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National Spiritual Assembly[edit]

I changed a link from National Assembly to National Spiritual Assembly to disambiguate it. National Assembly is generally not a useful link in articles about the Bahai' Faith. Ground Zero | t 01:55, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Ah - quite true. :-) Smkolins (talk) 01:56, 9 February 2012 (UTC)

Selling Wikipedia articles[edit]

Totally legal! This book (and hundreds more like it) are completely legal by way of Wikipedia's license: the GFDL. You can read plenty more about it on the documentation, of course, but anything posted to Wikipedia is explicitly allowed to be used by others for any purpose, including commercial ones. You just have to give credit. If that book has a list of the authors of the Wikipedia articles, then it's fair game. If not, it's illegal. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 00:08, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

wow - I had no idea commercial use was ok. Smkolins (talk) 00:11, 17 February 2012 (UTC)
Here's another Baha'i Faith in Haiti (Paperback) Smkolins (talk) 12:26, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

Reply from List of converts to Bahá'í from Christianity[edit]

List of Bahá'ís lists all Bahá'ís, regardless of previous (if any) religion, same as Category:Bahá'ís by nationality. Category:Converts to the Bahá'í Faith is equal to this list (and as such, should contain every well-referenced article in that category). As far as the nomenclature, I'd happily rename it something easier, unfortunately List of converts to the Bahá'í faith from Christianity is a bit awkward. I don't see any issue with the title, perhaps you could elaborate?.. Thanks! Ncboy2010 (talk) 17:07, 15 March 2012 (UTC)
I'm not saying there is direct competition among the articles/cats - just that there should be development in context with eachother. Wasn't sure you saw those.
As for the name - saying "List of converts to Bahá'í from Christianity" would be grammatically equivalent to saying "List of converts from Christian to the Baha'i Faith". The word choice is not parallel. The name of the religion, like "Christianity" is "Bahá'í Faith". Saying "Bahá'í faith" uses "faith" in another sense based on the same confusion. Baha'i is an adjective, not a noun but "Bahá'í faith" should be used in naming a series or describing the religion (Christian, Baha'i, Muslim or Islamic faiths, it would be awkward to say Christianity faith for example.) Clearer? Smkolins (talk) 17:14, 15 March 2012 (UTC)

The Baha'i Faith in St. Lucia[edit]

I am working on the page article for Wikipedia. Thank you for being the editor and giving advice. I have the piece written out and am working on it in a Word.dox as well. Why can I not access it to edit it further? How do I include photos? How do I include the side bar that is for instance in the page for "The Baha'i Faith in Barbados". How to insert the links? I saved it and yet it does not appear when I type in search. Is it like a web page that takes about 2 to 3 weeks to show up in search engines? I am .up on working on Wikipedia pages and am therefore looking for the quick assistance to begin to accomplish these tasks with the article. Keith R. Bloodworth, I am of course wishing to turn it into a professional worthwhile article and know it is only at its' very first stages Thank you for editing Keith — Preceding unsigned comment added by Keith R. Bloodworth (talkcontribs) 15:26, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

In steps Keith - in steps. Work in the sandbox as I said and you can even get help in there. It's *purpose* is to learn how to use the editing tools as well as implement the standards of wikipedia. The changes if done right show up in seconds usually. Smkolins (talk) 15:35, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Baha'i Faith[edit]

I don't understand the list of Manifestations of God according to wikipedia. But there are other questions of religious neutrality also at issue here, such as preferring AD and BC over the scholarly historians' CE and BCE, that I am not following. Why is Zoroaster being excluded from mention? Is this a popularity contest?Julzes (talk) 14:34, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

He is obscure to most readers, and it's an introductory section. The listing should be brief an illustrative, not exhaustive and tiring. Interested readers follow links to articles focused on subjects. That is why there are other articles. Consisteny is a process and wikipedia has many poking at it in all kinds of ways. Smkolins (talk) 14:37, 3 May 2012 (UTC)

Well, I don't know. It seems that the first (known or automatically included by Baha'is? I don't really know the faith's position on whether the list has other lesser Manifestations of God (I should and may be trekking to either Chicago or Israel some time soon), but I thought Zoroaster is just the one preceding Abraham and the list tallies to 8 (including the other now not in edit)) should be included, and I don't know how obscure. Editors get to write the article the way we/they/you/whatever want to, and I guess I will refrain from editing it myself (again) for a while at least.Julzes (talk) 04:19, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Well consider that thousands see it every day and it's been a FA article. If many thought it was wrong it would be changed constantly. Instead this kind of change has been trickling in. Yes there are people who know better but as I say there are diverse articles about many issues - it all doesn't have to be or should be in this one article. But of course we do want to make the article better. I've looked for exhaustive lists of prophets recognized as such - there are various works - but there is no authoritative complete list perse. I would also say there's a ton of work out there to do from going through the articles combined into the book to make them each better to the list of country articles which so far hasn't reached the half way mark despite years of effort....Smkolins (talk) 10:15, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Okay. Saying it has been the way it is now and somewhat the way I suggest both at different times and that it was once an FA article, though, seems, well, to say nothing about which or what is preferable. But, okay, you know it more. The Oxford Encyclopedia of World Religions does include Zoroaster, but that is no proof of what should or should not be in the front article of wikipedia.Julzes (talk) 17:19, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

Indeed - what is proof? Is there some substantial other reason you know of? Someone who picks up a encyclopedia of some limited access might bring more of a focus than general access one. While this isn't the first time this has come I think that it's small part of the overall picture. Indeed I think the fact that thousands of people hit it a day and don't call for changes and it's status inside wikipedia as a well developed article speak well to it being "good" the way it is. That being said of course evolution should continue. Perhaps if something from Zoroastrianism catches public awareness or something else comes along worthy of note ... the idea to me is _not_ that change is to be stopped but that change should be more than about personal opinion. Smkolins (talk) 18:17, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

Well, I don't know that people popping in to read the article on Baha'i not wanting to request a change means what you infer. This is unlikely to be a major issue, though, so long as Zoroaster is little other than some ancient figure to a vast number of people, as you rightly say. And there is no reason we should expect something written in the method that wikipedia is to be balanced; just like the Soviet Union where it was perfectly safe to just be an objective mathematician or physicist, but watch out about history or economics.Julzes (talk) 00:09, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

I'm being a bit facetious here, of course. That last remark could justifiably easily offend an enormous number of people. But there is a question of a kind of mob rule here at wikipedia. Plus, apathy with regard to editing or even reading carefully enough to have an objection could easily prevent the number of hits without requested changes from meaning what you infer.17:31, 9 May 2012 (UTC)Julzes (talk)

Bahai symbols[edit]

Hi. Thanks for pointing me to the WikiProject bahai. I was wondering if you could help me. Do you know of a better rendering of the Greatest Name at Greatest_Name#The_Greatest_Name? --Steinninn 14:54, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

I've seen various forms here and there but that seems a good rendition and is very commonly used. Smkolins (talk) 19:14, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

Re: Baha'i Temple[edit]

The Baha'i House of Worship in Wilmette is usually called "Baha'i Temple." My grandmother lives in this area and I usually see this temple! Thanks for pointing that out! OZODOR (talk) 03:59, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Nice I'm sure. And I'm sure some use the word. Temple is more accessible to a wider audience perhaps since Jews and Mormons and others tend to use that word so it fits the idea of an alternative name to "church". But that doesn't mean Baha'is or a majority of others use it. A brief google search shows both terms being used and used for other sites too. But I'd say an easy majority of the usage is "House of Workship". Smkolins (talk) 10:05, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

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Bahá'í Faith in Vietnam[edit]

Hey—just wanted to let you know that I've gone through and done a big rewrite of Bahá'í Faith in Vietnam, adding a lot of new information and references. Feel free to check it out (and perhaps correct any mistakes that may have slipped through)! --dragfyre_ʞןɐʇc 17:05, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

I saw - interesting! I'll check more sometime soon - been back and forth on many things. Interesting about Drefus! Always more coming to light! Smkolins (talk) 18:06, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
Looks like Bahá'í_Faith_by_country#Vietnam needs some attention. Normally I copy the lead paragraph which is also why I set the master refs with names there so it's easy. Smkolins (talk) 18:09, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
Overall I'd say good job. A few small things here and there I or another might poke at mostly syntax or grammar or usage but overall nice work I'd say. If there are things that still attract my eyes later I'll poke at them and or see about the talk page there. Smkolins (talk) 22:25, 26 September 2012 (UTC)


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Wikipedia:WikiProject Mirza[edit]

just my purpose is tagging on Mirza people on 1(one) group & show all mirza people in this project. including beg, baig, begg, bey, bek, bak all people or location name Mirza related, please not a confused, is for example Pathan (Pashtun) people & wikiproject Pashtun. --BeyPeople (talk) 10:03, 29-12-12 (UTC)--


Do the highest quality and most recent sources describe the Baha'i Faith as a small or major religion? Pass a Method talk 17:08, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

I would say they split the difference - noting it's moderate/small size but more than occasionally listed along with the "big three" and more often than most other religions. For a more familiar example consider Judaism. Numerically it's very small. But it's relationship and position relative to Christianity and Islam, as well as the prominence of Israel in world affairs and engagement of Jews in a wide variety of projects. In much the same way the Baha'i Faith is often, not universally, mentioned along side far larger religions despite it's relative youth. As few as a few decades ago this was kind of listing was rare so older sources or sources using only older reference will not mention the religion. However many newer high quality sources will. --Smkolins (talk) 17:31, 9 February 2013 (UTC)


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I am not sure how I can contact you in private message, but I have a question

Why do you follow the Baha'i faith?

Thanks المتخصص (talkcontribs) 23:54, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

Why does it matter to you? Also please "sign" your messages yourself - the ~~~~ is rendered as a signature for you. --Smkolins (talk) 00:08, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

Sandbox review[edit]

As per your request on my user talk page I have reviewed your sandbox article on the UNC-Qur'an Controversy and have placed suggestions on the talk page of the sandbox article. Over-all I find it well done, but do offer some notes you may find helpful. --Wowaconia (talk) 20:19, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

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Bahai in the Chatham Islands (Rekohu is Moriori name for 1,000 years and Wharekarui is Maori from 1835)[edit]

Will be interested to work with you on this project. Your work on Bahai in New Zealand is very good. I lived on the Chatham Island 1995-96 (talk) 10:56, 6 August 2013 (UTC) [Chathams] Perhaps start with a section on Religion on the chatham Island page with some census data?

I would welcome someone working on improving the article. Perhaps signup for an account? Yes census data is certainly relevant though usually census' are blamed for under reporting segments of population it could balance sources that might over state populations. --Smkolins (talk) 11:33, 6 August 2013 (UTC)

September 2013[edit]

Hello, this is minissa. I had tried to update the "Persecution of Baha'is" section back in late May/early June and didn't notice that I had messages on my request to help format my citations properly. So it looks like another editor just reverted the info when I didn't reply, which means the info in this article regarding numbers of who is in jail in Iran (or awaiting trial, etc) is really out of date as of at least June, 2013. My source for my exact numbers was Anthony Vance, director of the Baha'i Office of Public Information in Washington, whom I guess is as straight from the horse's mouth as one can get in the USA. His info was this: "as of May, 2013, 116 were imprisoned but at least another 448 are awaiting trial or sentencing. Some are deprived of any communication with others, and have not had formal charges laid; in recent months in Semnan, mothers with nursing infants as young as 1 month of age have been imprisoned." I think the problem was that I signed the update (which I thought you were supposed to do) but I guess that made it look like I was the source, or was sourcing myself, although on the talk page I clearly said I was trying to source a formal statement from Vance and didn't know quite how to do that. I can run over to some of the genocide watch sites and see if their info is current and then cite them if that would be better. I just hate to see this inaccurate info sitting under "current situation" when there's better info from a reliable source, even if that source happens to be primary, and when recent news now includes a religiously-motivated murder, a letter from the female Evin inmates to the new president of Iran, the summer elections, new legislation in our own House and Senate, and so on. Can you steer me in just getting these statistics updated? The editor who actually reverted the info lists as being on an extended vacation, and you were the one other who commented (plus looks like you keep abreast of Baha'i affairs). Thanks!Minissa (talk) 00:53, 8 September 2013 (UTC)


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Major 3 Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) or Major 4 ?[edit]

dear friend every body is free to define a new topic in talk page. so if you want to participate, don't edit lines inside my lines. write your lines below and at end of the page. by your way of editing It will be unreadable soon. please correct your edits and take your lines out of mine. thanks regards. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wiki hamze (talkcontribs) 11:00, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

Since you are new to wikipedia you should learn how people do things rather than presume you know what is right. That has been a problem of yours since the beginning.--Smkolins (talk) 11:54, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

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3rd opinion[edit]

Do you mind giving your opinion on the talk page of prophet? Thanks Pass a Method talk 09:25, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

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Baha'i Faith in Alaska[edit]

Thank you for all your helpful resources on the page. I am brand new to Wikipedia and this is the first page I've tried on my own. Obviously there is a lot of Baha'i information to mine in the state! As I have time I will do research and add to the page. I'm still learning all the syntax too. I'm going to throw the page out to the Alaskan Baha'is, and hopefully some people will add to it. I'm guessing not a whole lot of Alaskans are on Wikipedia though. Buzzinglibrary (talk) 21:25, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

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Baha'i Faith[edit]

It's abrahamic religion? See it was founded in Iran, and majority of them lives in India. It's similar to Zoroastrianism this way, other than that, the scriptures provide special importance to Krishna, Zoroaster, and others.. Which is unknown to real Judaism(first abrahamic). Bladesmulti (talk) 13:33, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

The largest single national population is in India but even that is not the majority of all Baha'is. The Baha'i Faith is the second most widespread religion in the world and the only one to have grown in all regions of the world. See Baha'i Statistics and Growth of religion. As for Abrahamic see Abrahamic religions at the bottom (which is where it located purely out of its relative size, otherwise it would be in parallel with the rest.) It is true the Baha'i Faith goes beyond Abrahamic but Wikipedia doesn't recognize a group for such a term. --Smkolins (talk) 13:36, 25 December 2013 (UTC)
That was quick. Thanks Bladesmulti (talk) 13:38, 25 December 2013 (UTC)
My bad there, there's no clear significance where Zoroastrianism was founded, either it was Gujarat(present day India), or Afghanistan, or Iran.. Just my 2 cents. Bladesmulti (talk) 15:07, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

Polemic Pot[edit]

There is nothing Polemic about this text.

Earl Elder was the primary translator, whatever you personal views on William Miller. The Royal Asiatic Society is a reputable scholarly institution with educational pursuits, not a biased agenda. Have you read this text personally? Let's see some specific examples and evidences of this being the "highly polemic translation" that you assert. I have personally reviewed William Miller's personal copy deposited in one of the University Libraries. He was convinced that there was an effort to conceal the English translation of this text, as seems to have been done with the 1900 Anton Haddad Translation. An open mind might cause one to consider asking what lead him to such a view. He left notations with his copy about such suspicious efforts to withhold a text so important to the Baha'i community. Nevertheless, I repeat and emphasize - He was not the principal translator

Seems to me you are just blindly repeating a biased "party line", rather than independently investigating truth and reality. Is this embodying a Baha'i character? Seems to me you are the polemic pot calling the kettle black.

So, please, by all means, support your assertion with some supporting facts. (talk) 03:17, 10 January 2014 (UTC) Blindness is a weird thing.--Smkolins (talk) 03:19, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

How very scholarly and educated of you. Ignorance that is self-righteous and unyielding; that is an even weirder thing. So, I take it from your rather curt and snide remarks you have nothing worthwhile or constructive to offer in respect to the challenge made; Just incoherent assertions based upon biased views? (talk) 03:29, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Please desist from personal attacks.--Smkolins (talk) 03:31, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Review of that source fails critical examination. Elwell-Sutton, L.P. (1976). "Review of "The Baha'i Faith" Its History and Teaching by William McElwee Miller". Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2): 157–158. JSTOR 25203713.  --Smkolins (talk) 03:33, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

If you want to keep the dialogue professional, behave professionally. If you seek to keep the dialogue impersonal and focused on facts, then behave accordingly. You are not acting in good faith as you are redacting sources that have nothing to do with the Royal Asiatic Socity's translation fo the Kitab-i-Aqdas. Moreover, the rebuttal text "The Baha'i Faith" fails to support your assertion that the RAS translation of the Kitab-el-Aqdas is polemic, as has been previously stated, was primarily translated by Earl Elder.

Provide specific support as to how this translation by the ROyal Asiatic society differs to such a degree as constitutes a polemic. Provide support as to why you redact the 1900 Anton Haddad translation.

Clearly you are seeking to limit a educational and informational tool to conform to your personal religious views and dogmas, and is why you remove all other sources from references that are not authorized by the World Baha'i Center in Haifa.

If you do not cease and decist, I will persist; and, as is self evident by your behavior and lack of critical review and inquiry, and lack of thoughtful and meaningful response on this matter, eventually... well someone with a bigger hand will step in and fix the matter.

It is precisely for these reasons that so many scholars and academics are forced to leave enrollment with the Baha'i Faith and the trend on censorship within the Baha'i faith has grown exponentially. However, Wikipedia is not your personal soapbox to censor. You have been duly noticed. (talk) 03:53, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

The presentation questions Miller's balance and he is key to the source you present. The provenance of polemics is clear. And you are the one making personal characterizations.--Smkolins (talk) 03:55, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Miller is not the primary source of the translation, Elder is. The Royal Asiatic Society, a scholarly institution, is not going to publish something biased on the bases of an authors personal reasons; much like one might expect from an extremely insular religious congregation seeking to limit the scope of scholarly and critical examination and inquiry.

Moreover, you have yet to explain adequately why it is you remove all reference to the Anton Haddad translation of the text. Do you assert polemics here as well?

The fact that you summarily remove all of my edits without regard to critical differentiation demonstrates absolutely and self evidently that you are operating in bad faith with a personal agenda. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:24, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Lisa Janti[edit]

The real issue with this article is that it is still in violation of Wikipedia:NOTADVOCATE and that of Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view#Undue_weight, focusing more on her life as a Bahai, which is not encyclopedic in the least, instead of her career as an actress, which justifies an article on her at Wikipedia. I have kept your edits but have added the template, because the article needs severe work to focus on her career instead of advocating for her religious beliefs.--Guiletheme (talk) 01:39, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

except where sources indicate it is important to her. --Smkolins (talk) 01:41, 14 January 2014 (UTC)

Holy Land[edit]

Would you review my second sentence in the Bahá'í Faith chapter of Holy Land as my English is not my mother tongue. I did not want to write Bahá’u’lláh ordered, but could give an alternative.--Barackfa (talk) 08:16, 30 March 2014 (UTC)

Good entry - I added several better cites and information related though the length should be kept short. --Smkolins (talk) 12:50, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the review and adding! --Barackfa (talk) 21:26, 30 March 2014 (UTC)


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Growth of religion[edit]

2 editors keeps removing the material that cites buddhism and hinduism to be fastest increasing in number of nation, while keeps limiting the lead with Islam. See the last section of talk page. Delibzr (talk) 17:14, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Please, stop canvassing and accusing other editors. Thanks, Benfold (talk) 07:41, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
I agree about accusing, but this is not the violation of canvassing policy. Delibzr (talk) 16:13, 15 April 2014 (UTC)


Where the |title= of a referenced work is non-English, please use the |language= parameter to note the original language and the |trans_title= parameter to provide a translation of the title. -- (talk) 13:03, 19 April 2014 (UTC) Yeah, thanks. --Smkolins (talk) 15:55, 19 April 2014 (UTC)


Subh-i-Azal article concerning a Babi person not a Baha'i --Islam90 (talk) 18:18, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

In no way shape or form does that allow removing interests of the Baha'i project. Your doing so has been noted.--Smkolins (talk) 18:34, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

BNA Access[edit]

Hey Smkolins, I sent you an email about access to WP:BNA about two weeks ago, with instructions on how to register for access. Please follow the instructions in the email, Sadads (talk) 16:24, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay. Thanks for the reminder. Done. --Smkolins (talk) 16:29, 18 July 2014 (UTC)


Golly! Thank you for thinking of me. As I'm hi ho hi ho I'm off to work I go soon I can't give your magnificent piece full justice in reading until this evening. I always think that Wikipedia is like Stone Soup, someone gets an idea then some experts come in to make a wonderful educational piece for all. I'm sure that your work is well documented and NPOV so I look forward to reading your great efforts tonight and again, thank you for your courtesy in thinking of me. You must be Canadian!Foofbun (talk) 21:34, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Shaykh Ahmad i Ahsa'i[edit]

Thank you for restoring the Iranica link. I couldn't find the article, and inferred that, in their wrath against the Baha'i Faith and anything connected to it, including Esperanto, they had deleted the article on Shaykh Ahmad i Ahsa'i. J S Ayer (talk) 23:37, 14 September 2014 (UTC)

Ah well, one can never tell. All we can do is try. --Smkolins (talk) 23:38, 14 September 2014 (UTC)


Just a question, apologies for the delay, did you get a new code or can you still use the old one even though it is marked expired? I believe everyone needs a new e-mail to re-sign up fresh for each "Extension". ChrisGualtieri (talk) 04:29, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

ChrisGualtieri, it says I have to reactivate the membership and there has been no email from them. --Smkolins (talk) 11:31, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
I sent you a new (renewal) code. Please make a new e-mail address and sign up again. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 17:17, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
ok --Smkolins (talk) 10:19, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Nipo T. Strongheart[edit]

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Hi Smkolins, re your post at User talk:The lad searches the night for his newts#issue on another article - that might not be the best user to ask, see Wikipedia talk:Good article nominations#Caligula (film). --Redrose64 (talk) 12:48, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the thought. I'm not asking "The lad" to do the review - I'm asking how to even request someone review it if the automatically generated list of good article candidates has people sign up but not have to change that they signed up. I don't have a CLUE how to get other people to see it needs a reviewer other than bouncing around on individual pages of individual reviewers possible. I don't mean to say any individual person should do the review - but that the system that does the listing isn't alterable for how to get it on the list for someone to review. Am I making sense? --Smkolins (talk) 12:51, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
At the top of WP:GAN there's a row of tabs, the last one is Help Desk. There, I see several threads concerning half-finished reviews, so that's probably a good place to start. --Redrose64 (talk) 13:45, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you!!! Everything is obvious when you see it. --Smkolins (talk) 13:46, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
I'm a complete GA novice, but as I see it the best way to get another reviewer might be to FAIL the GA nomination this time around and then resubmit it to GAN for a second time. It's a drag getting pushed back down the queue, but it might have the desired effect (especially since the Help Desk page looks a little bit dormant). Hope this helps - good luck! — sparklism hey! 13:27, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
I thank you for the time and concern. I hope there is a more straightforward path but we'll see what develops. --Smkolins (talk) 02:11, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Review refreshed, and put on hold again. I like the work that has been done. The article is much clearer now. However, I am concerned about the reading of the sources. There appears to be a claim in the article that his Indian heritage was challenged by the Yakama Nation. I'm not seeing that in the sources. See Talk:Nipo T. Strongheart/GA1. Regards SilkTork ✔Tea time 11:10, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
thank's for letting me know though I don't see the controversy exactly. --Smkolins (talk) 11:37, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
SilkTork by all means review my updates to that talk page. --Smkolins (talk) 13:13, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I've closed the GAN as not listed. I think the issue regarding his ethnicity needs to be resolved as it's fairly significant. There are currently statements in the article which are saying things that we agree are unsound, so I will remove those. When you have found a way of explaining the uncertainly of his ethnicity and upbringing in a neutral way by using reliable published sources, and the prose, lead and structure of the article have been improved, please renominate. SilkTork ✔Tea time 14:30, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Bahá'í Faith in Vietnam (take 2)[edit]

Hey! I left you a reply on Talk:Bahá'í Faith in Vietnam. Thanks for all the references you've been leaving there! --dragfyre_ʞןɐʇc 14:23, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

-) --Smkolins (talk) 15:12, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Nipo T. Strongheart[edit]

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Thanks.--Smkolins (talk) 15:05, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Nipo T. Strongheart[edit]

Reference Errors on 17 January[edit]

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care to look over a biography of a living person?[edit]

Just want to make sure I didn't flub things over any policies. If you are interested that is… --Smkolins (talk) 17:58, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Yep, I'll do that. I assume it's the one in your sandbox. SilkTork ✔Tea time 09:00, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
I've had a read through and done a bit of background reading. There are plenty of reliable sources providing significant material about Dr Jim Turpin to establish that he is notable. The article is sober and factual, and there don't appear to be any claims made that are not supported.
There are, however, a couple of places which need some attention: "he was not satisfied that he had a meaningful life" is an opinion by whom?; "so he added going to the medical school" is not clear; and the war in Vietnam section contains a lot of quotes. While I checked and noted that most of the quotes were supported by nearby cites, it is expected that quotes from BLPs are given inline cites directly at the point of mention. Also, the quotes should come from reliable sources - local newspapers are sometimes a little borderline. If you are going to have a quote, rather than a summary, then there should be a good reason for it. Do you need ALL those quotes, for example "It costs $224,000 to kill one Viet Cong (and half of that)… can educate thousands" and "It takes $260,000 to kill one VC and one cent a meal to feed a Vietnam child." could perhaps be better summarised as "he felt the money spent on killing the Viet Cong could be better spent on feeding and educating Vietnamese children."
I couldn't find sources for "If you eliminate the pathological conditions, I firmly believe the pathological concepts will disappear too.", and "We must consider maturely and objectively, yet with all the love we can muster what is the answer to Viet Nam."
If the above points are dealt with, I think it will be OK to move into mainspace. SilkTork ✔Tea time 10:33, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for all that. :-)
The uncited statements are from several possible statements - I'll cite them.
I'll recheck the source of the quotes some you didn't see - mostly the quotes per section come from one or two newspapers in that section so it's the same reference for all three but I can move them inline. The two nearly same quotes about costs are in fact a year or few apart - I agree on your meaning of the quotes though. I could go either way. The reasons I stuck with quotes was a) it represents his own voice in his thinking and he had a way with words, b)there were no scholarly reviews on his positions making statements about his war comments (though I feel the matter is itself in general one with much discussion). However I'm perfectly comfortable with the article evolving as people improve it with either sources I missed or more refined techniques for communicating what was said.
I had a technical issue on two sources - one is a newspaper cite that I couldn't provide a url for because it's in a subscription service (newsbank) and I don't know what a public url would look like (vs the kind that depends on the institution) and the other is citing the court case - I can't parse the source to know what lines of information go in each line of the citation syntax. --Smkolins (talk) 11:17, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ahmed99999 (talkcontribs) 18:33, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

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Reply to about Ruhi edit[edit]

Yes but now, seeing as to how I have used the official book, the info was outdated. I will also be adding in the sections of the book (unless someone beats me to it) soon. Also thanks for the welcome, I have had an account for years but don't do edits that often and there are usually just spelling or grammar fixes (a.k.a. minor edits). carstorm (talk) 15:30, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

carstorm of course no problem - but do cite! And keep in mind copyright in any quoting!! Also perhaps you might be interested to know there is a Wikipedia:WikiProject Bahá'í Faith.--Smkolins (talk) 15:43, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

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|pretitle = Part of a series on[edit]

it does not say iranian religion but Category:Bahá'í Faith (talk) 02:35, 27 May 2015 (UTC) the problem I have is that Category:Religion in Iran mades clear sense while Category:Iranian religions is a categorization like Category:Abrahamic religions, is and of the two the second is a better match.Not to mention you've made this change in a couple places without consultation especially after it's been challenged. --Smkolins (talk) 02:47, 27 May 2015 (UTC)
I do see you changed the last addition to the template to point to the Category:Bahá'í Faith which is fine with me of course. --Smkolins (talk) 02:49, 27 May 2015 (UTC)