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Headbomb
Joined 18 May 2006
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Welcome
Welcome to my user page! I hope you like it. I follow a one question editing philosophy for the most part. If it's good, do it, if it's bad, don't do it.
On Wikipedia, I have done a lot. I say this not as a brag, but rather as inspiration (hopefully). I've expanded WikiProjects, developed templates and tools, copy-edited thousands of articles, wrote featured articles, submitted DYKs, wrote guides, gave several conference talks at Wikimania, ... you name it, I've probably done it. What's the takeaway from this? I'm just some guy that started editing because something was wrong on the internet. If you come here, with your 10th, 1,000th, or 10,000th edit and go "Holy shit! This guy has over a quarter million edits!", remember that I was once you and that I'm still just some guy!
In my qualified experience as some guy, just write articles. Expand them. Fix typos. Add references. Copy-edit a paragraph. That's what we're here for after all. You'll make mistakes, but that's okay. Over time, you'll learn the ropes, the secret handshakes, and all the dos and don'ts of editing. If you run into an issue, ask for help at either the help desk or at a relevant WikiProject. In fact, go join a Wikiproject now if you haven't done so already. It's one of the best things you can do on Wikipedia to not feel lost and find other people that are interested in the same things you are. If you have an idea, bounce it off other people at The Village Pump. You'll have plenty of "Why didn't I think of that?" or "You mean there was an easier way to do this all this time?" moments. Hell, I've been here 12+ years and I still have them. But more importantly, if you just edit, you'll find what you like to do on Wikipedia, and your experience will be a pleasant one.
As of writing, my quarter million edits amounts to roughly 0.028% of all edits ever made on Wikipedia. Why do I bring this up? Because while 250,000 edits is a huge number, 0.028% is not. This means that 99.972% of Wikipedia was written by other people. Other people like you. So don't for a moment think you have nothing to contribute, because together we help the Internet not suck.
If you have any questions about me or my work, leave me a message on my talk page and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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{{t|4}}This user is a template guru, creating and editing them with virtually flawless proficiency.
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Quotes
Shake off all the fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there is one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfold fear.
– Thomas Jefferson –
The Argument from Intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
– Ayn Rand –
It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.
– William G. McAdoo –
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This user is a WikiElf.
This user is a WikiFaerie.
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This user votes Delete regularly for the Article Deletion Squadron.
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This user has been editing Wikipedia for more than ten years.
This user received the Editor of the Week award.
This user has earned the
250,000 Edits Award.
WikiProjects
This user is a member of
WikiProject Physics.
This user is a member of WikiProject Elements.
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Bots

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This user runs a bot, AAlertBot. It performs tasks that are extremely tedious to do manually.

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This user runs a bot, Bibcode Bot. It performs tasks that are extremely tedious to do manually.

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This user runs a bot, CitationCleanerBot. It performs tasks that are extremely tedious to do manually.

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This user runs a bot, JCW-CleanerBot. It performs tasks that are extremely tedious to do manually.

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This user runs a bot, MinusBot. It performs tasks that are extremely tedious to do manually.
Interests
This user has a keen interest in physics.
This user is interested in religion as an anthropological and historical phenomenon.
This user is an advocate of open research and open access.
Views
This user is a skeptic.
This user is an atheist.

libThis user is a liberal.

Majority ≠ rightThis user recognizes that even if 300,000,000 people make the same mistake, it's still a mistake.
This user understands biologicalevolution.
This user is a feminist.
Experience
BSThis user has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics.
MSThis user has a Master of Science degree in Physics.
P.Phys.This user is a certified professional physicist.
Other
C&HThis user reads Calvin and Hobbes.
xkcdThis user is a reader of the xkcdwebcomic.
This user appreciates WikiLove.
Featured Work
The file Orlando-Ferguson-flat-earth-map edit.jpg, which this user uploaded or created, is a featured picture.
This user helped promote the article Bouncing ball to good article status.
This user helped promote the article Wu experiment to good article status.
DYK
A fact from the article Kazuhiko Nishijima, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article K2K experiment, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article "Gabriel's Oboe", which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article Nehrim: At Fate's Edge, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article POLYGON experiment, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article De systemate orbis cometici, deque admirandis coeli characteribus, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article Public Health Reports, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article bioRxiv, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
A fact from the article Bouncing ball, which this user created or significantly contributed to, has been featured in the Did you know... section on the Main Page.
Style
byThe passive voice may be used by this user.
mankindThis user supports the use of gender-neutral language.
A, B, and CThis user prefers the serial comma.
YOUThis user dies a little inside whenever they see the word you in an article.
Barnstars
If you want to award me a barnstar, please do so on on my talk page
BarnstarImageReasonFrom userDate
WikiProject Barnstar
This barnstar is in recognition of your good work at the physics wikiproject. Please keep up your good work :-).SJP
2008-06-22
The Editor's Barnstar
In recognition of your intelligent and spirited work in expanding the depth and scope of Wikipedia.Ecoleetage
2008-06-23
The Kilobyte Barnstar
For your efforts in restoring the industry standard terms for memory size to the Manual of Style (dates and numbers). The IC is an Intel 2708, a 1 kilobyte EPROM made in 1976.SWTPC6800
2008-10-21
The Billy Idol / Noice Day to Start Again award

It's the knoife wot dun it!
For your contributions on Magnetospheric eternally collapsing object [1], I award you the Billy Idol / Noice Day to Start Again award. Cheers!Goodmorningworld
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2008-11-14
The Excellent Userpage Award
Your page is amazing! I certainly envy it.Goosemanrocks
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2009-01-13
The Guidance Barnstar
Thank you for setting up the glass taskforce and all the guidance and information related to it. I learned a lot.Afluegel
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2009-03-30
The Original Barnstar
For creating the Fluid Dynamics Taskforce, and your explosive action backstage to get and keep the task force running.Crowsnest
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2009-04-23
The E = mc2 Barnstar
For your efforts in bringing quark to FA-level, as well as putting up with my somewhat limited and amateur knowledge of the topic these past months.Anonymous Dissident
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2009-07-31
The Chemical Bond Barnstar
For dealing with the mess that the isotope articles were in, and categorizing them, and for the work put on creating Wikipedia books on the chemical elements, you deserve at least a little double barnstar.Nergaal
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2010-09-25
The Isotope Barnstar
Bot Operator's Barnstar
This barnstar is awarded to you for the work on AAlertBot. I find it very useful. Keep up the good work!Philaweb
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2011-02-27
The Cheeseburgstar
Fried in the deepest manner in which it is possible... and slathered with gravy. Dinner is served.Juliancolton
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2011-08-15
The Great Arkansas Barnstar
Thanks for your efforts on Book:Arkansas Confederate Infantry UnitsAleutian06
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2012-03-23
The What a Brilliant Idea Barnstar
For the idea of having a bot place past AfD discussion notices on talk pages.Bgwhite
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2012-04-13
The Original Barnstar
Thanks for improving the stubs I've started today: Biology and Philosophy and A Short History of Ethics.Tom Morris
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2012-08-29
The Minor Barnstar
For correcting my math.Carbon6
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2013-09-20
The Barnstar of Diligence
Thanks for the great work on David Malet Armstrong!Tom Morris
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2014-07-28
The Redirect Barnstar
Your diligent work in the area of redirect categorization and improvement is duly recognized and greatly appreciated. You are truly one of the unsung heroes of Wikipedia, and we hope you continue to enjoy your improvement of this awesome encyclopedia! To Headbomb, thank you for updating redirects about the Cochrane Collaboration.Axl
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2015-08-29
The Editor's Barnstar
It's my pleasure giving you the star.Sulthan
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2016-01-09
The Citation Barnstar
I get the feeling that I and several colleagues caused you a lot of work with our imperfect reference formatting, etc. Thanks.Smokefoot
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2016-02-14
The Minor Barnstar
Thank you for tidying many of the entries I created and/or I'm working to.Daniele.tampieri
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2016-02-20
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
How many times you appear at my watchlist.... Thanks!Joshua Jonathan
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2016-07-09
Cup of Coffee
I really appreciate your insightful and detailed proposal for revising open access icons. Please continue to take coffee breaks when things get heated. Every good idea needs its champion and my wish for you is that to the extent you are representing the idea, you appear as measured, helpful, conciliatory, and inclusive as the idea itself.Blue Rasberry
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2016-11-03
Kitten
Your careful work is appreciated for new people you support and gently correct.Kmccook
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2017-04-26
Barnstar of Diplomacy
Thanks for all the effort you make to resolve a very weird situation that is formulated in Wikipedia. I really appreciate your comments and your willingness to help Wikipedia project by establishing a safe environment for everyone.Magioladitis
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2017-04-28
The 2016 Cure Award
In 2016 you were one of the top ~200 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do!Doc James
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2017-05-03
The Original Barnstar
For the excellent and incredibly helpful guide at WP:BAGG!Enterprisey
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2017-05-31
The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Headbomb, maybe this barnstar does not describes exactly the nice work you've done on many entries I contributed to, but I feel you deserve it: nice job!Daniele.tampieri
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2017-05-31
Editor of the Week
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week in recognition of your work on science related articles. Thank you for the great contributions!Buster7
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2017-11-12
The Women in Red Barnstar
Thank you, Headbomb, for maintaining and improving our WikiProject pages and for your constant interest in our activities.Ipigott
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2018-02-25
Bunny
Hi Headbomb, your 5 min response to this definitely deserves a bunny!Coolabahapple
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2018-02-28
The 2017 Cure Award
In 2017 you were one of the top ~250 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do!Doc James
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2018-04-25
The Scholarly Barnstar
For your contributions based on high-quality academic sources, please accept this peace offering.Brian Everlasting
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2018-04-26
AWBWikignome
Thank you, Headbomb, for tidying my messy edits!HLHJ
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2018-05-26
The Teamwork Barnstar
I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for maintaining professionalism in this conversation - this is a topic that has previously become contentious but this time everyone is working well together to identify and remediate actual problems, look for improvements, and explain intricacies that occur.Xaosflux
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2018-08-07
The 2018 Cure Award
In 2018 you were one of the top ~250 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public.Doc James
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2018-01-28
Stroopwafels
Thank you for your work in fixing the formatting of the citations in the Michelle Law bio! :)SunnyBoi
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2019-03-15
The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Thank you for your contributions to The Wikipedia SourceWatch, an incredible initiative that helps editors address the use of questionable sources on Wikipedia. I really appreciate your work!Newslinger
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2019-03-30
Beer
Thanks for approving my BRFA a mere 11 minutes after I filed it, and for the trust you put in me ("I would have liked to see a greater variety of categories, but you know what you're doing. Do more supervised testing if you feel the need for it"). It turns out I did end up making a couple of wrong edits (36) due to a few edge cases with different template formatting, but otherwise the ~9k edits went smoothly. Again, thank you.DannyS712
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2019-05-13
The Original Barnstar
Your edits to the PAMELA detector page are greatly appreciated and I can see it took a lot of work! Thanks (:User:MrAureliusR
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2019-05-27
The Barnstar of Good Humor
Thanks for the smile.WhatamIdoing
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2019-06-24
Thanks
Thank you! I was at one of the events w[h]ere [Michele S. Mirman] was installed as president and thought she would be a good person to try my first Wiki on given her status. Any help would be appreciated - I'm just learning!Josephryanorr
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2019-07-27
Cookie
Beautiful work at WP:BAGG! Really useful guide.Enterprisey
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2019-08-01
The Original Barnstar
Your recent work on the Bell Labs Technical Journal is much appreciated!Steve Quinn
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Progress
Currently, this editor has earned the Grandmaster Editor First-Class service award.

To get to the next level, Vanguard Editor, he needs to meet the time requirement.
Progress towards the next level (by time): [ 444.5 days / 730.5 days ]
60.8% completed
 
 
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