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Engaged in geography, political science, economy, history, sociology, arts, sports, technology, and transportation. At Wikimedia, I have made 108k edits in 18 years of editing. I have lived on 3 continents and have visited 36 countries and territories in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. In Europe, I have visited most countries in the North, South, and West. In the West all but Liechtenstein. In North America, I have visited 30 US states, DC, 2 Canadian provinces, and the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten/Saint Martin. Mexico is hopefully my next destination!
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Awards and honors
Kittens, food, and drinks
A kitten for you!
For your work on Spijkstaal
08:19, 16 October 2021 (UTC)
Honors in the 2000s
Sbarro suicide bombing
On this day was updated on 2013-8-9 with a fact from the article. The fact was that fifteen people were killed and 130 others were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his bomb at a Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem.
Status of Jerusalem
Used in: Omer Benjakob (7 December 2017). "Two-Page Solution? After Trump Move, Jerusalem Battle Now Plays Out on Wikipedia". Haaretz.
Two articles I wrote, Rutherford University and International Parliament for Safety and Peace, contributed with the List of unaccredited institutions of higher education to the Assabah Al-Jadaeed (New Sabah) newspaper article "The Diploma Mafias - with a list of diploma factories worldwide", published in Baghdad, 14 February 2008, sourced from WP
On 28 of October 2015 Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Louis Fles that I created on 2008-04-23 and VaDawn expanded. The fact was that in 1933, accountant and furniture importer Louis Fles wrote an anti-Nazi radio address that was so strident, it was banned by the Dutch government.
On 2019-12-14, Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli included materials from 'my' article on Jean Rikhoff that I created on 2009-09-29 in her article The late Jean Rikhoff, one of the last grand dames, published in The Post-Star
Mark Graham and Bernie Hogan, of the University of Oxford, in their paper Uneven Openness: Barriers to MENA Representation on Wikipedia of April 29, 2014 analyzed my contributions and those of all others to Middle East-North Africa articles. These contributions were largely in the 2000s.
Honors in the 2010s
Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Same-sex marriage under United States tribal jurisdictions, which you created. Materialscientist (talk) 12:00, 9 January 2010 (UTC) The fact was that same-sex marriage has been allowed in the Coquille Tribe of Oregon despite the state's defense of marriage amendment
A columnist from Alblasserdam translated 'my' Simon Berman article to Dutch, copied all its sources, and added some images and sections from linked articles on nl.wiki to create an 8/2014 column at alblasserdam.net that is chapter 17 in his first book, published 12/2014 at Brave New Books, Amsterdam. Sourced from Wikipedia.
Honors in the 2020s
"Keep per WP:HEY. The article has been significantly improved by Gidonb since the nomination. If some of the 25 sources now cited in the article are independent and reliable, then GNG is met." Toughpigs 08:01, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
"The result was keep." buidhe 23:45, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
"At the time of the nomination the article was in a terrible state but Gidonb has done an excellent job here on not only greatly improving the article but creating a decent enough article which shows more than enough sources to press GNG." Govvy 13:38, 11 January 2021
"The result was keep." The Aafī (talk) 17 January 2021
Albert Levy Themans
"Keep the original two-sentence stub inspired no confidence int he subject's notability. However gidonb did a spectacular job on bringing the article to its current state. There is no question now that the sourcing supports GNG." Possibly 18 April 2021
"The result was keep." Eddie891 19 April 2021