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About Me

My background on Wikimedia is fairly unexciting. I first started editing in February 2006: my first edits from this account essentially mark the start of my editing career: I have rarely deliberately edited as an IP. I became a bot operator in 2007, an admin in 2008, and was an oversighter from 2009 to 2011. Along the way I discovered an interest in template coding and 'backstage' work. Notwithstanding that, I have made occasional substantial article contributions.

Since 2009 I began to take more interest in the MediaWiki software itself, filing a number of bugs and patches to bugzilla. I held SVN commit access, which allowed me to help develop the MediaWiki software directly. I was an administrator at, the documentation site for MediaWiki, and I have a few minor rights scattered across a number of projects. I have about 27,000 edits across all projects.

What I do

Although I can be a creative person, and I enjoy writing, I do a lot of grunt or fairy work, as I rarely have the perseverance to complete any major projects. That said, I do have a few green and gold shiny things to my name: I notched up a 75-edit streak on The Colour of Magic (TV film), which made Start → GA. I helped bring List of poker hands to FL, Wicked (musical) to GA, and Emma Watson to FA. I mainly work with templates on Wikipedia: I designed or help design the Requests listing system for the late League of Copyeditors, the complete overhaul of the CSD template system around {{Db-meta}}, the {{pp-meta}} and {{WPBannerMeta}} meta-templates for page protection and WikiProject banners. I regularly patrol Category:Protected edit requests and Category:Candidates for speedy deletion, am active on Templates for deletion, and consider myself an expert template coder. Most importantly for the encyclopedia, however, I can never resist the urge to edit any page I happen to visit which looks like it needs it :D.

New articles

I rarely create new articles - we have enough of those already.


I've created or worked on a couple of templates which are quite widely used. I should be able to answer any questions over the use or structure of these.


Although I tend to work 'backstage', I have made significant contributions to a handful of articles when I develop a special connection to them.
List of poker hands
Emma Watson
Wicked (musical)
The Colour of Magic (TV film)

Shiny things


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WikiProject Mixed Drinks Barnstar

The WikiProject Mixed Drinks Barnstar is hereby award by Willscrlt to Happy-melon for his ongoing dedication and participation with our WikiProject and tireless tagging of articles with infoboxes. --Willscrlt (Talk·Cntrb) 14:27, 6 February 2007 (UTC)

The Special Barnstar

In recognition of your really useful edits to Wikipedia, especially Harry Potter-related articles, I award you the Special Barnstar. Keep up the excellent work! Lradrama 09:47, 4 September 2007 (UTC)
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The Project-Improvement Barnstar

For past, present, and ongoing efforts to improve the structure and flow of the League of Copy-editors Requests project and page. Unimaginative Username (talk) 22:44, 19 November 2007 (UTC)
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The Barnstar of Good Humour

I saw your comments regarding yourself at Wikipedia:WikiProject Mixed Drinks#Participants. Speaking as one basically brain-dead bot boy to another who describes himself as such, it's nice to know that there's someone else out there who can do the same sort of thing and actually admit it. John Carter (talk) 01:19, 7 February 2008 (UTC)

Barnstar of Intrepidity

I, Coppertwig, would like to award you, Happy-melon, this Barnstar of Intrepidity for leadership and syntaxcraft in templatiferous territory during the development and implementation of the new versions of the CSD templates.
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The da Vinci Barnstar

For his enhancement of Wikipedia WikiProjects through his work with {{WPBannerMeta}}, I hereby award Happy-melon the da Vinci Barnstar. -- GregManninLB (talk) 14:53, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
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Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar

The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar: You deserve to be recognized for the work you've done recently to improve the HP WikiProject participants section. It is appreciated. Thanks! Faithlessthewonderboy 05:02, 25 August 2007 (UTC)
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The Order of Merlin (Second class)

The Order of Merlin, the WikiProject Harry Potter Barnstar, is awarded by Fbv65edel to Happy-melon for tireless efforts in revitalizing the WikiProject and progressing articles in a forward direction after the end of the series. His work on the Emma Watson article, especially throughout her FAC, has also been unwearying.

The Copyeditor's Barnstar

you for your hard (and mostly thankless) work doing all of the administrative tasks behind the scenes for the League of Copyeditors. Trusilver (talk) 22:48, 5 January 2008 (UTC)
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The Order of the Bath

Master Blacksmith Happy-melon: you, and your trusty apprentice MelonBot, are hereby awarded the order of the bath for your sterling efforts to clean up Wikipedia:Peer review. (Or should that be Wikipedia:Peer review/archive1?) Geometry guy 19:29, 20 February 2008 (UTC)
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The Minor Barnstar

For all your work on Wikipedia, such the minor and monotonous edits that you make, you are awarded with this Minor Barnstar. - DiligentTerrier (and friends) 17:04, 10 April 2008 (UTC)
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The Barnstar of Good Humor

For this (which I liked so much I plagiarized it on my main userpage) and this edit summary, which I'm still laughing about. J.delanoygabsadds 02:05, 15 May 2008 (UTC)

The Special Barnstar

This is to thank you (Happy Melon, in specific, not any other random reader) for clearing the final obstacle towards finally standardising the documentation for succession boxes. I took my time, it is true, but I never forget those who have helped me. Should you need anything, anything at all, the members of SBS will be happy to help you. Waltham, The Duke of 09:02, 22 May 2008 (UTC)
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The Tireless Contributor Barnstar

Thankyou for your efforts and quality contributions on creating the code for the bot for the conversion of the Template:Infobox rugby league biography. It was much appreciated by me and all users in the WikiProject Rugby league. Thankyou very much.  The Windler talk  22:48, 23 August 2008 (UTC) Florrieleave a note 01:33, 24 August 2008 (UTC)
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The Original Barnstar

This was a piece of sheer genius. Many thanks! ➨ ЯEDVERS takes life at five times the average speed 10:59, 19 December 2008 (UTC)
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The Whole Barn

For shepherding the discussion that got rid of that awful "Create a Book". That's worth the whole barn. - Dank (push to talk) 12:52, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

Nominations and flags

Random bits and pieces

By popular demand, the smiley green alien remains...

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