User:AlexiusHoratius

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Hi. I'm in my mid 30s and live in Orange County, New York. I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and I went to college at the University of Minnesota, where I majored in history (mostly British history). On Wikipedia, I spend most of my time checking my watchlist for vandalism, seeing what's going on at RfPP, taking photos or making maps, and I try, from time to time, to expand a few articles. I'm also an administrator on this site; if you need some help in this regard or if you have any other questions, please feel free to ask at my talk page.

I have always been interested in geography and history, and, to a lesser extent, in politics, sports, and philosophy. On Wikipedia, I often edit on the first two and rarely on the last three. Topics I am interested in include pre-20th century European military and political history, colonialism, exploration, existentialism, the history and geography of American cities, and the history of the American West, New England, Mexico, and Russia. I am also interested in alternative rock, classical music, archeology, Catholicism, Judaism, vexillology (the study of flags), cartography (the study of maps), (American) football, and baseball, although, like some of the earlier ones mentioned, I rarely edit on these topics. I'm fairly active at Panoramio, a photography website, so look for me there if you want.


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This user is originally from South Dakota, but lives in New York State.
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Wikipedia

Major Edits

A map I made - see the full set
  • I enjoy working on a number of topics; although most of my work thus far has been on articles relating to the US state of South Dakota. The articles I have done most of my work on include:
    • South Dakota - Wrote most of it and added nearly all of the references. I think my major work on this one is probably done; I'll just work on refining it a bit and add better sources if I find them.
    • Sioux Falls, South Dakota - I've written much of this one, added many of the references and many of the illustrations. However, the article is still in pretty rough shape. I would like to get it to GA status at some point in the future, but it will still take a great deal of work.
    • Geography of South Dakota - Wrote and referenced nearly all of it. I thought I would leave it alone after it passed GA, but I think that it now looks a bit too much like a chopped-down mirror of the South Dakota article. Never really meant for it to be like that, just turned out that way. Perhaps some expansion/re-organization in the future.
    • History of South Dakota - Wrote most of it.
    • added route maps for explorers such as James Cook, Jacques Cartier, and Henry Hudson.
    • Massachusetts - added around 200 references.
    • First Punic War - Re-wrote some of this and added most of the references (and a map).
    • National Register of Historic Places listings in Minnehaha County, South Dakota - Took most of the photos.
    • Lists of lakes, high schools, and mountains in South Dakota - Added most of the entries.
    • Basic locator maps for South Dakota highways and Catholic dioceses in the US.

Minor Edits

  • I check my watchlist a few times a day for vandalism and so on. If I have made a mistake somewhere while reverting vandalism, please let me know on my talk page. I also attempt to clean up articles here and there, mostly by fixing small issues such as footnote spacing or typos.

Illustrations

  • I am not a very skilled photographer, but I have taken some pictures for Wikipedian purposes. I have also uploaded several public domain maps and images. In addition to the photos, I have made some maps for various articles. If you would like to take a look at them, they can be found at User:AlexiusHoratius/Illustrations.

Administrative Work


Awards
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
On behalf of all users whose vandalized userpages you have reverted, and for your valued vandalfight, I hereby award you this barnstar. Keep up the good work! Best regards, Húsönd 02:33, 6 December 2007 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For helping to keep my user page free of the constant vandalism it has recently been experiencing, I award you this barnstar. Thanks. Steve Crossin (talk) 11:06, 5 March 2008 (UTC)
WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Thanks for always being such a good defender of our Main Page :). ¤~Persian Poet Gal (talk) 21:20, 12 April 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For rving the vandalism to my userpage multiple times, I, SharkfaceT/C, hereby award you this barnstar. Thanks. --SharkfaceT/C 04:26, 14 April 2008 (UTC)
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Thanks for making edits to improve the quality of Articles and for your outstanding contributions. Dwilso 00:48, 17 April 2008 (UTC)
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Thank you for reverting the vandalism on my user page! Catgut (talk) 22:38, 9 May 2008 (UTC)
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Have this barnstar for your vandal-fighting efforts, and keep up the good work! -- SchfiftyThree 04:14, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For your assistance in keeping USS New Jersey (BB-62) vandal free while the article was up on the mainpage I herby award you The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar. Keep up the good work! TomStar81 (Talk) 00:40, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
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Thanks for making tireless contributions to improve the quality of Articles, and for your unbelievably talented edits. Nissanaltima (talk) 03:23, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
WPCF.svg The California Star
In recognition of your continuous, apparently tireless reversion of vandalism on California Gold Rush. Much, much appreciated! - NorCalHistory (talk).
THOBarnstar.png The South Dakota Barnstar
AlexiusHoratius, awarded this barnstar for many edits in the South Dakota article. Chergles (talk) 22:26, 25 January 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
On behalf of all the vandalized pages you have reverted, thank you and keep up the good work. South Bay (talk) 20:02, 15 February 2009 (UTC)
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For your protection of the main Iowa article, I hereby award you the Iowa Barnstar. Bill Whittaker (talk) 15:32, 20 March 2009 (UTC)
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I award you this barnstar for protecting my userpage back in December. Thank you so much! :D Minimac94 (talk) 15:57, 21 January 2010 (UTC)
SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
I want to thank you for semi-protecting that page. It was becoming real bothersome to revert those edits and they were being done just to be spiteful while hiding behind his anonymous IP. Just wanted to show you some appreciation for doing that. Thank you. Dachknanddarice (talk) 23:57, 10 March 2011 (UTC)
Admin Barnstar.png The Admin's Barnstar
For sticking by rules and not lifting a block on you irrespective of the fact that you had blocked yourself:):):) Wifione ....... Leave a message 18:43, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
BuddhismBarnstarProposal4.png The Buddhism Barnstar
For introducing a new level of administrative patience :):):) Wifione ....... Leave a message 18:43, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
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Hey. Stop it. That information was awesome. Joe Miller is awesome. Stop it. BrickTamlin (talk) 21:50, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion2.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For the assistance needed to protect Buster Keaton and other articles of great worth and merit. Djathinkimacowboy 10:56, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
Administrator Barnstar Hires.png The Admin's Barnstar
For your outstanding work at WP:RFPP. You deserve way more barnstars for your admin work on Wikipedia. I thank you for your contributions. Happy editing! -- Luke (Talk) 04:50, 23 November 2011 (UTC)
Administrator Barnstar Hires.png The Admin's Barnstar
For all this. Wow! Keep up the good work! GFOLEY FOUR!— 00:32, 25 April 2012 (UTC)
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For all your great work at RPP today! Keep it up! (: Webclient101 (talk) 02:33, 24 October 2012 (UTC)


Travel
A map of my travels within the United States (air travel not shown, hence some of the gaps).