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<h3>A brief history of the origins of this site</h3>
<h3>A brief history of the origins of this site</h3>
A long time ago (about 2010) in a place far away (Brooklyn, New York), [[User:Dorje108|Dorje108]] began editing articles on Buddhism on Wikipedia. Dorje liked editing the articles. Over the next several years, Dorje did a lot or research into the basic concepts of Buddhism (such as the [[Four Noble Truths]], [[karma]] and [[Pratityasamutpada|interdependence]]), and Dorje basically rewrote some of these key articles on Buddhist concepts, as well as adding many new articles on [[Abhidharma]]-related topics. Things seem to be going well. Dorje was happy.
Then one day, another Wikipedia editor named John (not his real name) began rewriting the articles on the  that Dorje had put so much effort into.
For longer versions of this history, see:
: "Why are you doing this?" Dorje asked.
* [[Blogs:Robert_Walker/Origins_of_this_Encyclopedia_-_Buddhism_Project_in_Wikipedia]]
: "You are not following the rules," John replied. "Your articles are full of quotes and references from contemporary Buddhist teachers who are not academically qualified. Your sources are biased. Only academics can be trusted to be non-biased. Because...they are academics."
* [[Blogs:Dorje108/A_short_story_about_the_origins_of_this_site]]
: "I disagree," Dorje said. "I think that you are misinterpreting the Wikipedia editorial guidelines. Also, in your editing, you seem to be referencing obscure academics without providing the proper context."
: "I disagree with your assessment," John said. "My sources are better than your sources. You are not following the rules."
At this point, another editor on Wikipedia named [[User:Robertinventor|Robertinventor]] noticed what was going on, and he said:
: "Hey, wait a minute. I like Dorje's versions of these articles much better. We should revert these articles back to Dorje's version."
John disagreed, and much online discussion ensued between John and Robert. Other Wikipedia editor joined the discussion. Some editors agree with John's approach. Some agreed with the approach of Dorje and Robert. Some editors were very understanding and said they appreciated both sides of the debate.
These online debates went on for some time, and formal votes were held on key points of the debate. In the end, the editors were unable to reach a consensus. It seemed like each time a vote was taken, there was one more vote for John's position than for Dorje's and Robert's position.
Dorje and Robert considered their options, and they realized that one of the great things about Wikipedia is that all edits are tacked and you can always access old versions of articles. So they set up a new site, using the same software as Wikipedia, and they then imported Dorje's versions of these articles into the new site. They also imported many other Buddhism-related articles (articles that were developed by John and many other Wikipedia editors).
They imported about 1000 articles altogether. About 100 of these articles are articles that Dorje developed on Wikipedia (he either did significant editing or created the articles). About 900 of the articles are basically what you would find on Wikipedia, but Dorje and Robert are slowly reviewing these articles and will modify them as needed.

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