User talk:Webmanoffesto

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Hello, Webmanoffesto, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions, especially what you did for Levant. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your messages on discussion pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Questions, ask me on my talk page, or ask your question on this page and then place {{help me}} before the question. Again, welcome! Drmies (talk) 21:12, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

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Thank you for your note. I moved the discussion of the pejorative meaning of "Levantine" from the Levant article (which is about a region) to the Franco-Levantines page, which is about a social group in that region. The disambiguation page Levantine points to both of these pages, Levant because "Levantine" is the adjective for "Levant", and Franco-Levantines because that group is also called "Levantines". In addition, a note at the top of the Levant page points to the Levantine page. So it should be easy to find the page about Levantines. The "People" section of Levant also links to the Franco-Levantines page.

I'll note, too, that the negative stereotype of "Levantine" is just a small part of the Gale article you found (very helpful article, by the way). I wouldn't want to overemphasize that small part, any more than an article about Jews should primarily be about negative stereotypes of Jews. In both cases, it shouldn't be ignored, either, but remember that Wikipedia is not a dictionary devoted primarily to word usage.

About "understanding the literature I was researching", yes, it is useful to know current and historical connotations (positive and negative) of various words (including words referring to ethnic, religious, and social groups). Interestingly, the Wikipedia page on Scottish people says nothing about the stereotype of frugality or thrift; but "Scotch" is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as "Offensive. Frugal with one's money".

Finally, two procedural comments:

  • It's generally better to discuss article content on the article Talk page than on individual editors' pages. After all, there is already a discussion on this topic on Talk:Levant, and indeed User:Yazan agrees with me that this material doesn't belong there. I see now that you've included the same text both on my Talk page and on the article Talk page; if you want to notify a user that you've done this, better just to refer to your change than to duplicate it.
  • Please sign your contributions to Talk pages with --~~~~, which will automatically insert your user name and a timestamp.

Thanks for your contributions to Wikipedia. --Macrakis (talk) 15:08, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

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