Hi there, whoever's reading this! I'm KatnissEverdeen, though you can feel free to call me Katniss if you like. I've been on Wikipedia for roughly three years now and mainly do anti-vandal work, though I do contribute to the Wikipedia project in a variety of ways (see below). Being a big fan of The Hunger Games book and movie series, my username was chosen in reference to the series' main character and heroine, Katniss Everdeen.
What I'm doing on Wikipedia
- A lot of what I do is reverting vandalism and unsourced content additions; however, I also feel it's equally important to make sure all edits conform to the policies of Wikipedia.
- Keeping articles up-to-date.
- Checking to make sure all edits are grammatically correct and use correct English conventions.
- I sometimes patrol recent edits for vandalism and/or nonconstructive edits.
- Reviewing pending changes to articles, as I am a pending changes reviewer.
- I patrol Category:Articles with missing files and Category:Templates with missing files, and try to help clear the backlog by fixing broken/non-recognized images.
- And much, much more! :)
Been reverted? Do you think I made a mistake?
Though I always make edits that are correct to the best of my knowledge, of course I'm only human so I do sometimes make mistakes! If you genuinely feel like you disagree with my revert (and it's not intentional vandalism / falsification) or I am incorrect, I encourage you to disagree and civilly discuss it with me on my talk page! If we all agreed on everything, the world would be quite boring, so if you have a difference of opinion please don't hesitate to tell me!
- "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
- You can't influence others' reactions to you, but you can influence your reactions to others. Be the better person and make a positive impact on the world through your reactions.
- "Realize that you cannot live up to anyone or anything. You can only do your best YOU." - Rowan Blanchard
- Screw hate and violence when there's love and cuddles.
- Believe in yourself, and be the kind of person you want to be.
- We are all a unique collection of atoms, and we each have our own personality quirks. Instead of hating yourself for being different, embrace your inner quirkiness because it's what sets you apart from everyone else.
- Enjoy every moment you are given in life, and find excitement and passion in things both big and small.
My general philosophies on Wikipedia
Wikipedia can be quite a frustrating place with all the vandalism, unsourced additions and opinionated editing styles out there! Before I joined, I had edited Wikipedia a few times anonymously, never expecting to make more than a few edits. After a bit, I decided to join under the username KatnissEverdeen and started editing pages and reverting vandalism right away. After a few days, I found myself a bit stressed out as the vandalism and reversions seemed endless. After several months of editing, the stress level went down and I got used to some of Wikipedia's intricacies for the most part. Like most editors, admittedly I've had several times in my editing experience where I've gotten quite annoyed with persistent vandals and stubborn editors and gotten a bit crankier that I should have. After dealing with a lot of long-term disruptions and stubborn editors who refuse to accept any editing style other than their own, I've adopted my own editing style and philosophies on Wikipedia.
Though a lot of vandals do make it their goal to make your Wiki-life as annoying as possible (either directly or indirectly), my philosophy is just ignore the vandals. Simply because someone chooses to be childish enough to vandalize, there's no reason you should let it get to you and ruin your mood. In my opinion, someone who is immature enough to blatantly attempt to destroy an article is not worth the headache. Often times however, vandals can and do attempt to get a reaction out of you by posting a crude and/or uncivil message on your talk page. Even if I may be slightly annoyed with the message, I try to focus on if there is any possible way the message can be construed as constructive (i.e. a question like "why did you revert this?," etc.) and reply to the constructive piece of the message and ignore the rest. However, if the message is completely spiteful, I still reply but do so in the most dignified and formal manner possible. In other words, if you post a hateful or crude message on my talk page, I will likely be painfully mature to you when replying to your message and any subsequent message. It's fascinating, but I've seen a few well-respected users completely lose it and even somewhat muddy their reputation over a person who probably wasn't worth their time in the first place. My point being, in my opinion, I don't see a reason to combat immaturity with more immaturity. And, hey, why not make your Wikipedia experience more pleasant by having a positive attitude at all times? :)
WP:NEUTRAL is a policy I have to direct users to a lot, so I've developed a bit of my own take on it which ties into my above point. In addition to taking content neutrally and not inserting your opinions into articles, I believe we should also treat all users neutrally and assume good faith! Unfortunately, far too many users see the worst in others, especially new users, and rather than explaining the policies to the newbies, they immediately begin reverting with snarky edit summaries and angry talk page messages. I'm a firm believer that you can't do wrong if you don't know you're doing wrong, so if a new user seems to be struggling or clearly doesn't understand the policies, be a nice person and explain it to them!
So I hope that you enjoyed looking at my talk page and thank you for taking the time to read all this! Happy editing and may the odds be ever in your favor!