June 18th, 2011

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Proper Dishwasher Etiquette

It takes a lot to make me really mad, but I still have my pet peeves. One of them is not practicing proper dishwasher etiquette. Call it PDE if you want, but don't confuse that with partial differential equation, even though you can get on my good side easily by doing both of these PDEs well. (Disclaimer: I actually know very little about partial differential equations. Go on, make fun of me.)

So let's talk proper dishwasher etiquette. First, and this should seem obvious, you should always have a full load in the dishwasher before starting the thing. Not does it save water to run a full load instead of half a load, but your dishwasher is designed to work best with a full load. Besides, opening the dishwasher after it finishes its cycle only to be greeted with half a load is confusing, even if the dishes are clean. Are the dishes really clean? Why is there half a load in there? More importantly, who on earth decided that running half a load was a good idea? Look, if you need a clean dish that badly, wash it by hand. It's not that hard, and it's pretty meditative once you get into it.

Once you've mastered loading the dishwasher and putting it through its cycles, unload it in a timely manner. There's a reasonable chance you're still using dishes while the dishwasher's running and before you unload the thing, so unloading it quickly means you avoid watching the dishes pile up in the sink with no place to go. I can be guilty of letting the clean dishes wait; I'm the kind of person who will pass through the kitchen and start unloading dishes for two or three minutes, then realize there are more exciting things I could be doing, but it gets done. This is a team effort unless you live alone (in which case it's your fault alone) or there's a designed person to (wo)man the dishwasher. That's not the case in my household, so everyone in my household gets equal blame. Well, except one whose arm is mostly out of commission, but everyone else gets equal blame.

Once the dishwasher's unloaded and ready for new dirty dishes, for the love of all that is holy, put new dirty dishes in the dishwasher and not in the sink. This one irks me more than the other two items combined, and it's all I can do to avoid yelling "WHYYYYYYY?" whenever I see someone else put a dirty dish in the sink and there's a perfectly good dishwasher waiting for those dishes.

Seriously, people, it's not that hard. Next up: laundry etiquette.
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The Wikiwrimo regional directory is ready to go!

I hinted at this on Twitter over the past week or so, but it's finally ready: the Great Wikiwrimo Regional Directory.

What is this, you ask? Wikiwrimo's mission is to archive the history and culture of NaNoWriMo because so much of that gets wiped with the forum wipe every year. But there's so much culture in each NaNo region, and there's not much of a place in the main wiki to put all those regions. Sure, I could make a page for each region, but that's a lot of regions, and consistency in region formatting in the article names could be an issue. So I sat down and figured out a way to make contributing a region to Wikiwrimo easy and finally came up with the current structure.

Here's how it works. Visit the main region article, and navigate to your region. If you live in the United States, it may be, for example, United States::Georgia::Atlanta, so you'd click on the United States page, then the Georgia page, and then click the red Atlanta link and start editing. International regions require fewer clicks because there are fewer regions.

Just one thing: Not all the Elsewhere:: regions are up yet, partially because I'm hoping there will be some regional reorganization come October when the site relaunches. Mexico, Israel, Central and South America, Russia, I'm looking at you in particular. If you live in a part of the world whose region you can't find and you want to create it (or you just want to create it), then use your own good judgment. Redirects can happen later.

You should request an account before editing, of course. It would also be a good idea to look through the Wikiwrimo guide to editing for some tips, particularly the section on regional pages.

Happy editing!
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