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My name is Sage Ross. I work for the Wiki Education Foundation, as User:Sage (Wiki Ed). This is my volunteer account.

My background is in science and the history of science, and I got about halfway through a doctoral dissertation on the history of molecular evolution. My areas of Wikipedia expertise are the history of science, 20th-century American history, and science fiction literature. I'm pretty good with templates, too. I have an undergraduate degree in chemistry and research experience in biochemistry, organic chemistry and solid state physics. I'm married to a physicist-turned-physician, and we have two children (whom you can find illustrating articles, if you look hard enough).

I am also an administrator; let me know if I can be of assistance. I can often be found on freenode IRC as ragesoss.

From June 2010 through September 2011, I was the Online Facilitator for the Wikimedia Foundation's Public Policy Initiative, which aimed to bring in expert contributors (such as professors and their students) and find ways for them to contribute effectively to improve weak areas of Wikipedia coverage. User:Sross (Public Policy) was my English Wikipedia work account for that project. From June 2012 through May 2014, I worked part-time for the Wikimedia Foundation, as User:Sage Ross (WMF), on the Wikipedia:Wikipedia Education Program team.

Recent and current projects

  • Diderot, a Pebble watchface that shows you the nearest unillustrated Wikipedia article

My Wikipedia Manifesto

Some Wikiphilosophy:

  • The ideals of wiki and open, anonymous editing have served Wikipedia well, but may not always do so. There is nothing sacred about immediate edit gratification if it begins to obstruct the main goal, to produce a high-quality free encyclopedia.
  • "Undue weight" is an admirable policy, but should not be interpreted too literally. Achieving a neutral point of view means giving the reader a feeling for the relative significance of differing viewpoints, not strictly limiting the amount of space devoted to a minority viewpoint. In this sense, sometimes more is less.
  • The notability guideline (or a renamed equivalent) ought to be based purely on existing policies, primarily verifiability. Ceteris paribus, articles on obscure but verifiable topics make Wikipedia better.
  • Redlinks are the lifeblood of Wikipedia. Don't remove them unless it's clear that there should never be an article on the redlinked topic. Learn to see the beauty in the redlink.

Some things I've worked on in Wikipedia:
Nested solidsWikiProject History of Science - Started January 15, 2006.
RadiolarianHaeckel Gallery - scanned plates from Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur (1904), completed March 25, 2006.
Featured portal Portal:History of science - Promoted to featured portal status May 23, 2006.
Teacher's clipboard Wikipedia assignment in HIST 236 - a Wikipedia term paper assignment, Fall 2006.

Bigger projects:



  • To Ral315, who kindly chose my fake biography of him (Rachelle Anne "Chesty" LaRue) to adorn his user page.
  • To Gmaxwell, who took this picture, which I would like placed atop my user page if I die in the service of Wikipedia.
  • To Awadewit, whose skillful copy-editing has graced my prose on more than one occasion.
  • To Phaedriel, who designed this page.
  • To Duncharris, who welcomed me to Wikipedia.
  • To Rock drum, who made me a cool bonsai 'Ragesoss' logo.

About me
but that doesn't mean he's an imperialist This user is Proud to be an American, sometimes.
WikiProject History of ScienceThis user is a member of the History of Science WikiProject.
Sf-userbox.pngThis user is a member of WikiProject Science Fiction.
WikipediaSignpostIcon.svgThis user writes for
The Signpost.
Openstreetmap logo.svgThis user contributes to OpenStreetMap.
Jacques-Louis David, Le Serment des Horaces.jpgThis user is a historian.
Wikipedia-logo.pngThis user has made over 9,000!!! edits on Wikipedia.
Womanpower logo.svg This user is a feminist.
Admin mop.PNG This user is an administrator on the English Wikipedia. (verify)
but then again, so did Dubya This user studied at Yale.
so don't be mean to him, or he'll cry like an emo kid This user maintains a blog.
but it's strictly Platonic This user is a bibliophile.
and he greatly admires ukiyo-e prints This user trains bonsai.
and when he dies he'll be Sooner dead This user is Sooner born and Sooner bred.
especially the TI-89 This user loves calculators.
This user's deviation is standard
but he's not statistically significant

en This user is a native speaker of English.
fr-1 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau élémentaire de français.
de-1 Dieser Benutzer hat grundlegende Deutschkenntnisse.

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