A bit about me...
Matt Deres is my real name, not a nic. I'm a 39 year-old father of one with a double BA(hons) in Archaeology and Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University. I have a wide range of interests and can usually be found on the various reference desks and patrolling the recent changes page, wiping out vandalism with Twinkle.
A list of articles I've started. Yes, I am deliberately trying to create articles in as wide a range of subjects as possible, but I'm not sure why...
- Hoop snake - an urban legend/cryptid
- Adrienne Mayor - classical historian
- Chute Boxe Academy - a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA school
- Steve Leialoha - a comic book inker
- Glenview Park Secondary School - a secondary school in Canada
- Goodbye, My Coney Island Baby - popular barbershop song
- Major League Baseball logo - logo for MLB
- Dum Diane vitrea - song from Carmina Burana
- Peach black - a pigment
- Mucosal immune system - part of the immune system
- Frigophobia - a mental health issue similar to koro
- Fenland Survey - and archaeological survey of part of Britain
- Nantucket Whaling Museum - a museum
- Bed and Sofa - a 1927 Soviet silent movie involving abortion and a ménage à trois
- List of Elvira's Movie Macabre episodes - the classiest TV show ever made...
- Burntwood School- English school for girls
- Khutu - a material used for knife handles and alleged antidote for poison
- One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - the best drinking song ever?
- List of deprecated terms for diseases - straightforward, yes?
- Phyllis and Flora another piece from Carmina Burana.
- Cambridge Main Street Bridge - a historic bridge in my old hometown.
- For sale: baby shoes, never worn - the world's shortest novel
Technically, I've also created these, but they were just split offs from other articles:
- List of Saturday Night Live guests who simultaneously hosted and performed
- List of Saturday Night Live cast members who have hosted
I didn't start this article, but basically saved it from being deleted:
- St. Lawrence High School - a secondary school in India
I've also been trying to help with categorization. To that end, I've made these pages:
- Category:Girls' schools in Iran
- Category:Girls' schools in Kenya
- Category:Girls' schools in Malaysia
- Category:Girls' schools in Pakistan
I spend a lot my time here cleaning poo off of Wikipedia. I'm not being cute; I mean I literally spend a great deal of time removing the words "poo", "poop", and "poopy" off of otherwise legitimate articles. Because of this, I may sometimes get a little hasty with the revert key and a little heavy-handed with warnings given. If you think I've made a boo-boo, please let me know so have a chance to apologize and set things right. Before getting upset, check out my User Contributions on the left and see what kind of flood I (and many others) are trying to keep in check.
Speaking of vandalism... I might as well explain here that I almost never use the first-level (general note) for vandalism warnings. If I judge something to be vandalism, it's automatically a level 2 or a level 3 if it's really obnoxious. Attacks on users get you an "only" warning. The way I see it, you can have your "second chance" after your block expires.
Want to help out, but don't have a lot of time? Take a word that's commonly misspelled and search for it. Chances are that someone has already redirected it to the correct spelling, but if not, go ahead and create the redirect. If the redirect is there already, let WP take you to the correct article, then click the link back to the misspelling. Then click on the "What links here" link at the far left and you'll get a list of articles with at least one spelling mistake in need of fixing. Go down the list and correct the misspelled word in as many articles as you have time for. For example, I recently did the word pharaoh, which is frequently misspelled as pharoah. Check out the link to pharoah, which redirects you to the correct article. At the top, there's a tiny line right under the title that says "(Redirected from Pharoah)". Clicking that link and then selecting "What links here" will give you a list of articles and other links to that misspelled word (which should now include this page). Ignore the links to talk pages and archived stuff and start going through the articles and fix them up. Easy!