User:John Broughton

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Please post any comments to me on my talk page - thanks!

A bit about me[edit]

My book, Wikipedia: The Missing Manual, was published by O'Reilly Media (Pogue Press) on January 25, 2008. It was the first book about how to edit Wikipedia; the second, How Wikipedia Works, was published in September 2008. More information about the book can be found at my website, or to be more accurate, at's copy of my website (long story), here.

As of January 2009, the book is also on Wikipedia, as a set of "Help:" pages that can be edited. And those help pages, as a set, are available as a book, in a number of formats, most of them free.

Within Wikipedia, my primary accomplishment has been the creation of the Editor's index to Wikipedia.

Since August 2012, I have lived in Sonoma County, California. My LibraryThing page is here. And I'm not the Australian astronomer about whom Wikipedia has an article: John Broughton.

Other accounts (for the purpose of writing Wikipedia: The Missing Manual, and for instructional purposes)[edit]

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I, Aksi_great, award John Broughton this barnstar for going out of your way to help other users. Aksi_great (talk) 19:37, 17 December 2006 (UTC)
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Awarded by: Patricknoddy 14:39, 10 February 2007 (UTC)
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This is for all your hard work on Wikipedia:Editor's index to Wikipedia, which I'm glad to see is now "official". Well done, your work is much appreciated! Majorly (talk) 15:48, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
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Wow, I saw the manual was scheduled to be shipped to Borders the other day, and while browsing Wikipedia, I find the author. This manual was a great idea, and hopefully will do well. Good luck, Malinaccier (talk) 00:08, 25 January 2008 (UTC)
I concur, from the limited previews I've read online, it looks excellent. Must get to a bookstore ASAP. :) Keilana|Parlez ici 00:09, 25 January 2008 (UTC)

This award seems tailor-made for your particular brand of achievement. Congratulations!

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In recognition of your efforts in promoting responsible wiki-editing in the outside world. Thank you on behalf of the entire project! Fishal (talk) 07:59, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Well deserved! --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 23:50, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

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For your work on the Editor's index and your book, I award you this rather late barnstar. --Teratornis (talk) 20:14, 27 April 2008 (UTC)
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For authoring an amazing book about Wikipedia, I hereby award you "The Writer's Barnstar." RedThunder 14:15, 15 June 2008 (UTC)
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John Broughton has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as John Broughton's day!
For your excellent work with Wikipedia: The Missing Manual,
enjoy being the Star of the day, John Broughton!

01:49, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

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John - Thank you for your participation in the Archives of American Art Backstage Pass and your contributions to the articles about the 1913 Armory Show! We look forward to your continuous contributions and value your work about American art history. SarahStierch (talk) 13:56, 4 August 2011 (UTC)
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Noting copyediting of five articles. Now that's a barnstar for you! =) ResMar 00:26, 7 February 2012 (UTC)
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For your work around the VisualEditor; while we'd like to see zero bugs, bugs will happen, and your reporting of them has been particularly helpful and detailed. Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 07:48, 15 July 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your insightful comments and corrections around new interface changes. I am very glad to see you weighing in; usually a sign that a conversation is in good hands and brokenness being mended. – SJ + 08:42, 16 July 2013 (UTC)
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Hi John Broughton, we are happy to award you a Learning and Evaluation barnstar, for your efforts in contributing to the ongoing conversation on Let's Talk Diversity!

We hope to see you around, sharing what you know on the Learning Pattern Library. I'll get in touch soon with some ideas as to where you can contribute. Cheers, María (talk) 21:21, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

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John, thank you so much for joining us at ALA. It was great having your help, and very good talking to you about all and sundry. Cheers! The Interior (Talk) 14:26, 28 June 2015 (UTC)


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