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" mindful the opposition will stalk and target your articles, try to get you involved in an edit war, and make up a rationale for blocking you. Don't be fooled by this game. To avoid falling for this trap...Understand that some editors have antisocial attitudes, others are drunk or on drugs, and still others have psychological problems that we can't address. Above all, remain true to yourself and stay above the fray..." -- a wise Wikipedian (who shall remain anonymous)

Where am I in the food chain?

Over on the 'pedia, I am a Veteran Editor III with more than 16,000 edits. I've been there a while, but there are plenty who have been there longer. I don't always get it right, but I always try to be right and do the right thing.

If you've had any kind of issue or misunderstanding in your dealings with me, there is an excellent article/essay on Wikipedia editors with Asperger Syndrome found here that might help.

About me and contributing

If you're here because of an uploading issue, and editing issue, or a revert I've made and you feel I've made an error, please leave me a civil message on my talk page.

Because being on the Autism Spectrum affects everything I do, think, and say, whether it be in real life or on the internet, and since the reason why most people come to an editor's user space is to find out more about them, I ask that you read the "The Autie Pact". Written beautifully by long-time editor User:ThatPeskyCommoner, the pact should be read by all neuro-typical Wikipedia/Wikimedia editors in order to better understand how to work well and peacefully with non-neurotypical editors (such as myself). The pact is very complete, however, there are a couple of things I would add to the words from Pesky:

  • Because those of us on the Spectrum are unfailingly "rule-followers", we are also honest to a fault. When we are accused of lying or intentionally being disruptive or not acting in good faith, it's quite hurtful.
  • Because many of us on the spectrum have considerably higher-than-normal IQs and our brains often times run at break-neck speed, we can become "over-loaded" with data-input and information.
    • When that happens, we can either "snap" due to the stress and say or do something our normally logical brains wouldn't allow us to do;
    • or, we may implement coping strategies, one of which could be disengaging for a time from what is overloading and stressing us. This gives us time to analyze and work out what to do/say/think next.
When both the latter and former are employed, we appreciate it when those "around" us demonstrate patience while we may regroup. If we have only employed the former and have forgotten to be socially gracious, a gentle reminder to apologize to those we may have lashed out at is not a bad idea - if that apology is warranted. In the meantime, please don't pressure us while we are taking that time out. It only adds to our data overload.

Those of us on the spectrum who enjoy editing Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons want pretty much the same thing the neurotypical editors want: to contribute and have fun doing it. And to do it in peace. Because unwanted drama and the stress that goes with it sucks.

-- Winkelvi