During that lecture, I was asked in the Q&A what could the audience do today to help with the Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project. The question came from a skeptic group that had traveled from Chico, CA to attend my lecture and also watch operatic soprano and host of "Miracle Detectives", Indre Viskontas, sing.
Thinking quickly, I told them to convince Indre that it was time for her to have a Wikipedia page. I had approached her before at SkeptiCal in March 2012 after being impressed with her lecture about her time co-hosting "Miracle Detectives". I never heard back from her.
Yes, I know that I don't need her support to write a Wikipedia page. Anyone who has been through this process knows that it is very time-consuming and tedious. Having some support with the target giving you their bio, and uploading images is such a time saver. The tedious editing still remains. Finding and getting correct licensing for an image is really the area that needs their help the most.
So the Chico Skeptics worked their magic and the next day I received an email from Indre telling me that she would supply me with a bio if I needed it. And that's all that was really needed from her, just a place to start. Near the end she had to get the photographer to upload the awesome image that now sits on her page.
Enter Brad McDowell from Iowa. Brad found this project while attending his first TAM this summer. He started out by captioning several Ray Hyman interviews into English, which was really helpful and allows other people to translate the videos into other languages. Then those videos can be used as citations for pages in other languages.
He saw my call out for someone to begin a page on Indre Viskontas. He was VERY new, but did a fabulous job as you are about to see. Brad and I worked on this together by email, he did all the work and I just watched over his shoulder and explained code and editing as they came up. We don't just throw people into the project with no training, we are careful with what we release, and several of the editors on the project oversee the page before its launching.
So here today I present a brand new page, by a brand new editor.
Congratulations Brad McDowell.