin storms through on his silver backed charger and saves the day. Your diligent efforts are greatly appreciated. Gregkaye (talk) 15:27, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
Redirect Barnstar Hires.png The Redirect Barnstar
Your diligent work in the area of redirect categorization and improvement is duly recognized and greatly appreciated. You are truly one of the unsung heroes of Wikipedia, and we hope you continue to enjoy your improvement of this awesome encyclopedia! This is for your work at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2014 November 20. Keep up the good work Lenticel (talk) 07:06, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
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I'm thrilled with the improvements you've made to {{Rfd2}}. Your edits will make discussion and closing of redirects clearer and easier. Thanks so much! --BDD (talk) 18:02, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
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"make sure that no good information is lost"
Thank you for quality articles such as Ken Reeves (meteorologist), for redirects, page moves, disambiguation, template editing, closing delete discussions and moving articles for creation, for appreciation and "make sure that no good information is lost", - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:41, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

WikiDefender Barnstar Hires.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Your dedication to patrolling new uploads and keeping copyright violations off Wikipedia is greatly appreciated! Lets see how many more times we trip over each other's edits Face-wink.svg Nick⁠—⁠Contact/Contribs 21:49, 16 December 2015 (UTC)
"What a Brilliant Idea!" Barnstar.png What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar
For this elegant solution to a difficult cross-namespace-foreign-language redirect situation. Kudos! Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 20:01, 18 January 2016 (UTC)