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As a professional educator and writer my principal editing roles are fixing grammar, punctuation and style problems in articles. I believe that articles should be written in a straightforward and modern English style (not in a convoluted and outdated 19th century style as so many articles sadly are). I will take strong action against the misuse of articles for any kinds of hype, advertising, slander and blatant bias. I do not suffer fools gladly and have a low tolerance for the many editors who frequently misuse articles for promoting their personal opinions or their uncritical following of belief systems. I do not make many editing mistakes but I am always happy to have any mistakes corrected if done politely and with reference to the Manual of Style instead of merely personal preference.

People with Wikipedia pages who I have known or metEdit

Adam Phillips (psychologist), Alan Jones (priest), Ann Vriend, Ben Folds, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Blossom Dearie, Brian Cadd, Claudio Naranjo, David Farrer, David Tacey, Derek Guille, Don Richard Riso, Eddie Maguire, Eddi Reader, Eli Jaxon-Bear, Enya, Frank Little, Frank Woods (archbishop of Melbourne), George Pell, Glenn Shorrock, Graham Leonard, James Hillman, Janis Ian, John Farnham, John Gorton, John Hepworth, John Hazlewood, John Macquarrie, Jon Faine, Graham Leonard, Helen Garner, Janis Ian, Jim Keays, John Clarke (satirist), John A. Sanford, John Howard, Johnny O'Keefe, Les Murray (poet), Loudon Wainwright III, Luka Bloom, Marcus Loane, Matthew Fox (priest), Melanie Safka, Michael Palin, Michael Ramsey, Molly Ringwald, Nick Dal Santo, Robert Dann, Robert A. Johnson (psychotherapist), Robert Runcie, Rosalind Runcie, Rosemary Clooney, Rowan Williams, Roy Higgins, Peter Carnley, Peter Hollingworth, Thomas Moore (spiritual writer), Tiny Tim (musician), Tom Paxton

 This user resists the POV pushing of lunatic charlatans.
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enThis user is a native speaker of the English language.
 This user comes from Australia.
en-auThis user is a native speaker of Australian English.
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 Beware! This user's talk page is patrolled by talk page stalkers.
abcThs usre haz verry goode spelng.
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This user is a supporter of the
St Kilda Saints
 This user has visited 27 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.27
 This user comes from Victoria.
 This user is a member of
the Guild of Copy Editors.


“,;:’This user is a punctuation stickler.
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of an unintentional block.
A, B, and
A and B
This user prefers to use the serial comma only when its omission can be confusing.
əThis user is a Grammar Nazi.
linkspamThis user despises linkspam, and will terminate it on sight, as well as any other spam by the contributor.
 This user despises vandalism and reverts it with extreme pride.


 This user reserves the right to completely screw up his own edits.


 This user knows that his userboxes are disorganised but has decided that he doesn't really care.
 This editor is an Experienced Editor and is entitled to display this Service Badge.


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    Introduction to Wikipedia
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    Help pages
    What Wikipedia is not
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