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I'm a Computer Science PhD graduate from the University of Warwick. For the least few years, as evidenced by the edit counts of me and my bot , I seem to have spent a worrying amount of time turning myself into a Wikipediholic. No good can come of it, I'm sure….

I haven't added much in the way of new articles, but Wikipedia acts as a vast playground for my inner pedant; I've done a lot of spelling, punctuation and grammar corrections, along with miscellaneous cleaning of markup. These days, I have a bot to help me roll the boulder up the hill. I rationalise it to myself by saying that some time in the near future, somebody's going to figure out how to make a weakly superhuman AI[1]. Soon after they do, they'll feed a Wikipedia database dump into it, and what will we do when our new lightning fast children learn bad grammar, unreliable spelling, have no feel for beautiful flowing prose? Worse, what will we do when they proceed to spam us senseless with it? It will be a linguistic tragedy of Orwellian proportions!

Every now and then, the little pills they give me seem to work, my pedant goes to sleep for a bit, and on these occasions I've been known to fix factual errors or add extra information to the odd article.

Barnstars etc.[edit]

Many thanks for your ceaseless spelling correction work, picking up my few erratic spelling ticks and British spellings. Since you don't already have such a thing, I think you deserve a barnstar of diligence I --KharBevNor 11:52, 26 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Much thanks for your tireless work in checking every single article and removing every single typo. You're really kind and deserves this kindness award. Deryck C. 08:10, 14 July 2005 (UTC)

Many thanks for your outstanding work with spelling corrections. By doing this, you are improving the general quality of Wikipedia tenfold! Deckiller 03:15, 18 January 2006 (UTC)

The Working man's barnstar is awarded to Cmdrjameson to keep him working ;) on spelling, grammar and punctuation. --Gurubrahma 05:50, 6 March 2006 (UTC)

A Barnstar!
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar

Awarded by ≈ jossi ≈ t@ for your tireless work in correcting spelling, punctuation and the many malformed wikilinks we leave behind when we edit.

Barnstar of High Culture.png The Barnstar of High Culture
Awarded for your work in getting Red vs Blue up to featured article status.

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  1. ^ Why yes, I am a fan of Vernor Vinge; what ever made you think that? :)