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"There's only one rule that I know of, babies ... you've got to be kind." -Kurt Vonnegut
As a user with blocking privileges, I'm willing to listen to users who think they've been unfairly blocked.

I can be reached at ian.t.duan@gmail.com

I am IDuan of Arlington, Virginia - a suburb right next to the District of Columbia.


I joined Conservapedia in late April 2007 and started seriously editing in August.

What I'm Currently Working on

I recently finished my project to create a page on every Supreme Court justice in American history (that we did not have a page on, as well as placing my officeholder template on all those that we did). I'm currently working on the Barack Hussein Obama article - having, with User:RobSmith's help, written a major update to it. Rob, Conservative and I are also active at the Conservapedia:Community Portal.

Full list of works


Highlights of work


A few of the many articles I've really worked on (see all of them at User:Iduan/Works) are Frank Murphy, Barack Hussein Obama, Marquis de Lafayette, Majoritarianism, Waves, Eddystone Lighthouse, XYZ Affair, Congressional Page, Stephen Johnson Field and HTML table formatting. I've also done many universities, including UMD, Boston, Arizona, UNC, UConn, Penn St., Johns Hopkins, Howard and NIU. Beyond that I like to spread my edits around and vary them.

I put a lot of work into Nigeria#Structure - where I described the structure of the executive, judiciary and legislature. The judiciary is probably the most detailed part I have, simply because I'm most interested in judicial aspects. Ditto with John Jay#The Jay Court.


I have created a few templates, the ones I'm most proud of are: Template:Template, Baseball, Template:USState, Template:NBA, Template:NFLDraft, Template:Officeholder (and a bunch of sub-pages for that), Template:Supreme Court (and every subpage from the Jay to Roberts Courts), Template:MLBTeam (which I've added to every MLB team) and Template:University (which I have put on about 131 articles so far). Some templates that I did not create but I did do a lot of work on are Template:Country and Template:Taxonomy.


I don't work much in this area, but I did help User:TK clean out Category:Navigation box (which was full because of missing <noinclude> tags on templates - this took a while to find everything, and I also worked a lot on cleaning up Category:Information technology - it's now much cleaner because there are specific categories and pages are better organized.

My editing style/preferences

Basic page format:

==Notes== (if there are references not used with <ref> tags
==See also==
==External links==

The above is the same as the format in the Conservapedia:Manual of Style, and it makes the most sense. References are most pertinent to the article text itself, so they go first; see also links are internal, so they go second, and external links go last.

As far as minor edits go: I do not use French spacing, and I usually remove it where I see it (the wiki software renders it as one space anyway, so it's just an extra character); I also remove serial commas.

References always go outside grammar marks (punctuation).

Punctuation does not always go inside quotation marks. For example, periods. If the text enclosed within the quotation marks is a full sentence - the period goes inside the quotation marks. "John said, 'My name is John.'" If not, then the period goes outside: "John said that he was '17 going on 18'."

Images, unless they are within templates/tables, should always go in thumbs - they should not stand alone.

I have a fairly hard to explain view of categories - but I firmly believe it should be the universal view. Say there is a Category, Category:Apple Inc., that is part of a larger Category, Category:Information technology. The article that is specifically on Apple Inc, and thus encompasses all of aspects of the Category, should be the ONLY article within that category to be in the super-categories that Category:Apple Inc. is in (i.e. Category:Information technology).

Large blocks of text should usually be split up by sections - no one wants to read what looks like 2 paragraphs with 50 sentences. Wiki sections allow emphasis to be added and they allow clear organization.

My Computing World

I'm a pretty big fan of Mac OSX Leopard, but before it came out I was definitely an XP guy. I think that Spotlight just puts Macs miles ahead of PCs. I use Safari, XCode (for python) and Smultron (for html).