Wikipedia:Association of friendly geezers

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Friendly geezers are happy and fun.

The association of friendly geezers is a group of Wikipedians over the age of 30 who oppose ageism. One of the joys of Wikipedia is that it allows talented people to demonstrate their true abilities. When young people perform valuable volunteer work for this website, it's worth celebrating. Friendly geezers think it's wonderful when young people contribute quality content and perform useful support functions. We're glad to support individuals who demonstrate proficiencies suitable for administratorship or bureaucratship, regardless of age.

Maturity is a factor of inner growth; some people have it at fifteen and others lack it at fifty. Friendly geezers rate fellow editors by how much they help the site. We wish a place like Wikipedia had existed while we were younger, and we pledge to extend merit-based respect.

  • nb: we use a gender-neutral definition of “geezer
This is the impression we want to avoid.

Members (geezers)[edit]

  • DurovaCharge! 22:55, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Though I don't care to be a "geezer" :-) Oh well, R. Baley (talk) 05:45, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Sure, easy; aced that test last month. Cheers, Jack Merridew 07:47, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Kaldari (talk) 16:53, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
  • The Rambling Man (talk) 18:52, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Awadewit (talk) 21:10, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Bettia (talk) 13:09, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Catherine\talk 18:39, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
  • >30? ... Good heavens, I'd hate to even think about where that puts me on the scale. But at least on the "Net", I can be as young as I feel ... umm ... not sure that's always a good indicator either ... ;-) — Ched :  ?  20:58, 9 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Vyvyan Basterd (talk) and his walker, 11:55, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Alexfusco5 16:37, 12 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Shinerunner - Whose first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 with a cassette tape drive for storage, a book of games in BASIC and a pack of dinosaurs nipping at my heels. Shinerunner (talk) 20:44, 14 July 2009 (UTC)
  • Years ago, I was a nerdy kid who would sit in my room for hours on a rainy day (perhaps, sometimes, even on a sunny day) and while away the hours reading through the encyclopedia. I can only imagine the fun I would have had if I could have spent some of that time writing the encyclopedia. I realize now with shock that I'm so far removed from those years, that I'm probably in the top decile of WP admins by age. And so in the spirit of cameraderie, I will quote what Isaac Asimov once said at a talk I saw him give: I consider myself a child prodigy. Unfortunately, at this point I am probably the world's oldest child prodigy. I'm in my ... late youth. Aside: I call it late because it's dead. Newyorkbrad (talk) 02:35, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
  • I'm old enough to remember having a "never trust anyone over 30" badge, but too old to remember where I've put it. ϢereSpielChequers 08:23, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Buaidh 16:54, 14 June 2010 (UTC) I'm doubly qualified.
  • I'd already been programming for 4 or 5 years by the time I touched a TRS-80. The first computer I used was a PDP-11, blessed with that marvel of compact media technology, the DECtape. But FORTRAN was a tough language for a 9-year-old to learn. Fortunately, the next computer I learned to program had BASIC on it. It was a Tektronix 4051. It was magical because it was entirely self-contained and didn't require paper—it had a storage tube! But you could make printouts of whatever was on the screen onto big letter-sized sheets of thermal paper—which would inevitably roll themselves into tight one-inch tubes after they'd aged for a week or so. (You could iron them flat, in which case you'd have a nice, flat sheet that was completely black on the side where your printout had been.) —LarryGilbert (talk) 20:32, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
  • Getting older isn't the problem; it's the alternative that bothers me. -- Sunny256| 19:04, 25 June 2011 (UTC)
  • I think its a little ageist to say that people under 30 can't be Geezers too. In school and scouts in W. London we often called each "Geez." as a term respecting issues like know how, street smarts and credibility. "You absolute Geezer" and "Geeezzzeeerrrrr" were often said and I guess we considered each other as Honourary Geezers. This was in the mid 80s. Gregkaye (talk) 17:00, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Associate members (future geezers)[edit]

Friendly independents (who like the idea and consider age irrelevant)[edit]

  • I think I might be too old for this group. -- llywrch (talk) 18:36, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
  • As old as me nose and a little bit older than me teeth. --Dweller (talk) 12:27, 13 July 2009 (UTC)

Old Farts (who think that with age comes wisdom, so shut up and pay attention you whippersnappers)[edit]

  • Bah... what's the point of getting old if you can't be crotchety... I've earned it!... and say out of my yard (rotten kids)... Harrumph! Blueboar (talk) 01:56, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia content is too dangerous, and Wikipedia culture too "open", for us to be celebrating children participating here. I'll modify my stance if and when the factors contributing to my premise change. -- Thekohser 17:09, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
  • "Youth is wasted on the young." - some old geezer :P œ 14:18, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

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