User talk:HocusBogus

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March 2014[edit]

Information icon Hello, I'm Denisarona. I noticed that you recently removed some content from Ethiopia without explaining why. In the future, it would be helpful to others if you described your changes to Wikipedia with an accurate edit summary. If this was a mistake, don't worry; I restored the removed content. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you can leave me a message on my talk page. Thanks! Denisarona (talk) 08:05, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

You need to get agreement on the Talk page before deleting such a large portion of the text. Denisarona (talk) 08:14, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Information icon Please do not add or change content, as you did to Ethiopia, without verifying it by citing a reliable source. Please review the guidelines at Wikipedia:Citing sources and take this opportunity to add references to the article. Thank you. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 10:46, 12 March 2014 (UTC)


Meaning of Ethiopia[edit]

Hello, I'm here in regards to tell you about the editing out of the origins of the word Ethiopia and where it came from. I have edited out particular small texts and sentences regarding the word and the false etymology stemming from the myth that Ethiopia is a Greek word which is in its entirety false. The Ethiopian communtity does not like this confusion and lie and which in newcomers who are interested in Ethiopias' history will get false information concerning its origins from the Wikipedia article and said newcomers are most likely to spread said false information ignorantly, not knowing that it is indeed, false information. So I'm wondering if it is possible if you can help me achieve of fixing this old myth and give out the true origin of the word Ethiopia, derivative of the word Ityopya (Axum) which would be greatly appreciated, thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by HocusBogus (talkcontribs) 08:39, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

If the current information is incorrect, then you must provide evidence of the new information/meaning in the form of reliable secondary sources. Regards Denisarona (talk) 15:38, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Stop icon Your addition to Ethiopia has been removed, as it appears to have added copyrighted material to Wikipedia without permission from the copyright holder. If you are the copyright holder, please read Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials for more information on uploading your material to Wikipedia. For legal reasons, Wikipedia cannot accept copyrighted text, or images borrowed from other websites, or printed material without a verifiable license; such additions will be deleted. You may use external websites or publications as a source of information, but not as a source of content, such as sentences or images—you must write using your own words. Wikipedia takes copyright violations very seriously and persistent violators will be blocked from editing. It is no good simply deleting several existing citations and including your own link as if it is a genuine citation. The other thing to note is that your source is a blog, and thus does not really qualify as a reliable source anyway. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 01:35, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Hello and thank you very much for your message. The best recommendation I can make is that you should be patient, do as much searching and collect as many reliable sources that support what you say. Avoid blogs, personal websites, Wikipedia mirrors, and books published by the authors themselves. If the sources are online then that is even better. Then use the article talkpage and present an argument for changing the article text. Try to make it as simple as possible, giving clear reasonings, using bullet points to break up the text and crucially give direct links to websites that you are using to support your proposals. Most importantly, be patient and wait for the discussion to develop. On Wikipedia, we call this bold-revert-discuss (BRD), i.e. you have made BOLD edits by changing the article wording, someone has REVERTED those edits because they feel the argument is not strong enough, so finally we DISCUSS (messages on each other's talkpages followed by analysis of what should be done).
The most important part of this is that when your edits have been reverted, you did not react angrily and engage in an edit war. Other users will look favourably on this civility and you will be taken more seriously. Unfortunately we do get a significant number of people who don't want to listen or discuss and insist they are absolutely right and everyone else is wrong. Most of the time they usually end up being blocked from editing because they can't calm themselves down enough to talk in a serious but civilised way. So I applaud your action in commenting on my talkpage instead of rash behaviour. I look forward to your arguments on the article talkpage. Green Giant supports NonFreeWiki (talk) 10:49, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

HocusBogus, you are invited to the Teahouse[edit]

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