Greetings! My name is Sionk and I've been active on Wikipedia since 2007. I have two university degrees and a wide range of interests, so hopefully my contributions will be useful. Of course, I welcome any constructive comments, criticism or advice (see my 'Talk' page).
Though Wikipedia is a fabulous not-for-profit resource with many positive aspects, there are some things I hate. As an amateur genealogist I particularly despise editors who use government records (such as the UK Births and Marriages registers) to uncover private personal information about living people. It's endemic in some WP Projects, argh! I've been a member of Wikipedia:WikiProject Women artists and other initiatives to reduce systemic bias on Wikipedia.
Be reassured, I try to add considerably more information (properly sourced, of course) than I delete. And I know Wikipedia can be a bewildering place for newcomers so I try my utmost to be patient and helpful. I've been an active reviewer at Articles for Creation and often drop in to the Teahouse.
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The AFC Backlog Buster Barnstar
Congratulations, Sionk! You're receiving The AFC and Teamwork Barnstars because you reviewed 208 articles during the recent AFC Backlog elimination drive! Thank you for you contributions to Wikipedia at-large and helping to keep the backlog down. We hope you continue reviewing submissions and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! Mdann52 (talk) 17:24, 15 August 2013 (UTC)
Congratulations, Sionk! You're receiving The Tireless Contributor and Teamwork Barnstars because you reviewed 94 articles during the recent AFC Backlog elimination drive! Thank you for you contributions to Wikipedia at-large and helping to keep the backlog down. We hope you continue reviewing submissions and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! Mdann52 (talk) 13:29, 10 December 2012 (UTC)
The Content Review Medal of Merit
For your work on reviewing and editing new articles, I am delighted to award you the Content Review Medal of Merit
♥ VisitingPhilosopher ♥ talk ◊ contribs 06:47, 28 September 2012 (UTC)
The Guidance Barnstar
Appreciate all your help in developing my first article. You went out of your way to provide guidance and explain Wikipedia standards. Kudos! SenchaDragon (talk) 18:43, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
Thank you for all your hard work in improving the WP:MUSICBIO notability guidelines. I appreciate your time on this. And I like the improvement. Good work! -- NewzealanderA (talk) 17:37, 20 July 2012 (UTC)
The Modest Barnstar
You are among the top 5% of most active Wikipedians this past month! 188.8.131.52 (talk) 22:48, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
The Special Barnstar
Thanks a lot for helping me in my first article, You really deserve special. Regards. Umerali2204 (talk) 07:37, 7 March 2012 (UTC)
The Articles for Creation barnstar
Thank you for me helping an amateur like me. Sumitkumarjha75 (talk) 03:52, 23 January 2012 (UTC)