— Wikipedian  —
NameJ. Randall Owens
BornDecember 31, 1969
Current locationManchester, UK
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
AliasesRandy, KarMann, DeadMeat
Contact info

Round holes I almost fit

Milky Way 2005.jpgThis user is a
Citizen of the Galaxy
and nothing else matters.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpgThis user is from Earth.
This user has set foot in 3 countries of the world.
MCRThis user is from Manchester.


enThis user is a native speaker of the English language.
de-3Dieser Benutzer hat sehr gute Deutschkenntnisse.
la-2Hic usor media latinitate contribuere potest.
ru-1Этот участник владеет русским языком на начальном уровне.
fr-1Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau élémentaire de français.
it-1Questo utente può contribuire con un livello semplice di italiano.
This user has a basic understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
blz-2This user is an intermediate speaker of blazon.
...This user would like to know all existing languages.
he or she
This user considers the singular they to be substandard English usage.
Regarding gender, this user will use the vernacular, not what is politically correct.
This user thinks that too many people have no idea how to use words that they should have learned in grade two.
whomThis user insists upon using whom wherever it is called for, and fixes the errors of whomever he sees.
This user thinks that there are too many people who don’t know that they're worse than their own children at spelling!
This user thinks that if your grammar is incorrect, then you’re in need of help.
Subj This user prefers that the subjunctive mood be used. Were this user you, he would use it.
. TheThis user does not put two spaces after a full stop.
A, B, and
A and B
This user uses the serial comma unless its inclusion is confusing.
It’s really not that hard to use each word in its proper manner.
’sThi's user know's that not every word that end's with s need's an apostrophe and will remove misused apostrophe's from Wikipedia with extreme prejudice.
"…"This user favours typewriter style quotation marks over typographic ones.
ANAL 5This user is incredibly stringent with professional grammar.
MixThis user has been influenced by too many dialects of English to use one orthography, vocabulary and grammar consistently.


NewTux.svgThis user contributes using Linux.
Fedora logo.This user contributes with Fedora Linux.
Farm-Fresh freebsd.pngThis user contributes using FreeBSD.
w/lThis user has a dual boot configuration.
KDEThis user contributes with KDE desktop environment.
Nuvola apps emacs.pngThis user hacks happily with Emacs.
Perl-3This user is an advanced Perl programmer.
C-1This user is a beginning C programmer.
mysql-2This user is an intermediate MySQL programmer.
HTML-3This user is an advanced HTML user.
xhtml-3This user is an advanced XHTML user.
js-2This user is an intermediate JavaScript programmer.
xml-1This user is a beginning XML coder.
OSrcThis user contributes to Open Source projects.
Crystal krfb.png This user contributes using a PC.
This user uses an AMD processor
IPThis person's IP is
IPThis user's IP is ::1.
Nuvola apps emacs.png This user contributes using Free Software.
GIMPThis user contributes using GIMP.

Inkscape Logo.svgThis user contributes using Inkscape.
Celestia.pngThis user enjoys using Celestia to look at the virtual skies.
BOINCManager.pngThis user BOINCs.
Qwerty.svgThis user couldn't live without the keyboard shortcut Alt Tab.


Wikipedia-logo-v2.svgThis user uses Wikipedia as a primary point of reference.
7,000+This user has made more than 7,000 contributions to Wikipedia.
Wikipedia Administrator.svgThis user is an administrator on the English Wikipedia. (verify)
Web This user has a website.
@This user can be reached by email.
@This user can be reached by email at
OWNThis user uses an email account with his own domain name.
PidginThis user uses Pidgin to chat on multiple instant messaging networks.
*This user can be found on most, if not all, IM networks!
BThis user keeps a weblog at Blogger.
Wordpress-logo-simple.pngThis user uses WordPress.
FirefoxThis user prefers Mozilla Firefox.
Mozilla Firefox logo 2013.svgThis user thinks an explorer can't be better than a fox!Icon - Blue globe with a gold orbit.png
Firefox logo, 2019.svgThis user contributes using Firefox.
This user uses Mozilla Thunderbird.
BBThis user contributes using a broadband connection.


Sciences humaines.svgThis user loves knowledge.
Metric seal.svgThis user prefers the metric system.

?met?This user prefers metric units and cannot figure out why Americans and Brits have such a hard time with them.
Rutherford atom.svg This user has a keen interest in physics.
Eagle Nebula This user is interested in astronomy.
P space.pngThis user enjoys skygazing and astronomy.
Fx This user is interested in Space Sciences.
Pluto-map-hs-2010-06-c180.jpg This user doesn't care whether Pluto is a planet or not – but IAU's 2006 redefinition of planet was a linguistic-philosophical embarrassment.
Equation.pngThis user is an advanced mathematician.
This user knows by heart the first 15 digits in the decimal representation of pi.
Thomas Bayes.gifThis user is a Bayesian.
This user loves problem solving.
Travel problem.svgThis user knows how to travel 1 mile due south, due east, then due north and end up where he started.
6×9=42This user jokes in base 13.
Phonetik.svg This user is interested in linguistics.
elaThis user speaks Ecclesiastical Latin.
Spqrstone.jpgThis user is interested in Ancient Rome.
Leprosy victims taught by bishop.jpgThis user is interested in the
Middle Ages.
1099jerusalem.jpgThis user is interested in the Crusades.
Russ Feingold official photo.jpgThis user is interested in politics.
Hw-darwin.jpg This user accepts evolution as a biological fact.
Boeing 777-31H, Emirates JP452808This user is interested in aviation.
/.This user has a Slashdot account.
Science fiction.svgThis user enjoys reading science fiction.
Neuro logo.pngThis user is skeptical of the Zodiac.
LynchThis user is a fan of David Lynch's films.
Asahiflex600.jpgThis user enjoys photography.
Gcalctool.svgThis user loves calculators.
TI-83.pngThis user plays games on a graphing calculator.
Fencing-icon.jpgThis user is a fencer.
WA archery target with arrows.jpgThis user is an archer
vla-1This user is a novice viola player.
vln-1This user is a novice violinist.


GMTThis user's time zone is GMT.
Windup alarm clock.jpgThis user dislikes the new DST time.New DST Time
00:00This user uses 24-hour time.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17.jpgThis user supports sustainable living.
Wind-turbine-icon.svgThis user supports
renewable energy.
Radiation warning symbol.svg This user supports the use of nuclear energy. Radiation warning symbol.svg
Aiga railtransportation 25.svgThis user supports public transit.


♂This user is male.
Man-and-woman-icon.svgThis user is straight
but not narrow.
Female.svgThis male user supports feminism.
Female.svgMale.svgThis user supports gender equality.
HRCThis user supports the Human Rights Campaign.
Choice This user is pro-life and pro-abortion.
XThis user is a member of Generation X.
UnderwoodKeyboard.jpgThis user is old enough to remember what a typewriter is, and that's all you need to know.
Exquisite-Modem.pngThis user remembers using
a rotary dial telephone.
Earth Western Hemisphere.jpg This user is not a biological parent.
Right hand.pngThis user is right-handed.
IQ This user's Intelligence Quotient is ≥154.
No Day Like Today.jpgThis user sleeps, but not for predictable amounts of time.
Eyeglasses.jpgThis user is near sighted.
HumanismSymbol.svgThis user is interested in humanism.
Stylised atom with three Bohr model orbits and stylised nucleus.svgThis user believes in materialism, the belief that everything that exists is made of matter.
EACThis user is a member of the Evil Atheist Conspiracy. Booga booga!
Blacktriangle.jpg Until proven wrong, this user does not believe in the supernatural.
Earth Western Hemisphere.jpgThis user realizes that the Earth isn't an oblate spheroid, but rather a close approximation of one.
Hubble ultra deep field.jpgThis user believes that the Universe began with a bang.
newsThe only reality show this user watches is the news.
O RLY.jpgThis user thinks Keith Olbermann is superior to Bill Orly in every way possible.YA RLY
Political chart.svgAccording to the political compass this user is Economic Left (-7.13) and Social Libertarian (-7.33).
? This user follows his/her own political ideals.
Dome 1.jpg This user believes in the separation of church and state. ReligionSymbolAbr.PNG
A coloured voting box.png This user supports
instant-runoff voting.
A coloured voting box.svg This user does not trust electronic voting machines.
C2H5OH-2This user drinks occasionally.
Kristengoth4.jpgThis user is a Goth.
NGThis user's alignment is Neutral Good: the "Benefactor."
Rotating earth (large).gifThis user is of multiple ancestries.
Wales/CymruThis user is of Welsh descent.
Flag of England.svgThis user is of English ancestry.
🇳🇴This user is of
Norwegian ancestry.
Coat of arms of Germany.svgThis user is of German ancestry.

Food & Drink

Caffeine.svgThis user believes that caffeine is necessary in large doses daily.
Coffee cup icon.jpgThis user takes his/her coffee with 2 creams and 6 sugars.
Drpepper.pngThis user drinks nothing but Dr Pepper.
H2OThis user is H2O intolerant. Achoo!
Swiss cheese cubes.jpgThis user eats cheese.
Pineapple victoria dsc07770.jpgThis user loves to eat pineapples.
Cornish pasty.jpegThis user likes a 'proper' Pasty.
Mrepacket.jpgThis user has eaten MREs and lived to tell the tale.


-xenThis user believes that userbox should always be pluralised userboxen, and thinks that this is one of the most important and exciting issues of our time.
ubx-cThis user thinks that userboxes have gotten out of control.

Pedia pagesEdit


Talk | Pet Projects | Gallery | Bookmarks | My Main Page | Variables | Boilerplate

Handy linksEdit

Vandalism | Editing | All style | Style | Layout | Tables | Characters | TeX (math) new | Newpages | Templates | Stubs | Boilerplate | Upload | Utilities | Public | DB

Other WikipediæEdit

Meta | Commons | News | Species | Deutsch/German | Русский/Russian | Latina/Latin

John OwensEdit

John Owens lives in Manchester, UK since 2016, after moving from Tucson, Arizona, and was until recently a student at the Pima Community College. He is (yet another) computer system and network administrator, with some knowledge of server administration and a good grasp of Perl. And he has been voted Number 1 on the "list of bigots to avoid" on User:Olga Bityerkokoff's page! He came in at number 32 on this month's Top 200 Countdown, and he'd like to extend his special gratitude to Michael, who made it all possible.

If you have a Un*x computer and check its native-format time, you've got a pretty good idea how old he is, in seconds.


As a recovering non-Wikipedoholic, I'm starting to edit again, but in moderation, so far. I recently upgraded to a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, so I'm starting to accumulate some pictures for the Wikipediæ. See some of what I've got so far: /Pet Projects#New pictures from trip. I'm currently focusing on my astrophotography technique (pun intended).

In things tangentially related to Wikipedia, I've started a project to create an electronic markup format for corrections to all those things that aren't Wiki. With my vast imagination, I've decided to call it the ProofReading Markup Language, or PRML for short. (SourceForge project site)

What he doesEdit

Weed whacker extraordinaire, great at spotting typos, too.

Oh yeah, and I know lots of stuff, too. ;)

And I refuse to ever take the Wikipedia:Are You a Wikipediholic Test. There are some things both you and I are better off not knowing. See also: Wikipedia:Wikipediholics in denial.

Foreign languages and contributionsEdit

I'm now contributing to the German and Russian Wikipædiæ in my own small way, too. (And in case you can't tell by my abuse of 'æ's, I just wish there was a Latin Wikipædia for me to contribute to, too.)

I'll be demmed, there is a Latin Vicipædia!!! :) I always wondered if there was a language code for Latin; never could find one in a list. Now I'm going to have to find out if 'la' is really official, or just what they use because it makes sense.

Since then, I've discovered Wikipedia:Multilingual coordination and ISO 639. Yup, it's a real, genyooine, official code.


A few of my best, most pride-inspiring contributions:

Mostly though, I'm more of an editor than a writer. And yeah, I know what all those authors say about editors....


All contributions of my own work (i.e., excluding only a few photographs snarfed from web sites) excluding items in the User:JohnOwens "userspace" (or whatever the proper term might be) are available under any or all of the following licenses unless stated otherwise:

GNU Free Documentation License:{{GFDL-en}} Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike License:{{MultiLicenseWithCC-BySA-Any}} BSD License:{{BSD|owner=J. Randall Owens}} Lesser General Public License:{{LGPL}}