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To drop Raffi a note - click on the "+" tab above... but first, check the following FAQ to see if your question has been answered. Also, please DO NOT POST QUESTIONS ABOUT ARMENIA! Only about this site. If you have questions about Armenia in general, or about something Armenian, post it on a message board - there are many out there. Thanks.

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FAQ (frequently asked questions)

  1. Can I used material from -you can use it for your own private personal use without asking permission. For use in publications and other websites - my policy is ASK ME FIRST! I usually say ok to requests to any use these materials with proper attribution, but not always, and not on a massive scale. Same goes for photographs.
  2. Can I use material from on - again, you must ask, and again usually I am fine with it.
  3. Can I add material from Wikipedia onto Armeniapedia? -anytime, that is their policy, but please add the {{wikipedia}} tag to the bottom of the page to make sure the page complies with fair useage and gives proper credit.
  4. Can I add a page about myself? -sure, and any other Armenian or person place or thing related to Armenians!
  5. What if I want to add something, but maintain my copyright? -that is fine, just add it in a seperate section with the appropriate disclaimer and state that it should not be edited - though this type of material might eventually migrate to a sub page.
  6. How do I reach you? -I check this page often, so it is an ideal way to reach me.
  7. Something is wrong! Something is vandalised! Fix it! -well I appreciate being told about mistakes, etc, but since this is a wiki, I appreciate even more if you fix it! :-)
  8. Who are you? -see the Raffi Kojian article

Feel free to ask anything else below... --Raffi 14:25, 21 Jan 2006 (PST)



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Ara Manoogian

Raffi, your comments about Ara Manoogian are very interesting.... Does anyone know all the things he did in the US before moving to Armenia? Signed Fiona 05/11/07

Hi Fiona - I prefer to keep all Ara related materials on the Ara Manoogian page at this time - I may be adding a bit about that to his page soon. Best, --Raffi 02:43, 12 May 2007 (PDT)

Raffi, please drop me your email address I would like to speak w/you. You can reach me at Thank you.Dorothy Arakelian

Dear Raffi, ARMENIAPEDIA is your great idea implemented into life. Please calm the tension between Ara and you - it harms the reputation of the big project. Reagards, Armeniapedia fan

Hi Arsen, I appreciate your sentiments, but since I had no way to defend my own reputation on Ara's site where he was maligning it, I ended up creating a page about him on this one. As I've said on the Ara Manoogian page a number of times, I'll be happy to take down the page if he takes down the posts he wrote about me. Short of that, this is where we are... --Raffi 09:09, 4 June 2007 (PDT)


This is clearer

than --Nareklm 07:44, 10 July 2007 (PDT)

Story of Near East Relief (1915-1930) An Interpretation by James L. Barton 1930

Regarding your message/comment to me.

"Would you mind actually improving the duduk article, which you are free to edit, rather than spend your time complaining about it? Thank you. --Raffi 03:07, 2 July 2007 (PDT)"

I was not complaining about the article, but about's use of this information source about the duduk as profit-making venture. I spend my time in the manner I choose, and do not appreciate your derogatory tone. -madoherty.

Hi - sorry, I simply misunderstood your complaint. --Raffi 22:23, 22 July 2007 (PDT)

Hall of Shame again

Are you sure Stalin shouldn't be included? We should at least consider his assigning Karabakh to Azerbaijan. -- Aivazovsky 08:43, 23 July 2007 (PDT)

I also added a new section called "individuals circumventing the word 'genocide'." -- Aivazovsky 09:44, 23 July 2007 (PDT)

For what it's worth, I agree. Stalin should be there, if for nothing else, for his assigning of BOTH Artsakh and Nachijevan to Azerbaijan AND for the draining of Sevan for his own interests. Not to mention countless other reasons... (just my 2 cents) Hovik 19:21, 23 July 2007 (PDT)

Definitely should be in there. I haven't spent quality time on the list yet, but there are many to be added. I like the idea of the new section, but it would be nice to come up with a briefer title. --Raffi 00:25, 24 July 2007 (PDT)I'll think about it.


Did you hear about this? -- Aivazovsky 05:26, 25 July 2007 (PDT)

Now they're saying something else: [1] I just hope they don't close RFE/RL in Armenia. -- Aivazovsky 08:12, 25 July 2007 (PDT)
Yup, we've been following this closely here, there was a last minute protest as well... it's worrisome. --Raffi 20:42, 25 July 2007 (PDT)

Genocide evaders

I think "genocide evaders" works better as a name than "individuals circumventing the word 'genocide'" (too long) and "genocide weasels" (too strong especially when used against US Presidents). The idea is that they would be "evading" the word "genocide". Though I suppose that even this could be potentially problematic because "genocide evaders" could imply "evading genocide" as if to allude to individuals like Ratko Mladić or Radovan Karadžić who are hiding in order to escape war crimes trials in The Hague. What do you think? -- Aivazovsky 07:56, 26 July 2007 (PDT)

Well I certainly wouldn't flinch from calling a president a weasel, if he doesn't flinch from diminishing the genocide. I just don't know if "Genocide weasels" would mean much to a reader. G-word weasels, perhaps? "A category of people who do not deny the genocide, or any of the facts, but insist on avoiding saying the g-word (genocide) in order not to offend the Turkish state." How is that? --Raffi 21:54, 26 July 2007 (PDT)
I made some changes - though I'm thinking for now we should incorporate everyone into one list, and just put "G-word weasels" after the names of people on that list. One day, when the list grows longer, we can seperate out into a couple of categories. --Raffi 21:56, 26 July 2007 (PDT)

Re:Turkish spelling

I figure that if Wikipedia uses Turkish spellings, we should use them as well. I won't change any further spellings, though. BTW, didn't Ter-Petrosian pander to Azerbaijan's interests as well as (if not more than) Turkey's by working on a solution to Karabakh "within the framework of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity"? I'm a diasporan, so forgive me if I don't have all the facts straight. -- Aivazovsky 04:48, 27 July 2007 (PDT)

True - we could simply write "Turkish" interests - primarily in the sphere of genocide recognition/reparations and land. --Raffi 21:04, 28 July 2007 (PDT)

Picture of Avet Terterian

Hallo Raffi,

I just saw that the picture of Avet Terterian is missing in his article

can you fix this?

Keep on the good work!

Connie in Hamburg / Germany

Sorry Connie - someone had uploaded it and it was destroyed last year. I wasn't able to recover it. Hopefully someone who has access to the photo will reupload it! Thanks, Raffi

Monastery dispute

Is it alright if I mention the current Georgian-Azeri dispute over the David Gareja/Davit Gareji monastery on the Georgia article? [2] [3] [4] -- Aivazovsky 05:12, 6 August 2007 (PDT)

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I've spruced up the Karabakh page a bit. Check it out and tell me what you think. I think you'll enjoy the stuff I've added to the "Name" section. -- Aivazovsky 17:03, 14 August 2007 (PDT)

Everything should be fixed now. -- Aivazovsky 04:53, 15 August 2007 (PDT)

"Aram Manoukian" Summer Camp in Shushi

Parev Raffi,

Internet-vra kou goghmet kroutyan me yev ngari me hantibetsa, Shoushi-i Naregatsi Arvesdi Miyoutyan shenkin metch havakvads yerekhanerou massin. (Yerani hantibeyink, ayt ore vor aytseletsir... Isg Nareg Seferian-e gnotchs zarmign e).

Ar i lousapanoutioun yev djeshdoum, aha te intch e ayt dsrakire, zor 3 darinere i ver ge kordsatrenk Shoushi-i metch :

Yete havelyal ngarner gouzes, sirov ge haytaytem.


Haytoug Chamlian, Montreal

Parevner Haytoug, Iskabes, shad urakhatsa yerp desa te ayt yerekhek-e ampokhtch spaghvum eyin yev at kan gyank gar Shushi-um. Shad surp kordz ek arel... Abrek! --Raffi 01:05, 21 August 2007 (PDT)


Do as you wish Raffi, but politics plays a important role nower days in history. --Nareklm 13:42, 23 August 2007 (PDT)