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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 use material from -you can use it for your own private personal use and your classroom 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. 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 (or page) 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)


I've been working on the formatting of the Armenian Language Lessons pages. I hope I've improved it. A specific request, could you check the table-isation of pronouns here ? I'm not a speaker of the language and may have messed it up. Regards - Francis Tyers 13:00, 6 December 2007 (PST)

Glad you like it :)
A couple of questions:
1. Could you add the wikitable css to MediaWiki:Common.css ?
2. Do you know the details of the copyright for the language lessons, I suppose that they are from some Soviet era course (considering the examples). Do you know exactly where they came from, so if I use examples I can cite them?
Thanks, - Francis Tyers 06:01, 9 December 2007 (PST)
OK, I added the css - I hope it works. I didn't notice a difference, but maybe you will. As for your second request, I have moved the original table of contents which you don't seem to have found from "Armenian Lessons", to "Armenian Language Lessons", where you have been working. There you will see the link to the Introduction (which has the info you're asking about - and indeed it was an old Soviet book), among other things. --Raffi 18:25, 9 December 2007 (PST)
Thanks! It looks much better now (see the table here)), although it doesn't look exactly like the english wikipedia its fine. Great (about the table of contents), I basically found the other pages by going through and adding +1 to the number, obviously with 6a/6b this didn't work :) I'll get round to doing those other pages later. - Francis Tyers 23:10, 9 December 2007 (PST)
Could you add the CSS below aswell please? :) - Francis Tyers 04:30, 10 December 2007 (PST)

ok, done! I hope the other tables on other pages don't look funny after this... :-) --Raffi 05:52, 10 December 2007 (PST)


Have you read this?: -- Aivazovsky 16:53, 4 January 2008 (PST)

The Saroyan works

I just found your site after reading "Black Dog of Fate" by Peter Balakian. I was so sad to see that I missed out on the Saroyan writings that you had on this site, because his family objected to this. It's very disappointing especailly to Armenians who really are like me - hungry to get their hands on anything Armenian and really too poor to afford the greater luxuries of life - like books out of print, or books in general. This computer isn't even mine.

I am an American-Armenian - first generation born in New York City. I am suffering from Leukemia and so I feel my days are numbered. My sister sent me the book "Black Dog of Fate", and I read it in 2 days. I cried through most of it, because this is the "life" my Mother suffered through. I don't know what was said to you, in full, as to why Saroyan's family did not want his writings read, but it seems a little selfish to deny the poorer Armenians a chance to obtain a greater understanding of this great writer. Like Peter Balakian, my parents tried to sheild me from most of what they experienced in 1915 Armenia. But my Mother told me a little and this hurt me, too. But I feel everyone should know the truth - there is too little in the classrooms - I know, because my son is a High School History Teacher. I hope to hear from you - thank you for a wonderful site. -Sandy(Rose)Siroonian

Raffi, Thank you so much for your quick response - when I told my son about this site and what had happened to the Saroyan writings, he mentioned that it was probably a case of copyright infringement and maybe I would be able to find the writings somewhere else - but I did mention they were "out of print". I hope you're right about the family and that maybe they will somehow allow his older works to be accesssed in the future. Thank you again, Raffi. Respectfully, Sandy Siroonian