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The Society would regard its remit as British rather than Scottish, but I have been prevented from making tis change but someone called Mais Oui, who won't even discuss it and deletes my attempts from their 'talk' page! 18.104.22.168
Would the edit warriors kindly negotiate here. The above was removed apparently in accordance with WP:NPA - I don't believe it violates that, so I've re-instated it as the first point towards some sort of arbitration.
User:22.214.171.124 - you may wish to register for an account, it makes things rather easier for other editors and even yourself. In the meantime, before reverting - you say the organisation would consider itself to have a British remit: an expansion on this would be rather helpful, with some sourcing if possible. I think it's quite possible that it could constitute a 'British learned society' in preference to an exclusively Scottish one; after all, we don't consider the Edinburgh College of Surgeons or the Royal Society of Edinburgh to have an exclusively civic remit over Edinburgh. --Breadandcheese 04:40, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
Hi, thanks for this helpful input, I am very happy to come to a concensus. I'm afraid I don't have documents sitting around which can be used as a source, but I am on the Society's Council. Many of RSGS's services are focussed towards Scotland (for example the lecture programme delivered through the regional centres, but speakers often (usually?) come from outside Scotland). However the Society makes a contribution internationally through United Nations groups, through press coverage and international field-trips and expeditions. There are also a good number of members from other parts of the UK and well beyond. If you review the list of award-winners, you will see many (most?) of these have made an international contribution, and in many cases they are not based in Scotland nor could they necessrily be regarded as having made a contribution to Scotland. 126.96.36.199 01:10, 27 July 2007 (UTC)
That seems a fair enough point to make, and I imagine it is fairly evident and able to be sourced - but does that not give it an international remit rather than a British remit? I would expect a British remit to be based on some sort of function discharged on behalf of the government or similar. In the interim, it appears that there's no need to specify it as a 'Scottish learned society' at all - in fact, applying national labels in this way usually does narrow interpretation or suggest a degree of ownership when none applies. I think 'a learned society.... based in _____, Scotland' would do just as well and be factually beyond dispute. --Breadandcheese 04:45, 28 July 2007 (UTC)
OK, that seems a reasonable compromise. To avoid the Scottish-British thing, I've taken out the 'Scotland' after Glasgow. Where Glasgow is located is pretty self-evident if you click the link. 188.8.131.52 00:50, 31 July 2007 (UTC)