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.
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)
The Article Rescue Barnstar
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)
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.
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)
You have taken the Admin bit and run with it, as expected. Good work! bd2412T 14:02, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
The Admin's Barnstar
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)
Outstanding Contributions Recognition
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.
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