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User:Bastique says: No more drama
Wikipe-tan says: this is Wikipedia.


I am a Wikipedia administrator and OTRS user. If you need help at any stage, you can leave a message.

I am tired of the ongoing levels of drama on Wikipedia.

Please do not edit my userpage to remove, subst, edit, bypass redirects on, or otherwise change userboxes. Contact me on my talk page if you would like to discuss this.

Current activities

Deletion queue, new pages, new images, and new images added by newbies, my deletion log, /Non-free audit workspace, another useful category, Category:Fair use tag needs updating

Committed identity: aeca538721daa9be2c09bf15f55810c8 is an MD5 commitment to this user's real-life identity.


I speak Irish and accept translation requests to and from Irish Wikimedia projects. My userboxes show the other languages I speak. See /Translation queue for translations. However I don't live in Ireland (currently reside in London, UK).

en This user is a native speaker of English.
ga Is Gaeilgeoir dúchasach é an t-úsáideoir seo.
fr-3 Cet utilisateur peut contribuer avec un niveau avancé de français.
de-2 Dieser Benutzer hat fortgeschrittene Deutschkenntnisse.
du-0 This person does not understand dumbass (or understands it with considerable difficulties, or does not want to speak dumbass).
fi-0 Tämä käyttäjä ymmärtää suomea hyvin vähän tai ei yhtään.
AmE-0 This user does not understand the American English language and bloody well doesn't want to.
LE-1 This user's been known to screw up the occasional sentence and make the occasional typo, but is otherwise pretty accurate with regards to English.
ubx-5 This user uses entirely too many userboxes.
Flag of Ireland.svg This user supports the peaceful reunification of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
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del This editor is a deletionist.
Screwit.svg This user reserves the right to completely screw up his own edits.
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DS This user owns a Nintendo DS.
Female.svgMale.svg This user believes a marriage consists of one man and one woman.
Female.svgMale.svg This user identifies as straight.
Trout this user Were this admin to act in a foolish, trollish, or dickish way, he is open to being slapped with a large trout.
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This user does not smoke.
Dr. Who This user has been a Doctor Who fan since the Ninth Doctor. 9th
Tetsubin1571.jpg This user drinks tea.
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WikiProject Parliamentary Procedure.
Stilles Mineralwasser.jpg This user drinks water regularly.
FraiseFruitPhoto.jpg This user eats strawberries.
A, B, and C This user prefers the serial comma.
Pizza.svg This user loves to eat pizza.
2 This user has two imposters.
1 This user's userpage has been copied 1 time.
Google 2015 logo.svg This user uses Google as a primary search engine.
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Mozilla Firefox logo 2013.svg This user contributes using Firefox.
Rouge-Admin JollyRoger.svg This user is a
Rouge admin
Book of Knowledge.jpg This editor is an Auspicious Looshpah and is entitled to display this Book of All Knowledge with Secret Appendix.
LN This user's alignment is Lawful Neutral: the "Judge."
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Crystal Clear app aim3.png This user has no understanding of time and does everything at the last minute.
Metric seal.svg This user prefers the metric system.

Rounded Rectangles.svg This user plays games on the Nintendo DS portable console.
A coloured voting box.svg This user does not trust electronic voting machines.
A coloured voting box.svg This user believes it is every citizen's duty to vote.
X This user believes that this userbox may be deleted in the near future.
Creation of the Sun and Moon face detail.jpg This user is interested in Theism.
Lolrollback.jpg This administrator is willing to consider reasonable requests for rollback permission.
Crystal package favourite.png This user was up all night finding userboxes and is now very drowsy.
Edit-find-replace.svg This user is a new page patroller.
pox This user is suffering from userpox. Goggles seem to prove ineffectual.
Crystal Clear app kcmdf.png This user likes to use redundant userboxes that are redundant.
Userbox prefer.svg This user prefers using userboxes to fill up his user page instead of actually writing something useful.
UBX This user opposes others changing their userboxes without prior consultation

AGF This user supports userboxes which don't hinder one's ability to assume good faith.
UBX This user is ambivalent about self-referential userboxes.
54 ubxs This user has 54 userboxes.

Favourite arbitration remedies

Deletion review principles

When considering whether to overturn a deletion or discussion closure at Wikipedia:Deletion review, I apply the Wednesbury test. In short, that is:

  • Did the administrator* give weight to something to which he shouldn't have given weight?
  • Did the administrator omit to give weight to something to which he should have?
  • Did the administrator arrive at a decision so irrational that no reasonable administrator could have arrived at it?

*I am assuming for simplicity the person who deleted the page or closed the discussion is an administrator, although I am sure there is some corner case by which a non-administrator might be involved. The masculine should be construed as referring to both genders.

When the answer is no to all three, I will endorse the deletion.

I sometimes ask a follow-up question on a certain matter to the DRV nominator. When such a question is unanswered I will assume that the nominator has abandoned his request and will endorse the outcome by default.


A Barnstar!
The Original Barnstar

My honour to bestow this Original Barnstar upon Stifle, for outstanding work on AfD, masses of incredibly sane and level-headed comment, devotion to Irish railway stations and generally because you deserve it. Deizio talk 01:43, 19 May 2006 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Editor's Barnstar

I award Stifle this barnstar for his efforts in strictly deleting thousands of pieces of unworthy content from Wikipedia.Blnguyen | rant-line 01:54, 3 August 2006 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Random Acts of Kindness Sock Puppet Barnstar

Thank you for your kind patience! Here's a reply! A free barnstar! Party!Talk to me! 16:34, 21 February 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar type changed due to Party being indef-blocked as a sock. Stifle (talk) 15:10, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar

Thank you for your kindness in putting article Youth United out of its misery here!   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 07:28, 16 March 2008 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar

I commend you for going out of your way to help a user. ÐeadΣyeДrrow (Talk | Contribs) 11:16, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Barnstar of Good Humour

Aprils fools day was a blast. Loads of users lightened up to have good old fashion fun. I want to thank you for taking part in editing this page in particular and even though I may not know you, embrace the same talk pages, or even edit with you in the near future, I'd like to award you this Barnstar for making Wikipedia a fun environment in which to contribute. Until next year. :) SynergeticMaggot (talk) 13:12, 2 April 2008 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Special Barnstar

for being generally amiable and helpful! -- JediLofty User ¦ Talk 16:14, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar.png The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
Thank you for keeping an eye out for my mistakes! --Duckie for broadway (talk) 07:32, 20 April 2008 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
The Special Barnstar

For the quick actions that you took on the 3RR template. It will now discourage less people and will definitely help with improving collaboration on Wikipedia! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Prashanthns (talkcontribs) 13:24, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
A Barnstar!
What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar

Your wizard is an excellent idea, and was expertly created. I took advantage of this part to give you this award for such a creative idea. :) Great thinking! Acalamari 23:38, 17 May 2008 (UTC)
Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
I award this to Stifle, for his tireless deletion of images that shouldn't be here. J Milburn (talk) 15:01, 29 August 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
For consistently patrolling DRV and reminding users that conversations with deleting admins are encouraged before deletion review. And for notifying admins of DRV's that concern them. Jerry delusional ¤ kangaroo 16:36, 15 December 2008 (UTC)
CopyClean Barnstar.png The Copyright Cleanup Barnstar
For everything you do in addressing copyright at WP:PUI and OTRS and elsewhere. Moonriddengirl (talk) 18:25, 17 March 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar-lightbulb3.png What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar
"The "What a Brilliant Idea!" Barnstar should be awarded to a user who figures out an elegant solution to a particularly burdensome bottleneck or problem, or who identifies a means to improve Wikipedia in a profound way."

This Barnstar is awarded to Stifle, for his igenious idea which will probably completly change Article Rescue Sqaudron Thank you. Ikip (talk) 09:32, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

Working Man's Barnstar.png The Working Man's Barnstar
For you prolific and pain-staking work with the article and image deletion processes, I award you this shiny thing. – Quadell (talk) 23:27, 20 May 2009 (UTC)
Vitruvian Barnstar.png The da Vinci Barnstar
This for your excellent userspace design. Several times I've needed to contact you and your wizard took care of it perfectly. ThemFromSpace 02:19, 25 June 2009 (UTC)
Spamstar1.jpg The Spamstar of Glory
Many thanks for your tireless efforts and diligent work on both the MediaWiki Spam-black and whitelist. Wikipedia is a better quality project because of hardworking and conscientious editors like you!--Hu12 (talk) 17:31, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
Civility barnstar.png Civility Award
For sticking up others when they are attacked improperly.
Peace Barnstar 6.png The Barnstar of Peace
The Barnstar of Peace is awarded to users who have helped to resolve, peacefully, conflicts on Wikipedia.

This barnstar is awarded to Stifle, for closing [withdrawing] an AfD when sources were found. An ability to compromise and negotiate is what wikipedia needs more in editors. You are a fine example of this. Thank you. Ikip (talk) 00:36, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Admin Barnstar.png The Admin's Barnstar
For all of the admin tasks that you do around the project which rarely come with recognition. Cheers! --Hu12 (talk) 15:31, 8 January 2010 (UTC)
Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
[re Michael Winner] Having reviewed the newspaper column in question, and all of your emails in OTRS relating to this situation, I hereby award you this Original Barnstar for exceptional kindness! Jimbo Wales (talk) 18:37, 22 June 2010 (UTC)
Admin Barnstar.png The Admin's Barnstar
For all your hard work, contributions and administration of the Wikipedia project in the MediaWiki namespace. Cheers. --Hu12 (talk) 01:32, 7 November 2012 (UTC)
Administrator Barnstar Hires.png The Admin's Barnstar
Thanks for clearing the backlog of whitelist approvals. Job well done! @Efrat (talk) 07:10, 3 March 2013 (UTC)

Copyrights and licensing

My text contributions are licensed under version 2.5 or later of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. To the fullest extent permissible by Wikipedia rules, my text contributions are NOT licensed under the GFDL.

My image contributions are licensed under whatever license they say they're licensed under.

Requests for adminship

My adminship standard is as follows: The candidate must have clue, and have enough experience that it is clear he/she has clue. End.

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