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Welcome! I'm Harry Mitchell;[note 1] my username is HJ Mitchell and most people call me Harry or HJ for brevity (I really hate being addressed by my surname!).
Sooo... what do I do here? Well, I write articles (you can click the little icons in the top right to see some of those I'm proudest of), and I do a little reviewing and copy-editing of other people's articles. I have wide and varied interests, so I can often be found writing about military history, politics, policing, railways, architecture, and anything else that catches my eye, with a particular emphasis on the English Midlands, which is where I live. I'm an avid reader of Wikipedia, and I think editing an encyclopaedia is a great way to broaden your horizons. Oh, and I'm a pedant—if I spot an error, I feel compelled to fix it!
I also get involved with some of the back-end areas of Wikipedia. I'm an administrator, an OTRS agent, and a coordinator of the Military History Project; I'm also an admin on Wikimedia Commons. I like to think of myself as 'keeping the wheels turning' when I'm acting in those capacities—none of them grant me any sort of authority, and I hold those positions only for as long as the community trusts me to. I believe that administrators are elected to serve the community, not their own agenda, and, except in emergencies, should only act in accordance with consensus. Sadly, these hats mean that I spend a lot of time dealing with vandals and spammers and other meta aspects of the project, which doesn't always leave a lot of time to write articles, but I aim to make life easier for the honest article-writers and harder for the aforementioned vandals and spammers.
I sometimes do outreach work and organise/run events for Wikimedia UK (a registered UK charity), who pay my train fare so I can get to these places. Through my involvement in Wikimedia UK, I ended up being involved with organising and running Wikimania 2014 in London. I helped to recruit the dozens of volunteers who made sure the conference ran smoothly, advised on community issues, and helped with some of the behind-the-scenes things like planning for emergencies and other boring things that delegates shouldn't have to worry about but somebody has to. During the conference, I coordinated and looked after the dozens of wonderful volunteers, who in turn looked after thousands of delegates for five days. Like any major project, it had its occasional hiccups, but being part of such a wonderful group of people all working towards a common goal was the experience of a lifetime!
Back to Wikipedia itself for a moment, I've been editing since March 2009. I started because I was enticed by the idea that I could edit, and I stick around because I want to help make the encyclopaedia even better than it already is, and because Wikipedians are some of the most remarkable people I've ever come across. I've got to know the place pretty well over the years, so feel free to ask me for help on my talk page—if I can't help you, there's a good chance I'll know somebody who can.
—HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts?
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Shiny things from nice people
- Earlier barnstars etc have been archived to /Awards
|The Admin's Barnstar|
|I saw you clear out a backlog at WP:AIV. Excellent work! It looks much cleaner already - but now your mop is a mess. Hmm.... see the mop on this barnstar here? It's a brand new one, and it has also been doused with a special chemical that makes performing admin tasks 10 times easier! Don't believe me? Just try it. XD --k6ka (talk | contribs) 19:39, 16 April 2014 (UTC)|
|Military history service award|
|By order of the Military history WikiProject coordinators, for your devoted contributions to the WikiProject's Peer, Good Article, A-Class and Featured Article reviews for the period January–March 2014, I am delighted to award you the Military history WikiProject Two-Stripe award. During this period you undertook 5 reviews. Without reviewers it would be very difficult for our writers to achieve their goals of creating high quality content, so your efforts are greatly appreciated. Cheers, AustralianRupert (talk) 22:48, 3 May 2014 (UTC)|
|Military history reviewers' award|
|By order of the Military History WikiProject coordinators, for your work on the WikiProject's Peer, Good Article, A-Class and Featured Article Candidate reviews for the period July to September 2014, I am delighted to award you this Wikistripe. Without reviewers it would be very difficult for our writers to achieve their goals of creating high quality content, so your efforts are greatly appreciated. Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 14:26, 2 October 2014 (UTC)|
|For being a hero of the List of programs broadcast by Teletoon Retro article. _|/\CKED 14 (talk) 00:37, 5 October 2014 (UTC)|
|The Original Barnstar|
|For your contributions to the Featured Articles Operation Flavius and Death on the Rock you are hereby awarded this Barnstar. Congratulations! For the Military history Wikiproject Coordinators, TomStar81 (Talk) 07:14, 29 January 2015 (UTC)|
|The Epic Barnstar|
|For your 2014 contributions to multiple history related articles you are hereby award this Epic Barnstar. Congratulations! For the Military history Wikiproject Coordinators, TomStar81 (Talk) 07:14, 29 January 2015 (UTC)|
|The Admin's Barnstar|
|For everything at the Gamergate controversy article. :) HalfHat 13:42, 29 January 2015 (UTC)|
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