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Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.
— 1832, Galileo Galilei
Notwithstanding their influence, we apprehend, however, that dictionary-makers are on the whole an oppressed race, doomed to more than their due share of obscure drudgery. […] They may have had their romance at home — may have been crossed in love, and thence driven to dictionarying; may have been involved in domestic tragedies — who can say?
— 1864, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (volume 96), uncredited author
[T]he maximum number of revisions an author made is 237,600 for the English Wiktionary (user "Equinox") […] As an anonymous reviewer points out, this "sounds as [sic] an incredibly high number of revisions for one single user".
— 2016, Wolfer & Müller-Spitzer, How Many People Constitute a Crowd and What Do They Do?
Words, words, words, words! You may as well listen to the birds.
— 2000, Coil
Hi. I've been on Wiktionary since mid-2008. I was born in 1980, live in England, and work in software development. I have an HND in Applied Computing and a BA in English Language.
My main interest is adding missing English words. I seem to have done rather a lot of this. In particular, I have added the missing material from Webster's 1913 dictionary (which has about 80,000 entries) and Chambers 1908; created thousands of entries from lists of scientific terms, such as minerals, soil types, organic compounds, and pharmaceutical drugs; originated Appendix:Unicode (I fear I have birthed a terrible emoji monster); and added various words that I encounter in books, newspapers, and everyday life.
I like super-specialised senses of otherwise ordinary words (tick, policeman), proper tagging (this means "don't add rare slang like it's normal stuff your grandmother says"), and words beginning with x. I don't like blind prescriptivism, made-up phobias, folk etymologies, or "the agenda". (Are you thinking "this word needs to be defined", or "this viewpoint [Anglo-Saxonism, 'pure' Latin, identity politics...] needs to be propagated"?)
I'm on Wikipedia too, where I mostly make a fuck of a fuss about commas.
Things to do, apart from adding words
- Why doesn't my headset work? I could record a zillion words. Try it on another PC. If it's super-quiet and broken even there, buy a new one.
- Ditto: deal with the initialisms and abbreviations that need a proper part of speech.
- Go through Special:WhatLinksHere/&c. and replace those prissy, attention-seeking "&c." links with "etc."
- FIGHT FOR GREAT JUSTICE
- Things not to do: finish my excellent desktop Wiktionary with loads of power-user shortcut keys, since templates change too fast and I would end up vandalising without knowing it. *cry*
Individual words to consider
- actisign aerosoling Angloid anteventral antiaccelerator(s) antibioticogram anticonvertin antiflapping antithromboplastin antitwist aviculoid
- basalar biamperometry biologistical bipotentiometry bivagotomy
- characean(s) choai/spondai codynamic comap(s) coperfect counterworld
- diaconals downkeying dyadism
- ecocracy electrodiesel epipericyst exobasidial
- famisign florideous frange* futuritive
- gagemeter genorheitron gonidangium groundfield
- hexaaquacopper heteromyarian histial hypermodulation hyperphantasia hyperphoric(s) hypocystal
- megamodel (not fashion) melopoeia* (in poetry) microplane microshear microfusion,macrofusion (sth in Intel processors?) misgating (noun, electronics) monheimite
- nexine nigerone
- (odso, rivo*: old or obscure interjections) onflow orthophoric(s) outpocketing(s) overnegation overpartitioning overscroll oxyhexaster
- palatinepterygoid paracritical parapsychics parasutural partricin patchbay pelorine performatism pericingulum phanopoeia poikilothymia poststack potisign preblockade prechopping prechorus premetacristid presegment(s) prewarp (not Star Trek!) proterobase pseudosite pushload
- radiorelay radiothermic remoderate remoderation remoderator rightmaking/wrongmaking rockmass
- sacropexy saxifragoid(s) skeletoid spasmophilia suberyl subserial supercharge (noun) super-Locrian superquantum symphile synecthran syngenesioplastic synharmony synoekete
- technesis teleinformatics thapsane thermodifferential thromboembolus tigliane toolholder trackout
- undercoded undershoe upkeying upperstocks usermode
- waterhead windowpaning
- IRC jargon: AOP*, SOP*
- Singlish particles: ah, hah, hor, lah, leh, lor, mah, meh, ya
- Soil science: entic epieutric eutric fractiplinthic fragic gelic* greyichyperalic hyperdystric hypergypsic hypersalic isohumisol isohyperthermic lamellic leptic lutic manganiferric oxyaquic perudic petroduric petroferric petroplinthic pisoplinthic placic redoxic rendzic ruptic sabric salic sombric terric turbic vertic vitron*
- A few qualifications: MChem, MEnvSci, MMath, MMet, MPharm, MPhys; see also Oxford's 
Other places to get words
- Wiktionary:Requested entries (English)
- Wiktionary:List of languages (language names)
- User:DTLHS#words: currently the best place for scientific red links
- Neume: lots of terms for obsolete music notation
- Glossary of classical algebraic geometry (todo: I thru W)
- Glossary of architecture
- Glossary of botanical terms
- Glossary of contract bridge terms (continue from book)
- Glossary of graph theory terms
- Glossary of gymnastics terms
- Glossary of motorsport terms
- Glossary of professional wrestling terms
- Glossary of underwater diving terminology
- Gamelan gong kebyar
- Professional wrestling throws
- List of Indian breads
- Egyptian units of measurement
- Eton College glossary  (copyrighted)
- Terms from basketry  (copyrighted): slath, soumak etc.
- List of diseases
- Eye surgery: lots of technical terms here.
- Horse jumping obstacles: e.g. coffin, bullfinch.
- List of optical illusions
- List of cocktails
- List of MeSH codes: links to thousands of scientific words
- Morphology of Diptera: many parts of fly anatomy (see labelled diagrams)
- South African English:  (copyrighted)
- Many organic compounds in Cystophora retroflexa: 
- Missing words from major dictionaries
- Missing words used in Wiktionary
- Get a random transwiki word or phrase (learn more)
- Antarctic slang:  (copyrighted)
- Terms in wine-tasting:  (copyrighted)
- Some good anatomical terms here:  (copyrighted)
- Appendix:Christian figures of speech
Features I would like to have
- Some kind of high-level platform-agnostic API that exposes the dictionary as objects (if only a collection of subheadings), not raw text.
- "Blame", as in software source control, to discover which user wrote a particular line of an entry. See Wikipedia:WikiBlame.
- Standardisation of how templates work. Also, general accountability for templates, including pre-rollout consultation, testing, and backward-compatibility.
- Fix the dumb issue where various plug-ins load sequentially and stuff keeps jumping around so you can't click it.
- I disagree with listing comparative/superlatives that consist of "more" and "most". Virtually any adjective can take these if the author wishes it, and it encourages editors to find weird fringe examples to substantiate their existence.
- We should get rid of (or drastically cut down) the misspelling entries. They are way out of control.
- Having separate alt-form pages for variants that differ only by case (Bloggs' disease, Bloggs' Disease) is somehow aesthetically displeasing. Furthermore, we should not have separate pages for titles like Admiral and Dame; just explain the usage at the normal form. You can see why the capped forms are stupid entries because people are hesitant about whether there is a plural.
- I sometimes think that every word in a definition should be a link. Perhaps it could be done in a subtler way, like allowing right-click and "look up this word" anywhere. Sneaky bonus: editors don't have to bother deciding where and how to insert square brackets.
Wiktionarians I have met
- User:Conrad.Irwin: in Cambridge, late 2000s.
- User:Dominic: in London, 2009.
- User:Donnanz: in Oxford, 2017.
(This user page is here for translation purposes only.)