User talk:Timdownie

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Welcome![edit]

Hi there! I saw your contribution to NATO, and thought I'd pop by to say hello. Welcome to Wikipedia! I'm always glad to see an extra editor on a topic I enjoy. Hopefully you feel like staying and adding some more!

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Also, when using talk pages, it's advisory tosign your name at the end of your messages. You do this by typing four tildes (~~~~). This will automatically produce your username (or IP address) and the date.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message on my talk page. I cant say I'm a Wikipedia veteran, but I know my way around.

Either way, thanks for contributing and hope to see you around more!

Greets, The Minister of War (Peace) 07:02, 7 February 2006 (UTC)

Esperanto[edit]

I'd say you really can't win when it comes to the Criticism section in the Esperanto article, since the movement's adherents will erase any relevant points and just throw in the usual half-truth advertisements like "There are Esperantists in all countries that you can speak with". What they don't want to mention is that speaking only Esperanto would provide contact only with a small portion of the local society, leaving you cut off from the majority. And the reason I left the Esperanto movement is because they actually seek to ensure that one doesn't learn the local languages of the countries congresses and other events are held in, leaving one totally dependent on Esperanto and the movement to get by. It's a cult, essentially. And trying to add any dose of reality to the Wikipedia article just results in a revert. I gave up on it a long time ago. CRCulver 00:20, 11 June 2006 (UTC)