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About Me[edit]

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I enjoy doing a number of things around the wiki. In January 2010 I became a Coordinator of the (now-defunct) Mediation Cabal, and in March 2010 I became an Administrator on the English Wikipedia. Currently most of my work on-wiki is in dispute resolution and enforcement, particularly in contentious areas and topics under Arbcom sanctions. I'm also trying to contribute to the cleanup and improvement of articles within my area of expertise, American politics. I am also well-known as a BLP hardliner, who believes that protecting living persons from unsourced and poorly sourced contentious material trumps all other policies and guidelines. I continue to uphold the spirit of the Mediation Cabal, even as a sitting member of the Mediation Committee. I can often be found roaming around various topic areas and attempting to resolve content disputes.

As far as inclusionist/deletionist philosophy, I belong to the Association of Wikipedians Who Dislike Making Broad Judgements About the Worthiness of a General Category of Article, and Who Are In Favor of the Deletion of Some Particularly Bad Articles, but That Doesn't Mean They are Deletionist

Pages I have created[edit]

Considerations on the Causes of the Greatness of the Romans and their Decline

Pirate Party (United States)

Tiny Bubbles (song)

Wikipedia:What Mediation Cabal is not

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All photographs were taken by me, uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and licensed under CC-BY or CC-BY-SA, unless something different is specified.

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WikiConference NYC 2009[edit]

Awards[edit]

ResearchStar.gif We've awarded you this PARC research star in recognition for your contribution to research about conflict in Wikipedia. Thank you for your help!!! --Parc wiki researcher 21:09, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
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A copy of my first barnstar, and certainly you deserve it more than I did. Prodego talk 04:24, 31 December 2009 (UTC)
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For your numerous contributions at (and creation of) User:The Wordsmith/BLP sourcing.--Father Goose (talk) 09:09, 30 January 2010 (UTC)
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For acting as a role model for other administrators by making important Wikipedia policies such as WP:BLP a priority on Fred Singer. FormerIPOnlyEditor (talk) 06:37, 21 May 2010 (UTC)
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For the apparently thankless task of drafting a suggested closing summary at the RfC/U. Tryptofish (talk) 20:48, 14 June 2010 (UTC)
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For solving an issue at WP:DYK in the most harmonious and positive manner possible. ©Geni (talk) 19:00, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png For taking on closing the long, convoluted and highly testy ANI discussion regarding EllenCT. You earned this! RickinBaltimore (talk) 15:42, 23 June 2016 (UTC)
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Thank you for leading the novel GMO RfC process from conception to completion. I believe that it will provide an important resolution to a previously intractable dispute. (And if anyone thinks that you showed me any special favoritism, our discussion yesterday proves that it is not so!) --Tryptofish (talk) 21:54, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
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For coming to a decision and helping with the ANI thread, and dealing with socks. ThePlatypusofDoom (talk) 14:17, 11 July 2016 (UTC)

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Thanks for the help, and good luck with your WikiProject! Vantine84 (talk) 05:30, 19 February 2009 (UTC)
I just wanted to thank you for reverting all that vandalism on my userpage :) Oldlaptop321 (talk) 02:13, 22 April 2009 (UTC)