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|Posted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 6:21 pm Post subject: Factual errors about Struga on Wikipedia
|Dear friends/citizens of Struga,
Wikipedia displays a lot of misinformation on its page about Struga. We need your help to rectify this. Please send your reaction to the e-mail address provided below. Maybe, after they receive enough complaints they will realize that they need to correct this.
From: Wikipedia information team [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2007 2:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Ticket#2007032210016503] Factual errors on the Struga page
Thank you for your mail.
> Re: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struga
> Dear Respected owner of the wikipedia web site. Several times now I tried to correct the fallacies displayed on the page above. But every time I edit the page and come back to it after some time, the corrections are removed. I'm not sure who maintains this page, and for what reasons my edits are not taken into consideration.
> (1) Konstantin Miladinov is a Macedonian poet born there. How can he be a Bulgarian poet born in Macedonia? This is a claim maintained by Bulgarian chauvinists, that no one takes it seriously any longer.
> (2) The Golden Wreath awarded at the Poetry festival is surely not adorned by precious stones. That is such a blunder to say. It is a simple wreath made of metal (probably thin) that looks golden and is attached to a plaque.
You could include a link to the festival's official page: www.svp.org.mk
<http://www.svp.org.mk/> . On the entry page there, at the bottom, you can see the list of winners of the Golden Wreath. To the right of the images, there is an image of the Golden Wreath (how it looks like). As you could see, there are no precious stones there.
> (3) Further stupidity, matching shoes to the winner?? How the author of the page came up with that? Check out the official page above to see if there is indeed such a special award given to the winner. This claim is truly absurd.
> (4) Tsar Samuil of Bulgaria. This claim goes in par with (1) above. It was the duty of Bulgarian chauvinists and nationalist in the past that it seems continues in the present as well, to claim these personalities as of Bulgarian origins. But no one takes them seriously any longer, please do not fall into that trap.
> (5) The church of St. George, located near the town centre, is built on the foundations of an older church, which in turn was not built by Tsar Samuil, but it was much older than that. Samuil's church was built in the village of Vranishta.
> (6) The village near which the 4th century basilica was unearthed is not
called "Ladorishta" but rather "Radolishta". Despite me correcting this error a few days. I still see it displayed there.
> Finally, to give you reason why I think I know Struga better than the person who wrote this page, I can tell you a bit about myself. I was born, raised, and lived there till roughly 10 years ago. My whole family still lives in Struga, and I visit at least twice a year. So I should be pretty familiar with the local history, geography, and culture. Furthermore, many of the above facts can be easily verified by going to the official online place of Struga (www.struga.org <http://www.struga.org/> ), which also happens not to be linked on your page (again, I tried to include this link as well, but to no avail.
> Someone would simply remove it every time I do that). Another link that is certainly worthwhile including is the web site of the cultural heritage of the town, which has tons of useful historical information and records. Check it out: http://www.kultura-struga.com.mk/?lang=eng
> I hope you will find time to incorporate the statements above in the updated and thereby corrected page on Struga at wikipedia. It is our duty to the Internet community to provide the best possible and the most accurate information that can be found out there.
> I thank you for your attention.
> -- Sotir Obetka, Ph.D.
> Indiana, USA
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