User:ThaddeusB

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Hello and welcome to my user page!
First, a bit about me...

My name is Thaddeus and I live in Columbus, Ohio. I am 33 years old, have a ten-year-old son, and have been happily married for the last 13+ years. I consider myself to be a devout Christian and try to live my life accordingly. I very much believe in 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NRSV):

Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence.

As such, I have extensive knowledge in Christian apologetics. I am always happy to discuss my faith with anyone, and answer any questions in public or private. That said, evangelic outreach is certainly not my purpose for being here. For example, I have never edited an article related to Christianity.

Some info about my editing...

In addition to Christianity, a have a very diverse set of interests. I love linguistics and statistics. I am obsessed with college basketball, and in particular Butler. I enjoy history and most sciences. I am a big fan of The Olympics. All of these subjects together, however, make up only a small percentage of my article work. I like to write about almost anything and have done so.

I have been editing Wikipedia since 2008, although I took a two year break from early 2010 to early 2012 (with a couple false restarts mixed in). In my time here, I have dabbled in nearly ever major area of Wikipedia. My earliest efforts focused largely on correcting spelling & grammar errors and reversion of vandalism. From there, I got into writing bots to automate tedious tasks and patrolling proposed deletions (PRODs) to find articles worth saving. An (outdated) log of my proposed deletion activity can be found at User:ThaddeusB/PROD Log.

My early content work was mostly saving articles from deletion - either via PROD or via AfD. Eventually, I got heavily involved In the news section of the main page and the current events portal. The majority of my content work relates to current events in some way. A partial log of content work can be found at User:ThaddeusB/Content log.

Along the way, I have done at least some work in almost every area of Wikipedia. If you can think of it, I've probably dabbled in it at some point. The motto that ties all my efforts together is: "do it right, or don't do it at all." I try to treat every edit as if it was the utmost importance. Incremental article improvements are great, but I personally feel compelled to improve an article as much as I can once I start on it.

I used to spend a good amount of time on the bureaucratic areas of Wikipedia, but have found that usually it is more efficient just to fix things rather than debate about problems. Don't get me wrong, work in places such as ANI serves a valuable purpose, it just doesn't interest me that much anymore.

My first official (logged-in) edit was to Asafa Powell on August 18, 2008. On September 4, 2009, I received my first good article credit on an article (Household Hacker, since demoted) for which I was the primary contributor. I now have written 7 good articles. I have more than 70 DYKs and more than 100 ITNs to my credit.

I have created two barnstars: the Swine Flu Barnstar and the Zoroastrianism Barnstar. I have made over 200 improvements to RegExTypoFix and have written four approved bots:

On July 29, 2009, I was promoted to administrator by a 117-2-7 vote. Some people find the process stressful, but for me it was one of my proudest moments on Wikipedia. The outpouring of support from the community was surprising and overwhelming. I only hope I have lived up to expectations in the years since.

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Things I might be able to help you with...

One of the greatest strengths of Wikipedia is its collaborative nature. Each editor is free to work on what they are best at/like the most, and leave the tasks they don't like to someone else. Maybe I can help by doing a task you don't want to do, but would like to see completed. I like to think I do most things well, whether it be writing, organizing, copy editing, etc. I also like to just give advice (when its desired).

One of my greatest strengths is writing "intelligent" bots. It is a major misconception that computer programs can't make good decisions. This misconception leads to 1) people only requesting bots to do very simple tasks and 2) fear of bots that propose to do more. I wish to fight this misconception and bring semi-intelligent bots to Wikipedia whenever I can. For me, it is far more interesting to create a bot that can (for example) determine what category an uncategorized article should be added to than to create a bot that simply adds {{uncategorized}}. So, if you have a large-scale task you want done feel free to ask me even if you think it may be difficult for a bot to do.

I am not a professional graphic designer or anything, but I do like to dabble occasionally. If there is a barnstar or other simple graphic you'd like to see made, feel free to ask.

I have access to over 100 premium content databases, and most mainstream scientific journals, on a wide variety of subjects. I also have access to full text news articles via LexisNexis. As such, if there is an article or specific subject matter you are looking for, let me know. In many cases, I can email you a copy of text you might otherwise not have access to.

Feel free to contact me via email with anything you don't want on wiki for whatever reason.

 
About me:
USAF Christian Chaplain badge.svg This user is a Christian.
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I've spent a lot of time on:
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This user is a member of the Wikipedia Typo Team.
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This user edits and assesses articles
in the Article Incubator.
Gnome globe current event.svg This user contributes to the In the news section of the main page.
Gnome-help-browser.svg This user rescues articles for the Article Rescue Squadron.
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Areas of focus for content work:
Atari joystick icon.gif This user is a member of the Atari task force.
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WikiProject Christianity
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WikiProject College Basketball.

Useful Stuff[edit]

Editing Help/Guideline Useful Tools

Awards[edit]

Some people think awards are pointless, but I consider them extremely valuable. Creating\preserving useful content for future readers is my primary motivation, but peer recognition is a definite second. I work hard on Wikipedia; realizing that people consider my efforts valuable keeps me going. My sincere thank yous go out everyone who was provided an award listed below, and also to everyone who has acknowledged my efforts in a more subtle way.

This editor is a Veteran Editor II and is entitled to display this Bronze Editor Star.
Veteran Editor II
Awarded to ThaddeusB for the strongest contribution of in the news articles in the 2012 WikiCup. J Milburn (talk · contribs) and The ed17 (talk · contribs) 16:32, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg This user significantly contributed to the promotion of Household Hacker to good article status.
Symbol support vote.svg This user significantly contributed to the promotion of Schwa (restaurant) to good article status.
Symbol support vote.svg This user significantly contributed to the promotion of Brad Stevens to good article status.
Symbol support vote.svg This user significantly contributed to the promotion of Kandahar massacre to good article status.
Awarded to ThaddeusB, for the strongest contribution of news articles in the 2013 WikiCup. J Milburn (talk · contribs) and The ed17 (talk · contribs) 11:47, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg This user significantly contributed to the promotion of Forced abortion of Feng Jianmei to good article status.
Symbol support vote.svg This user significantly contributed to the promotion of Davis Tarwater to good article status.
Symbol support vote.svg This user significantly contributed to the promotion of Death of Jairo Mora Sandoval to good article status.
I'm shocked that you haven't recieved this yet. (X! · talk)  · @232  ·  04:34, 30 July 2009 (UTC)
Fairytale Trash Questionmark No.svg This user played a significant role in helping Isaac E. Smith graduate from incubation.
Fairytale Trash Questionmark No.svg This user played a significant role in helping Simbo Olorunfemi graduate from incubation.
Fairytale Trash Questionmark No.svg This user played a significant role in helping Drs. Foster & Smith graduate from incubation.
Symbol support vote.svg This user helped promote the article PokerTracker to good article status.
Dyk25CE.svg The 25 DYK Creation and Expansion Medal
Well you have so many barnstars, but you haven't got one of these! your ITN contributions are impressive, as is the wikicup, and now you have this medal for 25 DYKs! Thanks from me and the wiki Victuallers (talk) 17:09, 3 March 2013 (UTC)
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User:ThaddeusB has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as ThaddeusB's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear ThaddeusB!

Peace,
Rlevse
00:19, 17 November 2009 (UTC)

A record of your Day will always be kept here.

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prima help
Thank you for quality articles related to the latest news, such as prima ballerina Maria Tallchief, with a dedication as if it was your one and only topic, for faithfully searching for the most concise wording of her achievements, for your "intelligent bots" and generous offer of help, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (17 November 2009)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:03, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

Minor Barnstar.png The Minor Barnstar
For your excellent work helping to keep wikipedia clean of typos! QueenCake (talk) 19:48, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
Vitruvian Barnstar.png The da Vinci Barnstar
For creating a bot that will single-handedly prevent a whole slew of dead reference links. Great job! Anomie 01:25, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
For keeping a watchful eye on the 2009 swine flu related articles, and the even-keeled sensibility you bring to the hourly "emergencies" that arise at the article/template talk pages. Regards. Abecedare (talk) 00:50, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
Rescuebarnstar.png The Article Rescue Barnstar
Thank you so, so much for providing the reliable sources that saved nigahiga from deletion and, in other words, one of the articles I most wanted to get created. I was tempted to give you a cookie but this barnstar is far more appropriate. (Sorry for not formatting this properly; I'm still a wiki formatting dunce.) Clem (talk) 04:43, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
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I award this Barnstar to ThaddeusB for their great efforts in maintaining deletion quality standards and helping new users. --Hell In A Bucket (talk) 18:43, 5 July 2009 (UTC)
Ice1filteredk3b.png The Cool Barnstar Award
I award you this Cool Barnstar. Your continued efforts to keep the encyclopedia growing, in the face of so many who act as if it is complete, is not always an easy task. When editors feel new articles should spring into existance already perfect, in contravention to Wikpedia's knowing that is not expected to be perfect, your efforts let newcomers know that their contributions are welcomed. MichaelQSchmidt (talk) 06:19, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
This is being presented in appreciation of the positive contributions that you bring to Wikipedia. Thank you! Pastor Theo (talk) 01:49, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
Rescuebarnstar.png The Article Rescue Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to administrator ThaddeusB, for his continued service in making Wikipedia more encyclopedic and working to preserve other editors contributions. Thank you. Ikip (talk) 22:30, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
Rescuebarnstar.png The Article Rescue Barnstar
For your excellent prod work. Joe Chill (talk) 18:36, 18 August 2009 (UTC)
Dykbb.png The Wikipedia Bot Builder Award
For the impressive coding of The Auto-categorizing Robot, and the time you put into Wikipedia bots, I Kingpin13 (talk), present ThaddeusB with The Bot Builder Award. Keep it up :) - Kingpin13 (talk) 17:06, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
Vitruvian Barnstar.png The da Vinci Barnstar
For your exemplary work in creating and improving the WebCiteBOT.Blargh29 (talk) 05:20, 13 October 2009 (UTC)
Vitruvian Barnstar.png The da Vinci Barnstar
What Blargh29 said! --Elvey (talk) 22:12, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
Golden wikipedia featured star.svg Valued Contributor Award Smiley.svg
You have been identified as a valued contributor and your efforts are appreciated. We are honored to present you with the Valued Contributor Award and we thank you for donating your time, expertise and effort to Wikipedia. Keep up the good work. Thanks. (more details)
Welcome back, ThaddeusB. We missed you very dearly. It's true, we missed WebCiteBOT, but we missed you even more. You are a great Admin and have been very helpful to the project. We dearly missed all your contributions and input. Thank you so much for coming back and for all your help. We really value having you here. Thanks. - Hydroxonium (H3O+) 01:05, 23 February 2011 (UTC)
A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Thanks for your contribution to the Apodaca prison riot! I wanted to write stuff in it today but school work has been keeping me busy. It's greatly appreciated! Keep it up. ComputerJA (talk) 06:01, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
Civility Barnstar Hires.png The Civility Barnstar
thanks for resoring my work OrenBochman (talk) 22:11, 9 March 2012 (UTC)
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I, Abhijay give ThaddeusB this barnstar for his efforts to pass my nomination about the Afghanistan Avalanche by creating an article about it that would eventually be posted in the In The News Section. Cheers and Salutations! Abhijay What did I do this time? 02:39, 11 March 2012 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Thanks for clearing up the auto archiving thing on my talk page! pluma 00:28, 25 March 2012 (UTC)
Original Barnstar Hires.png astrum horrei - The Original Gratuitous Barnstar of RM Consensus
everybody pat their own back. Nicely conducted everyone - I take back my grumpiness at Jeffro. In ictu oculi (talk) 14:00, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Tacos Carnitas.jpg Here's a taco for your hard work! Thank you for giving me some advice when I came to your talk page. Keep it up and stay in touch. Take care! ComputerJA (talk) 05:25, 30 July 2012 (UTC)
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I thereby award you with The Admin's Barnstar for closing discussions listed at the Requests for closure subpage of the Administrators' noticeboard. Keep up the good work and happy editing. Regards, Armbrust, B.Ed. WrestleMania XXVIII The Undertaker 20–0 06:44, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
Minor Barnstar.png The Minor Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to ThaddeusB for copy editing at least one article in the GOCE July copy edit drive. Thank you for participating! Dianna (talk) 00:58, 11 August 2012 (UTC)
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Your recognition for 2 GA reviews at the last June-July GAN Review Round. Regards. — ΛΧΣ21 16:24, 23 September 2012 (UTC)
GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
I, Bstephens393, award you this GA barnstar for your outstanding contributions in making Forced abortion of Feng Jianmei a Good Article. Bstephens393 (talk) 20:59, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
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this Barnstar is awarded for exemplary work on expanding Maria Tallchief and shepherding it through the ITN process μηδείς (talk) 19:12, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG for you marked improvement of the Maria Tallchief biography. Slowking4Farmbrough's revenge†@1₭ 22:04, 20 April 2013 (UTC)
Export hell seidel steiner.png hey there nice to see ya sticking around Hell In A Bucket (talk) 02:15, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For improving Eurasiatic languages ahead of my efforts, and doing it better than I would have done. Richard Keatinge (talk) 09:24, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
Choco-Nut Bake with Meringue Top cropped.jpg Thank you for boldly making a closing decision on the Alex Ferguson ITNC. LukeSurl t c 14:37, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
InTheNews Barnstar.png The In The News Barnstar
For your ongoing efforts at broadening coverage there beyond the usual death & destruction with a side of sport. Much appreciated! Espresso Addict (talk) 12:45, 10 May 2013 (UTC)
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Eocypselus rowei Nicely done. 7&6=thirteen () 16:04, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Choco chip cookie.png Great work on 2013 World Table Tennis Championships! LukeSurl t c 21:20, 22 May 2013 (UTC)
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Thank you for your nomination of the Shuanghui article for In the News. I am glad I could add to everyone's understanding of commerce. Geraldshields11 (talk) 18:36, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Diplomacy
Thaddeus, "The Barnstar of Diplomacy is awarded to users who have helped to resolve, peacefully, conflicts on Wikipedia." This is to recognize you for your great efforts in resolving a highly contentious issue at Nik Wallenda. Your patience, courtesy, and fairness in bringing the matter to resolution is very much appreciated. Thank you for being such a wonderful editor! 76.189.109.155 (talk) 05:33, 24 June 2013 (UTC)
GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
Congratulations for your work on Death of Jairo Mora Sandoval; it is now considered a Good Article! It was a pleasure to work with you. Keep up the good work. Happy editing! ComputerJA () 02:53, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
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For your diligence in general, and your recent updates to Palmasola in particular μηδείς (talk) 19:08, 25 August 2013 (UTC)