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Steven M. aka Grunt is a notable anti-commercialist, anti-American ("only against typical Americans", see this extensive footnote below for a lengthy explanation), pacifistic and apparently libertarian by definition currently residing in Alberta, Canada but native to Saskatchewan, Canada. Despite his strong political views he strives to stay neutral in disputes and in material submitted to Wikipedia.
Grunt started out here contributing to the Texas Instruments graphing calculator entries in late May and early June of 2004; since then, he has taken to patrolling Recent Changes and dealing with vandalism as it crops up, in addition to copy editing. On August 28, 2004, Grunt was made a sysop. On September 11, 2004, Grunt was made a mediator. In December 2004, Grunt was elected an arbitrator.
Grunt's notable hobbies including the building of computers, mathematics, computer programming (languages: C, C++, Java, HTML, XHTML PHP, many flavours of BASIC, etc.) and/or computer science, a large degree of reading, etc. and will likely contribute to such entries in the future if he can think of something worthwhile to add there. He has an interest in mass transit and has written a few articles on his local public transit system.
Why I write "anti-American" on this page
A large deal of controversy has been stirred up recently as to just what I mean when I write about an anti-American bias above, and I feel it's necessary to explain exactly what I mean so as to defend against ignorance in this respect. As I've written elsewhere:
- ... The basic fact is that I am strongly opposed to the current American administration and its policies and actions, and view a "typical American" to be one that blindly supports that administration (otherwise they would not legitimately be in power). It seems to me that most Americans with the skill and knowledge to edit Wikipedia do not fall into this category in that they are at least informed enough to understand why they support the current policy (if they happen to support it).
Also please note that I have explicity stated here that I do not let bias get in the way of my editing. I know and work with plenty of American editors here on the 'pedia and they know that this is the case.
- I was elected an Arbitrator in the December 2004 elections thereof. My term began January 1, 2005.
- Long live the EU.
- I reached 1000 edits on 16 July 2004.
- I reached 2000 edits on 19 August 2004. (The 2000th edit added this fact here.)
- I reached 3000 edits on 1 September 2004.
- I reached 4000 edits on 15 September 2004.
- I reached 5000 edits on 22 October 2005.
- I reached 6000 edits on 4 December 2004.
- I reached 7000 edits on 16 February 2005.
- I reached 8000 edits on 27 March 2005.
- Would have voted Liberal in the 2004 Canadian federal election had he been a year older - since then, his views have skewed left and he will probably support the NDP in the next round.
- I have two computers:
- Centcom is my desktop system turned server system, currently down to a bad BIOS chip. Stats: AMD Athlon 64 3000+, ATI Radeon 9600 XT, 1GB RAM, 120GB SATA HDD, Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS , 52x32x52x CD-RW drive and 16x DVD-ROM drive, OpenBSD. No upgrades planned for a while.
- Skyranger is my laptop system. I decline to share stats for it, instead saying that it does everything I need it to do.
- I know a bit of French; I have an account on the French Wikipedia , but I don't do much with it.
- I'm also experimenting on the German Wikipedia in an attempt to teach myself to write the German language. Feel free to laugh. :) I also wish that there was a simple German Wikipedia in the same style as the simple English Wikipedia , as this would be a benefit to my attempting to learn German.
- This page was vandalised one hundred and seventy-three (173) times, including four page moves; the Wikipedia community has taken it upon themselves to protect this page as a result. I have also been impersonated four times.
- /Barnstars - the awards I've won for my Wikipedia service.
- /Bragsheet - articles I've written or significantly expanded.
- /Personal boilerplates - standard text I use when communicating with others.
- /Known vandals - individuals or bots known to systematically cause trouble on Wikipedia.
- /Adminship - what I think an administrator on Wikipedia should be.
- /Photos - photos I've taken.
- /Screenshots and images - other images I've created.
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