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Userboxes on user page

Could you tell me how to add userboxes like they have on Wikipedia? I'd love to add some but I'm not sure how.User:Cavylover

Nativity series

Sounds great, but what did you have in mind? (Or were you hoping I'd provide that?)  :) —Fr. Andrew talk contribs (THINK!) 14:24, December 23, 2005 (CST)

V's Cardbox

Could we imply that you are endorsing/advising readers to buy with confidence from these suppliers? (There are many more, but I am not sure what the rules are? Do they need to pay to you first to be listed?). ER

New Martyrs

I'm actively putting together a separate article at this moment!  :) —Fr. Andrew talk contribs (THINK!) 15:35, January 3, 2006 (CST)


Yeah, I've noticed that sort of thing before, too, both here and on Wikipedia. I don't understand it.  :/ —Fr. Andrew talk contribs (THINK!) 08:40, January 4, 2006 (CST)

Categorizing hierarchs

I don't completely understand all the options you gave, but...

My preference is for there to be individual articles titled "List of Xes of Y," where "Xes" is the highest rank for that see, e.g., List of Patriarchs of Constantinople which lists all bishops of Byzantium/Constantinople, no matter their rank. The category would be included in all articles about those bishops, and the "List of" article would also be included in the category. —Fr. Andrew talk contribs (THINK!) 19:28, January 5, 2006 (CST)

Your patent answers (which I never seem to think of) are why I keep asking you questions.
And here I thought that I was just a curmudgeon who liked things his own way.  :) —Fr. Andrew talk contribs (THINK!) 10:54, January 6, 2006 (CST)


I agree, Magda. In my mind I had questioned their inclusion in the template from the start. And their listing only added unecessary length to the "wanted" list, but after a while I didn't see them being removed. So, my attempt to remove them by writing articles!!! Please remove them. I didn't want to removed them unilaterally. Wsk 06:35, January 8, 2006 (CST)

By the way, I missed three other unhabited 'islands' that are listed in the template that also should be removed: Midway Island, Jarvis Island, and Palmyra Atoll. Wsk 09:35, January 12, 2006 (CST)

'Anglo Saxon' versus 'Greek'

You are right in your observation and I feel that I am right in mine. My contribution was based on personal observation and interpretation, and also from listening to others (though there is certainly no unanimity). It transpired that Timothy Ware is most appreciated for his scholarly work and forgiven for his 'racist' attitude towards Greeks because it is demonstrated so politely. I would argue that his 'racism' is a product of his generation. But it also the manifestation of the unreconciled heart and mind of a particular kind of convert. His intellectual approach to the Greek Orthodox faith exemplifies all the rigour of a Protestant heart and of a need for 'straight' empiricism; these are truly worthy attributes, but not appropriate for tackling the depths of Greek Orthodoxy or for coming to terms with the inherent Orthodoxy that comes from being born into an ancient Orthodox dailiness. In the case of Timothy Ware, this gap between scholarly rigour and the Orthodox condition cannot be reconciled, so it is resolved through the 'racist' attitude he was probably born into and educated by. At least, that is how I view the situation for the time being. Respectufully Politis.

Featured Articles, etc.

Thanks for the tip on plurals. I thought I recalled seeing that corrected in the other direction some time back, but am undoubtedly mistaken. It does make more sense (and less typing) to do it the way you describe.

I do seem to catch a lot of newcomers nowadays.  :-)

How about Julian Calendar, Psalter, or Classification of Feasts for featured articles? —Dcn. David talk contribs 09:41, January 24, 2006 (CST)


For the kind words about my article. I thought it was a travesty that my patron didn't have an article, so I felt compelled to write this one first. Yes, I was having some issues with the picture, but I think I finally have it down. I actually tried to use the thumb tag/command (whichever is the proper term), but I used it at the same time as frame, for some reason, so it came the literal size of a thumbnail and was quite grainy. Well, now I know. Tell your husband that a random person from the internet said congrats on his upcoming deaconhood. He should become a priest next year, right? (Whoops, forgot to sign my name the first time.) Gabriela May 9, 2006, 15:07 (CST)

The image

GFDL, for sure. —Fr. Andrew talk contribs (THINK!) 15:18, May 16, 2006 (CDT)

Robber Council(s) and St. Symeon Works...

Thanks for catching that erroneous edit Magda. I didn't realize there was more than one Robber Council. I'm guessing that you moved the works section down to External Links because they are references to external links. Should the same be done to Symeon_the_New_Theologian???

~~John Cz. talk 10:49, May 23, 2006 (CDT)

Nicolas Mansour

Wrt not understanding succession box: that's a very popular viewpoint at the moment - and that's aside from the fact that the succession only works one way, and that one way may not even be terribly accurate. It's definitely an area that needs more information and more work on. — sτévο, at 17:03, May 28, 2006 (CDT)


Thanks for fixing the note in the Orthodox Study Bible article. I was only familiar with how Wikipedia formats those. cholmes75 11:24, June 9, 2006 (CDT)

Serbian Succession Boxes

Ahh, these ones I do understand. Main problem: there are two Serbian dioceses in Australia-New Zealand, and H.G. Nikanor's box had to reflect that he succeeded two bishops.

Explanatory: Since H.G. Nikanor, they have been reigned over or administered by one bishop, but the bishops immediately before that (Their Graces Sava and Luka) were only just communion with each other. Before that, they were out of communion. — edited by sτévο at 19:51, June 9, 2006 (CDT)

Xenophontos image

I originally got it from Wikipedia, but let's axe it. —Dcn. Andrew talk random contribs 08:18, June 27, 2006 (CDT)

RE: Stephanos of Khinolakkos (from a 200+ year-old book)

Thanks for your note. This is from an 18th cent. book by St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain [1] entitled Lives of the Saints for the Whole Year, which I have an electronic copy of (the book is not fully available online from GOARCH). If you think this is still a problem, I would be happy to have this entry deleted and stop importing further entries from St. Nicodemus' book. --Arbible 04:32, August 19, 2006 (CDT)

Contributed articles

I think what I was trying to do with the ethics articles I edited was to designate them as essentially persuasive, not encyclopedic in the sense of being purely a retelling of facts. No doubt the Church's position should be clearly stated (if there is one), but some of the articles deal with issues that have never been clearly and dogmatically defined. They just lack that neutrality that I see as intrinsic to an encyclopedia article.

I guess it's really a matter of defining what the goals for Orthowiki are and how much leeway we want to give for deviations from a strictly encyclopedic style. To me, it just seems like the talk pages would be a better place for opinion stands on debatable issues, if we ever have enough people to start really using them. Gabriela 20:34, March 3, 2007 (PST)


In Byzantine empir it is higest imperial edict with golden seal. It is similar to papal bull. It is translated in Serbian as ЗЛАТНОПЕЧАТНО СЛОВО charter with golden seal Ddpbf 19:52, March 6, 2007 (CET)

Blank pages

Magda, no I can not think of a way to find the these pages, I tried to look at the html source, but by the time it gets to me, it is blanked out. The problem being with non-standard characters is just a guess, because if I save without changing and then use the History tab to see what has changed, the "�" are the only things that are red. Andrew 12:58, March 7, 2007 (PST)

Accept Revised?

Dear Magda,

There's been a request to use some of your edited content on Wikipedia. Would you mind putting the Acceptrevised template on your user page to clarify the copyright (you can add it like this: {{acceptrevised}}? That would be very helpful! Thanks, — FrJohn (talk) 08:54, April 25, 2007 (PDT)

Holy Cross Articles

Hey Magda! I'm thinking it might be nice to put all the articles launched through the Holy Cross ethics class over the past few years in a category, with some kind of descriptive overview. Do you have a good sense of which articles would be included? Also, who is the professor these were written for? Thanks, — FrJohn (talk)

Emperor Theodosius

Thanks for getting all the links to the Emperor Theodosius article. I find now adding articles means a lot of searching and making links. A note: You are much more up on our various saints, so that's why the note to you. I notice your linking of September 14 to Placilla the Empress as Theodosius' wife. In the sources I found his first wife was noted as "Aelia Flacilla". With the similar names I'm guessing the names refer to the same person. If so, the Theodosius article should note the different spellings for her name. Would you check it and make the modification to the article, if names apply to the same person. Bill Kosar Wsk 07:14, August 7, 2007 (PDT)

Weird character deletions

Nope, no back-up! I stupidly thought that you could always go back and look at the text of previous versions on the history tab. My college laptop hard drive kicked the bucket earlier this year, so I don't have anything I wrote before this March or so. Most of the article was just a revision of the wikipedia article, anyway. By the way, I'm glad you're back helping out. I've had almost no free time lately with my new job and long commute, and I feel bad if no one does the new user welcome pages and other routine tasks.Gabriela 15:21, September 8, 2007 (PDT)

Thanks again

Thanks for your comments on the St Kirion article. I have to try your procedure about the OCA site next time.Wsk 17:28, September 10, 2007 (PDT)

Thanks for improving the Panagia Axion Estin article -- Vasiliki 14:08, February 18, 2008 (PST)


I see that the "Upload file" link now goes to OrthodoxWikiCommons. Once an image is uploaded there, how exactly do you use it in an article? I've tried using the interwiki "owcom", but that doesn't seem to work (or maybe I've got the syntax wrong.) Or do you need to somehow port the image back into OrthodoxWiki? Thanks Paterakis 10:29, September 28, 2007 (PDT)

That worked perfectly! Could have sworn I tried that before, but I probably flip-flopped some characters or something. Thanks! Paterakis 12:35, September 28, 2007 (PDT)