This editor is an Master Editor II and is entitled to display this Platinum Editor Star.
David E. Siegel, January 2005 (courtesy of David E. Siegel)

I have been editing on Wikipedia since 7 February 2005.

I support Wikipedia:Process is Important and I urge all wikipedians to read it and consider it before undertaking out-of-process actions, particularly in regard to administrative functions.

I am interested in legal topics, science fiction and fantasy, as well as various other subjects. I am a professional APL programmer, and I have been the chair of ACM's SIGAPL.

-David E. Siegel

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Ten Years

On 4 July 2015, I joined the Wikipedia Ten Year Society.
I hope to be active here at least ten years more.


As of 6 October 2005, I am an admin (janitor) here on the English-language Wikipedia. So if you have a problem that I might be able to help you with, or if you think I have made any mistake in my carrying out admin responsibilities, or in my use of the admin tools, please leave me a note on my talk page.


This editor is a
Senior Administrator
and is entitled to display this
Silver Service Badge.


Admin statistics
Action Count
Edits 45784
Edits+Deleted 52889
Pages deleted 3510
Revisions deleted 146
Pages restored 505
Pages protected 23
Pages unprotected 2
Protections modified 2
Users blocked 299
Users reblocked 9
Users unblocked 40
User rights modified 18
Users created 7
Pages merged 13

Recovery of deleted articlesEdit

If you need access to a Wikipedia article that has been deleted, ask me. If it's not a copyright violation, libel, or personal information, and has not been deleted as a suspected biographies of living persons violation, I will normally userfy the article for you.

Note that using the text to recreate any deleted article may automatically qualify them for speedy deletion, and copies of previously deleted content that are being used solely for long-term archival purposes may be subject to deletion as Wikipedia is not a free web host. The MediaWiki website has a list of wiki sites which may be used to host your content.

Note also that I will place {{userspace draft}} on all restored articles. This will, among other things, add the NOINDEX parameter, and will prevent Google and other robots-compliant search engines from indexing the page.

If you want me to restore an article, place a note on my user talk page. Please give the exact name of the article before it was deleted if you know it. Please sign your request with four tildes (~~~~)

Education ProjectEdit

I have recently (as of January 2014) been accepted as an online volunteer by the Wikipedia Education Project (not to be confused with the Wiki-project of a similar name). In this role I will attempt to assist students in particular courses.

My current coursesEdit


Digital subscriptionsEdit

I have several digital subscriptions to news sources. If you want info from one of these, or the text of an article for use as a source in Wikipedia editing, I am in principle willing to try to locate available info and send it to an editor in good standing by email. If you want me to do this, please leave a request on my user talk page. Please indicate the specific name of the article if you know it, or the desired search parameters, in as much detail as you know them. You must have the "Email this user" function active, and therefore you must have a registered Wikipedia account and use it to leave the request. I do not promise any particular response time. It will be on a "when i can get to it" basis. See Resource Exchange for an alternative source. DES (talk)DESiegel Contribs 20:46, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

New York TimesEdit

As of 2016, I have a digital subscription to the New York Times, with full access to digitized back issues from 1861 on. I may be willing to search for sources in those archives, or to provide information about a particular archived article, in proper cases. DES (talk) 00:22, 9 April 2016 (UTC)

Washington PostEdit

As of 2019, i also have a digital subscription to the Washington Post. Its archives are not as extensive as those of the NY Times, but I will provide article access within reason if I can.

London TimesEdit

As of 2019, i also have a digital subscription to the London Times. I am new to this site, but I will provide article access within reason if I can.


I am a poor typist when typing at speed (I am particularly prone to two-character transpositions), and my editing setup does not make it easy for me to spell-check my Wikipedia edits. (I routinely spell-check most other things I write.) I do spell-check major edits off line, but I generally do not spell-check smaller edits nor talk page posts. I apologize for any unclarity or cleanup work that results -- feel free to ask me to clean up after myself in articles.

Alternate accountsEdit

  • User:DES-Public For use in public venues, and for non-admin tasks and to observe interfaces from a non-admin perspective.
  • User:DES~enwiki Created as User:DES, a doppelgänger account, but preempted and moved during global username unification, as an account with this name existed on some other wiki.


I am open to mentoring relatively new users who are sincerely interested in learning and how to contribute better.

Current menteesEdit

(Feel free to ping me if there is a problem with any of my mentees)


Recently I have found it both useful and enjoyable to attend editathons held in my vicinity when I can. Below is a list, possibly incomplete, of event pages for edit-a-thons or Wikipedia Workshops that I have attended.



These photos were taken by attendees at some of the events listed above, and uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.


Help DeskEdit


For working extremely hard at the Help desk. Molotov (talk)  
22:16, 20 October 2005 (UTC)

  The collaborator award
For Help Desk work. TCO (talk)

19:55, 5 October 2013 (UTC)


  The Original Barnstar
Thanks, DESiegel for finishing two AfDs after I was called away while trying to figure the process out. Eleland 19:14, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

SLR BarnstarEdit

  The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Barnstar
For your merits in Sri Lanka reconciliation in TamilNet article, the WikiProject Sri Lanka Reconciliation herewith presents you this Sri Lanka specific barnstar, which is the blossom of one of the world's most loved drinks.

To keep a cool head in one of the world's hottest conflicts deserves our highest respect! RaveenS 15:45, 20 April 2007 (UTC)

RAK BarnstarEdit

  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
For being so helpful and kind to me when helping me fix my account problemsMattkenn3 21:19, 17 July 2007 (UTC)

Article RescueEdit

  The Article Rescue Barnstar
Thanks for your good work on Tolu Ajayi Colonel Warden (talk) 20:45, 20 January 2010 (UTC)
  The Article Rescue Barnstar
The Rescue Barnstar 3 - to be awarded to people who rescue articles from deletion or assist in identifying and rescuing articles. This can be independent of or in cooperation with the Article Rescue Squadron.

This barnstar is awarded to DESiegel for his rescue of several BLP articles which were disruptively deleted. You are a real asset to the project, thank you for your efforts, we truly need more editors like you to build the project. Ikip 06:19, 21 January 2010 (UTC)

  The Article Rescue Barnstar
For your superb work sourcing and rescuing Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action. Mkativerata (talk) 07:28, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

  The Article Rescue Barnstar
Thanks for your work to improve the sourcing for The Narrative (band) article. Your efforts have very likely rescued the article from deletion. Nice work! Northamerica1000(talk) 14:47, 8 August 2012 (UTC)

Defender of the WikiEdit

  The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
For protecting content. A NobodyMy talk 18:56, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

Resilient BarnstarEdit

  The Resilient Barnstar
Appreciate you help on Master of Homeland Security. FabianB3 (talk) 18:01, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Article ImprovementEdit

  The Original Barnstar
For your service on HappyBird Kiran567 (talk) 12:13, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
  The Editor's Barnstar
Thank you for all your help with editing, reviewing, moving, etc my Bernstein quote article! Maineartists (talk) 18:18, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
For improving Gary Clifford's article. Thank you for adding the Campaign sign arrests section. Clovermoss (talk) 22:14, 31 December 2019 (UTC)


  The Barnstar of Diplomacy
For your recent work on saving a technical article and dealing kindly with a newbie at the same time. Bearian (talk) 17:15, 11 February 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for Sandbox assistanceEdit

  The Original Barnstar
thank you Paulhus15 (talk) 22:53, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
thank you so much for your amazing energy, help and encouragement! Paulhus15 (talk) 09:06, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
you're fantastic. thanks for all Paulhus15 (talk) 22:48, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
"To let people know that their hard work is seen and appreciated" ... this really sums up my feelings toward you here at WP. I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done; especially recently with assistance on the page Jake Day. Maineartists (talk) 13:23, 28 July 2020 (UTC)


  The Special Barnstar
Thank you for agreeing to be my mentor. When time permits, please visit my user talk page for details of the task ahead. Paul J Heritage (talk) 08:56, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
  The Brilliant Idea Barnstar
I wanted to give you a special barnstar for offering to mentor me, and enabling me to remove the adopt me tag on my profile! Thank you for adopting me! FIGHTER KD 01:26, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
  The Special Barnstar
Thanks for everything, David. George David NH (talk) 00:34, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
  The Guidance Barnstar
Thanks, Jedi Master George David NH (talk) 01:19, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

Teahouse assitanceEdit

  The Original Barnstar
Thank you for your help and representing Wikipedia in a thoughtful and gracious manner! C S Chaffee (talk) 14:18, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

  The Teahouse Barnstar
You continue to be one of the best and most prolific contributors regularly answering queries at the Teahouse, and that deserves recognition. GrammarFascist contribstalk 22:51, 25 October 2015 (UTC)
  The Technical Barnstar
thanks always for your amazing input and technical knowledge here Mr Siegel. you are fantastic. I hope all is well with you, mary Paulhus15 (talk) 18:49, 29 October 2015 (UTC)
  The Original Barnstar
You deserve this for helping out and I won't hesitate at all if I have any questions or ideas on an article that I'm willing to cooperate with you. Lucy (talk) 15:54, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

  The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
Ongoing good deeds sir; Procode200 (talk) 00:21, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
  The Civility Barnstar
Thanks for being extra nice to others at the Teahouse. Interstellarity (talk) 16:23, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
For being the most thorough Teahouse host I have seen these many months (that's saying something). Thank you for returning. Usedtobecool TALK  03:34, 15 November 2019 (UTC)
  The Barnstar of Diligence
For your always thoughtful and often thorough responses to new users at the Teahouse! You have terrific patience and generosity. ThatMontrealIP (talk) 05:06, 25 August 2020 (UTC)


  The Barnstar of Diligence
In my opinion... Darknipples (talk) 06:55, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Writer's BarnstarEdit

  The Writer's Barnstar
Your time is much appreciated! MisterMcHugh (talk) 07:42, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Draft cleanupEdit

Hi DESiegel, my draft has been approved and is in the main space now. To express my gratitude for your help, I would like to gift you a barnstar -

  The Copyright Cleanup Barnstar
Thank You - your observation was a big help in improving the quality of my draft

Thanks & regards, Tycheana (talk) 05:34, 17 December 2019 (UTC)

Did You KnowEdit

Some articles I have worked on were mentioned on the Main page via the Did you know project. Articles that I have created, expanded, helped expand, or nominated that had main-page spots are: