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At home in the UK, May 2011

Vista-evolution-1.4.png I am a volunteer on the Wikimedia OTRS team (verify).
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Wikipedia-logo.png I have ~20,000 main account edits & 2,500 anti-vandal/repetitive edits

My name is Tom Morton, ErrantX or Errant; feel free to use whichever (even "you there" has been known to work). I am a Brit, and live in England where I work in computer security/forensics and dabble in programming and writing. I am a graduate in Electronic Engineering and currently completing an MsC in "Management of Software Projects" with the Open University

I joined Wikipedia in 2006 and worked on a lot of computer magazine articles (among other things) as well as contributing to Wikinews for a short spell. After a lengthy wikibreak I returned in mid-2010 to focus on Digital forensics topics, which are in dire need of improvement, biographies of living persons or wiki-gnome tasks. Nowadays my main editing focus is related to World War II, especially military deception. In March 2011 I passed a successful request for adminship and was given the sysop bit. I entered a candidacy for the 2011 Foundation Board of Trustees Election, but ended up coming second to last... oops :)

My interest has expanded into the occasional contribution to Commons and work on a Wikibook about digital forensics.

I run a legitimate "bot" account Autoerrant which I use to run Huggle and as a non-admin account. In addition I maintain/develop CommonsNotificationBot (approved), I also have plans for a list maintenance bot.

As of November 2012, I also work as a technical contractor for the Wikimedia UK chapter.

I used to participate in the LGBT and Gendergap mailing lists, but had to leave due to bullying and obnoxiousness. I caution anyone wishing to get involved in those important issues: those lists are echo chambers, promulgate sexism, and produce no discernible benefit. There are better ways to combat key issues.

Currently Working On

This was a focus for a while: Introduction to Digital Forensics, I might finish it one day,

Work

Featured article star.svgWikipedia-logo-v2.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Dudley Clarke, Featured article star.svg Operation Hardboiled, Featured article star.svg D-Day naval deceptions, Symbol a class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Operation Copperhead, Symbol support vote.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Operation Ironside, Symbol support vote.svg Bodyguard of Lies, Symbol support vote.svg Digital forensics, Symbol support vote.svg Death of Linda Norgrove, Symbol support vote.svg Schenecker double homicide, Symbol support vote.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg 1st SAS Brigade, Symbol support vote.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Operation Graffham, Symbol c class.svg Operation Bodyguard, Symbol start class.svg No 1 School of Military Aeronautics, Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War, Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Victor Jones (British Army officer), Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Noel Wild, Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Johnny Jebsen, Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Ops (B), Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg List of Ops (B) staff, Symbol start class.svg John Bevan (British Army officer), Symbol start class.svg All Hell Let Loose, Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg The Handley family of Sleaford, Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg St Denys' Church, Sleaford, Symbol start class.svgDYK questionmark icon.svg Thomas Morton (shipwright), Symbol start class.svg Digital forensic process, Symbol start class.svg What.cd, Symbol start class.svg Glossary of digital forensics terms, Symbol start class.svg Eoghan Casey, Symbol template class.svg Template:Digital forensics, Symbol stub class.svg Trust boundary, Symbol stub class.svg Mongrel2, Symbol stub class.svg Sincosite, Symbol stub class.svg Geoplexing,Symbol stub class.svg Nano-threads, Symbol stub class.svg Telepointer, Symbol question.svg Success of fire suppression in northern forests

Reviewed Articles

Featured article star.svg Frank Berryman, Featured article star.svg Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet!, Symbol support vote.svg Haane Manahi, Symbol support vote.svg Clevedon Pier, Symbol support vote.svg British military intervention in the Sierra Leone Civil War, Symbol support vote.svg Battle of Mauropotamos, Symbol support vote.svg Pong Tiku, Symbol support vote.svg Battle of Krasos, Symbol support vote.svg Thomas Hinde, Symbol oppose vote.svg Leuchter report, Symbol oppose vote.svg Larry Page, Symbol oppose vote.svg Windows Server 2012

Images

Pretties

add These are not just decorations; but a reminder that sometimes stuff I fiddle with actually helps.

Award Citation
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The Random Thoughtful Acts of Kindness Barnstar

For helping someone (I wonder who...) out of the pit of doom, reviving their trust in Wikipedia and Wikipedians, and for taking the time and effort to help someone in need (and probably prevent them from hurting Wikipedia and their future on this fantastic site), I award you this barnstar. Killfest2|Daniel.Bryant (Talk) 12:09, 28 July 2006 (UTC)
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The "Rescue from AFD" Award

I award you this barnstar in recognition of all the work you did to improve the 2006 FIFA World Cup controversies article, which resulted in it's AfD proposal being rejected and the article being kept. Keep up the great work! Killfest2Daniel.Bryant 01:57, 30 July 2006 (UTC)
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PARC Research Star

We've awarded you this PARC research star in recognition for your contribution to research about conflict in Wikipedia. Thank you for your help!!! --Parc wiki researcher 20:54, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

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Good Idea Barnstar

I award this Good Idea Barnstar to Tmorton166 for the wonderful suggestions and help with the project WikiProject Wikify --Brad101 16:59, 11 August 2006 (UTC)}}

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Civility Award

For your patience and civility across wikipedia Monkeymanman (talk) 22:40, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

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The Barnstar of Diplomacy

Intervention of the type you've been delivering is EXACTLY what I've been hoping for. I'm quite surprised that -- in a sea of intransigence -- you were able to gain even a modicum of respect for your efforts, though you've now seemed to have earned far more trust than that. I don't see much room for improvement in your approach; you are, in fact, doing an exemplary job. Definitely an issue to tuck under your belt, should you ever decide to go for an adminship. BigK HeX (talk) 18:16, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

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The Barnstar of Diligence

Thank you for your hard work during the October wikification drive. To participate in discussion relating to the next drive, go here. MessageDeliveryBot (talk) 06:26, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

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The Order of the Superior Scribe of Wikipedia

Thank you for your exceptional work during the October wikification drive, which brought you up to the leaderboard. To participate in discussion relating to the next drive, go here. MessageDeliveryBot (talk) 06:33, 3 November 2010 (UTC)

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The Editor's Barnstar

For a welcome set of fresh eyes on Murder of Joanna Yeates. KimChee (talk) 23:23, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

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The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar

For jumping into the fray a few times! CarolMooreDC (talk) 02:48, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for Thomas Morton (shipwright)

On 25 May 2011, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Thomas Morton (shipwright), which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that 19th-century shipwright Thomas Morton invented the widely used patent slip because he couldn't afford a dry dock? - Materialscientist (talk) 16:04, 25 May 2011

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The Working Man's Barnstar

for commonsnotificationbot. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 06:21, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

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DYK for St Denys' Church, Sleaford

On 05 June 2011, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Thomas Morton (shipwright), which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that St Denys' Church, Sleaford (pictured) has one of the oldest stone broach spires in England and an altar rail designed by Sir Christopher Wren? - The DYK project

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Home-Made Barnstar

A great admin who isn't afraid to think outside the box and is unfailingly polite and constructive. An example to us all. John (talk) 02:42, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

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The Special Barnstar

For your willingness to step up to the plate and help out in all kinds of arenas and most particularly for the assistance you recently gave me. You put a good face on the project. :) Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 23:41, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

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The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar

For your recent cleanup on the advertise-mess at CenterWatch. Please, go on. damiens.rf 15:36, 22 July 2011 (UTC)

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What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar

CommonsNotificationBot is awesome. I just came across one of its posts on an article in my watchlist, which allowed me to help fix the problem with the image, and which reminded me for the umpteenth time just how awesome your bot is. So I came here to give you this. Thanks. Sven Manguard Wha? 07:02, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

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The Original Barnstar

For defense of civil discourse, balanced with a realistic and grounded view of Wikipedia's culture. For acknowledging your own flaws, and thereby showing that improvements aren't usually made by saints, but by fallible humans who desire to make fewer mistakes tomorrow than they made yesterday. Keep the faith, ErrantX. GTBacchus(talk) 22:54, 8 August 2011 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for The Handley family of Sleaford

On 16 August 2011, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article The Handley family of Sleaford, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that two cousins, both called Benjamin Handley, were in a boat that capsized crossing the Tagus river during the Peninsular War—and one drowned while the other survived? Casliber (talk · contribs) 08:03, 16 August 2011 (UTC)

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The "I'll make you famous" Award

Awarded for steadfast opposition to pressuring of editors by threats of adverse publicity; and for detailed explanations of the reasoning involved. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 01:17, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

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The Admin's Barnstar

I, SarahStierch, hereby award you, ErrantX, with this barnstar as a thank you for assisting me with administrative tasks regarding OTRS backlog. Your help is so appreciated! :) Thank you. SarahStierch (talk) 19:15, 12

Updated DYK query

DYK for Victor Jones (colonel)

On 5 May 2012, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Victor Jones (colonel), which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Colonel Victor Jones used dummy tanks during the North African Campaign of World War II to confuse the Germans about the size and location of Allied forces? PanydThe muffin is not subtle 16:06, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for Dudley Clarke

On 18 May 2012, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Dudley Clarke, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Brigadier Dudley Clarke, despite having been less than a year old at the time, tried to claim the Queen's South Africa Medal (pictured) for his participation in the Siege of Ladysmith? -- Casliber (talk · contribs) 00:32, 18 May 2012 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for 1st SAS Brigade

On 24 May 2012, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article 1st SAS Brigade, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that the 1st SAS Brigade, a World War II military unit, never actually existed? -- Graeme Bartlett (talk) 08:05, 24 May 2012 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War

On 31 May 2012, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that historian Max Hastings called Thaddeus Holt's book The Deceivers a "worthy celebration" of British deception during World War II? -- Orlady (talk) 08:04, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

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The Tireless Contributor Barnstar

For your incredible dedication to OTRS and especially your role in the recent backlog drive. Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 19:17, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

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A Beer for you!

Congratulations on your A class review of Dudley Clarke!!! I loved this article. Great work. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:44, 22 October 2012 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for Ops (B)

On 6 January 2013, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Ops (B), which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Colonel Noel Wild, head of Ops (B), was one of the architects of Operation Fortitude, the deception plan to cover the 1944 Normandy landings?  — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:31, 6 January 2013 (UTC) 08:03, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for Noel Wild

On 6 January 2013, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Noel Wild, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Colonel Noel Wild, head of Ops (B), was one of the architects of Operation Fortitude, the deception plan to cover the 1944 Normandy landings?  — Crisco 1492 (talk) 04:31, 6 January 2013 (UTC) 08:03, 6 January 2013 (UTC)

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Precious

military deception
Thank you for quality articles on digital forensics and military deception, including people such as Dudley Clarke, for running a helpful bot, for reviewing and fighting vandalism, for assuming good faith, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:23, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for List of Ops (B) staff

On 13 February 2013, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article List of Ops (B) staff, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Lieutenant Colonel Roger Fleetwood-Hesketh and his brother, Captain Cuthbert, were WW2 intelligence officers and members of Ops (B), which was involved in D-Day deception planning? --Lord Roem ~ (talk) 12:35, 13 February 2013 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for Operation Copperhead

On 23 February 2013, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Operation Copperhead, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Operation Copperhead saw M. E. Clifton James posing as Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery in the build up to D-Day? --Carabinieri (talk) 00:03, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for Operation Graffham

On 29 March 2013, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Operation Graffham, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Operation Graffham was a Second World War political deception intended to convince the Swedish government that the Allied nations were about to invade Norway? --PanydThe muffin is not subtle 16:03, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Updated DYK query

DYK for Operation Ironside

On 3 April 2013, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Operation Ironside, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Operation Ironside was a Second World War military deception, targeting the Bay of Biscay, in support of the D-Day landings? --Casliber (talk · contribs) 08:03, 3 April 2013 (UTC)

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WikiChevrons

Hi Tom, just wanted to acknowledge the great work you've been doing within MilHist lately. I know I pestered you into doing a little reviewing to help with the backlog, but half a dozen through reviews in two days is more than I had a right to ask. And of course you've written some brilliant articles of your own. Keep up the good work—I promise you it's appreciated. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:09, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

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Milhist FA, A-Class and Peer Reviews January–March 2013

By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your good contributions to the WikiProject's Peer, A-Class and Featured Article reviews for the period January–March 2013, I am delighted to award you the Military history WikiProject award. Anotherclown (talk) 23:44, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

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Apr to Jun 2013 Milhist content reviewing

By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your good work helping with the WikiProject's Peer, A-Class and Featured Article reviews for the period Apr-Jun 2013, I hereby award you this Military history WikiProject Reviewers' award. AustralianRupert (talk) 10:32, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

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A beer for you!

Thanks for picking up review o the Battle of Osijek, I appreciate it very much! Tomobe03 (talk) 11:47, 8 August 2013 (UTC)

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The Military History A-Class Medal

On behalf of the coordinators of the Military History WikiProject, I hereby award you the A-Class Medal for your outstanding work on Dudley Clarke, D-Day naval deceptions, and Operation Copperhead. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 10:37, 29 August 2013 (UTC)

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The Admin's Barnstar

Thank you for your calm and responsible actions with regard to Tony the tiger. It is a model of how administrators should work. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:15, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
Updated DYK query

DYK for Johnny Jebsen

On 21 December 2013, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Johnny Jebsen, which you created or substantially expanded. The fact was ... that Johnny Jebsen was a WWII artist whose kidnap by the Gestapo put at risk the Allied deception cover for D-Day? -- Graeme Bartlett (talk) 12:48, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

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