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china vs us[edit]

please read the talk section in "largest countries" wikipedia page. US added water area to itself after the passage of UNCLOS. While it did not do so for other countries. It is clearly a political ploy. Refer to older versions of CIA factboook for pre 1995. US lists china a bigger. US territory is great exaggerated. Looking at land area alone, China is one medium state sized bigger. Furthermore, don't you think CIA factbook is baised? It published by CIA. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jc900 (talkcontribs) 21:33, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

The problem is not about which source is biased, but that there is no source to support the claim that China has an area of 9,706,961 or an water area of 137,060. On the other hand, there are two sources for China's area being 9,596,961 and a source of the water area being 27,060. So unless a source can be found to support the claim of a larger territory, we'll have to use the sourced figures. Kostja (talk) 21:47, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
I actually agree with what your are saying but please note the ONLY non-gov't affilated source "Encyclopedia Britannica" provides a figure for both country based on EQUAL criteria, which is LAND+ALL INLAND WATERS, this source FAIRLY lists China as the larger country, which has ALWAYS been the case. Unless you are telling me, EB is not accurate but CIA is. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:07, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Turks in Bulgaria[edit]

Kostja in the article Turks in Bulgaria you have changed the section name from Refugees from Bulgaria to Turkey with Migration from Bulgaria to Turkey, stating that the word "refugee" is POV? I will not change this if you in the same spirit change the claim of Bulgarians being killed and expelled from Eastern Tharce to these having migrated as their Turkish counterparts from Bulgaria. In that way you will balance POV in the articles you edit, how is that? BTW if the UN and UNHCR are source to refer to these people as refugees would that still be POV? Hittit (talk) 16:18, 9 January 2010 (UTC)

Perhaps POV language is too strong, but are all these people refered as refugees in your sources? If not, then it's wrong to refer to them as refugees? The claims for the Bulgarians expelled from Eastern Thrace are well sourced as refugees. Kostja (talk) 16:25, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
right, fine I will source...BTW are you going to add any non-Bulgarian sorces for to so called expelled Bulgarians from Thrace? I will be very interested to see some diversified sources to back these huge figures since I only find some 46,786 migrating from Thrace and 6,200 coming from Anatolia Hittit (talk) 16:35, 9 January 2010 (UTC)


Read discussion before changing total number of Bulgarians. We have established that number at 10 million after prolonged discussion, so please abstain from changing the number just like that. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Lozhani buditel (talkcontribs) 22:38, 21 August 2009 (UTC)

Goce Delchev[edit]

Kostja, please understand that the current state of the GD article was reached after a prolonged and serious discussion and exchange of a number of contributors and thus I have reverted your edits. I would recommend that, should you have sugggestions for edits, you join the discussion first. As with AKeckarov's suggestion, please understand that, at this point, I niether agree or disagree with your suggestion. However, you are kindly invited to explain your edit from several perpectives, that include relevance to the article subject as well as describing what does it add that has not already been stated, explained and reference. The problem of the original article was that it had itterations of certain notions that, while not false, produced an imbalance incosistent with the purpose of the article, which is to document and explain why Delchev was a notable historical personality. I thank you for your understanding on this and look forward to your discussion. Best regards, --Modi 09:35, 20 May 2005 (UTC)

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Collaboration of the week[edit]

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Не става въпрос за българските избори, а за анкетата в Talk:Macedonian Slavs за това как македонците да бъдат наричани на английски: Macedonians или Macedonian Slavs. Подкрепете предложението за запазване на името "Macedonian Slavs" на Talk:Macedonian_Slavs#Wikipedia_should_call_people_X_.22Macedonian_Slavs.22, за да предотвратим бъдещи посегателства върху българската национална история от македонска страна! Или се запознайте с дискусията и гласувайте по съвест. Аз обаче познавам въпроса достатъчно издълбоко и знам какво се крие зад македонското предложение за преименуване... VMORO 22:58, Jun 21, 2005 (UTC)

Oblasts/Regions of Bulgaria[edit]

Hi! You moved Provinces of Bulgaria to Oblasts of Bulgaria. I think it would be better to move it to Regions of Bulgaria, see discussion at Talk:Oblasts of Bulgaria. Markussep 5 July 2005 11:48 (UTC)

Black Cat White Cat[edit]

Just to say that the film is called Black Cat White Cat in English. So the article should be there. The redirect is unnecessary, although the etymology is useful, thanks, and unless you know otherwise, could this be changed back? --Thewayforward 22:58, 26 July 2005 (UTC)

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Was there a reason for removing the population density map? You left the edit summary blank. Jd2718 15:21, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Turks in Bulgaria[edit]

If you remove information from an article, as you did here, please provide an explanation in the edit summary. Hut 8.5 16:47, 21 February 2008 (UTC)

Also, please read WP:TERRORIST, and WP:CITE. Philip Trueman (talk) 12:48, 23 September 2009 (UTC)

November 2009[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Turks in Bulgaria. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions on a single page within a 24-hour period. Additionally, users who perform several reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. When in dispute with another editor you should first try to discuss controversial changes to work towards wording and content that gains a consensus among editors. Should that prove unsuccessful, you are encouraged to seek dispute resolution, and in some cases it may be appropriate to request page protection. Please stop the disruption, otherwise you may be blocked from editing. tedder (talk) 21:18, 5 November 2009 (UTC)

December 2009[edit]

Nuvola apps important.svg You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war according to the reverts you have made on Bulgarisation. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions on a single page within a 24-hour period. Additionally, users who perform several reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. When in dispute with another editor you should first try to discuss controversial changes to work towards wording and content that gains a consensus among editors. Should that prove unsuccessful, you are encouraged to seek dispute resolution, and in some cases it may be appropriate to request page protection. Please stop the disruption, otherwise you may be blocked from editing. --Ptolion (talk) 16:40, 20 December 2009 (UTC)

Bulgarisation dispute[edit]

Kostja - Please see the result of WP:AN3#User:Kostja reported by_User:Athenean (Result: Protected). While I did not find a 3RR violation, I did see a misuse of rollback. I caution you that there is an Arbcom decision regarding Eastern Europe which allows admins to apply discretionary sanctions. This means that hyper-caution regarding edit wars is needed on EE topics, particularly those like Bulgarisation where conflicting national aspirations may have to be treated neutrally. EdJohnston (talk) 04:56, 21 December 2009 (UTC)

Edit undid on Pomak section.[edit]

I got permission before I change the flag (regardless of whether based on the Wikipedia is not answered on this section) the file and the edit are οf course fully validated and accurate. Please understand and not undo the edit. —Preceding unsigned comment added by MessiniaGreece (talkcontribs) 20:19, 2 January 2010 (UTC)

About Philipopolis/Plovdiv[edit]

If you think so why you are not take part in the discussion instead to reverting? The only way to answer you to what you say in the edit log is to rv you back. Is that what you really want? --Factuarius (talk) 15:59, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Your San Stefano map[edit]

It was already changed. TodorBozhinov 18:14, 4 January 2010 (UTC)


What are you doing in Treaty of San Stefano? You are inserting the Ravenstein map twice? What is the point of that? Regarding your single-minded campaign to remove the Stanford Map from Wikipedia, it's not a good idea. Wherever we have the Ravenstein map, we are going to have the Stanford map, it's only fair. --Athenean (talk) 20:39, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

Since I got no response from you on my talkpage I've taken the liberty of tentatively re-introducing the Stanford map at Congress of Berlin, per the reasons given at Balkans by Jayron32, with suitably modified captioning. Hope that's OK with you now. This leaves Eastern Rumelia and Treaty of San Stefano, where I haven't done anything. I will request mediation at WP:CCN, I think that is the best way to resolve this once and for all. Athenean (talk) 00:13, 16 January 2010 (UTC)

Trikala, Imathia[edit]

Eastern Rumelia, was just that, Eastern Rumelia, when the refugees arrived in 1925, also when you changed it to bulgaria, you didnt reference it. Marilena Karantinini 08:44, 19 January 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by MarilenaK (talkcontribs)
You are using a wikipedia article you have edited as your reference?
Marilena Karantinini 20:51, 20 January 2010 (UTC) Neither is your pro-bulgarian one, I can agree with your use of Thrace, but not Bulgaria.Marilena Karantinini 19:57, 24 January 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by MarilenaK (talkcontribs)
I am glad we have achieved this compromise.
Marilena Karantinini 10:30, 26 January 2010 (UTC)
As you see it was not me who put myself as notable native. (talk) 17:32, 26 January 2010 (UTC)


Hi, can you please check your latest edits to Bulgarians. You tried to revert some number vandalism in the infobox, but it seems to me that at least part of the data is currently untrue (Poland is at 11,920, source says 1,020; Slovenia 3150 vs source 138). Thanks and all the best :) TodorBozhinov 09:41, 26 January 2010 (UTC)

List of land borders[edit]

Hi Kostja,

I have changed two edits of yours and kept one.

One edit was about the Bulgarian independence from the Byzantine Empire in 1185. At the time, the Danube river was the border of Bulgaria, according to the historical maps on Wikipedia. North of the Danube were the Cumans in Walachia, which used to be Bulgarian territory. It was the first time that this part of the Bulgarian-Rumanian border was the border of Bulgaria, so that is why i put it in the article.

Another edit was on the border between Bulgaria and Macedonia. The system of the article is that i give the first time one of each countries has a border on that exact place, and when both countries at the same time have the border there. In this case, the northern part of the Bulgarian-Macedonian border became the border of Bulgaria. It only became the border of the country of Macedonia in 1991.Daanschr (talk) 13:58, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Do you have any source that Bulgaria's northern border ran along the Danube? According to some maps, this was Bulgarian or at least dependent on Bulgaria: [1]. In such a case, where the sources are unclear and there are different interpretations, it would be better if border information as it would be difficult to be certain of the information given. Kostja (talk) 14:06, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Here is a source on the rise of the Bulgarians in 1185. It says the Cumans or Vlachs were allies of the Bulgarians during there revolt and later became vassals. This article (see map) suggests that the Cumans were independent from Bulgaria in 1200. But, under Ivan Asen II of Bulgaria Cuman territories are suddenly Bulgarian without a fight. The question is wether the Cumans were allies or vassals of the Bulgarians.Daanschr (talk) 15:37, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

The map in the Vlach-Bulgarian Rebellion indicates that the area north of the Danube was vassal to Bulgaria, while the map in Kaloyan of Bulgaria indicates that Bulgaria exercised some influence north of the Danube. So it seems that at least it's agreed that Bulgaria had some control north of the Danube, though how much is unclear. Kostja (talk) 15:40, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

Than the border should be 1241, when the Mongolian Empire conquered Wallachia and invaded Bulgaria. Since 1241, there was a border between Bulgaria and the Mongolians. But, i still will like to keep the question open, because we don't know enough about the Cumans.Daanschr (talk) 17:32, 29 January 2010 (UTC)

I will adjust the article with new info.Daanschr (talk) 07:54, 31 January 2010 (UTC)

Balkan Wars[edit]

Hugh Poulton "Who are the Macedonians" now? The source says nothing of the kind. He doesn't even mention Kukush. This went to RSN, and you lost. If it had gone the other way, I would have respected the result from RSN. It would be good form of you to respect the verdict of RSN now. You win some, you lose some. I know you are a reasonable guy. Now would be the time to act like one. Athenean (talk) 07:54, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

First Bulgarian State[edit]

Instead of using websites as references for the "First Bulgarian State", you might try some of these sources instead:[2],[3],[4]. --Kansas Bear (talk) 08:17, 4 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the sources! Kostja (talk) 08:28, 4 February 2010 (UTC)


Can we discuss the issues? From my part I am ready to do it, but before you rv everything. This is not an article that we cannot find solutions. If you agree come to the talk page where I already I have posted my points. If you cannot find the exact refs I will provide them to you. Tell me what you cannot find.--Factuarius (talk) 13:55, 7 February 2010 (UTC)

See my answer here[5] --Factuarius (talk) 21:20, 7 February 2010 (UTC)


Kostja, I am currently accused of disruptive behaviour in Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents. This has occured after I have presented the various sources in the First Bulgarian Empire discussion page. The users that apply double standards to Greece and Bulgaria articles are trying to get me banned. I mentioned your name there. Please read through and share your opinion. Thank you.--Monshuai (talk) 07:21, 15 February 2010 (UTC)


Ah, sorry, I didn't notice you were in the middle of editing the Bulgarian IPA page or I would have waited. Lfh (talk) 16:48, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean - updating the tables, or the transcriptions in the articles? Lfh (talk) 17:04, 16 February 2010 (UTC)
I think there are bots that can do this. I know nothing about them at all, but I think User:Kwamikagami uses them and should be able to help you. Lfh (talk) 17:10, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

February 2010[edit]

I have reported you here for breaking the 3RR rule [6]. Enough is enough. Athenean (talk) 22:26, 27 February 2010 (UTC)

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My blocking time is over, but my IP address is still blocked. Kostja (talk) 07:56, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

ANI Report[edit]

I have mentioned you here [7] —Preceding unsigned comment added by Kushtrim123 (talkcontribs) 00:01, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

I see no arguments in the discussion page, just removals of the same part that is completely sourced and verified. This is the reason why warning messages exist.Alexikoua (talk) 11:41, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Even sourced material can be removed, if it isn't cited correctly. That's what the whole point is about. Kostja (talk) 11:52, 13 March 2010 (UTC)

Synvet map[edit]

You need to read your source more carefully. It says that the map is "favorable to the Greek cause", not Synvet himself. There is a world of a difference there. Athenean (talk) 21:55, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

That's not important because instead of saying "Ethnographic map by pro-Greek scholar Synvet" you should say "Ethnographic pro-Greek map by scholar Synvet". --— ZjarriRrethues — talk 22:06, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Maps aren't people. Athenean (talk) 22:09, 18 March 2010 (UTC)
Usually favorable to the Greek cause means pro-Greek, but really nice reply by you.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 22:11, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Classifying an ethnic map of the Balkans during Ottoman Turkish rule prepared by a foreign state/scholar (non-Ottoman) as pro-Greek, pro-Bulgarian or pro-Serb is correct. However if you decide to only select the pro-Greek publications and leave the others un-classified then this is POV. It is a historical fact that during Ottoman-Russian and Balkan Wars foreign states or countries not owing the territories in question have prepared hundreds of maps each supporting their claim to territory. Once territory was gained other ethnic groups were usually effectively removed from the area or prevented from coming back so looking afterwards these maps only show intent of ethnic composition if territory is gained and not the real ethnic balance in the area. After 1878 some 2 million ethnic Turks have been removed from Bulgaria (over 300 000 killed) and today there are still some 800 000. Showing ethnic Turks to have been some kind of a minority in the Balkans and Thrace is just POV, statistics show Turks were in the Balkans in significant numbers. Now looking at these so called ethnic maps one can hardly see that. Hittit (talk) 05:58, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

It's always interesting to read your opinions. However, they are not relevant to Wikipedia unless they are backed with sources, which they aren't in this case. If you think that a map is pro-Bulgarian add this information with the proper sources, but don't remove sourced material just to prove a point. Kostja (talk) 07:13, 19 March 2010 (UTC)
I've initiated a discussion at WP:CCN. You might be interested in contributing there so we can achieve a consensus on this matter. Athenean (talk) 06:03, 19 March 2010 (UTC)


So, what do you think about this issue? Should Ottoman empire to be included into the template? Filibeli (talk) 16:25, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

Yes, it should be. After all, the Ottoman Empire did practice extensive settlement as well resource exploitation of foreign territories. Kostja (talk) 16:37, 21 March 2010 (UTC)


Stop using every ridiculous pretext for removing the map--Factuarius (talk) 11:41, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

First Bulgarian Empire[edit]

It would be kind of you to respect a long established concensus. Thank you.Alexikoua (talk) 14:55, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

I agree with your recent flag adjustment (I always hated this flag games). What do you believe about the present 'flag situation' on 2nd Bulgarian Empire?Alexikoua (talk) 19:31, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

I don't see any problems, as long as those flags are sourced to have been used, which they seem to be. Kostja (talk) 19:36, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Interesting Article[edit]

Hello. I'd like to bring to your attention an interesting article you might be willing to contribute to:

Genocide of Ottoman Turks and Muslims

BTW, the deletion of it is now being discussed at:

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Genocide of Ottoman Turks and Muslims

Regards, Aregakn (talk) 18:11, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Participate in discussions for changes in Articles[edit]

Hi, I'd like to ask you to express your opinion on this issue discussed [8]. Of course, if you are interested :). Thanks, Aregakn (talk) 21:32, 20 May 2010 (UTC)

Hi Kostja[edit]

Thanks for putting back the original figure in the Turkish people article but if it happens again can you please change back all the figures rather than just the population in Bulgaria. Thank you in advance.Turco85 (Talk) 19:21, 24 May 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for this edit, I've focused on the blowjob and have overlooked that part of the sentence :) Best, Tomasz W. Kozłowski (talk) 20:22, 13 June 2010 (UTC)

Actually, I was about to remove the whole sentence, you just beat me to it. :) Kostja (talk) 20:41, 13 June 2010 (UTC)


You have been mentioned at WP:ANI#Edits by user:kostja - 3 reverts of a page and using wiki as a battle ground. S.G.(GH) ping! 16:57, 29 June 2010 (UTC)


Hi Kostja, το Χαρμανκιόι νομίζω πως είναι τούρκικο όνομα, όχι βουλγάρικο, και γράφεται με Υ στο τέλοςYangula (talk) 22:21, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

Sorry. Yes I wrote that Harmankoy is a turkish name therefore you should ad a turkish language link and not a Bulgarian.Yangula (talk) 10:34, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
The name is of Turkish origin but it was used by the Bulgarians who used to live there (I've added sources about this) - and is still the name used today in Bulgarian. On the other hand, there is no evidence that Turks lived there, at least at the beginning of the 20th century, so there's no real justification to add the Turkish name. Kostja (talk) 11:45, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
is' is a turkish name in a turkish state. it was used by bulgarians as it was used by turks, greeks, french, indians, australians, spanish etc. This is the justification needed and not how bulgarians did write this turkish nameYangula (talk) 14:35, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
and by the way, the history in the article is false. the municipality Eleutheria-Kordelio has part of the Lower Harmankioy. The most of former Harmankoy is now part of Evosmos. Harmankioy was a very small vilage (like the name says). There was no second village who formed a union in 1982 (!!!!) where you got this stuff anyway?Yangula (talk) 14:48, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

Nea Zichni[edit]

Quite weird about this town, as I see the Italian Instituto Geographico de Agostini (1908), didn't mention any Bulgarian school there or in the surroundings.Alexikoua (talk) 07:28, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

According to one of the sources I provided, they were followers of the Patriarchy and as education was organized on a religious basis, it's natural that there would only be a Greek school.
I'm aware, of course, of the Greek point of view on the issue, but I think in a neutral encyclopedia such a name is notable enough to warrant inclusion, especially if there are sources. Kostja (talk) 07:39, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
I'll upload the map of de Agostini institute. Villages that underwent a decree of hellenization can have an alternative name. I'll check every case carefully.Alexikoua (talk) 07:14, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
In tha case of Starchevo ‎for example we can mention that it was inhabited by a Greek community, or at least keep the alt. name, somewhere. What do you thing?Alexikoua (talk) 09:06, 24 July 2010 (UTC)
I agree that in this case the name is appropriate. And of course the community is notable, though perhaps we should use the more neutral Patriarchist. Kostja (talk)
I fear that according to the addition of alternative names we should take into account a more neutral source. Brancoff's numbers lack for sure neutrality since he states that: p. 12: Bulgarians: 501k, Greeks: 147k in Vil. of Saloniki. This is the most pro-Bulgarian statistic i've seen so far. For example most of these Demographics_of_Macedonia#Sample_statistical_data_from_neutral_sources, seem to be more neutral.Alexikoua (talk) 20:22, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Dimitat Mishev (Brancoff's a pseudonym) lumps exarchist and partriarchist Bulgarians together. In the Vil. of Salonika, for example, there were according to him about 360k exarchists and 120k patriarchists which if they were added to the number of Greeks (as was done in the census of Himli Pasha) would get 360k Bulgarians and about 270k Greeks. This still gives a higher number of Bulgarians than the Ottoman census, though that census can't exactly be taken at face value as well. First, the total number of Christians is lower in the census - which would fit well with a pro-Muslim bias - and secondly, it's doubtful how neutral the census could be on the Bulgarian-Greek issue just a year after a major Bulgarian uprising.
By the way, a 1913 book by an Armenian author (The figures can be seen in "Defeat in Detail: The Ottoman Army in the Balkans, 1912-1913", p.41) in Ottoman service gives 446,050 Bulgarians and 168,500 Greeks in the Villayet of Salonica, so Mishev's figure doesn't seem to be such an outlier. Kostja (talk) 08:02, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
The census in this book is obviously completely unhistorical (not only in Macedonia, see for example Kosovo). Moreover I would appreciate if you base your estimates on neutral works like the ones here: Demographics_of_Macedonia#Sample_statistical_data_from_neutral_sources. Also please give the reference in every village you add the alternative name, so someone can judge if it's ok.Alexikoua (talk) 21:10, 31 July 2010 (UTC)
What is unhistorical supposed to mean? The Vilayet of Kosovo was considerably larger than today's region and contained nearly half of today's Republic of Macedonia, so the large Bulgarian population doesn't seem that unlikely. Nor do I see why the source should be considered non-neutral, at least on the Bulgarian-Greek issue.
I'll try to add references, though as you probably realize they're not that many references on the subject and even fewer that could be considered neutral. Kostja (talk) 21:18, 31 July 2010 (UTC)
As I see the statistics of Hilmi Pasha counted: [[9]], 373k Greeks, 207k Bulgarians in v. of Saloniki (and 487k Turks).Alexikoua (talk) 21:21, 31 July 2010 (UTC)
Even if those statistics are accepted at face value (and considering that they have the highest Muslim population of almost all works and among the lowest Bulgarian populations, that probably wouldn't be very wise) the fact remains that more than half of the Greeks in the census are actually patriarchist Bulgarians - see page 3.
By the way, the demographic figures listed in "Balkan Harbi Tarihi" have about a million Christian Bulgarians living in Macedonia which is less than many of the neutral sources in that list. And of course if the figures for exarchist and patriarchist Bulgarians on Himli Pasha's census were combined, it would give a total of 895.000 which is rather close to most of the neutral figures anyway. Kostja (talk) 07:11, 1 August 2010 (UTC)


OK, I contextualised the name. Politis (talk) 19:56, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

List of Prime Ministers of Bulgaria[edit]

Kostja, pictures in your version are too large, and they are posted in only one part of this article. You also removed birth-death years. I think that my version is esthetically better. --Sundostund (talk) 19:37, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

I agree with all what you said, Kostya. Smaller pictures (for all Prime Ministers), with numbering and birth-death years included. I'm happy to see that we founded common language on this matter. Cheers! --Sundostund (talk) 23:46, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Name of Ukraine[edit]

Thanks for your effort in editing Wikipedia. It seems that there was an error in you edit of Jijia River (Prut) on the 29th of July,2010. You placed the word "the" before the word "Ukraine". There has been a change in the accepted usage. Now Ukraine is preferred to the Ukraine. See Name of Ukraine#Syntax. I hope this helps. Again thanks for your effort. --Fartherred (talk) 20:45, 15 August 2010 (UTC)

Foreign Names[edit]

Please see my response here: [10] Avionics1980 (talk) 21:13, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

Your response does not address the fact that most of those article don't even have a history section. Nor is the criteria "significant usage", usage by former speakers is enough. Kostja (talk) 21:18, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

Nuvola apps important.svg You currently appear to be engaged in an edit war. Note that the three-revert rule prohibits making more than three reversions on a single page within a 24-hour period. Additionally, users who perform several reversions in content disputes may be blocked for edit warring even if they do not technically violate the three-revert rule. When in dispute with another editor you should first try to discuss controversial changes to work towards wording and content that gains a consensus among editors. Should that prove unsuccessful, you are encouraged to seek dispute resolution, and in some cases it may be appropriate to request page protection. If the edit warring continues, you may be blocked from editing without further notice. Avionics1980 (talk) 21:37, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

@Avionics1980 stop vandalizing articles.. you are the one who started the edit-war. Ggia (talk) 15:54, 24 August 2010 (UTC)


hello Kostja,

Avionics1980 seems that he is doing an edit war in the articles of cities in Thrace.. How we can notify the administrators for this vandalism? Since in Rhodope and Xanthi prefecture both greek and turkish languages are used I don't see a reason that both names of the cities should be present. It is common sense.. beside there is also a rule WP:NCGN.

About the Bulgarian names we can discuss about that.. If the name is similar to Turkish or to the Greek I don't see the reason this name to be present.. if the name has changed during the short Bulgarian period.. probably we can add it in the history of the city..

Ggia (talk) 15:40, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

He hasn't really committed vandalism, but I suspect that he has broken the 3RR limit and has committed sockpupetry.
About Bulgarian names, they are indeed often based on the Turkish ones, but are still different enough to be included - there are many cases in Wikipedia with similar enough names included in an article. In addition, as Bulgarian was once spoken in many of those places, WP:NCGN does seem to permit their usage, within reason.
In connection with that, it might be better to include Turkish names in larger articles in their history section, if the name is used only historically. Kostja (talk) 19:17, 24 August 2010 (UTC)
Similar issue about the bulgarian names we had in greek language version of wikipedia. In the greek article of Echinos a user invert my editting adding the bulgarian name of the city.. I don't have any problem with the bulgarian names to be included in the articles and I will not remove them.. but if it is included in the WP:NCGN I want to discuss about that in el.wikipedia.. so the bulgarian names to be included also there...
since you are bulgarian.. probably we can collaborate and add references and history in the villages of thrace.. I saw some articles about greek villages in Thrace that have a lot of historical references in bulgarian wikipedia... Ggia (talk) 14:07, 25 August 2010 (UTC)

Yordan Letchkov - current/former mayor of Sliven[edit]

Hi, I am writing here regarding the changes you made (at the end of May this year) in article ‘Yordan Letchkov’ in the English version of Wikipedia. Replacing the phrase "current mayor of Sliven" with "former mayor of Sliven" in my opinion materially mislead the readers of Wikipedia. Any lie, you insert in Wikipedia, regardless of your personal reasons to do it, reduces the trust of readers to Wikipedia. Posting lies here is extremely harmful for this project! I just hope, your reason to lie is not your malice, but just the fact you are not informed good enough about the facts you writing for. It is also very bad, but not as bad as malicious disinformation of the readers! Please edit the incorrect facts, you have entered in this article. This is more honest, rather than if someone else should do it. HSGeorgiev (talk) 19:36, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

Dear Kostja,
You chose to answer on my page, but let me continue this discussion on the place it started.
Once you continue to persist, let me draw your attention to the fact that under Bulgarian law, it is not possible judicial authority to terminate the authority of the elected person. Separation of powers is political doctrine, according to which the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government are kept distinct in order to prevent abuse of power. This principle is part of the legislation of any democratic societies and it is important part of the Constitution of Republic of Bulgaria as well.
Your reference to the ‘Trud’ newspaper is very strange for me. It is obvious that journals publishing so called ‘yellow’ news need to be at last duplicated with a second independent source of information. Actually it is fundamental, basic principle.
If Wikipedia just copy uncritically information from the so called ‘yellow’ press, it would mean that Wikipedia itself is no more trusted source than ‘yellow’ press.
Let me inform you also that even that this article makes it clear that mr. Yordan Letchkov was never been removed from his post. A court has imposed a temporary ban for a specified period of time to ensure the investigation of the Regional Prosecutor's Office.
In conclusion, I am happy to assure you that there are no cases some political figure in Bulgaria to be removed from office in violation of the Constitution of the country so far. I just wonder whether you can understand the importance of this problem, problem ‘of vital importance to the State, a matter of life and death’. HSGeorgiev (talk) 11:44, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

"Bulgaria" pronunciation[edit]

Hi, could you explain why you {{fact}}-tagged the native pronunciation entry at Bulgaria? We don't normally insist on extra sourcing for such items, since they can be verified through simple knowledge of the language. Unless of course this one would be somehow controversial. Is it? I don't see anybody has ever objected to it. Fut.Perf. 11:41, 5 November 2010 (UTC)

Bulgarians in Turkey lead[edit]

In what way does Ethnologue specifically say they are Pomaks? The only thing Ethnologue says is that "Pomak" is an alternate name or name of a dialect of the Bulgarian language used in Turkey.

The profile of Greece also lists only "Pomak" as a dialect of Bulgarian in that country, but you know very well that not all Bulgarians in Greece are Pomaks. The profile of Turkey includes "Haketia" as an alternate name for Judaeo-Spanish: as you might know, Haketia is a Moroccan variety of Judaeo-Spanish that is different from Balkan Judaeo-Spanish. This is to illustrate that not all speakers of Judaeo-Spanish in Turkey speak Haketia, and not all speakers of Bulgarian in Turkey are Pomaks.

The only thing that Ethnologue says specifically is that the speakers of Bulgarians in Turkey are "Refugees from Bulgaria. Scattered in Edirne and other western provinces". This applies to both Pomaks and Bulgarian Turks. Isn't it obvious, though, that most Bulgarian speakers in Turkey would actually be Turks?

I'd appreciate it if you make sure you're right before reverting me. A discussion often helps in that respect. Best, Toдor Boжinov 18:00, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Good Point Todor, in fact the whole article is a bit bizzare and I think already at one time considered for deletion since instead of Bulgarians in Turkey it clearly refers to Bulgarian Turks in Turkey.Hittit (talk) 05:47, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
Actually, the more detailed entry on the Bulgarian language ([11]) says that the language is used by "Muslim Pomaks in Turkey and Greece". Ethnologue, in any case is concerned only with native language use, not with those who might know a second language. As for Greece, ethnologue regards other speakers of Bulgarian in Greece as Slavs, or Macedonians [12].
Hitti, as far as I remember the article wasn't deleted because it couldn't be shown that it referred to Bulgarian Turks, so I really don't see the point of this comment. Kostja (talk) 08:39, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Abuse of templating[edit]

You have placed a 3RR template on my page. You'll need to explain why. If it is because of my reverts to Pensionero in Bulgarians you should know that I am reverting a change he made from the existing consensus-agreed text. His change is inconsistent with the source cited - and he has not replaced the that source with a source supporting his change. I have opened a Talk page and asked him to not to revert but to discuss on the talk page. I will not be making any further change but will instead report him to AN/I for edit-warring if he tries to change it again. DeCausa (talk) 20:02, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

I have placed an explanation on your talk page. It's only fair that you are warned, because you would also break the 3RR rule if you reverted Pensionero again. Kostja (talk) 20:04, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
A) as I explained I will not be reverting again but simply taking it to AN/I. B) I am not making the change he is. I have deleted your templating again as it is inappropriate. Please do not do it again. DeCausa (talk) 20:07, 16 February 2011 (UTC)


Здравей Костя, майтапа настрана, но ще те помоля внимателно да прочетеш статията за прабългарите на английския вариант. С поздрав! Jingby (talk) 20:00, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Наистина, майтапа настрана. Статията за прабългарите страда от сериозна липса на балансираност, а в статията за прабългарския език се споменава алтернативната теория.
Във всеки случай последната ти редакция нарушава 3RR, така че няма да е лошо да прочетеш WP:Fringe и да обясниш точно защо тази теория нарушава този принцип в Talk:Bulgarians. Kostja (talk) 22:26, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Явно не си я прочел. Жалко! Jingby (talk) 06:25, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

A request for assistance.[edit]

Hello. My name is Moti, and I'm an editor and a sysop on the Hebrew Wikipedia. The majority of my editing time is Dedicated to Bulgaria, (History, Geography and Jewish communities). Lately I completed a personal project and wrote or expanded articles about all 28 oblasts of bulgaria, the capital cities and about a third of each district municipalities. In recent days an article I wrote about the jewish community in plovdiv, (my parents were born there), was elected as a Featured article.[13].

There isn't A free photo of the Jewish synagogue in plovdiv mentioned here [14]. I noticed you edited the article about plovdiv, and request your assistance in obtaining one. Thanks a lot --Assayas (talk) 17:25, 28 February 2011 (UTC)


Please respond to this discussion.--— ZjarriRrethues — talk 17:17, 6 March 2011 (UTC)


Before reverting the article can you discuss it on talk page.-- (talk) 21:03, 12 March 2011 (UTC)

Anti-Turkism, the Batak Massacre[edit]

Kostja you have reitared in the article that Richard, Millman is pro-Turkish. I suggest we go a bit further and clarify that according to the bulk of sources MacGahan is described as extremely pro-Russian and a sensationalist (some newspapers refused to even hire him). Would you like to add this to the article or should I? We can also discuss in the article talk page. Regards Hittit (talk) 07:27, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

If you can find a reliable, neutral source about this. Kostja (talk) 09:17, 7 May 2011 (UTC)


Would you care to give your opinion on a matter in the Devsirme article? Thanks. --Kansas Bear (talk) 21:40, 10 May 2011 (UTC)

Sockpuppet at Devsirme[edit]

I have opened a sockpuppet case here Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Kenzo4000, if you would like to comment. --Kansas Bear (talk) 02:30, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

Macedonian Struggle[edit]

I asked the administrators for an intervention against the edit warring of Special:Contributions/AngBent. The decision is "declined" and "Please take this issue to WP:ANI" ( see here). So the vandal may go on with his disruptive edits (chauvinist Greek + pro-Pyongyang Communist, an interesting mix...). --Pylambert (talk) 08:06, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

The procedure has been moved to the Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents. Keep on the good work. --Pylambert (talk) 14:16, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Third and last attempt after "tell other Greek users of this interference, so we can stop the Bulgarian POV" (sic !). Note that he edits also under IPs,,, --Pylambert (talk) 07:20, 7 August 2011 (UTC)


Hello, Kostja. Judging from your contributions, you seem to have an interest in Greek history, politics and geography. However, you should not make contributions about things you know little of, and then start edit wars. For example, you wrote many unsubstantiated things about the Macedonian Struggle, without having a clear knowledge of the Greek perspective, strategy and people involved. Instead, you created whole paragraphs filled with useless details about the internal workings of IMRO. Yet the article is about Greek efforts (military, political, cultural) in Macedonia; and let me tell you that the objective of Greek leaders was Byzantine imperial restoration (Megali Idea), not just a few attacks against IMRO peasants. By claiming that the Macedonian struggle was just a "conflict between Greek and Bulgarian guerillas", you present a false picture of the historical situation, and of Greek strategic planning. Please, don't be like other users (such as Pylambert, who finally found out that he cannot label anything he doesn't like as vandalism) who edit articles without having learned their history first. And please don't delete referenced content, this is a most offensive form of censorship. I sincerely hope we can become friends and eventually collaborate in preparing articles about the history and politics of Greece. Cheers! AngBent (talk) 13:03, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

I know quite a bit about this conflict, thank you. My additions are well referenced, while you are submitting information without any references (except the irrelevant article from 1939). This conflict was not one sided, but was a struggle between IMRO and the Greek andartes, so the organization of both sides are important in the article. It's unacceptable to present the Greek partisans as valiant protectors and IMRO as a bunch of bandits, while completely removing the Bulgarian point of view of the conflict. And please stop the hypocritical accusations. While inserting a lot of original research and personal opinion, you also removed the important and referenced fact of the tacit Turkish support of the Greek andartes. Kostja (talk) 19:39, 1 August 2011 (UTC)


I've tried to rephrase the Bulgarians in Turkey article but I may have made a mess of it. One way or another, it had to be amended so not to confuse two issues. I know your point and it is possible when a "group" can be one thing locally and other thing when choosing ethnicity on census. We have this in Romania with Krashovans who mostly identify as Croatian, some as Serb and a few as Krashovan. Still they remain a community. Pomaks are a strange bunch. They call themselves Pomaks which is how we know them but they too have different views on their designations from one person to the next. It makes no sense however to state that one ethnic group is descended from another that exists today. Once they've gone, they're out. You're from Bulgaria and I have family from Macedonia. Where one ethnic group ends and the other begins is more or less on the border - with a few exceptions, some continue to call themselves Bulgarian in Macedonia and a handful identify as Macedonian within the Pirin region of Bulgaria. That said, what about the Slavophonic people south of the borders? They stretch from East Thrace, all the way into Greece along the Aegean Sea and the hinterland and over to Albania up to the Adriatic. They are sparse, I know, but how do we go about determining what they are on an ethnic level if we don't accept what they call themselves?! And what would it mean to be of "Bulgarian descent"? The first major event was the arrival of Slavic tribes followed by the influx of Bulgars. During the time of the first empire, the Bulgars assimilated the Slavs by taking their language/culture, etc. but keeping the name of their state which now took on a Slavic characteristic (as within a few generations, there were no more "two communities", just a Slavophonic race identifying as Bulgarian). On the bigger picture, the Bulgarian nation lies along a cultural/dialect continuum with other Slavic nations and we cannot determine where ancestry in the Bulgars ends and Bulgar-free people begin, and when a person identifies as Bulgarian, it is not based on this detail! In all probability, either this does not stretch to the Serbian/Macedonian borders, OR, it digs deep into the two territories. Even so, there can be no line to say "everyone here is like this, those are like that". Evlekis (Евлекис) (argue) 23:35, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

The Pomaks hardly exist as a community. The majority of the Pomaks in Turkey in Greece identify as Turks, as do a significant part of those in Bulgaria. About a plurality of the Pomaks in Bulgaria identify as Bulgarian and only a minority in both Greece and Bulgaria identify as Pomaks. Pomaks, as used in this article, is really short for "Bulgarian speaking Muslims" (including those descended from them, as many in Greece and especially Turkish don't speak Bulgarian).
As for the descent of the Pomaks, many of those sources think exactly what was written before you, so there's no need for awkward formulations like "identifying", which is quite problematic in historical terms.
As for the meaning of the term "Bulgarian descent", it's probably presumed that those Muslims who live alongside Christian Bulgarians and speak the same dialects as they speak (the Torbesh are not today regarded as Pomaks) are also descended from Christian Bulgarians. While ethnic identification as we know it didn't exist before the 19th century the inhabitants of those areas were called Bulgarians even then and they were almost certainly Christians, I don't see any problem with the formulation taken by the sources. Kostja (talk) 19:28, 2 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for explaining. My edits were in good faith as I simply wished to paint a full picture. I believe what you're saying is correct though tell me, if a man lives in Turkey, speaks Bulgarian and identifies the same, practises Islam, and is not part of a community with others of the same background, how does he achieve the secondary demonym "Pomak"? Evlekis (Евлекис) (argue) 22:17, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

Eastern Rumelia[edit]

Kostja make up your mind on whom you want to source in Eastern Rumelia land sesction. You your self quoted Stoianovich (the wording that you used was not according to Stoianovich so I had to correct that). Stoianovich also uses the words "seize the Turkish ownded land"...if you do not wish to quote Stoianovich why do you use him as a source. Also it becomes ridiculous the way you do your word picking. Any way the same goes for the Turks in Bulgaria, why have you deleted Crampton? this is no way to do editing. Furthermore, Barbara Jelavich in the book "History of the Balkans: Eighteenth and nineteenth centuries " on page 366 also specifically says "During the War Bulgarians had seized Ottoman lands and personal property". Both sources Stoianovch and Jelavich that you quoted specifically show that it was a policy to make sure Turks and Muslims did not return, and they used a large variety of harrasment and intimidation...Please explain what you mean when you make an edit and insert the text: "That's what the Jelavich source says"? Hittit (talk) 06:58, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Map of Muslims in Bulgaria[edit]

Can you please specify why you have removed sourced content in the form of this map? --Chech Explorer (talk) 10:53, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

Because the map contains incorrect information. You claim that the percentage is the proportion of Muslims in each province. Yet for example, Smolyan has 121 752 inhabitants and 28 601 muslims which is 23.5%, yet your map claims that there are 40%. Kostja (talk) 14:33, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Your math is wrong. 72927 people in Smolyan have chosen to declare their religion and 29001 of these have pointed that their religion is Islam (27732 - Sunni, 729 Shia, 540 simply Muslim) . Thus 39,77% are Muslim. Indeed Smolyan Province has larger population but it has not specified its religion, thus it may be Muslim or Christian, or mixed. That's why the map is based on those who have declared their religious identity and is correct with respect to the source specified . --Chech Explorer (talk) 16:19, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
I see that you've changed the part where it's claimed that the figures are a percentage of the total population. However, it is still improper to make a map of the proportion of Muslims among those who answered the question about religion, since this would give the impression that this is the proportion among the whole population and since it's unknown what religion those people were, this would be misleading. Kostja (talk) 16:32, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I had to clarify. But this is the right way to do it. If you take those who declared religious identify as a fraction of all people you may get some absurd results. Here is an example. A total of 577 139 people declared that they are Muslims [15] Yet, if you look at the other statistic on ethnical group [16] you will see that only the Turks are 585 024 which is more than all the Muslims from all ethnical background and which of course is nonsence. That's why you can't take only those who answered on the religion question and divide them by all and that's why it is not 23,5% for Smolyan. --Chech Explorer (talk) 17:45, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes, but such a map makes (or would appear to make) an assumption that the figures for those who answered can be extrapolated to the whole population. People who have not answered the question may simply not be religious. Most country's statistics don't attempt to make such extrapolations. Kostja (talk) 18:40, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
People who haven't answered the question aren't necessary not religious. If you examine the possible answers, you will note that there is an option 'Doesn't have' (Няма) - 272 264 and 'Does not self identify' (Не се самоопределя) - 409 898. In absolutely the same way 6 611 513 answered the ethnicity question (including those who answered 'Other' and 'Does not self identify')[17] but the total number of people who participated in the cenusus is 7 364 570 [18]. So, accoridng to yor philosophy those 753 057 people who didn't answer for some reason have no ethnicity (as opposed to no religion/not being religious) even though there is such an option in the survey. --Chech Explorer (talk) 19:08, 25 October 2011 (UTC)
One observation first: It is nice to see that it is actually possible to discuss matters connected to ethnicity, language or religion in the Balkans in a civilized way. Thanks!
Second observation: Doesn't this discussion belong in the talk page of the article in question instead of here? I happened to find it by coincidence, but the matter of the discussion is important.
Now to the discussion: In Wikipedia we have no right to assume that none of the people who did not answer, are Muslims. We have also no right to assume that those who did not answer, can be divided according to the percentages of those who did answer. My personal guess is that the truth lies in between, probably closer to the first interpretation, but we have no right to assume that either. There could even be arguments for a higher percentage of Muslims among those who did not answer. The bottom line is: We do not know.
In Wikipedia, we want to present what we know, preferably in such a way that the users get enough facts to draw their own conclusions. In this case, we want to present the percentages of Muslims in different parts of Bulgaria, but also the fact that a substantial number of people have not given such information. It is fairly easy to present all this information by using text and/or tables, but I do not see how all this information can be packed into one single map. If we want a map, it should be in addition to text/tables, not instead of. Is is also vital that the map presents what it says it presents. This was not the case with the map as it stood in the article. It showed percentages of Muslims "as a part of the population" (which most people would interpret as "as a part of the whole population").
Suggestion: Make a new section, which could be named "Distribution" or something like that. Make an adjusted map with percentages of the whole population (and be sure to make the caption precise). Make text and/or tables to give further information: the fact that a large number did not answer the question; information about percentages of those who answered (at least for some regions), etc. In this way you give the reader, without assuming anything, all the information he needs to make his/her own assumptions. Regards! (talk) 18:23, 26 October 2011 (UTC)

Foreign languages assistance[edit]

Hi! I noticed you are listed at Wikipedia:Translators available. Could you please take a look at a post at Talk:Battle of Vukovar#Next steps: a call for assistance and advise whether you might be able to help in terms of a Bulgarian summary? Thanks.--Tomobe03 (talk) 19:59, 28 October 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for your response. The idea is to make a summary of the article available in non-English wikis, and it would be great if you could translate just the lead of the Battle of Vukovar to Bulgarian, if possible. If you prefer someone else places it in the Bulgarian wiki, you could do the translation in your sandbox (or mine for that matter, I don't mind). Thanks a lot.--Tomobe03 (talk) 20:25, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
Actually if that's too much, a summary of the lead will probably do for starters.--Tomobe03 (talk) 20:32, 28 October 2011 (UTC)
Yes, thank you very much!--Tomobe03 (talk) 09:35, 29 October 2011 (UTC)

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Census 2011 tables[edit]

Hi! I noticed you have been adding data from this very useful table (Population by province, municipality, settlement and ethnic identification, by 01.02.2011; Bulgarian National Statistical Institute). I was looking for other tables that have such information on a local level (village/town), particularly religion, but I was unable to find where they were published, if at all. Because I strongly suspect that one exists, do you know where I can find a religion table by any chance? Thanks! Toдor Boжinov 19:05, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

I took the table from here. Unfortunately, no table on religion has been published there, though I'm certain that one exists, and there is probably one on native language as well. The Bulgarian government seems averse to providing too much information on these delicate issues. They certainly didn't publish any detailed results on ethnicity or religion on the 2001 census and I'm surprised that they have provided this table. Of course, the information was available and was provided to governmental institutions. For example, all municipalities created strategies for development and many gave information on ethnicity. I suppose the full information on the last census and on this has been published in book format.
Incidentally, while the National Statistical Agency has a digital library, the only censuses published are the one from 1881 and the Eastern Rumelian from 1885. They can be found here by searching for преброяване and respectively 1881 or 1885. Kostja (talk) 19:42, 26 March 2012 (UTC)
Ah, so I figured. The links you provided are very useful though (the development strategies including some demographic data and the old census archives), I'll be sure to check them out! Best, Toдor Boжinov 21:16, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Ellinochori and Svilengrad[edit]

You do this [19] at Svilengrad, and then you go to Ellinochori and do the exact opposite? Are you serious? You want to include the Bulgarian name of Vermio in the article? Fine, use the talkpage to show that it meets WP:NCGN. That's what it's for. If you revert one more time either there or at Ellinochori, I will report you per WP:ARBMAC. Promise. Athenean (talk) 17:26, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

WP:POINT behavior[edit]

I presume this [20] is "retaliation" for Vermion. Because the Latin name doesn't seem to bother you at all. This is clear WP:POINT behavior. Here you can deny it and be defiant all you want, but the admins at WP:AE are going to see through it, and won't smile upon it. Stop this petty retaliatory behavior. If you continue, I will take this to WP:AE. Athenean (talk) 22:11, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

No, it's the simple fact that like Kara Kamen (which as you might have noticed, I haven't reinserted) the Greek name doesn't meet the NCGN criteria. As for the Latin name, that's a different thing, as this is a well attested historical name. Kostja (talk) 06:45, 30 March 2012 (UTC)
Uh-huh, whatever. The ancient Greek name is just as well-attested as the Latin name. Athenean (talk) 07:24, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

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Removing of Torbeshi and Gorani[edit]

If the Macedonian dialect of this people is a fundamental problem for you, it is posible to remove them from the article. I am ready to revert myself and to remove the sections about the Gorani, the Torbeshi and their language. Do you agree with this proposal? Jingiby (talk) 08:38, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

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The source says that Synvet's 1877 map was favorable to the Greek cause, not that Synvet himself was "pro-Greek". It is sufficient to mention that he got his data from the Greek Patriarchate. Athenean (talk) 05:47, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

DYK for Agkistro[edit]

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Can you explain what you really mean with this? [[21]].

The edit summary is obviously wrong (removal of referenced information), since the only information removed was a dublicate sentence (By July 29 the Greek forces were outnumbered by the now counterattacking Bulgarian armies, were applying pressure on their flanks. vs At the following day, the Greek army being outnumbered by the counterattacking Bulgarians, attempted to encircle the Greeks in a Cannae-type battle was applying pressure on their flanks. it's exactly the same and useless to repeat). Also, section management, new chronological order (part that describes events of 28 July is placed before the part that describes what happened the next day), removal of vn tagged part, addition of dubbious, everything seems fine.Alexikoua (talk) 21:01, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

For example: "At the following day, the Greek army being outnumbered by the counterattacking Bulgarians, attempted to encircle the Greeks in a Cannae-type battle".
Incidentally, if the Greek army was only considering an attack towards Gorna Dzhumaya by the 30 July, how could the Bulgarian army have been forced to abandon the city the previous day? Kostja (talk) 21:09, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
Most of the other changes are probably fine, though I find "Breaking through the Kresna pass and Bulgarian counterattack" a better heading name. Kostja (talk) 21:12, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
The attack was planned towards the sector of G.D. as the article mentions (includes surounding area), not just the town itself. I'll expand the specific section so things will become more clear. Alexikoua (talk) 21:21, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

4 rvs in Greek Struggle for Macedonia[edit]

You've reached 4rv in 18h, without te slightest explanation. Also you deny any kind of discussion per requests in several edit summaries. Hope there is something to explain on thisAlexikoua (talk) 14:50, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

I only have three reverts. And what response can I give to false claims? Kostja (talk) 15:01, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
+1 with the self revert. Although not a 3rr violation, according to the policy, you are subject to disruptive behavior by insisting on adding unreliable material, instant reverting and rejecting any kind of discussion although being kindly requested to do so.Alexikoua (talk) 22:05, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Turkish-speaking countries and territories[edit]

What will you do for the other categories?

This is only meant for countries where the relevant language is the main one (or at least very significant), so I'll remove all inappropriate ones as well. Kostja (talk) 07:24, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
See here. Kostja (talk) 07:44, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
Bulgaria's population %10 speak Turkish. This is little? I showed as an example (Azerbaijani, Armenian, Albanian). Others language in Category:Countries by language? Example: Kurdish?? You are doing it wrong. Undo actions, please. Esc2003 (talk) 09:15, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
Let me quote from Category:Countries by language: "To categorize countries per official language. When a country does not have an official language (e.g. the United States), a de facto categorization is used." Obviously, this doesn't fit any of the countries you added. The other examples are also wrong and should be fixed (which I've started doing). Kostja (talk) 10:01, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

Adding inappropriate categories[edit]

Stop adding inappropriate categories to Turkish speaking countries. As I've already explained, only countries where Turkish is a majority language qualify. And using hypocritical accusations is also not acceptable. Kostja (talk) 11:19, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

You can delete on Wikipedia but you can't change the facts in real life. I am not hypocritical. I created category of "Kurdish-speaking countries and territories" and Armenian-speaking countries and territories..etc You stay with your negative nationalism. Esc2003 (talk) 11:31, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
Please stop with the hysterics. Your categories do not fit the criteria I quoted, and this is what matters here. And no one in real life would call a country where Turks are small minority Turkish speaking. Kostja (talk) 11:38, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
Is Turkish official language in Bulgaria? Esc2003 (talk) 11:41, 30 August 2012 (UTC)
No. See Article 3. Kostja (talk) 11:44, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

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Precisely because the event is well known the previous version was inappropriate. Why do you think it was called The Big Excursion? Kostja (talk) 14:57, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

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Translation request[edit]

Hi Kostja, happy New Year. :-) Could I ask you a favour? I'm nominating Icelandic Phallological Museum for Today's Featured Article but would like to increase its score. It's only 5 languages off being a "widely covered" topic. Would you mind translating the stub article at User:Prioryman/Icelandic Phallological Museum summary for the Bulgarian wiki? Prioryman (talk) 21:34, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

Conhecimento de mirandês[edit]

Viva. Segundo o registo, contribuistes para mwl.wikipedia em algum momento no passado. Na minha opinião, alguma das contribuições que analisei foi linguisticamente relevante. Ultimamente tenho andado a tentar perceber o estado linguístico de mwl.wikipedia. Seria um grande auxílio se pudésseis revelar alguma informação sobre o vosso conhecimento da língua mirandesa. Podeis contactar-me na minha página de discussão. Muito obrigado desde já. Saúde. Garsd (talk) 10:58, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

Sorry, but I don't actually understand Mirandese. I created abasic outline of Bulgaria by using other articles as templates, but I won't be able to contribute much to the wiki. Kostja (talk) 14:49, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

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Your unwarranted advice would have more value if you hadn't accused me of adding materials that I haven't added (the entire part above) or if you hadn't removed sourced information - and from a source you have added yourself. If you had actually not been careless, as you are groundlessly accusing me of being, you would have seen that the part you are protesting about was added by the anonymous user, so kindly delete your comment here and post it on his talk page instead. Kostja (talk) 19:55, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
I apologize for the confusion (due to hurry) and recant the comments in question. Nevertheless, as explained before, Perry Anderson cites Halil Inalcik and Stavrianos for the claim on Bosnian Muslims. Should I then assume that you have looked up the concerned pages in the works of the named authors, and verified that Perry Anderson outright has made invalid citations? I have temporarily removed the two citations made by Andersson until resovled. Praxis Icosahedron (talk) 21:20, 15 April 2013 (UTC)
Andersson cites the two authors Inalcik and Stavrianos to support the statement that: "The devshirme levy provided between 1,000 and 3,000 recruits for the Ruling institution a year: they were supplemented by another 4-5,000 prisoners from war prisoners or foreign purchase, who underwent the same training purpose for prepotence and servitude". The claim about Bosnian Muslims being recruited into the devshirme is after the citations by the two authors, so following the usual practice on citations, it can't be supported by them. Most likely the claim was just combined with two unrelated citations, which seems to be confirmed by the fact that no such claim exists in the book by Stavrianos (I haven't been able to check Inalcik, but I suspects it's the same case). Kostja (talk) 08:19, 16 April 2013 (UTC)

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April Uprising killing of Ottoman police officials[edit]

Could you correct your input as per the source, the source does not say that any fire fight broke out in Koprivshtitsa, but that the rebels surrounded and attacked the konak where Nezip Aga was staying and killede several of his officials, in fact they shot one police official in the head already meeting him in the street ref:Kara Hüsseyin mentioned in the text. The letter of Kableshvko also says that they attacked and killed Ottoman officials...therefore asks others to follow his example. Hittit (talk) 15:39, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

I don't see any need for a correction. Using firearms implies a firefight and in any case I doubt the Ottomans were weaponless. Kostja (talk) 15:57, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

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Gerd von Rundstedt[edit]

I won't revert your edit now, because I'm too busy at present to go hunting for references, but it is a fact that elements of the rule of law survived under the Nazi regime, even in 1944, in a way that was quite different to what happened in the Soviet Union at any stage of its history. This is because the Nazis did not destroy the old German bureaucracy that they inherited from Weimar, and which went back to the legalistic traditions of the Prussian civil service and judiciary. Rather they harnessed the bureaucracy to their own ends and put it under NSDAP control. Of course the rule of law was radically weakened, and in the case of the designated enemies of the Nazis, such as the Jews, eliminated completely. But it did not entirely disappear. The Soviet Union by contrast was a revolutionary regime which completely destroyed the old administrative system and built a new one staffed by communists from top to bottom - and of course Russia had no tradition of the rule of law anyway. What happened in relation to the July 20 plot was an example of this. If officers had tried to kill Stalin with a bomb, there would have been a massive, wide-ranging purge of whole classes of people, regardless of whether they had any connection to the plot or not. But the Nazi purge affected only those who were actually involved, and some even of them were investigated but not charged for lack of evidence. There was no such thing as "lack of evidence" in the Soviet Union, at any time. Intelligent Mr Toad (talk) 13:21, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

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Thanks for your help - Sihanoukville (city)[edit]

Awesome! There an not many readers, who maintain such a degree of concentration and awareness - in particular in the climate section. I don't know how this came about, though. "Annual extremes" instead of "monthly averages" would be more precise.

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Yes you are right - give me a day or two and i find a proper source!
see this, though:

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Cyril and Methodi[edit]

The two brothers are added in the collage in the article about Greeks. Is this the way it should be? I am unsure if their origin is certain... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:10, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

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Names of Latvian cities[edit]

There is no reason to add the Russian names in the articles of Latvian cities. These names were mostly different in a period of Russian Empire when they were mostly russified German names and in a period of Soviet Union when they were russified Latvian names. For example Liepāja was Либау from German Libau and later Лиепая from Latvian. It is better to put these names here. Dukurs (talk) 17:19, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia policy (WP:NCGN allows the addition of additional names if they are used by more than 10% of the population, which they certainly are in these cases. So I'm going to reinsert them. Kostja (talk) 18:21, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
I can't find about 10% of the population. If so why don't you add Turkish names of some Bulgarian cities? Maybe it is better to put the other names in separate section. Dukurs (talk) 19:34, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
See here, section 2. And they could be put in a separate section, but it should still be part of the article.
And most cities with a significant Turkish population do have the alternate Turkish name added.
(talk page stalker) Kostja, it has nothing to do with 10% of the population, but "If there are multiple frequently used transliterations (again, used by at least 10% of the English sources), include them." WP:COMMONNAME in English applies. If the Russian names (transliterated, or the common English name equivalent) is not prevalent, the names are not used... and certainly not in their Cyrillic form. Note, also, that such discussions should be conducted on the talk pages of relevant articles (such as Liepāja, Ventspils, Rēzekne, etc. where there is transparency of process. You are edit warring over guidelines you've misunderstood, and you have been asked to/warned about following WP:BRD on more than one occasion. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 22:32, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
I admit that I was not correct but you are not quoting correctly either. "Relevant foreign language names (one used by at least 10% of sources in the English language or is used by a group of people which used to inhabit this geographical place) are permitted." I think this is rather clear, and seems to be followed throughout similar kind of articles. The section you were quoting is about adding alternate English transliterations and in no way does it forbid adding additional names just because they are written in another alphabet. Why should Latvia be an exception? And if this should be discussed on the talk page, why are you posting here? Kostja (talk) 05:06, 13 April 2017 (UTC)
No one is saying that it is disallowed: what has to be established is the relevance in context. Please see my response on Talk:Rēzekne. --Iryna Harpy (talk) 23:32, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

I'd like to find the original Bulgarian version of this article[edit]

Hi, Kotsja! I started Momchilovtsi (drink), an article about a yogurt brand in China. One of its sources is - I realize it's a translation. Do you know where the original article in Bulgarian is?

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