Starting in September, 2009, I will be focusing my cleanup efforts on articles with lede sections that need cleanup, particularly those that are too long. The lede section is the front porch of Wikipedia, and it is there that our first impression in made.
Why tags are evil — This is a slightly out-of-date essay I wish I had written, and wish every editor would read. It has influenced me greatly in terms of how I see Wikipedia (as something we are building to help the casual visitor, not as a monument to personal vanity, as so many editors seem to see it). I have run across many other editors who have also cited this essay as having exerted a major influence on their editing decisions.
These are barnstars that other editors have been kind enough to award me. It was a pleasant shock when, after more than two years of editing, I got my first one, from User:KieferSkunk. Since then, I have tried to be worthy of the compliment that I feel a barnstar indicates.
I have also tried to uphold his award by following KieferSkunk's practice of providing very clear reasons for the few barnstars that I issue. I want for those who receive a Barnstar from me to know just how special it is to me to issue one.
For displaying a trait rarely seen these days; the ability to apologise with sincerity. James086Talk | Email 06:02, 24 December 2007 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
For sorting out a series of major vandal edits on the University of Southern California's article. You're actions were significant enough to prompt me to finally award a Barnstar. --Bobak (talk) 15:30, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for being civil with me over my screwup when tried to fix some vandalism and instead reverted it from your good revert to the vandals version, and the thing on my user talk page. I should know better than to edit when I'm tired. Don't worry! I'm not using popups any more! W8TVI (talk) 05:31, 24 October 2008 (UTC)