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This editor is a Master Editor and is entitled to display this Platinum Editor Star.

I'm Herostratus, I'm a Wikipedia editor and have been since 2005. If you're a new editor, or any editor, and have a question or seek guidance about any aspect of Wikipedia, I'll be glad to help you if I can.

If you email me, leave a note on my talk page here. I don't check my Wikipedia email inbox very often unless prompted.

My user name was taken in ironic memorialization of the original Herostratus, the greatest vandal of all time, who destroyed the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

If I should ever abruptly stop editing, the explanation is probably related to this.


Areas of activity[edit]

Good advice
Good idea

I have no particular focus and perform a number of random tasks depending on fancy: translating articles from the Russian Wikipedia, writing articles, article cleanup, watching pages, participating in discussions, closing an occasional RfC, and other stuff. I have no areas of content expertise, and write, translate, and edit articles on a wide variety of subjects.


I've written or started about 300 articles.


I've translated 118 articles from the Russian Wikipedia.


I've drawn or patched together a few article graphics, and graphics for internal use such as vandal-warning templates.

Service Awards[edit]

I created the Wikipedia Service Awards which I conceived, wrote, drew the pictures for, and published. (Other talented editors have since expanded and improved these awards.)

Pedophilia Watch[edit]

I watched and edited articles related to child sexuality and pedophilia for several years, but not anymore.

Integrity (Paid Advocacy Watch)[edit]

I don't know if this is ever going to amount to much, and I have limited interest in shepherding it right now, but another editor took it public, so there you are: Wikipedia:WikiProject Integrity (formerly named "Paid Advocacy Watch", which is probably more accurate, but that other project is named "Wikipedia:WikiProject Cooperation" and no reason to let them have the only sporty title).

AfD Stats[edit]

When I stopped keeping count, I had the following AfD contribution stats: of 607 AFD comments, 32% were "Keep" and 68% were "Delete"; but 25% of the articles on which I voted "Keep" were deleted, while only 16% of the articles on which I voted "Delete" were kept. These stats indicate that I'm slightly more inclusionist than the general population. UPDATE: found this cool tool which seems to show that I'm just about at the center of the deletionist–inclusionist bell curve.

Former administrator[edit]

I'm a former administrator on the English Wikipedia. I was made an admin in 2006 but my performance was judged lacking and I was recalled in 2010. My admin logs: block, deletion, protection. When I stopped keeping count, I had closed 257 AfD's with a result of 39% Keep or No Consensus to Delete, 38% Delete, and 23% all other outcomes including Merge etc.



I've had the good fortune to have been awarded 44 barnstars.

Not Barnstars[edit]

Useful Links[edit]

To clarify, this is stuff I find useful in my work. I'm not saying that these are necessarily useful to anyone else.

  • <ref>{{cite web |url= |title= |author= |date= |work= |accessdate=June 24, 2017}}</ref>
  • <ref>{{cite web |url= |title= |trans_title= |author= |date= |work= |accessdate=June 24, 2017}} {{link language|ru}}</ref>
  • <ref>{{cite book |last= |first= |title= |url= |accessdate=June 24, 2017 |year= |publisher= |isbn= |page=}}</ref>
  • reference generatator | article link checker | webcite (request that a URL be archived)
  • Category Tracker | Dashboard | Feedback requests | Open RfC's
  • {{citation needed span|text=dubious text |reason= |date=June, 2017}}
  • {{#tag:ref|inline text|group=note}} {{reflist|group=note}} OR {{efn|name=FOO}} {{efn|name=FOO | footnote text}}
  • Template:Sfn (for multiple page refs) | en dash (–) – em dash (—) —
  • {{Better source|reason=|date=June 2017}} {{rp|[page]}}
  • {{subst:DNAU|[days]}} {{subst:Bump|[days]}}
  • Round robin page move



Herostratus writes essays.


Some quotes (by other people, not by me) that I find interesting or instructive.

Centralized discussion

Volume 13, Issue 52017-06-23

The Landfill[edit]

Currently, this editor has earned a Senior Editor III (or Labutnum of the Encyclopedia) service award.

To get to the next level, Master Editor (or Illustrious Looshpah), he or she needs to meet the editing requirement.

Progress towards the next level (by edits): [ 5808 / 9000 ]

64.5% completed


Old archives, garbage, &c. solely of interest to Herostratus and kept for his personal use.