User talk:Anders Feder

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Hello and Welcome! I hope you like the place. --mav

Atmosphere of Mars[edit]

Just a quick note of appreciation on you work at Atmosphere of Mars. Cheers, BatteryIncluded (talk) 23:15, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

DYK for OPERA neutrino anomaly[edit]

Thanks from me Victuallers (talk) 12:03, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Good Article[edit]

Hey, I nominated the Aftermath for a good article, and there are some suggestions on how to improve it to be so. I have done some of them, such as the references and clarification, but the main thing I think we need is images. If you want to look over the criteria and see what I have already done, the list is here. Thanks for all your work on this! Jeancey (talk) 19:26, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, bro. Yes, I also miss images, but I couldn't come up with a good source for related ones with compatible licensing.--Anders Feder (talk) 22:19, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Hi Anders Feder, could you address the remaining issues with regards to the GA article nomination, so that we can come to end with the review? Thanks and best regards, JCAla (talk) 08:06, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Sure.--Anders Feder (talk) 20:04, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

GA review - one more week[edit]

Ok, guys, please address the remaining issues with regards to the article, otherwise I won't be able to give it the GA status which would be a pity since it is an article with potential. The overlinking needs to be addressed or issue solved. I personally don't think it is overlinked, but you should solve the issue. Please find some more illustrations and address the remaining points with regards to broad coverage. Thanks. JCAla (talk) 09:56, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

I've been having trouble finding the motivation, but I will get around to it ASAP. Thanks for bearing with the process :) --Anders Feder (talk) 10:10, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

The Happy Iranian[edit]

Hello Anders Feder,

I just came across the happy iranian section on one of your pages which was such an accurate description to the sort of thing I have seen on some Wikipedia pages. Could I keep a version on one of my subpages? I will offcourse attribute it to yourself. I understand if you say no. Regards. Mbcap (talk) 19:29, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

@Mbcap: I would be honored if you do.--Anders Feder (talk) 19:31, 15 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you Mbcap (talk) 19:32, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

How to determine reliability of a foreign published book and does partisanship affect the way it is used?[edit]

Hello Anders Feder,

Please could you advise me on how one goes about determining the reliability of a book published in a foreign country, especially if that country has a reputation for restricting the freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Also how does partisanship affect the way a book is used? I am asking these question in reference to the following book but general advice on any book of this nature would be appreciated:

  • Husaini Tehrani, Muhammad Husain. "Imamology" Mashhad Mughaddas: Allama Tabatabaie

The citation does not identify the publisher but its partisanship is undeniable. The citation is used to make claims that a certain Shia book is respected by Sunni Muslims. Can we use this book to make claims about Sunni's view of a specific Shia book, in light of maintaining NPOV and using reliable sources? I would be grateful for your assistance. Mbcap (talk) 12:34, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

@Mbcap: As as a matter of fact, I have come across that reference myself, and have been wondering the same thing. The citation given here gives a link to a (pay-walled) online e-book version here. The e-book page gives a link to a BibTeX file here. In the BibTeX file, the publisher is listed as "علامه طباطبایی", which is presumably(?) a reference to Allameh Tabataba'i University, which of course is directly controlled by the Iranian state. In my view, if that is indeed the publisher, it's neutrality is clearly questionable. For the time being, I think the only way to settle cases like these is to bring them to the WP:RSN. But it's extremely cumbersome given the preponderance of citations like this on Wikipedia, particularly because RSN frequently don't respond at all. In the future, I would like to see some kind of guideline that place much stricter limits on how sources like these can be used, if at all.--Anders Feder (talk) 08:52, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for the reply. Firstly can we delete the page, Allameh Tabataba'i University, to which you have posted a link to above. The entire page is a copy paste job of this website[[1]]. I am not familiar on how to delete a page with haste. A way needs to be found to stop Wikipedia from becoming a bastion of mediocrity. My previous question was part of a bigger issue which I am concerned about. The only way to describe it is, that a significant proportion of Islam articles, whether it is Sunni, Shia, Ahmady, Ismaili, Sufi, etc, etc, etc, are filled with underhanded non-RS compliant polemic whiff whaffery masquerading as articles that comply with WP:RS and all other related policies, when in fact a weighty chunk of the sources come from polemic sites, fan sites, discussion forums and other related unreliable sources & co. These pages need to be built using our guidelines and surely there must be an avenue to address this on a broad scale rather than tackling each page, one by one.
Now to the book mentioned above; this book is a Shia partisan book, produced by a publisher whose reliability cannot be verified. I understand that regardless of the partisanship, the book can be used when adding content regarding views and works, in the articles of Shia school, because the author seems to be a Shia Islam expert (but even his expertise is not established) but apart from that, can the book be used for anything else. Is there a relavent wikipedia policy on the use of sources in religion articles, especially in terms of how WP:RS is applied. Thank you for your help. Regards Mbcap (talk) 12:33, 20 February 2015 (UTC)