User:Eric Corbett

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    About me

    My current user name, Eric Corbett, is my real name, but like everyone else here I had to choose a username that was unique, so I initially chose Malleus Fatuorum. I make this statement because I don't want to hide behind a pretend shield of anonymity.

    I made my first edit to Wikipedia on 6 June 2006, a minor copy edit to the Delian League,[2] but I didn't begin to contribute regularly until February 2007. One of the first articles I contributed significantly to was Sale, Greater Manchester, which achieved GA probably despite my efforts. When Chat Moss was promoted to FA on New Year's Eve 2007, I felt that maybe I was beginning to understand what was expected of a Wikipedia article, and since then I've helped to get a few more articles to GA and FA. I've also created more than 160 new articles, three of which are now FAs and three are GAs.

    For those who're interested, I've had two unsuccessful RFAs, one in 2007 and the other in 2008


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    GA reviews

    I believe that the good article process is potentially one of the best initiatives in Wikipedia – a lightweight, although to some controversial, process that generates a significant improvement in article quality. So I decided it was only fair to try and help out by taking on some of the reviews. This is a list of the GA nominations I've reviewed:

    The icon represents the outcome of these 288 reviews, not necessarily the article's present status.

    I also helped out at the GA Sweeps project. The list of the 321 articles I checked is available here, along with the results of the reviews.