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The Bugle: Issue CLXXI, July 2020

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Old Archive Link?

I vaguely recall you mentioning an old central discussion that took place years ago re Lists/criteria/numbering and what not. Do you happen to have the link to it? There are some issues which would benefit from centralized discussion. Thanks. Selfstudier ( talk) 21:25, 22 July 2020 (UTC)

Are you referring to this?
A big issue at that time was a number of editors trying to push England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland into lists that were otherwise of sovereign states. The broad consensus was that:
  • Lists based on a single source should use the criteria chosen by the source.
  • Lists based on multiple sources should use ISO 3166-1. States with limited recognition should also be included in an appropriate and neutral way.
  • Where specific context implies a different rule, then these principles are overridden. (This applies e.g. to international sport lists where teams don't exactly map to ISO 3166-1).
As far as I remember, the discussion did not touch on numbering.
Now, I would not assume that that page is widely watched. At the time it was spammed to every relevant list, but that was in 2008 and many of the editors active now will not have been active then. It's probably not fair to call it a most recent consensus either in the circumstances. But I would argue that it is a sensible rule and that it would be reasonable to have a broad MOS for lists of countries on that basis. Kahastok talk 21:56, 22 July 2020 (UTC)
I have not done this before, as far as I can tell, I am supposed to add that page to this template http://webot.org/info/en/?search=Template:Centralized_discussion and then transclude it to relevant pages affected, is that how it works? Selfstudier ( talk) 13:18, 23 July 2020 (UTC)
If you want to start a centralised discussion, there are instructions at WP:Centralized discussion. That said, I haven't done it myself (as I say, the 2008 discussion was widely notified but not formally listed AFAIK), and there may be standards that I'm not aware of.
Obviously a discussion would not be held at that page. Seems to me that the most logical venue on this point would be WP:WikiProject Countries, though note the existence of WP:Village pump (proposals). Kahastok talk 19:32, 23 July 2020 (UTC)
Oh. I understood the instructions to mean create a new page only if there wasn't an existing one in the archives. Using that old page with a new Section seemed to me to be the way to go. The problem in general seems to be that people are going beyond that earlier consensus whether by accident or design and being inventive when it come to differentiating between different entities. Still, I suppose I could try to slot it into Wikiproject countries and refer back to the old consensus although reading the project it is not exactly clear how to do that. Village pump is less formal, is that it? Selfstudier ( talk) 21:31, 23 July 2020 (UTC)
I think I misunderstood you. Is it that I can revive the old discussion by making a new entry at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Countries referring to it and then go from there? Selfstudier ( talk) 13:57, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
I mean, it's up to you really. Personally I wouldn't try to revive Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Countries/Lists_of_countries without at least clearing out the current content to an archive, because the current content is largely historical at this point.
And if you do revive it, you need to tell people where it is, and that means particularly people involved with the pages in question. Because it's not a current recognised forum for discussion and you'll have difficulty persuading people to accept as consensus a decision reached at an obscure page that they were completely unaware of.
I personally would not argue that the consensus reached there is an active and current consensus that applies across the board, given that there is no policy or guideline that expresses it. I would argue that it's still a good plan, but that is a different thing.
Pages under WikiProject:Countries is appropriate because all these lists are in the remit of the WikiProject. I'd suspect that the Village Pump is a good place to get general comments on the proposal but may be a bit general for this sort of discussion. If a WikiProject MOS does come out of any new discussion, Wikipedia:WikiProject_Countries/Lists_of_countries may well be an appropriate place to put it. Kahastok talk 17:17, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
I think I got it now (says he hopefully). I make a new page called something like Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Countries/Ranking criteria (by which I mean, numbering, bolding, italicization and any other form of differentiation between list entries) and write up the discussion outline (which could include a reference to the old consensus position, which I agree is still applicable for the most part and the discussion is anyway worth reading). After that, it is a question of how to get as many editors into the discussion as possible which is where that "central" thing helps (or at least I think it does, it seems just a way of centrally advertising a discussion at some location. Selfstudier ( talk) 18:02, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
Worth adding that perhaps one of the mistakes we made back in 2008 was not using the opportunity to draft a WikiProject-level MOS based on the consensus that was reached. I would suggest if you go down this route, that drafting an MOS for lists of countries at the WikiProject level would help to formalise any consensus that you reach. If you want to do that, draft a proposal in the Wikipedia space under Wikipedia:WikiProject Countries, then open it up to RFC on the talk page, possibly with centralised discussion if you think it appropriate, and notification to interested editors (e.g. at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Countries).
That way, you can point to the consensus in the future, saving us from discussing the same point from first principles at every page, and it also provides an opportunity for the consensus to be improved later through the talk page. Kahastok talk 19:16, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
That sounds like a plan, let me see if I can draft up an outline for the discussion page, not really sure how to do an MOS but that will likely be a ways off, right? One other thing, the List of states with limited recognition... was the original intent in the old consensus that that list be used to pick up the states NOT in ISO and WITHOUT making any judgements about their status, ie, as if they were in ISO? Selfstudier ( talk) 09:28, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
Think I misunderstood again, your idea is to start off with a project right out of the gate? That seems like a complex undertaking at this point, I had more in mind a discussion like you had before and then converting it at some point into a project (there might not be enough interest in it to kickstart a project straight away). Selfstudier ( talk) 10:50, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
The intent of the previous consensus was that states with limited recognition should be included in a neutral way, that neither accepts nor rejects them as independent sovereign states. That almost certainly means not treating them as though they were on ISO.
But ISO only applies for multi source lists. For single-source lists (such as the GDP lists) you're just copying the source, and you do whatever the source does and ISO is irrelevant.
My thought was that the best way would probably be to draft a proposed style guideline under WP:WikiProject Countries, and then invite comment on that proposal. The guideline will then be accepted in its original form, accepted in modified form, or rejected. That doesn't mean starting a whole new WikiProject, only to start a new page under the existing project. The new page needn't be very long, but should contain the relevant details. Kahastok talk 13:06, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
OK, let me see if I can draft a style guideline. I am still not entirely clear about the the States with limited recognition, two of those, the perennially troublesome Israel and Palestine are in ISO (I think the latter might not have been back in 2008 but it is now). As for those that are not in ISO, you say that they are to be treated neutrally but if they are to be treated as not in ISO, doesn't that mean they must somehow be distinguished from those that are? Selfstudier ( talk) 14:32, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
Re doesn't that mean they must somehow be distinguished from those that are? - yes, it does. How that is to achieved was not discussed, but the aim was that we needed to acknowledge their existence without implying that they are legitimate.
But the entities in question are the likes of Kosovo, Northern Cyprus, Transnistria and so on, i.e. only the ones not already on the ISO list. States with limited recognition that are on the ISO list (like China, Cyprus and South Korea) do not need to be distinguished from states with universal recognition that are on the ISO list. Kahastok talk 13:25, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
I made this page just to start with, http://webot.org/info/en/?search=Wikipedia:WikiProject_Countries/Inclusion_and_Ranking_criteria_for_Lists_of_Countries, is that the right idea? Selfstudier ( talk) 13:53, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
I mean, it's accurate, but if you want to propose something it should probably do more than just state a consensus that happened 12 years ago. Because a reader is then going to say, well, so what? In this case, you won't be relying on an old consensus, you'll be relying on a new consensus that you will aim to form.
There is a basic style guide for country articles at [[WP:COUNTRIES}] and you might look at something like this if you want to see how WikiProject style guides are normally written. Kahastok talk 19:12, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
I can see why one wasn't done before :) As far as I can tell, even when it is done, it can still be overridden by "local consensus" (ie the same islands of contradictory consensus that exist now). I will give it some thought. Thanks for the guidance. Selfstudier ( talk) 09:50, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLXXII, August 2020

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FYI

Wikipedia talk:Notability#Self-published source for establishing notability This was not well advertised and you may have missed this. W C M email 14:39, 14 August 2020 (UTC)

Another different forum? What's that, five now? Kahastok talk 16:08, 14 August 2020 (UTC)

Falkland Islanders nationality

I'm going to do requests for comment on this, I have summarised our previous discussions as a preparation for this. Please read, and then comment on my talk page, I will reasonably amend it if you feel it is not a neutral summary. Boynamedsue ( talk) 07:09, 15 August 2020 (UTC)

Read what? I can't see anything new on either Talk:William Dickson (Falklands) or Talk:Antonio Rivero, or any of the noticeboards you've forum shopped this to.
And even if I had, I'm not quite sure why I should feel the need to cooperate in writing an RFC if I don't feel an RFC would be useful in a given situation. I don't know if I feel an RFC would be useful in "this" situation, because you're telling me you're doing an RFC on "this" without telling me what "this" is. Kahastok talk 19:23, 15 August 2020 (UTC)
different article Falkland Islanders Boynamedsue ( talk) 20:30, 15 August 2020 (UTC)
There hasn't been any discussion there for over a year. An RFC on that article now would be entirely inappropriate. Kahastok talk 11:04, 16 August 2020 (UTC)
The RFC hasn't yet started, I was hoping to get feedback on whether the summary was neutral first. Boynamedsue ( talk) 11:39, 16 August 2020 (UTC)
Could you kindly scratch out your accusation of canvassing, on Falkland Islanders as I have contacted all involved users, including you WCM and 3 others. It would be helpful to establish your good faith in this discussion. Boynamedsue ( talk) 12:14, 16 August 2020 (UTC)


FYI [1] W C M email 14:26, 20 August 2020 (UTC)

Official name of "Tierra del Fuego"

Very good. Leave the page of the Argentine Antarctica Department and the Isla de los Estados as you wish. Surely in the bubble in which you live a name does not make sense or is not a usual name, but that is not what gives validity to a place. It is not strange seeing that there you call a country "America" and not a continent. JoakoCABJ ( talk) 20:19, 22 August 2020 (UTC)

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I would really appreciate it if you would stop being so unpleasant on the Falkland Islanders discussion page. -- Boynamedsue ( talk) 12:30, 29 August 2020 (UTC)

I think we'd all appreciate it, if you would stop with the invective that is creating an unpleasant atmosphere. W C M email 13:44, 29 August 2020 (UTC)
I have not used any "invective" at all on the Falkland Islanders page, unless we define "invective" as saying things you disagree with. Whereas both you and K have violated WP:CIV on various occasions, including you openly swearing at me. For example K seems to be extremely hostile to the introduction of new sources, which AFAIK is what we are supposed to be doing on wikipedia. Any road, please tone it down.-- Boynamedsue ( talk) 09:40, 31 August 2020 (UTC)
Frankly, it does become tiresome when you continually announce New source over and over again as though you've found something critical, where in fact you have found something that makes not a blind bit of difference.
But yes, the repeated accusations of bad faith and other attacks that you've posted are not in the least bit helpful. Kahastok talk 20:37, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

Wikiproject Military history coordinator election nominations open

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Talk:Kiev, Mzajac, and an anonymous IP

Did you happen to notice this? -- TaivoLinguist (Taivo) ( talk) 18:27, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

I especially like his plea, "I am confused as I did not think that my clerking editing was in any way contentious". -- TaivoLinguist (Taivo) ( talk) 18:35, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Interesting that he doesn't give the diff for the claim because the sysop who colappsed it said that it could be uncollapsed once RM discussion is unsuspended (sic). The sysop in question clearly did not say that, as we'd already both told him. Kahastok talk 19:10, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Yes, this anon IP is seriously out of control. I always suspected that they were a Sock, but didn't have the time or interest level to investigate. -- TaivoLinguist (Taivo) ( talk) 19:46, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Oh, I've had the same thought. But my experience with the sorts of sockmasters who would be interested in this point is limited enough that I wouldn't know where to begin in finding out who. And we could just be seeing the Dunning-Kruger effect in action.
I am quite interested that we have admins and even arbs who think that, if a talk page gets badgered with spurious logic enough times, that's a good reason to make a change. No doubt if the Chinese work that one out, Wikipedia:Articles for Deletion/1989 Tiananmen Square protests (26th nomination) will result in a deletion. Kahastok talk 20:35, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Yes, that's been clear in some of the comments about "inconvenience". It's what little children do badgering their mother for a candy bar in the check-out line--misbehave until she finally relents out of frustration, not out of love or logic. -- TaivoLinguist (Taivo) ( talk) 20:50, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue Issue CLXXIII, September 2020

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FYI

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I think it speaks for itself. W C M email 11:32, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

Yes, I think it does. Not sure I quite understand this guy's desperation. Kahastok talk 16:54, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLXXIV, October 2020

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The Bugle: Issue CLXXV, November 2020

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