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|I am somewhat semi-retired these days. I occasionally log on and tweak things in keeping with my wiki-gnomish instincts, but I should not be relied on for anything which requires urgent attention. That said, I will (eventually) get back to anyone who posts on my talk page.|
A bit of personal wiki-history
Hi there. I have been a contributing editor on Wikipedia since November 10, 2006, although I was a reader for much longer before that. After a few months of editing, I dropped into reader-mode for the better part of a year, but started editing again in late 2007. After that, I became pretty intense about it, performing a few hundred edits a month from the spring of 2008 to mid-2009. On November 15, 2008, the Wikipedia community accepted me as an administrator. I was quite active as an admin for a while, but recently life has led me away from Wikipedia, although I continue to use it incessantly and make small changes where I see the need.
Areas of focus
In my time on Wikipedia I have participated in a number of areas. My main focus as a new admin was on CAT:ADMINBACKLOG, and anything in there. I particularly enjoyed evaluating consensus in WP:DRV, WP:RM, WP:MFD and WP:RFD deletion discussions. I'm rarely active at WP:AFD, because there's almost never a backlog there anymore. In the past I was very active in WikiProject Orphanage, de-orphaning the immense backlog of orphaned articles. I don't write many articles, which was an issue in my request for adminship, but I think I sufficiently proved I could handle the responsibility without that qualification. I almost never participate at WP:AN and WP:ANI, because I like to avoid the drama that crops up on those pages. I was also briefly involved with investigating allegations of sockpuppetry towards the end of my active period on Wikipedia.
On asking me for help: Do it!
Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about any aspect of Wikipedia, although I'm probably not as knowledgeable and up-to-date on policy as I used to be. Also, since I'm not logged on all the time anymore, I may not see a message for a bit. But I'll try to get back to you as soon as I see the message.
If you have any problem with any of my actions, it is not necessary to talk to me first, although a polite note telling me the reason for the reversion is always appreciated. I try to hold myself to the one-reversion rule, but I don't expect others to follow it. If I feel strongly about the issue, I'll discuss it and develop a consensus before auto-reverting.
On evaluating discussions
Here's my general method for evaluating discussions:
- First, I read the discussion, trying to ignore the various bolded "support"/"oppose" votes and focus on the actual arguments.
- Once I've finished reading the discussion, I make a tentative decision based on my impression of consensus.
- Once I've got that in mind, then I go back and look at the numbers. If they reflect the same impression I've already formed, then my decision's done.
- If the numbers are close, or are weighted in the opposite direction from the impression I'd formed, then I have to re-read the discussion and determine exactly how to weight the arguments versus the numbers. This might involve outright ignoring !votes that contradict establish Wikipedia policy. For a discussion I closed that went against the numbers, see Wikipedia:Files_for_deletion/2009_May_18#Normal_114788_6298_ful.jpg, which resulted in a delete closure, despite the numbers being 6-3 in favor of keeping the image. I've seen even more lopsided decisions made by other administrators and bureaucrats in the past.
- However, in my experience, most discussions close with the numbers, just because that's how WP:CONSENSUS works: one has to be able to convince other people that one's argument is valid. If you can't do so, then maybe it's not such a good argument after all, no matter how convinced you may be yourself.
- In sum, while it would be a lie to say that numbers of !votes are meaningless, they can certainly be ignored with a good enough rationale. However, you do this at your peril: very few closes against the numbers go unprotested.
Things I am proud of
- Reducing the size of the administrative backlog; when I was an active admin, I prided myself that the pages I was active on were never backlogged for more than a day. (Note: As I've gotten busier in real life, I haven't been able to help out with the backlog so much. But I still chip in when I can.)
- Wikipedia:If it ain't broke, don't fix it (shortcut:WP:AINT) - An essay about not wasting people's time on stuff that doesn't matter. A few other editors have seen fit to reference it in their discussions, and it's always flattering when people agree with you.
I've seen you closing a lot of deletion discussions, doing requested moves, and doing other (usually boring) administrative tasks. I know that it can feel as though nobody notices or appreciates your work, but I wanted to drop a note saying thanks. Efforts from people like you keep this place running smoothly. :-) Cheers. --MZMcBride (talk) 17:01, 12 May 2009 (UTC)
Aervanath has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
|Two beers on me!|
|For all that effort to finish off the Republic of China Requested Move I think you deserve two beers! Graeme Bartlett (talk) 03:41, 23 March 2012 (UTC)|
|The Admin's Barnstar|
|Aervanath, I present you the Admin's barnstar (together with Graeme Bartlett and Jc37) for finding consensus in the unreasonably big and nasty discussion of the ROC -> Taiwan move. Many thanks! Mlm42 (talk) 16:05, 22 March 2012 (UTC)|
||The Multiple Barnstar|
|For your work on drafting the close here. - jc37 22:14, 22 March 2012 (UTC)|