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Panchatantra[edit]

Hello Geebean, thanks for your many contributions to the Panchatantra article and others.

You undid this change on the Panchatantra article, saying

Please see definition of 'Reference' from Wikipedia itself, esp 'Academic writing')

Perhaps you were referring to the Reference article's academic writing section? It says:

In academic literature, a reference is a previously published written work within academic publishing which has been used as a source for theory or claims referred to which are used in the text.

I think I understand this, but could you explain how that footnote is a "source for theory or claims used in the text"? We could discuss this either here or at the talk page of the article.

Best regards, Shreevatsa (talk) 15:03, 3 May 2009 (UTC)

Hi, some sort of reply would be nice. Is it ok if I remove the quote from the article for now? Shreevatsa (talk) 03:18, 21 May 2009 (UTC)
Hello Geebean, thanks for your reply to the above. I was away from Wikipedia for a while myself, hence it took this long to reply. Please ignore the earlier comments (above), which now seem cryptic. The issue at heart is this:
Because of Wikipedia's unfortunate (but inevitably necessary) policy of verifiability, we cannot write in articles what we (or everybody) know or believe to be true, but only what has been published in some reliable source. Thus every statement that can be challenged (and almost every statement will be!) is supposed to have an accompanying reference that directly says a version of the very statement. The demands of this requirement are sometimes ridiculous, but unfortunately, that's the way it is.
I think what happened in this case was that I felt like questioning (or at least desiring a source for) the assertion that the stories of the Panchatantra "hark back to the origins of language". The only accompanying reference was a quote by Doris Lessing, which, interesting though it was (and even rather relevant), did not directly claim anything about the date of the Panchatantra. So I removed it with "not a reference", you restored it, and I left the comments above.
I no longer care much about this, so it doesn't matter much to me now. Again, thanks for all your contributions, and the many interesting things you've added to articles. Best regards, Shreevatsa (talk) 18:06, 7 January 2010 (UTC)

Don't mark significant and potentially valuable contributions as "minor"[edit]

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Alghlim?[edit]

Hi, do you have any idea what an "alghlim" is? I've tried to find out, but the word doesn't seem to occur anywhere on Google outside Wikipedia mirrors. Is it a misspelling of some actual word, perhaps? Shreevatsa (talk) 10:00, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

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Howdy,[edit]

I am a little concerned with one of your recent contributions to New religious movements article particularly edits like this and wondered if you would mind explaining your reasoning to for the addition on the article's talk page. The Resident Anthropologist (talk)•(contribs) 21:20, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Hi,[edit]

My reasoning (such as I can backtrack it this morning) is summed up in the old motto 'Anthropology begins at home', and the 'home' in this case being Wikipedia itself, and what sometimes seem to be its various tribal mindset-blindspots, especially in untapped links between existing articles. I did note that that the only other Category listed at the bottom of the NRM was 'Religious Conversion', but perceived that more links/data from Social Psychology could be added earlier in See Also, offering more balance to any reader's search for truth. I find it difficult to imagine the process of membership in any NRM without some form of Persuasion (inspirational or outer), and that delicate individual process itself not being potentially at risk from the toxins of Psychological Manipulation.

Hope that helps,

Gb [[Geebean (talk) 10:13, 30 May 2011 (UTC)]

I would tend to disagree as much of the literature tends to disagree and have removed the several additions. You addition of the Sociological Classifications and the Social Psych Ref were helpful additions though. The Resident Anthropologist (talk)•(contribs) 21:14, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

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