However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. ---Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Possible conflicts of interest
I am involved in three other Internet encyclopedia projects:
- Wikipedia - since 2001
- New World Encyclopedia, associated with the Unification Church - since 2005
- Conservapedia - since 2007
If you see me writing too positively (or negatively) about any of the above, please give me a WARNING first. Don't just ban me. I really am a reasonable person, and quite willing to undo my mistakes and "go along to get along".
Articles I started
- Unit testing - in my area of expertise
- Software bug - in my area of expertise
- Global warming - probably too controversial
- Charles Dodgson - better known to the modern world as Lewis Carroll
I am a computer programmer, with a concentration in user interface design and database programming. I pushed for several improvements in MediaWiki, notably the feature that lets blocked users edit their own talk page; and I got them to program MediaWiki extension ParserFunctions, which enables users to perform simple mathematical computations. (My Template:Age is embedded in thousands of Wikipedia biography pages.)
I am strong (if not vociferous!) advocate of neutrality in encyclopedia articles, particularly when they touch upon controversies of great public import.
I am also a sysop at Conservapedia (where I was voted in unanimously by the student board after only 6 days there).
I work well with young people, encouraging them to be polite and work hard for the common goal of writing clear, factual, interesting and relevant articles.
I have no degrees; I'm a self-taught amateur in just about everything I know. However, I scored 760 on the math SATs in 1973 and got a 3 in AP calculus.
Anyone may edit my user page! :-)