User:Launchballer

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My username comes from the fact that I am a player of Launchball.

A bit about me: I'm Thomas Michael William Patrick Sales. I'm 21 years old[1], and used to attend Overton Grange School as a sixth former[1] before moving on to study bookkeeping and Sage at Sutton College, Access to Higher Education in Business and in September 2016 I will move on to start a Mathematics degree with Foundation year.[2] I live in Churchill Road[3], North Cheam,[4] and have been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome[1] and am on the special needs register; despite being of above average intelligence, I find it difficult to communicate, form social relationships and play creatively.[5] I am a Freeman of the City of London[1], member of the Royal Society of St. George[1] and am armigerous[1]. I was born to Jane Suzanne[6] Sales (née Southcott, 1 October 1963 - 26 January 2014)[6] and Michael Patrick Sales.[7] I have a sister, Genefer, who is a carer for me and my parents[8] and represented London at the 9th Pride of Britain Awards.[9]

My editorial opinions: I am a staunch inclusionist. It's my belief that if someone has spent many hours on an article (MC Kinky took well over 24 hours of on-Wiki time), can back up its importance or significance and does not have a conflict of interest, then it's deserving of an article on Wikipedia. Which brings me on to my next point; people who request that their articles be removed from Wikipedia. Absolutely disgusting in my opinion. There are only so many editors on Wikipedia and very few editors who can create articles - about 80% of contributions are made by IPs. As such, there are stringent notability rules. If one of our folks has taken time out of their life to write an article about you, they think - rightly or wrongly - that you're notable. To blank it is the Wiki equivalent of chucking a can of paint at a rosebush in my opinion, and as such I am incredibly blunt when dealing with such celebrities. That said, I do take the view that AfD, despite this, often results in some amount of cleanup being done (my AfD nomination for List of works about Julian Assange resulted in this being done to the article); thus even if it gets kept, if the creator is still active it sends them an instruction. The threat of deletion of Going Left Right (see this) resulted in me expanding it to DYK level, for example. In many cases someone can just point out how mistaken I am and can withdraw, but simply knowing that an article is being considered for deletion is enough to spur some editors on to expand.

Those who write articles about themselves I can fully sympathise with; after all, if I became notable I'd write mine. Neutrally, of course, but I'd write it and add everything I could source. Many of the more odious red top newspaper articles contain the phrase "X paper has contacted Y for comment" - for example, when I was made a Freeman of the City of London, the Sutton Guardian rang me to ask if there was anything I wanted to add to the article. Often subjects are aware of useful sources those independent from the subject would have great difficulty unearthing: I put it to you that if I ever got famous once I'd finished university, no journalist would think to look for obscure Daily Mail articles from before I became famous (well, none of the unreliable ones anyway). If you are going to write it, however, please be prepared to take any flack you receive as a result. Please don't stop others from adding to it. And as for those who ask for an article about themselves that they have written to be deleted, grow up. You entered the spotlight, you exit it - you have the right to be forgotten, however execrable; as of 19 May 2016 44 articles from this site have been censored in this way and 316 have been removed across Wikimedia-owned sites. I also have no aversion to editors with a conflict of interest getting involved with the project in principle; if they are happy to take on board the Wikipedia way of things such as referencing, I am more than happy to take on board their way of doing things (I like to think if they're representing them by way of a client-employer relationship that their facts are correct).

Oh, and I don't like empty threats either, legal or otherwise. If you want to do something, do it. Get it out of your system, and then we can talk about it.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Pyle, Mike (Thursday, 10th October 2013). "Asperger's teen given Freedom of the City". Sutton Guardian.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "About us". Launchballer.com. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dedicated Genefer scoops award (From Your Local Guardian)". Yourlocalguardian.co.uk. 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Asperger syndrome: Like father, like son". Mail Online. Retrieved Monday, 3rd June 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Dancer, nine, waltzes into young carer final". Newsquest. Retrieved Saturday, 2nd November 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Family notices". Sutton Guardian. February 6, 2014: 16. 
  7. ^ "Psychic Fraud". South London Press: 1. 
  8. ^ Derren Hayes (2007-12-05). "Young carers: Genefer Sales' story". Community Care. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  9. ^ Wallis, Sara (2007-10-04). "Heroes up for ITV's special prize - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j This article has now been expanded considerably and I am no longer the majority editor.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s What has occurred here is that as I went to create it, it became apparent that the article had history, either as a deleted article or as a redirect; as a result, while the history says someone else created the article, I was the first one to put down something sensible.
  12. ^ a b These two were crafted out of a version of Powerhouse (band), which was a disambiguation page and has now been merged into Powerhouse#Bands per WP:PDAB.
  13. ^ This was created based on what someone else had written in the form of a disambiguation thread.
  14. ^ a b c d These articles I only have the majority edits on if you aggregate the edits of all my accounts.
  15. ^ This one's a bit different. I created it as an AfC several years ago as an IP, but only recently ported it to mainspace; so while it was written a long time ago, under an alias, it was put into mainspace by this account.
  16. ^ a b c WikiChecker seems to think I created this one, because I started the article off as a page move.
  17. ^ WikiChecker seems to think I created this one under an alias, because I started the article off as a page move.
  18. ^ WikiChecker seems to think I created this one, because I started the article off as a redirect.
  19. ^ a b c d This is an AfC for which my involvement extends further than simply approving it.

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