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The Yeoman Editor Medal was earned in the service of succession.

Derek "Whaleyland" Whaley is PhD candidate in Late Medieval French history at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He holds an MA in Early Modern history from the University of Wales, Swansea and a BA in History from Point Loma Nazarene University. He has worked as a photographic cataloguer at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum in Boulder Creek, California and as a publications committee member at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California. His current PhD thesis analyses depictions of the Capetian dynasty in the Old French chronicle Les Grandes Chroniques de France.


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I began as a Wikipedia editor in September 2003 under the username KuatofKDY. Although technically "Whaleyland" predates this username, I barely used it until April 2008 when I completely switched to my new username to standardise my internet persona. My primary editing focus from 2003 to 2008 was Scottish monarchs and legendary kings of Britain. I began editing other European monarch articles over the subsequent years, which is when I finally became interested in template design, editing, and standardisation. From 2006 to 2009, I worked diligently to transform all the succession boxes on Wikipedia into one uniform format. When this project was largely achieved, I mostly retired from Wikipedia editing, the bureaucratic fights becoming too troublesome and frequent. In early 2015, I returned due to my increasing use of French royal and aristocratic articles and my realisation that so many of them included major factual errors. Despite some conflicts and compromises, I have made it a personal mission not to overlook factual flaws in articles while I browse the site, using both primary and secondary sources where possible to illustrate my points. I also have returned in a reduced capacity as a succession box editor.


Blueprint Barnstar 2.PNG The Template Barnstar
I hereby award you the Template Barnstar, in recognition of all your hard work on succession boxes, and more specifically the templates of the s-start series. May you keep up the good work. Waltham, The Duke of 23:43, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

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