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categories being shuffled.[edit]

Please share your thoughts about Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2010_January_15#Small_Bah.C3.A1.27.C3.AD_Faith_by_country_categories Smkolins (talk) 17:20, 15 January 2010 (UTC)

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a bot to gather possible members of the projecet?[edit]

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/New articles - they have a bot to gather a list of possible project members. I suspect the false positives would be few as mention of the Baha'i Faith would almost certainly make it interesting to the project. So perhaps this bot could be adapted.... Smkolins (talk) 11:37, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

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list of article ideas....[edit]

Independent investigation of truth
Obedience to government and non-involvement in partisan politics
Elimination of extremes of wealth and poverty

I'd also like to suggest some biographies:

Howard Colby Ives
Hippolyte Dreyfus-Barney
Jane Elizabeth Whyte
Corinne True
Howard MacNutt
Dorothy Beecher Baker
Clara Dunn
Mildred Mottahedeh

And if you look through most of the existing biographies and schools and countries articles we are needing pictures, however difficult it is to submit pictures (you personally took and justify using templates and survive challenges to make sure you took the pictures personally etc. Smkolins (talk) 16:01, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Resources I know that Scarecrow Press' Historical Dictionary (ISBN 0810850966) has a good start for virtually any topic and might direct someone to the appropriate texts. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 17:04, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Unitarian Bahaism[edit]

A new article has been created on Unitarian Bahaism and has been nominated for deletion. I am making a request for expert assistance. - Stillwaterising (talk) 11:41, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

Nice. Several of the most active members of this project have already been involved and relatively denigrated for it. Never the less we have a long history of working hard to make articles better and write more articles that meet notability. Smkolins (talk) 18:36, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

another idea....[edit]

well perhaps two - on the talk pages of Abrahamic Religions and Bahá'í literature, not to mention scattered among the articles where the religion is mentioned, there are various sources detailed to greater or lesser degrees. So one idea is to create something of an annotated bibliography article. Another is to plumb such sources for relevant information on their various subjects articles. I was thinking of copying such references here but I'm not sure of the appropriate mechanism as talk pages generally age out and get archived sooner or later. Just a thought I had.Smkolins (talk) 10:04, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

Replacement of the word "Bahá'ís" in Wikipedia Categories[edit]

There is currently a proposal to change the category: Category:Bahá'ís to Category:Bahá'í people, which is part of the batch of changes being proposed in this discussion. If successful, it will probably be followed by moves to replace the word "Bahá'ís" through the Wikipedia categories by the words "Bahá'í people". Davshul (talk) 20:21, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

expanding Abdu'l-Baha's journeys to the West...[edit]

Hi. Following some encouragement and interest I've been looking at expanding from `Abdu'l-Bahá#Journeys_to_the_West into a full article. It's all at User:Smkolins/Sandbox and I'm wondering a couple things. I've tried various schemes on basic structure. So far I like the present one the best. What do you think? Also should I post as is, as is with flags for expanding sections mostly towards the bottom, or keep plugging away until the content is reasonably even and then post? The main structural problem is various levels of citation - some are ?? that need to be found but mostly there are unstructured Hardvard-like entries barely formatted. Frankly Harvard style is something I've done only alittle of. If I keep going through the development alone it could easily be a couple months before it's "ready" to post. On the other hand one ref I'm waiting for and have been in communication with the Library of Congress about is a reference that might come online in June so a couple months is in order for at least one detail (I have a secondary ref but I think the direct newspaper story should prove most worthwhile.) Smkolins (talk) 12:05, 3 May 2010 (UTC)

It's live! - see `Abdu'l-Bahá's journeys to the West Smkolins (talk) 21:30, 4 May 2010 (UTC)

Outlines on religions[edit]

The Transhumanist 19:05, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

If anything It should be Outline of the Bahá'í FaithJustin (koavf)TCM☯ 21:32, 2 November 2010 (UTC)

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Proposed annual "meeting" of religious projects[edit]

I have proposed at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Religion#Annual meeting? the creation of a page for the central discussion of religion based topics and for discussion of possible interreligious collaboration and cooperation. Any and all input is welcome. John Carter (talk) 19:10, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Bahá'í News[edit]

I'd just like to give Kudos and draw attention to User:Clifflandis for creating the article Bahá'í News, which was listed by Article Alerts as its "most popular missing journal", i.e., the most cited journal lacking a Wikipedia article. If anyone can help improve this new article, now's the time! --dragfyre_ʞןɐʇc 14:57, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

on the subject of journals I'll mention that the dead links to Journal of the Bahá'í Community of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (generally at should be in line to be fixed someday - I'm told that there is an intention to re-post the content online. I'll take a look at the Baha'i News article.... getting back in the Wikipedia spirit of things a bit. Smkolins (talk) 13:23, 26 November 2011 (UTC)
while I'm at it I also contacted Mona Foundation about their urls changing and they are looking at it and want to make it work better. Smkolins (talk) 17:23, 28 November 2011 (UTC)
perhaps Bahá'í literature#Periodicals should be developed.... Smkolins (talk) 13:52, 26 November 2011 (UTC)

I've cleaned up Bahá'í News a little, and I see a few things that need work:

  • What is the relationship between Bahá'í News and American Baha'i? If the latter is a successor publication, how was it first conceived, and why did it begin publishing so long (20 years!) before the former stopped? The related reference is at a registration-only link, and I'm outside of the USA so I don't think I can see it.
  • Is there a better overview somewhere of the content of Bahá'í News, besides just that most of it was about international news, pioneering and domestic developments? It'd be nice to see information about specific sections, i.e.: fund goals/progress, letters from the NSA, the Universal House of Justice, or Shoghi Effendi, etc. It'd also be interesting to note whether any major communications were first published in Bahá'í News, in the same way that many of 'Abdu'l-Bahá's tablets were first published in Star of the West.

On a related note, Bahá'í World News Service needs creating too. --dragfyre_ʞןɐʇc 18:39, 28 November 2011 (UTC)

true. I've managed to retrieve more about Baha'i Journal UK (now we just need systematic naming and to use the new archive at BLO for all it is worth.) --Smkolins (talk) 10:43, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

new suggestion[edit]

Hi all. Please see: Talk:Jesus#Announcing_some_intentions_prior_to_editing_to_avoid_edit_warring. I've added a suggested revision, and invite comment. IBE (talk) 10:55, 5 January 2012 (UTC)

Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education[edit]

While I've significantly extended the content it could probably use another eye for writing quality. Smkolins (talk) 15:05, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History Month[edit]

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:Bahá'í Faith will have interest in putting on events related to women's roles in the Bahá'í Faith. We've created an event page on English Wikipedia (please translate!) and I hope you'll find the inspiration to participate. These events can take place off wiki, like edit-a-thons, or on wiki, such as themes and translations. Please visit the page here: WikiWomen's History Month. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing events take place! SarahStierch (talk) 19:10, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

The Baha'i Faith in St. Lucia - West Indies[edit]

I am striving to create a wiki page "The Baha'i Faith in St. Lucia - West Indies". I am having some troubles and would like some assistance. I have the beginnings of the content based upon"The Baha'i Faith in Barbados" I hit save and it does not appear in searches nor on my watch-list. Does that take time? I also can't bring it up to continue to edit. What do I do? [details removed] Keith R. Bloodworth — Preceding unsigned comment added by Keith R. Bloodworth (talkcontribs) 13:04, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

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a case for genocide concerns[edit]

I'm making a case at Talk:Cultural_genocide#on_the_Bahá'í_Faith for an entry on the Baha'i Faith. Smkolins (talk) 15:04, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

Dizzy Gillespie spoken article form ....[edit]

It systematically mis-pronounces the name of the religion. Any chance someone could poke at the process of making spoken articles to show people how the primary words of the religions are said? Smkolins (talk) 12:07, 1 April 2012 (UTC)

French Wikipedia - Proposed merging for Qiblih with Qibla[edit]

Dear Friends, I need some help to explain the differences between the Bahá'ís Qiblih and the Islamic Qibla in French here and here, because my French is not good enough for that. I know, the words Qibla and Qiblih has the same meaning, but that's imho no reason to merge two different articles. Thanks in advance and best regards, -- JCIV (talk) 18:00, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Well I thought there had been a difference in Arabic spelling, but I was wrong: both articles have the same Arabic spelling, and I have to conclude that the only difference is common Islamic transliteration vs. standardized Baha'i transliteration. Ergo, I suggest they be merged. Peter Deer (talk) 04:28, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Proposed MOS for Religion[edit]

There is now a proposed general Manual of Style for Religion and other articles relating to ethoses or belief systems at Wikipedia:WikiProject Religion/Manual of style. Any input would be welcome. I personally believe at least one of the reasons why many articles in this field have been as contentious as they have been is because of lack of such guidelines, and would very much welcome any input from others to help come up with some generally acceptable solutions to some of these problems. John Carter (talk) 21:57, 14 June 2012 (UTC)

Better rendering of bahai symbols[edit]

Hi. I was wondering if anyone could help me. I'm trying to find a better rendering of the Greatest Name at Greatest_Name#The_Greatest_Name? --Steinninn 14:56, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

If you know what to try and can do it you can upload it. But the existing one is pretty commonly used. Smkolins (talk) 02:50, 17 June 2012 (UTC)
I created an SVG image of the Greatest Name. It was bugging me that the existing ones were so rough.
Greatest Name
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Bahá'í Faith on life after death[edit]

Interested parties might want to review the article and the talk page wrestling with the properness of the use of sources. --Smkolins (talk) 14:29, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Jesus work group[edit]

Jesus work group, a work group of WikiProject Christianity, is inactive. I've boldly made it a joint work group of WikiProjects Christianity, Islam, and Bahá'í Faith in an attempt to revive it. Would anyone from this project like to join and revive the Jesus work group. Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 23:58, 31 March 2013 (UTC)

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Expanding Cannabis and Bahai (marijuana)?[edit]

It's currently redirected to a section of Cannabis and religion, but if we have more content to add we can make it a standalone like Cannabis and Latter-day Saints. My understanding is the Bahai Faith is opposed to the use of cannabis, so any coverage of how that came to be, how that effects their current stances as many states/countries modify their laws, etc. would be great. Goonsquad LCpl Mulvaney (talk) 20:59, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

That I'm aware of the main principle is drugs in general (aka intoxicants) are forbidden unless under a doctor's supervision as a treatment. This also applies to alcohol. There is a collection of primary sources at [1] As I understand it, that society in general is changing it's stances don't matter in terms of Baha'i teachings but that would require a ruling by the Universal House of Justice. On the other hand there is the matter of how Baha'i teachings are applied in an individual life vs presented in some social context - individuals are presumed to not be perfect and laws are generally mean to be about a progressive evolution of one's life - see Bahá'í views on sin, Bahá'í laws. As far as a stand along article I'm simply not aware of secondary sources. At best I'd guess it could be a section in the Baha'i laws article?? Smkolins (talk) 02:11, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
I refined the existing entry… more would really requiring secondary sources. Smkolins (talk) 02:21, 9 March 2017 (UTC)