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Noia 64 apps karm.svg Bradv has been active on Wikipedia for 11 years, 7 months and 30 days.
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Editor of the week barnstar.svgThis user received the Editor of the Week award for the week beginning 20 Jan 2019.
#This user chats on IRC under the nickname bradv.

Why do I edit Wikipedia?Edit

We are in the midst of the biggest literary revolution the world has ever seen. Not since the invention of the printing press has there been such a leap forward in humanity's ability to record, share, and transmit information. We read books, newspapers, online news articles, blogs. We write Facebook posts, tweets, emails, and text messages. All that time we spend staring at our phones? We're reading, writing, and sharing information with each other.

As with any new phase in human history, we are having trouble adjusting. We used to get our news and information from sources we implicitly trusted – the bookstore, the newspaper, the government, the church. Now we struggle with knowing who to trust. A flood of information from many different sources can leave us confused just as easily as it can inform us and help us make good decisions.

The struggle to adapt to all this new information is evident throughout our institutions. News articles write clickbaity headlines in order to get more ad revenue. Advertisers make false promises in order to enrich themselves. Politicians spread fake news to prey upon our fears and sow discord, hatred, and confusion.

We are getting used to being lied to. Humanity is together getting better at sorting fact from fiction, and separating those who are seeking to inform from those who are seeking to mislead. And at the forefront of that effort is Wikipedia, a project to document the sum of all human knowledge using the power of the Internet. Never before in the history of the world has such a project been possible, but never before has such a project been so necessary.

Is Wikipedia perfect? No, obviously not, it's a work in progress. Thousands of people come here every day to promote their own products, agendas, and ideas. But thousands of people are also working tirelessly to help improve the encyclopedia and achieve its vision.

This is why I edit Wikipedia. And here are some of the ways I try to do my part:

If you are reading this page we have probably interacted in some way, perhaps at one of the above venues. If you are here in order to promote a particular person, company, or point of view, I hope that this page will somehow help you understand why I do what I do, and maybe even inspire you to join me in building this encyclopedia. The same applies if you are a new editor, or if you haven't yet made your first edit – please join us in our pursuit to document the sum of all human knowledge. After all, it is a revolution.


Dana PhilpottBeverley Pearson MurphyAnne-Claude GingrasAlan Shepard (academic)Annette HerscovicsDermatotrophySymbol question.svg Blanket exerciseSymbol question.svgSymbol support vote.svg Derrick BarnesEdwin ChotaWilliam P. Robinson



Barnstars and awardsEdit

  The Admin's Barnstar
Congratulations on setting the new record on the fastest a new admin was taken to ArbCom! Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 20:04, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
  The Admin's Barnstar
Congrats on becoming an admin and thank you for blocking that IP @Joseph Efford. JudeccaXIII (talk) 19:51, 11 August 2019 (UTC)

"help improve the encyclopedia and achieve its vision"

Thank you for quality articles such as Derrick Barnes and Blanket exercise, for dealing with articles for creation and deletion, for "indispensable" clerk services, for strike as protest against destruction but getting back to work, for "help improve the encyclopedia and achieve its vision", - Brad, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

  The Fez
Hey Brad, I'm so glad you agreed to join the arbitration clerk team. In a few short months, you've managed to make yourself indispensable to the clerks and the committee. Your attentiveness and fast learning have been lifesavers, and we're delighted to have you with us. Congratulations on your confirmation by the clerks and the committee. Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 01:52, 24 April 2019 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
I appreciate your time contributing to wikipedia Alvinwebster (talk) 19:23, 3 April 2019 (UTC)
  I love the new superlinks update! Enterprisey (talk!) 04:14, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
  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 great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)
  The Purple Barnstar
Thank you for all of the work you do on Wikipedia and in AFC. I know that you recently got some negative press coverage, and I thought it was incredibly unfair that you were being attacked for following the rules and trying to work your way through backlog. While Wikipedia's poor coverage of women is a major problem, lashing out at individual editors for making good faith contributions is not the way to solve it. Anyways, thanks for continuing to keep up the good work throughout this ordeal. Spirit of Eagle (talk) 21:27, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
  For making your Superlinks user script display the AfC flowchart when editors visit draft pages. Brilliant idea! Enterprisey (talk!) 23:17, 15 October 2018 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
The templates you found for me at IRC will save me lots of time. Thank you!!!!!! Anna Frodesiak (talk) 21:07, 9 October 2018 (UTC)
  The Articles for Creation barnstar
Are Barnstars still a thing? I have not been editing for a while. If so, thanks for your tireless work on AfC submissions. Ebikeguy (talk) 17:10, 3 October 2018 (UTC)
  Thank you for the encouragement. Although I have requested for my page to be deleted, I learnt many new things about writing in Wikipedia. The idea was to experiment to begin with. Much appreciated. Tonrene (talk) 05:57, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
  Editor of the Week
Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week for your determination and dedication to help the encyclopedia grow. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)
  Special Edition New Page Patroller's Barnstar
For completing over 50 reviews during the 2018 June Backlog Drive, please accept this Special Edition Barnstar. Thank you for helping New Page Patrol and keep up the good work. Cheers! — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 18:59, 2 July 2018 (UTC)
  The Special Barnstar
Good work The Satyam 17:28, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
  Here's a cold one on me! Haven't seen you around in a bit - just wanted to drop by and say hey! -- Dane talk 05:12, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
  Thank You
Thank you for reviewing articles during the 2018 NPP New Year Backlog Drive. Always more to do, but thanks for participating. — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 05:13, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

Dear Bradv,

I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Ten Year Society, an informal group for editors who've been participating in the Wikipedia project for ten years or more.

Best regards, Chris Troutman (talk) 18:34, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

  The Original Barnstar
For the selfiess service towards making Wikipedia articles authentic and complete. Great at providing guidance to make Articles better and publishable. Umairsy 18:05, 7 December 2017 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
For your work on Monday Night Massacre. Bearian (talk) 17:59, 31 January 2017 (UTC)
  The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Thank you for the work that you do maintaining our encyclopedia. Regards, Adam9007 10 April 2016 (UTC)
  Humor Barnstar!
Yes you did! Thank you for being a Wikipedian. --Bongwarrior (talk) 00:51, 10 April 2016 (UTC)