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Technical lead at an ad agency and Umbraco Certified Developer. Director and trustee of mySociety and a director of the Open Rights Group, having sat on the Advisory Council since the organisation was created. Also an avid Wikipedian.


Chef de développement chez une agence de publicité, certifié en Umbraco. Administrateur de la société et de la RUP de mySociety et administrateur de la société de l'Open Rights Group, ayant membre du Conseil Consultatif depuis l'organisation fut créée. En plus, suis éditeur des Wikipédias. Je peux contribuer avec un niveau avancé de français, mais plutôt j'utilise l'anglais, ma langue maternelle.


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Feb
20
awarded  Yearling
Mar
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
20
awarded  Yearling
Feb
8
comment To what extent did Native American cultures develop metalworking for tools and weapons?
@kubanczyk You misunderstand me, I think. I don't mean to say that all American cultures were hunter-gatherers, merely that settled, agricultural cultures were more rare in the Americas (as Guns… explains). The settled, agricultural cultures you mention (and possibly a few others, but I can't think of any off-hand, as I'm a little tired) did indeed have food surpluses, metallurgy and other developed specialised-industries :o)
Sep
21
awarded  Necromancer
Aug
5
comment Why did Canada, Australia and New Zealand separate from UK?
Strictly speaking, the Dominions became independent of the UK in 1931 with the Statute of Westminster acknowledging their legislative competence and parity with the Imperial parliament.
Aug
5
comment What is the basic structure of British Politics?
To be pedantic, the monarch can decline to sign a Bill into law. But doing so would almost certainly bring us quite quickly to a republic; it was last done by Queen Anne, if I recall correctly
Aug
5
comment What would a Norseman in the early 11th century have worn as daily clothing?
@mgb You should add that as an answer :o)
Jul
2
awarded  Excavator
Jul
2
revised At what point was the Byzantine Empire's decline irreversible?
Added a bunch of links to Wikipedia for people interested in further reading
Jul
2
revised Besides Magna Carta and general decentralization, what specifically led to democratization in England?
Added a links to Wikipedia for people interested in further reading
Jul
2
revised Besides Magna Carta and general decentralization, what specifically led to democratization in England?
Added a bunch of links to Wikipedia for the real-world people and so on, for people interested in further reading
Jul
2
suggested suggested edit on At what point was the Byzantine Empire's decline irreversible?
Jul
2
awarded  Analytical
Jul
2
suggested suggested edit on Besides Magna Carta and general decentralization, what specifically led to democratization in England?
Jul
2
suggested suggested edit on Besides Magna Carta and general decentralization, what specifically led to democratization in England?
Jun
1
suggested suggested edit on Why did the French sell Louisiana?
Jun
1
comment What were the demographics and economics of South-East Asian islands around year 1400?
Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs and Steel covers some of this, at least with regard to the Malayan peninsula and the Indonesian and Papuan archipelago. I don't recall him mentioning the Philippines anything more than cursorily, but it would at least give you some of the starting points for researching further…
Apr
4
comment Why did Meiji consider switching from Japanese to English?
@T.E.D. Fair points that I'd overlooked. Thanks for reminding me :o)
Mar
5
revised 15th-century wiki excerpt
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