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Hello and welcome to my userpage. I am Paul, an editor from the UK who joined Wikipedia on 14 April 2008. In July 2008, I made my 2,000th edit, and reached 5,000 in October. I passed the 10,000 mark in February 2009 and hit 20,000 in November. I got to 25,000 in May 2010. After that I stopped counting.
I originally started out in April 2008 as TheRetroGuy but had wanted a name change for some time. That happened in September 2011 when I became Paul MacDermott. However, some people began to confuse me with other Paul MacDermotts (I was even once accused of being the Australian comedian, even though I live on the other side of the world), so I decided it was time for another name change. I finally got round to filing a request for a new username in April 2014, and hopefully I won't have to do it again, but you never know...
When I first came here I tended to edit articles related to film and television, literature, and popular music from the present day dating back to the late 1940s and early 50s. It was actually my musical interest, as well as a fondness for classic British television shows that inspired my original username. I'm also very interested in British politics, current affairs and UK crime-related topics, so you'll see lots of contributions from me on those subjects. I am an occasional New pages patroller, and with over 2,000 articles on my watchlist, I am sometimes able to catch and revert vandalism.
Some major contributions I've made to Wikipedia include creating a complete list of missing articles relating to years in British and Irish television, and a discography of albums recorded by one of my favourite singers, Jo Stafford. I also founded WikiProject Edinburgh in September 2009, and WikiProjects for Herefordshire and Shropshire in April 2010. My most ambitious WikiProject to date is WikiProject Birmingham, started in May 2012, and which is still a work-in-progress. My first two Good articles, 2009 Royal Mail industrial disputes and Premiership of Gordon Brown, were listed in April 2010. My first Featured Article was Royal National College for the Blind, which was promoted on 18 August 2010—actually the first time I'd ever nominated something for FAC, so not bad going. The article made history as one of several promoted that day which took Wikipedia to the milestone of 3,000 Featured Articles. It later became Today's Featured Article for 19 October 2011. A full list of my Good and Featured Articles can be found below. There is also a list for those that made Today's Featured Article. In addition to these I've had several articles appear on Did You Know. A list of articles I've taken through the various processes can be found here. For a full list of articles I've created, see here. For a list of articles I haven't created, but which I've significantly contributed to, see here.
As well as the WikiProjects I helped to establish, I am also involved in a few other WikiProjects. A full list of these can be seen here. For a list of my awards for work I've done on Wikipedia, see here. Check out this page for a few userboxes which will tell you a little more about me.
I also operate two alternative accounts which can be found here and here, and which are intended for occasional minor edits. You will also find a few contributions from me on the Simple English and German Wikipedias. I should point out that I don't actually speak German but some of my contributions were exported there a while back and I thought it would be useful for anyone finding them and having any questions to navigate to this page.
Today's Featured Article
|#||Article title||Date of appearance|
|1||Royal National College for the Blind||19 October 2011|
|2||A Journey||6 May 2013|
|3||Murder of Joanna Yeates||18 September 2014|
|4||Jo Stafford||12 November 2014|
|#||Article title||Date promoted|
|1||Royal National College for the Blind||18 August 2010|
|2||Murder of Joanna Yeates||1 April 2012|
|3||A Journey||6 July 2012|
|4||Jo Stafford||24 August 2013|
|#||Article title||Date listed|
|1||2009 Royal Mail industrial disputes||9 April 2010|
|2||Premiership of Gordon Brown||29 April 2010|
|3||A Journey||10 January 2011|
|4||Murder of Joanna Yeates||23 December 2011|
|5||Philip Smith||27 July 2012|
|6||Smooth Radio (2010)||25 November 2012|
|7||Murder of Celine Figard||9 January 2013|
|8||The Girl||17 January 2013|
|9||Jo Stafford||14 February 2013|
|10||2010 United Kingdom government formation||25 February 2013|
|11||1988–94 British broadcasting voice restrictions||4 July 2013|
|12||Johann Lamont||23 February 2014|
|13||Benefits Street||13 March 2014|
|14||Helen Rollason||5 January 2015|
Time and Date
It is currently 14:53, Saturday, May 30, 2015 (UTC)
Today is Day 150 of 2015