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Chris Watkins
a.k.a. Chriswaterguy

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My homepage tells you more about my history.

To do list square.jpg This user has a tasks page.
WasteStream Res DenimFactory.jpg This user is a member with interest and knowledge of Water and Sanitation.
Fukuoka green roof.jpg This user is a member with interest and knowledge of Sustainable cities.
EWB AUlogo45.png This user is a member of EWB Australia.
This user is the moderator for the Water category.
PH This user is a porting helper, porting open content to help build Appropedia.

Track changes: Water · Flood control · Water conservation · Water supply· Solar distillation · Rainwater

This user is the moderator for the Sanitation category.

Track changes: Sanitation · Composting toilet

This user is the moderator for the Culture and development category.

Track changes: Culture and development

Registered on Appropedia on 26 June 2006.

I'm here to assist you, as an Appropedia admin, and a director of the Appropedia Foundation.
However, my edits to Appropedia are as a member of the community, and occasionally as an admin.
Unless otherwise stated, they are not legal or official actions as a director of the Appropedia Foundation.

Thinking about[edit]

Knowledge-sharing projects with similar aims, such as:

About me[edit]

I'm an engineer with a passion for sharing knowledge to make a better world.

I'm based in Melbourne, Australia (as of 2012) and am working with others locally to help build up Appropedia, including documenting local solutions. Check A:Melbourne Appropedia Working Group if this interests you.

For those of you who don't know much about Australia:

What I do here[edit]


  • A:Service learning and related pages.
  • Brochures, firstly for service learning (with the skills of people who understand these graphic design and such).
  • Recruiting for our A:Internships and A:Volunteer positions.
  • A:Funding (hoping to have a crowdfunding campaign started for September)
  • Partnership with EWB-Australia, esp putting EWB Challenge finalist entries onto Appropedia.
  • Communications - getting more interaction happening between us in the Appropedia community, through A:IRC meetings or Google Hangouts, and by moderating the discussion lists.
  • Community interviews for the Appropedia blog. Planning to start in September 2012.
  • Blog posts about announcements, our vision, and why all this matters.

DID - in the past, and can help as needed:

  • Our spam filters & spam link blacklist.
  • Pywikipediabot for performing "gnome" tasks (I run ChriswaterguyBot)
  • Moving category pages to mainspace when needed (conserving history by using the export and import functions)
  • Work on the meta pages about Appropedia.
  • Promoting Appropedia (want to find interns and volunteers to work with on this, instead)
  • Welcoming new people. (You're still welcome - I just don't patrol new users!)

WANT - but don't have time to do myself:

  • Porting - esp finding help in converting appropriate PDF documents and web pages to MediaWiki markup. This can be a great intern job (esp if the intern has access to Adobe Reader Professional).

Custom search engines[edit]

Sometimes I make custom search engines, like Public Domain Search, or this Linux search (for the occasions when I want to strictly search only Linux-related sites):


My favorite videos (on appropriate technology etc) are on my Youtube homepage.

Contact me via my talk page, or try me on instant messenger:

The big Goog: singkong
Skype: same as my username here

Microblogging: & Twitter[edit]

Follow me on, an open source microblogging service with cool features (and more control over your own content: @chriswaterguy. (I'm also on Twitter at the same username: @chriswaterguy).

I manage Appropedia's accounts also: @@appropedia (Identica) and @appropedia (Twitter), and my personal Identica account and Twitter account. Below are the Twitter feeds:


    @chriswaterguy (personal)

      My blogs[edit]

      Wikiholism alert
      "My username is Chriswaterguy and I am a wikiholic.W"
      • I cancelled my plans to live and work in China when I learnt they blocked Wikipedia.
      • I often read (non-fiction) books and mark things that I want to put into Wikipedia.
      • I'm a registered user of about 10 wikis.

      Yes I'm an addict. No, it's not a problem. I'm going to take a break, just as soon as I finish editing this...

      Maybe I need a 12 step programW...

      1. We admitted we were powerlessW over wiki-editing and our lives had become unmanageable.
      2. Came to believeW that a power greater than ourselvesW could restore us to sanityW.
      3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood HimW/HerW/ItW/Them.W
      4. When that failed, we took responsibility for our own actions.
      5. Admitted the Wexact nature of our wrongs.
      6. Left the computer occasionally, in order to meet attractive people and flirt with them.
      7. Sought through prayerW and meditationW to improve our conscious contact Wwith God as we understood Her,W praying only for Wknowledge of Her will for usW and the powerW to carry that out.
      8. Having had a spiritual awakeningW as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this messageW to wikiholics.W
      9. Realised the irony of creating this notice.
      10. Learnt to count.


      Feel free to look at or use anything from my subpages.