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Folly, thou conquerest, and I must yield!

Against stupidity the very gods

Themselves contend in vain.

-Friedrich Schiller, The Maid of Orleans (although I came to it, of course, through Isaac Asimov)

Wikipedia is ... a place where anyone with a browser can go, pick a subject that interests them, and without even logging in, start an argument.

-Lore Sjoberg, The Wikipedia FAQK

Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.

-Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

Wikipedia is basically Webkinz World for grownups.

-Mrs. Floquenbeam, while watching my daughter and I both "playing" at the same time

I haven't yet been screwed by sonneteers.
So that's how I select my fav'rite peers.

-User:Proofreader77, (unpublished work)

Strength is essential, but otherwise unimportant

-Hardy Cross

The Center of the Universe (the Mountain, not the city). I live very, very far away from it now. :(

Hello, and welcome

  • I respond to Floquenbeam, Floq, Flo, FB, Flow, any other nickname you can think of (as long as it's not rude), or even "hey you", as long as I know from context you're talking to me.
  • I don't go around correcting people when they guess wrong (hardly their fault), but I'm a "he".
  • I'm easy to get along with (at least in real life), so please give me any constructive criticism you want; I'm aware that I'm imperfect, and usually quite willing to admit it and apologize when I screw up.
  • I try my best to turn the other cheek, but I'm evidently not so great getting unconstructive criticism, particularly when my good faith is questioned, or if I think I'm being patronized.
  • I instinctively side with the underdog, so I tend to react poorly when I see other people (particularly newbies) bullied or patronized. I'm not convinced that's a defect, but I'm trying to make more of an effort in not going immediately into attack mode.
  • Sock declaration: User:Floquensock, User:Floquenstein's monster, and User:Floquenphone are me. As is future bureaucrat User:Aardvark Floquenbeam.
  • FWIW, I used to have another account before Floquenbeam, but abandoned it; so I've been here longer than it looks.
  • I was on the Arbitration Committee from 1 January 2014 until 29 July 2014, but couldn't hack it.
  • I was an admin from (some date that I'm too depressed to look up right now) to 28 June 2019. I'm now a mere mortal again.


This user remembers (with nostalgia) having to use punch cards to run Fortran programs in college.

... My first self-created userbox, inspired by a conversation with an incredulous 25 year old coworker today

Ten Year Society userbox.svgThis user has been editing Wikipedia for more than ten years.
Noia 64 apps karm.svg This user has been on Wikipedia for 10 years, 11 months and 10 days.

... My wiki birthday. I am somewhat older than this in real life.

I'm an awesome Wikipedian!
This user has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian and was awarded their own day on 27 May 2010.

... Happy me day!

Admin mop question.pngThis user was an administrator, but ultimately wanted not to be one some day.

... Shamelessly stolen (and modified) from Pedro

According to Political Compass this user is:
Economic Neutral (1.0) and
Social Libertarian (−5.0)

... So no, I'm not working for Santorum's election campaign, in spite of occasional moronic claims to the contrary

BassetHound.jpgMr Moon ?/?/02 - 8/28/14

... Good boy.

Deux.svgThis user has met two Wikipedians in real life

... And they were both completely normal human beings!

hope(?)1 year, 3 months and 11 days

... Aparece una mayor, con mucho más infierno en digestión

This user is clever and lazy on the Hammerstein-Equord Scale.

... although stupid and lazy is also a distinct possibility

Templar fresco cornwall england simon brighton.jpgThis user pursues vandals for personal validation rather than any deep-seated conviction.

Useful links

Workbenches: DPWLSENDTMontessoriSandboxEmergency backup sandboxMy subpages

Interwiki: Meta: Watchlisttalk • Commons: Watchlisttalk • Simple: Watchlisttalk

Tools: SUL toolCross-namespace redirectsEditor interaction] • append this to get MW pages: &uselang=qqx

This is the year

2019: Seattle Mariners win it all. You heard it here first. --Floquenbeam (talk) 17:30, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

20 March 2019: Best record in baseball
14 June 2019: No so much
American League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 65 37 0.637 37–14 28–23
Oakland Athletics 57 44 0.564 31–20 26–24
Los Angeles Angels 52 49 0.515 12½ 27–23 25–26
Texas Rangers 50 50 0.500 14 31–21 19–29
Seattle Mariners 41 62 0.398 24½ 21–31 20–31

2015/16: Denver Broncos win it all. You heard it here first. --Floquenbeam (talk) 23:50, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

2017/18, 2018/19: You know, it's taken many decades, and I've shamefully looked the other way most of those decades, but the last few months have made even a white, male, old dog like me maybe 20% woke. Fuck the NFL. CTE. Blackmailing cities for stadia. Crawling over one another to hire rapists. Blackballing Colin Kaepernick. Fuck every single person associated with the ownership of this league. I have no illusions that this matters to anyone, but I'm trying to improve my karma by boycotting the NFL this year. MLB may not be much better, but it's got to be incrementally better, right?. Wish I could turn to NCAA football instead, but ... Jesus, it's just horrible, horrible people every way you turn. --Floquenbeam (talk) 00:30, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

Also, USWNST wins it all (this is a slightly safer bet than a giant Mariners' comeback...) --Floquenbeam (talk) 20:59, 28 June 2019 (UTC)