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Do me a favor; if this gets below hostile, block me or something. --Go Phightins!
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Wikipedia-applicable food for thought: “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don't.” ― Steve Maraboli in Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Hi, I'm Ben (aka User:Go Phightins!), and I have been editing Wikipedia for over three years now, and recently became an administrator thanks to the community's gracious support (read the escapades here). I am beginning to dabble in WP:AFD, WP:AIV, and WP:CSD with the tools, having previously been active in those venues without the tools. Also, I am a founding member of the editor of the week project. I am also willing to review candidates interested in adminship. My general criteria are listed here. I usually answer messages on my talk page in a timely fashion (24 hours or less). In article space, my interests include baseball, American football (players and games), and politics, plus an inclination to help out on current events to avoid rushing to any conclusions. As a new administrator, fellow administrators are more than welcome to revert any of my admin actions, but please do explain why on my talk page. My unofficial admin mentors are Drmies, Dennis Brown, and TParis, and their respective talk page stalkers. As always, if I make a mistake in article space or another area, anyone may revert and then drop me a note explaining why. I am more than open to discussion on any topic.

Note: The account Phightins is Gone is a legitimate sockpuppet of me to be used when and if I am on the road, at an alternate computer, want to test something, etc. If it is ever acting strangely, please block it and let me know on my normal talk page why. Note: the account does not have admin privileges. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then someone really flattered me, when they created this account. Anyway, Thanks. Go Phightins!

Congrats to Go Phightins! as we award this Standard Triple Crown for great work on improving content on Wikipedia. Well done. → Call me Hahc21 20:38, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
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Requests for unblock 26
Wikipedia semi-protected edit requests 26
Wikipedia fully-protected edit requests 0
Requested Edits 149

Future Goals[edit]

  • Get as many of the articles related to the 2012-13 College Bowl Season to GA status as possible (at least 5). Done
  • Get a non-sports article to GA. Done
  • Get an article to FA status (possibly Jim Thome, Pat Gillick, Arlen Specter).  Done with Thome
  • Graduate five adoptees and have them become productive Wikipedians.
  • Get article space edits above 40%. Done Woo hoo!!!!!!

To-do list[edit]

This is my to-do list. Anyone may add to it, but please include all parameters as best as you can. I will do the best I can to address items on it. Thanks! Go Phightins! 23:16, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

Date requested Requested by/Working with "Deadline" Article/Page Nature of request Importance Arduousness (1-10)
1/27/14 Me and Sportsguy17 3/15/14 Jonathan Papelbon GA - preferably by Opening Day Mid 7
1/27/14 Me 5/31/14 2014 Capital One Bowl Flesh out lead, game summary for GA run Low 5
1/27/14 Me 5/31/14 2013 Russell Athletic Bowl Lead, game summary for GA Low 4
1/27/14 Me 5/31/14 2013 Poinsettia Bowl Team previews, lead for GA run Low 7
1/27/14 Me 5/31/14 2013 Liberty Bowl Finish game summary, lead for GA run Low 5
2/21/14 Me 10/31/14 Andrew Jackson Get the article to GA status Mid 8
5/8/14 Me 12/31/14 Ramon Henderson Use this to expand to at least C class Low 3
6/8/14 Montanabw 6/15/14 Lipizzan GA review High (insofar as it's time-sensitive) 4


Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA. Thank you for being a part of the discussion. Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation.
Barnstar of Humour Hires.png The Barnstar of Good Humor
For a particularly self-aware message that brought a smile to my face :). I'm not permitted to judge anyone for not liking change - I work for the Foundation and I do so using Monobook ;p. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 10:09, 24 September 2012 (UTC)
Copyeditor Barnstar Hires.png The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Thanks for all the copyediting on Indian television related articles, I thought nobody would actually get down to doing it. Farah Desai Khan** (talk) 13:05, 29 August 2012 (UTC)
Halfstar Hires.png The Half Barnstar
Yes, we do disagree on the List of college football head coaches with non-consecutive tenure. Big deal. Be WP:BOLD and speak your mind, just as you did. After all, I'm wrong a lot! And so are others. Continue to speak your mind and make this encyclopedia better every day. We need many more editors just like you.--Paul McDonald (talk) 03:08, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
John Farrell 4-26-2012.jpg The John Farrell doesn't want you to have pie barnstar
I told you last night that I would give you a pie if John Farrell's page wasn't protected when I got back this afternoon. Well, it is, so I'm afraid you'll have to settle for what may be the most bizarre barnstar of all-time. AutomaticStrikeout 19:05, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
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For all the things you do! AutomaticStrikeout 03:39, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
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For all the help and work on GAs and a bunch of other parts of Wikipedia. Batard0 (talk) 11:56, 5 November 2012 (UTC)
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For all your Teahouse replies, haven't seen a single one with anything negative on it! gwickwire | Leave a message 03:15, 20 November 2012 (UTC)
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Phightins, you passed that with flying colours! I am truly honoured to have adopted you, and yet, now it's your turn to impress me and get going with that knowledge compendium! Rcsprinter (yak) @ 15:58, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
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The AFC Backlog Buster Barnstar

Congratulations, Go Phightins!! You're receiving The Working Man's Barnstar because you reviewed 49 articles during the recent AFC Backlog elimination drive! Thank you for you contributions to Wikipedia at-large and helping to keep the backlog down. We hope you continue reviewing submissions and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! Mdann52 (talk) 13:27, 6 December 2012 (UTC)

GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
For your help in promoting Joe West to GA. AutomaticStrikeout (TC) 21:45, 24 December 2012 (UTC)
Barnstar-goldrun7.png The Running Man Barnstar
Thanks for your quality edits to sports articles! EricEnfermero Howdy! 07:05, 25 December 2012 (UTC)
Nicolas P. Rougier's rendering of the human brain.png The 'Brains Work Better in A Community' Award
Thank you for all your efforts to befriend and assist your fellow Wikipedian Editors (WE). Your efforts have a cascading effect throughout WP. What's so bad about Peace, Love and Understanding? ```Buster Seven Talk 01:42, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
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This editor was willing to lend a helping hand!
For your founding of "Editor of the Week" to the first award handed out! Good work. Amadscientist (talk) 08:55, 14 January 2013 (UTC)
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Thanks for that catch on my User Talk page. Vacation9 03:12, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
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Thank you so much for all of your hard work in adopting me. I really learned a lot throughout the process (so much that I am now finally confident enough to run the Education Program course that we have in mind), and I also feel as though I now finally have an editor who I truly trust to go to if I ever have any additional questions. You did an absolutely fantastic job, and I hope that I lived up to your expectations! Jackson Peebles (talk) 04:13, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
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Wherever I go on Wikipedia, I always come across you helping other people. You make Wikipedia a better place and I think you deserve some more recognition for it. You are awesome! Cheers, — -dainomite   21:02, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
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This  Ryan Vesey 01:06, 29 March 2013 (UTC)
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For being such a wonderful Wikipedian (and surprised you aren't an Admin, and thus my barnstar - for inspiration!) and helping out a lot!!! I hope you always continue to work here... BTW can you review this if you have the time??? Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Expeditionary Economics My first baby on WP and hopefully will go on to become an article... Don't bother if you don't have time... And before I forget HAPPY EASTER!!! The Wikimon (talk) 13:43, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Thanks for contacting Geoff. I suspect our emails to him crossed. FWIW, you have exactly the qualities we need in an admin. Let me know if you ever consider it.

Back in the day, there wasn't a WMF process for dealing with threats of violence and it was left to the community. There were only a small crew of us who would contact law enforcement. It takes courage like yours to keep this place safe.

Here, have the smallest barnstar ever: * Toddst1 (talk) 20:38, 2 April 2013 (UTC) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Thanks for keeping an eye on the Boston Marathon bombings article. It's getting a ton of hits, and I'm glad that diligent editors are there to answer questions and maintain quality. – Quadell (talk) 17:44, 16 April 2013 (UTC)
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For your contributions to bring 2012 Hawaii Bowl to Good Article status. Thanks, and keep up the good work! -- Khazar2 (talk) 22:29, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
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Here is a unique barnstar for helping me with Summer Break Tour. I tricked you into helping me. If you don't like Big Time Rush, too bad. Congratulations, you are now a Rusher (Big Time Rush fan) and you may outright display this on your user page. Thanks again for your help. ~~JHUbal27 01:33, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
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Well Phightins, you're doing really well out here. I wanted to leave a message of recognition for all the great GA work you do with Penn sport (and other) articles, and also something to say thanks for all the positive comments you gave at my RfA today. It's not hard for me to see you there yourself sometime, and I'll always be happy to nominate if you do. Rcsprinter (talk) @ 22:36, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
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Thanks for dropping me a line about Jackson Peebles. Your empathy and consideration is greatly appreciated. Drmies (talk) 18:42, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
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I hereby award The Fightin' PhilStar to Go Phightins! for his utmost love for the Philadelphia Phillies WikiProject. He has shown great enthusiasm when helping others, and has made many contributing efforts to the project! Keep up the great work :) Newyorkadam (talk) 04:12, 5 December 2013 (UTC)Newyorkadam
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A collaborative environment also needs a willing, hardworking, and commited reviewer and you were just that. Through the multitudes of pings and talkbacks, you helped an article get to GA. I look forward to future works with youFace-smile.svg. Sportsguy17 (talkcontribssign) 02:22, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
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For this week's excellent "In the news" article in the Signpost --Pine 19:49, 15 February 2014 (UTC)
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Thank you for all the time you spend over at WP:RETENTION! --L235 (talk) Ping when replying 06:53, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Some General Wiki-Thoughts[edit]

  • Wikipedia needs more administrators. It takes entirely too long for promotional pages and attack pages to be removed, and for vandalism-only accounts to be blocked.
    • Note: I am not saying that RfA sets standards that are too high, I am saying I wish we had more people who met them.
  • Wikipedia should be a place where editors get the ball rolling on all notable subjects that can be filled in later. Stubs are better than nothing.
  • Wikipedia should should focus on quality content rather than quantity content.

Edit milestones[edit]

Edit number Edit
1000 update to Carlos Ruiz
2000 tagging a page for CSD, interestingly one of the only ones that hasn't been subsequently deleted
2500 scoring update to Chargers season page
3000 Continued work on bringing Jim Thome to GA
4000 Participation in an AFD discussion
5000 Notifying an author I declined his AFC submission
6000 update to Penn State season article
7000 Notifying an editor I'd reviewed his page in NPP
7500 Adding statistical leaders' stats and adding a ref to the Eagles' season page
8000 Bill O'Brien is the NCAA Coach of the Year!
9000 A minor edit while working to bring an article up to GA status
10000 Adding tags to an article that I did a little work on
11000 working on bringing Wei-Yin Chen to some better status than it's at now
12000 Reporting a troll to AIV
13000 create a stub on a Penn State defensive tackle
14000 a rather unexciting request for clarification in an AfD discussion
15000 continuing my work on Jim Thome, working to bring it to FA status
16000 clarification to address concerns at a GAN - now a GA :-)
  • Note: these are compiled using the edit count under "My preferences" and using "My contributions", not X's Edit Counter Tool. Go Phightins! 02:48, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Articles saved from deletion[edit]

Users nominated for adminship[edit]

I have nominated five candidates for adminship, only two of which have been successful. That said, I would have done it over again as those are candidates I would have strongly supported. My overall support/oppose/neutral for the five candidates combined is 249/86/39 (74.3% support).

Non-barnstar awards[edit]

Gold Medal.svg Good as gold!
If you've been watching me as I've given out the Golden Editor Award to various recipients, you might have known that it wouldn't be long before I got around to recognizing the merits of my best Wiki–friend playing favorites. Now, I could provide a sizable list of reasons for forcing you to accept this recognition. After all, you're a top–notch content creator, an active adopter and good influence on less experienced editors, a calm and level–headed voice of reason and just an all–around clueful member of the community (in other words, a clear net positive). However, I will not be mentioning any of that. See, I want to be a rogue admin someday and this is cabal practice, with today's drill on giving special favors. So, congratulations on the award. You earned it, but don't tell anyone. AutomaticStrikeout () 16:51, 19 August 2013 (UTC)
The Resist Hivethink Award, for... you know... resisting hivethink with this excellent comment. --Cyclopiatalk 19:18, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
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Thank you for quality contributions (rather than quantity), playing with cheerfulness, fairness and respect - you are an awesome Wikipedian! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 03:59, 19 November 2012 (UTC)
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I, ZappaOMati, hereby award Go Phightins!
the WikiProject NFL Award for his/her valued contributions to WikiProject NFL.
Awarded 03:38, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
Admin statistics
Action Count
Edits 19912
Edits+Deleted 20653
Pages deleted 58
Revisions deleted 10
Pages restored 7
Pages protected 28
Pages unprotected 4
Protections modified 6
Users blocked 33
Users unblocked 2
User rights modified 6
Users created 2
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