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    Isn't it nicer when the gate can be left open, allowing people to pass through more freely?
    Isn't it nicer when the gate can be left open, allowing people to pass through more freely?
    Country United States
    Languagesen (sp. Inland Northern)
    roa (via Latin)
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    Joined20 March 2015
    First editWikiProject Linguistics
    SignatureWug·a·po·des 11:58, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
    PronounsAny pronouns

    My fields of interest are phonetics and sociolinguistics, sign languages, anthropology of the United States, and law. My university gives me access to a large number of resources, both online through institutional access, and offline through its holdings and inter-library loan, so if you would like something, feel free to ask. I believe in making knowledge accessible, and so try to combat FUTON bias by contributing using information that may be holed up behind a paywall or in dusty, old dead trees. Libraries and librarians are your friends! Most of the work I do would be impossible without the wonderful, knowledgeable humans behind the desk. WorldCat is also an amazing resource that can help you find a library and get access to a number of materials online and off. If you haven't guessed by now, I'm a big fan of WP:OFFLINE.

    Stuff I have or am working on

    Linguistic Society of America Centennial in 2024

    This subsection is transcluded from User:Wugapodes/LSA Centennial, a centralized page for tracking the improvement effort.

    The Linguistic Society of America is celebrating its centennial in 2024 which provides a great motivation to improve the coverage of linguistics and linguists. It's a large task, so feel free to help with some of the goals or articles linked below.


    Recently created stubs to improve

    Useful sources

    • Sebeok, Thomas A (2002). Portrait Of Linguists. Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum. ISBN 9781843710066.
    "Mommy, mommy! The dogapodes are kissing!" -The unfortunate child of a linguist, age 3



    Red links and redirects



    To Source and/or Expand

    Selected contributions

    Technical stuff

    My front lawn

    Some people like grass; I prefer my lawn covered in a random collection of things I find cool.

    Wugapodes? What's that?

    It's a (poor) linguistics joke. A wug is a fictional bird-like creature made up by Dr. Jean Berko Gleason to test when children learn English morphology, particularly how to make things plural. She would show a child a card that read "Look, there's a wug" that also showed a picture of one wug. Then she would show a picture of two wugs with the caption "Look, now there are two of them! There are two ____?". The child should respond "wugs" if they know how to pluralize normally in English. Wugapodes is a fictitious pluralization based upon a rare plural form of octopus, octopodes, meaning that, instead of the child learning to make plurals with -s they make it with -podes. Despite my name being plural, there is however only one of me.


    I run the bot, WugBot, which updates the GAN backlog report and moves approved DYK nominations to the approved section for curation. Its source is available on GitHub. Feel free to ask questions or report errors with the bot (or contribute!). For more urgent matters, email me (or the bot, it is the same email address).

    Library reference interview

    Readers come to an encyclopedia because they have information needs. In a traditional encyclopedia, if a reader's information need isn't met they cannot ask the editors, and writing a question on the pages of Britannica won't get a reply. Not so on a Wikipedia. Editors will frequently encounter readers whose information needs are not met as we go about our tasks, making our interactions with newbies more like a librarian and less like an editor-in-chief. Library scientists have researched and developed methods for handling these encounters successfully so that patrons have their needs met and leave with a positive impression of the institution. These same methods can be useful for editors to keep in mind when interacting with newbies on talk pages or who replace article text with questions (after reverting, of course). The following is adapted from our article on Reference interviews, and attribution is available at that page. The reference interview is structured to help provide answers to the patron. In general, the interview is composed of the following stages.

    1. Welcoming
    2. Gathering general information from the user and getting an overview of the problem
    3. Confirming the exact question
    4. Intervention, such as giving information, advice or instructions
    5. Finishing, including feedback and summary

    These stages may occur in loops, for example when a clarification of the question leads to the need to establish more background information on the query topic. These steps are designed to put the user at ease, and then help ensure that they have correctly explained what they require. When the editor believes that the query is fully understood, they can attempt to provide resources that help satisfy it. This can include making edits to an article, providing links to policy pages, providing useful encyclopedia articles, or recommending external resources. An important and often overlooked final step is checking that the information or service provided was indeed what the user needed.

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    Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
    Thank you for your very level-headed contributions that helped solve the dispute over the GA nomination for Amal Women's Training Center and Moroccan Restaurant. It's very much appreciated! Ry's the Guy (talk|contribs) 14:46, 27 July 2015 (UTC)
    GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
    For your contributions to bring Black American Sign Language to Good Article status.  — Calvin999 19:41, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
    Content Creativity Barnstar.png The Content Creativity Barnstar
    For Black American Sign Language, a delightful article. BlueSalix (talk) 20:40, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
    Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Wikipedian's Barnstar
    Congratulations on making it all the way to Round 3 of the 2nd Annual GA Cup. Although you didn't make the Final/top 5 (which was very hard), we'd like to commend you with this barnstar. We hope to see you next year! MrWooHoo (talk) 23:52, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
    Football Barnstar Hires.png The Football Barnstar
    Thank you very much for taking the time to review the article bicycle kick. The association football project appreciates valuable contributions to the articles, and your GA review was one of them. Thanks again, and we hope you can work with us again!--MarshalN20 Talk 20:01, 13 December 2015 (UTC)
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    Congratulations! You have been awarded the Four Award for your work from beginning to end on Black American Sign Language. Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 22:49, 27 February 2016 (UTC)
    Brilliant Idea Barnstar Hires.png What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar
    For your hard work creating Bluebook style citation templates; I have no doubt that they will serve as an invaluable tool for future generations of Wikipedians. -- Notecardforfree (talk) 20:27, 7 May 2016 (UTC)
    BarnstarGA.png The GA barnstar
    For tackling the eight Los Espantos related GA reviews at one time, I know that was not an easy task to do and that you were not forced to do so. Each review got the highest scrutiny and were better for it. Truely appreciate your time anx efforts on this.  MPJ-DK  11:58, 28 June 2016 (UTC)
    Vitruvian Barnstar Hires.png The Technical Barnstar
    For your work with WugBot and DYK. I've been away from Wikipedia and by extension DYK for a while. When I came back and saw that someone had finally worked to help automate the DYK review process it made my day. Thanks for all your great work! Best, Mifter (talk) 01:53, 10 February 2017 (UTC)
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    Fantastic work getting sociophonetics to the Main Page! Very interesting article. MX () 00:58, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
    Special Barnstar Hires.png The Special Barnstar
    For you exemplary work at Resource Exchange:-) WBGconverse 16:33, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
    Team Barnstar Hires.png The Teamwork Barnstar
    I thought your willingness to extend discussion was exemplary. I have no problems with non admin closure and I am fully aware and support the consensus we come to may be exactly what you did. Thanks again and cheers. Hell in a Bucket (talk) 21:22, 5 August 2019 (UTC)
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    I hereby award you the barnstar of awesomeness! — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 23:59, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
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    Thank you for making it easier for people to solve their technical problems by creating Help:Troubleshooting broken scripts. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 00:55, 26 November 2019 (UTC)

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