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Hello good person (you are a good person, aren't you?) on my user page. My name is Geoff and I am a teacher in New York City. I've been a Wikipedia fan for years and got serious as an editor around the beginning of 2007 I guess, though my first edits were in mid-2006 when I was surprised to find a certain article did not exist and thus decided to create it myself. In the past, but not so much anymore, I did a good amount of recent changes patrol (usually reverting vandalism, but improving random articles I come across as well). I've edited a number of articles related to history or politics, among other topics.

I've been mostly inactive since late 2011, but do make an occasional edit and might well return to more active editing at some point.

Article work[edit]

I haven't done nearly as much work starting and expanding articles as I would like (there are a number of ways to get distracted from those tasks) but I am a firm believer in the idea that we are here to write an encyclopedia—an obvious point which unfortunately sometimes gets lost as we fight vandals, argue Wikipedia policy, etc. Below is a list of articles I have started as well as some of the others I have put significant time into improving. These lists will grow in the years ahead.

Created from scratch[edit]

Some of these are pretty stubby (stubbish?) but hopefully I (or better yet others) will build on them.

Significant expansion or reworking[edit]

On Encyclopedias[edit]

--Aldous Huxley, from his 1924 book Along the Road, quoted in Volume II, Number 3 of Lapham's Quarterly


Thinking about Wikipedia in a more "meta" fashion can, I think, be useful, and essays can be a good way to do that. So far my only contribution to that genre is an essay called Why We Are Here that arguably takes a less-than traditional approach to that question. Another item of possible interest, while not an essay, relates to a multi-hour outage of the Wikipedia web site in March of 2010. I compiled a list of tweets from Twitter which give one a flavor of just how important Wikipedia is to many web users (and how much people apparently take it for granted). I'll leave it up to others to judge whether that is a good or a bad thing.

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