User:JM2023

This user has autoconfirmed rights on the English Wikipedia.
This user has extended confirmed rights on the English Wikipedia.
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This user helped get 2023 Nepal earthquake listed on the "In the News" section of the main page on 5 November 2023.
This user helped get 2023 Iceland earthquakes listed on the "In the News" section of the main page on 19 December 2023.
This user helped get Red Sea crisis listed on the "In the News" section of the main page on 26 January 2024.
This user helped get Imran Khan listed on the "In the News" section of the main page on 1 February 2024.
This user helped get Brian Mulroney listed on the "In the News" section of the main page on 2 March 2024.
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SEMI-RETIRED

Had enough of trying to combat the increasing polarization of the space; disillusioned with an encyclopedia controlled by the "madness of crowds".
This user is no longer very active on Wikipedia as of March 2024.

(general disclaimer, risk disclaimer)

Rather than substantial article additions, I mostly copyedit and tag articles when I see problems as I read. I have rarely contributed to article content, and I have no plans to become a substantial article contributor or administrator. My goal is to simply improve the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia while I procrastinate instead of wasting time on social media, and to learn how it functions behind-the-scenes in order to understand its validity as a tertiary souce of information.

My standards for ITN[edit]

  1. ITN is not an obituary. This means that a significant life is not a significant death; death blurbs should be reserved for active significant figures such as important public and/or private sector leaders, and other cases where the death itself is the story.
  2. ITN is supposed to show dynamism. This means that the longer ITN goes without new blurbs, the lower my standards for significance get. Conversely, the shorter ITN goes without new blurbs, the higher my standards for significance get.

Milestones[edit]

  1. 1st edit 18:28, 2 February 2023
  2. 10th edit (autoconfirmed editor) 02:45, 19 March 2023
  3. 500th edit (extended confirmed editor) 21:52, 12 October 2023
  4. 1000th edit (novice editor) 05:35, 3 November 2023
  5. 2000th edit (journeyman editor) 21:28, 9 January 2024
  6. 3000th edit, 01:59, 21 February 2024

Awards given: 1, Awards recieved: 0

Wikilosophy[edit]

In the course of editing, I have learned a lot about Wikipedia and its editors. While I have seen a lot of beneficial and/or substantial work from editors, I have also seen a lot of behaviour that shows a difference between the five pillars and the actual activity on the site, which lowered my opinion of it. I have concluded that Wikipedia's most fundamental problem is its core concept: that it can be edited by anyone, which causes it to reflect public opinion, group polarization, and cognitive bias. It is important to remember that Wikipedia can be wrong, as the general disclaimer and the risk disclaimer tell us (two disclaimers that should feature prominently on the Main Page). I read its articles more carefully now. However, given its virtual monopoly on encylopedias, similarly to YouTube in the area of video-sharing, my personal use of it is pretty much unavoidable, so I will still try to improve it.

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