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!vote is the only thing I've added of value to Wikipedia, unfortunately.

Battle of Vimy Ridge:

C'est impossible!
Ah! les Canadiens! C'est possible!
For adding absolutely no value to Wikipedia, I hereby award myself with this stamp. --Deathphoenix 16:06, 2 March 2006 (UTC)


Wikimood by Denelson83 (talk)

Since userboxes are so popular around here, check out mine!

Who I am[edit]

I'm relatively new to the Wiki world. I started out as a simple browser reading an online encyclopedia for general interest and learning. After seeing a few typos, I started to fix them. After finding something weird with one of the pages, I got into the world of Wiki vandalism. With any luck, I'll have some vandal deface my user page some day. But if you're not here to do that, be sure to check out the Kindness Campaign page.

In case anyone is wondering, my name does not come from the Harry Potter series of books. I like the series and work on its Wikiproject, but I'm not a rabid fan by any sense of the word. In fact, I picked that name years before J.K. Rowling even started writing her first book.

I am a tech writer working in the software development field. I am Canadian, I was born in 1977, and I currently live in Toronto, Ontario with my lovely wife and young leech dependent offspring son. I hold degrees in Engineering and Applied Arts.

As of 17:44, 8 Feb 2005 (UTC), my Wikipediholic score is 128. Not bad for a first-timer.


I am the originator of the term !vote. I first proposed its use here (final version of the thread here) and started using it in normal on-Wiki conversations after then. I don't know when it took off, but I recently noticed many other Wikipedians using it in normal on-Wiki conversations as well, including in AfD closures. I know it's extremely sad that !votes are my sole claim to Wiki-fame, but since I am unlikely to have any other (positive) impact on Wikipedia, I'll grasp onto anything that I can.

When a vote is not a vote[edit]

While AfD isn't a vote, and each entry in an AfD is a comment, I choose to name any comment which calls for an action (such as comments that start with Keep, Merge, Redirect, or Delete) a "!vote" for convenience and to differentiate it from an actual comment which doesn't call for an action (such as comments that have no heading, or start with Comment). If I ever type "vote" in a discussion on Wikipedia, I actually mean "!vote".

What I do[edit]

On Wikipedia, I would say that I'm a part-timer. I'm pretty busy with other things, but I love contributing to this great project in my own small way.

What I infrequently (or used to) do[edit]

My alignment[edit]

Although I like to think of myself as Chaotic Neutral, according to this test, I am actually Lawful Neutral. Oh, the irony.

Barnstars & awards[edit]

For fun[edit]

Contact me![edit]

If you wish to contact me, you may do so on my talk page or by email. If this is unacceptable and you wish to visit me in person, look for me at the following address:

40 College Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 2J3

On comments I've seen of increasing bureaucracy and governance[edit]

Homer Simpson: "What really matters is my title. I think I'll make myself... Vice President. No, wait! Junior Vice President!"

Jocularity in edits[edit]

Jocularity in pages[edit]

Deathphoenix's Laws[edit]

Law of Userboxes[edit]

The number of opinion-expressing userboxes on a user page is inversely proportional to the number of edits that the user makes to articles.

Contentious AfDs-to-Outraged Comments Ratio[edit]

An administrator who closes contentious AfDs will receive at least one comment for every ten contentious AfDs closed.

Ivory Percentage of School Article Deletion[edit]

A real post-primary school (such as a secondary school, college, or university) nominated for deletion has a 99 44/100% chance of being kept.


Other accounts[edit]

Soapbox: Article ownership and taking things personally[edit]

There should be no "owners" of any articles except for user pages. I strongly believe that once you submit an article or edit to Wikipedia, it is no longer yours. That goes with the various levels of copyright used here (GFDL, CC, and public domain).

If you wanted full ownership of an article with no other people "destroying" it, you should put it up on a web site. However, if you do make a contribution to Wikipedia, be ready to have your work mutilated and edited mercilessly if need be. I expect (and have seen) some of my own edits mutilated because I missed something, I wasn't aware of common Wikipedia style/practices, or because my edits were simply not good. As a tech writer, I have seen some of my own documentation edited mercilessly. I try not to take such things personally, even though it can be hard at times.

If you can't honestly say that you wouldn't mind having your contributions to a particular article edited with extreme pain, don't make those contributions and concentrate on another article that you don't feel so personally about. The other alternative is to put up your material on a web site, where others can't just come and edit your work without your permission.

Copy & Paste[edit]


== Your report on **IP address** to [[WP:AIV]] ==
FYI: [**DIFF**]
Just wanted to let you know that I removed your report without action because the IP hadn't vandalised since your final warning. I'm not sure if you were using a tool such as VandalProof to make this report, but it's best to wait until an IP has vandalised after the final warning before making the report. Please keep up the good work! Thanks, ~~~~

Unblock request granted (with sample reason)

{{subst:request accepted|Collateral damage: You were hit with the [[Wikipedia:Autoblock|autoblocker tool]], which blocked the underlying IP address of a recently-blocked user.}}

Preferred method of awarding barnstars

[[Image:Barnstar_of_Diligence.png|right|frame|For whatever reason, I hereby award you with the '''The Barnstar of Diligence''' --~~~~ <small>[[Wikipedia:WikiProject Kindness Campaign|(KC)]]</small>]]

Update loyalty/allegiance field

Changed loyalty/allegiance field according to established [[Wikipedia:WikiProject Harry Potter/Templates#Allegiance|conventions]]

Page blanking and replacing with spoilers

{{subst:test2a}} Posting spoilers is considered vandalism. Don't do it. --~~~~

Wikiproject Harry Potter


AfD "don't remove" boilerplate

Congratulations on having your article pass the [[Wikipedia:Votes for deletion|VfD process]] with a '''Keep'''. Just to let you know, even when the consensus appears to be '''Keep''', you should wait until we have finished the AfD process before you remove the boilerplate text stating the article is up for AfD (you can, of course, continue to work on the article during the AfD process, as long as you keep the boilerplate text up). I know that sometimes it seems that the AfD process takes a long time to complete, but if you have a look at [[WP:AFD/Old|the old AfD articles]], you can see that we have a huge backlog. Thanks, --~~~~


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This page has been vandalised 27 times.

The talk page has been vandalised 5 times.

(not counting honest mistakes)

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