Why I believe in the Wikipedia:
- "...as for taking Britannica or the OED's word for it; well, if we are to just take the OED's or any other mainstream, establishment encyclopedia's word on things ... why are we wasting our time working on the Wikipedia? ... the main reason I associate myself with the Wikipedia is that I consider it a chance to receive and present a more complete picture of the world than I grew up having to read."
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- If you need me to chime in or help on any of the topics I mention here, or related ones, please drop me a line.
- Tactical fixes where I can help. See my contributions.
- Contributions to the WikiCommons of graphics and pictures of South Asian personalities in particular. You can see my Wiki|Commons page here.
Articles of Concern: Watching Edit
- Main list: My Vandalism Watch
To Do List Edit
- If you need me to chime in or help on any of the above topics or related ones, please drop me a line.
Protest: Pages I think need to be restored Edit
The following pages, I believe, should be restored, not because they deserve it, but because if the Wikipedia is going to be live up to its promise of much less institutional bias towards Western issues and topics (which is why I choose to engage with and believe in this encyclopedia), it needs to help people learn about topics that help them understand the world they live in.
- Kafeel Bhai of Ghotki
- "ART FACTS: Exploring creativity." Business Recorder, March 19, 2011. Gale General OneFile (accessed December 12, 2022).
- "Jingle trucks - our cultural heritage." Daily Times [Lahore, Pakistan], July 31, 2019. Gale OneFile: News (accessed December 12, 2022).
- "Truck muse." The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan). July 19, 2012. Gale OneFile: News (accessed December 12, 2022).
- Mustafa Kamil (academic)
- Yasser Lateef Hamdani. Since restored at Yasser Latif Hamdani and removed again.
Material I disagree should have been removed/changed Edit
Thoughts on Wiki-tude Edit
- I am working on organizing my thoughts on Wiki(pedia) policy. The link below gives you and idea of where I am headed.
Most importantly, as I said above:
- "...as for taking the OED's word for it; well, if we are to just take the OED's or any other mainstream, establishment encyclopedia's word on things ... why are we wasting our time working on the Wikipedia? ... the main reason I associate myself with the Wikipedia is that I consider it a chance to receive and present a more complete picture of the world than I grew up having to read."
And, in the discussion on the deletion request for Yasser Latif Hamdani:
- The job of an encyclopedia is to provide the context and background on topics that people might, conceivably want to know about. At a time when Pakistan and what's happening in it is regularly headline news everywhere in the world, we need to document the people, the voices, and events related to it properly. Rather than arguing what NOT to document, we should we trying to cover the Pakistani experience better. Does it make any sense that there is no Wikipedia article on Beena Sarwar, that the article on Ardeshir Cowasjee is rudimentary? 
The same applies to Nigeria and other issues.
Me, I, ... er ... Edit
My current self-description—the one I use on social media—runs as follows:
- Communicator—Citizen—Fakir // Pakistani-American. Californian. Karachiite. Awadhi by culture. Nigerian by birth. // @BayContent for technical/business enquiries
Starting out on the journey of self-discovery, (when I was young, and, well, cornier--cornier than this, you might ask ;)), I came up with the following characterization for myself:
- or maybe I should say
That might give you an idea of how it is that I butt in on the things that I do.
A writer whose day job is as a technical writer in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay Area, I blog at iFaqeer and WadiWallah and a few other places (see http://www.iFaqeer.com). I have recently also started paying attention to a blog I started a while back: Rickshaw!, which captures the inscriptions on the back of Rickshaws (jinrickshaws, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws). It's part of what drew me into the Wikipedia; looking for places with information on rickshaws.
I recently had reason to say the following in a discussion on an article:
- ...the main reason I associate myself with the Wikipedia is that I consider it a chance to receive and present a more complete picture of the world than I grew up having to read. (Source; for the curious.)
...and in another discussion:
- Let me say the following up front by way of disclaimer: I am a Muslim and sympathise with Islam. And I also am not sympathetic to inflexible and/or extreme rationalist "devotees" of any ideology—be it Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Communism, Capitalism, Progressive philosophies or any other.
- And I am also a strong believer in the importance of strict NPOV policies for an encyclopedia to really live up to its name. See, for example, what I am trying to do at Template talk:Timeline of Islamist militancy.
Which is why I spend time on Wikipedia.
Urdu Language Users Edit
5/15/05 We are actually breaking some very interesting ground here on the Internet as the Urdu language starts to mature in its use on this medium. And Wikipedia is on the cutting edge. See: http://urdu-ke-naam.blogspot.com/2005/05/urdu-speaking-wikipedia-users.html and http://urdu-ke-naam.blogspot.com/2005/05/on-being-saahib-e-zubaan.html
I have just finally got to publishing my thoughts and translations on Urdu poetry, Sufism and related topics. For now, it will be mainly on the following page:
See #Net sites I own/contribute to below for more details.
Just posted the following at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Countering systemic bias#Can_we_measure_Wikipedian.27s_Bias.3F
- My personal bias (excuse the pun) is that bias is something that exists in every person—it's basically a function of our being human and being shaped by our own experiences and background. The High Road, IMHO, is to understand what one's own bias is and work from there—identify opinion as opinion and try to work with others to achieve objectivity and completeness is a priority, as it is for projects like Wikipedia. (And yes, I have worked as a journalist and do have a blog.) The way I do this on Wikipedia is to place an honest statement of my background and an attempt at describing my own bias on my user page. I know this will make me an easy target for people that want to discredit me or my contributions based on their perception of "people like me". So be it; it is the price of honesty.
Just discovered something while reading User:DigiBullet). As that user puts it, "Im among the Top 1000 users of Wikipedia by edits or something, despite me reducing my usage of the site. I dont know if this is an honor or an indicator of something else. The List".—iFaqeer (Talk to me!) 02:21, Dec 16, 2004 (UTC)
The very nature of the medium makes it difficult to list things like pages I have made a significant contribution to. And of course, on Wikipedia and in the wider Wikiworld, there is no such thing as owning a page, let alone a whole Wiki. Even pages one starts are communal property and contributed to by others, often extensively. And often that's the desired result. And things happen fast. The lists below are provided only to give you a small sampling and an idea of what I am interested and engaged in. They are, by definition, rather sketchy and out-of-date. You can check a list of my contributions to see what I have been up to lately.
The Wikipedia re-ignited the hope in my heart and mind to try and work on a dream project of mine; to collect and overlay genealogies, sufi initiation chains and other information, starting in South Asia and work outwards to document people and other topics around the world. After discussions on Wikipedia:Help, I was able to make a case for its being hosted at Wikia, then WikiCities. Of course, like all Wikia projects and all true Wikis, it is a community resource that I just have the honour being the founder of:
I have the honor of being the founder of Wiki Pakistan! Or "The Pakistan Wiki", PakWiki, or WikiPak, call it what you will.(You may want to avoid "Paki Wiki", since in some parts of the world, that first word is seldom used in affection.) It is at:
The basic idea is a national project. A "Pakistan Information" database to which everybody can and does contribute...You can read more at that wiki's About page.
WikiProjects and Boards Edit
Those I started Edit
Those I am subscribed to Edit
- Boards and lists of Wikipedia users related to Pakistan, (West) Africa, Urdu, etc.
Pages I Started Edit
- Lists of Maraji, which I started when mention of Ayatollah Sistani started to make it to mainstream media after the 2nd Gulf War and I realized that even non-Shia Muslims could name only one, maybe two. It is now broken into two separate pages, one for living and one for deceased Maraji with the original one just listing the other two.
- Razia Sultan (on September 20, 2004, see top of this page)
- Sahabzada Yaqub Khan (on September 20, 2004, see top of this page)
- The (usually pre-existing) articles are in brackets. I have just added another way of people might be looking for the same information.
- Aurangzeb Alamgir (Aurangzeb)
- Chagatai Turks (Chagatai Khan#Chagatai Turks)
- Chagatai Turk (Chagatai Khan#Chagatai Turks)
- Chughtai (Chagatai Khan#Chughtai -- including the content for that section)
- House of Taimur (List of Mughal emperors)
- Lord Lugard (Frederick Lugard)
Projects, Notice Boards, etc. Edit
Pages I have Butted In To Edit
- Adil Najam
- Afghan Wars
- Ashraf Jehangir Qazi
- Bahadur Shah II (moved/changed title from Bahadur Shah Zafar II and pointed Bahadur Shah Zafar to it)
- Barbary pirates
- Chagatai Khan (including adding Chagatai Khan#Chughtai and Chagatai Khan#Chagatai Turks)
- Hina Jilani
- List of Mughal emperors (I am trying to add full names, not just short, common monikers)
- Mughal Empire
- Partition of India
- Women as imams (including obtaining consensus and renaming the page)
Pages I have Edited A Wee Edit
WikiPedia Content I Recommend Highly Edit
- The usual reason a page is listed here is that reading it will provides an insight that, in my humble opinion, is important in helping us all better understand (and be more understanding of) the universe around us.
- Urdu poetry
- Hindi–Urdu controversy -- One of the best expositions I have seen of the issue.
- This image is very interesting:
- Just like the charts available off:
WikiContent I like to browse Edit
To Do list Edit
- Please free to help—and let me know if you want to/are working on one.
- Compile List of Caliphs either as part of Caliph or separately. Also Category:Caliphs. Update: Seems to be done
- Compile List of Shia Imams either as part of Shia Imam or separately. Also Category:Shia Imams. Current template stashed at Talk:Shia Imam. See also work being done at Caliph
- Compile List of Sufi Masters/Murshids/Peers either as part of Tarika or separately. Also Category:Sufi Masterss. Current template stashed at Talk:Tarika. See also work being done at Caliph
- Add Hejaz to list of places whose names starts with "The".
- Merge Urdu#Urdu - Hindi - Hindustani and Hindustani--the former has more/better info. Update: Seems to be done, as one article at Hindi–Urdu controversy
- Merge Note on Pen Names under List of Urdu poets with entry on Urdu poetry#Pen names (Takhallus) Update: Seems to be done, as one article at Hindi–Urdu controversy
- I have preserved version http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mohammad_Ali_Jinnah&oldid=18174021 of Jinnah, because I am on WikiVacation and can't engage fully right now.
Net sites I own/contribute to Edit
- http://www.iFaqeer.com, my website
- https://iFaqeer.Medium.com/Italic text; my current blog.
- http://blog.iFaqeer.com; my original blog, with important archival posts. I blog, therefore I am.
- Rickshaw! a blog that captured the inscriptions on the back of Rickshaws (jinrickshaws, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws)
- I published my thoughts and translations on Urdu poetry, Sufism and related topics on the following page for a while:
- The blog is not really "mine", but a collaboration with some folks (among them Manzoorkhan (talk · contribs)) who are mainly in Hyderabad (Deccan) (see Hyderabad, India and Hyderabad state), one of the homes of Urdu.
Other places you can catch up with me Edit
Links of interest Edit
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