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Thanks for visiting my userpage! My name's Tony, and I'm an administrator, CheckUser, and oversighter on the English Wikipedia. These are just fancy ways of saying the community has given me a few extra buttons to help with issues relating to privacy. I also hold global renamer rights, but if you want help with that, it'd likely get done more quickly if you follow the instructions on this page.

I used to be pretty involved with the new page patrol project, and if you are interested in helping out in any form with new content, please let me know. I'd be more than happy to point you in the right direction or answer any question you might have about reviewing new articles. I've been informed that other people are actually the reigning kings of the typo, but I suspect what we actually have around here is a tyop oligarchy, if you want to help undermine it by correcting me, go ahead, I don't mind. I have never edited Wikipedia for pay, and I have no plans to in the future.

In terms of content creation, I try to contribute where I can. Typically Catholicism, education, or biographical articles (and sometimes a mix). I'm generally qualified to provide a third opinion on topics related to early modern Christianity (c. 1450-1750) and Islam in the South Asian context (even if I don't edit there much). If you have any questions about any edits I have made, please talk to me on my talk page.

I have an alternate account User:TBallioni, which I have to edit from public computers.

In regards to my Wiki-philosophy it is pretty simple: we are a general purpose encyclopedia that has largely achieved our vision of being greater than Encyclopædia Britannica. We are now the default reference work for the world. Every edit should in some way serve the purpose of building and maintaining that standard. At the end of the day all of us who are Wikipedians exist for one purpose and one purpose only: to serve the reader. I try to do my best to help them. It is my assumption that you do too. Let's work together in that goal.

Articles I've been involved with
Subpages and logs
Pages with longstanding copyright issues fixed
  • Janice Dean, copyright violation added in December 2005, removed in April 2017. 11 years, 4 months, 21 days including the end date (4160 days)
  • William H. Keeler copyright violation added in April 2006, removed in July 2017. 11 years, 3 months, 12 days including the end date (4121 days)
  • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health copyright violation added in February 2007, removed in January 2018. 10 years, 11 months, 1 day including the end date (3988 days)
  • International Council of Marine Industry Associations copyright violation added in August 2010‎, removed February 2018 7 years, 6 months, 12 days including the end date (2753 days)
  • Pathways To Peace copyright violation added on creation in January 2010 discovered in May 2017. 7 years, 3 months, 20 days including the end date. (2667 days)
  • Christ for the Nations Institute added in June 2010, removed in April 2017. 6 years, 9 months, 30 days including the end date (2495 days)
  • Erik Wemple copyright violation added in December 2013, removed in April 2017. 3 years, 4 months, 6 days including the end date {1223 days}
Barnstars, appreciation and whatnot
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The Anti-Vandalism + STiki Barnstar
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Congratulations, TonyBallioni! You're receiving this barnstar because you recently crossed the 1,000 classification threshold using STiki. We thank you both for your contributions to Wikipedia at-large and your use of the tool. We hope you continue your ascent up the leaderboard and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! West.andrew.g (developer) and Pratyya (Hello!) 09:31, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

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Thank you for helping to save the Gun Control in the Third Reich book article today and also for helping to find the proper home for the newborn article. At first I didn't know what you were doing, but your redirects and organization make the subject matter cleaner. -Justanonymous (talk) 23:52, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
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The Bronze STiki Barnstar of Merit
Congratulations, TonyBallioni! You're receiving this barnstar of merit because you recently crossed the 5,000 classification threshold using STiki.

We thank you both for your contributions to Wikipedia at-large and your use of the tool.

We hope you continue your ascent up the leaderboard and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! West.andrew.g (developer) and Vanamonde (talk) 05:28, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

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for changing a provocative, contentious title into something neutral and encyclopedic. Dlohcierekim (talk) 15:07, 19 May 2017 (UTC)
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for leading me to HotCat! The garmine (talk) 02:10, 6 July 2017 (UTC)
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Thank you so much for your understanding and good humor when I butted in to edit your DYK hook on the main page. I would normally have expected resistance, and I certainly expected some discussion, but I was happy when you agreed with the change. I was even more impressed that you went above and beyond to look into the hook that I had in the same DYK set, and you identified a possible mistake in the source used for the hook. It's hard for me to believe I could point out an issue with someone's DYK hook, only for them to point out a potential issue with mine, and for that to not feel retaliatory, but you managed it. Great job—this kind of coworking is what Wikipedia needs more of. I am extremely unfamiliar with Catholicism, so it would be easy for me to make that kind of mistake, and I appreciate you looking into it yourself, as well as pointing it out to me so I could ask other editors who might be more knowledgeable to look into it as well. GorillaWarfare (talk) 02:49, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

papal conclaves

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Thank you for qulity articles about papal conclaves, such as Papal conclave, 1724, for starting Tallinn Central Library and rewriting Martyrs of Laos, for dealing with deletions, fighting vandalism, page moves, welcoming new users, for serving more than ten years, - Tony, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

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For starting an SPI that helped take down 32 ne'er-do-wells (only one of which I was aware). Your efforts stopped these registered accounts from turning this wiki into an advertising platform. Chris Troutman (talk) 18:10, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
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Thanks for your efforts to keep WP less full of spam. And a little more independent from the sources we write about. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 16:22, 28 July 2017 (UTC)
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You did such valuable work helping get ACTRIAL get off the ground. Thank you! Jytdog (talk) 03:26, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
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For general awesomeness. Dlohcierekim (talk) 15:29, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
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Welcome to always having the Last Word, my friend. Or to always needing one :P ♠PMC(talk) 20:47, 19 October 2017 (UTC)
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I'll be honest, I have no idea what a "papal conclave" is, but they're lucky to have ya makin' it cool! Congrats! Drewmutt (^ᴥ^) talk 05:03, 20 October 2017 (UTC)
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For working on the AIV backlog. --Cameron11598 (Talk) 18:45, 27 October 2017 (UTC)
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This maple leaf is awarded to TonyBallioni for writing 3 new education biographies during The 10,000 Challenge of WikiProject Canada. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Reidgreg (talk) 15:42, 6 November 2017 (UTC)
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You have taken the Admin bit and run with it, as expected. Good work! bd2412 T 14:02, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
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Thanks for handling our sock friend. I know that whatever guidance I offered him would have been taken the wrong way and enraged him further. I'm grateful you were there over the long haul to handle him firmly yet diplomatically and kindly. Cabayi (talk) 23:59, 24 January 2018 (UTC)
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Tony, your work and contributions are exemplary. From the ACTRIAL re-con, to encouraging editors all around, to searching out prospective administrators, to all the administrative and editorial work you keep doing here, you truly are an outstanding contributor.

Keep up the great work! :)

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