Subject matter you might find me writing about
Most of my edits are to articles about South West England, and tend to be about geography, industrial or architectural history and related topics but also relate to other areas of interest and places I've travelled to. I'll edit almost anything as I come across it.
The start of 2008 saw Exmoor and Somerset achieving FA status and on 3 February I passed 20,000 edits while creating stubs for villages on the Somerset WikiProject "to do" list. Edits around 22,000 and 23,000 were work on the new Wikipedia:WikiProject Museums particularly setting up templates and guidelines for the initial assessment of thousands of articles.
33,000–36,000 continued in much the same way with DYKs going past 60 and with 5 of the lists at List of Grade I listed buildings in Somerset becoming featured. I also joined the new WP:HSITES. Reaching 37,000 edits included completing the creation or improvement of the articles for all Grade I listed buildings in Somerset and getting the lists of them to FL.
The 40,000 edit mark was during December 2009 and included getting Grade I listed buildings in Somerset to GA and getting all of these to Featured Topic, and various other maintenance and development work almost exclusively relates to Somerset articles. Edits 40-45,000 involved a personal challenge to get all settlements in Somerset with over 5,000 population to GA and getting River Parrett to FA along with various other edits to Somerset geography, museum and similar articles, including more DYKs.
On March 19th I participated in the first Bristol Wiki Academy. (see my blog post). From October 2011 to June 2012 I took a wikibreak as my wife needed major surgery for a brain tumour and my elderly father had multiple admissions to hospital and then I needed to help him move into a nursing home and sell his house. Editing continued for the rest of 2012 (although at a slower rate) continuing mostly on Somerset related articles, including keeping an eye on the cleanup list and converting lots of stub articles to start class.
Editing continued in much the same vein during 2013 but included participation in the WikiCup for the first time (reaching round 3). I also got quite heavily involved in the UKs first participation in the Wiki Loves Monuments competition, not just uploading several hundred photographs but also helping with the preparation of suitable lists using appropriate templates etc.
Participants in the Train the trainers workshop
I again participated in the Wikicup during 2014. At the beginning of February I attended a weekend workshop organised by Wikimedia UK to "Train the Trainers", as part of an initiative to accredit volunteers to run training for other potential editors across a range of projects. It was held in Cardiff deliberately to enable those living in Wales and the south west of England to participate. Most of 2014 went past with further editing of Somerset articles and in October I passed the landmark of editing wikipedia for more than ten years.
I just wanted to say that I was very proud to see a fellow Wikipedian being so helpful without being asked. A fine example we should all try and emulate. Have an ASCII barnstar! Best, Neil☎ 15:30, 9 November 2007 (UTC)
Special edition triple crown
Congratulations, Rodw is the first winner of the 2008 triple crown race!
Your Fleet-fingered Majesty, thank you very much for disproving the better/cheaper/faster theory by doing superb editing work lickety-split and free licensing it. Now all of Wikipedia's readers will need to take speed reading lessons to catch up with you. ;) DurovaCharge! 23:11, 18 March 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for all your work helping me promote my first good article, Worlebury Camp. I'm pretty sure I would not have been able to do it without you. Thanks again! Reaper Eternal (talk) 01:55, 25 December 2010 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
I can't tell you how impressed I am with your contributions, esp. the recent series on Somerset archeological sites. I wish we had a Thomas Hardy-award for you. Drmies (talk) 19:35, 6 February 2011 (UTC)
The Featured Article Medal
Given the number of FAs you have created, this appears to be long overdue. Very Well done. MrMedal (talk) 15:02, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
The Featured List Medal
Given the number of FLs you have created, this also appears to be long overdue. Very Well done.MrMedal (talk) 15:02, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
The Special Barnstar
For your exceptional efforts to write Somerset and Bristol articles to a high standard and for creating decent articles on missing Somerset villages, geo features and buildings. If only we could clone you for other English counties!! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:23, 20 July 2011 (UTC)
Many congratulations are in order, as you have become one of the few Wikipedians to contribute one hundred or more newly created or expanded articles to the Main page in the "Did you know?" section. You have made a huge impact on our coverage of Somerset, in particular, and are a great asset to the encyclopedia. Moonraker (talk) 23:09, 13 October 2011 (UTC)
Rod, it is my sincere pleasure to hereby name you a Paladin of Hampshire County Historic Places in recognition of your thoughtful review and appreciated guidance, which resulted in the promotion of Capon Chapel to Featured Article status. This article is the first Hampshire County subject and only the sixth West Virginia-related subject to receive this status. Thank you for helping to bring awareness to Hampshire County's historic landmarks! -- West Virginian (talk) 10:56, 12 July 2015 (UTC)
For almost making 5 millionth article. It shouldn't really matter who "won", but somehow, apparently, it does... Samsara 13:08, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
The Half Million Award
For your contributions to bring Bristol (estimated annual readership: 628,943) to Featured Article status, I hereby present you the Half Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! Yash! 11:18, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
The Special Barnstar
I've been very impressed Rod with the way you've quickly set about the task of setting up this new contest. What would have normally taken weeks has largely been done in a few days. Having this level of energy and input is very promising indeed, we'll need it for running such a contest haha. It's a lot of work but if the results are anywhere near as good it will have been worth it! Drawing up these lists is important anyway, even beyond the contest. So keep up the great work Rod and here's to a productive contest!♦ Dr. Blofeld 19:13, 14 May 2016 (UTC)
The West Country Challenge: Bronze Medal
Congratulations on finishing 3rd place in the West Country Challenge. Great work throughout the whole contest. And you won £30 for the effort too! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:40, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
The Special Barnstar
You're an amazing editor Rod, fantastic stuff!! ♦ Dr. Blofeld 17:11, 6 October 2016 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
Great work on all the de-stubing. Thanks. Philafrenzy (talk) 10:36, 15 October 2016 (UTC)
The Disambiguator's Barnstar is awarded to Wikipedians who are prolific disambiguators. Thanks for resolving all those Isaiah Thomas's—Bagumba (talk) 11:58, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
The 2017 Cure Award
In 2017 you were one of the top ~250 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do! Wiki Project Med Foundation is a user group whose mission is to improve our health content. Consider joining here, there are no associated costs.
Thanks for your dab work on Battle of Weymouth. Nice to still see your name popping up on my Watchlist after all this time. Looking through your user page, I see that you've been plenty busy! Keep up all the good work, and know that it is always appreciated. Harriastalk 21:27, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
Happy New Year, Rodw! You are receiving this barnstar because, according to this Wikipedia database query, you were the #5 most thanked Wikipedian of 2019, with 1344 entries in Special:Log/thanks during 2019. Congratulations, and, well, thank you for your contributions! Cheers to 2020. Mz7 (talk) 01:17, 1 January 2020 (UTC)
Hello, Rodw! You are receiving this barnstar because, according to this database query, you were the #4 most thanked Wikipedian of 2020, with 1716 entries in Special:Log/thanks! Thank you again for your contributions! Mz7 (talk) 21:54, 13 January 2021 (UTC)
The Minor Barnstar
Minor edits are often-overlooked, but essential, contributions to Wikipedia. The Minor Barnstar is awarded for making minor edits of the utmost quality. Thanks Rodw. your awesome. Infinitepeace (talk) 01:48, 25 March 2021 (UTC)
Achievements in the format for "Crown Awards"