NikoSilver is currently working his ass off in real life and has decided that it is about time his long RealLifeBreak in favor of WP was interrupted. He will make frequent brief RealLifeBreaks, but you won't see him as much as you may be used to. (Yeah, he knows you're better off!)
I like languages and people me. I like all kinds of them; Slavic-rooted ones, Turkic-rooted ones, Latin-based, Albanian, hell, I even like English. I like them especially when and if they live and are spoken in my country. I know there are some Slavic-speakers in Greece: a couple of hundreds of thousands. I know that most of them speak a form closer to the modern Macedonian language (the Slavic one); the rest speak a form closer to Bulgarian. Regardless, I know that their extreme majority identifies as Greek on the national level; the rest few call themselves Macedonians, and Bulgarians, Pomaks, even Turks. Helsinki estimates the ones that identify as Macedonians are 10 to 30 thousand; the Greek sources say zero.
Nevertheless, I'd like this language to flourish in Greece. I'd like it spoken, I'd like it taught, I'd like its speakers proud of their origin, I'd like it expand south to Crete. I do respect the self identification of these people, and I also respect how they call their language, and for those across the border, their country. Some Greeks can be the strongest supporters for the speakers and for the language, and they can be the best medium for them. Don't ever think that this means I would ever allow preposterous nationalistic claims escalate; from whichever side those may be.
I also respect the Greeks of the north who call their dialect Macedonian, their province Macedonia, and themselves Macedonians. I can even disambiguate those and call them Macedonian Greeks, despite the fact that some of them may consider this an offensive pleonasm. I'm no fool, I know there are many more Macedonians around, and I respect the fact that they identify as such.
So, I'm asking: Why does nobody else wish to disambiguate? Am I such a jerk or should it not be that hard?
This user would support a solution of the Naming Issue for FYROM in the form of: New Macedonia, Vardar Macedonia or Upper Macedonia (and wouldn't give a damn about what Greek extremists say for "no Macedonia in the title").
Visit my store to see how many cool signatures I have given as a gift!
Who knows... maybe I'll be in the mood to create one for you too...
Aegean Sea (probably all of it) Ionian Sea (that too)
i.e. probably all 14,880Km or ~8,000Nm of the Greek coast.
This journey is the most fascinating experience I've ever had.
I strongly suggest it. Missing it is almost a sin.
The natural port of Gaios, created by the islet Pontikonisi (center) resembles a fjord. Panoramic view of both entrances: Islet and monastery of Panagia to the North (left) and main settlement to the center and South (right).
NikoSilver is awarded this huge lot of barnstars for how he improved my signature by characters and sexiness in his amazing signature shop! •Sean•gorter•(Talk) 13:50, 7 October 2006 (UTC))
For your tireless contributions in Wikipedia, I, Odysses , award you the Tireless Contributor Barnstar. Keep up the good work!
The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
I award NikoSilver this Barnstar for his awesome work at providing everyone who asks with an awesome signature - this kind of dedication and friendliness is unsurpassed. Killfest2 11:05, 13 July 2006 (UTC)
The Random Acts of Kindness Barnstar
I award you this Barnstar, for creating me such a great (and professional) signature Ryan Postlethwaite 18:00, 16 April 2007 (UTC)