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Intro - Claim about 143 properties[edit]

The following section of the intro/lead is not supported by any text in the body, so I have removed it, but store it here for other editors to ratify, rework, add to main body, summarise, Anglicise etc. I believe its removal has improved the impact of the intro for the lay reader, partly because I also find the English to be confusing but cannot fix it because I am not sure of the underlying meaning. The heavy referencing is also inappropriate for the introduction - It could be reinstated in the body of the article. Chienlit (talk) 17:38, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

* 143 of the confiscated properties have been appropriated to the ownership[clarification needed] of the Armenian foundation.[1][2]
Appropriated meaning returned. Proudbolsahye (talk) 18:23, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference Bedrosyan1 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Devlet tarafından yağmalanan Ermeni mallarının tam dökümü yayımlandı". Haberlink (in Turkish). 02-12-2012. Retrieved 27 December 2012. 
There wasnt an issue with the intro. If appropiate wasnt understandable then it shouldve been replaced with returned. Also the 22% must be returned to the article. Proudbolsahye (talk) 18:40, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Hi. Unfortunately your assertion demonstrates that there was an issue. Please be aware that 'appropriate' and 'appropriated' have different meanings in English. Please also avoid putting significant content in the intro, it should be in a section of the body and summarised in the lead... which is what I have now done. Regards Chienlit (talk) 20:11, 2 January 2013 (UTC)

Contemporary analysis section[edit]

The section's new table—a textual version of the graphic—could use some explanation of terms, since some of the entries aren't clear, and indeed raise questions. Part of the issue is related to the use of "foundation" as a singular: when at least 53 foundations are under consideration, using the singular is confusing. I did some editing where I was sure of my ground, but more is needed.

The table uses the term "immovable asset": what exactly is this? In the context of the previous text, one would assume this to be properties: buildings and land. Is it, though? Are there other things? It seems clear that Chienlit added the summary at the bottom with the use of properties, since it's taken from text elsewhere in the article, but I'd like confirmation that this is a correct usage.

There's also the item "Non-existent parcels". Parcels of land don't just disappear. There can be competing parcel descriptions that cover the same land, parcels can be merged, subdivided, reassembled, etc. Presumably the municipality, treasury, or public property parcels—resubdivided or not—don't count here, even if the land is now part of a roadway. We need an explanation for this item.

The "Immovable assets returned to the foundation" line is a bit unclear: is this assets returned to the original foundation it was confiscated from, or to that foundation or a successor foundation of some sort? That the assets are back in Armenian hands does seem clear from the article.

I think the most puzzling item is "Immovable assets conveyed to the Director General of the foundation". The only foundations we've been talking about are Armenian ones, so if this is an Armenian foundation, which one is it, why conveyed to the Director General rather than the foundation itself, and why is this not added to the Armenian total? (I've been wondering what happened to properties that had been owned by Armenian foundations that are no longer active, but for which the Armenian community still wants returned; is there a special foundation set up to work on getting such confiscated properties back?) If this isn't an Armenian foundation at all, then the item needs to be reworded to make that clear.

There's also a lack of clarity in the article about the numbers and scope of them. If I'm reading the article correctly, there were an unspecified number of confiscations throughout Turkey starting in 1915 under the Ottomans, which continued under the Turkish Republic in the 1920s and 30s (and presumably the following decades), then over 1,400 confiscations of post-1936 property acquisitions as a result of the 1975 law. The 661 confiscations discussed by Hrant Dink are the Istanbul properties—I think; it might include outlying properties of Istanbul foundations—and include (based on the cemetery) confiscations starting from the early 20th century. The lead of the article should certainly have the numbers that apply to all of Turkey since the article is about Turkey as a whole. These should be given before the Istanbul-specific numbers. If there's a reliably sourced number available with the total number of confiscations in Turkey over the past near-century, it ought to be included. BlueMoonset (talk) 16:24, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Wow, excellent analysis BlueM. You've described almost every confusion that I felt while editing the article and creating the table. And you've described a good series of upgrades to move the article forward. I agree on all your points about what should be included, but I fear that complete clarity may not be possible on such a subject.
- Yes - I simply copied the 1,328 text to give a linkling (an inkling of a link :) ) to the main lead.
- Please note - I took a guess that DG meant Director General, so it would be good for ProudB to confirm or correct that.
p.s. I also could not get to grips with f(F)oundation(s) until I saw the table, and you just beat me with the edit. I wonder if 'institution' will be a more appropriate term for some of them. Hopefully ProudB will also be able to clarify this.
Regards. Chienlit (talk) 17:45, 5 January 2013 (UTC)
I must say you have raised some good points. First off, these category names are from the Hrant Dink Foundation itself. Please see: Firstly, Immovable Assets is an internationally recognized term for "real estate". The term real estate isn't used internationally and I figured if I used the word property, it would have been more confusing because a car or a table can also be considered property. Immovable assets are "anything" fixated (immovable) on land such as gravestones, buildings, trees, and etc. But if you truly believe property or real estate are better terms, we can definitely use them. Second, non-existent parcels means assets that are destroyed or don't exist anymore. Kalfayan and Pangalti Armenian Cemetery are considered non-existent because no trace of the buildings or cemetery's original structure remain. However, if the term parcel confuses the reader, we can change that non-existent immovable asset. Anyways, DG of Foundations means Director General of Foundations (Vakif Genel Mudurlugu), which is a government organization that seizes confiscated assets and through a (often long) legal process and has them returned to the original owners. This is their official website: . However, I admit I made a spelling mistake on the graph and wrote DG of Foundation. A "s" needs to be added to foundation in order to clarify this. I guess I need to make a new graph. Sorry to confuse you guys :D ...and to your last point, the returning of Armenian confiscated assets is in its infancy and the Hrant Dink foundation is the main overseer of this operation. Its main focus is Istanbul, but in the future it will expand. The Sanasarian College is a start. Quite frankly, I don't know if there are sources to show every single Armenian asset confiscated in Turkey. After a Genocide and the Varlik Vergisi, that would be a massive task! I merely outlined what the Hrant Dink Foundation is working with and some other cases like the Incirlik Airbase. Also you asked what are immovable foundations returned to foundation? The properties returned are returned to the original foundation. Such as the Surp Prgic Foundation or the Sanasarian Foundation which continue to exist and are not successive foundations. But we can always rename the category "Returned to Original Ownership" if that may clarify it more. Thank you so much for raising these concerns. By the way, I hope you guys checked out the map and pressed the little + sign at the top left beneath the logo. You can see all properties in the Istanbul region that were confiscated. Proudbolsahye (talk) 21:21, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Confiscated Armenian properties in Turkey/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: 1ST7 (talk · contribs) 02:44, 3 September 2013 (UTC) I'll review this article. Initial comments will be posted soon. --1ST7 (talk) 02:44, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

I did some minor copyediting; I hope you don't mind. Here's the review:

  1. Well-written
  2. Verifiable with no original research:
    • Paragraph 1 in "Confiscation during the Turkish Republic" needs a citation. So does the last sentence of the last paragraph in that section. DONE
  3. Broad in its coverage:
    • The "Contemporary analysis" section could be fleshed out more. DONE
  4. Neutral:
  5. Stable:
    • No edit wars, etc.
  6. Illustrated, if possible, by images:
    • All images look good.

I'll put the article on hold for a week to give you time to address these issues. Thanks for your work! --1ST7 (talk) 03:18, 3 September 2013 (UTC)

Everything looks good, so I'm passing the article. Congratulations, and thanks again for your work. --1ST7 (talk) 04:31, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Close paraphrasing[edit]

The article currently contains multiple passages of copyright violation plagiarism and close paraphrasing. This can be a problem under both our copyright policies and our guideline on plagiarism. Some examples (note, these are only examples and are not the only instances or the only source copied from): The source Legislative Provisions of the Ottoman/Turkish Governments Regarding Minorities and Their Properties says:

"The net result of this 'protection' law was the channeling of property 'owned' by the Turkish state to Muslims through rigged auctions, which often excluded even Muslims of non-Turkish origin."

The article says:

"These auctions channeled the property unlawfully expropriated by the Turkish state to the general Muslim population through oftentimes 'rigged' auctions, which often excluded non-Muslims or non-Turkish Muslims."

or The source says:

"Any litigant claiming property or revenues derived from its sale or rental would have the state as defendants."

The article says:

"Any litigant claiming property of revenues derived from its sale or rental would have the state as defendants."

A complete rewrite is necessary to excise this material. AbstractIllusions (talk) 00:09, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Let me see what I can fix here. Proudbolsahye (talk) 00:14, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Fixed. Removing tag. Proudbolsahye (talk) 07:02, 18 September 2013 (UTC)
Not Fixed. I think this needs to slow down a lot and be taken much more carefully. While I appreciate the quick efforts to deal with the problem of close paraphrasing (although some instances were not fixed at all), the edits do not appear to be A) actually solving the problem or B) improving the content of the article. Let's focus on the two sentences highlighted above to see these problems. The first sentence above was rewritten but remains close paraphrased. (note: and the entire paragraph is largely following the same argument in the paragraph from the source--repeating an argument step by step keeps the writing derivative of the source and may be considered plagaized or close paraphrased). The objective is to take an idea and rewrite it in your own words, not to reorder the words (or repeat every point of a paragraph) so that they use more synonyms for the words. So "net result" becomes "ultimately" and "channeling of property" becomes "property transferred." Two good ways out of this are to work from Notes not originals and to synthesize larger points. A rewritten point of this claim could be "Because non-Turkish individuals could not own property without permission of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the auctions did not include these individuals and were effectively 'rigged' to only give property to Turkish refugees being resettled." So a rewrite of the entire paragraph in original fashion would be necessary to solve the close paraphrasing issue. The second sentence above was rewritten to make it factually incorrect. The plagiarized sentence was changed to "Those who wanted to reclaim the property were obligated to have the state defend their interests." That is not what the source says: the source says that the state would be the defendant in any lawsuit--not that the state would defend the interests of Armenians who had their property stolen. Other sentences became unclear in the revisions. So, the effort is good: but the problem is not being solved and the content may be getting worse in the process. Quick band-aids are not going to address the problem (and once again I'm just using these examples to highlight the larger problems in the article--they are not the only issues). Rewrite entire paragraphs from notes--don't just change the wording of individual sentences; this should help improve the writing, avoid close paraphrasing, and keep them accurate. AbstractIllusions (talk) 02:03, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
I have practically rewritten the article with over a hundred or so edits. I am not here to play cat and mouse. If you truly want to help, you'll have to sort out the problematic sentences one by one or assist me in the process of copy-editing directly in the article itself. I'm the creator of this article, not its inventor. As for the examples you have raised, I will rephrase them to the best of my abilities, even though the changes to the mentioned sentences are appear well fixed for any third-party reader. Proudbolsahye (talk) 02:13, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
To reiterate: Rewriting a section or article does not mean rephrasing 100 sentences in that article, it involves a different practice. I'm trying to fix your long pattern of disruptive editing with chronic close paraphrasing and plagiarism (and keep my cool while doing so). If you want to become a better editor and remove the bad editing, here's someone who is tentatively willing to help you do so. If you want to give me attitude, then I will gladly simply attach the close paraphrasing tag to other articles you have close paraphrased and other activities to clean up these articles. (And please read my statement -- this edit does not make the statement factually accurate, which is what I specified as the problem, and shows the carelessness which has permeated many of the edits you've done). AbstractIllusions (talk) 02:41, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Factual inaccuracies are another issue that I will handle on my own. You're more than welcome to help with that. As for the close paraphrasing issues, I have reorganized, combined sentences, reworded, and re-paraphrased the mentioned paragraph. Please point out other issues specifically and I'll edit them to the best of my abilities. Proudbolsahye (talk) 02:55, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
  • So I fixed a couple of paragraphs. As I have noted above: Rewriting is different from rephrasing. Rewriting means going back to sources and using your own notes to construct an original statement of facts. This practice needs to happen throughout the entire article. Let's work through an example. The source reads: "However, the revenues from the exploitation of Armenian properties were deposited to the account of the Turkish Ministry of Financial Affairs in the name of the proprietor or in the name of the village or city where the properties were located in the event that the property holder could not be found, and indeed owners were rarely found." The most recent version of the wikipedia article read: "Under the title of the asset owners, the revenue was allocated and deposited in the repository of the Ministry of Financial Affairs under the basis of returning the funds upon the demand of the owners themselves. However, with the deportation and the subsequent mass murder of the property holders, the owners were rarely found." (plagiarism is bolded--but the entire phrasing of the sentences is close paraphrased). I went back to the source read the entire paragraph and instead edited this provision as: "The property records and revenue generated from the sale or rent of confiscated property were all recorded and deposited with the Ministry of Financial Affairs to provide for the possible return of property to owners. In addition, the law provided provisions for those whose property had been confiscated to sue for return of the property (and payment for any damages which occurred). However, the law required property owners to sue and be present themselves (not allowing the power of attorney), an impossibility when property owners had been killed or deported." I capture the facts of the argument, but in an original manner, synthesizing the point with the larger points made in the source (and other sources). The revision is surely not perfect--but it is not derivative of the source. It takes time and careful attention, but certainly the topic deserves it. Here's a deal: Rewrite (not rephrase) the Confiscation as part of the Armenian Genocide section and I'll help direct you to other problems later. Also: Please pay special attention to offline and foreign language sources. There's trust being made about not close paraphrasing with those--and you want to be even more clear on those sections to avoid any close paraphrasing or plagiarism problems. AbstractIllusions (talk) 13:01, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for the revision. Your suggestions are well taken. You're saying that I should rewrite the Confiscation of the Armenian Gencide section, but this is somethinf you rewrote already. Did you mean the Turkish republic part? Proudbolsahye (talk) 18:46, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Okay, if you meant the first paragraph, I will gladly edit it. Proudbolsahye (talk) 19:01, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
Well I paraphrased, combined, rewrote, and repositioned sentences effectively rewriting the entire paragraph in the Confiscation of Armenian Genocide section as you suggested. I took main points of each source and positioned each sentence accordingly. Since you rewrote 3 paragraphs of the section already, I managed to edit the rest. I am looking forward to see other problematic sentences (if any) you may have encountered. Proudbolsahye (talk) 22:02, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Some excellent editing. I still think some of the editing needs to strive to be more originally stated--but let's move on to the "Assessments Section". Here are the problems as added. Sentence 1- Not all the information is in the source. Sentence 2 & 3- are close paraphrased (source: "The sum of the Armenian claims presented at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, amounted to a significant ‘$3.7 billions, of which $2.18 billion was for various types of properties. Most of the total losses claimed were for Turkish Armenia" wikipedia: "The amount of material goods and belongings were assessed at $3.7 billion (today $50.67 billion), of which $2.18 billion was for properties alone) Also note how the losses included some in Russian Armenia--not just Turkey. Sentence 4, 5, & 6- very close paraphrased. Also probably best to retain "Ottoman government" for this period. Note: Second paragraph should be rewritten--not rephrased. Sentence 7- fine. Sentence 8- Awkwardly worded because the last clause is close paraphrased (source: "Both treaties had numerous provisions to return confiscated or seized Armenian-owned properties, lands and assets to their rightful owners, yet this also didn't materialize" wikipedia: "both contained clauses pertaining to the return and reimbursement of confiscated properties, assets, and lands of the Armenians.") Sentence 9 and 10- appear fine on close paraphrasing--but could use some rewording to note that the Sevres treaty would have been important had it ever taken effect. 6/10 sentences remain close paraphrased in current version. Remember: the key to fixing these problems is not to rephrase those sentences. It is to step back, look at the sources again, and develop an original way for you to say the facts. AbstractIllusions (talk) 13:05, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
I fixed to the best of my abilities. Please, next time add tags to the sentences you find problematic so we don't have to go back and forth anymore. Proudbolsahye (talk) 16:09, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
  • That could work, but WP:TC as far as I know, there is no inline tag for close paraphrasing (only for copyright violations--and if I were to use that tag, that's a more critical issue): probably because it is an important issue that requires effort beyond simply rewording a sentence. Note: The third paragraph of Assessments hasn't been fixed. AbstractIllusions (talk) 17:21, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
Can you please take a look at paragraph three yourself? I've rephrased and restructed the paragraph too many times now. As a single lonesome editor, I am running out of ideas for it. Proudbolsahye (talk) 18:40, 22 September 2013 (UTC)
Well can't say I didn't try. I paraphrased and restructured the paragraph to the best of my abilities while using the advice you gave me. I am just hoping you can touch it up a bit. I just want it to turn out looking great with a bit of your help here and of course a second opinion would be great. Anyhow, I am planning to send this over to the copy-editors guild and see if they can help with some copy-editing and other grammatical/spelling issues. Proudbolsahye (talk) 06:22, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Cleaned up that section. Now onto the next section. I'm traveling right now and can't see some of the sources, so how about this. Give the 'under the Turkish government' section a significant rewrite to get them away from close paraphrasing and if I see a good effort, I'll come back around and clean up and do copy-editing. If you'll work on getting the wording away from the sources--I'll certainly be willing to copy edit and make them clear (this is far preferable than having me dig through sources you've already read and tell you they are paraphrased--that wastes both of our time). AbstractIllusions (talk) 01:14, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I think my ability to contribute to improving the page is coming to an end for a brief period (or at least a hiatus of a week or two while I will be fully offline). Because of the hard work of Proudbolsahye, the article until Current Developments appears to be pretty clear. However, the close paraphrasing tag will be appropriate for a while because: 1. Close paraphrasing remains. Example: "However, it was prevented from occurring due to a warning from the National Security Committee of the Turkish Armed Forces dated 26 August 2005" is almost direct from the source. Or "The lawsuit demands $63 million and part of the income received from the lease of the airbase, which totals $100 million." 2. With the significant amount of non-English sourcing which has been largely untouched, I don't feel qualified to improve those sections to get them beyond the close paraphrasing. I still think a complete rewrite of the rest of the article from scratch would be best for close paraphrasing (and hopefully for improving the quality of sources). But because of the significance of the problem remaining in the article, I do not think it is responsible to remove the tag at this time and won't be able to reassess that opinion for a while. AbstractIllusions (talk) 01:27, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
  • I was happy to see that significant work was being done to rectify the close paraphrasing issues, because Good Articles are not supposed to have any close paraphrasing at all; as long as work was progressing, it seemed to me that a good article reassessment to resolve this issue was not necessary. However, Proudbolsahye has removed the close paraphrasing tag more than once so far, only for the removal to prove to be quite premature, so the most recent removal without any outside input is not an ideal situation. With AbstractIllusions unavailable, I'm going to consult with Nikkimaria on the best way forward; if she is able to look, and finds significant close paraphrasing, the template will definitely come back, and perhaps a reassessment will be necessary. The original GA review missed extensive close paraphrasing; the article was clearly not a Good Article by Wikipedia standards at the time it passed four weeks ago. BlueMoonset (talk) 20:55, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Like AbstractIllusions, I can't evaluate the paraphrasing of non-English sources. However, I am seeing continued close paraphrasing from English sources: compare for example "Special registers...recorded the names of the owners and the types of goods and assets they owned while local governments provided assurances that the goods were to be sent to the locations where the Armenians were to be deported. Receipts of the goods and assets were then given to the deportees before their departure" with "special registers in which the names of the owners and the types of the goods that were confiscated were to be recorded in detail.23 Later on, the local government was supposed to send these belongings to the places where the population resettled. List receipts of the confiscated properties were given to the Armenians before their ‘departure'." On that basis I've restored the paraphrasing tag. Nikkimaria (talk) 21:21, 6 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Nikkimaria (talk · contribs), thanks for agreeing to review. I fixed the problematic sentence. Please let me know if you find anything else. If not, we'll have to proceed on removing the tag after coming to a mutual understanding. Proudbolsahye (talk) 06:30, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Another example is "perishable goods and livestock of deportees were to be sold and the sum would be deposited under the name of the owners" vs "Perishable goods and animals were to be sold and the sums deposited in the name of the owners". At this point, I would suggest you assess each source for potential paraphrasing problems. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:37, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Nikkimaria (talk · contribs), thank you. If there's anything else you see let me know. To make your job easier, there were two sections Abstract copy-edited with the special emphases of ridding close paraphrasing (here, here, and here). I'm looking through it but having trouble finding close paraphrased sentences. Proudbolsahye (talk) 20:02, 7 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Question for you: what steps have you taken to avoid close paraphrasing in translation, for the material with non-English sources? Nikkimaria (talk) 03:02, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks, Nikkimaria (talk · contribs). Okay, I want to initially mention that the table was redone by user Chienlit a long time ago. See here. There was a massive amount of copyedits by him/her, if you click "newer 50" from the given link, you'll see. Other general copyedits were done by Shrigley and Bluemoonset, who both especially edited the contemporary analyses section and the rest of the article. I mention this because these two sections, the table and the contemporary analyses section, both use the bulk of the foreign language sources. The information I provided was not only paraphrased from the foreign languages section, but heavily copyedited by the mentioned users. As for me, there was practically no way that I can directly translate anything from those sources anyways. All the information from the foreign languages sources were used to summarize just small points in the article and table. For example, "when was it confiscated?" and "what's its status?" type of things. Any content from foreign language sources have been tightened significantly. You may notice that the smaller sentences in the article all point to foreign language sources. Also, linguistics also plays a major role. Turkish is an interesting language which makes it impossible to directly translate anything. One word in the Turkish language can mean an entire sentence or even an entire paragraph in English. It's impossible to Google translate from Turkish into English. Anyhow, I hope that the hard work I put in can also be supplemented with a little bit of good faith. Hope that addresses your concerns. Thank you once again. Proudbolsahye (talk) 03:23, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Okay. There are a number of sources I don't have access to, but among the ones I do, I don't see any further overly close paraphrasing. BlueMoonset, do you feel that's enough, or should I go track down a few of the offline sources for spotchecking? Nikkimaria (talk) 05:03, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
Nikkimaria, which offline sources? I can perhaps help you out. Proudbolsahye (talk) 05:14, 10 October 2013 (UTC)
Nikkimaria, while I'm happy to hear that you think the close paraphrasing has been dealt with in sources you can access, it might be worth checking maybe one or two other sources if feasible, just to be sure issues don't extend to them since this is labeled a Good Article. The problems uncovered have been significant so far. Chienlit did a great number of edits back when this article was under consideration for DYK, but I only did two, neither of which should be considered true copyedits—one was only ref consolidation and the other was mostly table formatting. Shrigley's sole edit was a copyedit, but not a comprehensive one by any stretch of the imagination. I'll leave it to your best judgment: you're the close paraphrasing guru here, and offline sources can be a pain. Thanks again for taking this on. BlueMoonset (talk) 03:33, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
I've checked a few journal articles and two books, and I'm not seeing anything close enough to present a concern with those sources. Nikkimaria (talk) 04:37, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for review. I forgot to mention that AbstractIllusions had access to much of the offline sources as well. Much of his copyedits were specifically made to get rid of close paraphrasing from the offline sources. As for the article, I will remove the tag if there are no objections. Thanks once again. Proudbolsahye (talk) 09:57, 12 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Glad to see the issue didn't go dead while I was inattentive. Some issues: 1. Assuming good faith. 2. Does not mean assuming good practices. 3. The onus at this point should not be on us to show that close paraphrasing remains, it should be on the editor to show that it does not still exist. (Not in all instances, but certainly at this point where a dozen close paraphrasing incidents have been excised since it was first asserted that the problem was "fixed". 4. I believe the tag should remain until we are willing to believe that Turkish is the one language that can't be directly translated into English and close paraphrased (which is silly). 5. In addition, the practice is continuing on other pages, showing that efforts to actually demonstrate better editing practices have not been headed. 6. Another good article review is absolutely appropriate since much of the article has been rewritten (and some really iffy claims and sources have been added since the last review). If Nikkimaria or BlueMoonset disagree with me on points #4 and #6, I will consider that sage advise. AbstractIllusions (talk) 04:40, 21 October 2013 (UTC)
AbstractIllusions (talk · contribs), the Turkish source has recently been translated into English in its 2013 publication of the 2012 declaration here. This may prove useful for those that want to compare and contrast any paraphrase issues. This source is used throughout the article as a "Turkish language" source. Since the English translation has been newly released, I suggest that this source be used as a basis of comparing and contrasting my use of Turkish sources. Proudbolsahye (talk) 04:55, 21 October 2013 (UTC)
So the response to me asking for due diligence is "Hey read a 500+ page PDF and check my translation, so that you know it isn't derivative work like most of the other content I've added to the page"? Nope. AbstractIllusions (talk) 05:27, 21 October 2013 (UTC)
Haha, no I would never want you to do that. I never said that you should either. I'm just trying to help you out here. If you want to verify my translations from Turkish to English, using that source is a great start. When the declaration was first released in 2012, it was only in Turkish. I was compelled to do my own translations as a result of this. And so, as I have mentioned earlier, I used that source to add only small points and factoids to the table. The source itself describes the confiscation process of each property in its utmost detail. I was forced to leave out a lot of information from the source so to confine the content into the table. These additions were then heavily copy-edited by Chienlit with touch ups from other users. These users don't even know Turkish (so I assume). Anyhow, I have already replaced many sources including this and another such as Baghdjian's from its foreign language derivatives to its newly translated publications into English for the convenience of the reader. If necessary, I can continue this trend with other foreign language sources as well. Proudbolsahye (talk) 18:01, 21 October 2013 (UTC)


The sources used to make claims about Turkish families being complicit beneficiaries in the Armenian genocide do not support those claims. Collect (talk) 20:02, 8 June 2014 (UTC)