|Search user languages|
Largely because of Wikipedia, information is now as readily accessible on the internet as porn. The effects are similar. Ready-made knowledge becomes increasingly addictive, and the gratification of our need for knowledge barely causes true satisfaction. Reading random things just to kill some time and to feel well for a moment becomes routine, while the effect wears off. The only true remedy is: use this knowledge. Use the articles as portals to serious study. Or write some of your own. And yes, there is still plenty to write about - on the English Wikipedia, but even more on Wikipedias in what other languages you may speak. Writing for Wikipedia is addictive, too, but more like sport: it boosts your energy and you'll be the better for it - provided that you keep looking for new challenges!
Hi, I'm Steinbach, a Wikipedian from the Netherlands. I have a master's degree in musicology, but my interests also include linguistics, geography, cycling, and horse riding. And even astronomy, biology, and sport, but I'm not at all knowledgeable about these topics.
I have never been a very active editor of the English Wikipedia. First, my English isn't perfect, especially my active language skills aren't. When I compose complicated sentences (those you are likely to encounter in an encyclopaedia), they are often awkward, out of place, or just wrong. Second, at more than 6 million articles, this project barely needs my support. It's big enough. Third, this Wikipedia contains a huge sea of rules and guidelines that hinder me from making major edits. It's likely to be either removed or severely altered anyway. Moreover, these conventions include several rules I flatly disagree with. For instance, some people won't cease littering articles with 'citation needed' tags (sometimes every single item of a bulleted list - man, you made your point, okay?) and don't even think of improving the articles themselves. That annoys me.
For these reasons, I am usually to be found elsewhere. Sometimes on the Dutch Wikipedia, where I once was an admin, but more often at Wikipedias in regional languages, especially Limburgish and Zeelandic. I love languages and dialects (this category is really, really cool), and I am happy to help them survive and emancipate, or at least to ensure their presence on the internet.
Still, I am an avid reader of this project, which besides a source of irritation is of course an endless source of information as well. I often base my own articles elsewhere on English Wikipedia pages, and I often spend spare time reading articles. By doing so, I occasionally come across typos, errors, and gaps in articles, which I may correct and/or amend. This is reflected in my contributions.
The majority of my contributions to the English Wikipedia have been removals of sections/sentences that I found redundant, irrelevant, or dubious. This makes me a 'negative' user: someone who deletes text rather than adding it. I am aware that this may not make a very good impression. However, please pay attention to what I am taking away. I am convinced that I am improving Wikipedia as much as most of you do, and very careful not to destroy any real information.