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I enjoy being teased; the worst thing you could do to me would be to ignore me. --[[User:Ed Poor|Uncle Ed]] <sup>[[User talk:Ed Poor|bug me]]</sup> 08:54, 27 October 2007 (EDT)

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Hi, I'm Uncle Ed from Wikipedia. I'm one of the earliest remaining contributors there. I used to be a Developer and Bureaucrat - but I didn't scale well with the project. People said I was throwing my weight around too much, so I resigned bureaucrat and was later de-sysopped.

I was the driving force behind a few important software features and social innovations at Wikipedia:

  1. The ability of bureaucrats to promote sysops with a mouse click (instead of needing a developer to write a SQL query each time)
  2. The ability of "blocked" users to post to their own user talk page.
  3. The convention of "transcluding" text in AFD discussions, et al.
  4. Tim Starling credits my extensive use of date-calculating templates as the impetus for his decision to write ParserFunctions.

There's more, but you guys hate it when I brag. ;-)

My support for this project

I suppose I should submit a writing plan:

  1. I'm interested in analyzing the anti-science movement, particularly ideas which attract support from powerful organizations or are widely held by laymen without any evidence - or even in despite contradictory evidence.
  2. I'm curious about crank ideas, but actually sympathetic to cranks (the people who espouse them. Every once in a while a crank turns out to be right, like that Viennese doctor who claimed an "invisible substance" was killing women with childbed fever.
  3. I despise what political authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism have done to retard scientific and social progress - but I'm inclined to respect authority in general and have strong religious beliefs. This might seem a bit contradictory to some.

Please feel free to comment, but I'll see your replies more quickly on my user talk page.

Don't tase, me bro!

I enjoy being teased; the worst thing you could do to me would be to ignore me. --Uncle Ed bug me 08:54, 27 October 2007 (EDT)