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User:The Earwig

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German wasp (Vespula germanica) from Entomart
German wasp (Vespula germanica) from Entomart

The Earwig (talk · contribs · deletions · blocks · protections · page moves · rights)

Nice to meet you! I'm Ben. I've been here for a while (7 years, 4 months at last count), and I'm an administrator (RfA · recall), bot approver (RfBAG), and OTRS volunteer.

Much of my work these days is technical in nature. I run EarwigBot, handle bot approvals, maintain a few tools on Wikimedia Labs (including a copyright violation detector), and develop some user scripts. There's a bit of Wikipedia-related code on my GitHub, including a Python parser for wikicode called mwparserfromhell that has gotten a bit of attention. As an admin, I dabble in a lot of general maintenance areas, like speedy deletion.

My content interests mostly center around biology, particularly entomology (hence the insect username) and a bit of microbiology and taxonomy. I helped make Earwig a good article, and I have two Did you know? credits. This is purely a layman interest; I am a software developer by profession.

Helping new users feel comfortable here is one of the most important things we can do as experienced contributors. This is a guiding philosophy of mine, as a longtime participant of WikiProject Articles for creation and #wikipedia-en-help.

My talk page is always open. For more personal matters, you can contact me by email ( or on IRC (nickname Earwig, hostname wikipedia/The-Earwig).

Be bold, but not reckless
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