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Name[edit]

It should be Côte d'Ivoire. If Wikipedia accepted the requests of the Indians for Bombay to be called Mumbai, this one should be adopted as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.1.82.160 (talk) 15:41, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Naming the page "Ivory Coast" means that "Costa Rica" should actually be called "Rich Coast." 128.122.100.21 (talk) 15:33, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Perhaps, but please don't go about reversing nomenclature without consensus; a lot of arguing has gone on and right here on the talk page is where it should go. --jpgordon::==( o ) 15:54, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Costa Rica has never been commonly called "Rich Coast" in the English language. Ivory Coast, on the other hand, was called "Ivory Coast" by English-speakers long before it became a French colony, and long before anyone there ever spoke a word of French. Calling Ivory Coast "Côte d'Ivoire" on the English Wikipedia is the same thing as calling Germany "Deutschland." And the last I checked, the article was still located at Germany. 71.52.135.55 (talk) 19:16, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Surely it is not a question of being a common name, but a legal name, and one expressly requested by the Ivorian government in 1986. The government of Cote d'Ivoire does not recognise Ivory Coast, and therefore, to them, this article does not exist! {technicalhitch48}

Even the USA State Department website now uses exclusively Cote d'Ivoire (except where there are imported pieces of IT software, such as drop down country lists) and whilst we could argue that the USA does not respect the English language, Wikipedia should take its lead from the USA Government, and not from some small group of francophobes, and revert to the use of Cote d'Ivoire, the legal denomination of this magnificent, but troubled, country? {technicalhitch48}

From Wikipedia Policy: An Article Title is the large heading displayed above the article's content.[1] The title indicates what the article is about, and distinguishes it from, other articles.

Surely it can therefore be argued that the two articles published under Cote d'Ivoire and Ivory Coast are in fact one and the same article (or subject) and therefore need not, nor should not, be "distinguished" from each other, merely because they are written in two different languages? {technicalhitch48} — Preceding unsigned comment added by Technicalhitch48 (talkcontribs) 13:56, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

The government of Ivory Coast can make the legal name of their country anything they want in their own language and within their own borders. However, they have no power to legislate what other countries call them in other languages. I find this constant harping on changing the English name to show a lack of respect from those arguing for the change. --Khajidha (talk) 02:30, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Evidently the only thing of any importance in this country is which language its name should be in, because we don't talk about anything else. The Ivorian people, culture, history, economy, languages, and religions are insignificant in comparison to this issue. — kwami (talk) 08:12, 24 May 2014 (UTC)

Common name is currently Ivory Coast, which is the main reason it's at this article name. Walter Görlitz (talk) 03:47, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
NO, it isn't. the panda ɛˢˡ” 16:44, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

I notice that they use French names for other countries on their government website, I sure hope someone gets fired for that gaffe.

Debate over the name change and protocol[edit]

It's curious to me that (according to the summary above) Wikipedia users debated dropping "Côte d'Ivoire" in favor of "Ivory Coast" fíve times and never did, before having yet another debate and finally agreeing on the sixth time. What made that sixth argument more compelling than the previous five? Shouldn't there be some sort of precedent established by the first few debates? Otherwise issues like this will never die. 108.254.160.23 (talk) 16:13, 19 June 2014 (UTC)

It was the biggest fuckup and insult to a sovereign nation on the project to this date, actually. Piss-poor reading of sources, use of unacceptable sources all to support a decision that had zero basis in reality. It was unacceptable to say the least the panda ɛˢˡ” 16:46, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
Maybe because Ivory Coast doesn't have the right to make this demand? --Khajidha (talk) 18:55, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
The argument that it is somehow disrespectful for an English speaker to speak English is nonsense. I can't help noticing that it is fairly patronising, too. Apparently the Germans are not to be offended by "Germany", or the Italians by "Florence" but those Africans, they might well take offence...... Avalon (talk) 08:49, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Of course. It is offensive, colonial, imperalist and racist to call the country by its colonial name instead of its indigenous name. Oh, wait ... --Florian Blaschke (talk) 05:21, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

2011-2014[edit]

So what has happened since 2011? There doesn't seem to be anything in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 193.93.136.121 (talk) 13:03, 27 August 2014 (UTC)