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Real name: Dr Martin Poulter Email: Home page: Location: Bristol, UK
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From June 2013 to May 2014, I was the Jisc Wikimedia Ambassador. I used a separate account, User:MartinPoulter_Jisc for the bulk of that work.

I have another alternative account, User:MartinPoulter-training, purely for training other people in using Wikipedia. All my editing in controversial areas, and all my significant article improvement, is done through the MartinPoulter account.

Qualifications and approach[edit]

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My main interest is in promoting critical and scientific thinking. I am a logician by background, but since my doctorate I have been expanding my expertise to include cognitive and social psychology.

I'm an Integrationist: one of the reasons WP has millions of articles is that there are sometimes five different articles on the same topic.

I only rarely create new articles, usually in an attempt to counter systemic bias, e.g. Frances Hardcastle, Nobel Women's Initiative, Scottish Economic Society.

Writing and interviews about Wikipedia[edit]

Areas of activity[edit]

Human Bias and Error (Psychology)[edit]

Relevant WikiProject: WP:PSYCHOLOGY (Talk)


I run a site/ media archive about Scientology, from a critical perspective, which I won't link here because it contains potential WP:COPYVIO material. My opinions about the topic, I keep to my own site. Here on WP, I'm interested in raising the quality of certain articles:

  • Purification Rundown and New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project: two interlinked articles that I've taken from quite a dire status to being hopefully quite complete. On 4 March 2011, the latter was promoted to Good Article.
  • Xenu: I was very active in making improvements to this article when it was put up for Featured Article Review, which it passed on 5 December 2008.
  • Disconnection: A large proportion of the content of this page is due to me. At the moment it's a large unstructured stream of instances, which could benefit from better structure.
  • Scientology in the United Kingdom: total rewrite, expanding it from 6K to 66K. Not yet a comprehensive article, but more to come
  • I helped the L. Ron Hubbard article through the candidacy process to get to Featured Article status, which it passed on 5 March 2011.
  • Non-fiction book: Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health: I've expanded this article and added in a variety of sources.
  • Non-fiction book: Bare-faced Messiah: I was a major contributor to this article which, after further major improvements by User:Prioryman, passed Good Article review.

Relevant WikiProject: Scientology (Talk)

Scientific explanation of paranormal belief[edit]

  • Psychokinesis: I've made some large changes to this article (which was in a car-crash state), but much more could be done.

Relevant WikiProject: WP:SKEPTIC (Talk)


I've been GA Reviewer or Peer Reviewer for: Nobel Prize, A Journey, Homosexuals Anonymous, Body schema, Peter Hitchens, Requiem for a Species, Social loafing, Stereotype threat

Barnstars awarded[edit]

Awards and boxes[edit]

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For your amazing work on the Xenu article. Thank you for helping to keep it at the highest quality rating on the English Wikipedia - Featured Article quality status. Cirt (talk) 03:00, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
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For your help in copyediting the Nobel Prize. Esuzu (talkcontribs) 20:09, 18 May 2010 (UTC)
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Well done with your successful work on confirmation bias. hamiltonstone (talk) 11:42, 7 July 2010 (UTC)
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I, -- Cirt (talk), award The Editor's Barnstar to MartinPoulter, for excellent efforts contributing to bringing the article L. Ron Hubbard to Featured Article quality status. Well done! Wikipedia is enhanced and the community benefits from your successful efforts to improve the quality of articles on this project. Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 16:35, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
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I, Smallman12q, hereby award MartinPoulter the Psychology Barnstar for his excellent article on confirmation bias. Thank you!Smallman12q (talk) 01:13, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
For the man who contributes so much in this field.Fainites barleyscribs 18:52, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
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For contributions to and organisation of various Wikimedia events in the UK — Rod talk 21:14, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
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