Talk:Meru, Kenya

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Dear Editor:

Thank you for your careful (and fast, I must say) protection of the copyright, etc., on the text I just added for Meru, Kenya.

In this case, however, I am the sole author of the similar article on Meru on the RCBOWEN website. If necessary, this can be confirmed with Rich Bowen. I first wrote the article for Meru a fair amount of time ago, and just today (7/14/04) tried to edit the article to what I have just posted here in wikipedia, but I do not know at this moment whether my edits on the RCBOWEN website went through. I served as a volunteer teacher in Meru through a missionary program in the late 60's/early 70's, I love Meru and Kenya, and I really hope you will allow the text to go forward.

You may contact me at karlrichard@hotmail.com.

Sincerely,

Karl

(P.S. If you need my full name and more detailed contact information, I would be glad to provide it, but to maintain my public confidentiality on the RCBOWEN site's talkpage, I would prefer to do that privately if it would be allowable.)

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The Meru article is quite good, but it is just not possible (and neither permissible) to write about Meru agriculture without mentioning the most important (and most lucrative) cash crop, namely Miraa. I suggest that this be added.

Alexander

close paraphrasing; needs checking to see how extensive it is.[edit]

This article has parts which are very closely paraphrased from [1]. This can be a problem under both our copyright policies and our guideline on plagiarism. While facts are not copyrightable, creative elements of presentation – including both structure and language – are. For an example of close paraphrasing, consider the following:

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These became his house and office. Thereafter, a line of grass and thatch huts was constructed, set in a permanent square in traditional British military style. Local warriors were then set to digging a six-foot trench, again in a square, around the complete encampment. Finally, water from the neighboring river was diverted into the square by means of trenches, and the headquarters was complete. These became his house and office. Thereafter, a line of grass and thatch huts was constructed, set in a permanent square in traditional British military style. Meru warriors were then set to digging a six-foot trench, again in a square, around the complete encampment. Finally, water from the Kathita River was diverted into E. B. Horne’s new “Fort Meru” headquarters by means of trenches.

This deviates from the copyrighted source y only a few words.This is an example; there are other passages that similarly follow quite closely.

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If this content (added here) is not rewritten, then it may need to be removed. The article should also be checked for copying and close paraphrasing to other sources as well.

Please let me know at my talk page if you have questions about this. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 14:09, 31 March 2013 (UTC)