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Martin Richard Gardner
Leeds, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
A bit about me
Learning/speaking French more than half of my life. Put myself as fr-4 but am definitely getting rusty. Have studied Spanish at the University of Leeds, and have studied German in the past; Old French, Middle French and archaic Modern French are my current passions. I'm currently reading Lancelot ou le Chevalier de la charrette and El lenguaje del cuerpo by Allan Pease (translation into Spanish by Maricel Ford).
I also used to play Scrabble at competition level in English and in French. My current passion is juggling (YouTube video now actually exists!). November 10 2010, 7 balls for 7 catches. May 23 2012, 8 balls for 8 catches.
Now using Chrome instead of Firefox for technical reasons.
I'm an administrator of the English Wiktionary, since about the end of the Crimean War.
I'm making an effort to spend less time on the Internet. Wiktionary will be high on the list of things to do less of.
- Trying to spend less time on here and do 'proper' grown up things instead.
- Current task: bot formatting the entries in Category:French verb forms. And then other verb forms, such as Italian, Portuguese, etc.
- First started using Wiktionary to look up obscure Scrabble words. For the ones that didn't exist, I started creating them myself.
- Overly obsessed with neatness and regularity. This is mostly good for Wiktionary, as dictionaries should be neat and regular.
- I make a lot of minor edits, lots of them using the auto-formatting functions of User:Mglovesfun/vector.js. I tend not to write edit summaries for these, as I would literally spend twice as long writing edit summaries as I would doing actual formatting. So by just clicking the minor button and hitting enter, I can format more entries per hour.
- Stuff I've taken an interest in and therefore can contribute a bit to includes baseball, basketball, juggling, poker and Scrabble.
- You can edit my user page and subpages like any other Wiktionary page. I too may edit your pages for broken links, typos, broken English and whatnot. Do feel free to revert without any explanation, and I will do the same.
- I spend more time correcting stuff and updating stuff than making new articles. A dictionary is about quality and quantity, so correcting the entries we already have is very important.
- Per above, I nominate a lot of things for deletion, on the grounds that a quality dictionary does not contain "anything and everything".
- I do edit languages I don't speak, but only in terms of formatting (spacing, punctuation, correct use of templates).
- I sometimes edit Portuguese, Italian, Occitan and Catalan which I don't really 'speak' but they're very similar to French and Spanish.
- I like a joke. Life is short, this is a website, but if I make a joke I will revert myself.
- Learnt some Old French at the University of Leeds doing a one year course entitled Love, Laughter and Chivalry. Beyond that am self-taught, have taught myself by reading as many texts as possible, many of them more than once. Anyone with more experience is very much welcome to check my edits.
- Note: I only create accelerated Middle French forms when I can find an attestation. Dead languages can be a bit unpredictable, and there's nothing worse than creating a batch of accelerated entries to discover they're not used anywhere.
- I operate MglovesfunBot (talk • contribs), which mainly bypasses redirects, removes categories and templates that fail our deletion process, corrects spacing, etc.
- Similarly, I monitor Special:Contributions/KassadBot.
- Believe it or not, I don't really give two hoots about Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian and Serbo-Croatian. I just think where a norm exists it should be used as widely as possible, even if I disagree with that norm.
- Trivia: great grandson of John Maconnachie.
Areas of interest
- Suffixes and prefixes.
- Etymologies, especially Latin ones.
- Deleting pages that shouldn't be here.
- I do a lot of boring stuff like managing categories, uncategorized pages, fixing broken links, etc.
- I don't usually block users unless the vandalism is severe (such as spam or attack pages) or repeated.
- If I make typos or stupid errors, correct them without asking me, or even revert me.
Stuff that I think are common practices but aren't in any Wiktionary policies
- Single words (with no spaces) aren't nominated for deletion as 'sum of parts'
- Sum of parts entries that meet WT:CFI#Idiomaticity are usually deleted, or at least nominated for deletion.
- Portail:Textes médiévaux (French Wikisource, medieval texts)
- Norman season on the BBC, televized material (UK only)
- My blog (very little Wiktionary related)
- YouTube channel (nothing Wiktionary related)
- @Mglovesfun on Twitter (little or nothing Wiktionary related)