User:DutchmanInDisguise

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Welcome to my world! I am the Dutchman In Disguise. Even though many of my ancestors were Dutch, I don't use that language, but contribute to Wikipedia in English, in Spanish and in several other languages. Unlike some Wikipedists, I have a life beyond Wikipedia, and only make occasional contributions about things which interest, or annoy, me.

My contributions in English[edit]

Articles[edit]

I either created, or was responsible for much of the text, of the following articles:

  • Dutch-American history:
    • Charles Winans Chipp, American naval officer and Arctic explorer
    • Cornelis Melyn, early Dutch-American settler and leader – my first attempt at an article
    • Winans, just an index of various persons with this Dutch surname who have Wikipedia articles; this is known as a disambiguation page in Wikispeak!

Editing[edit]

I also do a lot of trivial edits and corrections (wrong links, missing links, typos and grammar errors really bug me):

Carlsbad[edit]

Not long ago, I was vacationing in the beautiful town of Carlsbad, California. I happened to see a plaque along a street there commemorating the beach city's sister city relationship with some Czech town. It took a lot of reading and research before I figured out that the strangely-named (to my Anglo ears) town is the place that I used to hear of as Carlsbad or Karlsbad.

My curiosity aroused, I did some wiki-browsing and discovered that a lot of articles contained links to plain old Karlsbad, but failed to distinguish between the Karlovy Vary version of that name and a small town in Germany with the same name. There were also a bunch of links to plain old Carlsbad which were put in wiki articles by incompetent or careless editors. The links took you to a "disambiguation page" which left it up to your imagination which town the editor really meant. I've tried to remedy this situation whenever I've had a few minutes to kill and could figure out which town an article was talking about — the one in Bohemia? in California? in Baden? in New Mexico? I hope I've guessed correctly while making these corrections.

Chelyabinsk[edit]

15 Feb 2013, I scooped the world, sort of, in Wikipedia's coverage of the 2013 Russian meteor event. At 0633 GMT, after hearing the early news reports, I added a paragraph entitled Meteor shower to the Chelyabinsk article. Well, to be completely truthful, Edward Vielmetti had already wondered about it on the Chelyabinsk talk page 49 minutes earlier. Y para decir la verdad, un usuario anónimo agregó un párrafo al artículo en español unos siete minutos antes de mi cambio al artículo en inglés. Y es posible que habían contribuciones en otros idiomas aún más temprano que éstas.

Categories[edit]

Duke Ellington once said something like "you can't put cats in categories", and I find Wikipedia categories to be a huge nuisance. Far too much time is spent creating them and putting people in them and debating about who should, or should not, be in this or that category.

Stuff[edit]

some stuff I'm working on

Mis contribuciones en español[edit]

Minhas contribuições em português[edit]

Mes contributions dans d'autres langues[edit]