User talk:Horologium/June 2011

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DYK for Silver Spurs Rodeo

Materialscientist (talk) 08:04, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Fellow Gator / Florida Wiki user

Hello,

Thank you for recently assisting me with a photo copyright issue related to the article Carolyn Wasilewski. I read your profile and was surprised to learn you are also in Gainesville, Fla., studying at the University of Florida. Such a small world we live in today! I am interested in becoming an admin or equivalent on Wikipedia. I think this is a fantastic resource for the modern information seeker, and am eager to make a worthwhile contribution over the duration of my "wiki-surfing" while at the office. Can you offer advice or suggestions on how to accomplish this goal?

Thank you, Kevin Simmons, aka "Ksimmons8888" 19:24, 3 June 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ksimmons8888 (talkcontribs)

Well, I haven't changed my userboxen yet, but I'm not going to be a Gator in the fall, and I won't be living in Gainesville much longer. In two weeks, I'll be living in Jacksonville, and I'll be an Osprey. Circumstances change, and I had to make a few adjustments to my life. C'est la vie.
As for the admin thing, keep creating new articles, editing existing articles, and take a look at the "internal workings" of Wikipedia. Prospective administrators are expected to have some familiarity and experience in areas such as New Page Patrolling, Articles for Deletion, and Vandalism reports. You should drop into some of the administrator noticeboards (such as Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents); while they have "administrator" in their title, they are not just for administrators, and you'll get an insight into what is going on in Wikipedia outside of the articles you are actively editing. You'll need to learn about some of the arcane terms used here, and follow all of the guidelines and policies. There is a nice article (Wikipedia:Guide to requests for adminship, which offers a pretty thorough overview. Most of all, allow yourself time and accue enough edits to demonstrate to other editors that you have been around long enough to understand what an admin does. (There is a chart on that guide page showing how the average edit count increased over the course of 2008; I had about 8,500 edits—about the average—when I was confirmed in May 2008, but as you can see the numbers increased over the course of the year. I don't know what the current "average edit count" is for successful RFAs, but less than 10,000 is going to be an uphill battle.
Some things you can do now: make sure you use edit summaries for every edit (there is a setting in the "My Preferences/Editing" tab to nag you so you don't forget), and make sure you sign all of your posts on talk pages with four tildes (~~~~). Good habits started early help later on. (grin) Horologium (talk) 23:07, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

Rufudiate quote

I'm torn on the inclusion of that comedian quote. On one hand, I see your point that its really not adding that much, but on the other hand the section now seems to have a slight pro-Palin bias. She compares herself to Shakespeare then the New Oxford American Dictionary makes it word of the year. The portrayal now is one of her being a masterful wordsmith, rather than the accidental neologist. -- Avanu (talk) 02:16, 11 June 2011 (UTC)

I can understand that, but pick somebody more notable than the guy in that statement (there must be more notable people, even if they are bozos like Keith Olbermann), add more people and references (rather than use weasel words), and make it more grammatically coherent. The sentence I removed was a mess, with improper punctuation and an ugly prepositional phrase tacked on without any sense of sentence flow. Horologium (talk) 02:25, 11 June 2011 (UTC)
Put in a different quote, let me know what you think about this version. -- Avanu (talk) 07:31, 11 June 2011 (UTC)