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My username is ThadeusOfNazereth, but my real name is Thadeus Smith. I've been editing on Wikipedia as an IP user and a registered user under different accounts since sometime in 2014 (when I would've been only 13-years-old), but with my young and underdeveloped mind I could never seem to keep my passwords straight. I've been at this account since August 8th of 2016, and I have no plans to change that.
I get asked questions a lot by my real-life friends and family about why I care so much about Wikipedia. I am politically and philosophically an anarchist, which means that I oppose coercive hierarchy in all its forms. Because I am so young and uninfluential in the grand scheme of things, I often feel I can't have an impact on the oppressive structures that surround us in daily life (like the state, structural marginalization, the capitalist system at large), which makes it easy to lose hope. I view Wikipedia as an anarchist's wet dream. An online, community-governed, cooperative way to share knowledge without bias or censorship (for the most part) is incredible, and contributing here helps me feel as though I'm making a difference.
That sense of pride makes me comfortable revealing some of my personal details here. Outside of Wikipedia I work as an elementary, middle, and high school speech and debate coach. I'm currently an postgraduate student attending the University of Essex, reading Human Rights.
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)
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