Hello Beatgr and welcome to Wikipedia! I'm glad you've chosen to join us. This is a great project with lots of dedicated people, which might seem intimidating at times, but don't let anything discourage you. Be bold!, explore, and contribute. If you want to learn more,
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Float around for awhile until you find something that tickles your fancy. One easy way to do this is to hit the random page button in the navigation bar to the left. You can write new articles, add to existing ones, or edit any and all pages that appear. There are also many great committees and groups that focus on particular jobs. My personal favorite stomping grounds are Wikipedia:Translation into English and Wikipedia:Cleanup for sloppy articles, but they may not interest you. Finally, the Wikimedia Foundation has several other wiki projects that you might enjoy more, but Wikipedia is the most popular by far.
There are a few crucial points to keep in mind when editing. Be civil with users, strive to maintain a neutral point of view, and show good etiquette like signing your comments with four tildas like this: ~~~~ If you have any more questions, always feel free to ask me anything on my talk page or ask the true experts at Wikipedia:Help desk. Again, welcome! Draeco 21:48, 26 November 2005 (UTC)
After 3 or 4 WikiBots that seem to have a mind of their own -- of both writing "new versions of history" and censorship of ideas of the "bots" creator -- User:Carnildo being the most noticable. Now an administrator and is now against censorship (what a change in attitude). This web article by Larry Sanger, one of the Wikipedia co-founders, Wikipedia credibility & management problems-- summarizes the current problems very well. Some respectable institutions have informed students -- they now discourage Wikipedia for source material. 
I am reducing my volunteer contributions and time to Wikipedia. My limited time can be better spent with more rewarding projects and initatives. Too bad, seems like a nice idea - but Wikipedia is attracting too many "Spin Control" editors - and will not receive my financial support. Beatgr 16:12, 8 April 2006 (UTC)
School officials unite in banning Wikipedia
Comments that an "open - anyone can edit philosophy" is both bias and flawed in structure.
Illinois State Routes WikiProject created!
Hello! I just wanted to let you know that I've created Wikipedia:WikiProject Illinois State Routes so that all Illinois state route articles can be standardized. Let me know what you think on its talk page. Thanks! —Rob (talk) 18:25, 21 March 2006 (UTC)
5 Year Break Ends
Beginning in October 2006, I took a break from Wikipedia due to its chaos (Elonka Dunin, demoted to semi-active admin) and lack of control for robotic editing and nameless, unqualified editors. Wikipedia editor Oden was one editor that built a "bot" that posted notices about images uploaded over 12 months ago for various articles that I originally wrote. It was a poorly written program that did make mistakes, and destroyed thousands of entries. Since I was on extended "break" at that time due to work and holidays, I did not see these messages. He has "left Wikipedia' permanently as an editor (I don't know why, don't care). I can find few articles that he actually researched and wrote. Beatgr Updated 24 February 2012
Nice work on the Space Launch System page
I have noted an increase in Vandalism to Wikipedia entries. In one instance, due to repeated issues from the same individual, I submitted the incident information to his ISP and enforcement authorities.
- Harris, Dan (6 March 2007). "Wikipedia Editor Revealed as Fake" (video). ABC News. Retrieved 8 March 2007.
- Olanoff, Lynn (27 November 2007). "School officials unite in banning Wikipedia.". Seattle Times. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
- Bergstein, Brian (7 March 2007). "After flap over phony professor, Wikipedia wants some writers to share real names". Associated Press. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
- Giles, Jim (4 August 2009). "After the boom, is Wikipedia heading for bust?". New Scientist. Retrieved 15 Dec 2009.
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The Center Line: Spring 2017
- —delivered by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) on behalf of Imzadi1979 on 01:03, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi, I just fixed two broken links you added in June 2012 and which some (disappointed?) IP user flagged as dead links in September 2014. The problem was some part of the URL scheme was replaced with
...; any idea how that happened? --bender235 (talk) 13:43, 6 July 2017 (UTC)