Category talk:Discontinued Merit Badges

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Can we copy content from Wikipedia

Are we allowed to copy from wikipedia? Cause they have a whole table of this already set up. linky Epmatsw 15:46, October 16, 2007 (EDT)

See Wikipedia:Copyright FAQ#Can I reuse Wikipedia's content somewhere else and Wikipedia:Reusing Wikipedia content and let me know what you think. --RWSmith (Sysop), 19:55, October 16, 2007 (EDT)
That page would be best suited as a separate page here, and not in this category. But yes, Epmatsw, if you want to transfer it, go ahead! —ScouterSig 20:56, October 16, 2007 (EDT)


Ricewp, I rolled back your last edit. (See: Category:Discontinued_Merit_Badges&curid=1117&diff=36165&oldid=33867&rcid=36127.) Here are my reasons why:

1. Per the ACP&P, Local Councils no authority whatsoever to dictate to a Scout whether or not he can earn a merit badge... the fact that it may have been "discontinued" is not relevant... only National can determine that. If a Local Council is doing this, they are violating national policy!
2. Any Scout can continue working on any merit badge, even one that's been modified, renamed or discontinued, as long as it was active on the date he joined a program where he became eligible to earn that badge... i.e., Boy Scouts, Varsity, Venturing, Sea Scouting. (The only exception, ever, has been the 2010 Historic Merit Badges, which were given a specific end-date, by National, in advance.)
3. Unfortunately, National's website is not the best, and certainly not the authoritative, source for referencing rules and regs... the books always override the website.
4 Per personal conversations I've had with National's ScoutNet database manager, they maintain the advancement records portion of the database in such a manner as to "purposefully" allow for the entry of any merit badge, whether it's been discontinued or not. National regularly gets advancement reports with a merit badge on it that's been discontinued for up to eight years... and, occasionally, a decade or more. And they put it in the system... just like they're supposed to. —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 11:38, April 6, 2011 (EDT)
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