[Citizendium-l] Thanks to many participants & partners
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Mon Oct 8 13:59:15 EDT 2007
This is an early Thanksgiving. It occurs to me that I have not thanked
people enough, especially the hardest-working people. I thank people all
the time, but it is usually for over-and-above stuff, and when people first
show up. So, at the risk of embarrassing them, I'm going to thank a whole
bunch of people. I hope you don't mind, folks.
But I should add something, because I don't want this sort of attention to
go to anybody's head, either--I mean, frankly, I think it's a little
ridiculous that praise from me would go to anybody's head. Most people
aren't that way and they realize that I'm just this guy, so big deal. But,
you see, I'm worried and I speak from experience. In listing these people
and their useful work, I do not mean, in any way shape or form, to be
establishing something like a project aristocracy. I can imagine that some
people might be puffed up by this sort of attention, and think that such
recognition gives them rights in the project that others do not have. That
would be very wrongheaded. In fact, not to malign them unjustly I hope, but
certain Wikipedians seem to carry about their titles and achievements and
"barnstars" and whatnot as so many bludgeons that they can use to get their
way. Damn me if that ever happens on the Citizendium. I have sometimes
accused Wikipedia of being egalitarian in a bad, utopian way, but in this
regard I would like CZ to be *more* egalitarian than WP. I would like us to
settle content disputes by kindly, rational compromise first, by reference
to expert knowledge second, and by fair, open, law-governed dispute
resolution processes last--but NEVER by a presumption that "I've been here
longer, I'm a Big Shot, so you gotta listen to me and my friends, or else!"
We should always be a freer, more open, and indeed more equal community than
that cliquish, competitive attitude implies.
And if you would never dream of being that way--well, clearly, I'm not
talking about *you*.
That said in preface, here's the rogue's gallery from the Citizendium's
first year, in alphabetical order, and what I honor them for. And I'm very
sorry if I left anyone out, or if I failed to mention some shining
achievement of yours--I'm just going based on what I remember and what I had
personal experience with, and the project is already bigger than I can
always personally track. But yes, I do actually know all these people and
am at least somewhat acquainted with their work for the project! I am sure
I must have left out some hard-working people, some may have slipped through
the cracks, and I'm sorry that I did...
Anthony Argyriou - for a lot of articles on a variety of topics.
Dr. Robert Badgett - for attempts to organize professional conferences to
benefit CZ, and for some health science articles.
Dr. Martin Baldwin-Edwards - for a wide variety of policy discussions and
leadership, as well as quite a bit of excellent work on articles in multiple
areas, economics, politics, and sociology.
Dr. Lee R. Berger - for his many professional-level articles about topics in
paleontology, and for piloting Eduzendium (university student use of CZ)
this term--we've welcomed several of his students lately.
Denis Cavanagh - for quite a few articles on Irish history.
Todd Coles - for quite a few articles on American history.
Aleta Curry - for much interesting policy discussion, "Write-a-Thon"
participation, and many, many professionally written articles.
Dr. Chris Day - for being the most active person in the three months of the
summer, primarily by working endlessly on our subpage *system* (it's far
beyond a single *template* now), and always being on hand to answer
questions about it and add features and make tweaks; also, for helping with
other MediaWiki coding challenges (e.g., with tables); and of course
substantial work as biology editor.
Jérôme Delacroix - for helping with PR in French and with critics.
Arne Eickenberg - for a lot of excellent articles about classical topics,
and some useful contributions to policy debates.
Stephen Ewen - for being ubiquitous and incredibly helpful with all sorts of
stuff, for helping to run the Constabulary, for approving many new accounts,
for formulating an entire system of image policy and actually putting it
into effect, for much work on articles.
Eric M. Gearhart - for joining us as a system administrator despite being
stationed in the army in Iraq; for helping to solve some computer problems;
for some solid articles on computer topics.
Dr. Giangiacomo Gerla - for terrific amounts of work about fuzzy logic.
Dr. Bernard Haisch - for helping move us toward becoming a fully independent
non-profit, and offering and support advice in the early months.
Dr. Michael Hardy - for many articles on math and other topics, and for
detailed discussions of various policy issues.
Derek Harkness - for many excellent articles on Scottish topics and for much
Paul Hitchmough - for our logo.
Peter Hitchmough - for supplying useful sysadmin help and advice in the
first 3 or 4 months of the project.
Ruth Ifcher - for engaging in long conversations about hard cases,
formulating Constabulary policy, and always having excellent judgment about
pretty much everything.
Dr. Peter Ingerman - for Constabulary service and honest advice.
Dr. Matt Innis - for terrific amounts of terrific work on many aspects of
the project, for many articles on chiropractic topics, for excellent work
getting many people on board, for being a voice of reason and calm during
conflict, and for advice on policy matters.
Carl Jantzen - for several very good space-related articles and for
Dr. Richard Jensen - for probably adding more, and more substantial,
articles than anyone in the project; for his incredible hard work and
consistency; for the unusually high quality of his work; for his invaluable
expertise and advice on a variety of issues; for his patience in the face of
Ian Johnson - for huge amounts of useful, practical, highly professional PR
advice, and for agreeing to participate in a PR focus group; for a lot of
good work on various subjects, especially GBLT issues.
Mike Johnson - for helping a lot with PR work, from the beginning, and
always offering concise, sensible opinions on a wide variety of issues.
Thomas E. Kelly - for a lot of work on medical topics, I think, in the
earlier months of the project.
Robert W. King - for yeomanly work on a huge number of articles on a wide
variety of subjects.
Dr. Gareth Leng - for acting as an invaluable moderator in many incendiary
disputes, contributing huge amounts of expertly-written content, making many
useful policy suggestions, and often offering excellent advice on questions
as they arise--and for generally supporting the project, from the beginning,
when it greatly needed support from someone with his credibility.
Dr. Roger Lohmann - for a huge amount of excellent, professional work on
various topics especially related to civil society; for pioneering
demonstrations of subpage concepts.
David Marshall - for early organizational work, advice, and conversation as
managing editor for a short time.
Dr. Sorin Matei - for Eduzendium, for advice on issues as they arise, and
for getting behind a new proposal (currently private) that might create an
institutional home for me and support for CZ. Everyone knows I need
Dr. John Moffett - for policy advice and support.
Greg Sabino Mullane - for getting us started on a superior database version
of MediaWiki (PostgreSQL), and for quickly making many greatly needed small
changes to our system when no one else would do them--without Greg, we'd
have been lost in the last few months, thanks Greg.
Will Nesbitt - for much work on various topics, and for emphasis on an issue
I care deeply about, viz. neutrality.
Dr. Jitse Niesen - for the subpagination bot (work is ongoing), and for much
work and discussion on a wide variety of technical articles and policy
Dr. Jaime Nubiola - for moral and PR support and for staying with me from
Dr. Hendra I. Nurdin - for much professional work on topics in mathematics
and engineering topics.
Pat Palmer - for returning to us as an editor, for superb writing and
excellent judgment, and for useful contributions to policy debates.
Kelly Patterson - for shepherding various fundraising efforts, thanks Kelly.
Hayford Peirce - for excellent writerly prose on a wide variety of topics,
but especially food and tennis--guess we know his priorities--and for policy
James F. Perry - for excellent interesting (to me) work on Scottish highland
culture, articles & pictures.
Jason Potkanski - for being CZ's go-to guy on most technical questions, for
many months, sometimes with compensation but most often without; installing
a zillion useful server services, which I and others use every day, like the
wiki, the mail system, the forums, etc., etc. He hasn't had so much time
lately since he's overworked with a new job, but we are still *very*
grateful for all his work.
Russell Potter - for, in the time he was with us, many wonderfully-written
articles on a wide variety of topics, several of which were approved or made
article of the week, and for helping to shepherd other articles to approval.
Dr. Nereo Preto - for help and leadership with the Earth Sciences Workgroup
when few others were involved, for many professional articles.
Zachary Pruckowski - for identifying and explaining the solution to many
various technical problems, for explaining stuff to me, and for tracking
various bugs--and generally for caring about essential technical stuff.
Joe Quick - for an absolute boatload of article work and policy discussion,
for help with the anthro workgroup.
Ori Redler - for offering useful opinions on a variety of issues; for some
of our first articles.
Kjetil Ree - for many good articles on political and geographical topics.
Charles Sandberg - for good articles on a wide variety of topics.
Louis F. Sander - for a lot of good work, particularly on naval topics.
Jason Sanford - for early Constabulary work.
Dr. Supten Sarbadhikari - for serving as Secretary of the Editorial
Workgroup, and keeping resolutions moving when I didn't have the time; for
articles on medical topics.
Jason Scott - for the "Cold Storage" idea.
Aaron Schulz - for, out of the blue, offering to create our brand new
"request account" extension--about which, more tomorrow probably, when we
announce it--and for helping to test and install it.
Dr. Nancy Sculerati - for being the single most prolific and overall useful
member of the project in its first six months; for crafting many, many
highly readable and interesting articles on biology, health sciences, and
pet-related topics, including our first showcase article, "Biology"; for
pushing many articles toward approval; for many insightful discussions of
many different policy matters. We are still grateful, Nancy.
Dr. Anthony Sebastian - for much excellent work on health sciences topics,
for crafting one of our best articles ("life"), for his remarkable patience
and unflappable calmness, for sound advice on many policy issues.
Dr. David Shapinsky - for work developing a new CZ project; and for patience
in waiting until we are ready to launch it!
John Stephenson - for enormous amounts of high-quality work on linguistics
and other topics, for good service as a constable when we needed people to
pick up the slack.
Dr. Aleksander Stos - for a superb job of keeping track of CZ statistics
(really useful stuff), for excellent constable work, for excellent and
provocative advice and insight on a wide variety of policy issues, for help
with various MediaWiki technical issues, and of course for a lot of work on
various technical topics.
Dr. Andrew Su - for ongoing consideration of a new program to create a full
complement of articles about genes.
Anton Sweeney - for excellent constable work, for PR and beer in Dublin, and
for a lot of great work on various but especially Irish subjects.
Dr. Robert Tito - for enormous numbers of approved applications and other
constable work, and for much expert work on scientific topics.
Dr. David Tribe - for large amounts of excellent work on biological topics,
for much advice and leadership on Constabulary and other issues, for many
Sarah Tuttle - for helping to keep the Constabulary running smoothly by,
among other things, for several months routing applications to different
people; for being a voice of moderation and good cheer and common sense on a
wide range of Constabulary issues.
Louise Valmoria - for setting up and managing CZ's many workgroup mailing
Dr. Kim van der Linde - for professional work on biological topics, for
returning, and for a frequent critical voice in policy discussions.
Phil Wardle - for early (pioneering?) constable and moderator work.
Jaap Winius - for snakes--lots of them.
Greg Woodhouse - for much good work on math and technical topics, for advice
on policy issues.
Dr. Paul Wormer - for much high-level, expert work on chemical topics after
joining just a few months ago.
Yi Zhe Wu - for a lot of solid work on many topics, particularly politics,
and for MediaWiki help.
THANKS ALSO to our institutional supporters, partners, etc.:
Purdue University Department of Communications - for being our first
institutional partner and hosting our first mailing lists; for ongoing
consideration of further major support.
Steadfast Networks - for our first server and for ongoing funding of two
servers and bandwidth, all free of charge.
Revson Foundation/Lisa Goldberg - for a $20,000 startup grant that helped
get us through 2007! Sadly, our sponsor, Ms. Lisa Goldberg, passed away
before she could see her support of us come to fruition, but we are still in
contact with the foundation and they seem to have our back.
Craig Caviezel/Hemingway Foundation - for our first major grant, of $15,000,
at a crucial time. Thanks Craig!
Community Foundation of NW Mississippi/Charles Boone - for a recent $1,000
grant and consideration of other support.
MacArthur Foundation - for several and ongoing conversations and
43PR (Gary Byrd and Maggie Quale) - for professional PR services, donated
free of charge, up to our launch. Maggie is great. Gary was extremely
generous to let her work on CZ without compensation from us. Working with
43PR was truly a pleasure.
Tides Center - for (compensated) support of business matters (bill paying,
Nico Sico/Polimetrica - for agreeing to include "The Language of Science" in
CZ, and thereby in part inspiring "signed articles."
Peter Magnusson & his startup - for management advice, for commitment to
certain software enhancements.
Andrew Keen - for interesting conversations and for making CZ the first
"solution" in his now-infamous book.
Thanks to the many people who have invited me to speak or write, thereby
supporting my work on CZ.
Thanks also to the many journalists from around the world who have written
about us even when the youth of the project perhaps didn't merit the
Having finished composing this list, let me say that doing so was a most
enjoyable experience and one that fills me with pride at our accomplishments
but also deep humility in view of the fact of how totally dependent I am on
all of you for our success. --LMS
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