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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Wikipedia and me

Personal data

1. When did you discover Wikipedia?

I discovered it in December 2003.
2. ... and how?

I read about in the Age computer section.
3. When did you make your first edit?

I think it was about Robyn Davidson, the camel lady. It had been a very hot day.
4. What kind of edit was it? (correct typos, add data etc.)

It was a new article.
5. How long time after your first edit was your first contribution of a new article?

A few hours. My first really new article (as opposed to the ones I made for Wikiproject Melbourne) was about Reactive Attachment Disorder.
6. How many edit did you do until now? (You can include edits from another accounts or edits as an anonymous user)

I think about 700-800.

7. Do you use multiple accounts on the Wikipedias where you are most?

No, I don't. That's called trolling.
* How many accounts do you have on a given Wikipedia?
8. What is your user name on Wikipedia?

EuropracBHIT. So called because I chose it to be my practical placement when I studieed at Box Hill Institute of TAFE in 2004.
9. When did you first log onto Wikipedia?

April 17 2004.
10. What made you register a username?

The impending return to school.
11. What is merit of being a register user?

That you get taken more seriously and that people can be on the talk page. That you build up a reputation/track record. You can move and delete articles and maybe be an adminstrator one day.
12. What is demerit of being a register user?

That you are accountable for your actions. That you have to remember to log in whcih I don't always.

13. Have you used features only for registered users (except Watchlist)?

I don't know. I MOVE articles, yes
14. Do you have your own blog or your website?
Yes, this is what you're reading right now.
* Do you write Wikipedia related topics there frequently?

Yes. This is my first time that I've discussed Wikipedia here. I'm very excited because I'm one of the people who may form a Wikimedia Australia one day.



1. How many edits do you make in a month?

About half a dozen.
2. How many new articles do you create in a month?

3. How many images do you upload in a month?

None. Last time I did this was in June 2004, about the railway lines of Melbourne.
4. Between which hours do you do most editing (including all day)

In the afternoon and early evening.
5. Do you do Wikipedia maintenance frequently?

No. I clean up vandalism on articles I see.
6. Do you use talk pages frequently?

I try to when there's an important issue.
7. Have you created a watchlist?

Yes. It is a short one. I don't use it that often.
8. Do you make interlang links and/or interwiki links? And how?

No, because I don't have the skill to.
9. Do you categorize articles´╝č

I try to.
10. Do you add stub tags, if you find a stub?

11. What do you do if you encounter a substub?

I don't really come across them. I suppose, expand them?
12. Have you translated articles from other language Wikipedias?

* Which languages?
No, I haven't translated articles from other languages. I did a psychology textbook from French in Wikibooks, though.

Your field

1. Tell us your best article work among your contributions.

I don't know that I have a 'best article work'.
2. Is there any featured article(s) in your contributions?

No, not yet. I don't think I could create a featured article all by myself.
3. Is there any featured image(s) in your uploaded images (including on Commons)?

4. In which fields are you active?

Literature, psychology, Melbourne, sometimes sport.
5. Are there any active contributors in that field?

Yes. Lots.
6. To what degree do you know that field?

Very well. I could always learn more though!
7. What makes you have an special interest in that field?

Because I like my city and it needs more coverage in Wikipedia.
8. Have articles in that field a good quality?

They're getting better.
9. Is there a portal for that field?

It might be a good idea.
10. What improvement would you like to do in that field?

I can't really specify. Make the suburb articles bigger and better and put more pictures in.
11. Do you think it is good for Wikipedia to have articles on your field?

12. Have you searched how frequently your articles were quoted?

Yes. Bayswater and Boronia are quoted quite often.
13. Do you think your edits improve Wikipedia?

I try to improve Wikipedia all the time. I don't know that they disimprove Wikipedia.

Wikipedia from a view of a reader

1. Do you read Wikipedia without editing?

* For which purpose? (Examples: For information, for curiosity, for killing time etc.)
For information and for curiosity. For example, I wanted to know about the caste system in India.
2. Which article has been most impressive among articles you have read?

I think the articles about Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
3. Have you believed an error that you read on Wikipedia?

No. I try to correct them when that comes. I don't usually have enough knowledge in the field to know, especially in the more scientific ones.
4. On which Wikipedia project do you have the biggest interest now?

5. Does Wikipedia help you?


Administration and maintenance

1. Do you know about administrators?

I do.
2. Would you like to be an admin on your Wikipedia? Or you are already an admin?

I don't know about being an admin. I'm not active enough every day.
3. Is there any sysop preveledges you would like to use?

* If yes, what is it? Or for admins, which feature do you use most frequently?
Not particularly.
4. Have you been recommend to be an admin candidate?

* If you were rejected, why?
5. Would you like to be a bureaucrat? Or you are already so?

6. Do you think administration is a heavy burden?

* Why?
Not particularly.
7. What kind of administrative works or maintenance do you engage?

8. Would you like to be a developer?

9. Do you join Bugzilla?

I probably should/would like to!
10. And Wikipedia-l or similar mailinglist for Wikipedia administration?

11. And Wikitech-l, too?

12. What do you think the most important thing to sysops?

That they respect we're here to create an encyclopaedia and don't get into edit wars.


1. Can you bear a stub?

* What is a stub in your definition?
Something that is less than 250 words and has incomplete information and no references.
2. How many bytes do you set your stub limit for?

I don't know.
3. Can you bear a substub?

* What is a substub in your definition?
4. Do you consider yourself as a stub creator?

5. You create an article and put no stub tab. Another editor put it (like {{stub}}. Can you bear his edit?

Not very well. I try to. Which is why I say "This is the start of an article about [topic].
6. Have your article listed on Wikipedia:Clean-up or similar pages?

Yes! For footnotes. How embarrassing!
7. Have your contribution been deleted as a speedy deletion candidate?

No. I've put things up for speedy deletion though, like Religiousness and Intelligence.
8. Can you bear an unwikified article?

9. Can you bear an article whose lemma isn't emphasized?

What's a lemma? Is it Japanese for title? In that case, no I can't.
10. Can you bear an article without interlang links?

Depends on the subject.
11. And if there is nothing without interlang links?

12. Can you forgive me, an editor those miserable question on the above?

Yes. They are important to the spirit of the Wikipedia.

Thou shalt love Wikipedia.

1. Do you love Wikipedia?

Of course I do.
2. What kind of vision do you have on Wikipedia? Optimistic or Pesimistic?

In the main optimistic.
3. Have you annoyed on slowness of Wikipedia?

When I had not been very long on Wikipedia, I was VERY annoyed. I used IRC to stave the boredom. This was in the new year 2004.
4. When Wikipedia is slow, what do you do?

I do other things.
5. What do you think your possible contribution to improve the slowness of Wikipedia?

I load up too many articles with graphics and I bring up too many search queries.
6. Have your contribution been deleted because of deletion?

Yes, about half a dozen of them.
7. Have your contribution been disappeared because of browser plobrem?

Yes! Lots of times! I hate that! Fortunately, Firefox is mostly-well behaved.
8. Have you donate to Wikimedia Foundation?

No. I wanted to during our lasst fund drive but I wasn't allowed.
9. Have you bought any materials (books, magazine, movie etc.) for contribution to Wikipedia?

Yes. I bought the Melways and the Encyclopaedia of Melbourne.
10. Which is bigger, your reading articles and your editing ones?

My reading ones, thus far.
11. Are you Wikiholic in fact?

In a certain sense, yes.

Other communities

1. Do you join other Wikimedia project than Wikipedia? Like Wiktionary?

Yes, Wikibooks and Wikisource.
2. Do you join any online community related to Wikipedia, like IRC or bulletine board?

I probably should.
3. What are your most frequently visiting online community?

I don't know. I refuse to answer that on the grounds it may incriminate me.
4. Have you ever attended Wiki-meetups?

5. Will you attend Wikimania 2006? (Was previously 2005, changed)

I want to.
6. Do you expect Wikimania will be held in your country?

I hope so. Let's book the Events Warehouse for food. And the Melbourne Convention Centre
7. Do you join multiple Wikipedia, not only your mother tongue one?

No, the English one so far.


1. Do you think you understand GFDL perfectly?

Yes. I've known it and believed in it since I was a little girl - and boy has it changed since then!
2. Are you using css?

No. I don't really know how. I presume Blogger has it though.
3. Please give your words to other Wikipedians.

Other Wikipedians are usually good people and very nice. I greatly appreciate the contributions of everyone.
4. Please give your comments to Wikipedia.

I think Wikipedia is a great resource and I truly have learnt a lot.
5. Which question would you like to add to this list?

I can't think of anything right now.


Blogger cnwb said...

Hi, What's your Wikipedia username? I'm trying to work out who you are, and if we've met.

January 22, 2006 9:03 PM  
Blogger Bronwyn G said...

See question 8, cnwb.

Sorry for being rude.

It's EuropracBHIT.

January 22, 2006 10:55 PM  
Blogger cnwb said...

Thanks. I just saw it. Oops.

January 23, 2006 3:24 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

I don't know when Wikipedia started but I do know there's no escaping it.

March 23, 2006 4:29 PM  

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