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Real Name: Sean
On Howik: over 7 years 8 months
Location: Los Angeles, United States
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Sean lives in Los Angeles, United States

I'm a lifelong gamer who has spent the majority of his writing and editing career covering video games in some form. I'm very fond of anime, sci-fi, reading, science and the outdoors.

My VisiHow Stats:
24 Articles Started404 Article Edits
1,001 Edits Patrolled34,863 Article Views
Articles Started (24) Rising Stars Date Views
Tie a tie using a Four-in-Hand Knot and a Half Half Windsor Knot 2015-02-06 761
Play World of Warcraft for Free 2015-02-06 541
Become a Video Game Tester 2015-02-01 693
Find a Party Focused Board Game for Adults   2014-12-29 1,122
Make Whipped Cream   2014-12-27 475
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Articles Edited Rising Stars Date Views
Tie a tie using a Four-in-Hand Knot and a Half Half Windsor Knot 2015-02-06 761
Play World of Warcraft for Free 2015-02-06 541
Become a Video Game Tester 2015-02-01 693
Find a Party Focused Board Game for Adults   2014-12-29 1,122
Add Calendar Events on My Samsung Galaxy S5   2014-12-27 37,294
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posted 2794 days ago
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Let me look into this a bit, and I will message you over Skype a little later.

posted 2805 days ago
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I've updated the new article request list. Please have a look at it, and let me know if you see anything that you're interested in or qualified to write on.

Please give me more than one choice, as we've got a few others working through those items too. I'll review and let you know what to get started on.

posted 2805 days ago
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Random stuff is good. Nice to see you exploring and checking out how things work. In patrolling, we check to make sure that a content is good. Thumbs up are usually reserved for particularly good edits, but not actual content, as in the case of a new question. That said, here are some answers for you:

  • When patrolling edits, why doesn't the system show the article the edit is relating to? You can actually see the article if you scroll down the page more. If it is a Q&A, you can view the parent page link by click the title over the edit field - just above where the user IP is displayed, where it reads 'Current Revision'. I usually open those links in a new tab so I don't lose my place in the PL checker.
  • Why are some of the edits just blank pages that have a username but show no content? These are new users. This is an extra manual check to make sure no unpleasant names make it past our filters.
  • Should I be marking pages as patrolled even if I don't make any actual changes or edits? Patrol works just like a police officer patrolling a neighborhood. You only correct things that are wrong. Anything that is not wrong requires no action other than clicking the approve button.
  • Would it be more beneficial in those cases, if I looked over a page or revision and found it to be pretty solid, to just give it a thumbs up? Generally speaking, I reserve thumbs up for those occasions where I have asked someone to improve a piece, and they have done such a good job that I don't need to go back in and make additional edits. That said, if you see something one of our team edited that is just perfect, then they could receive a thumbs up. Likewise if you see a new user making edits that are good, by all means, please give him or her a thumbs up, and let me know about it too.

Keep the questions coming, and the good work. Have a great day.

posted 2809 days ago
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Yes, those were good times. Ah, to be young(er) again.

I usually come back to my articles a day or so later and sweep them for edits. Or I just write offline in Word, and then copy it to a text editor, so that I get the benefit of Word (which isn't always a benefit), and then read it out loud to see how things go.

Your article was good though, and just the sort of stuff we want to see in those sections. It's a helpful article, filled with good information, and most importantly, steps and tips (since we're a how-to). My edits were more directional than anything else, and I'm glad you could see their intent.

Maybe one of these days I'll spring for a few ESO copies, or something newer, and a few of us can take a few hours a week and write our own how-to article series on it. Something of a fun team oriented project, combining a leisure activity we all enjoy, with a work related activity we can later do. But that's down the road a bit yet. ;)

Have a great weekend. I'll be sending out some messages on Monday, and we'll be getting a little more focused. Thanks for your hard work!

posted 2810 days ago
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Hello Sean,

I've made a few minor edits to your article on Buy, Install and Play Minecraft on PC, which you can see by clicking the link.

The main changes were to add a little more information to titles, so that a user scanning can get more information at a glance, which makes the articles more helpful. This also provides search engines with more information on what each section is about, which will increase the number of people your article reaches.

Another thing I did was to change some of the text a bit. You'll notice that some of the numbered steps have information that is not bolded after each step. This is because people tend to read shorter bolded information in favor of longer bolded sentences. So short but complete sentences are a great way to start a numbered list item. Then you can follow with the other information. In this case, everything after the first period . will not be bolded.

Finally, I changed the way some of the links were set up. You can view those changes as well, to see how I made them. To view items, just click the History button on the article, and then use the radio buttons on the left to select your last edit, and my last edit at the top. Then you can scroll down and click 'compare', which will show you the list of changes in red.

If you could, please edit the Minecraft article to link to your Steam article, using the article title in double brackets, as I did in the intro to your Minecraft title. Then link your Steam and Origin articles to one another the same way in your intro.

This gives users instant access to additional information they may want to learn more about, or perhaps weren't aware of. In the case of Origin, for example, I was a beta tester for UO back in the M59 days, so it was new information for me to learn that they had started competing with steam. Any time someone learns something new, their mind gives a little endorphin boost as a reward. For this reason, articles that teach new things are more rewarding than ordinary articles.

Thanks for your contributions, and have a great day!

posted 2810 days ago
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Well... the link below is an example of what I was talking about. It works like this.

  • Two brackets to start an internal link anchor [[
  • The title of the article, exactly as it appears in page (not the web link)
  • One bar to separate the article title| and the on page title,
  • The on page title. Be descriptive. Things like how to feed a bird are better than this link.
  • End with two closing brackets ]].



I'm also finishing up a list of articles we'd like to see, and will show you all how to use the tool to claim articles you want to write. That will be ready on Monday.

posted 2810 days ago
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Yep :) Brackets your descriptive anchor text will set it up for you. You can also insert links to articles you have not written yet, which will show up red. After your article is published, you can later click them, and write the article. As you get more familiar with the system, I'll go over the trending tools and other features of the system too, so that you can see what's hot and what's not.

posted 2811 days ago
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I know the answer to that one! Brackets. I'll add it to the doc.

posted 2811 days ago
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Sounds great! Also, if there are any game titles you're particularly familiar with, or games you like that you believe could use the 'how-to' you always wanted to see, let me know, and I'll see if there is a place for them.

Check out Play the Celtic Tribes Game for an example of an article another writer put up. It doesn't completely abide by our policies, but she moved it here so it could be on a wiki where other players could edit and add to it, so I haven't complained (too much) about it.

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