Why I am a Wikipedian
Factual information is an obsession of mine and I eschew misinformation of any kind; even when the facts are not convenient to my opinions, I want to know the facts and I'll not say anything to contradict them.
Commencing in grade school, when I came across something wrong or out of date in a library book, I'd insert a piece of paper (had post-it notes been invented, I'd have used them) explaining the problem; for example, I recall a book on the Solar System which stated that Saturn has nine moons but I knew a tenth had been discovered, so I left a piece of paper explaining the discovery in that book.
Wikipedia offers me an excellent opportunity for me to disseminate my knowledge and, on occasion, to correct misinformation.
Although articles related to my profession (embedded system design engineer) tend to be complete and accurate, there are numerous other subjects that I have knowledge of for which I can expand, correct, or otherwise improve articles on Wikipedia. Chief among these are Florida history and Byzantine liturgics, but there are many other esoteric disciplines that I have contributed to.
My perfectionism hinders my quickly editing anything and the need to supply references also slows me down and prevents my sharing information that I know but cannot verify in printed or posted documents.
In 2007 I commenced contributing to Wikipedia on an account using a screen name that was linked to a temporary email address, then after that I contributed anonymously for a while, and finally in January 2010 I opened this account, linked to my permanent email address, and commenced editing using my actual name.
Presently I have a backlog of several dozen articles that I wish to edit and on which I have notes; I feel no need to share that list here, limiting this page to matters of a permanent nature.
The above text is sufficient to identify me as a Wikipedian; some other information about me can be ascertained by entering my name in a search engine.
A Few Photos
- The last photo of my late wife Abby and me together, taken on 11 September 2014 in La Fenice opera house in Venice
- With my wife Abby in front one of our satsuma trees in our back yard
- With a few of my six-legged friends in my backyard on 25 June 2010
- With Bishop George of ROCOR at Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV on Pascha 2011
- At the Marina in Flamingo, Florida (Everglades National Park) with an American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) which had remained motionless in the same spot for at least six hours before my son-in-law snapped this photo on New Year's Eve, 2002
There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.