Wikipedia entry for Pagan Federation- Editing, citing & referencing work

Back in November 2010  (24/11/10) I was browsing through some wikipedia entries for various pagan organisations.. and came across the shocking fact that for `Pagan Federation’ entry, there was very little flesh.. nay…very little bones!  So I set about adding new sections..  such as   PF”s 3 Principles, The work of the PF, Community Services, the District structure of the PF, and external links for PF International, and PF London.

Unfortunately, nearly all of them (except the links) were deleted due to them being having unsourced or unreliable 3rd party references.

Well, earlier today (last night now) I was checking, by* chance, and found that the whole entry had been marked for deletion in 12th September 2012, but had be `saved’ because one person had pleaded that, “This is the national organisation for pagans in the UK and while I agree the present article is poor it should be improved rather than deleted”.

Well, it occurred to me that I myself had recently mentioned the Pagan Federation in atleast 2 Newspapers this year alone (In April, for Enfield Gazette, and in July, for Epping Forest Guardian), and those should be reliable 3rd party references. I started digging, remembering the Cole Morton Book `Is God still an Englishman’ in 2010 (he mentioned my name& quotes me  in page 338, as I just found out!)  , and his Guardian G2 feature in June 2009 – for which I had also been interviewed and photographed (material not used in G2). Bit more googling got me a few good links…one from BBC, mentioning the census of 2011 and the Pagan Federation.

So pooling all of it together, I have now added new sections to the wiki entry for Pagan Federation –

  • Origins of the PF (as Pagan Front in 1971)   with ref in  Witches An encyclopedia of Paganism & magic
  • Beliefs of the PF
  • Aims of the PF
  • Campaigns of the PF
  • all with reliable 3rd party citations, websites & links.

In astounds me that with 40 years of History, there aren’t more mentions of the Pagan Federation in various books, news papers, media etc. Actually there are…am 100% sure of it…but it’s just that no one seems to have put a well constructed wikipedia entry for the Pagan Federation…. (I mentioned it years ago in a PF council meeting..where I also suggested  the PF take an active presence in the internet..social networks.. – which was not forthcoming..so I went ahead and set those UK, London  & International groups/pages up inn facebook!)

Well, I should have been doing my own writing.. but for the past 6+ hours  (6.30pm to 00:00hrs) I have been at it.. trying to give it some bones and some flesh that can’t be torn off by wikipedia experts who scrutinize articles for quality!

I am not sure if all my entries will survive.. as my citing / referencing skills are very new…and I may have done it not quite right. But those references are there now..so someone else can do a better job of it…if need be..  (It’s just cosmetic).

And better still..  I hope the hundreds of Pagan Federation members, Elders, Committee members, PR Gurus, web masters and Officers ..will dig deep, find more referencing material stretching back the past 10-20..30 years…and add more bones, flesh..and even a bit of healthy fat to the Pagan Federation entry in wikipedia :-p

One thing for sure- I haven’t worked this hard on referencing anything …for over 20 years (last time was when I was in University).

Check the `Pagan Federation’  entry here

-Mani Navasothy

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