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I think that it is very foolish, and a real waste of time and computer memory, to delve into all of that garbage about how to spell her surname (which version to use) in English and in the Russian alphabet. Absurd! This is an English-language Wikipedia (or the English-language part, if you prefer), and there is NO reason whatever to insert Russian into it. By using the English Wikipedia, a person is indicating that he reads English, and on the converse, the vast majority of English readers do not read Russian, so they do not care and have no interest in Russian spellings. (Someone needs to learn something about writing pertaining to the needs of the audience.) Furthermore, Golovin is now a French citizen, and in French, he name is spelled EXACTLY the same as it is in English. (They don't use the Russian alphabet in France either.) And if she wants to spell it "Golovin", that IS the correct spelling, and any other way of spelling it is WRONG. There is no gray area. Dale (in English, spelled that way, and no other way.) 184.108.40.206 15:40, 28 June 2007 (UTC) DAW
It is extremely tedious to read the extremely fine details, in the text, of her tennis career, including tournaments that we do not know about and do not care about.
It would be FAR BETTER to tabulate this information, rather than try to explain it all in text form. I have the same argument with newspaper sports writers, who so frequently have such adoration for their pristine prose that they inflict it onto all of us, when tabulating the information would be much more concise and readable. 220.127.116.11 15:40, 28 June 2007 (UTC) DAW
The French Open
The use of the phrase "Roland Garros" to refer to the "French Open" is foolish, especially considering that the casual reader, especially someone who does not know much about tennis, probably does not know what the Hell or who the Hell Roland Garros is/was. For those of you who don't know, Roland Garros was one of the greatest French fighter pilots ever, a pilot in the First World War, who was a hero in defending France from an unprovoked invasion by Germany. He was also the first man to develop any system where a machine gun could fire through the spinning propeller of a fighter plane, and thus fire directly forward. Garros placed metal wedges onto the blades of his propeller, with the points pointing towards the machine gun, and thus, any bullet that came out aimed at the propeller would be deflected onto some wild direction, protecting the propeller.
Nevertheless, after shooting down many Germans, Garros was shot down and killed himself, so he was not only a war hero, but one who was killed in the line of his duty. His plane was recovered by the Germans, and the Germans and the Dutch (mostly Dutchman Anthony Fokker) drew great inspiration from his design. What Fokker decided to do was to design a synchronization system between the engine and the machine gun, one which kept the gun from shooting the propeller off. This also eliminated the danger of scattered machine-gun bullets from flying off at all sorts of random angles. Fighter planes continued to use this system for as long a fighter planes used propellers. Jet fighters don't need this system. 18.104.22.168 15:40, 28 June 2007 (UTC) DAW
Lack of references (in-line or otherwise) prevents a B-rating, which could have been awarded if they had been present. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Errabee (talk • contribs) 11:12, 9 March 2007 (UTC).
How about changing the picture of Tatiana? I could start searching for a new one if you'd like.
- Yes, but be aware that pictures found on the web are copyrighted so you can't use them on the Wikipedia unless you received proper authorization from the author/publisher. ArthurWeasley 23:09, 26 March 2007 (UTC)
French descent? Golovine? I'm changing that, find me some sources. Golovin is a Russian name, not french, she's an ethnic and native Russian.
I think that is is So Foolish to spell Russian as "russian". It is Always supposed to be capitalized in English, and I think that if you don't know that, you need to go back to school. So, I have corrected the capitalization here in the discussion.
Frankly, I am pissed-off to read in the Internet words like these, which I have really seen: russian, polish, hungarian, czech, spanish, english, danish, canadian, european, asian, african, wikipedia, and so forth. Also, this part of the Wikipedia is an English (Always Capitalized!) -language encyclopedia, and the capitalization rules for English must be following. Did you know that by writing "russian" (etc.) that you are insulting a whole country full of people? It is not mere carelessness, but rather it is dastardly. You need to go back to school, and if your native language isn't English, you need to study English all over again!
I just went back and changed "wikipedia" to Wikipedia. Do go back to school and learn the difference between a common noun and a proper noun. 22.214.171.124 15:40, 28 June 2007 (UTC) DAW
In spirit, I agree with you, but remember, we're talking about a bullshit online encyclopedia that any dipshit can come in and vandalize, so don't get your panties in a bunch. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 21:59, 13 December 2010 (UTC)