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Hello, I'm Tom. I'm a Wikipedia admin, software developer and OpenStreetMap contributor based in London.

Here at Wikipedia, I edit articles about philosophy, politics, technology, LGBT topics, television, and really anything that takes my fancy. I mostly engage in maintenance work, closing articles for deletion discussions, and requests for page protection.

I'm also involved with Wikinews, where I'm an admin and reviewer. I've written articles covering all sorts of things: tuition fees, Occupy, free speech rallies, Olympic gymnastics, Donna Summer, Aaron Swartz and gay marriage. I post photos on Commons and edit OpenStreetMap.

I've got a BA and MA in Philosophy from Heythrop College, University of London, and started but abandoned a Ph.D on the epistemological work of Alvin Plantinga. Reading the works of Bertrand Russell, David Malet Armstrong and Saul Kripke gave me a taste for clear thoughts being cleanly expressed.

I'm a software developer and have worked for a number of organisations in both the public and private sector, programming in Ruby, Java and Python primarily. I'm interested in the Semantic Web and am currently involved in IndieWebCamp. I maintain a personal site at


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I've written a number of essays about Wikipedia:


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Barnstars and other nice things

The British Library barnstar

Thank you for joining and contributing the British Library editathon, you definitely earned this barnstar! Cheers (talk) 23:27, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

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For your excellent work as a writer of the Signpost's "News and notes" and "In the news" sections, which I was allowed to witness as the Signpost's editor during recent months, I award you the Signpost Barnstar. Regards, HaeB (talk) 00:56, 9 July 2011 (UTC)
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Great work and perserverance with these vandals. For the past few hours I hadn't noticed anyone else reverting, then all of a sudden you popped up with dozens of reverts. Great work!!! Sincerely, He's Gone Mental 15:09, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
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For his tireless effort protecting my Userpage from vandals I didn't even notice, it is my honor and priviledge to present this Barnstar to Tom Morris Achowat (talk) 18:48, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
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This Barnstar is to express my gratitude for your help, guidance and the nice attitude. Admins like you make a lot of difference to newcomers like us. Cheers AKS (talk) 05:42, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
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I, SarahStierch, hereby award Tom Morris with this award for your "high brow" contributions related to television programs. Reading the articles make me not only not regret watching television, but also reminds me of what is wrong with the world. ;) And they're often pretty funny and off the wall. Great job! (Seriously!) SarahStierch (talk) 17:54, 16 January 2012 (UTC)
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For your commitment in spending some hours, at short notice, dealing with the idiocy of a troublemaker who tried to harass and threaten Wikipedia's younger editors. Zero tolerance for cowards like these is the right approach, and you applied that approach admirably. I know many other people also helped, please break a piece off this barnstar and send it to them in the post. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 02:13, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
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Awarded for your diligent work in dealing with one of the worst sort of banned users, on more than one occasion. --Demiurge1000 (talk) 20:18, 21 May 2012 (UTC)
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Thanks for helping the article on Jayne Mansfield, and for this particular edit summery. LOL. Looking forward to more of that help, and, of course, the humor. Aditya(talkcontribs) 04:13, 24 April 2012 (UTC)
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For your time and contributions to the recent Smithsonian History Edit-A-Thon! --Digitaleffie (talk) 17:22, 29 May 2012 (UTC)
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Span has given you a cupcake for your contributions. Say thank you by passing on the cupcake to someone whose work you appreciate.
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I have to say, the I-beat-Jimmy WikiLove message is superb. :-) James F. (talk) 12:07, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
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You're awesome Tom. So glad you came to Wikimania! Steven Walling • talk 12:42, 6 August 2011 (UTC)
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For the efforts made in respect of keeping template usages current and appropriate. Also for the work done in ensuring images have names appropriate to their nature. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 13:22, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

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