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As a professional educator and writer my principal editing roles are fixing grammar, punctuation and style problems in articles. I believe that articles should be written in a straightforward and modern English style (not in a convoluted and outdated 19th century style as so many articles sadly are). I will take strong action against the misuse of articles for any kinds of hype, advertising, slander and blatant bias. I do not suffer fools gladly and have a low tolerance for the many editors who frequently misuse articles for promoting their personal opinions or their uncritical following of belief systems. I do not make many editing mistakes but I am always happy to have any mistakes corrected if done politely and with reference to the Manual of Style instead of merely personal preference.

People with Wikipedia pages who I have known or met[edit]

Adam Phillips (psychologist), Alan Jones (priest), Ann Vriend, Ben Folds, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Blossom Dearie, Brian Cadd, Claudio Naranjo, David Farrer, David Tacey, Derek Guille, Don Richard Riso, Eddie Maguire, Eddi Reader, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Enya, Frank Little, Frank Woods (archbishop of Melbourne), George Pell, Glenn Shorrock, Graham Leonard, James Hillman, Janis Ian, John Farnham, John Gorton, John Hepworth, John Hazlewood, John Macquarrie, Jon Faine, Graham Leonard, Helen Garner, Janis Ian, Jim Keays, John Clarke (satirist), John A. Sanford, John Howard, Johnny O'Keefe, Les Murray (poet), Loudon Wainwright III, Luka Bloom, Marcus Loane, Matthew Fox (priest), Melanie Safka, Michael Palin, Michael Ramsey, Molly Ringwald, Nick Dal Santo, Robert Dann, Robert A. Johnson (psychotherapist), Robert Runcie, Rosalind Runcie, Rosemary Clooney, Rowan Williams, Roy Higgins, Peter Carnley, Peter Hollingworth, Thomas Moore (spiritual writer), Tiny Tim (musician), Tom Paxton

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Today's motto...

There is no such thing as a Civil War

Nominate one today!

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Some pages of helpful information to get you started:
Face-smile.svg   Introduction to Wikipedia
BluePillar.svg   The five pillars of Wikipedia
Crystal Clear app ktip.svg   Editing tutorial
Crystal package utilities.png   How to edit a page
Crystal Clear app kedit.png   Simplified Manual of Style
LetterW.svg   The basics of Wikicode
Symbol support vote.svg   How to develop an article
Cscr-featured.svg   How to create an article
Crystal khelpcenter.png   Help pages
Octagon-warning.svg   What Wikipedia is not
Some common sense Do's and Don'ts:
UncialB-01.png   Do be bold
Face-angel.svg   Do assume good faith
Face-tongue.svg   Do be civil
Face-wink.svg   Do keep cool!
Symbol neutral vote.svg   Do maintain a neutral point of view
No-spam.png   Don't spam
NotCommons-emblem-copyrighted.svg   Don't infringe copyright
Crystal Clear app error.png   Don't edit where you have a conflict of interest
Ambox warning blue.svg   Don't vandalize
Stop hand.svg   Don't get blocked
If you need further help, you can:
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or even:
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Alternatively type {{helpme}} here on your talk page and someone will try to help.

There are many ways you can contribute to Wikipedia. Here are a few ideas:
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Remember to always sign your posts on talk pages. You can do this either by clicking on the Insert-signature.png button on the edit toolbar or by typing four tildes (~~~~) at the end of your post. This will automatically insert your signature, a link to this (your talk) page, and a timestamp.

The best way to learn about something is to experience it. Explore, learn, contribute, and don't forget to have some fun!
To get some practice editing you can use a sandbox. You can create your own private sandbox for use any time. Perfect for working on bigger projects. Then for easy access in the future, you can put {{My sandbox}} on your user page. By the way, seeing as you haven't created a user page yet, simply click here to start it.