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You may be interested in OrthodoxWiki:Style Manual (Importing), as well as noting in the full OrthodoxWiki:Style Manual that there are some differences in style between OrthodoxWiki and Wikipedia. There are also inter-wiki links, so you can cite wikipedia as a source by linking along these guidlines. [[User:Magda|—magda (talk)]] 21:41, 12 Oct 2005 (EDT)
- Hi Dpr, thanks for your note. We are indeed allowed to. Usually we rework the materially pretty substantially, so I don't give attribution in the text itself, I just mark something like "Wikipedia import" at the creation of the page, and that goes into the record of the page's history. Best wishes & yours in Christ, Fr. John
Hi there, Dpr—I noticed your comment on FrJohn's Talk page, and I thought I might respond. The vast majority of years will perhaps only have one or two major events (or none at all) which would be of note to Church history. Even a fairly eventful year like 1054 will have most of its relevant events covered in the Great Schism article.
At best, any given year will only have a handful of events which might deserve a mention on OrthodoxWiki, so even the biggest year articles would simply consist of a list of a handful of article links at most. For such an aggregation of events such as would be provided by having year articles, this function is already served by the Timeline of Church History (which can, of course, always be expanded). It is my view that making year articles would clutter up OrthodoxWiki unnecessarily.
In the future, by the way, if you have suggested revisions for the official style manual, you may find it most helpful to address them on OrthodoxWiki talk:Style Manual. —Dcn. Andrew talk random contribs 07:32, 13 Oct 2005 (EDT)
- Hi Dpr, for the record, I agree with Rdr. Andrew. I agree that there are a lot more articles that could be imported from Wikipedia, although I think working slowly to make sure we adapt the articles properly for OrthodoxWiki is more important than mass importing. Also, many articles do not need to be replicated here. Many articles from the "Eastern Christianity Portal" or Category:Eastern_Orthodoxy, as well as related articles such as  could happily be imported. Others, having to do with Christianity more generally could simply be referenced if need be. If it doesn't directly have to do with Orthodox Christianity, it's much better to link, I think. That way we benefit from all the work and improvements people will put into the Wikipedia articles too. Hope that helps! Fr. John