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Welcome to my user page.

The areas that I work the most in tend to shift. A few that I've worked at steadily long term are folk music topics and articles, "northern" history and wilderness related topics (especially the fur trade era), as well as various technical topics. In a joint effort with user Wpwatchdog I successfully submitted one article (Edmund Fitzgerald) to FA status....a great experience which I don't intend to repeat. We also submitted it to become featured as Wikipedia's article of the day for November 10th, 2011. I've worked at a lot of more contentions articles, usually trying for having a good process in place rather than seeking any particular outcome. On and off I also do a fair amount of GA reviews, specializing in taking the ones that have been waiting the longest, which are usually the heavier messier ones, as well as the more highly technical ones. I am also active helping out on the major policy pages....I believe that improving policies and structures is key to fixing the significant problems that Wikipedia has. I like helping newbies, especially ones who are experts in their fields but are having trouble understanding Wikipedia, a type important to progress from Wikipedia's current plateau. . I live in the USA and (to simplify the pronoun question for folks) am male. .





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Scouting barnstar[edit]

The Scouting Barnstar

-For superior work in area of Scouting articles, especially the BSA controversies and high adventure articles.RlevseTalk 12:22, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Thanks! I try. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 13:17, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Happy North8000's Day![edit]

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User:North8000 has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
and therefore, I've officially declared today as North8000's day!
For being such a beautiful person and great Wikipedian,
enjoy being the Star of the day, dear North8000!

00:09, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

A record of your Day will always be kept here.

Thank you very much, I am honored! I'll continue to the best that I can. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 12:55, 3 July 2010 (UTC)

Team Barnstar.png The Teamwork Barnstar
To North8000, for always being a fine, collegial fellow and working to build consensus on a very contentious article. It's a pleasure to work with you. :) Malke 2010 (talk) 09:45, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you so much! I'll do my best to continue to earn it! North8000 (talk) 10:55, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Team Barnstar.png The Teamwork Barnstar
Thank you for your great teamwork on our goal of FA for the SS Edmund Fitzgerald article. Wpwatchdog (talk) 20:05, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, I'm flattered, I'll try to live up to it. You have an even bigger one coming for a zillion things you are doing. North8000 (talk) 16:00, 23 February 2011 (UTC)


Thanks! Means a LOT to me considering history and what I attempt to do. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 03:51, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

A cookie for you[edit]

Here is a hard earned cookie for your exceptional teamwork on the SS Edmund Fitzgerald article. It feels like we should go out for a beer.

--Wpwatchdog (talk) 21:31, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! It's great working with you. Maybe that beer is possible. Next stop, November 10th! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 22:05, 7 May 2011 (UTC)


Ships barnstar[edit]

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For all of your hard work in getting SS Edmund Fitzgerald promoted to Featured Article. Brad (talk) 03:24, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

Thank you so much! It has been quite an adventure. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 10:38, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For continuing to try to bring some reason to chaos. Enjoy your vacation, all the best! --Nuujinn (talk) 01:11, 19 August 2011 (UTC)

Thank you so much! Just got back, and haven't gotten my head screwed on yet, but wanted to say thanks. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:19, 23 August 2011 (UTC)


Starhalf.png The Half Barnstar
For your work with Blueboar, seems appropriate somehow even though I dropped one on you recently. --Nuujinn (talk) 00:34, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! I'll have to let Blueboar know that we're sharing one. :-). You certainly also have one coming but I have to figure out how to do it right. North8000 (talk) 11:42, 8 September 2011 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png It is a long rationale, but you've spent time on this. Good on ya! Have a Friday night beer. Andrew Lancaster (talk) 17:40, 30 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! I'm sending one your way too. When this is over, some bigger ones will be due and I've already got yours named. :-) Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:20, 1 October 2011 (UTC)


Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA. Thank you for being a part of the discussion. Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Starved Rock[edit]

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This is just excellent. IvoShandor (talk) 06:59, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Was the dig site the rock itself? IvoShandor (talk) 06:59, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Thanks! On your question, yes it was, on the top of the rock. Taken from up in a tree. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 09:46, 29 May 2012 (UTC)

Half Barnstar[edit]

Halfstar Hires.png The Half Barnstar
For your work to turn the corner resolve an edit disagreement on an article you are clearly passionate about. 0pen$0urce (talk) 18:49, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Your experience on here shined through as you eased back on the dispute and worked to a compromise. While I was certainly involved I think the crux of the dispute and minor hostility was between you and the owner of the other half. So both of you backed off and Focused on content which I think resulted in a compromise.--0pen$0urce (talk) 18:49, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks! I try. This coming from someone I tussled with a bit means a lot. BTW, my passion here is only for accurate, informative wording. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:00, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

New Barnstar[edit]

Kindness Barnstar Hires.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
This is for all the help you have been giving me on the binarism article. Thank you so much. Rainbowofpeace (talk) 12:46, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

Thanks and my pleasure. Means extra coming from someone I sometimes disagree with. You have one coming too. Thanks for the invite! North8000 (talk) 14:56, 1 September 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Reviewer Barnstar Hires.png The Reviewer Barnstar
For your review of Paralympic classification articles. Thank you! Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:12, 27 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! And nice work on the articles! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:30, 28 March 2013 (UTC)

Most Extreme![edit]

A very manly man, just like you!

You have been awarded the Super Manliness Award for helping to construct a great encyclopedia.

From VilanoXII


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scouting adventure
Thank you for quality articles, on scouting and on ships, such as SS Edmund Fitzgerald, for teamwork, for bringing "some reason to chaos", for: "view every opponent ... as a current or potential friend", - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (3 July 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:46, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! It means a lot! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:02, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Here are some cookies for you[edit]

Christmas Cookies Plateful.JPG Here's a plate full of cookies to share!
Hi North8000, here are some delicious cookies to help brighten your day! However, there are too many cookies here for one person to eat all at once, so please share these cookies with at least two other editors by copying {{subst:Sharethecookies}} to their talk pages. Enjoy! Phoenix and Winslow (talk) 01:15, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! North8000 (talk) 16:46, 15 April 2013 (UTC)


Thanks for taking the time to review this one--it'd been in the queue for quite a while! -- Khazar2 (talk) 01:31, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Very easy to review because it was so well done. Nice work! North8000 (talk) 01:58, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Surreal Barnstar Hires.png The Surreal Barnstar
In admiration for your thoughtful and sometimes forceful contributions to Wikipedia, from a kindred spirit of the view that civility is at times tenanciousness. Market St.⧏ ⧐ Diamond Way 08:31, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! Sometimes I have to resist the temptation to just take the easy way and keep my head low. Moments like this remind me that it's worth trying. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 11:09, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

Barnstar for you[edit]

Barnstar of Diligence Hires.png The Barnstar of Diligence
Hi, Thanks a lot for taking up and completing the review of Thanjavur. The comments were helpful and i would take them as input for my other articles as well. Ssriram mt (talk) 03:49, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks!. What an excellent job you have done! North8000 (talk) 10:24, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

Many thanks[edit]

Many thanks for giving Uncle David its GA review! I was beginning to fear that it would languish on the waiting list forever due to its subject matter. Best, Midnightblueowl (talk) 16:55, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Happy to do it. It was a first for me. :-) A part of the fun of GA reviewing articles. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 17:42, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

A barnstar for you[edit]

GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
For accomplishing the difficult task of reviewing the article Military history of Asian Americans I would like to present to you this barnstar as a sign of my appreciation for the review. Editors such as yourself ensure a high level of quality content on Wikipedia. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 18:22, 26 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! And nice work on the article. Sincerely,North8000 (talk) 18:50, 26 June 2013 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]

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For being so sensible and nice. I can't imagine why I ever got mad at you, so you don't have to keep reminding me I did :-)

User:Carolmooredc 20:01, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! BTW, I never mean to remind you. A few situations arise where I think useful to say "been there, it's no big deal, and respected when it's from someone who's sole focus here is quality articles. North8000 (talk) 20:21, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Appreciated, but feel free to avoid blowback from others on it. Face-wink.svg User:Carolmooredc 14:59, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

A cheeseburger for you![edit]

Cheeseburger.png Thanks for your comment on the 2A talk page. SMP0328. (talk) 03:36, 3 September 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! The compliment and expression of confidence that I gave was well deserved. You are a great editor to work with. North8000 (talk) 10:49, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

You make a difference[edit]

Hello North8000, Lionelt has given you a delicious Chick-Fil-A sammie, for your faithful service and commitment to Wikipedia! You see, these things promote WikiLove and hopefully this has made your day better. Spread the WikiLove by giving someone else a delicious Chick-Fil-A sammie! Enjoy!

A cookie for you![edit]

Choco chip cookie.png Just wanted to say again how much I appreciate your work to clean out the very oldest GAs from the backlog. I know often those end up there because other editors feel they're in some way problematic; I'm glad we've got someone with your editing chops to take them on. -- Khazar2 (talk) 02:21, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! I usually grab the oldest ones in fairness to those have been waiting the longest. (Which is pretty long right now). The type I'll take includes the heaviest real-world topics and the more obscure ones, which some tend to avoid. It's an adventure, I never know what I'll be learning next! Thanks again. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 02:29, 12 November 2013 (UTC)
Very cool. I'm trying to get better about doing the same, though I often suffer from debilitating Shiny Penny Syndrome, i.e., "Oooh, someone just nominated a song I heard once in high school!" Anyway, keep up the good work, it's much appreciated! - Khazar2 (talk) 02:35, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank You for defending the community and what Wikipedia stands for[edit]

WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Thank you for your help in defending the spirit of Wikipedia. You're always here. Thank you! Justanonymous (talk) 22:51, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I try. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 23:50, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

A pie for you![edit]

A very beautiful Nectarine Pie.jpg Thank you for voting to unblock me. I appreciate your wise reasoning. MarshalN20 | Talk 14:50, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks. Fair is fair. IMO there could be no reasonable expectation that one would consider that to be in the scope. North8000 (talk) 00:20, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

January 2014[edit]

Civility Barnstar Hires.png The Civility Barnstar
For unfailing civility and good grace in all your interactions on Wikipedia, but especially throughout 2013. Well done, friend. Malke 2010 (talk) 17:46, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! I try. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 19:33, 3 January 2014 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

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scouting adventure
Thank you for quality articles, on scouting and on ships, such as SS Edmund Fitzgerald, for teamwork, for bringing "some reason to chaos", for: "view every opponent ... as a current or potential friend", - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (3 July 2010)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:46, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 369th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:40, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much! And it's particularly an honor having such an experienced editor as yourself take such a close look at what I write and do and give me this! Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:40, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, A barnstar for you[edit]

GA barnstar.png The Good Article Barnstar
For reviewing the article Durga Shakti Nagpal, I would like to present you this barnstar as a sign of my appreciation for the review. GKCH (talk) 07:18, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! And nice work on that article. That is the type of topic that is inaccessible to most people unless people like you do the work that you are doing. Sincerely, 10:09, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Belated thanks[edit]

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I know this is terribly late but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your participation at my RfA. I was very inspired by the many that supported me and it’s that feeling of friendship and camaraderie that keeps me coming back to the project. So, thank you for your support and for your continued sense of fairness and compassion in all areas of WP. I look forward to the opportunity to work together in the days to come. Best wishes, --KeithbobTalk 19:25, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much, it means a lot to me that you noticed all of those things. Right now the defacto criteria are either "has avoided all difficult areas" or "got in back when it was easy". I think that refinement of that process is needed and will help Wikipedia. Sincerely, North8000 (talk) 20:14, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

A dark, folk club beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Good work on the folk rock entry in sorting out and trimming down the lead. As someone who was probably the single biggest contributor to that page, in terms of writing actual content and sourcing refs, I think the article looks and scans a lot better now that you've moved much of the lead into the new History and Evolution section. So, thanks. Kohoutek1138 (talk) 02:07, 31 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the beer! I'd also like to help more there and learn from you. North8000 (talk) 02:31, 31 January 2017 (UTC)