14 May 2005 roozbeh   » (Master)

Wikipedia: What Iranians are really good at, is raising hell over even their very small interests, without even understanding what the issue really is. Somebody had created an article in the English Wikipedia about a random Physics-related weblog, and now he has raised his reader community against my request for its deletion, for not being noteworthy.

I really like these comments: "iPN is being deleted from the Wikipedia encyclopedia. [...] If you are interested in the news at iPN, if you wish to return your share of debts for all the efforts of the iPN maintainers, we ask you to provide strong opinion and enough reasons [against the deletion request] on the discussion page of the encyclopedia. We Iranians must have a share in global encyclopedias." (tranlated from Persian, from a banner on the weblog.)

Some user were even misled to believing that Wikipedia is planning to shut down their website (!): "Hi. I am also a Physics student and my English is very bad. [...] Now if you shut down the site what should I and people like me do? It's because you doing these things that the world says Iranians are the most backward. So continue your doings and remain more backward." (translated from Persian from a comment on the article's Talk page.)

Very similar things happened about the Persian Gulf and the National Geographic Atlas. I specially recommend Yaser Kerachian's From caring about our national pride to Anti-Arab racism.

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