User:Stevietheman

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Stevietheman is Steve Magruder from Louisville, Kentucky, USA. He is a social media and otherwise web-bound progressive hipster and issues activist* who likes to continually shake up just about anything that is established (read: brittle, inane and sometimes fascist crap) in this world. What part of his life remains is hidden from public view for paranoid security purposes. :)

* I strive to keep my personal politics separate from my work here in the Wikipedia.

What the Wikipedia is ultimately about[edit]

The Wikipedia is beyond an encyclopedia of all potential notable subjects — it is also an almanac and the beginning of a possibly unforeseen civic infrastructure. I have often thought about what the Wikipedia's raison d'être really is beyond how it is commonly promoted. Ultimately, in my humble opinion, the Wikipedia and derivative efforts are about:

  • Creating a future (not so far away) where everyone on Earth has the right and access to know everything. Everything.
  • Destroying knowledge-based elitism in all its forms.
  • Creating a global expectation of radical transparency in government, business and all other walks of life.

And I think all of these are a Good Thing™.

Philosophy of participation[edit]

In general, Steve believes that dedicating one's time to the development of anything positively useful by humankind is the highest moral act, especially because these kind of contributions tend to keep on giving past one's existence. With respect to the Wikipedia, Steve participates to:

  • Ensure that people understand what they need to know about subjects he cares deeply about. This especially applies to Louisville-related things.
  • Give the people of the world the power to control all knowledge and keep it out of the hands of the elite, greedy and power-hungry.
  • Enrich the commons and bolster openness and the public domain.
  • Give something back in appreciation to all those who have taught Steve something in this thing called life. We stand on the shoulders of giants.
  • Show everyone he's a smart dude. :)
  • Put Microsoft Encarta and Encyclopædia Britannica out of business. Who needs 'em?
  • Ensure his community's appropriate placement and stature in this important work.
  • Clean up others' work and fight vandalism. Ugh... but totally necessary.

Steve can accomplish all of the above without ever becoming an admin. He sees no joy in the idea of being an admin—boring, thankless tasks aren't his bag. On the contrary, he finds immense joy in authoring articles and managing projects that enhance the process of authoring articles. Unless and until admins are paid a significant stipend, please do not nominate him for adminship.

Authorship[edit]

Steve made his first contribution to the Wikipedia on March 20, 2004, adding a self-promotional link to direct democracy (note: he realized not much later that this wasn't appropriate). Ultimately, though, he actually added worthwhile content to this and many other articles related to the subject of democracy.

Steve contributes to many articles and discussions, especially related to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, as well as politics and computer science.

As of August 21, 2015, Steve is the 492nd most active Wikipedian in the English language Wikipedia and has completed more than 80,000 live edits, over 46,000 of which are directly to articles! See his full list of contributions.

Approach to editing[edit]

Steve believes in making constructive changes to articles in a very bold manner, but whenever a change dramatically alters the content of a well-established article, he will either: 1) seek consensus first from currently heavily involved contributors to the article; or 2) if there are not any currently heavily involved contributors, simply explain his changes on the talk page and then proceed.

When it comes to editing articles, Steve addresses obvious spelling, grammar and structural issues. But that's not all. As an editor, Steve always takes a strong look at:

  • Vandalism, whether it's blatant or sneaky. People who think they can vandalize or otherwise play games with our articles need to realize that established Wikipedia editors are engaged in serious business here, and our tolerance of vandalism, especially now that Wikipedia is undeniably a high-quality work, is about as low as it gets.
  • Blatant advertising, especially of unrelated products/sites, but also of related entities that could eventually get out of hand (e.g., under Internet forum, listing all forums on the web).
  • "Brochure-itis", where the content looks like it came from some corporate marketing department. Glowing, flowery, promotional language of a subject simply does not belong in an encyclopedia.
  • Making people out as saints in bios (similar to brochure-itis), where biographical content looks like it came from some rabid supporter or fan. Hagiographic language about a person also does not belong.
  • Non-neutral or imbalanced points of view and subjectivity in general. Editors must strive to keep their personal opinions out of Wikipedia articles.
  • Lack of encyclopedic relevance — For the subject of an article to have encyclopedic relevance, there must be provable common knowledge and reverence of the article's subject within the subject's expected natural sphere of influence. Further, all references provided for proof should rest outside the direct influence of the subject itself as well as integrally linked parties or organizations. Neither the volume of Google hits nor a subject's ranking in Alexa (if it's a website) provide sufficient evidence for these purposes.
  • Egos of contributors in their promotion of original research and pet ideas that don't belong here.
  • Elitism — Steve supports a very non-elitist Wikipedia and thus takes a dim view of stuffy, highfalutin wording as well as self-appointed experts who claim dominion over a particular article.
  • Quick radical rewrites — Oftentimes when a long-established article (especially one related to politics) is virtually redrafted in a short period of time without any discussion beforehand, it is a victim of POV-pushing. As a rule, Steve reverts these radical rewrites and asks the author of those rewrites to explain their changes and get consensus approval before making them.
  • Whitewashing — Sometimes a contributor loyal to the subject of an article (or a part thereof) will remove inconvenient facts that they believe make their subject look bad, or in other cases, a contributor loyal to a particular side of a controversy will re-write content to buttress their side (usually with peacock terms) while effectively denigrating the other one.
  • Lack of edit summary — When content is changed significantly and especially if content is removed, the edit needs to have a summary. If it doesn't, Steve will normally revert.
  • Unwikified unfactored text dumps — On occasion contributors take free content from other sources and dump it into existing articles without wikifying it or factoring it into the article so that the article flows as well as it did before. These contributors seemingly expect others to clean up their shit. This is unacceptable and Steve challenges these text dumps.
  • Treating articles like Christmas trees, with images as ornaments — Images added to articles ordinarily need to help convey information that is presented in the article (especially in the section in which they are embedded), and shouldn't ever be added for mere decorative or aesthetic effect.
  • TMI — Steve pretty much zaps trivialities, highly personal info, hours of operation, non-notable/minor things a subject is involved with, and other excessive details that normally go on a subject's website but not their encyclopedia article.

Policies and guidelines[edit]

The Signpost
26 August 2015

Steve adheres to the idea that policies are law in the Wikipedia and should be strictly followed, except when doing that interferes with reasonable, very necessary actions. However, he believes that guidelines are just that, guidelines, and are not absolute. Guidelines should be used to guide in one's contributions and to serve as weighted points in the determination of the correctness of content or its structuring. In some cases, strict adherence to guidelines over common sense or usability has been a bad thing for the Wikipedia. Further, while most guidelines are sensible and well-considered, Steve every now and then comes across a guideline and thinks "Who wrote this shit?".

Deletions[edit]

Steve uses {{prod}} to deal with unencyclopedic articles he comes across in the Wikipedia. But he won't bother unless the article's subject is obviously non-notable or the article's development is extremely weak. If he can't decide one way or another, he defaults to doing nothing.

Except with respect to pages included by WikiProject Louisville, he does not participate in XfD processes, as the model for determining the result has become too convoluted. Steve is not exactly an "inclusionist", but figures the inclusion disputes are best left to those who enjoy the heat of these kind of disputes. It's also hard for Steve to think of himself as a truly contributive Wikipedia "author" if he spends much, if any, time deciding whether an article hardly anybody will ever look at should be kept or removed.

Conflict[edit]

When it comes to disagreements over the content in articles, Steve is a strong adherent to seeking honorable compromises that maintain factuality and proper balance above all else. However, there are times when some other contributors descend into game playing, personal attacks, muddying tangential discussion or repeated circular argumentation rather than faithfully discussing content disputes and answering straight questions (usually, "Do you have evidence or sources for your position?"). These folks are usually dealt with via consensus of the other involved contributors.

Louisville disambiguation[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Louisville#Louisville disambiguation. This activity isn't as anal as you may think. :)

Stevie's Top 40 edited articles[edit]

Following are Steve's 40 most edited articles (as of August 21, 2015):

Article creations[edit]

Following are articles and other pages created by Steve:

My home area: Louisville and Kentucky[edit]

Categories[edit]

Note: I've created many Louisville-related categories that have been renamed via deletion followed by creation of the new ones, without credit made to the original creators.

WikiProject Louisville[edit]

Politics and political science[edit]

Computer science[edit]

Disambiguation pages[edit]

Categories for articles[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

To do's[edit]

This is my list of things I am planning to do in the Wikipedia. Of course, please feel free to beat me to the punch in getting any of these things done.

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for User:Stevietheman:
  • Ensure that all Louisville-based companies are well-categorized (especially in terms of when established).
  • Complete project importance determinations for all WikiProject Louisville articles.
  • Continue enhancing, tightening and citing Louisville, Kentucky.
  • Complete the backlog of articles and other pages to add to WikiProject Louisville, and clean/assess them.
  • Do more diffusing of Category:People from Louisville, Kentucky (journalists (child of writers), academics, lawyers (judges), filmmakers, military personnel)
  • Create a barnstar for WikiProject Louisville.
  • Create more Louisville metropolitan area-related categories where feasible (e.g., Economy and Companies based in).
  • Articles requested for creation by members of WikiProject Louisville:
    • Go through all the red links and listed external links on Louisville's main article and major subarticles and add them to this page.
    • Create a separate alphabetical listing.
    • Assign importance values perhaps using the Encyclopedia of Louisville as a guide.
    • Gradually create stubs for articles. Fully categorize them and link to them as necessary from other articles.
  • Bring the Assessment page of WikiProject Louisville up-to-date and add project-specific examples.
  • Finish cleaning up all the remaining parts of WikiProject Louisville so it's in the best shape to tell others about.
  • In Louisville neighborhood articles, add a geographic location template, if it's not there already
  • Find a bot that will regularly update project watchlists for WikiProject Louisville and WikiProject Kentucky.
  • Get Louisville, Kentucky back to GA status, and eventually Featured status.
  • Get History of Louisville, Kentucky back to GA status.

Major accomplishments and innovations[edit]

  • Founded WikiProject Louisville
  • Developed the first project-wide change patrol
  • Added what ultimately became the "Click here to start a new topic" link to {{Talk header}} -- Thank me (or yell at me) for making it easier for people to talk about Wikipedia pages. :)
  • Innovated project banner design in the earlier days of WikiProjects, with ideas now used widely
  • Set up a project alert system in WikiProject Louisville and other projects that displays project-wide alerts on project pages, member banners and project to-do lists (displayed within talk page project banners).

Awards[edit]

Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For your continued excellent work on the PHP article! --james // bornhj (talk) 10:14, 28 July 2006 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
I award this Barnstar to Stevie for his tireless efforts in WikiProject Louisville and because he has received entirely too few barnstars for his hard work.

--Carl (talk contribs) 06:29, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Editors Barnstar.png The Editor's Barnstar
For all you have done for Wikipedia, especially in regards to the Louisville Metro, I award you, Stevietheman, the Editor's Barnstar. Keep up the awesome work! --Moreau36 16:48, 1 October 2006 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Thanks for your help in preventing recent vandalism at Louisville, Kentucky and at other articles in the past. Your efforts are much appreciated! Seicer (talk) (contribs) 04:30, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
KY Barnstar.png The Bluegrass Barnstar
I hereby award you with this bluegrass barnstar for your invaluable work to improve articles for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Keep up the outstanding work! -- Steven Williamson (HiB2Bornot2B) - talk 17:56, 19 June 2007 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
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.
Barnstar of Diligence Hires.png The Barnstar of Diligence
Thanks for your watchful eye! It is greatly appreciated. Taxee (talk) 16:15, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Thanks for your help. I appreciate your attention to the Louisville-related articles. Mitzi.humphrey (talk) 17:16, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Well...I like your user page. Add and Got (talk) 15:11, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
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Biography[edit]

Steve's hometown — Louisville, Kentucky

Steve was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Steve attended public school at Auburndale Elementary, Parkland Elementary, Lassiter Middle, Butler High and Fairdale High.

In 1984, he began attending J. B. Speed School of Engineering (formerly Speed Scientific School) at the University of Louisville, majoring in Engineering Math and Computer Science (concentrating in Computer Science), and received his B.S. in Engineering Science in 1989. Subsequently, he worked alternately as a permanent employee and contractor with various firms and organizations (including two Fortune 500 companies) as a software developer. Since graduating from college, he has lived in Endicott, New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Charlotte, North Carolina and Fremont, California.

Favorite Wikipedia/Wikimedia pages[edit]

Wikipedia/MediaWiki[edit]

MetaWiki[edit]

Wikibooks[edit]

External links[edit]

Steve's stuff[edit]

Wikipedia-related[edit]

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