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— Wikipedian  —
Myself in 2021
Name in real lifeThadeus Smith
Personality typeINFJ
Education and employment
OccupationHigh school teacher
EducationA.A. Olympic College (2019)
B.A. Pacific Lutheran University (2021)
M.A. University of Essex (2022)
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
Account statistics
JoinedAugust 8, 2016
Edit count~25,000

My username is ThadeusOfNazereth, but my real name is Thadeus Smith. I've been editing on Wikipedia as an IP and a registered user under different accounts since sometime in 2014. Having lost the password to my childhood account Football1607, I began editing at this account on August 8th of 2016 and have no plans to change that.

My interests on Wikipedia are pretty broad! At any given moment in time, I can be found:

In addition to my Wikipedia editing, I am a Volunteer Advisor with the Wikimedia Foundation elections committee, which organizes and oversees elections to the Board of Trustees.

I have a conflict-of-interest in the following articles: John Hagan (sailor), Olympic College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Essex, and American Heritage School (Florida). Any other potential COI's are so insignificant as to be irrelevant.

Recommended Reading[edit]

"But when I think of you, I want to be alone together. I want to strive against and for. I want to live in contact. I want to be a context for you, and you for me."

— Amar El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, This is How You Lose the Time War



Purely academic[edit]

  • Two Dozen (or so) Arguments for God by Jerry Walls and Trent Dougherty is a long-form articulation of Alvin Plantinga's arguments for God's existence, with a team of contributors that includes Alexander Pruss, William Lane Craig, and Richard Swinburne.
  • Washington's End by Jonathan Horn is an unusual biography that focuses almost entirely on George Washington's post-presidency years, providing insight into his personal struggle with slavery.
  • Normal Life by Dean Spade is about the myriad of ways bureaucratic violence impacts the life of trans people in America and around the world.

Online reading[edit]

  • Antilibraries is one of my favorite "hidden gem" websites—a collection of books that have yet to be read. It inspired me to create my own antilibrary, which quickly just became my actual library.
  • The SCP Foundation is the single greatest work of collaborative fiction to have ever existed—Now pushing 10,000 articles!
  • Eclectic Orthodoxy, Fr. Adrian Kimel's blog, is my favorite religion website and an invaluable resource for Christian Universalism.

My contributions[edit]

This is a list of my more notable contributions, namely pages I've created or substantially expanded/contributed to. They're arranged in alphabetical order under the respective columns, not chronological.

Awards, boxes, and the like[edit]

The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For taking a moment to welcome new editors: Thanks! ProClasher97 (talk) 01:38, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
The Resilient Barnstar
Not a lot of people hold beliefs like you do and I commend you for staying true to who you are in this day and age. I wish you countless healthy years. Dub1zero6 (talk) 06:08, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Thanks for working to help keep the encyclopedia free from non-constructive edits! LizardJr8 (talk) 23:59, 17 January 2021 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
ThadeusOfNazereth: We appreciate your attention to detail on out Point La Vista Cape article which examines the biography of land occupation Timucua Natives to 20th Century in Jax, FL. We'll keep trying to strengthen the Citation Section. Thanks for the helping hand. PointLaVista (talk) 18:06, 19 January 2021 (UTC)
The Patroller's Barnstar
For reviewing at least 100 articles during the drive. Thank you for reviewing or re-reviewing 139 articles, which helped contribute to an overall 1276-article reduction in the backlog during the drive. (t · c) buidhe 12:27, 3 December 2021 (UTC)
The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
This award is given to ThadeusOfNazereth for collecting more than 25 points doing reviews and re-reviews, in the October NPP backlog reduction drive. Thank you for your contributions. Zippybonzo | Talk (he|him) 09:01, 30 October 2022 (UTC)
ThadeusOfNazereth thinks first-past-the-post is a flawed voting system and wants fairer votes.
This user doesn't like Nazis.
This user believes race does not exist except as an oppressive social construct and will oppose racism by any means necessary.
This user opposes Uyghur genocide denial. See also: Cultural genocide.
Apartheid: Wrong for South Africans; wrong for Palestinians.
This user is concerned about
Human Rights
This user is opposed to any harmful conspiracy theory
This user supports drug policy reform; knowing that prohibition is immoral, counterproductive, illiberal and doesn't work.
This user supports immigration and the right to travel freely upon the planet we share.
This user thinks we don't have the right to decide who lives or dies.
EuThis user does NOT support euthanasia and is strongly opposed to all forms of eugenics.
This user supports Indigenous rights.

This user believes that torture cannot be justified under any circumstances.
This user is against transhumanism.
This user believes that children should not be indoctrinated into hateful ideologies.
This user is Anti-nationalist.
This user supports youth rights.
This user is a donor to the Wikimedia Foundation. You can be one, too.
This user edits on Wikipedia under his real name.
This user has access to the
Wikipedia Library.
This user is a member of the Association of Structurist Wikipedians.
encycThis user frequently uses a physical encyclopedia to verify facts.
This user has almost as many userscripts as they have userboxes.
This user has both RedWarn and Twinkle, and may use them together!RW
WebCiteThis user believes in archiving sources to prevent link rot.
<ref>This user would like to see everyone using inline citations. Please...
EW+This user has experienced edit wars and doesn't wish involvement again. Please be civil; no personal attacks.
This user is a member of the Association of Redirectionist Wikipedians.
This user's editing philosophy...
Contribute, let go
This user believes in the
right of every human being
to have access to Wikipedia.
Don't Wedge InThis user believes in maintaining
citation integrity.
Everyone has points of view with inherent cultural biases - recognition is the first step to achieving NPOV.
Favorite Media
DThis user reads Dissent.
LRBThis user reads the London Review of Books.
NLRThis user reads New Left Review.
This user's favorite SCP is
This user attends Camp Half-Blood.
This user enjoys all the books in the Twilight series.
This user is a fan of the Catwoman, Gotham City's notorious feline thief and East End's protector.
This user is a Spider-Man super fan.
RVFThis user loves Ramona Flowers.
This user loves the theatreclassical, fringe, experimental.
This user listens to folk punk.
This user has been to the Grand Ole Opry.
This user is a fan of Stargate SG-1.
This user does not like getting Philiminated from the Race.
This user likes Lego Masters.
This user doesn't want a snuffed torch in Survivor.
My Life
This user has been featured in a newspaper.
DENThis user is a fan of the
Denver Broncos.
CAPThis user is a former member of the Civil Air Patrol
This user is a member of WikiProject Debating.
This user supports trans-inclusive gender equality.
This user is grateful to be a
Homo sapiens
in a universe full of wonder.
This user is a native of the United States of America.
This user is a citizen of the U.S. State of Washington.
This user teaches at a secondary school.
This user was or is an AmeriCorps volunteer.

On the WMF[edit]

So here's my take; do with it what you will. Fundraising needs to be regular to be effective. Annual pledge drives are necessary not because WMF (or any other organization that runs on donations) are broke; rather there needs to be a regular, dependable stream of income that allows the budgeting and planning process to work efficiently. It's a rather short-sighted (and stupid, IMHO) way to run an organization to only seek income when they are on the verge of bankruptcy; living "paycheck to paycheck" is a bad way for individuals to survive, and doubly so for complex organizations. It doesn't matter how much money the organization has in savings, or how much it spends, it matters that income is regular and predictable. Running savings down to near zero, and then asking for a handout is not the way any organization should run. Fundraising is not done because WMF needs money NOW, it is done because WMF needs money in a predictable manner so as to be able to plan and organize and budget and all of that. The specific wording of the banners aside, much of the anger and vitriol towards WMF seems to be that they are fundraising at all, most of it is centered on the notion that WMF is "swimming in cash" (irrelevant to the need for steady income as a good organizational practice) or that they aren't spending the money they have wisely (which may be a reason to not donate one's self, but seems like rather rude to extend that into blocking the organization from getting any income). It would be helpful to separate the discussions so that we can get the difference between "I don't like the wordings of these banners and think we need to change them" and "I don't think WMF should be seeking donations". The former is a reasonable discussion to have. The latter is unreasonable.
— User:Jayron32, Fundraising meta-question: a Groundhog Day feeling, WP:Help Desk
A conversation between two people. One says "every time I donate to wiki I think of you." The other responds "This might actually be the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me"
A real, unprompted conversation proving just how valuable Wikipedia editing can be
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