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Name in real lifeRobin
NationalityBelgian (EU)
Country Flanders
Time zoneUTC+1 / UTC+2
Blood typeA
Family and friends
Siblings1 sister
Education and employment
OccupationStudent, Procrastination
UniversityGhent University
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
ReligionNone ("culturally" Catholic, see religion in Belgium)
PoliticsVery interested in, but difficult to put a single term on... (generally liberal with social, green and conservative aspects)

Hello! I'm Robin. I am or have been active on other wikis as well: on Meta and Wikimedia Incubator to help with the creation of new wikis, on Wikidata, the Dutch Wikipedia, the English Wiktionary, ... See Meta for my central user page.

Some of my interests:

  • Languages (especially minority/endangered languages) and linguistics.
  • European Union; states/countries and their structure (political structure, infrastructure, ...)
  • Energy problem, renewable energy, global warming, ...
  • Internet, software (PHP, web apps), ...
  • LGBT rights

It usually changes from time to time on which wiki(s) and on what topics I am mostly active.

Below is mostly uninteresting random stuff that I once put here.

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[edit]

Found thanks to [1]

The sum of all knowledge? That includes things like:


Writing systems
This user has a native-like understanding of the Latin script.
This user has an intermediate understanding of the Greek alphabet.
This user has an intermediate understanding of the Cyrillic script.
This user has a basic understanding of the International Phonetic Alphabet.
This user has a page on Wikimedia Incubator.
This user loves userboxes.
This user is a member of
WikiProject Belgium.
This user supports the United Nations.
This user is from Flanders.
This user supports the independence of any nation that wants it.
This user does NOT support the unification of Flanders and the Netherlands.
This user supports Flemish independence.
This user supports the European Union.
This user wants Brussels as the only seat of Parliament.
This user uses Google as a primary search engine.
This user loves using Google Earth.
This user contributes using Firefox.
PHP-NThis user is a fluent PHP user.
<html>This user can write HTML.
W3CThis user believes in compliance with W3C standards.
This user supports the legalization of same-sex marriage.
This user is a Pisces.
This user loves pizza.
This user enjoys contributing to Wikipedia without wearing clothes.
This user wants to stop
global warming.
This user is nocturnal.
This user believes the world would be a happier, safer and saner place without religion.
This user is aware of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
YThis user is a member of
Generation Y.

Useful, interesting or nice pages[edit]



Let's just get rid of this.

Visited countries[edit]

Lived in:

Visited countries: (places where I've actually set foot in; not just in an airport or driving through)

Airports I've been to: (that included any actual flight departure and/or arrival)

  1. Belgium Brussels Airport (BRU) multiple times
  2. United Kingdom London Heathrow Airport (LHR) multiple times
  3. Germany Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) multiple times
  4. Spain Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) in 2006
  5. France Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (PGF) in 2006
  6. Sweden Stockholm Bromma Airport (BMA) in 2009 and 2010
  7. Netherlands Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in 2011, 2015 and 2018
  8. Israel Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) in 2011
  9. United States John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in 2012
  10. United States Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) in 2012
  11. India Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in 2012
  12. France/Switzerland EuroAirport Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg (BSL) in 2014
  13. Germany Hannover Airport (HAJ) in 2015
  14. United States Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in 2015
  15. United States San Diego International Airport (SAN) in 2015
  16. United States Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in 2015 (mid-flight layover, with leaving plane shortly)
  17. United States Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in 2015
  18. Mexico Mexico City International Airport (MEX) in 2015
  19. United States O'Hare International Airport (ORD) in 2015
  20. United States San Francisco International Airport (SFO) in 2015
  21. Italy Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP) in 2016
  22. Belgium Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL) in 2017
  23. France Toulouse–Blagnac Airport (TLS) in 2017
  24. Germany Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) in 2017
  25. Republic of Ireland Dublin Airport (DUB) in 2017
  26. United States Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in 2017 (mid-flight layover, without leaving plane)
  27. Canada Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in 2017
  28. Canada Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in 2017
  29. Iceland Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in 2017
  30. Germany Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) in 2017
  31. Germany Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) in 2018
  32. United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in 2018
  33. South Africa O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in 2018
  34. South Africa Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in 2018
  35. Zimbabwe Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in 2018 (mid-flight layover, without leaving plane)
  36. Rwanda Kigali International Airport (KGL) in 2018
  37. Switzerland Zürich Airport (ZRH) in 2018
  38. Denmark Copenhagen Airport (CPH) in 2019

Visited parliaments: (random order)

Only seen from outside:

Links about languages[edit]

Renewable energy[edit]

Interesting to compare :-) See also list of renewable energy topics by country and Special:PrefixIndex/Renewable energy in.

country percentage (year) population density comments
Iceland 71,3% (2005) + 300.000 3,1/km² The remainder of its energy needs are produced from imported oil & coal. Icelandic New Energy was established to govern the project of transitioning it into the first hydrogen society by 2050.
Germany 14,2% (2007) + 82.000.000 230/km² Doubled in ± 5 years. Germany's renewable energy sector among most innovative and successful worldwide.
Finland 24,7% (2007) + 5.000.000 16/km² Mainly by wood industry.
Spain 19,9% (2006) + 45.000.000 90/km² Northern Spain more than half is renewable (up to 70,8%), Southern and Central Spain less. Madrid just 1.6%. Solar panels compulsory for new buildings.
Scotland 4% (2007) + 5.000.000 65/km² Renewables contribute 19% of total electrical production, but about 4% of all energy usage. Only 20% of energy was consumed in the form of electricity by end users, the great majority of energy utilised being from the burning of oil (41%) and gas (36%).
Portugal 23,8% (2004) + 10.000.000 114/km² Decline (but unstable, could be increasing again).
United States 6% (?) + 305.000.000 31/km² 13% in California as leading state.


Overview of the historical rule over the area where I live; more or less:


Situation of Flanders[edit]

From my point of view, we are "threatened" (linguistically) from the north and the south.

  • Language is what people speak, not what people "should" speak. Our official "Standard Dutch" language is just standardised Hollandic. We speak Flemish in Flanders, not Hollandic. Either classify it as a separate language, or recognise the differences and make it a variant of the Dutch standard.
  • The frenchification has to stop.

Flemish in linguistics[edit]

  • Flemish (historical): spoken in the County of Flanders.
  • Flemish (modern): the language(s) and dialect(s) spoken in the Flemish Region. There are various dialects of this lect, but it's unifying (in a natural way, not forced), called tussentaal.
  • Brabantian: the dialect of Flemish (linguists prefer "dialect of Dutch") which has the most influence to tussentaal.
  • Belgian Dutch: the official standard of Dutch as used in Belgium/Flanders (not spoken by largely anyone).