October 11th, 2004


Okay, now for a (relatively) serious (or at least marginally sane) update

I've been nominated for adminship on Wikipedia. This doesn't actually mean much; admins don't have much power (they can speedy-delete and batch-revert, and that's about it). I'm honestly not sure what I'd do with the status if I'm confirmed. So I'm not really concerned if it isn't successful. It is a nice gesture, though, and the votes against have pointed up some deficiencies in my activity that I need to remedy.

A few people have brought up that a lot (possibly too many) of my edits are VfD-related. This is a valid criticism. Altogether too many of my edits are votes on VfD. I've been trying to cut down (too much VfD is not good for one's mental health) but, as always, when it comes to the Internet my self-control is not the best. It doesn't help that Mozilla's tabs make it easy to open a ton of VfD subpages quickly, thereby letting me get involved in lots of polls with minimal fuss. I've decided that I'm going to try to avoid VfDs where the votes look like they're clearly going in the direction I'd like, and stick to voting on issues where my vote can mean something more than "me too", even though that's harder, as those issues generally require a little research (at least of the Google variety). I also need to sit down and do some of the stuff I've got on the to-do list on my userpage, instead of just copyediting or contributing snippets here or there. I also need to do some serious cleanup/expansion on the pro wrestling moves articles, especially the two I didn't start—Paulley seems to mean well, but his edits are kind of sloppy, and he's really fixated on current events wrestling-wise.

One user said that I "don't have any substantial edits" outside of VfD. This is, frankly, not true—I have started some articles, and contributed beyond copyediting. I would accept too few, but no is kind of insulting.
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