Who Am I?Edit
I haven't entered my real name in my preferences partially because I like the anonymity offered by wikis -- nobody needs to connect my offline identity with my online edits. I am under no illusion that it would be difficult for anyone to figure out my real name, but it's enough trouble that most people won't bother.
I travel a lot for both work and pleasure. I got extra pages sewn in my passport. I travel mainly to Europe and within North America, though I have been to Kuching, Singapore, Australia and Tokyo in the past few years.
My wife is a writer and an editor, who is deeply skeptical of the idea of engaging in either activity without compensation. (Good thing I'm the amateur in our family.) One of her favorite sayings is, "All work is the avoidance of harder work." I get a lot of work done on Wikitravel by avoiding harder work.
I was one of Wikitravel's administrators. This gave me several powers, some of which (e.g. blocking IP addresses, protecting pages) Wikitravel prided itself on rarely using. The one I used most frequently was the ability to revert changes with the click of a mouse.
Images I've contributed:
- Image:Trafalgar Square.JPG
- Image:National Gallery London.JPG
- Image:Cathedral in cologne.jpg
As of 15 Feb 2006, we had 3269 matches to a search for External Links. Almost every one of those hits was not in conformity with the external links policy, so I started to go after them. Part of my motivation was that these sections seem to suggest to new users that we welcome links to their travel guide, photo album, booking service, etc. As of 24 May 2006, we got down to 233, and in July, we made it to the point where we have 17 hits for the search, which are mostly not actual hits. Those that remain are travel topics, which I'm less concerned about.
Use this link to check if someone's snuck one back.