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Hi there. This is my page :)

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About my Wiki activities[edit]

I formally registered as a Wikipedian in April 2006, but had used, enjoyed, admired and occasionally edited Wiki as an unregistered user for a year or two prior to that.

I have a wide range of interests, but my primary interest is probably history, and history articles are what I spend most of my time on. I am also a regular contributor to DYK, where my primary activities these days are reviewing submissions and contributing to DYK discussions.

For a long time I eschewed article awards like GA, A-class and FA, as I considered them to be largely a waste of everyone's time. Also, I feel that FA standards have dropped a great deal in the four years I have been a contributor to Wikipedia. Recently however, it occurred to me that Good Articles perform a function in that they inform our readership of articles that are considered to be better quality. So I have decided to submit some of my articles to that process. I received my first (and so far only) GA award in July 2010. Although some of my articles might well pass FAC these days, I have my doubts that I will ever submit one because none of them quite pass my own standard of "best possible quality", for a variety of reasons.

Inactivity statement[edit]

In the event that I become inactive for a period of six months or more without explanation, I hereby give permission for any user in good standing to work on or complete any articles in my sandbox and to move them to mainspace, or to utilize their content in the content of other articles. Gatoclass (talk) 06:24, 31 August 2011 (UTC)




  1. ^ a b c d e Actually, I didn't physically create this page since it already existed, but the original content was entirely penned by yours truly.
  2. ^ Co-authored by myself and Daniel Case.
  3. ^ Expanded from stub.
  4. ^ a b This article was totally recreated, albeit from PD sources rather than original content.
  5. ^ a b Originally created from content at List of wars and disasters by death toll.