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Dan Keshet lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. His world-wide-web homepage is http://www.channel1.com/users/dkesh/ and his email address is dkesh, at sign, channel1.com

Pet peeves:

  • Using the verb "to seem" in articles: (e.g. "it seems that...", "but that doesn't seem to be true..."). "Seeming" is a reflection on the perspective of the author, not on the reality of the world...

  • Leaving "please insert more here...", or "would somebody who knows something about this help out?" in either the article or the summary field. We're at Wikipedia, you don't need to ask for help! If somebody is able and willing to help, they will whether or not you ask them to. Often our articles would be better than, say, the Columbia Encyclopaedia (http://www.bartleby.com/65/) article, if it weren't for the Please help me out here!!! placed in the middle.

Why I don't like most uses of the word "extremism"

  • "Extremist" often implies that there is a linear scale that ties the "extremist" to the "moderate". So when you call baruch goldstein a "jewish extremist", does that mean that "jewish moderates" are like him, just not as radical or militant?
  • Calling somebody extremist is highly ambiguous, because "extremism" is a term relative to others. Are we talking about "extreme" on the accepted political scale of here and now (wherever here is, whenever now is), or on the scale of their own milieu?

I've been eliminating and improving many uses of the words extremism and extremist.

I am soon to be in voluntary exile from Wikipedia for some time. I am giving my Wikipedia password to a trusted friend, and ask that he only let me come back when doing so will be beneficial to myself, probably in a few months. Peace, DanKeshet
I'm back, but only to work on Wikipedia:WikiProject Voting Systems because I need to use it in other areas of life. DanKeshet

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