Hi! I'm Tavix and I've been helping to build and improve this Encyclopedia since 2007. I consider myself a "navigational gnome" because most significant contributions have been to do my part to improve the navigation of Wikipedia for our readers. These include adding or modifying redirects, disambiguation pages, indexes, and hatnotes. I've tried to add WP:RCATs where possible and have fixed broken redirects-to-sections. I've helped clear the only-two-dabs backlog and I'm currently working my way through the incomplete disambiguation backlog. I've also found a niche contributing to Anthroponymy indexes, where I've noticed that a significant number of name indexes need to be updated and still other names have yet to be created. The project has a huge scope and not enough help and it's been one of my priorities lately.
Outside of my navigational work, I also enjoy contributing to articles and occasionally writing one myself when I stumble upon a notable subject that doesn't have an article yet. My favorite example is Kala Alexander. I watched his Shark Week special last year and wanted to learn more about him but was disappointed to find a red link. After researching for a bit, I found significant coverage of him in sources such as ESPN and the New York Times so I went to work writing an article. I think it's amazing that Mr. Alexander's article now receives about 50 views/day and 1,247 views the day it was featured on the Main Page. Now, anyone has the ability to read a fascinating redemption story: a surf gang leader who is now using his time to help people with Cystic Fibrosis, helping to uncover why shark attacks are increasing in Hawaii, and even getting a cameo in Hawaii Five-0.
This brings me to the reason of why I do what I do. The best part of contributing to Wikipedia is the satisfaction of knowing that I am helping to contribute to the accessibility of human knowledge. I take great pride in the fact that I can highlight a park inhabited by turtle sculptures, a Naval surgeon who helped to incorporate the American Red Cross, and collaborate with one of my friends on an article about a South African poet. The work here is never done and I could go on and on about other wonderful stories, but I'll stop here.
A * indicates that I didn't create it, but did substantially contribute to it.
Kala Alexander · Arizona League Diamondbacks · John Covert Boyd · Double-A (baseball) · Easter basket · Jarrett Hoffpauir · KLJY · Jason Motte · The Other Side of the Sky: A Memoir · Bartho Smit · Turtle Park · United States v. Kozminski · Rob Whistle
In addition, I have created hundreds of disambiguations, set indices, and redirects. These have become too unwieldy to list here.
Did you know...
- ... that John Covert Boyd helped found the Kappa Sigma fraternity and incorporate the American Red Cross?
- ... that Lady Gaga recorded the song "Till It Happens to You" for the 2015 film The Hunting Ground?
- ... that the Afrikaans-language author Bartho Smit's play Putsonderwater could not be performed in his home country of South Africa because of its political message?
- ... that Major League Baseball veterans sometimes play at the Double-A level while recovering from injuries?
- ... that gridiron football player Bryan Burnham suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament to end his college career, and a lacerated spleen to end his first professional season in the Canadian Football League?
- ... that South Carolina Circuit Court judge J.C. Nicholson is the presiding judge for the trial of Dylann Roof, even though he officially retired in 2009?
- ... that Turtle Park contains concrete sculptures of seven turtle species that are native to Missouri?
- ... that professional surfer Kala Alexander is vice president of an organization that gives children with cystic fibrosis surfing lessons?
"Making sure redirects are informative and functional takes work, but our readers are worth it."