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26 November 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016 / Wikipedia now has 5,304,338 articles

This editor is a Veteran Editor and is entitled to display this Iron Editor Star.

First edit: 30 August 2006.

Noia 64 apps karm.svg This user has been on Wikipedia for 10 years, 3 months and 10 days.
11,000+ This user has made more than 11,000 contributions to Wikipedia.
en-5 This user can contribute with a professional level of English.
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Save a horse, ride a cowboy!

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My philosophy[edit]

If an article topic has no reliable, third-party sources, Wikipedia should not have an article on it.

"I can NOT emphasize this enough. There seems to be a terrible bias among some editors that some sort of random speculative 'I heard it somewhere' pseudo information is to be tagged with a 'needs a cite' tag. Wrong. It should be removed, aggressively, unless it can be sourced."

"People have to drop the idea that every little tidbit is precious. Crap is crap. Yank it."

The burden of evidence lies with the editor who adds or restores material. All quotations and any material challenged or likely to be challenged should be attributed to a reliable, published source using an inline citation.

"I think a fair number of people need to be kicked out of the project just for being lousy writers."

"It is an overly optimistic and perhaps naive notion to believe that a body of disorganized editors will produce high quality articles on their own."

The unreliability of Wikipedia will in the end kill it. . . . Wikipedia is not an encyclopaedia, it is a restricted collection of verifiable but at times highly incorrect information.

An encyclopedia where one in ten sentences, fact-checked by at least four editors, is wrong, should not be called an encyclopedia.

Wikipedia is not the sum of human knowledge. It is a severely abridged summary, and sometimes, a very flawed one. Away from high-profile articles that receive diligent scrutiny, it is no better than the last thing said about a topic by a stranger in the pub.

Trophy Room[edit]

LGBT-Barnstar1.png The LGBT Barnstar
I, User:Chuchunezumi award this barnstar to User:Textorus for incredible contributions to the area of LGBT scholarship Chuchunezumi 08:29, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For cleaning up the translation of Zenú and allowing us to finally remove it from WP:PNT Jac16888Talk 20:36, 29 March 2011 (UTC)
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You've been awarded the Caspar Milquetoast Prize
You've been awarded the Caspar Milquetoast or "Say What You Mean" Prize in recognition of your removal
of a milquetoast euphemism here. Sorry it's not a really goodlooking trophy, but the perfect image was
unfortunately only fair use. Anyway, keep it up and happy editing! Bishonen | talk 15:29, 16 May 2013 (UTC).
Updated DYK query On 31 May, 2008, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Seaboard Air Line Railroad, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On August 6, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article LGBT rights in Colombia, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On August 2, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Adult interdependent relationship in Alberta, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.
Updated DYK query On 6 January, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Florida Legislative Investigation Committee, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.
Updated DYK query On January 3, 2007, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Randy Shilts, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the "Did you know?" talk page.

Vanitas vanitatem, omnia vanitas[edit]

It is easier to get a sincere "thank you" for reverting "you're a faggot" from someone's userpage, than it is for writing a researched, thorough, and referenced encyclopedia article on an encyclopedic topic.

Articles I created (32 so far) or made significant edits to (35):

  1. Clive Alderton - created 29 June 2016.
  2. Allen Irvin Bernstein - created 27 November 2014.
  3. Dixie Flyer (train) - created 15 August 2014.
  4. Louis Crompton - significant additions to this stub, increase of 409%, 16 February 2014.
  5. James "Wally" Brewster, Jr. - created 29 November 2013 - short article with refs and wikilinks
  6. Nationality Act of 1940 - created 1 April 2013 - short article with refs and wikilinks
  7. Larry L. King - created 23 December 2012 - stub, with references others can use to expand it
  8. Florida School for Boys - major rewriting and expansion, increase of 640%, 15 June 2012
  9. Lullingstone Roman Villa - substantial edits, increase of 38%, 15 June 2012
  10. Imperial State Crown - significant addition (History section), increase of 45%, 28 May 2012
  11. Samuel Butler (novelist) - significant addition (Sexuality section), increase of 34%, 8 May 2012
  12. John Hathorn Hall - created 6 February 2012 - stub, not much to find on this guy
  13. William Nye (courtier) - created 15 November 2011 - stub, not much to find on this guy
  14. Environmental protocol - created 30 October 2011 - a section moved from Protocol (diplomacy)
  15. Franklin v. State - created 14 July 2011
  16. Forgotten Coast - significant additions, July 2011
  17. Florida Panhandle - significant additions, increase of 45%, July 2011
  18. In re: Gill - significant edits and additions, increased over 120%, July 2011
  19. International Gay Rodeo Association - significant rewriting and additions, increased over 180%, July 2011
  20. Kit house - created 28 June 2011
  21. Roger Simon (journalist) - created 28 June 2011 (per request found at the Help Desk)
  22. Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway - created 5 April 2011
  23. Benjamin Franklin Yoakum - significant additions, 4 April 2011
  24. Gulf Coast Lines - created 2 April 2011
  25. Texarkana and Fort Smith Railway - significant addition, 1 April 2011
  26. C.F. Theodore Steinway - created, but actually a copyedit of article translated from de.wp, 13 Sept. 2010, per help request
  27. Florida Panhandle - significant addition and rewriting lede, 8 Sept. 2010
  28. Pensacola and Atlantic Railroad - created 31 August 2010
  29. Same-sex_marriage in Wyoming - substantial revision
  30. Tender (railroad car) - substantial revision
  31. Sunbeam (passenger train) - near-total rewriting
  32. Sam Houston Zephyr - created 8/16/08
  33. Neil McLennan - created 8/16/08
  34. Same-sex marriage in New Mexico - near-total rewriting
  35. Same-sex marriage in Maryland‎ - significant addition
  36. Anglican devotions - significant revision
  37. Silver Comet (train) - created 5/23/08
  38. Gulf Wind - created 5/23/08
  39. Seaboard Air Line Railroad - substantial expansion
  40. Fort Worth and Denver Railway - substantial expansion
  41. Rex Wockner - created 5/20/08
  42. Texas Zephyr - created 2/1/08
  43. Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu - substantial additions
  44. Civil unions in Colombia - significant addition
  45. LGBT rights in Colombia--substantial additions
  46. Daddy & Papa--created 7/28/07
  47. M. v. H.--significant addition
  48. Ontario Family Law Act--created 7/28/07
  49. Adult interdependent relationship in Alberta--created 7/28/07
  50. Jacques Vallee, Sieur Des Barreaux--substantial addition
  51. Domestic partnership in Nova Scotia--created 7/27/07
  52. Common-law relationships in Manitoba--created 7/24/07
  53. Civil unions in New Jersey--significant addition, July 2007
  54. Khnumhotep & Niankhkhnum--substantial addition
  55. Domestic partnership--substantial editing
  56. Civil union--significant additions
  57. Florida Legislative Investigation Committee--created 12/30/06
  58. Randy Shilts--extensive rewriting and additions, 12/29/06
  59. Elliott Blackstone--created 12/28/06
  60. Compton's cafeteria riot--extensive reworking
  61. Barbara Gittings--significant additions
  62. Executive Order 13087--created 12/23/06
  63. Executive Order 11478--created 12/23/06
  64. Domestic partnership in District of Columbia--significant additions
  65. Domestic partnership in Hawaii--substantial additions
  66. Domestic partnership in Tasmania--created 12/18/06
  67. Domestic partnership in Maine--created 12/15/06

The secret of Wikihappiness[edit]

  • This user makes good edits.
  • This user creates above-average articles.
  • This user writes for Wikipedia as if it were a real encyclopedia.
  • This user enjoys the fun of good writing and authoritative sourcing.
  • This user likes to think that somebody, somewhere may be helped by some reliable fact this user posts.
  • This user admits that this may be a slightly egotistic delusion.
  • This user realizes there is more to life than an encyclopedia, even a free one, can ever provide.
  • This user believes if more were going on in our lives, there would be fewer Wikipedians.
  • This user confesses that despite a certain fond feeling, Wikipedia is no substitute for chocolate, friendship, love, or sex, and is just barely on a par with masturbation.
  • This user tries not to be a dick, though sometimes sorely tempted, and sometimes failing.
  • This user would like to be a class act, but that would probably mean having to go study Zen or something like that, and who's got the time?
  • This user is learning not to be pissed off by rudeness, arrogance, and general ignorance.
  • This user accepts that one day the sun will explode and so will the merry anarchy that is Wikipedia.
  • While the party lasts, THEREFORE,

In a good way, of course.  :-)

Why the Internet still sucks[edit]

Strange but True[edit]

Writing for a massively multi-moron encyclopedia is a lot more fun than writing for a very quiet professional one. While I prefer the latter in theory, I prefer the former in practice.

Stuff to Remember[edit]

Stuff to remember

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Go-to Admin[edit]

Quick Links[edit]

  • Hidden comment: <!-- Comment -->
  • {Says who|date} = According to whom?

just {cns|text= |date= }

  • for multi-paragraph quotes, try using colons instead of any blockquotes
  • {Increation|time=17:07, 14 July 2011 (UTC)|duration=2 hours}
  • History at a glance infobox, see Huston–Tillotson University
  • {Clarify|pre-text=What system?|date=January 2010}
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  • templates (double brackets): {Main} {See also} {Details} {Further}
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  • spot tags: {By whom|date=May 2010}
  • WP:GAY / LGBT-footer|rights=yes|culture=yes|history=yes
  • citation needed: use {cn|date=} (double brackets)
  • {done} and {resolved} - double brackets for each
  • TrainsWikiProject - in double brackets, to go on talk pages
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User FAw|2 User FL|2 User GAw|2 User DYK|2 - swiped from Blnguyen,_Florida