Self description by userboxen:
Welcome to my userpage! Feel free to look around, on this page and the subpages linked below. When you're done, you can leave your signature in my guestbook. Thanks!
Wikipedia has been my online world for nine years out of its present 16 years of existence. When I first came to edit here in 2007, I possessed an eager desire to contribute to this global resource, but being a part of this ongoing project has increased in its importance to me since then; far more than I could ever have anticipated. Every time I do even the smallest thing to make it a better encyclopedia than it already was, I feel like I've just won a globally-regarded prize!
For non-Wikipedia related information, see here.
I began editing Wikipedia as an anonymous user in January 2007, and became a registered editor on June 16th that same year. My typical contributions have changed over the years since then, but I like to cover as many fields as I can; leaving Wikipedia with something of a hyphenate editor, on my part. Right now I am most interested in the making of new pages, and the clearing of backlogs, notably the Guild of Copyeditors, and for a long time the Wikification, and Great Wikipedia Backlog drives. On the sidelines, I also periodically review good article and Did you know nominees, the former especially during their backlog drives (surprise-surprise!) or during the WikiCup games. I am also a qualified online ambassador, though I've been out of practice for a while. If you're new and interested, however, you know where to go!
I am prone to taking long wikibreaks without warning or notice, usually due to surprises in real life, or simply a need to take a rest, and usually even when I am on Wikipedia, I am very engrossed in whatever I'm doing, so it may take a while before I reply to messages; some might even go unnoticed for months, it's happened once... Or twice... Actually, quite a few times. :} My apologies in advance for such occurrences.
In the beginning
Long before I registered in Wikipedia, I wanted to contribute; mainly to South Park-related pages as this show was a major interest of mine at the time, and I saw a lot of shortcomings in the pages I thought I could fix. Most of the time, however, my IP address was blocked from editing - apparently it was a revolving one or something like that, even though it was residential (I'm not even sure what that all means; I've never been the most technically-savvy person about). Not understanding much of the behind-the-scenes of the encyclopedia, I persistently sent emails requesting an unblock, but was instead repeatedly encouraged to create an account for myself, to disassociate myself from the penalties inflicted on the more raucous people in connection with the blocked IPs. Several times I tried to follow their advice, but for reasons I've never understood it never seemed to work. It's not surprising that I found the whole thing frustrating, but I followed one of my tactics of postponing a difficult accomplishment until I can sort things out. The very fact that I am recording this on my userpage right now - and I'm here to see it - is proof that it paid off, and on 16 June 2007 (or the 15th, as it was in my location then) User:Wilhelmina Will became an existing figure amongst the Wikipedians (Not to give anyone a complex, but this is sort of how I perceived the event, myself). I'd thought of incorporating my middle names, but that might have been a little over-the-top...
As it happened, however, I did not turn out to be quite the editing prodigy I had painted myself as in my mind, at any rate not at the start. Because what went on "behind the scenes" in Wikipedia (what happens in the non-article-space) was still largely a mystery to me back then, I frequently found myself walking into walls, falling down gopher holes, sticking my feet into basins, and generally doing things that I would want to draw my head in over the thought of, now, if I were one of these. Then, there was my behaviour. At the best of times I probably came off as a meek, eager young space cadet, but though it might have just been that I was in my early teens, due to my appreciation for extravagance I could be quite outlandish at times. I'd even go so far as to say I was often very goofy, which is fine when you're not in a serious discussion but not the best idea when you are. To think I used to think people were just giving me the brush-off because I was inexperienced... tsk tsk. Then there were the times when only my mother could have wikiloved me, if she had an account. My theoretical tactic with vandals or other shady editors was to use force, and soon I came under the impression that I could stand up against anything I did not approve of in like manner, never comprehending that as it boiled down into this more and more, I was gradually sinking to their level. To make a long story short I did not get the most pleasant of wakeup calls, but when I did I hastened to turn things around 45 degrees. I became largely reclusive, and more often than not I refrained from interacting with other editors for the longest time - it's a tendency which follows me even now, though since the middle of 2010, I've tried to inch my way out of this phobia.
In 2008, after the aforementioned events, I underwent a lot of developmental changes in contributing. I discovered I had a particular passion for the creating of new pages, and expansion of them when I could; this made up what I'd put around 95% of my editing for the next two years. I wanted to rebuild my reputation, and this aspect of constructing Wikipedia into what it's meant to be seemed the key to that door. I helped out in large part at WP:AFC for several months, and it was through my contributions there that I discovered Did you know; that is to say, two articles I'd accepted and created for an IP editor (through the old-fashioned AFC process) were nominated, by the editor as I presume, and they must have listed me as a/the creator of the pages because after they were featured on the main page I received a notification. Intrigued, I looked into this project, and I thought to myself, "Hey! Here's something else I can do!" I then began making pages and expanding them as much as I could, as well as going back over my older creations and making them more robust, in hopes of getting as many of them into DYK as possible.
After a couple of months at DYK, however, another user created a lot of conflict around me. With regards to their possible motives, I don't know how to touch that, so I won't, but it seemed they had some sturdy connections in that wiki-region. To make a long story short, they blew their scenario out of proportion, got me banned from DYK, and nearly scared me out of Wikipedia for good. There was, however, one user who observed what was happening, and offered me both defense and consolation; I'm indebted to that user, as I would most likely have retired for good without his encouragement.
Thanks to that encouragement, I came back a few days after things had cooled down, and mostly kept to myself again, sticking to the tried and true project of making pages, but not putting as much investment into each one as I would if I were going to enter them for DYK. It wasn't much later, actually - I don't think even a month had lapsed, come to think of it - that a new discussion was commenced, which I avoided participating in (after my rambunctious early months in Wikipedia, I never really trusted my tongue), and my DYK ban was lifted. I dipped my feet into that proverbial water again a couple of times, but it had lost a good deal of its charm for me, and I gradually drifted out of active DYK participation over the rest of that year.
2009 was not a particularly active year for me, in Wikipedia, due to other obligations in my life which arose, but I did have editing bouts from time to time. About the only thing I trusted myself not to bumble about with was making pages, and occasionally prepping some for DYK if I was feeling brave enough - and I always had to have someone proofread them first. Ah, but then came my personal "Renaissance" in 2010...
The aforementioned "Renaissance"
In early 2010, I began to pick up the pace with my editing in Wikipedia, again. Although I was also working extensively on several projects in Wikia, during the first half of this year, I missed the days of making new pages in Wikipedia, and wanted to get back into that scene. I had three areas of page-creating that I was working all but simultaneously; crustaceans, several families of fish (most notably eels and blennies), and extinct taxon. It was around this time, if I remember correctly, that I became acquainted with the "(Year) in paleontology" lists, and thus was able to start making pages for more recently described paleotaxon on a regular basis - which very happily culminated in my creating a few dinosaur pages; something I'd been a bit frustrated over not being able to do before, because every dinosaur genus I could think of seemed to have already been done. Can't really blame anyone; who doesn't want to jump on a dinosaur-related wagon as fast as they can? I know what you're thinking; this doesn't sound like anything particularly new or different based on what I'd done previously, but the year was just getting started...
In late May that year, I decided, after having wanted to for pretty much my whole duration as an editor up to that point, apply for adminship. I didn't see anything in the there and then that would impede my application's potential success, but as it turned out, a good deal of users who participated in the discussion wanted to see me expand my horizons as a contributor a bit more than they already were - from what I've observed since in other users' nominations, content creation is an important feature, but by no means enough. Naturally I was disappointed, but I remember being grateful that most if not all of the commentors, regardless of their stance, were courteous and respectful of my feelings. I'm almost certain it had something to do with the attention my self-nomination brought about, but I was actually "Identified as an awesome Wikipedian/awarded my own day", an honour I had not the least bit expected, soon after my nomination was closed early as a NOTNOW case. That definitely brightened my spirits. Along with that, I also took to heart some of the advice I'd been given about broadening my areas of experience in the encyclopedia's numerous facets of production. It was in that discussion that I learned that one did not need to be an admin simply to verify another editor's DYK nomination; administrative privileges were just needed to operate the listing of hooks in the queue, and such. This inspired a neo-bout of DYK participation for me, in which I happily began reviewing other users' submissions. Later that year, I learned that non-admins similarly could review and approve Good Article nominations, and as I've mentioned in the overhead of my wiki-biography, this went on to become, over the proceeding years, one of my most active areas of participation outside of content creation/expansion.
I think the biggest long-term adjustment to my editing habits began in November 2010, however; that was when I learned of the Guild of Copyeditors' new tradition (as of six months' prior) of Backlog Elimination drives held on a bi-monthly schedule. Reading up on the premise and requirements, I felt excited by the idea of an editing competition, and became as of then a regular in their drives and later on their blitzes in the months in-between. The month after my first time participating, I also learned that in the months alternate to the copyediting drives, the Wikification Project also held backlog drives, and I took up frequenting here as well. In the months which followed, I eventually got around to signing up as a member of both projects, and in the case of the wikification drives I went on over the next couple of years to be the unofficial coordinator, until at some point a number of factors I'd like to research into more before I label, lead to the drives falling out of practice. That factors into a later part of the story, however...
During the year 2011, I joined the Great Backlog Drive, but again, I'm not sure what exactly happened, but eventually the whole project just sort of unceremoniously faded out. This was also the year I began participating in the annual WikiCup games, and over the next two years, I began to try and cover as many areas of editing on a routine basis as I could. Having given up on Wikia sometime in mid-late 2010, due to a change in their system which clashed with my ideals, I took it as an opportunity throughout this two-three year period to devote the efforts I had tried to use in editing Wikipedia and also managing several categorical wikis, into just whatever area of Wikipedia I could somehow contribute to. It was finally in 2013, that I began to realize that I couldn't carry on like that. It turns out it doesn't matter what vicinities in which you spread yourself too thin, the wearying effects are all the same. Go figure, huh? So it was in that year that I gradually worked out how to cut down to the basics:
After having explored several different areas of biology for long-term committments in the area of page-making, I found one back at the end of 2010 in the realm of Lepidoptera. I formed a page-making partnership with fellow moths-and-butterflies editor Ruigeroeland, which has continued into the present day. Cut to 2013, and having finally finished the coverage of eel-pages to the point where all species pages listed existed (until such time as new species may be discovered/described) that autumn, I decided to trim my daily editing down to a measured quantity of moth pages each day, most of the time, and at minimum a perceived "adequate" amount of contributions to each backlog drive for copyediting and wikification, with occasional add-ons for other areas if I felt up to the challenge. Writing down a monthly planned editing schedule in print really helped me to get things in order. Then came the end of the waning Renaissance, and a step into what I might as well call my "Industrial Revolution"...
Major contributions to Wikipedia
These include what pages I've created, what images or articles I've saved from deletion, etc.
Other things relating to Wikipedia
- The junkbin - Well not really, but this page did sort of become more of a deposit for userboxen I couldn't figure out where else to place, than it did anything else. Gradually, I hope, I'll get this thing sorted out, and then I'll know better what to do with it, ultimately.
- Hall of Signatures - The ever-lengthening, winding, overall perilous-to-tread (just kidding) corridor which houses the memorabilia of previous methods I've employed to present myself when engaged in communication with other Wikipedians.
- Recognitions - Simply a collection of things given to me by other users. I find it amazing that nobody's given me the finger yet...
- Amazing experiences - A list comprising all of the milestones I've experienced here, including promotions for me or my child-articles, and the like.
Prior to the creation of the first of these sandboxes, I had to use the official Wikipedia:Sandbox if I wanted to work on potential articles, or if I wanted to experiment with some editing technique. It could grow pretty tiresome at times, since that sandbox receives so much traffic; you never knew when an edit conflict could destroy all your efforts. So when I observed that a lot of other users make their own, personal sandboxes out of user subpages, I got the great idea to do the same for myself! After I had used the first of my sandboxes for everything a sandbox can do, for some time, I began to realize it would be much more convenient to have multiple sandboxes, because then if a project I was working on came to some form of lull, I could move on to the next without waiting for the "lull" to conclude. So I decided to devote the first sandbox exclusively to writing out drafts for future articles on award-winning members of the film and television industry listed at the Internet Movie Database, and "invest" in another one. This second sandbox soon became the one I used for working on extinct animal/plant articles. Time went on, and I decided, since I was then actively reviewing AFC submissions (in the old-fashioned way, when all submissions for a particular day were listed on one page, and the reviewers created the accepted submissions for the writers), that I should have one in which to list AFC suggestions I was not sure about, before asking more experienced users for their opinions.
As these three projects have long since fallen out of my editing habits, these "assignments" no longer apply to the sandboxes. Mostly I just use them for whatever form of editing I want to practice, or for holding links, lists, formulas, and things I want to remember. The closest to the original applications that any of these get is the fourth sandbox, which I created some time ago when the user profile links in the top right corner of the screen began including a default sandbox, so it wouldn't be redlinked.
Keeping in touch with the big things in Wikipedia
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"Now and then I may see one of mine, standing neat below this line..."
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Notes and references
- Bear in mind, "long" for me can refer to a day or more; courtesy of my most virtuous impatience-to-spare.
- I will make note, for those who have not yet made their own sandboxes and are looking to do so, that it does not actually cost anything except a few seconds or more, but it sounds more professional to call it "investing".
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- User:Wilhelmina Will at South Park Wiki - This is the first wiki at Wikia that I participated in developing. It perhaps constitutes one of my most notable contributions to Wikia.
- User:Wilhelmina Will at Land Before Time Wiki - I'm sure, however, that this wiki is indeed my most notable project in Wikia; while I worked there I got it spotlighted 4 times and made over 7000 contributions, not counting logs.
- User:Wilhelmina Will at Iggy Arbuckle Wiki - My first foundation in Wikia; I had said in Wikipedia that I was going to do it since late 2007, and in November 2008 I finally got around to it.
- User:Wilhelmina Will at Arthur Wiki - Another wiki I was fairly active in.
- User:Wilhelmina Will at Magic School Bus Wiki - I "adopted" this wiki in early February 2010, and tried to build it up during the rest of the time I was with Wikia.
- User:Wilhelmina Will at Little Bear Wiki - Another wiki I worked on expanding, and succeeded in "adopting" in early May, 2010. The reason why I left Wikia to return full-time to Wikipedia is that Wikia one day began becoming less like an encyclopedic network and more like a social networking site.
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