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31 October 2019


My obsession—the chief impetus—on Wikipedia is the topic of Shakespeare; and in particular the biographical and historical aspects of that topic. I am particularly interested in the articles covering the man himself—William Shakespeare and Shakespeare's life—as well as those for his immediate family: Judith Quiney, Thomas Quiney, Hamnet Shakespeare, Susanna Hall, John Hall, Thomas Nash, Anne Hathaway, John Shakespeare, Richard Shakespeare, Mary Shakespeare, Joan Shakespeare, and William Hart. This fixation on biography has also metastasized to an interest in the variously significant biographers of the Bard: Nicholas Rowe, Edmond Malone, James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps, Edmund Kerchever Chambers, and Samuel Schoenbaum. And once you're into the biographers, it is all too easy to digress into the ditto editors: Lewis Theobald, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, George Steevens, &c.; actors and actor-managers like Colley Cibber and David Garrick; and painters and artists such as William Hogarth, Joshua Reynolds, and John Boydell.

My chief focus at the moment is to keep an eye on the purely biographical bits of William Shakespeare, Hamnet Shakespeare, Judith Quiney, and Thomas Quiney; as well as attempting to rewrite and expand Edmond Malone to a point where it's a candidate for GA; which will probably be followed by a similar attempt with Susanna Hall (and, if I can find suitable sources, the same for John Hall).

Being pretty obsessive by nature, I'm also planning to take a sweep through the various Shakespare-related categories on Wikipedia, starting at Category:William Shakespeare, and making sure they are all properly tagged with the WikiProject banner, have the appropriate structure and membership, and attempt to resolve the circular mess and overcategorization in some areas. And should that prove insufficiently pedantic, it might be followed by going through all the pages with WP:BARD templates and add categories.



Not being overly prone to excessive, or even moderate, humility; I've some achievements on Wikipedia of which I am sufficiently proud to wish to, well—not to put too fine a point on it—shove them in the face of any poor confused soul stumbling onto my user page. In no particular order, these are the articles Judith Quiney, Thomas Quiney, and Hamnet Shakespeare which I rewrote and significantly expanded; and which subsequently were reviewed as fulfilling the Good Article criteria. My exuberant pride in this should not, of course, be construed as a slight against those other editors who went before, contributed during, or have come after, to the articles in question: the sense of achievement is entirely subjective, and the validation from external review, here, mere scorekeeping.


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I commend you for all of your hard work on William Shakespeare. To compose and copy edit articles with multitudes of other people is never easy. You have helped produce a fascinating and eminently readable article. Think how many high school essays will reflect your language! :) Awadewit | talk 04:52, 12 August 2007 (UTC)
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Thank you for your exceptional review of John Boydell! Your attention to linguistic detail, illustrations, and sourcing were exemplary – Wikipedia needs more reviewers like you. Awadewit (talk) 02:42, 24 July 2009 (UTC)
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Awarded for your "quick rewrite" of Jessica (The Merchant of Venice). Josh Milburn (talk) 21:57, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
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To Xover for the image detective work on film noir... Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 19:35, 24 March 2018 (UTC)
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Thanks very much for helping to review Mowbray—thanks to your helpful suggestions, it passed. I appreciate you taking the time and trouble to look in. Cheers! —SerialNumber54129 paranoia /cheap shit room 14:49, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
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Xover! Thank you so much for the amazing work and help, and for your insightful comments on how to fix {{cite act}}. Without you it'd still be a disgusting mess of {{#if: statements, and no one wants that. Cheers! Hecseur (talk) 13:19, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

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Thank you for quality articles around your Shakespeare obsession, such as Judith Quiney, Thomas Quiney and Hamnet Shakespeare, for exceptional reviewing earning "Think how many high school essays will reflect your language!", for contemplation, for service from 2006, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!


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