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The Triumph of Stupidity

...force tends increasingly to fall into the hands of those who are enemies of civilization. The danger is profound and terrible; it cannot be waved aside with easy optimism. The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.

Bertrand Russell, 10 May 1933
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“The encyclopedia that anyone who understands the norms, socializes him or herself, dodges the impersonal wall of semi-automated rejection and still wants to voluntarily contribute his or her time and energy can edit."
from "The Decline of Wikipedia"
"To me the key thing is getting it right. And if a person's really smart and they're doing fantastic work, I don't care if they're a high school kid or a Harvard professor; it's the work that matters." —Jimbo
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I hereby award Montanabw this Barnstar for so much work on Horse related articles without enough recognition! -- Culnacréann 17:22, 16 August 2007 (UTC)
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Advice and disclosures[edit]

  • Per WP:SOCK#LEGIT, I have an alternative "vanilla" account, User:MontOther, primarily for testing, training and demonstration purposes.

The Barnstar wall[edit]

Real people actually took time out of their lives to give me these, and I am grateful!

For additional proof we all do something useful, this is a groovy little tool:

My most recent and/or favorite barnstars!

You have been awarded a Ray of Sunshine
Thank you for always making me smile, helping me over the frustrations of editing and your tireless support. SusunW (talk) 14:16, 25 March 2015 (UTC)
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For providing very useful information about tagging and reviewing. Thank you! TheMagikCow (talk) 10:22, 31 December 2014 (UTC)
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The Mary Wollstonecraft Award is awarded to contributors who have helped improve the coverage of women writers and their work on Wikipedia through content contributions, outreach, community changes and related actions. In particular, thank you for your efforts with the WikiProject Women writers start-up; your ideas and contributions are much appreciated. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:05, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
It is my pleasure to honour Montanabw with this Alexander the Great Triple Crown for their amazing work on good and featured content on the English Wikipedia. Well done! — ΛΧΣ21 13:52, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
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Thank you for all you do....after all, horses are people too! MONGO 18:53, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

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Too bad California Chrome didn't win, but terrific work on the article, and one way or another, it looks like it will be an FA pretty soon. Thanks again for your hard work! Go Phightins! 23:03, 7 June 2014 (UTC)
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Thanks for creating the new Sip 'n Dip Lounge article, and for expanding Wikipedia's coverage of notable tiki bars! NorthAmerica1000 00:49, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
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For your excellent work on Montana articles! And horsies!! - Tim1965 (talk) 18:04, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
For your excellent work on Montana articles! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 18:45, 9 April 2014 (UTC)

Good and Featured Articles[edit]

In claiming assistance or "substantial contributions" with a GA or FA, I am in no way claiming "lead editor" status from someone else who did more work than I.

  1. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured articleGood article Thoroughbred—Big team helped here, led by Ealdgyth
  2. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured articleGood article Icelandic horse—Hooray to Dana boomer for outstanding leadership and the heavy lifting!
  3. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured articleGood article Andalusian horse, also would not have happened without Dana's wikifairying, source-checking and general cleanup!
  4. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured article Good article Appaloosa—The first big team effort of WPEQ, and we did it -- TWICE!
  5. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured articleGood article Horses in World War I, This was Dana boomer's effort and her massive amounts of research, PHENOMENAL accomplishment to get a military history article to FA. I copyedited a little (OK, quite often, hopefully for the better). Wow!!! Go Dana!
  6. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured article Good article New Forest pony ThatPeskyCommoner did a great job and I mostly confined myself to Wolfcub adoption and being a thorn in her side! Great work, Pesky!
  7. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured articleGood article American Cream Draft, only as the faithful second and genetics geek. Admittedly, Dana did more on the FA push than I did.
  8. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured articleGood article Yogo sapphire, the first non-horse FA I've worked on. Thanks to Pumpkin Sky and the rest of the team for leadership!
  9. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured articleGood article Horse Protection Act of 1970 - First legal article, Dana Boomer and Montanabw kickin' it! Hoo-rah!
  10. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured article Oxbow (horse) - Straight to FA without routing via GA! Thanks to a BIG TEAM: Tigerboy 1966,Craiglduncan, Froggerlaura, Eric Corbett, Ealdgyth and The Rambling Man for peer review, encouragement from TonyTheTiger, thanks to all FAC reviewers, and kudos to anyone else who is deserving that I have (inadvertently) left out here!
  11. Today's Featured ArticleFeatured article Good article Mucho Macho Man, in collaboration with Tigerboy1966 (who kick-started the article improvement drive!), Froggerlaura, and the rest of the WP horse racing crowd! Thanks too to all the folks who did formal and informal peer review and the very thorough Featured article reviewers!
  12. Today's Featured Article Featured article Good article Haflinger—Lead editor Dana Boomer, one of her early GAs. I barely have a claim on this one!
  13. Today's Featured Article Featured articleGood article William Robinson Brown. First FA where I was truly the lead editor, but much thanks to User:Churn and Change and User:George Ponderevo (aka User:Eric Corbett, aka User:Malleus Fatuorum) for a lot of assistance!
  14. Featured articleGood article Percheron—definitely second whip, but helped with both pushes and defending a GAR
  15. Featured articleGood article Banker horse -- FA led by Yohmom, a WONDERFUL young editor! All I did was fight off the trolls, give talk page advice, and then stand back and watch in amazement (and do some copyediting)! Hats off to instructor JimmyButler, the kind of biology teacher the rest of us wish we had in high school!
  16. Featured article Good article Homer Davenport, fun collaboration with User:Wehwalt! Horses AND politics! What could be better?
  17. Featured article Good article California Chrome, to GA BEFORE he won the 2014 Kentucky Derby, and FA in August. A BUNCH of people need to be thanked, probably a dozen by now, for advice, peer review, copyediting, FAC review, and all those things that make wikipedia a collaborative environment, including article creator Greensodagal, who graciously put up with having the article editing taken over by yours truly!
  18. Good article Arabian horse—My first GA, back in the day.
  19. Good article A-Class article Horses in warfare—My second GA
  20. Good article Equine nutrition—My third GA
  21. Good article Horses in the Middle Ages—User:Gwinva was lead editor! Great work!
  22. Good article Horse—Teamwork, teamwork! Again, WPEQ project, Ealdgyth was the motivator
  23. Good article Dominant white— First GA for lead editor Countercanter! You rock!
  24. Good article Brumby, with Cgoodwin on lead for GA, good work, Cg!!!
  25. Good article Lusitano, with Dana as lead editor!
  26. Good article Sheila Varian, my project lead, with thanks to Jack Merridew for formatting assistance with the refs!
  27. Good article Chincoteague pony, and again Dana took the lead, I would have been too scared!
  28. Good article Finnhorse, Pitke's lead and all the research, I just spent a lot of time wordsmithing and asking annoying questions, but in sheer hours, I'm counting it!
  29. Good article Shackleford (horse), first race horse GA, with good team, not the usual set of suspects, go TonyTheTiger, Craiglduncan and Froggerlaura!
  30. Good article Morgan horse, A fun team effort with Dana boomer and Intothatdarkness. Thanks to a great gang!
  31. Good article Kerry Bog pony, Dana did all the real work, I only did a little bit of the genetics stuff and helped shepherd it through a second GAN.
  32. Good article American Saddlebred, another from the Dana-and-Montana team!
  33. Good article Tennessee Walking Horse - and Ditto again!
  34. Good article Paynter (horse), Oxbow's bro, great story. My lead edit, Froggerlaura, Tigerboy1966 and TheRambling Man helped! Thanks!
  35. Good article Sergeant Reckless, PumpkinSky lead editor, I came along for a great ride on a horses in warfare article!
  36. Good article Katherine Ritvo, great story of a race horse trainer! Thanks to Froggerlaura for image sleuthing and a tricky screen grab!
  37. Good article Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, yay Dana, yay me!
  38. Good article Rosie Napravnik, with thanks to Littleolive oil and Nikkimaria for their help! Girls rock!
  39. Good articlePryor Mountain Mustang, Dana and Montana strike again!
  40. Good article Thunder (mascot), the Broncos laid an egg in Super Bowl XLVIII, but the horse triumphed!
  41. Good article Bazy Tankersley, fascinating story, another Arabian horse breeder
  42. Good article Sip 'n Dip Lounge, mermaids, not horses!
  43. Good article Lipizzan, Dana and Montanabw strike yet again! Shoutout to User:Conversano Isabella for technical input!
  44. Good article Equus (genus), clearly second hand to lead of User:LittleJerry! Thanks for letting me assist!
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"Having too much fun with userboxes" section[edit]

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Currently, this editor has earned a Master Editor III (or Most Plusquamperfect Looshpah Laureate) service award.

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