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The Wikipedia is cool and should be is used and developed in universities and schools everywhere, IMHO. Closed documentation on encyclopedic type knowledge has no moral justification, IMHO. But the Wikipedia should be used with an understanding of what it is, as justified by academic studies of Wikipedia.

Moreover, there are many aspects of research and universities where the ethical principles in practice at Wikipedia should be the norm but are not (yet, as of 2023) the norm; by seeing how they work in the "real-world" case of Wikipedia (the world's biggest and often most reliable encyclopedia), pressure to move up to these standards in research practice and university governance - especially including transparent, rational, structured decision-making (the ideal of "collegial" decision-making and governance) - will continue to increase.

Gender pronouns[edit]

If you need to refer to me in Wikipedia discussions, then he/him/his are appropriate. If you really want to use they/them/their about me, go ahead, since it seems like those pronoun-related words may win the popularity contest against s/he, him/her, his/her.

A few useful links and tools[edit]

To the uploader: If possible, do not use this tag; please replace it with one of {{tv-screenshot}}, {{film-screenshot}}, {{musicpromo-screenshot}}, {{game-screenshot}}, {{software-screenshot}}, or {{web-screenshot}}.
  • citation stuff
    • Wikipedia:Footnotes
    • Wikipedia:Template messages/Sources of articles/Generic citations
    • <ref name="...">{{cite news | last1= | first1= | last2= | first2= | pages= | language =| title= |trans-title = {{void| trans-title is the English translation}}| date= | publisher= |newspaper= | url= |access-date=2021- |archive-url= |archive-date= |url-status=live {{void| live|dead|unfit|usurped}} |url-access = {{void| (subscription/registration/limited) default=free}} }}</ref>
    • <ref name="...">{{cite web| last1 =| first1 =| last2= | first2= | authorlink =| language =| title= |trans-title = {{void| trans-title is the English translation}} | work =| publisher =| website= |date =| url = |format =| doi =| access-date = |archive-url= |archive-date= |url-status=live {{void| live|dead|unfit|usurped }} |url-access = {{void| (subscription/registration/limited) default=free}} }}</ref>
    • shorter: <ref name="...">{{cite news | last1= | first1= | last2= | first2= |author1-link= | language =| title= |trans-title =| date= |newspaper= | url= |access-date=2021- |archive-url= |archive-date= |url-status=live |url-access = }}</ref>
    • shorter: <ref name="...">{{cite web| last1 =| first1 =| last2= | first2= | author1-link =| language =| title= |trans-title = | website= |date =| url = | access-date = |archive-url= |archive-date= |url-status=live |url-access = }}</ref>
    • <ref name="...">{{cite journal | last1 = | first1 = | last2 = | first2 = | author1-link = | title = | journal = | volume = | issue = | pages = | publisher = | location = | date = | url = | url-access = <!-- (subscription/registration/limited) default=free --> | issn = | doi = | id = | arxiv=YYMM.NNNNNa | access-date = | archive-url= | archive-date= |url-status=live <!-- live|dead|unfit|usurped -->}}</ref>
    • |display-authors=etal
    • for volatile, mainstream newspapers like NYT? Wikipedia:List of web archives on Wikipedia + use |archiveurl= |archivedate=
      • if one of archive-url, archive-date is present, then the other must be present too, and title and url must also be present
      • Template:Webarchive - {{webarchive |format=addlarchives |url= |date= |url2= |date2= }} (max 10 addl (additional) archives)
    • {{cbignore}}
  • redirect to section example
 #REDIRECT[[Gaafar Nimeiry#1985 Revolution]]
 {{Rcat shell|
  {{R to section}}

Possible TODOs[edit]

Peace process[edit]

Battles get huge amounts of Wikipedia attention, while peace actions get much less. This is not Wikipedians' fault alone - killing is "sexy" for the media, while negotiations and the creation of networks and organised groups and healthier human relationships are boring and unprofitable. We need to create more peace process structures, since pedants don't want information on battles to be corrupted by "unencyclopedic" information such as elements of peace processes that inevitably accompany battles since (at least) a century ago: see this removal, for example.

Degafamise the recommended search[edit]

Ethiopian names[edit]

Meta-level work[edit]

Some stuff i worked on several years ago[edit]


DYK reviewing credits[edit]

unused DYK reviewing credits

used DYK reviewing credits

DYK stats[edit]

How interested were random en.wikipedia readers in these DYK'd topics? (pre- and post- stats not subtracted; time of day of appearance may affect N. American vs European/African vs South Asian vs East Asian/Australasian likeliness of reading):

Other statistics[edit]

Women in computing articles[edit]

(to which I have not (yet) contributed...) - highlighted by on the Fediverse

About Wikipedia[edit]

  • wikimania 2005 - meta:Transwiki:Wikimania05/Paper-BO1
  • "Even good bots fight: The case of Wikipedia", Milena Tsvetkova, Ruth García-Gavilanes, Luciano Floridi, Taha Yasseri, 2017, PLOS One
  • Wikipedia quality - what's needed? Commons:File:Wikipedia’s_poor_treatment_of_its_most_important_articles.pdf
  • arXiv:1610.08914 (green open access) = doi:10.1145/3038912.3052591 (non-open-access, peer-reviewed): research paper about toxic comments on Wikipedia and an AI trained on human-classification of comments - "Ex Machina: Personal Attacks Seen at Scale", Ellery Wulczyn, Nithum Thain, Lucas Dixon
  • internal vs externally peer-reviewed handling of a long-term highly contentious topic: Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/World War II and the history of Jews in Poland - arbitration starting around March 2023


  • On the question of how much compression should be done in the long term, I've only just discovered that en.Wikipedia has a whole set of Category:Lists of diplomatic visits by heads of state. Given that almost all of these are opaque meetings with at best press conferences following the meetings, the useful information content is about as much as that of a 'Miss' competition. Famous powerful person A meets powerful person B. Great! and what does that have to do with transparent, rational, informed decision-making representing the interests of citizens of A and B's countries? If I were dictator of en.Wikipedia, I would probably delete the whole set. Boud (talk) 15:48, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

Other wikis: Wikidot[edit]

refs experiment[edit]

The world is round[2]:  and orbits another world[3]: 3, 14, 15 , yet some[4] claim that it's flat. Mikołaja also says it's roundish with a reference duplicating biblio info contained in the refs= list.[3] and don't forget a subpage list of references.[5] Maybe also see ref.[6]


  1. ^ Ahmadinejad, Mahmoud (2005-10-26). "(speech by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad 26 October 2005)". The President's Office (Iran). Retrieved 2007-09-30. {{cite web}}: Check |authorlink= value (help); Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  2. ^ "Diameter". 2011-03. Archived from the original on 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02. {{cite news}}: Check |archiveurl= value (help); Check date values in: |date= (help) Cite error: The named reference "Eratosthenes" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  3. ^ a b if it comes second, i guess, and does not override the first. Cite error: The named reference "Copernicus" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Circular argument". 2011-03. Archived from the original on 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02. {{cite news}}: Check |archiveurl= value (help); Check date values in: |date= (help); Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help) Cite error: The named reference "WMAP" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  5. ^ The World of Subpages. Mod U. Larity Cite error: The named reference "from the subpage" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ "Rev". 2011-03. Archived from the original on 2011-04-02. Retrieved 2011-04-02. {{cite news}}: Check |archiveurl= value (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)

predatory journals[edit]

A semi-centralised place at GAFAM to look for lists of predatory journals and publishers, currently not updated since 2017, is:

Reference section bots/parsers[edit]

  • Whether or not bots or parsers should ignore <!-- ... --> or rather {{void| ... }} comments seems to be disputed between different people. TODO: See this discussion and find the (early 2021?) bot owner discussions about this, and get the different people to chat directly and decide what's best.


by Abie the Fish Peddler 4 Oct 2009:

The Rosetta Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded for making the farsi language accessible on Talk:Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Abie the Fish Peddler (talk) 20:27, 4 October 2009 (UTC)

by Philippe (WMF) 21 Jan 2012:

The Original Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA. Thank you for being a part of the discussion. Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation.

by Northamerica1000 on 16 Feb 2012:

The Barnstar of Liberty
Thanks for creating the new article Lawyers for Liberty and helping to improve Wikipedia's coverage of human-rights related organizations. Your work is appreciated. Northamerica1000(talk) 19:18, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

by Mohamed CJ 22 July 2012:

The Barnstar of Liberty
For your coverage of the ongoing protest movement in Saudi Arabia. You've done some excellent work there, many times all by yourself! Mohamed CJ (talk)

by AntonSamuel 19:30, 21 October 2020:

The Editor's Barnstar
Thank you for your contributions in improving the neutrality and quality of the Ilham Aliyev article! AntonSamuel (talk) 19:30, 21 October 2020 (UTC)
  • According to another volunteer, I have recently been scrupulously pretending [my]self to be "neutral" in Wikipedia editing. Sounds like a compliment to me. Boud (talk) 02:37, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

by WomenArtistUpdates 00:51, 1 April 2021:

Women in Red Women in Africa contest
Boud Thank you for your additions March 2021! - WomenArtistUpdates (talk) 00:43, 1 April 2021 (UTC)

by Gerda Arendt, 06:51, 24 August 2021:

peace process

Thank you for quality articles about protests for peace and human rights, and news about them in Afghanistan and elsewhere, such as Rukhshana Media,Geneva II Middle East peace conference, 2019 Iraqi protests, 2020 Polish protests and People's Peace Movement (Afghanistan), for "Battles get huge amounts of Wikipedia attention, while peace actions get much less." - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

You are recipient no. 2644 of Precious, a prize of QAI. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:51, 24 August 2021 (UTC)

by Sennecaster 13:16, 16 November 2021:

The Copyright Cleanup Barnstar
I've seen you around WP:CP with a lot of helpful comments and listings. Thank you for your work there! Sennecaster (Chat) 13:16, 16 November 2021 (UTC)

for the curious[edit]

If you're curious enough to have scrolled down this far and want to see a popular-level, possibly frequently updated account of original research that I've been involved in or find interesting, and other things of interest, then feel free to check out my blog. It's CC-BY, so in terms of copyright, material could be used in the Wikipedia, but for Wikipedia purposes, better would be to go to the research-level material that some of it points to. Just as other Wikipedians whose real-life role is in the search for knowledge tend to do, I'm trying to keep these roles separate.