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|“||It is there in comments such as: ‘You’re too pretty to be Aboriginal’ or ‘You’re too smart to be Aboriginal’ – yes, ask any indigenous person, we have all heard these back-handed offensive ‘compliments’.||”|
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Warami (means hello in Dharug, a local Aboriginal language of Sydney),
I'm SHB2000 and I'm based in Sydney, Australia but have lived in numerous locations throughout Australia but all in either NSW or Qld. and my purpose here is to make Australian articles usable and a lot more other things that you might find me doing. I prefer they/them pronouns but I don't mind if you say he/him pronouns to refer to me. I detest vandalism and incorrect information and if you look at my en.wikipedia contributions here (from Feb 2021 to Jun 2021) as you can tell my job is to mainly fight vandalism.
I've visited 184 out of the 10000 beaches in Australia (1.84%) and hoping to make it to 300 by the end of 2023 and going to 2000 Aussie beaches in my lifetime.
If you're noticing why I haven't added which countries I've visited here, it's because I've only visited the eastern states of Australia minus Tasmania, but have visited at least a quarter of US states. It's sort of embarrassing when you travel a lot in a country and have explored places that you're not really a local of, and haven't explored much of your backyard.
Additionally, I'm an admin on the Nauruan Wikipedia, ever since the 17th of May and an admin on the Nauruan Wiktionary since the 8th of June, but have since given away sysop rights there so I can be more active here.
Outside of Australia (specifically Melbourne and Adelaide), the most place where I've travelled extensively to is Santa Barbara in California, which also explains my love of US politics and US spelling compared to British.
Apart from travelling, my other favourite interest is music.
My work on Wikivoyage
I initially started to create Australian articles often the Sydney surrounds; and later expanded to small rural towns all over Australia except for WA and Tasmanian areas. I later then edited and made articles that had anything to do with Australia regardless of where it was. Then, I made a start to editing French articles on wikivoyage after User:AnglaisEP's (an English Teacher in France) task with her students to edit on French villages. I also took that opportunity to improve my not so great French. Since Early April 2021, I also started to create Aussie town articles on fr.wikivoyage. In late April 2021, I've now started to edit articles all over Oceania, France and occasionally places I've been to in the US and Scandinavia - although to say, I think we have a fine group of American and Scandinavian editors on this site, and I think they're better off doing that, rather than someone on the opposite hemisphere.
I was also the founder of country barncompasses on Wikivoyage. So far doing well, but still, there's yet more to cover for every country.
I'm currently the most active editor here on this wiki (facts say it's KevRobbSCO but he left) and on two other wikis.
I'll also openly admit my silliest mistake I've made on Wikivoyage – Here
I also contribute to
- the English Wikipedia (extended confirmed, but also retired)
- the English Wikibooks (reviewer)
- the French Wikivoyage
- the Nauruan Wikipedia and Wiktionary (sysops)
- and revert vandalism on es and fr wikipedia
Want to contribute to the French Wikipedia content wise but after what they did to User:KevRobbAU (blocking him for a simple grammatical error), I don't want to do that.
And the funniest thing I've came across when researching things on WV is when I sought out to reddit for whether 12 or 24 hour time is better. Got a comment saying that:
|“||Vote me for Prime Minister, and anyone who prefers 12h time will be shipped off to our detention centre in Nauru Island.||”|
Finally, this needs a mention, but my reason for the creation of RFDS tourism is to spread the greatness of the RFDS. Infact, they once gave me a lift as well when I was just a preschool child (I won't mention why I got the lift for security purposes).
This section is about me being a Docent. If your looking for some information, this is the section
To ask information, just simply leave a message on my talk page by clicking the button below! Feel free, and don't feel shy. There's no such thing as a dumb question, there's only something called a dumb answer.
If you want me to email you, then yes, I can, however, to email me, you'll need to be autoconfirmed. This restriction may be lifted and if on current progress, it's the 28th of August at this rate, so for now, the only way is through my talk page.
See the below section for my particular section of expertise, mainly Australian articles.
Wikivoyage and Wikipedia
Wikivoyage not having the no original research policy means that you could really, express yourself. Give me a few days and a mate, and I'll probably explore somewhere new, South Australia is a nice cultural state, with nice places to go out and see the milky way. Most of it, far from light pollution, that you can never realise the beauty of Australia. Queensland, a beachy paradise and the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. Victoria, the second most developed state, while not in the outback, give me a few days and I'd have hiked the distance from Sale to Traralgon. The ACT, while mostly artificial, I question myself, is this Australia - or some foreign country, or is everywhere else not the true Australia, and only an hour or two away from Jindy and Thredbo. And finally, the territory that no one talks about - Jervis Bay Territory, go to Cave Beach, and roos'll come within a metre from you. Seriously, they're not scared at all, just, unless you have a stick. Also a place to visit the whitest beach in the world, and nice to watch whale and dolphin watching. Additionally, Wikipedia is just a large community, that has more vandalistic edits than edits on Wikivoyage as a whole (yes, so to w:en:Special:RecentChanges and add the tag "likely has problems").
So this explains why I edit Wikivoyage more, and not Wikipedia.
Parts of this section was inspired by User:Antandrus, and to say, I've gotta give him credit
Languages I know
I'm a native speaker of English, can speak French to an intermediate level, understand a small bit of Italian due to my musical knowledge, a decent bit of Dorerin Naoero, trying to revive the Nauruan Wikipedia and Wiktionary. Finally, I can understand numerous bits of Dharug and Dharawal, two local Aboriginal languages spoken in Sydney, but there's no babel language scale for that.
Unusual Facts that I know
- Why Australians in the 10s hate Charles Dickens: That's because of his quote "It would be better that they be wiped off the face of the Earth." against Aboriginals
- Mildura is on a similar latitude as Wollongong
- Cannibalism existed in Tasmania
- Cockroaches can also mean people from NSW to Queenslanders. Likewise, it's the same for Queensland but with Cane Toads.
- The Aboriginal people in Australia did not have social hierarchies, hence the lack of inequality, and it's how they survived in the Outback for 65,000 years.
- Torrest Strait Islanders are more Melanesian than Australian
- No one knows what the largest monolith is, Uluru or Mt. Augustus
- The outback towns of Blackstone, Irrunytju, Warakurna, Wanarn, Kiwirrkurra, and Tjukurla are all located in Western Australia which uses UTC+8:00 but these towns follow ACST with a time zone of UTC+9:30.
- A few small towns near Eucla follow UTC+8:45
- The Sydney Observatory is meant for viewing stars. But due to poor planning, new towers at Barangaroo will block the view. Great planning!
- Usually, Manilla is known for being in the Phillipines. In Wikivoyage, the Australian Manilla is known for the litter bin dispute, and to non-wikivoyagers, it is known for a cemetery. Poor ol' manilla.
- Kamilaroi or Gamilaaray, I use Kamilaroi after the highway and one of my favourite artists; indigenous rapper The Kid LAROI, who now lives in LA.
- B71 from Nyngan to Bourke is not the straightest road in the world, even looking at Google Maps.
- Tones and I is from Mornington, despite many thinking she's American and had lived in a van for a long time when she moved to Byron Bay.
- No one knows Tones and I's age. 1993 or 2001? Dunno?
- I was at Haycock Point, Ben Boyd National Park for 6 hours, and not one person came until I left.
- Gallipoli is not actually called Gallipoli
- The world's longest concert is 637 years, and it's still going.
- Technically after Mabo vs. Queensland 2, I do not own the land I live on.
- Sydney Harbour National Park does not include Cockatoo Island, despite what many think.
- Tuvalu's currency is produced in the Perth mint
- "Without trucks, Australia stops" similarly, I came up with "Without RFDS, Australia starves"
Metric and Imperial System, 12 and 24 hour time
I'll openly admit it, I do not know anything about the imperial system. And to be honest, I'm not even planning to learn it. All scientific and major technologies in the world use the metric. It's a bit of a shame why the US and Liberia choose to stay in the old units, very socially isolated. And the UK's gone a step ahead and behind. Use metres and miles, what??? And let's not forget that Burma/Myanmar chose to create their own units. All, these units, just make it confusing. Like, how does it work when someone who lives on the US-Canada border, or the Myanmar-Thailand border?
And why do most places that are heavily British or American influenced have to use 12 hour time. 24 hour time may not sound right, but really, it's a lot less confusing. 0600 or 6:00. For the latter, you don't know whether it's AM or PM. And the burden of typing AM or PM compared to numbers. It's nice to see Australian National Parks, Airports, transport and cafés switch to 24hr as well as North Queensland and the Northern Territory using 24hr times, not 12, but seriously, how hard is it to be a unified country, and use 24?
I prefer they/them, although I'm not offended by he/him. Gender specific pronouns were always a bad idea.
This section was inspired by User:Ground Zero, and to say, I have to give him credit
- No SHB is not my initials
- While I was not born in 2000, I identify myself as a millennial.
- My initials can be found by following a set of links on my en.wikipedia userpage.
- I changed my username in Feb because my old one felt too promotional, making it harder to build a reputation on the English Wikipedia.
Articles and Pages
Since this page gets long, I'm only adding my 5 best articles for that category.
- Wikivoyage:Australian Barncompasses
- Wikivoyage:Barncompasses (all of it, though I did not create it - I remade the article fully on the 15th of May, 2021)
- Wikivoyage:European Barncompasses
- Wikivoyage:The Americas Barncompasses
- Wikivoyage:Nigeria café and its subpages
|Tourist Drive 33||Starnom|
|Overland travel between Melbourne and Adelaide||Guide|
|Tourist Drive 30||Usable|
|Grand Pacific Drive||Usable|
This includes articles that I was the main contributor of, even though I didn't start it. Only top five included.
|Innamincka||Guide (Discover article on the 16th of May, 2021)|
|Lyndhurst (South Australia)||Usable|
|Using Sydney's public transport||Usable|
|Ned Kelly tourism||Usable|
|Sydney Harbour National Park||Star|
|Dorrigo National Park||Usable|
|Dharawal National Park||Usable|
|Walls of Jerusalem National Park||Usable|
|Southern Beaches (along with JTdale)||Outline|
Articles I've upgraded
Articles that I have significantly expanded: 124
These were the articles that I've upgraded their status but not the main contributor. There used to be a table here, but I've removed it because it's going to get too long, and I'd be here editing it all day. So thus, it's removed.
Articles I want to make
- Daly Waters
- Roxby Downs
- Mystery Bay
- Cooladi - Town with only 3 people
- Halls Creek
- Mount Hope
Want to go
Here are just a couple of places that I would like to visit someday:
A days trip or a night stay
- Cotton Candy Caves
- Secret Waterfall (Woy Woy)
- Glow Worm Canyon
- The Secret Cave, Kurnell
- Dry Canyon.
- Red Hands Cave
- Moree and Narrabri
- Uluru (yes, having been to the Territory multiple times, I still haven't been to the Red Centre yet)
- Ochre Pits
- Coober Pedy
- Kakadu National Park
- Purnululu National Park (would be my first time going to WA if I go here)
- Adelaide River and Coomalie Creek
- Aurora Australis, Tasmania (would be my first time going to TAS if I go here)
- Margaret River
- Machu Picchu
- Christ the redeemer
- Angkor Wat
- and a lot more.
Thoughts on editing
As an editor, I enjoy:
- writing in lively style about places I know or interesting Aussie places.
- writing article leads
- adding listings (except coordinates)
- contributing to history, infrastructure and aviation-related articles and sections.
- welcoming new users to Wikivoyage and Wikipedia.
- dealing with problematic edits (yes, it's one of my strengths and you can see this at enwiki)
- writing about big sculptures (Australia's big things)
- adding funny name places (e.g. The edge of the world, the other side of the moon, eggs and bacon bay, nowhere else and penguin)
I think the following aspects of editing are tedious but necessary:
- adding coordinates (seriously)
- anything to do with impossible-to-remember but useful templates
- tables - I prefer the damn visual editor for this
- adding colour to text
- reverting Telstra's (Brendan John Williams) good faith edits
- dealing with GRP's attacks
Things you won't find me doing:
- Making a static map - I'm using a loan laptop to edit Wikivoyage so I can't download ink-space as well as it sounds tedious to do
- Working on anything related to North America or Europe - we have a large number of fine North American and European editors who are brilliant at what they do, so a destination article for just about anywhere else in the world is much more in need of my time.
- Working on Western Australian or Tasmanian articles - I've never been to these states so I don't know what's the trend there - I have however, started to work on the latter with the help of User:JTdale
- Dealing with copyright and legal issues
This section was inspired by User:ThunderingTyphoons! and to say, I have to give him credit
|Southernmost||Southern tip of Victoria (Wilsons Promontory)|
|Closest ever to a bushfire||30m next to the Wollemi National Park bushfires in 2019-20, which had consumed about 512,612 ha of bushland.|
|Longest flight||SYD - OSL (21.5 hours)|
|Longest train ride||Sydney - Newcastle (2 hours)|
|Longest bus ride||Cairns - Townsville (6 hours)|
|Longest journey by bike||Sydney - Parramatta (60+ kilometers)|
|Longest trail by foot||[Unknown trail] (33km, 1 day) or [trail hidden - due to it's restricted access] (18km, 3 days)|
|Longest distance on an unpaved track||143km (Mungo National Park)|
This section was inspired by User:Mx. Granger and to say, I have to give him credit
This includes cross wiki as well.
- Delaporte's Nauruan Dictionary
- Petit-Skinner's "The Nauruans"
- Nauruan Swadesh List
- Dharug Dictionary
We as humans, often fail to be grateful for others, and from what I can see, there's very little giving of Barncompasses compared to the English Wikipedia. So I decided to be creative and create custom barncompass templates, and one for each country. It's still a work in progress, but I hope to do all 200 ish countries.
|The Wikivoyage Barncompass|
|For your general contributions to Wikivoyage, and specifically for your work on Australia articles. We're glad you're here, mate. Ground Zero (talk) 12:39, 18 March 2021 (UTC)|
|The Aussie Wikivoyage Barncompass|
|Thanks for your great work on improving Australian travel pages, especially driving articles. Hope Tourist Drive 33 gets star status soon! --LivelyRatification (talk) 02:58, 23 March 2021 (UTC)|
|The Aussie Wikivoyage Barncompass|
|This Barncompass is to show appreciation for your great work on Aussie articles on Wikivoyage. --184.108.40.206 11:46, 12 April 2021 (UTC)|
|Sweepers' Club Membership Certificate|
|Thanks for helping sweep old conversations off to relevant talk pages. Like housework, it's often best to do a little every day or every week, but we'd let the page get out of hand. Thanks for helping with the "spring cleaning". WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:38, 20 April 2021 (UTC)|
This section was inspired by a number of users, and to say, I have to give them credit.
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