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Sing, goddess, of Achilles' ruinous anger
Which brought ten thousand pains to the Achaeans,
And cast the souls of many stalwart heroes
To Hades, and their bodies to the dogs
And birds of prey.

- Homer, The Iliad

Hi, I'm Stlwart111...

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Most of my focus has been on biographical articles. I have also contributed to other pages relating to history, culture and politics.

By early 2015, I had created almost 200 new Wikipedia articles and made almost 15,000 edits. I recently discovered that puts me in Wikipedia's top 3,000 article creators and top 5,000 most active Wikipedians.

I enjoy working at Articles for Deletion. It gets fairly heated at times and there's always plenty of sock-puppetry and conflict of interest nonsense to keep everyone busy. But I like the idea that the AFD process keeps in the good (that provides value to Wikipedia) while removing the bad. We don't always get it exactly right but the net result is still pretty good as far as I'm concerned.

I enjoy finding AFD nominees that I think deserve to be fixed and putting in a few hours of intense effort to try and save them. However, I am not an "inclusionist" and don't agree with saving things just for the sake of proving you can ("technically") find a policy to weakly justify inclusion. Most of the compliments / barnstars I have received are for my AFD and article saving work, so I figure I must be doing something right.

In 2010 I wrote this essay on notability. In it, I gave two examples. One of them (relating to the African village) remains a concern and the notability in cultural context thing continues to be raised regularly. More recently, this has manifested as a concern about the reliability of foreign-language sources (as distinct from WP:NOENG) that English-language editors cannot translate. This remains an issue of ongoing discussion. The other (relating to association football) has been partially addressed by WP:NFOOTY which has now become an oft-quoted guideline at AFD.

I tend to try and help Wikipedia's Administrators out as much as I can, though I have no real desire to be one myself. This mostly involves helping out with non-admin closures, clean-up of things on the AFD logs, formatting of various discussions and talk pages, warnings, vandal-fighting and occasional contributions to the Admin's incident noticeboard. If I've done anything you think over-steps the mark, please let me know.

Curios and oddities[edit]

I like creating, and contributing to, articles about strange things from religious history like the Gospel of Jesus' Wife, Catacomb saints, Garden hermits, the Chalice of Doña Urraca and the Vatican Cricket Team. I like political, historical and military phraseology and have created Roving commission, Lecture circuit, No purchase, no pay, The only poll that counts..., Target of opportunity, Exceptional circumstances and Vote early and vote often. I also like very ordinary things that are a part of daily life and so have created or made significant contributions to Esky, Front yard, Glamping, Aid station, Banker's Lamp and the Australian Women's Weekly Children's Birthday Cake Book.

Mini project[edit]

In 2011/12 I started a mini-project relating to the papal families and cardinals of the 17th century, and the French and Italian noble families of that era, especially the Barberini, Pamphili and Mattei. I also created articles for each of the cardinals at the Papal conclave of 1644.


To that end I have created the following:

...and a whole bunch more.

After significant contributions, Antonio Barberini and Barberini are now B Class articles - thanks to everyone who helped out.


Until 3 June 2014 I used the signature Stalwart111. All of my talk page contributions (bar a handful when I first started) were signed off using this signature prior to that date. It was pointed out to me that my signature included "font" tags which were outdated. So I revamped my signature with new coding and a new design and now sign off as Stlwart111.

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