Talk:Bojana (river)

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The title should be Buna/Bojana[edit]

There is no reason to give the river only its Serbian name. To be fair, it should even been described under the heading Buna/Bojana, since its upper half is entirely in Albania, and afterwards it forms the border between Montenegro and Albania. Kaewa Koyangi 01:05, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

The Name[edit]

I agree with you. That's why I left Bojana/Buna dual form in the text (if you read the article at all). I was talking about Skadar/Shkodra, Ulcinj/Ulqin, etc. Because guys cleaning the articles will remove dual forms for subjects with links and separate articles anyway. Before posting the article I checked other Wikipedias, only two had the river (German and Hungarian) and both under the name of Bojana, so I named it that way too. PajaBG 01:35, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

If you insist on giving this river a single name it should be Albanian[edit]

In the case of the Buna/Bojana, the idea of giving it a single name is not the best option, for two reasons :

  • The purpose of an encyclopedia is to provide accurate information, not deprive its readers of relevant knowledge because it regards them as incapable of understanding the obvious purpose of a double title.
  • It should be admitted, in such cases where two names are equally in use, no clear-cut criterion is available, and anything else will cause resentment, that both should be used. Balkan specialists who want to avoid partiality and geographers with an understanding of local politics tend to choose such a solution. Why not follow their example?

Yet, acording to the criteria below, if a single name is nevertheless chosen, it should be Albanian.

Quoting from Wikipedia:WikiProject Rivers:
Rivers with multiple names
Some rivers have names with multiple spellings which vary with the different countries the rivers pass through. (An example would be the Cunene River in Angola, which is known as the Kunene River in Namibia. Occasionally, a river can have several genuinely distinct names. For example, the Cuando River not only has the variant spelling Kwando, it's also called the Linyanti and the Chobe. The following rules are suggested for choosing a primary name for such a river:

  • If the river is particularly famous under one name, then choose that name.(Not the case.)
  • If the section of the river that uses a particular name is much longer than other sections, then use that as the name.
  • If everything else is equal, then choose the name for the section of the river closest to the river's mouth, since generally that is where the river is widest. (Everything else is definitely not equal.)

(ending quote)

If you consider only the Buna/Бојана-Bojana which flows from the Lake of Shkodra to the Adriatic, it would then be a little less than 3/4 Albanian, since its upper half is in Albania, its lower half forms the border between Albania and Montenegro, while the greater part of the delta is in Montenegro.

But in fact the Buna/Bojana is the lowest section of the Drin, which provides nine tenths of its flow, the longest part of which is also in Albania.
The Drin would then follow the Cuando-Kwando-Linyanti-Chobe pattern by:

  • first being called the Black Drin (from Lake Ohrid in Macedonia to Kukës in Albania) and the White Drin (from Peja/Пећ-Peć in Western Kosovo to Kukës in Albania),
  • then the Drin from from Kukës to Shkodra in Albania),
  • and then Buna/Бојана-Bojana, from Shkodra to the Adriatic.

(A smaller section of the Drin also flows from Vau i Dejës to Lezha on the Adriatic) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kaewa Koyangi (talkcontribs) 04:54, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

Why dual names for cities?[edit]

If one can understand why Bojana/Buna has the dual name, I certainly cannot understand why this applies for Shkodër and Ulcinj? Shkodër is entirely in Albania, and Ulcinj is in Montenegro...and this is English Wikipedia?

Also, Lake Skadar is the chosen and accepted name for the lake, both in common speach outside Albania, and on Wikipedia. I'm not sure that dual name is necessary in the case of the lake... Nije bitno... 20:38, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

I got rid of most of the dual names except for the dual formulation used for the river. Serbian names are used for cities in Montenegro and Albanian namaes for places in Albania. I also got rid of the double name for Lake Skadar as this is the lake's only name in English.-- 08:53, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

What is the point of complicating a name of a river?[edit]

I find the content on this page very controversial, therefore I have to further question a few simple facts. What is right or wrong?

1. Why does there have to be a right or wrong way? Albanians can call the river as described, by using the name known to their language, Buna. The Montenegrians and Serbs, and therefore rest of the slavic folks, can use the name Bojana. Frankly, I'm born in Bosnia where the name of the river Bojana has been known to me ever since. In addition, Bojana is a common Slavic first name; I wonder whether the first name has been derived from the river.
2. Does the name of the river denominate it's national ownership and therefore the expansion of countrie's borders? If this is true then common name can be infinately argued until finaly there is only the villain and the victim. Should the whole river be in Albania or should the whole river be in Montenegro?
3. Like the river, shouldn't the languages flow into each other. The river can be called Buna in Albania or the Albanian part and Bojana in Montenegro or the part that flowing through Montenegro.
Take Danube, Donau, Dunav for example, it's name is changing from country to country.
4. Why should the single name be Albanian? If the single name needs to be choosen than it shouldn't be either or. Why not find a new name, a unifying name between the two languages. That way we make history not murder.
5. Question of beauty and ego? Since my mother language is slavic and I speak various Balkan dialects I have to be honest and say that the name Bojana is more beautiful of a word than Buna. Buna in slavic means a riot. I'm sorry, but I don't know what Buna means in Albanian. Therefore, we come to the question of ego. Our (human) psychology is to a great part built on how we see what surrounds us. The negative side of ego can disturb our doing of the right thing and changes it to do what is better for me thing. In this discussion, we have to be able to strip away our heritage and find what is true for that river. What does the river tell us? (Regards, Dan :-) ) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 23:29, 4 July 2006 (UTC)

As far as I know, the name 'Buena' was used during the Roman invasion of Balkans. 'Bunar' means shadoof in Gheg alban language.

Both names must be used. Piro ilir (talk) 21:26, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

More discussion[edit]

As this page was inappropriately copy-pasted to Buna/Bojana, when it later got reverted to its original title, the ongoing talk page remained as Talk:Buna/Bojana River so it should be checked too. PajaBG 12:34, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Changed the picture to the new one. Please DO NOT REMOVE PIC ON TOP[edit]

Removed the prior pic as it was similar more to a pond than to a river. please do not change this one as I think it's really pretty and representative of the river. Replace only if you see a better one. sulmues--Sulmues 22:20, 14 January 2010 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: no consensus to move page as suggested. - GTBacchus(talk) 19:49, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

Bojana (river)Buna (river) – Relisted for further input. Jafeluv (talk) 11:03, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

I think for this reason, it should be moved to Buna (river) Vinie007 20:09, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

There seem to be almost twice as many results for Buna in comparison to Bojana, but we'll have to check the English language results. The name Buna is a common Roman era rivername of the former Illyrian territories(Buna River unlike the Slavic Bojana, but the name should be decided based on common English usage.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 20:24, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Of course the Buna result includes the lesser known Buna river of Bosnia, but even in the very unlikely case of half of the results being related to that Buna there would still be about 5.5k more results for Buna.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 22:27, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

  • Move As it is quite clear that the form Buna is the most commonly used one.--Gaius Claudius Nero (talk) 01:49, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Keep As google hits are misused and wrongly presented, as nor Buna nor Bojana represent real numbers of hits regarding rivers but ALL related word, in all wordy languages. See "WP:GNUM" amd "WP:GOOGLETEST" for some info how to use Google hits test, that is not argument for move anyway. --WhiteWriter speaks 11:00, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
Just for info:
793 hits on Bojana river
283 hits on Buna river (+ Buna river of Bosnia)
Word Buna, as we may see even on wiki have numerous meanings, while Bojana is by far mostly personal name. --WhiteWriter speaks 11:05, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
Both yours and Vinie's search are wrong i.e not all sources use the exact phrase "Buna river" or "Bojana river" etc. and not all results that contain the words "Buna"/"Bojana" are related to those rivers(Bojana is also a Slavic personal name). Descriptive searches are much more indicative and representative of the English usage.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 11:55, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
Again, Buna River is much more used --Vinie007 14:53, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
You must use " sign, and - for other term, as without it, it is not correct. -WhiteWriter speaks 15:10, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
You are making your own search rules, see:

--Vinie007 15:18, 2 June 2011 (UTC)

Buna is disambiguation, there are multiple terms named Buna. Tribe, village, river in Bosnia, etc, etc... Also, i foreign languages buna means uprising, so that is also included. So, without -, your search use all terms in all searches... You didn't presented any relevant reference for rename, except false Google hits number. --WhiteWriter speaks 10:31, 5 June 2011 (UTC)
Buna (river) is not a disambig, please read good my proposal --Vinie007 11:39, 14 June 2011 (UTC)
Fixed your proposal now we wait if a admin agree with moving it to Buna (river) --Vinie007 11:41, 14 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Keep , per WhiteWriter. FkpCascais (talk) 22:11, 16 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Keep, per WR's comments on Google search results. Vladimir (talk) 15:32, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
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The name of the city 'Shkodra' should be left that way, rather than 'Skadar'. It is, after all, an Albanian city, so should be spelt 'Shkodra'. — Preceding unsigned comment added by GeographDF (talkcontribs) 18:15, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Also, before somone replies to me saying 'Skadar is the English word', I believe 'Shkodra' is not difficult at all to read. I am British and i speak English - Shkodra is easy to read. Shkodër is more difficult to read in English, which is why it is not used. — Preceding unsigned comment added by GeographDF (talkcontribs) 18:19, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

The English common name of the lake is Skadar lake.--Antidiskriminator (talk) 20:41, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Redirection from Buna was mistake[edit]

There is 9 kilometers long river Buna, on Wikipedia Buna (Neretva). Wikipedia redirection from Buna should go to this river. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Megaribi (talkcontribs) 07:53, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Changing into Buna (Adriatic Sea)[edit]

The name of the article should be changed, it lies entirely in the Albanian territory and the name is BUNA not Bojana; Buna is the most common name of the river!