Talk:Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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Former good article nominee Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was a Language and literature good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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Date Process Result
January 24, 2008 Good article nominee Not listed
In the news A news item involving this article was featured on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "In the news" column on August 4, 2008.

Criticism Section[edit]

Dear Mr. Wikipedia,

I would just like to suggest that the article may benefit from a section outlining the various criticisms of Solzhenitsyn (his work, views & actions). If such a section is deemed appropriate, I could provide examples.


Vilhelmo. Vilhelmo De Okcidento (talk) 00:06, 21 January 2014 (UTC)

Specific criticisms should generally be incorporated into the article where appropriate, rather than given their own section. Such viewpoints should have reliable sources. See WP:CRIT for a more complete overview of the policy. (talk) 02:36, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
There should also be an effort to put them in context, instead of just writing the typical "X has criticized Solzhenitsyn claiming that he is so-and-so /quote/ and was stuck in such-and-such views /quote/; Solzhenitsyn didn't reply". It needs to be made clear whether a specific criticism comes from Russia, from let's say Poland or from someone in Western Europe or the US, from the left or from the right or somewhere else. It used to be fairly obvious, especially during his exile, that he'd sometimes get called out and ranted at for statements and arguments that were aimed primarily at a Russian audience, and so in a context where open and free discussion at home about let's say imperial Russia vs Soviet conditions was simply not possible. Saying something like, Soviet Russia was the worst and most bloodstained tyranny ever in Eastern European history (worse than Mongol rule in Russia? worse than the Nazis?) will mean one thing when it's a reply in a conversation within Russian culture, and where most of the wider circle intended to take part are living under censorship, and a very different thing when it's picked up by a western audience where most people will have little familiarity with Eastern European and Russian history. That kind of difference was often overlooked, or glossed over, in western writing about Solzhenitsyn and his views. Strausszek (talk) 03:32, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

Use of Template:Citation[edit]

The final result of the use of {{Citation}} in the Published works and speeches section is terrible. Having almost all entries in the list prefixed with “———” is a complete nonsense. I don’t know if the citation template is able to format the citation in some more logical way, or any other similar template could do it, or if we need/should replace it with just plain old wikitext, but the output needs to be changed. --Mormegil (talk) 14:04, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

TV shows - section: title translation[edit]

"Russian under the title Taynaya Istoriya "Arkhipelaga Gulag" (Secret History: The Gulag Archipelago)". The text in the brackets is not grammatically correct translation. That should be: "The Secret History of the Goulag Archipelago". I dont dare to edit the article text, because the source is too complicated, full of formatting signs that I am not familiar with. Pls change the ":" to "of", if you are confident with the howto of it (without messing up the structure of those formatting signs). (talk) 23:52, 17 August 2014 (UTC)