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Hi, I am Matthewedwards. Thank you for visiting my page time and reading my profile.

About me

I am a thirty-one year old Englishman living in California. I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and I attended The Kingstone School, until my family left England and moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. I then attended The Read School, a boarding school in Drax, Selby, North Yorkshire. After living in Gran Canaria for a year, my family moved to Whangarei, New Zealand. I stayed on at Read School, returning to New Zealand in the school holidays.

After leaving school, I spent a year living in New Zealand before returning to Barnsley, where I took up an apprenticeship at Armstrongs Restaurant, which was listed in The Good Food Guide, the Michelin Guide, and the AA Restaurant Guide. When the restaurant was sold, I worked for the Formula 1 team Jordan GP via Sodexho (with the h) as a team chef. It wasn't entirely like this; it seems more professional now. When I did it there'd be days where we would just go to the local McDonalds and buy 60+ burgers and fries! But for two seasons I got to travel all around the world. I had my own yellow racesuits, got to watch each race trackside, met numerous Formula 1 drivers, team principals, technical directors, the fabulous commentator Murray Walker, and – oh yes – the Formula 1 Girls! Face-devil-grin.svg

In 2000 I returned to Barnsley again and began working as a pastry chef at Brookland's Hotel, home of the famous Barnsley Chop. Two years later I moved to Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa in Otley, West Yorkshire. After that I worked at Bagden Hall Hotel in Scissett, West Yorks, then the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorks. Coincidentally, both are now part of the Classic Lodges group, although neither were when I worked for them.

In 2006 I emigrated to the United States, and began living permanently with my son and girlfriend (now wife). Spending obscene amounts of money on airfare every two months wasn't really the smartest idea! Since living in the US I have owned an ice cream truck and a hot dog cart, moved back into the hotel industry and transferred from back of house to front of house becoming a conference and banqueting manager; however, I am now a stay-at-home dad with two sons, an 8-year-old and a seven-month-old.

What I do here

I created my account on May 10, 2007, although I had been editing Wikipedia as an Anon for about a year prior to that. In 2008 I was asked to be a director of Wikipedia:Featured lists, which meant that I maintained that page and many others associated with it, including Wikipedia:Featured list candidates and Wikipedia:Featured list criteria. My primary function was determining whether or not there was community consensus to promote a nominated WP:List, and close the nomination accordingly. I stepped down from that position in 2009 when real life meant I couldn't commit the time needed to spend on the project. I occasionally participate at WP:Good article nominations, WP:Featured picture candidates, WP:Featured article candidates and WP:Peer review, usually picking out something which interests me no matter what the subject matter is. If I have no real knowledge in it I will usually only point out WP:Manual of style breaches. Upon request, I will try to carry out any other review or if I'm feeling particularly generous, copy edit. Additionally, if you need an image to be mapped, I'm happy to do that, too.

After spending the last two years not editing Wikipedia much, I'm trying to get back into it but looking after two boys makes it hard! I've noticed that a lot of editors who were here before have now left the project Face-crying.svg, and things seem to operate a lot differently nowadays. The majority of my editing was centered around list-type articles, but I've written a few regular articles as well, and I often end up doing cleanup on the articles I happen to be reading. Although I don't vandal patrol, I do revert whenever I see vandalism to a page on my watchlist. I probably should do more, but all those counter-vandalism programs such as Vandalproof, VandalSniper, WikiBench and Huggle just annoy me.

With regards to my editing, I am usually doing something within the scope of the WP:WikiProject Television, though I quite often venture into something entirely different. If you look through my contribs, it's likely that you'll see I don't edit in the mainspace a lot; instead I write my edits down on paper, then type them out into my sandbox, and then make one large edit to an article. This is especially true for new articles or complete article re-writes.

When I get writer's block, I try to help out with behind-the-scenes stuff that isn't usually noticed by the average editor. There are a number of backlogs which always need attention. I tend to go for redundant media, merging and splitting articles, cleanups, renaming images, orphaned articles and images, and the occasional French to English translation.

I'm also an administrator, although to be fair I've never done much administrative tasks. I stay away from WP:ANI, WP:Deletion discussions, Wikipedia:Requests for page protection, Wikipedia:Requests for permissions, Wikipedia:Requested moves, Wikipedia:Suspected sock puppets, and Wikipedia:Usernames for administrator attention. I infrequently go through Category:Candidates for speedy deletion and Category:Proposed deletion.

Some other things that keep me busy from time to time are

  • CAT:SHORTFIX (Replacing {{shortcut|[[WP:A]]}} with {{shortcut|WP:A}}, and {{shortcut|[[WP:A]]<br>[[WP:B]]}} with {{shortcut|WP:A|WP:B}} in {{shortcut}} and its sister templates)
  • WP:NOWRAP (Replacing {{nowrap|Entry 1}}{{·}} {{nowrap|Entry 2}} with {{nowrap begin}}Entry 1{{·w}} Entry 2{{nowrap end}}, and {{·}}{{wrap}} and {{·wrap}} with {{·w}} in Navboxes)
  • I need to create a new list for this

When I'm bored of all that, User:Sardanaphalus and User:Davidgothberg often have a list of things that need to be done.


The following articles are ones which I created or expanded considerably.

Good article nominations

I have nominated a handful of articles at WP:GAN, and I have reviewed a large number of articles, too

Article Page Reviewer Date started Date ended Status
1 Degrassi: The Next Generation (GAN) Albacore March 15, 2008 March 15, 2008 Symbol support vote.svg
2 "Mother and Child Reunion" (GAN) 97198 August 15, 2008 August 17, 2008 Symbol support vote.svg
3 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel (GAN) Mitchazenia January 17, 2009 January 17, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
4 The Million Dollar Homepage (GAN) Mitchazenia February 8, 2009 February 8, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
5 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (season 1) (GAN) Chzz May 30, 2009 June 12, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
6 "Already Gone" (Kelly Clarkson song) (GAN) HJ Mitchell November 28, 2009 December 7, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
7 "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" (GAN) Hunter Kahn February 16, 2010 February 24, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
8 The Boys from Baghdad High (GAN) SMasters April 17, 2010 April 21, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg

GA reviews

Article Review Nominator(s) Date started Date ended Result
1 Sierra Highway (GA1) Moabdave January 5, 2009 January 13, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
2 Clay Aiken (GA1) Maria202 October 16, 2009 October 16, 2009 Symbol unsupport vote.svg
3 Eric McCormack (GA1) ThinkBlue October 15, 2009 October 18, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
4 "Señorita" (song) (GA1) ThinkBlue October 20, 2009 October 22, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
5 Javine Hylton (GA1) Judo112 October 20, 2009 October 20, 2009 Symbol unsupport vote.svg
6 SexyBack (GA1) ThinkBlue October 22, 2009 October 26, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
7 "The Best of Both Worlds" (song) (GA1) ThinkBlue October 22, 2009 October 26, 2009 Symbol support vote.svg
8 Betty Williams (Coronation Street) (GA1) Frickative April 1, 2010 April 3, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
9 Body piercing (GA1) Moonriddengirl April 1, 2010 April 6, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
10 "Lovely" (Desperate Housewives) (GA1) Hunter Kahn April 1, 2010 April 10, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
11 "Bang" (The Good Wife) (GA1) Hunter Kahn
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April 1, 2010 April 11, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
12 Fox Sports Detroit (GA1) TomCat4680 April 1, 2010 April 11, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
13 Gordonstoun (GA1) RudolfSchmidt April 1, 2010 April 11, 2010 Symbol unsupport vote.svg
14 Murder of Marwa El-Sherbini (GA2) Mootros April 1, 2010 April 11, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
15 "Video Phone" (song) (GA1) Legolas2186 April 1, 2010 April 11, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg
16 "Easy" (Sugababes song) (GA1) Jezhotwells April 11, 2010 April 11, 2010 Symbol unsupport vote.svg
17 "The Chase" (Desperate Housewives) (GA1) Hunter Kahn April 1, 2010 April 13, 2010 Symbol support vote.svg

Featured content

Featured Articles

Article Date of first edit Date promoted Status Wikipedia-logo.png Main page
1 Degrassi: The Next Generation October 26, 2007 April 30, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg YesY
2 "Mother and Child Reunion" August 6, 2008 September 23, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg YesY
3 Flywheel, Shyster, and Flywheel December 3, 2008 January 31, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg YesY
4 The Million Dollar Homepage January 29, 2009 February 24, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg YesY
5 The Boys from Baghdad High August 22, 2009 August 31, 2010 Cscr-featured.svg N

Featured lists

Article Date of first edit Date promoted Status Wikipedia-logo.png Main page
1 List of Degrassi: The Next Generation episodes September 27, 2007 October 14, 2007 Cscr-featured.svg N
2 Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 1) October 12, 2007 February 14, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
3 Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 2) October 12, 2007 February 23, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
3 Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 3) October 12, 2007 March 10, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
4 Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 4) October 12, 2007 March 8, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
5 Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office March 12, 2008 March 24, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
6 List of Scripps National Spelling Bee champions March 8, 2008 March 24, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
7 Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 5) October 12, 2007 April 15, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
8 Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 6) September 22, 2007 April 15, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
9 List of Blue Peter presenters July 3, 2008 July 16, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
10 Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 7) September 23, 2007 August 14, 2008 Cscr-featured.svg N
11 List of 24 episodes January 1, 2009 January 17, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N
12 Tokio Hotel discography January 3, 2009 January 17, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N
13 Girls Aloud discography October 26, 2008 January 20, 2009 Cscr-featured-strike.svg N
14 List of First Ladies of the United States January 10, 2009 January 27, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N
15 List of FIFA World Cup finals January 29, 2009 February 18, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N
16 Sigur Rós discography February 13, 2009 February 28, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N
17 Rihanna discography February 14, 2009 February 28, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N
18 Jamelia discography April 3, 2009 April 25, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N
19 List of winners of the London Marathon May 12, 2009 June 2, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg N

Featured Pictures

File Creator Date Promoted Status
1 File:Burned mobile home neighborhood in California edit.jpg FEMA / Michael Mancino January 14, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg
2 File:Peter Levy BBC.jpg John Byford January 20, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg

Featured sounds

Own work
File Nominated by Date created Date Promoted Status
1 File:Barack Obama inauguration speech 2009.ogg Self January 20, 2009 February 1, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg
2 File:Barack Obama Oath of Office.ogg Self January 20, 2009 February 1, 2009 Cscr-featured.svg

Featured topics

Topic Date promoted Status
1 Seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation April 26, 2008 DFT candidate cluster.svg


Unfortunately, I think it speaks volumes that I haven't had a barnstar since 2008! lol

The WikiProject Scotland Award of Excellence
This award is given with many thanks to Matthewedwards for assistance in helping Timeline of prehistoric Scotland to become a Featured List from Ben MacDui, 4 May 2008.

Rayofsunshine.jpg Ray of Sunshine Award
You, User:Matthewedwards, are a Ray of Sunshine! You know how sometimes you hate checking your watchlist, especially when you see that certain someone or an IP has edited your favorite articles? The Ray of Sunshine is bestowed on that person that, when you see their name at the top of your watchlist, you know that all is right with the world, you can relax, and do something besides cleaning up another mess. I especially appreciate your helpful contributions to all Degrassi-related articles! Thanks again! - Keng - t | c - 18:27, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

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For your fine featured list and WikiProject Degrassi edits. I look forward to your involvement with the Lost WikiProject. –thedemonhog talkedits 04:33, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

The Reviewers Award The Reviewers Award
To Matthewedwards, for your useful reviews of every nomination at WP:FLC. They are much appreciated. Thank you! Crzycheetah 08:56, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

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Thank you for helping me setting up a committed identity! NuclearWarfare contact meMy work 14:57, 2 September 2008 (UTC)


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