User talk:Dreadfullyboring

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Welcome to Wikipedia, Dreadfullyboring! I am Slashme and have been editing Wikipedia for quite some time. I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to Wikipedia! If you have any questions, feel free to leave me a message on my talk page or by typing {{helpme}} at the bottom of this page. I love to help new users, so don't be afraid to leave a message! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Oh yeah, I almost forgot, when you post on talk pages you should sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); that should automatically produce your username and the date after your post. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Again, welcome! Slashme (talk) 08:53, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Re: Legal Blindness[edit]

Thanks for your message. Wikipedia is a sprawling and complicated place, and *I'm* still discovering pages and processes that I'd never heard of before.

A speech synthesizer is a piece of software or hardware that makes the computer talk, which isn't the same thing as a speech recognition system. I touch-type on an ordinary keyboard, my screen reader JAWS figures out what's going on in the computer, and my speech synthesizer is the program that talks to me. I use Eloquence as a speech synthesizer, which most blind people use these days; it has come packaged with JAWS since 1998. Some blind people use refreshable Braille displays which convert what is on the screen to Braille, but they are very expensive and have quite limited functionality compared to normal computer screens. You're certainly not the only person to confuse speech recognition systems with speech synthesizers. I wonder how I can address this confusion succinctly on my user page? Graham87 12:05, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

No, in fact, technologies for the blind are much harder to use than technologies for sighted people. Only a small number of blind people can navigate the Internet properly; it's difficult to find adequate training about how to use screen readers and the Internet.

It's only 8:39 PM as I write this ... so the night is young! But I have been known to edit Wikipedia at 1 in the morning sometimes. Graham87 12:40, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

It's not just demand for the software, it's also because of the lack of good training that motivates blind people to use computers. The computer training that can be most easily funded is naturally business work, so many blind people use computers as fancy typewriters and don't play computer games or just have fun on them. Because there isn't much demand for assistive technology for the blind, it's also very expensive, and most blind people use government grants to get the technology they need.
Can you reply the way I do with indentation as described at the talk page guidelines? It's standard practice in Wikipedia, and I find nested comments hard to follow. Graham87 13:09, 6 July 2008 (UTC)


Hi, In creating Rhonda Smith you added {{asbox}} at the top. As I understand it, this is used in constructing stub templates, but doesn't get added to articles. You should add {{stub}} (or {{bio-stub}} or {{Canada-bio-stub}} or even {{Canada-musician-stub}}) at the end of the article, after everything except links to other-language wikipedias. Thanks. PamD (talk) 10:02, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Done! Thanks for the guidance. Dreadfullyboring (talk) 21:09, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Rhonda Smith[edit]

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WikiProject Cleanup[edit]

Hello, Dreadfullyboring.

You are invited to join WikiProject Cleanup, a WikiProject and resource for Wikipedia cleanup listings, information and discussion.
To join the project, just add your name to the member list. Northamerica1000(talk) 16:55, 24 February 2013 (UTC)


According to WP:CSD, there is a specific exemption for biological species from speedy deletion on the grounds of insignificance. And in general ,my experience is that almost all of them brought to AfD have been kept, even if there is only a single reference.

The copyvio is a problem, but a speedy for copyvio was declined by another editor on the valid grounds that the article might be salvageable. DGG ( talk ) 18:47, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

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