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Hi there! I have been 'in' for more than 15 years now, going from excited fanatism to frustration and back again. I still tend to agree with the enthusiastic comments provided during the donation campaigns run previously.
Although I used to be more active in my native tongue, I drop by here more frequently, trying to push internationalization, hyperlinking and contributing to things I feel fairly certain about (Jazz, biology, cybernetical issues, self-organization, others (see:user contributions)). I do hope the worst examples of germish / denglisch get cleaned up by somebody else after me...
About me
This user has been editing Wikipedia for more than fifteen years.
This user lives in Bonn.
This user contributes to OpenStreetMap.
This user is a professional C programmer.
C++This user can program in C++.
UML-3This user has an advanced understanding of UML.
This user is an advanced C# programmer.
JavaThis user can program in Java.
This user is an expert Perl programmer.
This user is a professional SQL user.
prog-4This user is an expert programmer.
This user enjoys jazz music.
PhDThis user has a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
This user is an inclusionist.
This user has been editing Wikipedia for more than ten years.
My contributions
This user has been on Wikipedia for 17 years, 9 months and 27 days.
This user is ranked 1378 on the list of Wikipedians by articles created.
27,000+This user has made over 27,000 contributions to Wikipedia
This editor is a Senior Editor
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Rhodium Editor Star.
AAASThis user has access to AAAS resources through The Wikipedia Library

deDieser Benutzer spricht Deutsch als Muttersprache.
en-4This user can contribute with a near-native level of English.
fr-2Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau intermédiaire en français.
es-1Este usuario puede contribuir con un nivel básico de español.
ru-1Этот участник владеет русским языком на начальном уровне.
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Current stuff
relationship between hyped MapReduce and Divide and conquer algorithm, some insights may come from here [1]
Proliferation of pop
compare with
...possibly TODO...
In this userspace:
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Old longing
Sometimes, just to mention it in passing, sometimes, there was a time when I wished I had admin rights... just like back home in the old times. As I now failed to make it through a second round, mostly on the grounds that I was contributing "too little":
It's not the number of edits, I think, that counts. (...long, hollow echoing, faint sound of lukewarm wind from nowhere...)
You can consequently do the ugly cleansing yourself, after all. Have fun, admins and beaurocrats of the world.
"Undo" does most of what I longed for. I still positively hate to see pages go without the slightest chance for the humble non-admin to resurrect any of the deleted contents, though.
See also: Deletionism and inclusionism in Wikipedia, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion, and Wikipedia:Deleted articles with freaky titles
My Wikisophy
Why WP keeps me fascinated and excited? Because it allows you to (learn how to) learn through teaching. I cannot think of a better way to structure my own thoughts than by writing them down and hyperlinking them. Usually, my understanding of a topic becomes rounded off only after going through a few cycles of reading, writing, linking - even if my starting information happens to be incomplete or faulty! Can there be a more satisfying moment than realizing that the relevant bits and pieces have fallen into place and you can see a lemma in its full context? For me, Wikipedia really is, not least, one gigantic mindmap (side remark: when will we see the "visual wiki" [2]?). I guess I would be hard pressed to name all the insights that WP has provided me with but they certainly amount to the number of my original contributions (whatever you might think about those). WP distinguishing feature - above all other knowledge repositories I know of - is its network structure. Simply no concept is left in murky solitude. And traditional paper browsing is replaced by one simple mouse click. What the WWW did for making information cross (political, geographical,...) boundaries, WP does for knowledge. -- Kku 12:34, 2 February 2006 (UTC)
Wikipedia: Wikid stuff. Pardon my wikicism. :-D
Blots on the landscape
A striking effect of the WP-philosophy "be bold" is remarkably the dilution of knowledge. Aspects of lemmata get scattered all across several articles and the essential keywords and definitions get hidden underneath lots of (correct but) redundant, sometimes annoyingly wordy contributions. There is no obvious justification for the plethora of distracting info-bits that dilute many articles apart from the fact that people obviously like writing better than tidying up behind them. On the other extreme rarely anybody seems to care about cleaning up lots of redundant stubs that usually owe their existence to a sloppy "one-click" attitude. I admit nourishing a strong feeling of dislike towards this aspect of WP. That was one of my motivations for the following suggestion:
Let's cool down wp a bit
... using simulated annealing. Quite a while ago, I suggested that the cooling process could be initiated by slowly raising the minimum amount of reference information for matured articles with software aids like combo-boxes for reference type, etc. on top or instead of the underused comment line. (​http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.misc/25805​) That should cool down at least vandals or scatterbrains... ;). Opinions?
Male cow's excrements
WP appears to be infested with marketing and management zombies. One of the better (or rather: worst) examples of their murky subversion would be an article like this. Too ugly for words. And certainly not encyclopedic.
I don't care much for bingo in any form. Truly horrific inspirations for the latter might be found in almost anything containing this
See also: Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Words to watch, Category:All_articles_with_a_promotional_tone​, Data_management § Usage, Category:Marketing_stubs, Category:Articles needing cleanup, Wikipedia:Spam, Wikipedia:Please_clarify, and Wikipedia:It_should_be_noted
Fictional worlds
Regarding the extraordinary number of fandom -related content, these have proven to be enormously useful: {{Overly detailed|date=March 2014}} {{Multiple issues|original research =March 2014|fansite=March 2014|examplefarm=March 2014}}
Sturgeon's law notwithstanding.
In general
This is good: http://www.trinitonian.com/2014/01/24/learn-your-crap-detection-skills-now/
Insightful. At least if you lean back and squint a little. http://daggle.com/closed-unfriendly-world-wikipedia-2853
my anonymous contributions
^ https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/01/15/15-years-data-visualization/
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