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About me[edit]

I am a man from the United Kingdom, I currently live on the Isle of Dogs, London, England

I have been a Wikipedian since 26 December 2004 and an administrator since 2 June 2005.

I was an administrator at the Wikimedia Commons from 10 December 2005, although this has now lapsed due to inactivity per policies at that project.

I have been an administrator at Wiktionary since 6 August 2007.

From May to August 2014 I was employed by Wikimedia UK to help deliver Wikimania 2014 in London. See User:Chris McKenna (WMUK) for my contributions as a staff member.

I am not User:Thrydwulf.

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This user is a member of the

Association of Wikipedians Who Dislike Making Broad Judgments 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 Deletionists


Est omnino difficile iudicare inclusionis meritum cuiusdam rei in encyclopædia cum ratio sciendi quid populi referat incerta sit, sed nihilominus aliquid encyclopædiam dedecet

It is generally difficult to judge the worthiness of a particular topic for inclusion in an encyclopedia considering that there is no certain way to know what interests people, but some topics nevertheless are not fit for an encyclopedia.

This motto reflects the desire of these Wikipedians to be reluctant, but not entirely unwilling, to remove articles from Wikipedia.

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International travels[edit]

Lived in:

Flag of the United Kingdom.svg ( Flag of England.svg (FlagOfYorkshire.svg Flag of Northumberland.svg Somnew.png Flag of Essex.svg Flag of Kent.svg Flag of Middlesex.svg ) Flag of Wales.svg ( Proposed flag of Glamorgan.svg ) )

Weeks to days:

Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Jersey.svg Flag of Portugal.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of the United States.svg ( Flag of Arizona.svg Flag of California.svg Flag of Nevada.svg )


Flag of Luxembourg.svg Flag of Andorra.svg

Passed through:

Flag of Guernsey.svg Flag of the Netherlands.svg

Planned trips:
To go some day:

Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Flag of Hong Kong.svg Flag of the Isle of Man.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of New Zealand.svg Ulster banner.svg and many more...

Idea and layout pilfered from Dandelion1, who lifted it from Harro5, who took it from Salsb, who stole it from Guettarda who borrowed it from White Cat, as seen on Calton's page and User:StuffOfInterest's page.

Admin statistics
Action Count
Edits 76488
Edits+Deleted 82050
Pages deleted 2393
Revisions deleted 67
Logs/Events deleted 1
Pages restored 88
Pages protected 146
Pages unprotected 54
Pages imported 2
Protections modified 14
Users blocked 118
Users reblocked 7
Users unblocked 26
User rights modified 9
Users created 24

How to contact me[edit]

  1. My talk page

I use different email addresses for different purposes. Please read /Contact before sending me an email.

About my username[edit]

My user name is Anglo-Saxon (rather than Scandinavian as has been suggested) and has the following story behind it: Ages (years) ago a new forum was set up for fans of history and archaeology, because some members of an existing forum were sick of all the off-topic postings (the new forum is now sadly defunct, the original one still remains). For some reason the regulars all chose historical names, principally Roman. The Romans have never been a particular interest of mine, and wanting to be a bit different I decided to go with an Anglo-Saxon name (I'm English, btw). I searched the net for Anglo-Saxon names, and found a site (I've not been able to find this online now) with a huge list of them, I browsed the list and decided I liked the look of the name Thryduulf, and so I chose that as my username. I've used it intermittently since. My other (more regular) username is Awkward42 (because I am awkward, and as Awkward was taken at hotmail, I chose Awkward42 (42 being The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything). User:Awkward42 on here is also me, see below and the Awkward42 user page.

Chiswick Chap kindly looked up the meaning of "Thryduulf" in Old English and it means "Wolf-strength" [1].

Typos & Spelling errors[edit]

I make typos and spelling errors frequently. Please feel free to correct any that you spot, including on my user page and in any comments I post. However, please note that I write in British English, normally using -ise spellings - colour and realise are not spelling errors! (Liscence on the other hand is a spelling error I make frequently, this should be corrected to licence). See American and British English differences. Occasionally I might spell something intentionally wrong to make a point, but this should be obvious from the context.

Dual Licensing[edit]

Multi-licensed into the public domain
I agree to multi-license my eligible text contributions, unless otherwise stated, under Wikipedia's copyright terms and into the public domain. Please be aware that other contributors might not do the same, so if you want to use my contributions in the public domain, please check the multi-licensing guide.

Notes: This applies to my text contributions to all wikipedias, except as noted below. Any work in progress sub-pages in my userspace (e.g. /geonamesongs) are dual licenced in to the public domain as above unless it is detailed differently below.


  1. This page is not public domain.
  2. My talk page is not public domain.
  3. User:Awkward42's page and associated talk page are not public domain.
  4. My /Contact page is not public domain.

Images: All images that I upload will be individually licensed, check the image description page for details. I have lots of photographs on my website. If you want to use one of these images here or elsewhere, please email me at By default I retain copyright on all my photos on that site, but in most cases I will dual licence (usually to a Creative Commons licence) if they can be of use here or elsewhere.

Awkward42: Everything above applies to User:Awkward42 with no exceptions. -Thryduulf

last updated: 18:01, 28 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Other accounts[edit]


Awkward42 is my legitimate alternate account (see WP:SOCK#LEGIT). As of December 2018 I use it for:

  • Testing.
  • When I need to see something from the perspective of a non-admin.
  • When on mobile and other (potentially) insecure connections.

Chris McKenna (WMUK)[edit]

From May to August 2014 I was employed by Wikimedia UK to help deliver Wikimania 2014. I used user:Chris McKenna (WMUK) for edits made in my capacity as a staff member (mostly to Commons and the Wikimania 2014 wiki) while continuing to use Thryduulf for personal editing.

Chris McKenna[edit]

I registered this account to prevent it being registered by someone else and used to impersonate me for any reason. I do not intend to use it for editing. I do not control the similarly named user:Chris Mckenna (with a lowercase "k").


This account was created to test whether account names of this pattern are permitted by the similarity detection algorithm. It will not be used for editing.


Before new account names were subject to spoofing checks, it was possible for anyone to register an account with a deceptively similar username. To avoid this I created several Wikipedia:Doppelgänger accounts, e.g. user:ThryduuIf. I don't remember all of them now (they were created in 2005, it is now 2014), but they are all marked as doppelgängers, are never used and some (all?) are blocked from editing anyway.

Recommended places[edit]

These are a few highlights of Wikipedia that I recommend you pay a visit to
File:Wwaa.JPG This user is addicted to Word association.


These are my shortcuts to pages I visit frequently, and whose titles I don't seem to remember

Work in progress[edit]

These are articles that I'm working outside of the main article space (e.g. trial versions of proposed changes).

None currently

Photo galleries[edit]

These are galleries of photographs that I have uploaded to Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons. More galleries are on my website [2], see above for copyright information regarding these.

Wikimedia Foundation Wikis[edit]

Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects:

Useful stuff[edit]

Random stuff[edit]

I couldn't fit this stuff anywhere else!

All times on this page are UK local time - Greenwich Mean Time (UTC±00:00) or British Summer Time (UTC+01:00) - unless specified otherwise.