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Name Bill Mitchell
Born March 2, 1943
Chicago, IL, U.S.
Current location Boracay Island, Philippines
Sexuality Hetero
Education and employment
Occupation Layabout
Education School of Hard Knocks
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Edits 85401
Edits+Deleted 86792
Pages deleted 506
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Pages protected 7
Pages unprotected 1
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Users blocked 1034
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I'm familiarly known as Bill.

I've been living on the Philippine island of Boracay since retiring here 1996. My wife, Solina, and I used to own and operate a small Boracay resort/hotel called Michelle's Bungalows, but that was one of the several resorts destroyed in the Boracay fire of January 21, 2005. At present, I'm mostly a layabout. I did spend some time in 2006 putting up a Boracay website. Due to flagging interest on my part, I announced to interested parties in June of 2008 the impending demise of the site. As of 2016, a copy of the site is still around as and some pages on it are still useful (e.g., the Weather and Newspapers pages). Detailed information there about Boracay, however, is badly outdated.

I used to be fairly active in the soc.culture.filipino usenet newsgroup, where I was known as Boracay Bill for my last ten years or so of participation. My participation level there dropped off severely after senseless name-calling and flame wars became the rule rather than the exception.

Before I gave up working for a living, I had a long hardware/software/technical career with Motorola. Even earlier, I was a Philco TechRep for about nine years, mostly doing contract work for various US Govt agencies in Vietnam during the unpleasantness there.

I was one of the early members of the Debian Linux project, working on the project for its first three years or so in 1993-1996 (see info here).

Creating this Wikipedia user page seemed to me to be the proper thing to do after I found myself occasionally creating and editing various Wikipedia content pages. I created this user page in 2004, but my activity level on WP was pretty low up until mid-2006. Since then, I've been increasingly active.

Wikipedia articles I have created (excluding disambiguation pages) include the following:

I've also contributed heavily to some articles started by others, most of those having to do with the Philippines. These include:

and others. Most of my edits, though, tend to touch the edited articles lightly. Quite a lot of my edits don't touch the article body at all, focusing on cleanup of footnotes and citations.

My watchlist contains over 5000 articles in several subject areas, and I generally review changes to watchlisted articles on a daily basis.

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Quadell has awarded you a Bronze Wiki for your tireless disambiguation work. You may proudly boast of your laurels, but resting on them is discouraged.

SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
I'm awarding you with this Barnstar as a sign of appreciation on helping me fix the Article New Bilibid Prison Thanks for the fix! Monzonda c",) 01:32, 25 May 2008 (UTC)
Barnstar-philippines.png The Philippine Barnstar of National Merit
For outstanding contributions to Philippine articles, especially articles in the History of the Philippines series; for lists and articles in the Geography of the Philippines series; and for many other Philippine contributions and edits.
this WikiAward was given to Wtmitchell by Gubernatoria (talk) on 04:06, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
WikiDefender Barnstar.png The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Please accept this barnstar in recognition of your great work on articles concerning the Philippines Nick-D (talk) 09:44, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
I noticed that you haven’t gotten any recognition lately for the all of the vandalism fighting you've done over the years. So, I'd like to say: Good job! Sophus Bie (talk) 13:40, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
I noticed that you haven’t gotten any recognition lately for the all of the vandalism fighting you've done over the years. So, I'd like to say: Good job! Sophus Bie (talk) 13:40, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Barnstar of Reversion2.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Your name keeps popping up in Huggle as having reverted a lot of vandals. Cheers to you! Jsharpminor (talk) 02:58, 6 May 2014 (UTC)
The Zen Garden Award Zen Garden Award for Infinite Patience
For infinite patience, listening to all parties and providing advice that helps to resolves disputes between editors 23:32, 15 January 2015 (UTC)William Harris (talk)
Trophy.png Rolemodel Wikimedian
Wow! Am a new wikimedian burning with passion to contribute local content to wikipedia,You inspire me so much! Thatkidkwakku (talk) 01:57, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Mensch5.png The Barnstar of Integrity For taking the time to write a very thoughtful note to a new editor. RacerX11 Talk to meStalk me 22:34, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
For dedicating hours of your precious time to protecting the encyclopedia from harm. Thanks for your counter-vandalism efforts! See you around, Mz7 (talk) 21:33, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
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you're a rare gem for creating/maintaining these articles. thank you sir Kramfs (talk) 06:56, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
Cheeseburger.png I wanna extend my deepest and sincere thanks to Boracay Bill for his extensive work on wikipedia related to the Phillipines... Cheers! =) Alcohkid (talk) 12:09 am, 13 May 2015, Wednesday (17 days ago) (UTC+8)

From (User:RightCowLeftCoast
04:41, 25 January 2011 (UTC)

Falafel award.png cheese McPudgo (talk) 01:14, 30 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you in the past for assisting in articles that have interested me. This cookie is long overdue.From (User:RightCowLeftCoast
12:41 pm, 25 January 2011, Tuesday (4 years, 4 months, 5 days ago) (UTC+8)
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This user has successfully found Fattyjwoods' Hidden page (with some difficulty), see if you can!

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