Talk:Grand Orient of the Netherlands

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Notability?[edit]

What makes this organization notable? WP:ORG lays out the criteria needed:

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It does look as if the scope of activities are national in scale, but the article fails the second part of the criteria: information can be verified by sources that are reliable and independent of the organization. At the moment, the article is all but completely sourced by the organization's webpage (the single exception being the citation to the UGLE website that supports the statement that UGLE recongizes it... which I do not think is notable in itself, and can be challenged as not being fully independant of the organization.). We need independant third party sources to establish notability here. Blueboar (talk) 12:55, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

I have found a website, in Dutch, from a foundation called "Stichting OVN, Stichting ter bevordering van wetenschappelijk onderzoek naar de geschiedenis van de Vrijmetselarij in Nederland", translated "Foundation for the advancement of masonic History Research in the Netherlands". According to their site (http://www.stichtingovn.nl/over-ovn/doelstellingen/) they are independent and not affiliated with any Freemason's lodge or other esoteric organization. I could get more information from them if they can be considered independent enough by wikipedia's standards.

On the subject of notability...Freemasonry is not a big issue in the Netherlands but the masons have received some coverage when the Grand Orient celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2006. Apart from that, there is this foundation that I mentioned, another foundation called "Stichting Argus" is a critical monitor of Freemasonry in the Netherlands which gives it some coverage. Further, the Order pays for a University professor in the Netherlands and something I think probably is noteworthy, because the history of the Netherlands involves colonialism there are several Provincial Grand Lodges that are under the obedience of the Grand Orient in several countries (including of course the Dutch Antilles but also in Suriname, Thailand, Zimbabwe and South Africa). From that point of view, I think the Grand Orient of the Netherlands does deserve some Wikipedia coverage. I'll try to rewrite the article and see if it can be made something that others might like to read. Regards, Bronsing (talk) 08:51, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for looking into sourcing ... One thing to be careful of... Masonry in the Netherlands is fragmented. Be sure that sources are talking about the Grand ORIENT and not the Grand LODGE (which is a different, rival body). Blueboar (talk) 14:32, 29 September 2010 (UTC)

Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)[edit]

Recently, User:KARL RAN added a lot of information (apparently taken from the Dutch version of Wikipedia, and translated) including a list of various historic lodges in Indonesia that, in colonial days, were under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Orient of the Netherlands (GON). I question whether this is really relevant information. I completely agree that, in the context of discussing the history of the GON, the article should mention the fact that GON used to have various provincial and subsidiary Grand Lodges under its jurisdiction, but I see no reason to list lodges that fell under those historic Provincial Grand Lodges. Especially lodges that do not even exist anymore.

The article should primarily focus on the GON as it is today, and while it should discuss its history, it should summarize that history. This isn't an article about Masonry in the Dutch East Indies... its an article about the GON, and should focus on that.

I attempted to shorten and summarize the addition so that the article remained focused on the GON (as opposed to being focused on historic Masonry in the Dutch East Indies) but was reverted by User:KARL RAN.

Perhaps he can explain why he feels that a large section on the history of Masonry in the Dutch East Indies ... and especially a list of historic (no longer extant) lodges... is important to include. Blueboar (talk) 15:02, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

I could see a separate history article on Freemasonry in the Dutch East Indies (or Freemasonry in Indonesia). That would probably be a more appropriate venue for the information. 15:13, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Less isnt necessarily more. With regards to stubs, that have very little information to begin with, I have often seen the progressive added value in taking the deliberate approach of organic growth. Letting individual contributors add sections that have their particular interest or expertise (referenced of course), without too much interference of a 'chief-editor'. I can for instance imagine a south african wikipedian add to the article based on south african sources, etc, etc. Ultimately building a comprehensive article that can be trimmed by creating sub-articles such as the one you suggest. I feel an overall approach with less focus on the ideal end-article has less restrictions (i.e. is more inviting to attract editors) and in the long run has more qualitative merit.

so i guess thats my overal stance in wikipedia. The current dutch article is quite informative and probably edited by actual GON members. A quick translation to english might be a quick win, but unfortunately it lacks (as usual in wiki.nl) the necessary references. however I certainly dont mind kicking in with the sub article you proposed right away, so you can edit this article as you see fit. krgds, --KARL RAN (talk) 09:30, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for the reply Karl... FYI there are no "chief editors" here... we are all "on the level" as the Masons say. It is quite common for editors to have different opinions and views on what should and should not be included in an article. When we disagree, the key is to not take it personally and to discuss our views and try to reach a consensus. Glad you are willing to consider alternatives. I would be happy to collaborate with you on a sub-article.
As to my overall stance in Wikipedia... I suppose I am a "less is more" type of editor... I prefer articles that are narrowly focused and stay on topic without drifting off into potentially irrelevant sub-topics. That does not necessarily mean we ignore the sub-topics, but it might mean covering the sub-topic in a different article (one that would be linked to in a summary in the main article). Blueboar (talk) 14:17, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

OK... given the discussion, I have been bold and started a sub-article on Freemasonry in Indonesia (essentially I just moved the relevant material over with a few minor editorial changes). Hopefully we can find additional sources to grow both articles beyond the stubs that they are. This resolves my concerns. Blueboar (talk) 13:56, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

being in london its a bit of a bedlam this weekend, so just a quick comment: i was thinking 'freemasonry in the dutch east indies' might be more appropriate name for the article as freemasonry is in fact outlawed in indonesia and not practiced anymore (as far as i can tell). while historically it has been an important phenomenon in the colony ie dutch east indies. rgds, --KARL RAN (talk) 23:32, 30 April 2011 (UTC)
That's fine with me... I picked the current title because I figured more people would search for it under that name... but I have no objection to moving it. If we do move it, then the current title should be made into a redirect (and, come to think of it, if for some reason we don't move it, we should make Freemasonry in the Dutch East Indies a redirect.) Blueboar (talk) 23:54, 30 April 2011 (UTC)

I'd like to know who the Grand Master have been?[edit]

Have they often been members of the Royal Family like the English Grand Masters? Questions like that I am very curious about.--JaredMithrandir (talk) 21:26, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

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