User:Steinbach

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Steinbach in Steinbach
Even as albinos, peacocks do look extraordinary...
Less than tasteful: a puking fly.

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 4 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.