My name is Thaddeus and I live in Columbus, Ohio. My father, George Billman, is a noted physiology professor. (After years of experience on Wikipedia, I recently wrote his biography.) I, however, chose to take a different path in life. I initially went to college to study computer science, before dropping out after a year to concentrate on day trading and my business ambitions. After ten years or so of supporting myself primarily by running an online bookstore, I returned to school to pursue a dual degree in actuarial science and business. After graduating, I got my current job working at an insurance company.
I am currently 34 years old, have a eleven-year-old son, and have been happily married for the last 13+ years. My interests are diverse, spanning from linguistics and statistics to college basketball and The Olympics. I am a huge fan of Butler basketball, although I did not attend the university for my schooling. I enjoy history and science, and regularly write computer code for fun. I have spent several years devoted to chess and then poker, but rarely play either anymore. My current gaming obsession is Dominion
As such, I have extensive knowledge in Christian apologetics. I am always happy to discuss my faith with anyone, and answer any questions in public or private. That said, evangelical outreach is certainly not my purpose for being here. I have very rarely edited articles related to Christianity. I have not refrained from such editing because I'm afraid of bias; I'm confident that I could write balanced, encyclopedic articles on Christian subjects. However, when I write about Christian subjects, I prefer to write persuasive pieces.
I have been editing Wikipedia since 2008, although I took a two year break from early 2010 to early 2012 (with a couple false restarts mixed in). Despite my diverse interests, only a small percentage of total editing falls under any subject previously mentioned. I have dabbled in nearly every major area of Wikipedia. My earliest efforts focused largely on correcting spelling & grammar errors and reversion of vandalism. From there, I got into writing bots to automate tedious tasks and patrolling proposed deletions (PRODs) to find articles worth saving. An (outdated) log of my proposed deletion activity can be found at User:ThaddeusB/PROD Log.
My early content work was mostly saving articles from deletion - either via PROD or via AfD. Eventually, I got heavily involved In the news section of the main page and the current events portal. The majority of my content work relates to current events in some way. A partial log of content work can be found at User:ThaddeusB/Content log.
Along the way, I have done at least some work in almost every area of Wikipedia. If you can think of it, I've probably dabbled in it at some point. The motto that ties all my efforts together is: "do it right, or don't do it at all." I try to treat every edit as if it was the utmost importance. Incremental article improvements are great, but I personally feel compelled to improve an article as much as I can once I start on it.