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I love my native Europe, with all its quaint and sometimes disturbing historical, cultural and natural diversity. I go wherever my interests take me and may end up contributing an article about liturgical combs or trying to tackle a subject which is really too big for me. Some of the things I've enjoyed in particular are an attempt at covering the topic of the exquisite churches on Gotland and an equally megalomaniac attempt at covering the topic of manor houses in Estonia.

Things I've learnt[edit]

I try to keep in mind that Wikipedia is an encyclopedia. A few things I've learnt — some painfully slowly, some the "hard" way, some instinctively — while editing here are:

  • Pictures on Wikipedia are supposed to illustrate something in the article. The prettiest picture is therefore not always the best. And very many or very large pictures are best used with great caution.
  • The best thing with infoboxes is that allows you to add a map pointing out the location of something in a very pedagogical way. Other than that, I can't see that there's much point to them.
  • Adding a sentence or a picture with a link simply to create a "gateway" into an article which one holds dear is tempting but can be terribly non-encyclopedic. An example is when to an article about an artist adding a picture of a piece of art by that artist with a link in the picture caption to the museum in which the piece of art is displayed, simply to try to attract attention to the city in which the museum is found (yes, I did this in the beginning as well, but have now realised that people who want to read about Tallinn will go to the Tallinn article, not the article about some Swiss 18th-century artist whose name I can't even remember).
  • I'm not sure people who read Wikipedia and not only edit it actually use categories. I believe they do use navigational templates though. I tend to pay more attention to providing a relevant navigational template, therefore (which is also a great place for redlinks, another things I'm a bit sceptical about otherwise). This is just my personal belief though — based on nothing but my own prejudices.
  • A more experienced editor also drew my attention to the fact that tags don't solve problems, they just point them out.

DYK contributions[edit]

Did You Know? Kirikuküla, Kaarma Parish | Did You Know? Carl Timoleon von Neff | Did You Know? Church of the Holy Ghost, Tallinn | Did You Know? Stenbock House | Did You Know? Johann Heinrich Baumann | Did You Know? St. Lawrence's Church, Söderköping | Did You Know? Karja Church | Did You Know? Master Majestatis | Did You Know? Bunge Church |Did You Know? Lau Church | Did You Know? Lye Church | Did You Know? Hemse Church | Did You Know? Öja Church | Did You Know? Roslags-Bro Church | Did You Know? Lärbro Church | Did You Know? Övedskloster Manor | Did You Know? Vaksala Church | Did You Know? Skånela Church | Did You Know? Fredrik Magnus Piper | Did You Know? Trolle-Ljungby Castle | Did You Know? Skederid Church | Did You Know? Enåker Church | Did You Know? Estonia under Swedish rule | Did You Know? Copenhagen Psalter | Did You Know? Härkeberga Church | Did You Know? Sturehov Manor | Did You Know? Munsö Church | Did You Know? Läby Church | Did You Know? Barlingbo Church | Did You Know? Gryta Church | Did You Know? Roma Abbey | Did You Know? Rone Church | Did You Know? Dalhem Church | Did You Know? Fårö Church | Did You Know? Roma Church | Did You Know? Kalix Church | Did You Know? Nederluleå Church | Did You Know? Skara Missal | Did You Know? Tynnelsö Castle | Did You Know? Hörningsholm Castle | Did You Know? Örbyhus Castle | Did You Know? Hovdala Castle | Did You Know? Visby Cathedral | Did You Know? Lapis Lacedaemonius | Did You Know? Fru Alstad Church | Did You Know? Gislöv Church | Did You Know? Sireköpinge Church | Did You Know? Nydala Abbey | Did You Know? Färlöv Church | Did You Know? Hammarlunda Church | Did You Know? Hammarlöv Church | Did You Know? Teiči Nature Reserve | Did You Know? Rogen Nature Reserve | Did You Know? Hällingsåfallet

Other major contributions[edit]

Featured list List of church ruins on Gotland


Barnstar-estonia.png The Estonia Star
For redoing the List of castles in Estonia as a table with images, names, construction dates, locations, and current state. DThomsen8 (talk) 12:14, 27 December 2012 (UTC)

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
For your excellent work on Church of the Holy Ghost, Tallinn, keep them coming! ♦ Dr. ☠ Blofeld 15:18, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

BoNM - Estonia.png Estonia Barnstar of National Excellence
For your excellent work on Estonian topics, keep up the great work in addressing systematic bias! ♦ Dr. ☠ Blofeld 15:23, 25 February 2013 (UTC)

Writers Barnstar Hires.png The Writer's Barnstar
Good articles, although I've only been through about half of them by now. You might want to apply for autopatrolled right, as I noticed that some of them had stayed unreviewed for quite a long time. Widr (talk) 13:30, 7 July 2013 (UTC)

Christian Barnstar.png The Christianity Barnstar
Dear Yakikaki, I award you The Christianity Barnstar for all of your contributions to WikiProject Christianity, especially your recent creation of ‎Gryta Church. You are making a difference here! Keep up the good work! With regards, AnupamTalk 04:52, 8 June 2014 (UTC)

BoNM - Sweden Hires.png The Sweden Barnstar of National Merit
Yakikaki is awarded the Swedish Barnstar for a series of articles on medieval churches. Ghirla-трёп- 16:38, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Gotland vapen.svg The Gotlandic Sheep Badge
To Yakikaki, For your extraordinary and tireless work on churches and ruins on Gotland, (...and they are many...).
In Gotland, the gift of a sheep in any form is a token of respect and friendship. w.carter-Talk 23:13, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

WikiprojectBarnstar.png The WikiProject Barnstar
For your outstanding contributions for Featured Pictures in 2014 you are hereby award this WikiProject Barnstar. Congratulations! For the Military history Wikiproject Coordinators, TomStar81 (Talk) 08:29, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Original Barnstar Hires.png The Original Barnstar
Thank you for your recent great work on Swedish and Baltic nature reserves. It's much appreciated! Rosiestep (talk) 03:12, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

A glass of Dricku for you![edit]

Mjödglas.jpg A stout glass of Gotlandsdricka for you!
Congratulations on List of church ruins on Gotland being promoted to Featured List! Face-smile.svg w.carter-Talk 11:12, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

About Dricku[edit]

Dricku is the national beverage of Gotland. The rest of the world is (thankfully) spared. It symbolizes and embodies the rebellious nature of Gotlanders and the harsh island. The un-official and very secret recipe for dricku is this: Take one (1) fairly large juniper. Hack it into moderately large pieces and place in a jerrycan. Do not remove anything! Dirt cleanses your system and spiders and bugs add flavor and protein. Add water and whatever is left in your pantry. Ferment until strong. The alcohol content is always a mystery, do not measure it. Dricku is the only beverage which can be consumed by people who never drink alcohol (see aforementioned mystery). It is also exempt from all laws and regulations about the selling, drinking and handling beverages. Note: All of the above is only valid on Gotland. An annual Dricku-making World Championship is held on Gotland at some illustrious location with a population larger that 14, Ref [1], Ref [2]. - w.carter-Talk 11:57, 6 November 2014 (UTC)