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It was a leek. Leeks happen. They've happened since the beginning of time.

Hi there, I'm theleekycauldron! Some people like to call me leek or leeky, which is fine by me :) (as long as you write in lowercase!) I became a Wikipedian in the summer of 2020, starting out as a minor; I firmly believe in the ability of younger editors to be positive and productive contributors to this project. My talk page is always open to questions, comments, complaints, and requests for help – don't hesitate to reach out!


theleekycauldron is a rough portmanteau of leek, a root vegetable I identify with due to an inside joke, and The Leaky Cauldron, a pub in the Harry Potter universe.[1]

Articles I've worked on[edit]


Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Other stuff I do around here[edit]


The vast majority of my energy is spent at Did you know, a section of the Main Page that airs fun and intruiging facts from new and improved articles. I nominate my articles to appear at DYK virtually every chance I get, but I spend much more time assembling and scheduling DYK sets (known in the biz as "prep building"), and as an administrator, I also stamp sets that others have built so that they can go on the Main Page (we need more of these!). This is a random selection of my hooks about political figures:

  • ... that a resolution introduced into the Nebraska Legislature by Joni Albrecht praised Julie Schmit-Albin as "never one to let a public official waffle on pro-life legislation"?
  • ... that after Claudia Fleming's dessert cookbook went out of print due to poor sales, used copies began circulating on eBay for hundreds of dollars?
  • ... that it was said that public school teacher Arthur Hathaway Hewitt "'hath-a-way' of striking terror into the hearts of all who dare oppose him"?
  • ... that Minnesota legislator Claudia Meier cosponsored a bill freeing women from having to take their husbands' last names, and then took her husband's last name?
  • ... that Claudia Riner was falsely accused of distributing lesbian erotica in the Kentucky House of Representatives?

A full list of hooks can be found here.

Scripts and bots[edit]

I run GalliumBot; he does a bunch of tasks related to DYK and stuff. Does any of it work? ... not really, no. But I sure did put a bunch of time into 'em!

  1. prep set's half-assed workbench (pshaw)
  2. DYK addition and removal notary (darn)
  3. views analyzer for DYK extraordinaire (vandyke)
  4. promotion counter, to, ostensibly, rank (proctor)


Mainly the half-baked thoughts I'm intending to finish.

  1. Assessing DYK hooks
  2. Don't tempt the wrath of the Whatever, from high atop the Thing
  3. DYK and attribution
  4. It's okay to be wrong
  5. Source your plot summaries (Signpost link)
  6. Shortcuts, screwballers, Simon & Garfunkel

Badges, WikiProjects, and other good shtick[edit]

This editor is a
Senior Editor II
and is entitled to display this Rhodium
Editor Star
This editor is a Most Pluperfect Labutnum and is entitled to display this Book of Knowledge with Coffee Cup Stain, Cigarette Burn, Chewed Broken Pencil, Sticky Note, and Bookmark.
Editor of the Week
for the week beginning December 4, 2022
Recognized for her brilliant DYK prep work, eclectic article writing and active promotion at DYK, creating many prep sets and userscripts to speed up the process. She frequents WT:DYK, making quick decisions on nominations and significant contributions to discussions. leek's featured work ranges from United States congressional delegations from Hawaii to C. J. Cregg to the ever-debated Pronunciation of GIF, and her GAs are no less varied! Her sense of humor and ease of manner does not go unnoticed.
Recognized for
creating PSHAW allowing for easy promotion
Nominators: Sennecaster, Kavyansh.Singh, and Mr Serjeant Buzfuz
Submit a nomination
Trophy case :)
From Date Title Image Kind note :D
Amakuru 2021 September 3 The DYK Barnstar Hi Theleekycauldron, a little appreciation of all the hard work you've put into the DYK space in the past few weeks. There is often a shortage of people willing to build prep sets and take part in the other grunt work, and thanks in part to your efforts the large backlog has now been reduced. Keep up the good work!
ezlev 2021 September 30 The Barnstar of Good Humor For a basket of puns and related wordplay in your DYK nomination. Thanks for making me laugh!
Beccaynr 2021 October 10 The Purple Star The Purple Star For your kindness and grace with the Erynn Chambers article and AfD.
Victuallers 2021 November 23 The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar Really appreciating the Hook updates. Thank you. Please have this barnstar.
Ktin 2021 November 24 The Tireless Contributor Barnstar Hello there! Thanks so much for the energy that you bring to the WP:DYK project!!! Editors like you are the reason this place is so beautiful! Thanks and stay awesome!
Kingsif 2021 December 30 The Good Heart Barnstar The Good Heart Barnstar As we come to the end of another terrifying year, I must express my gratitude for you on Wikipedia. Be it quick responses, prepbuilding like nobody has before (and we've tried!), or just putting up with all my DYK talk messages, requests, and getting lost. Thank you, happy new year.
Bruxton 2022 January 7 The DYK Barnstar For your tremendous contributions to the DYK process.
The Most Comfortable Chair 2022 January 29 The Barnstar of Integrity For your honest introspection in response to question 20. The ability to realize your mistakes, straight-up admit that you were wrong without making excuses, and reflect on how it helped you grow shows true character and a level of maturity which a lot of us never reach — this makes you eminently worthy of administratorship in my book.
🐔dat 2022 January 29 The Barnstar of Good Humor Per the most recent diff of this page. The one involving picking at your face.
Maile 2022 January 29 The Tireless Contributor Barnstar You gave it your best efforts. There is always tomorrow, and another chance somewhere down the line. In the meantime, keep on with the good work you do for all of us
Jeromi Mikhael 2022 January 29 The Original Barnstar Really sorry for forgetting to attend your RfA. I'm busy in my home wiki and real life, so I forgot to look after enwiki. I've seen the answers to the RfA, and none of this is immature. Those who doubt you think that people can't change in a matter of months, but who I am talking to now clearly disproves that statement. Some other people have warned you to wait for several months for the RfA, but you pushed forward regardless. You might have lost the battle, but you won the war. Prove to them that you are not the 16-year-old they might think about.
HouseOfChange 2022 February 28 The Barnstar of Good Humor Your kindness and energy are a bright spot at DYK and elsewhere. Thank you!
Bilorv 2022 March 24 The Surreal Barnstar Congrats on winning Wall-to-wall coverage, which I continue to think is one of the hardest Challenges despite the number of people who have proved me wrong! And on your first TFA as well, I believe. I know a lot of your work focuses on the Main Page, so I shouldn't be so surprised, but well done. :)
evrik 2022 April 13 The DYK Barnstar In appreciation of your hard work.
Reidgreg 2022 May 10 The Teamwork Barnstar Awarded jointly and severally to Spidey104. PCN02WPS, Evrik, and Theleekycauldron, for all of your timely help with Free Comic Book Day for the event's 20th anniversary: expanding the article, cleaning it up, offering advice, reviewing it at GAN and DYK, and promoting its late entry into the queue. It has been greatly appreciated.
Rlink2 2022 May 15 The DYK Barnstar Keep up the good work. I am still trying to ramp up to my previous levels of Wiki activity, which includes promoting hooks.
Paradise Chronicle 2022 June 19 The Galactic Barnstar For your resilience and persistence in improving the DYK process. What would DYK look like without you?
Eddie891 2023 March 10 The Original Barnstar Thanks for all your work, both with content and especially in the (relatively thankless) task of DYK management. It is high quality, and most appreciated.
Derpytoucan 2023 March 13 The Tireless Contributor Barnstar Thank you for your work on California politicians!
Ixtal 2023 April 5 The Content Creativity Barnstar For creating some of my favorite articles in fun and engaging topics. Whenever I want to convince people that editing Wikipedia is fun I show them your work, so I thought I'd give you a lil' shiny star in recognition of your contributions.

building prep sets

Thank you for quality articles such as SLAPP Suits, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote and Julie Schmit-Albin, for building prep sets for DYK with a keen eye on diversity of topics, such as on 9/11, and an open ear for my complaints, and uplifting replies, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:12, 11 September 2021 (UTC)


In this userspace:



  1. ^ well, it's my user page, isn't it?
  2. ^ leek removed this entry because she felt she hadn't contributed enough, but I am grateful for her ongoing support on the article and so have restored this. Thanks as always, Claudia. -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe)
  3. ^ This was a lighthearted tribute to a certain user by the same name, who I encountered when I first entered the DYK sphere.


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  6. ^ claudia! i'm (indirectly) named after this one :)
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