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The main page is the first thing that visitors will see when they get to Armeniapedia. This particular layout took a lot of thought and adjustment. I am completely open to changes, and am sure they will be necessary as the site grows, but NO CHANGES WITHOUT PRIOR DISCUSSION RIGHT HERE PLEASE! Thanks, --Raffi 19:46, 7 Dec 2004 (PST)

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No editing

Well the front page was vandalized already, so I am protecting it from other people's changes. If you want to make a change, you have to clear it with me first... --Raffi 20:58, 5 Jan 2005 (PST)

General comment on content

Is this discuss just for the front page, or the Armeniapedia in general? If the latter, why are there so many cut-and-pasted newspaper articles only peripherally related to the topic at hand? Aside from the obvious copyright issues, they're wholly inappropriate as encyclopedia articles. I edited the "grants" section of the otherwise-empty Knights of Vartan article. It was a press release regarding some deadlines, which is not an encyclopedia article.

How about a prominent front-page notice explaining what does and doesn't go into an encyclopedia? Low standards propagate quickly. The community section of The Armenian Weekly has its own outlets. This isn't the place.

(unsigned)

I don't know why I didn't notice your note before, but in any case I will answer now. This is meant for just the front page, but for lack of a better place to discuss these issues now, we'll keep this going here. The idea of this site of course is to compile quality articles on every single thing related to Armenia or Armenians. These articles need to get off the ground somehow, whether that be from press releases, newspaper articles, or wikipedia articles. The relevant, useful information can then be extracted (eliminating any copyright issues) and turned into a worthy article which can continually be added to and updated. In the meantime, the cut and paste information hopefully provides some use to the visitor, short of a proper article. Some of the articles however, will always have a place and purpose on this site, and have been used with permission (including the Armenian Weekly, see about armeniapedia page). I just worked on the Kirk Kerkorian and Alex Yemenidjian articles, compiling other articles and information, and still have more work to do on them, but they are perfect examples of how I want pages to evolve. I hope this helps, and I hope you keep helping as well! --Raffi 02:42, 14 Mar 2005 (PST)

Unfair use

It looks to me like much of the content on this site was copied verbatim from Wikipedia. If you're going to do that, you need to abide by the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, which means crediting that you took all this content from Wikipedia, among other things. This includes:

You may copy and distribute the Document in any medium, either commercially or noncommercially, provided that this License, the copyright notices, and the license notice saying this License applies to the Document are reproduced in all copies, and that you add no other conditions whatsoever to those of this License.

Otherwise, you're infringing.

I thought the (CL) Copyleft, Wikipedia.org which I put on most pages, plus the link to the original wikipedia page which I put on all would cover it. But if not, then feel free to add this whenever you come across this issue, and I will add it from now on. But I will say that I don't think that more than 10% of the material (or perhaps 5% - there are well over 1,000 pages now) on this site is from wikipedia (I don't know just how much you thought was from there). --Raffi 10:13, 2 Apr 2005 (PST)
I have created a template tag {{wikipedia}} which will make marking those pages much easier. --Raffi 18:28, 2 Apr 2005 (PST)

Reciprocity?

Clearly some content here is very audience-specific. But much of it ought to be in Wikipedia as well to be available to those who just aren't going to find it here (and because it just helps fill out that important body of work). Do you consent to the same terms by which Wikipedia's content is shared? I.e., do you object to re-posts of armeniapedia.org content over there?

I wouldn't want to give such carte blanche permission for the entire site - but if certain pages are wanted/needed I'd consider that. --Raffi 06:29, 15 Apr 2005 (PDT)



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