gwalla: (domoslide)
Some amusing guidelines and tips from behind the scenes at Wikipedia:
and my personal favorite
gwalla: (lon chaney)
Heavy metal umlaut: the movie

This is actually a pretty interesting examination of how Wikipedia articles grow and change.
gwalla: (Default)
An article on the avant garde manga magazine Garo.
gwalla: (magma)
I've been nominated for adminship on Wikipedia. This doesn't actually mean much; admins don't have much power (they can speedy-delete and batch-revert, and that's about it). I'm honestly not sure what I'd do with the status if I'm confirmed. So I'm not really concerned if it isn't successful. It is a nice gesture, though, and the votes against have pointed up some deficiencies in my activity that I need to remedy.

A few people have brought up that a lot (possibly too many) of my edits are VfD-related. This is a valid criticism. Altogether too many of my edits are votes on VfD. I've been trying to cut down (too much VfD is not good for one's mental health) but, as always, when it comes to the Internet my self-control is not the best. It doesn't help that Mozilla's tabs make it easy to open a ton of VfD subpages quickly, thereby letting me get involved in lots of polls with minimal fuss. I've decided that I'm going to try to avoid VfDs where the votes look like they're clearly going in the direction I'd like, and stick to voting on issues where my vote can mean something more than "me too", even though that's harder, as those issues generally require a little research (at least of the Google variety). I also need to sit down and do some of the stuff I've got on the to-do list on my userpage, instead of just copyediting or contributing snippets here or there. I also need to do some serious cleanup/expansion on the pro wrestling moves articles, especially the two I didn't start—Paulley seems to mean well, but his edits are kind of sloppy, and he's really fixated on current events wrestling-wise.

One user said that I "don't have any substantial edits" outside of VfD. This is, frankly, not true—I have started some articles, and contributed beyond copyediting. I would accept too few, but no is kind of insulting.
gwalla: (lon chaney)
I regularly participate on Wikipedia's Votes for Deletion page, doing my part to rid the wiki of vanity pages, nonsense, advertising, pranks, and other unencyclopedic detritus. IT's sometimes rewarding, sometimes frustrating, and even occasionally amusing. As an example of the last, here are the contents of an article "Al-Gebra", which was nominated for deletion:

Al Gebra is a terrorist movement which has reportedly infiltrated American schools. It began at the undergraduate level and has spread to secondary schools, according to US Attorney General John Ashcroft. Academics dismiss the Ashcroft's accusations as pandering to the lowest common denominator of anti-Arab prejudice.

The web of deception was first uncovered at New York's Kennedy Airport when an individual claiming to be a school teacher was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, protractor, set square, slide rule and calculator. At a morning press conference, Attorney General John Ashcroft, said he believes the man is:

"a member of the notorious al-gebra movement. He is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction." A SNIE reveals that al-Gebra uses use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', and the CIA has determined they belong to an axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.

As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, "there are three sides to every triangle."

The article has been deleted and replaced with a redirect to algebra.

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