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Only 994588756 articles left until our billionth article![edit]

We are only 994588756 articles away from our 1,000,000,000th article... --Guy Macon

Depiction of Wikimedia Foundation destroying Wikipedia with Visual Editor, Flow, and Mobile App[edit]

Depiction of Wikimedia Foundation destroying Wikipedia with Visual Editor, Flow, and Mobile App.

--Guy Macon

Calvin discovers Wikipedia[edit]

  • "A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction into a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day." -- Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes. --Guy Macon

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Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet[edit]

"Arguing with anonymous strangers on the Internet is a sucker's game because they almost always turn out to be -- or to be indistinguishable from -- self-righteous sixteen-year-olds possessing infinite amounts of free time." --Neil Stephenson, Cryptonomicon

--Guy Macon (talk) 22:37, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

You know, I finished that book in a rush (I actually bought the audible narration so I could listen to it while I was driving, as well) and loved every word of it. It was so steeped in 90's internet culture and honest-to-god real/realistic CS and cryptography, so possessed of real insight into both and so stocked with fascinating characters both major (Bobby Shaftoe) and minor (the gun-toting computer geeks protesting the FBI raid about 3/4 of the way through) that I found it utterly fascinating. It was only after I finished it that I discovered that it's one of the top books people pretend to have read (there's lots more such lists with Cryptonomicon at or near the top). It tickles me pink to know that I'm not the only one geeky enough to have read it. I'm fairly certain the density of hair under my chin increased ten-fold by the time I was finished.
tl;dr good quote from a good book. ᛗᛁᛟᛚᚾᛁᚱPants Tell me all about it. 13:23, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

Hacker News[edit]

This is to confirm that I am the same person as user elect_engineer on Hacker News. See [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14287235 ]. -Guy Macon (talk) 04:04, 8 May 2017 (UTC)

Quartz[edit]

I wanted to know if you had seen this article on Quartz about your essay/Reddit post "Wikipedia is Cancer". Take the last line of the article, for example: "Macon may have a point—watching one’s wallet is generally sound advice—but it’s clear that Wikimedia has been doing a pretty good job of balancing its books so far." Everymorning (talk) 14:43, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) I'm surprised that people aren't more understanding of the concept that just because you have the money doesn't mean you need to spend it. Yes, Wikipedia has been able to keep their spending under their donation amount, but looking at that graph they provided, they went from 75% profit margin, to what, 20%? That's ok because they're still making money? I will admit, I don't know the whole story, but this article seems to think that as long as someone isn't going into debt, it's still perfectly fine to be going paycheck to paycheck. That's not a way to live. --Bassmadrigal (talk) 15:18, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

Press inquiry - Spain[edit]

Hi Guy! I'm a Spanish journalist and I would like to interview you. Could you give me an email address? Maybe a Wikipedia talk is not the best idea to do that :P. Thank you so much! :)

Josemanuelblanco (talk) 13:22, 10 May 2017 (UTC)José Manuel.

On the left of this page is a link labeled "Email this user", or you can click here: [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:EmailUser/Guy_Macon ]
If you just want to reprint or translate my page at User:Guy Macon/Wikipedia has Cancer, it is under a CC BY-SA 3.0 License and thus you are free to use it.
I generally believe in complete openness and would prefer doing the interview on a Wikipedia talk page where all the world can see the questions and answers. I can create a special talk page just for the two of us to write to (anyone can read it). --Guy Macon (talk) 13:54, 10 May 2017 (UTC)

Reddit[edit]

This is to confirm that I am the same person who recently created an account on Reddit. See [1]. --Guy Macon (talk) 19:02, 10 May 2017 (UTC)


Wikimedia Foundation Board Elections 2017[edit]

Does this page time out ? I had a instance, in which it told me to log in, after a long time without voting... Xb2u7Zjzc32 (talk) 06:26, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

For technical or vote system errors, please email board-elections@wikimedia.org. A member of the elections committee will respond to your email as soon as possible. Please specify the username you are trying to vote with, and the project where you are trying to vote. --Guy Macon (talk) 13:14, 13 May 2017 (UTC)
I'm a bit confused - you seem to be asking me on Meta the question that I've already answered... Pundit|utter 14:43, 13 May 2017 (UTC)
My error; this question has already been answered by Pundit, and like an idiot I posted it to ALL candidates. I just self reverted. --Guy Macon (talk) 14:53, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

MfD nomination of Wikipedia:List of reasons why Zimdars' fake news list is itself "fake"[edit]

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