User:The Banner

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I am a Dutchman but since a couple of years living in County Clare, Ireland. I'm interested in local history, mainly from county Clare (Ireland) and Groningen (The Netherlands), Irish traditional music and genealogy. And I have a fascination for Michelin stars, as you can see in the list of articles I have written.

Former username: Night of the Big Wind.

Unconventional but effective support for Wikipedians involved in the War against Vandalism, POV-pushing, Spamming and bad faith edits

It is remarkable that Wikipedia is claiming not to be a site for advertising and promotion, but on the other hand it is extremely difficult to remove spammy articles. This is due to the many editors claiming that normal editing should do the trick but fail to improve the spammy articles they say that can be improved. This is seriously undermining Wikipedias stance against advertising and promotion.

Writing articles is fun, but...

...sometimes a bit dull and boring. Pictures can solve a lot of that. You can find load of pictures in The Commons Picture Archives!

... how do I find coordinates for an article. Coordinates tool is very handy for this.

... sometimes you want to know what articles you have created. Just check that here.

Mile stones

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For clearing out the templates with disambig links, a feat the rest of us assumed would never get done. JaGatalk 15:28, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
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For your efforts on Dutch restaurants. Restaurants are a poorly developed part of wikipedia. Keep it up! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:46, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
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Thanks for your work preventing point-of-view problems in the Margaret Sanger article. Noleander (talk) 19:48, 26 November 2012 (UTC)
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My friend, please accept this barnstar as my thanks for tirelessly fixing all of those disambiguation links on my Texas Legislature templates. Thanks! Cheers, Freebirdthemonk 05:22, 31 December 2012 (UTC)
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For taking care of all those bad template edits by DPL bot caused by the bad data on Toolserver. Your cleanup work saved me from a lot of annoyed editors, and I appreciate your help. JaGatalk 08:11, 17 December 2013 (UTC)
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I do lots of aviation accident edits. If I had seen those templates in aviation articles, I would have nominated them for deletion. Based on my own experience, some members of the Aviation Wikiproject think WP policies don't apply. ...William 15:41, 19 July 2014 (UTC)
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Thank You for all the work you have done to repair and monitor pages with disambiguation links. It is much appreciated! Robert4565 (talk) 23:04, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Finished writing articles about all Irish restaurant awarded Michelin stars, past and present. (12/05/2011)
  • Finish writing articles about all Canadian generals commanding a division or higher in Europe during the Second World War. (31/05/2011)
  • 100 articles (30/10/2011)
  • 150 articles (4/2/2012)
  • Finished writing navigation templates per province plus the minimum of two articles to publish them. (18/3/2012)
  • Finish writing 100 articles about Michelin starred restaurants. (17/5/2012)
  • 200 articles (12/6/2012)
  • Writing 100 articles about Dutch Michelin starred restaurants: 100% complete (18/7/2012)
  • 250 articles (30/10/2012)
  • 300 articles (21/6/2014)

Half a mile stone

  • Finished writing articles about all Dutch restaurants awarded two and three Michelin stars, past and present. (06/12/2011)
  • Completed writing articles about Michelin starred restaurants in the province of: Flevoland (1 of 1), Groningen (4 of 4), Drenthe (7 of 7), region of Haarlem (7 of 7)
  • Articles With Multiple Dablinks, trying to get the articles with 4 links on the first page (50 links): wobbling around, first four #404 @ 22/8/2013. Reached goal for the first time: # 47 @ 18/9/2014.


  • Writing 200 articles about Dutch Michelin starred restaurants: 173 done, 86.5 % complete
  • Templates with disambiguation links, trying to keep the number as close as possible to 0 (zero): perennial challenge, every day an effort to get it back to zero.
  • Articles With Multiple Dablinks, trying to get the articles with 3 links on the first page (50 links): wobbling around, first three #507 @ 18/9/2014.

Project page

Running projects

  1. Storm shelter: Four Seasons Hotel Dublin - Noel Hill (musician) - Dromoland Castle - Shaun Rankin - Nolet Het Reymerswale
  2. Rework articles County Clare. (See: User:The Banner/Clare) To do: Bodyke (stub) - Bridgetown (stub) - Broadford (stub) - Clarecastle (refs) - Connolly (pictures) - Doonbeg (refs) - Inagh (update) - Kildysart (refs) - Kilmihil (pictures) Lisseycasey (stub, refs) - Murroogh (update) - Newmarket-on-Fergus (refs) - Doonaha (stub, pictures) - Bunratty (rewrite) - Cross, County Clare (stub, pictures).
  3. Landzaat: Andre Landzaat (improve) - Officierskruis (new to write) - Regiment Infanterie Oranje Gelderland (total rewrite)
  4. Michelin starred restaurants in the Netherlands.
    1. Project 1 star: (Note: blue links depict articles in the fridge. These are real articles but to my opinion unfit to publish)
      1. 1957-1970: 11 restaurants
        Adrian (Amsterdam), Apollo (Amsterdam), Dikker & Thijs (Amsterdam), Hotel Princeville (Breda), Royal (The Hague), Hoornwijck (The Hague), Carré des Champ. (Eindhoven), De Kempen (Heeze), Witte Paard (Rotterdam), Ronde Venen (Vinkeveen), Belmonte, De Wageningse Berg (Wageningen)
      2. 1971-1980: 4 restaurants
        Gravenmolen (Amsterdam), Truite d'Or (Gulpen), Deyselhof (Landsmeer), Chez Jacques (Maastricht)
      3. 1981-1990: 6 restaurants
        Hofstee (Bladel), Binnen den Poort (Culemborg), Pettelaer (Den Bosch), 't Klauwes (Wahlwiller), De Hoop Op d’Swarte Walvis (Zaandijk)
      4. 1991-2000: 2 restaurants
        Halvemaan (Amsterdam)
      5. 2001-2010: 18 restaurants
        De Rôtisserie (Amersfoort), Van Vlaanderen (Amsterdam), Vossius (Amsterdam), De Heeren van Harinxma (Beetsterzwaag), Le Cirque (The Hague), De Roggebot (Ermelo), Olivio (Harderwijk), De Boterbloem (Heerlen), Brasserie de Eglantier (Hilvarenbeek), St Gerlach (Houthem), Auguste (Maarssen), Mario (Neck), In de'n Dillegaard (Nuth), Imko Binnerts (Rijswijk), 't Raethuys (Wateringen),
      6. 2011-present: 24 restaurants
        Blok's (Amersfoort), Lastage (Amsterdam), Bord'Eau (Amsterdam), Bridges (Amsterdam), RON Gastrobar (Amsterdam), Pure C (Cadzand), Perceel (Capelle aan den IJssel), HanTing Cuisine (The Hague), La Provence (Driebergen-Rijsenburg), 't Raedthuis (Duiven), 't Lansink (Hengelo), Lucas Rive (Hoorn), 't Vlasbloemeken (Koewacht), Élevé (Leeuwarden), De Bloemenbeek (De Lutte), 't Amsterdammertje (Loenen aan de Vecht), De Burgemeester (Montfoort), In de Molen (Onderdendam), Kaagjesland (Reeuwijk), Wereldmuseum (Rotterdam), Sense ('s-Hertogenbosch), La Trinité (Sluis)
      7. Fridge: 1 restaurant
      Total: 62 listings... (started with 486)
  5. Willy Keane - P.J. Hayes - Feakle International Traditional Music Festival - Sharon Shannon (album) - Josie Hayes - Paddy Galvin (fiddle player) (Quilty) - Michael Downes (fiddle player) - Pat Kelly (bodhran player) - Michael Sexton Sr. - Michael Sexton Jr
  6. Temporary locked Irish chefs: Leslie Malone (Workpage) - Dromoland Castle chef (Workpage) Fergus Moore (Workpage)

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The Archive

Michelin links
Grand Restaurant Karel V
Templates needing attention
Dossier Pageants

"My articles"

Articles started by me:
Michelin starred restaurants

County Clare

Other Ireland
Aughinish, County Limerick - Bord Bia - Éamonn O'Doherty (sculptor) - Evan McGuire (4)


Canadian Generals

16th Division (United States) - Nicolas van Caesbroeck - Frank Dittrich - Andreas Ehrig - Flame of Hope (Special Olympics) - Historical inheritance systems** - Engelbert Humperdinck discography** - Inter-Allied Victory Medal (Greece)* - International University of Logistics and Transport In Wrocław - Bobby Jones (basketball coach) - John Lee (ice hockey)* - Systems of inheritance among various peoples** - Systems of social stratification** - Tom Plant - Pongola Airport - SYSTAT (command) - Systat (tool) - Systat (protocol) - Tullibardine (16)

The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord & Conflict - Ardnacrusha - L'Auberge - Aughinish - Bansal (disambiguation) - Ron Blaauw - George Bishop - Georges Blanc - La Diligence - De Engel - Margaret Gardiner - Catherine Healy - Head Chef - Toine Hermsen - Landzaat - Mirabelle (disambiguation) - Christopher Naylor - Éamonn O'Doherty - Olivio - Declan Ryan - Sitting on a fence - SYSTAT - Kevin Thornton - valuas - Van Veen - Paul van Waarden - Wijnkoop - Winsemius - Jan de Wit (disambiguation) - De Zwaan (30)


User:The Banner/WikiCleaner(1)

In total 306 articles (excluding disambiguation pages)
(*): I consider articles written as replacement for stubs or redirects as own articles. Not on my name, but still my work. (7)
{**): Not my work (usually a split off), but still on my name (4)

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