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Timothy Blue

The Abstract and Mischievous
Cause of deathUnknown at this time, but hopefully something interesting.
Body discoveredUsually in a Red Line Station, return informaton in wallet.
Resting placeUsually my chair in my apartment
NationalityUnited States
Other namesZaphod Beeblebrox
Known forWhiskey
StyleThrift store chic
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Political partyDemocratic Socialist
MovementMornings, I get slower as the day passes.
ChildrenDefinitely No
Call signRainbow Whiskey
WikiBreak Notice Greetings from Los Angeles
If we have a difference of opinion, I'm open to discussing it if the issue is meaningful, significant and worth my time. I ignore comments containing hyperbole, profanity, nonsense, attacks, and attitudes/behaviors I personally find offensive; I also ignore ones that I don't think are worth the time to respond. If you do not like this, click here. I have very strong feelings about the importance of notability, policies and guidelines, sources and evidence.
Best wishes from Los Angeles,   // Timothy :: talk 
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Flag of Los Angeles, California
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Highland Towers Apartments
Echo Park Lake with Downtown Los Angeles Skyline
Echo Park Lake [1][2]
Whisky a Go Go
Whisky a Go-Go
Canter's Deli
Canter's Deli
West Hollywood Pride
Roxie Theater at Night
Thailand Plaza, Thai Town, Hollywood
Los Angeles City Hall
Los Angeles City Hall
Union Station Los Angeles
Union Station Los Angeles
The Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard
The Sunset Tower on Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood Pride
West Hollywood Pride
Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles California
Hollywood Boulevard
South Olive Street
South Olive Street
Macarthur Park, Los Angeles
Macarthur Park, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center
Janss Steps in front of Royce Hall, UCLA
Janss Steps in front of Royce Hall, UCLA
Los Angeles Skyline at Night
Los Angeles Skyline at Night
Hotel Highland Towers, Highland Avenue, Hollywood
Glamda The Fabulous
The Red Line, Los Angeles Metro Rail
The Red Line, Los Angeles MetroRail
orpheum marquee
Orpheum Marquee
Hollywood Boulevard in Thai Town, Los Angeles
Hollywood Boulevard in Thai Town, Los Angeles
Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles
Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
South Olive Street
South Olive Street
Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake
Olvera Street
Olvera Street
Stimson House
Stimson House
Los Angeles China Town
China Town
Pinks Hot Dogs
Pinks Hot Dogs
Pasadenca Civic Auditorium
Disney Concert Hall
Disney Concert Hall
Sixth Street, Los Angeles
Sixth Street, Los Angeles
South Olive Street
South Olive Street
Bradbury building
Bradbury building
Hollywood Sign
Hollywood Sign
El Capitan Theatre
Downtown LA Live
Stanford & Stage in Beverly Hills
Los Angeles Theater
Engine Company 27, LA Fire Department Museum
Fowler Museum, UCLA
Postcard, Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, San Pedro
Altar of Dia de los Muertos, Los Angeles Grand Park (City Hall in the background)
Broadway, Looking South, Los Angeles
Echo Park Lake, Los Angeles, California
UCLA Kaplan Hall
Chinatown, Los Angeles
Lincoln Park, Los Angeles
Hamburger Hamlet, Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood
Hollywood Blvd., looking west, Hollywood
Port of Los Angeles at sunrise
Los Angeles Roxie Theater
Spanish Steps Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills
Pasadena City Hall
Steam locomotive in front of the Los Angeles and Independence Rail Road Terminal (1875)
Pacific Design Center
Capitol Records Building, Hollywood
Downtown Los Angeles and 110 freeway
Downtown Los Angeles
Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
Los Angeles Labor Solidarity Mural
Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica Beach and Pier
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Spring and 1st (1920)
Alex Theater, Glendale
Paramount Studios
The Gaylord Hotel, Wilshire Center
Miracle Mile in Mid-Wilshire
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Nisei Week Festival, Little Tokyo
I-10 @ US101 looking towards DTLA
Pershing Square
Globe Theatre
Hollywood Stella Adler Theatre
Nuart Theatre
Warner Bros. Downtown Theatre
Wiltern Theatre
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Cleanup and AfD notes: User:TimothyBlue/cleanup

Welcome To My Userpage


Current Status
30% Resigned, 50% Good, 20% Sleepy
Overall okay mood. Taking a semi-wikibreak.

I spend most of my time working on book articles, authors, and bibliographies about topics I'm interested in. The work I am most proud of are the bibliographies related to Russian and Soviet history I've created. I have also put considerable work into Bibliography of Los Angeles and Sexual violence in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The subjects I am most involved with are related to Russia the Soviet Union, World War I, II, and Cold War, and generally the swath of nations and peoples that run from Poland, the Baltics, and Russia, running southeast through Turkey and the Caucasus, Central Asia, and ending in Pakistan, northern India, western China, and Mongolia.

I enjoy working on the navigation elements and interconnectedness of Wikipedia, such as: Navigation lists such as indexes, outlines, timelines and years pages; See also and navigation hat notes; navigation templates and navigation sidebars.

I am a self appointed maintenance angel for Timothy (given name), Tim (given name), Timmy (given name); every Tim, Timmy, and Timothy has a place, and every Tim, Timmy, and Timothy should be in their proper place. This is critical for the survival of Wikipedia.

I watch articles generally related to:

  • History: the history of Russia and the Russian empire, the Soviet Union, and the Soviet bloc; the history of eastern and central Europe; Central Asia and the Caspian Sea; 20th century Germany and the Holocaust; World War I, II and the Cold War; the Sino-Japanese wars; general United States history.
  • Other: Los Angeles and California, UCLA and Los Angeles City College; The Doors, Velvet Underground, and Traffic; gold and silver age Russian literature; golden age science fiction; fascism and communism; Dungeons & Dragons and tabletop RPGs; Commodore PET and Altair 8800; accessibility and blindness; Blue holes; whiskey and tea; warships; colors, especially blue; bibliographies; glossaries. ...

I have some skill with MathML, LaTeX, C++, Python, Javascript, PHP, none with Lua. At one time I could write C well enough :) to make a living and had a painful 3yr encounter with 6502/6510 assembly language that left me traumatized. I've been casually learning about the Mediawiki software and the Wikipedia API, and investigating various database APIs. I also have some skill with Excel VBA. For the most part when I say "some skill", this should be interpreted as meaning "self taught hack that knows enough to be dangerous". It can be an embarrasing path but I occassionally arrive at the correct destination. My saving grace is knowing I'm a potentially dangerous self taught hack. Someday I might put a link up to my Github for Wikipedia tools.

I can "function" in Spanish (Los Angeles flavor), French, German, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Armenian (so so), and Georgian. By "function" I mean I know enough to work intelligently with the aid of a computer.

Much of the information here is to help my memory; if it helps others, wonderful. If you have a resource/page about Wikipedia or a good tool for working on Wikipedia, please let me know on my talk page, I hoard information.

My page on Polish Wikipedia My page on Ukrainian Wikipedia

Important thoughts, random musings, personal confessions, and fun facts[edit]

  • In 2018, I had a actual heart attack while listening to an orange monster promote fascism and white supremacy.
  • Don't worry, Rod Sterling is actually standing just out of sight laughing at us with Allen Funt.
  • I once found a coconut in Mercia.
  • "Once ya, ya get to know these parts, you never lack for somethin ta do. People always ask me, "Why I stay here?" I tell'm I stay cuz I like it better here than I would anywharez else." — Herb Jones, The Legend of Boggy Creek.[1]
  • I have Arachnophobia, musophobia, and Ophidiophobia. Spiders, rats and snakes will cause me.
  • Wikipedia is a creation worthy of the gnomes of Ak'Anon and as challenging for a newbie as Crushbone.
  • I'm convinced I was a librarian in a former life; maybe not a good one.
  • I routinely misspell "guarantee"; I have tried my whole life to stop, but cannot. It is my great shame.
I also have this problem with: "memoir", "Caucasus", "succinct", "parallel" ...
  • “He knows that there’s no better way in the world to aggravate somebody who’s trying to make it hard for you than by acting like you’re not bothered.”
  • My partnership is 25% Lucy and Ricky, 25% Harold and Kumar, 25% Odd Couple, and 25% Basil and Sybil.
  • I often have a problem recognizing sarcasm and respond accordingly.
  • My joints hurt. You can tell how cranky I am likely to be by checking if it is cold (below 60 °F (16 °C)) or rainy in Los Angeles.
  • My great-grand-nephew started middle school today, ~~~~~.
Not Funny


Quotes from people much wiser than I will ever be[edit]

  • The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence, you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence, you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. —Martin Luther King.[2]
  • "The Russian Revolution was the most successful criminal conspiracy in history. The takeover of an entire nation by a shameless huckster supported by a hostile foreign power. And the revolution was also an object lesson in how liberals can lose, and lose catastrophically, from a position of great advantage, if they are divided in the face of a ruthlessly ideological foe."[3]
  • "I told you so. You damned fools".[4]
  • "Civilization is in a race between education and catastrophe. Let us learn the truth and spread it as far and wide as our circumstances allow." H.G. Wells
  • “They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high,” she wrote. “To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone.” Barbara Ehrenreich[5]


  • I think most portals exist to provide busy work for the bored.
  • Sarcasm is often the only effective response to absurdity.
  • Foolishness, and ignorance often win, but that's no reason to surrender.
  • I often find Wikipedia very amusing; its like a soap opera generously mixed with black comedy set again a beige and gray backdrop.

Things I've learned to live by on Wikipedia (or try to)[edit]

  • Think before you type. Then type. Then think again before you press Publish. "If you see a man hasty with his words, there is more hope for a fool than for him." Mishlei 29:20
  • When in doubt, don't press Publish.
  • If you're uncertain, Ask.
  • When you're wrong, you're wrong. Accept it gracefully.
  • I try and abide by a personal 2RR rule (except in cases such as vandalism, copyright, or BLP violations). If I've reverted twice and things continue, I'll leave it to another editor to pick up where I stop. If it's important someone else will come along. If important or the article is not watched, WP:3O or WP:DR is a better forum for resolving the dispute than moving towards WP:EW territory.
  • Think if something can be Improved, rather than Reverted or Deleted. If it can, then either Improve it or leave it for someone else.
  • Don't engage in petty reverting. See above.
  • Sometimes it's best to disengage from a quarrel and return later rather than keeping it going. "Just as without wood, the fire goes out, so without a grumbler the quarrel quiets down." Mishlei 26:20
  • Use polite and meaningful but short edit summaries.
  • Use warning templates sparingly. A note often produces better results.
  • Some topics I am too emotionally close to and I choose generally not to edit in those areas. At best it will be frustrating, at worst it will result in a ban or block. Everyone has to know their limitations. Wikipedia should be enjoyable and edifying, not frustrating and exasperating.
  • Don't stick your nose into situations you know nothing about. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." Abraham Lincoln
  • Don't stir the pot.
  • Don't hold grudges.
  • Not every editor is able to constructively edit/review every article. Know what articles are best left to others.
  • When you've dug yourself into a hole, that's a battleground; stop digging and just walk away.
  • Beating a dead horse with a lead pipe is messy and unnecessary; just walk away
  • There is often no right or wrong answer. If you don't feel strongly about something and others do feel strongly, you probably have better things to do than arguing about it.
  • Editing should generally be fulfilling and a positive part of your life.
  • Some areas on Wikipedia are very contentious, and often very unpleasant experiences arise. You can only deal with so much unpleasantness beyond which it isn't worth the personal toll and the impact on the other areas you edit. Pick and choose the unpleasantness you decide to involve yourself in carefully; you only have so much time and strength. It is better to deal with some difficult situations and leave others to others and keep your enthusiasm for editing than to try and deal with all difficulties and burn out and drop out.
  • There is a line between passion and obsession, commitment and crusade. The farther your keep from the line, the more enjoyable your experience. Easy to say, hard to follow.
  • Every editor should read Law of holes, Inverse consequences, Unintended consequences, The road to hell is paved with good intentions, Sayre's law, No good deed goes unpunished, Law of triviality, and Hoist with his own petard, Self-destructive behavior, This too shall pass

Simple Wikipedia things I wish I knew sooner[edit]

  • When I first started editing Wikipedia, I was under the impression that it was a mellow, cordial, quite place to do something. <:)=
  • I couldn't figure out why the Thank option appeared sometimes, but other times was unavailable. It was because I had a VPN running.
  • You don't need to have the Page Mover user right to move a page. The right just gives you the ability to move without leaving a redirect.
  • There is a glossary of all those Wikipedian abbreviations people use at Wikipedia:Glossary and Wikipedia:Wikipedia abbreviations
  • When you see !vote it doesn't mean a Negative or Oppose vote. It means Not voting and refers to the process of consensus-building as opposed to polling.
  • Twinkle is the most helpful thing on Wikipedia.
  • Wikipedia:Tools and Wikipedia:User scripts/List.
  • RefScript automatically creates refs from webpages.
  • On Wikipedia, if something sounds straightforward and self-explanatory, you're wrong, it's not.
  • There are important differences between policies and a guidelines and an essays. They are not the synonmyns. Editors use the terms far too loosely and interchangeably, sometimes unintentionally and innocently, other times...?
  • Special:CategoryTree - displays a tree for a category
  • When you remove vandalism with an inappropriate edit summary, make sure to remove the default edit summary on your revert, or else the inappropriate edit summary will appear on the revert and in your user contributions.
  • Help:Cheatsheet, Help:Wikitext, Help:Magic words
  • Zotero [7] - citation manager with Wikipedia support.
  • Help:Cheatsheet

Things about articles I do not like[edit]

  1. Excessive inline references per WP:OVERKILL. It makes it hard to read an article. If they are needed, they should be encapsulated or bundled WP:BUNDLING in a footnote with an explanation.
  2. Too many sections MOS:OVERSECTION. Article creation is not a contest to see how many sections an editor can cram into a stub.
  3. Substubs. These are not articles: they are PAGE SPAM. Shame on any editor that creates them and doesn't expand them (unless there is a good reason); if an article is worth creating, an editor should write 350 words about it, create a couple of incoming links, add two references, add categories. Minimum effort.
  4. The idea that having a separate article is always somehow better. Nothing is improved if content is unnessarily fragmented and placed in a more obsure stand alone article.
  5. Completely empty sections; if an editor creates a section, they should at least write one sentence about that section's topic.
  6. That its much easier to be considered notable as an athlete or entertainer, than it is to be considered notable as an academic, scientist, or author.

Articles and investigative reports about Wikipedia[edit]

  • Paling, E. (21 October 2015), "Wikipedia's Hostility to Women", The Atlantic, retrieved 15 January 2023
  • Page, S. (October 17, 2022), "She's made 1,750 Wikipedia bios for female scientists who haven't gotten their due", The Washington Post, retrieved 15 January 2023
  • Qaiser, F., Zaringhalam, M., Bernardi, F., Wade, J., Pinckney, E. (23 May 2022). "How academic institutions can help to close Wikipedia's gender gap". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-022-01456-x. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  • Gardner, R. (January 9, 2023), "Wikipedia operator denies Saudi infiltration claim", BBC, retrieved 15 January 2023

The worst part of Wikipedia[edit]

The seemingly endless, repetitive, and ultimately meaningless time sink discussions where editors constantly repeat themselves over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Usually accompanied by walls of text that begin to blur into each other like a mental quagmire. See all the move requests related the Russo-Ukrainian war or renaming Turkey, or any high level article about Armenia or Azerbaijan as an example.

The second worst part of Wikipedia[edit]

Walls of text. In any and every context except your own user page.

Don't like them. Don't read them. Don't encourage them. Don't build them. Shun those that do.
Yes occasionally lots of text is needed, and when it is it should still be as concise and organized as possible.
Nothing justifies >500 words in a paragraph.
Nothing justifies >50 words in a sentence.
Nothing justifies >10 sentences in a paragraph.
Violating the above should be a Wikipedia felony, the offenders beaten mercilessly with rabid squirrels until they repent. Habitual offenders should be sentenced to live with feral cats and no wifi.

What Wikipedia is not[edit]

  • Wikipedia is not a directory of every athlete mentioned in the news.
  • Wikipedia is not a directory of every game or season mentioned on the internet.
  • Wikipedia is not a directory of every actor or musician with a credit.
  • Wikipedia is not an directory of every music single and television episode ever made.

What to do if you have been blocked or are facing being blocked[edit]

You have two options:

Option 1

Continue the fight until the bitter end. Don't accept defeat. Tell everyone else why they are wrong and why you are right. If you really think your right and won't abide by the consensus because you think its wrong, this is the option to take. Make sure you are very clear about your future defiant intentions. Use walls of text to make your point, with liberal use of copy/paste. Respond promptly to every comment made regarding the issue, with liberal use of copy/paste. Make sure to be very clear about where you stand in every reply. Blame others and point out their faults to distract from your editing.

This has never worked, but you might be the first!

Option 2

Admit defeat. Stop the behavior that created the problem. Post your accept the consensus to stop. Total white flag. This will work wonders for most people facing a block; this will not work for repeat or egregious problems, but if you've just made a mistake and taken it too far this will work wonders.

You need to consisely:

  • Explain what the problem is so others know you understand the reason behind the (potential)block.
  • Explain that you accept the consensus that what your were doing is unacceptable; you don't have to '''agree''', but you do have to accept to '''abide''' by consensus.
  • Explain what you will do to avoid a repeat (if needed and not implicit in the above).


  • Use weasel works to try and minimize your problem.
  • Set conditions for your acceptance of the consensus, policy, or guidelines.
  • Try and offset your responsibility by pointing to others problems.
  • Attack or criticize other editors.

This works once, maybe again if you gain invisible Wikipedia brownie points.

Left aligned images[edit]

Images that are aligned to the left are an absolute pain for people that need significant screen magnification. It is much more accessible to place the images all to the right and avoid breaking up the flow of the text. This isn't true for simple low level magnification, but for individuals needing magnification at 500%+ while using a low resolution on a large display, it is an enormous and almost always unnecessary pain.

Unsourced material in BLPs[edit]

BLPs need clearly WP:IS WP:RS with WP:SIGCOV addressing the subject directly and indepth for both content and notabilty to avoid abuse. Per WP:BURDEN

  • "All content must be verifiable. The burden to demonstrate verifiability lies with the editor who adds or restores material, and it is satisfied by providing an inline citation to a reliable source that directly supports the contribution."
  • "Any material lacking an inline citation to a reliable source that directly supports the material may be removed and should not be restored without an inline citation to a reliable source."
  • "Do not leave unsourced or poorly sourced material in an article if it might damage the reputation of living people or existing groups"

Be aware of Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons also Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons#Legal persons and groups. Per WP:BURDEN, I removed unsourced content from BLPs. BLPs need clearly IS RS with SIGCOV addressing the subject directly and indepth for both content and notabilty to avoid abuse. Abuse can work in many ways:

  • BLP abuse occurs when unsourced (or poorly sourced) negative information is placed in an article.
  • BLP abuse occurs when unsourced (or poorly sourced) promotional information is placed in an article.
  • BLP abuse occurs when unsourced (or poorly sourced) information is placed in an article with language that modifies or qualifies the information in a way that violates WP:NPOV, WP:WEIGHT.
  • BLP abuse occurs when opinions in otherwise IS RS are presented in Wikipeda as facts or given more WP:WEIGHT than is WP:DUE and neglects other viewpoints.
  • BLP abuse occurs when unsourced (or poorly sourced) information about private individuals makes its way into Wikipedia, either as part of another article or as a WP:BLP1E.

Just because information is on the internet does not make it notable, true, or worth adding to Wikipedia.  // Timothy :: talk  18:57, 25 March 2023 (UTC)

Legitimate uses I've found for ChatGPT[edit]

Using ChatGPT to write articles is repulsive. It should be a Wikipedia felony and a shunnable offense.
But there are some great legitimate uses for ChatGPT. I've been using it inside VSCode (via Github Copilot) and on their website. Here are some useful things I've found (in no particular order). Obviously you should check the results and never assume.

  • Give it a list and ask it to order it chonologically or alphabetically.
  • Give it a list of ISBNs and/or DOIs and it will create a bibliography or references in the format you request from the list. It will even use Wikipedia citation templates if you ask it to.
  • Give it a list of bare URLs and it will create references.
  • It can create and modify Wikipedia tables.
  • Checking (NOT creating) translations. Its about as good as Google translate (poor), but is another tool that can help check translations.

Grammarly is much better for writing assistance.

I'm sure there are more things it could help with. When you have it use Python scripts to expand its reach, it can do some pretty interesting things.

Things I have to repeat often[edit]


Here are some resources to answer your questions.

Any questions you have can be answered at the WP:TEAHOUSE.

If you are going to edit Wikipedia, especially creating articles, you need at a minimum to undestand the above. It will take time to learn them, but your time will either be spent productively learning about the above, or wasted here at AfD.


BLPs need clearly IS RS with SIGCOV addressing the subject directly and indepth for both content and notability to avoid abuse per well known core policy (WP:V and WP:BLP) and guidelines (WP:BIO and WP:IS, WP:RS, WP:SIGCOV).

Add references to restored content

Please be certain to add references to all the restored content at the above article (See WP:BURDEN, WP:ONUS, WP:V). This is very important for all the names of living or recently deceased persons in the article (see WP:BLP). For lists of individuals, there is no need to add a reference to each entry if a note at the top of the section will source many or all of the entries. Others may need an individual reference for the name. I'm certain you would not want anyone to add anything to the article, so references very important. Do not feel rushed, but it should be done within a reasonably short period of time (especially sourcing names of living persons per WP:BLP) and show steady progress until completion. Basic facts can be referenced using primary sources (see WP:PRIMARY); all other material should be references using independent reliable secondary sources (see WP:IS, WP:RS).

New articles lacking sources for notability

The article article lacks references clearly showing notability.

Sources connected to the subject (in anyway) cannot be used to show notability. Thanks,

Unreferenced cleanup talk page discussion starter

There was a great deal of unsourced material which appears to be either WP:OR or WP:SYNTH in the article; this has been removed per WP:V. Material should only be reinserted if it has proper independent reliable sourcing per WP:BURDEN and if edited to remove any POV per WP:NPOV and WP:WEIGHT. Without insisting on independent reliable verifiable sources WP:V, anyone can place any information, positive or negative, into an article based on nothing but opinion, bias, or belief. Insisting on independent reliable sources for article content ensures the subject is not abused or exalted, and readers are not misinformed.

Independent WP:IS reliable sources WP:RS are essential for all articles, however they are absolutely critical for biographies of living persons WP:BLP and I firmly believe currently active organizations. For most articles there is not a possibility of unsourced information having a real world impact; this is not the case with BLPs and currently active organizations.

WP:PRIMARY sources should only be used to source basic facts and statistics; WP:SECONDARY sources are needed for all other article content.

Tags have been added for other problems.

A place for stuff I need a place for[edit]

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My Work[edit]

New Articles Created[edit]



  1. Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
  2. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941
  3. Stalin: Breaker of Nations
  4. Stalin's Peasants
  5. Pacific Crucible: War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941–1942
  6. The Conquering Tide: War in the Pacific Islands, 1942–1944
  7. Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
  8. The Pacific War Trilogy
  9. Everyday Stalinism
  10. Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties
  11. The Lights that Failed: European International History 1919-1933
  12. The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933-1939
  13. The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
  14. Lord and Peasant in Russia from the Ninth to the Nineteenth Century
  15. Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914–1921
  16. Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928
  17. The Empire of the Steppes
  18. The Russian Revolution: A New History
  19. The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia
  20. Cannery Women, Cannery Lives: Mexican Women, Unionization, and the California Food Processing Industry, 1930-1950
  21. Destruction Was My Beatrice: Dada and the Unmaking of the Twentieth Century
  22. The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932—1939
  23. Russia: Revolution and Civil War, 1917—1921
  24. The New Life (2022 historical fiction)
  25. In Isolation: Dispatches from Occupied Donbas
  26. Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy
  27. Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture, and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945
  28. Black and Brown: African Americans and the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920
  29. Collaborationism in France during the Second World War
  30. Red, White, and Black Make Blue: Indigo in the Fabric of Colonial South Carolina Life
  31. The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
  32. Origins of the Slavic Nations: Premodern Identities in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus
  33. The Making of the Slavs: History and Archaeology of the Lower Danube Region
  34. Plantation Enterprise in Colonial South Carolina
  35. Revolutionary Spring: Fighting for a New World 1848–1849
  36. The Marriage Question: George Eliot’s Double Life
  37. The Trans-Appalachian Frontier: People, Societies, and Institutions, 1775-1850
  38. That Most Precious Merchandise: The Mediterranean Trade in Black Sea Slaves, 1260-1500
  39. The Creation of Dangerous Violent Criminals
  40. A History of Algeria
  41. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria, 1954-1962
  42. History and the culture of nationalism in Algeria
  43. Kentucke's Frontiers
  44. Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945-60
  45. Christian Ritual and the Creation of British Slave Societies, 1650-1780
  46. Tennessee Frontiers: Three Regions in Transition
  47. El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America







Set indexes


DYK Entries[edit]

New Templates Created[edit]

Articles and Pages I've made significant contributions to[edit]

Needs expansion[edit]

New Articles[edit]

Cleanup and AfD[edit]

I keep a personal list of pages I've come across that need unsourced content referencing and cleanup work or work for an AfD at User:TimothyBlue/cleanup.

Other stuff[edit]

About books[edit]

  • If you are looking for a citation or to verify a citation from one of these works, just ask me on my talk page. I'm happy to help if I can. Many of these are on Kindle, so I can provide a Kindle location and chapter, but not always a page number.
  • If you are looking for a citation about Soviet history, I have ready access to many of the books on the lists at Bibliography of the Soviet Union and Bibliography of Russian history.


Serious things[edit]

How to evaluate claims of off-wiki status as an expert or scholar[edit]

  • If someone feels the need to tell you they are expert or scholar, they are rarely an expert or scholar.
  • If someone feels the need to tell you they are expert or scholar, and therefore you should respect their opinion/contribution even though they don't have WP:RS, they are very rarely an expert or scholar.
  • If someone feels the need to tell you they are expert or scholar, and therefore you should respect their opinion/contribution even though they don't have WP:RS, and they have "Dr." or "Ph.D." anywhere in their username, you can be completely certain beyond any doubt they are not an expert or scholar.

The Unspoken Sixth Pillar of Wikipedia[edit]

A stub article shall be created for each and every male football (soccer) player, who has ever been on a roster for a national team for even one game, regardless of how obscure they are or unlikely it is that the stub will ever be expanded, if even one bare entry in a statistical database site can be found as a source for the aforementioned male football (soccer) player. If challenged, WP:NFOOTBALL shall be invoked with the authority of the gods to override any objection, policy or guideline.

Anyone who foolishly deviates from this sacred standard, even ever so slightly or inadvertently, will be declared an apostate and banished forever, doomed to create stub articles for baseball players.

Proposed new CSD criteria[edit]

The following is a list of proposed new CSD criteria that will make everything much more interesting.

  • A8. No indication of importance (things you don't understand and don't feel the need to try)
Wikipedia is not about learning new things and its just rude for someone to create an article that you don't understand.
  • A12. Stuff you don't like.
Applies to stuff you don't like or don't agree with, or stuff that makes you uncomfortable, hungry, restless, or fatigued, regardless of WP:N or WP:RS. Because Wikipedia is here for you.
  • A13. Stuff someone you don't like is enjoying working on, so you want it deleted.
Applies to people who have offended you in the past, may offend you in the future, or someone you just have a funny feeling about. Also can be applied if someone you don't know and have never interacted with, is obviously bothering/harassing/stalking you, even if you are uncertain which editor is doing this.
  • A14. Too many typoes mispellings or grammer errors.
Available only to WikiGnomes and to WikiElves helping them. Because Grammer Speling and Punctuation is the very MOST immportant thing; an if anyone disegrees their WRONG! and trying to Destory Wikipedia and MUST be stoped; before the werld comes too an end..
  • A14(a) The hyphens-dash clause
This applies when hyphens are used instead of en-dashes or especially when used instead of em-dashes or visa-versa. This can potentially cause a fatal case of what is referred to as Gnomish CE-OVERLOAD, if a WikiElf is not present to help them calm down. In severe cases, all the offending editor's articles and edits shall be reverted and they shall be issued an infinite block for WP:DE. Available only to WikiGnomes with SuperGnome powers.
  • A15. Someone stole your idea.
Something you've been planning on writing for years now and was almost ready to think about considering starting it, but someone stole the idea and beat you to it. The offending editor obviously is a mind reader and this is the same as plagiarism.
  • A16. Obviously not notable.
You did a Google search in English and nothing came up on the first page, so it can't be notable and it's too much trouble to go to AfD and plus someone might disagree with you there.
  • A17. Its a stub. You hate stubs.
A stub. You hate stubs. Why are there so many stubs? Also applies to start articles that look too much like stubs and to featured articles that at one point were stubs.
  • A18. Something that could be merged, but you're too lazy to do it.
Applies if you are too lazy at the moment to do the work or feel you might be too lazy when you get around to thinking about maybe doing it later.
  • A18(a). Something could be redirected, but you forgot the correct syntax for a redirect.
Syntax is hard. Why can't you just wish for a thing to be and it is? This way you just have a couple clicks to perform. Everything on Wikipedia should be done by clicks and not require typing. Typing is hard.
  • A19. Articles with references in languages other than English that obviously cannot be verified.
This is English Wikipedia so everything should be in English. Google translate is hard and some of those non-Latin characters are scary.
  • G15. You're having a bad day and something just absolutely must pay for it.
Applies to all situations where real-life issues are upsetting you and the best solution is to take it out on an innocent article, category, template or other random page or two. Please note: this only applies to real-life off-wiki situations that are upsetting you. If you are upset due to an on-wiki situation, other CSD criteria may apply, such as A12 or A13. If you are both having a bad off-wiki day and something on-wiki is also bothering you, please contact an Oversighter and have something suppressed.
  • G16. You should get credit for something, but won't unless it's deleted first so you can claim the credit.
You found something and think you could improve on it, but want credit for creating it, so you want it deleted. Can be literally anything from a new stub to the five pillars.
  • G17. You just feel something should be deleted.
Feelings are more important than facts, policies, and guidelines. You should WP:IGNORE and go with your gut.
  • U6. A user page that meets the criteria for a user page, but that you don't like.
A good way to express exactly how involved you are in the lives of individuals you don't know.
  • U7. User page deletion anger management
Available when you are having a disagreement with another editor, need to vent your anger, but don't want to be blocked for a personal attack. You can repeatedly have their user page deleted until they acknowledge you are always correct and agree not to challenge you in the future. Use with caution due to the possibility of this developing into a U7(a) situation.
  • U7(a). User page deletion anger management delete war
When two editors need to vent their anger over a disagreement on an article but don't want to edit war at that article or engage in personal attacks, they can engage in a delete war against each other's user pages, repeatedly having the other's user page deleted and when the other user refunds their page and deletes your page, you simply delete again until someone surrenders. Canvassing your clique to create a delete war army to assist you is acceptable. If the delete war appears to be at a stalemate, an uninvolved admin can decide to close the delete war by having a Wikipedia drone strike carried out on the editors accounts to end the situation.


Free tools for editing Wikipedia[edit]

These are some of the tools I use, your millage may vary, but these work for me. Suggestions welcome. Items available for Linux, may be available for Windows and Mac. All work well for individuals with visual impairments, and most work well with dark themes.

Text Editors

  • Visual Studio Code: This text editor has a Wikipedia extension (by Jason Williams) with code coloring, a great snippet tool, autocomplete, code folding, robust find and replace within/across documents, workspaces, write scripts in any language, and a reasonable spelling engine that doesn't flag code. I find this very useful for working with new articles and bibliographies.
  • Sublime Text: Another great text editor, all of the features above, except spell check and code coloring. I usually use this as a notepad, to compose or edit short passages, edit talk page messages. Biggest drawback is no spell check. I prefer VS Code for snippet management. There is a plug in that allows you to directly open, edit, and save Wikipedia pages which is very useful.
  • Brackets: Another great text editor.

I usually have all of the above open and just switch between them depending on what I'm doing.

Grammar and writing tools

  • Grammarly - [8]

Python modules for text processing and data analysis

(These are useful for cleaning up raw bibliographic data, working with tables, geographic data, etc)

Office Suites

  • LibreOffice: Word Processor and Spreadsheet. Minimal bloat, all the tools someone might use in a more expensive and bloated Office suite. Doesn't have an easy to switch to dark mode :/
  • Open Office: Very very similar to Libre Office.
  • Google Docs web applications. No my favorite. There extension system is awkward, but this is useful. Best dark mode.


  • Input: I prefer Input Mono Thin. Works well with color coding on dark backgrounds.[6]

References and notes'

  • Evernote: online note taking. I use this but below items are great
  • Joplin: if I wasn't so used to Evernote, I'd probably use Joplin.[7]
  • Simplenote: Made by WordPress.[8]
  • Zotero: reference manager. Someone told me this would change my life and it did. Has browser plug ins for Chrome and Firefox. Lacks some accessibility customizations I like.

Web tools

Online repositories

  • Github, online storage and versioning for projects that aren't yet ready for prime time or anything else you want.

Databases, indexes and bibliographies[edit]

Historical Associations[edit]

Wikipedia Editor Information Pages[edit]

These are items I either have or continue to find useful. I post them here for my reference and in the hope they might help someone else find something.



  • WP:FUTUREEVENT: "expected future events should be included only if the event is notable and almost certain to take place. "

Contentious topics[edit]



Commas | Semicolons | emDashes | enDashes | Hyphens


General grammar[edit]


MOS Style Guidelines[edit]




  • Section titles use sentence case, not title case. See MOS:CAPS.
  • Everything about using hyphens and dashes properly on Wikipedia.
  • Wikipedia's style for an Wikipedia:Manual of Style#Ellipses ellipsis is three unspaced dots (...); do not use the precomposed ellipsis character () or three dots separated by spaces (. . .). Generally, use a non-breaking space before an ellipsis, and a regular space after it

Editing policies, guidelines, essays[edit]




About policies, guidelines and essays[edit]

Deletion, Merging, Splitting[edit]


Articles for Deletion related processes

Useful guidelines and essays related to deletion criteria

  • Wikipedia:Categories, lists, and navigation templates
    Talks about the importance and individuality of Categories, Lists and Navigation templates and how they work together on Wikipedia.
  • Wikipedia:Summary style
    Talks about what Summary style is and the pattern of topic development that follows: Summary Overview Article/List >> General Subject Article/List >> Specific Topic Article/List
    eg: History >> American History >> History of the American Civil War >> History of the Battle of Gettysburg



Wikipedia Citation Information

Citation Guides

Citation Tools

Citation Templates

Citation Essays

Wikipedia Reference[edit]

Tools and Scripts[edit]


Individual items

Copyright tools

Online writing tools

Wikipedia Sorting and Indexing Lookup Pages[edit]



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  • {{subst:Anchor|Old name}}



General Page

Page Cleanup

Style of writing

  • {{repetition}} This article may contain too much repetition or redundant language.
  • {{peacock}} This article contains wording that promotes the subject in a subjective manner without imparting real information.
  • {{buzzword}} This article appears to contain a large number of buzzwords.
  • {{cleanup-PR}} This article reads like a press release or a news article and is largely based on routine coverage or sensationalism.
  • {{essay-like}} This article is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay
  • {{like resume}} This biographical article is written like a résumé.
  • {{review}} This article reads like a review rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject.
  • {{verbosity}} This article's text uses more words than are necessary.
  • {{advert}} This article contains content that is written like an advertisement
  • {{cleanup}} This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards.
  • {{cleanup rewrite}} This article may need to be rewritten to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards.
  • {{cleanup section}} This section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards.
  • {{too many see alsos}} This "see also" section may contain an excessive number of suggestions.
  • {{very long}} This page may be too long to read and navigate comfortably.
  • {{lead rewrite}} The lead section of this article may need to be rewritten.
  • {{POV lead}} The neutrality of this article's introduction is disputed.
  • {{cleanup red links}} This article or section's use of red links may not follow Wikipedia's guidelines.
  • {{external links}} This article's use of external links may not follow Wikipedia's policies or guidelines
  • {{off topic}} This section may stray from the topic of the article.


  • {{cleanup reorganize}} This article may be in need of reorganization to comply with Wikipedia's layout guidelines.
  • {{importance section}} This section contains information of unclear or questionable importance or relevance to the article's subject matter.
  • {{sections}} This article should be divided into sections by topic, to make it more accessible.
  • {{subsections}} This section is too long to read comfortably, and needs subsections.
  • {{Expand section}}
  • {{Summarize section}} This section may be too long and excessively detailed
  • {{summarize section}} This section may be too long and excessively detailed.
  • {{Too many sections}} This article may have too many section headers dividing up its content.

Inline cleanup templates

Talk pages



Topics/Articles that interest me[edit]


Timothy (disambiguation), Tim (disambiguation), Timoti (disambiguation), Timotheus (disambiguation)



Contents, Indexes, Outlines and Glossaries[edit]














Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original), Harold and Maude, The Blues Brothers, Blazing Saddles, Animal House, Spaceballs, Kentucky Fried Movie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Pink Flamingos, Brazil, This is Spinal Tap, Up in Smoke, Blue Velvet, Fantasia, Dr. Strangelove, The Wizard of Oz, Phantasm, Valley of the Dolls, Airplane! , Time Bandits, The Legend of Boggy Creek, Chariots of the Gods, Reefer Madness, Fritz the Cat, Super Fly (1972), Glen Or Glenda, Foxy Brown (1974), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Meaning of Life, American Graffiti, Ordinary People, Taxi Driver, Once Upon A Time in America, Once Upon A Time in the West, Klute, On Golden Pond, The Deer Hunter, Apocalypse Now, The Graduate, Lolita, The Exorcist, Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Rebel Without a Cause, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Fahrenheit 451 (1966), Midnight Cowboy, Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Dirty Harry, Play Misty for Me, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Some Like it Hot, Don't Cry It's Only Thunder, Gimme Shelter (1970), The Wall (Pink Floyd), Quadrophenia, Tommy (The Who), The Last Waltz (1978), Vampyros Lesbos (1971), Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Student Bodies, Metropolis (1927), Termors, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, The Never Ending Story, The Graveyard of Horror (1971), Teenagers from Outer Space (1959), The Other (Thomas Triton), The Sister Urge (MST3k version), The Curse of Bigfoot (MST3k version), I Accuse my Parents! (MST3k version), Chariots of the Gods, Quest for Fire, Overlords of the UFO, El Topo, Rosemary's Baby, Freaks (1932), Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978), Heavy Metal (Animated), The Toxic Avenger, Mars Attacks!, Fire and Ice (Animated), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), Barbarella (1968), Heathers (1988), The Mysterious Monsters, Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964), Trash (1970), Shock Treatment (1981), Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), Welcome to the Doll House, Duck Soup (1933), Bigfoot (1970) Ivan Marx, Dear Dead Delilah, Sunset Blvd. (1950), Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), Carnival of Souls (1962), Dementia 13 (1963), Yellow Submarine (1968), What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969), The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), The Thing with Two Heads (1972), Coffy (1973), Electra Glide in Blue (1973), Deep Red (1975), Friday the 13th (original), Halloween (original), Eraserhead (1977), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Blue Sunshine (1977), Alone in the Dark, Scanners, Altered States, Stripes, VHS, Tron, Videodrome, The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), Night of the Living Dead, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Forbidden Planet (1956), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The Blob (1958), The Fly (1958), The Angry Red Planet (1959), Planet of the Apes (1968), Tarzan and His Mate (1934), Soylent Green (1973), The Giant Claw, Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, Destory all Monsters, War of the Gargantuas, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, The Invisible Man, Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde, The Bride of Frankenstein, ,



WikiProjects / Groups[edit]


About Me[edit]

TThis user is a Timothy
not a Tim and never a Timmy
PMy pronouns are either
he, him, his or they, them, their
This user was born and lives in the U.S. State of California.
This editor was born, raised, lives in and loves Los Angeles
This editor uses Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (Focal Fossa)
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This user has visited or driven through 46 of the 50 States and the District of Columbia.46

Not visited: Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina.

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Polish ancestry.
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  2. ^ Martin Luther King Jr. (1967). Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?. p. 67.
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  4. ^ "Preface to the 1941 edition of The War in the Air". Archived from the original on 22 December 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Barbara Ehrenreich, 'Nickel and Dimed' author and activist, dies at 81". NBC News.
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