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Article needs formal statement of purview[edit]

It would hugely benefit this article to have a formal statement of purview in the lead or shortly thereafter.

There's not a single thing in this article about conventions of metric notation in formal writing. It's seems to me reading this that the purview of metric is to provide a comprehensive set of ranged units for physical measurement and a standardized notation for expressing these ranged units, but it doesn't seem to have much to say about whether one correctly writes "2L jug" or "2 L jug" or "2-L jug" or "2 litre jug" or "2-litre jug".

Is this formally outside the bailiwick of the metric system? There is a section covering this in the SI article. Is it SI itself that extends the metric system with these niceties?

Surely someone eminent must have once sat down and said "this is our scope". What was stipulated?

Do countries legally adopt metric or do they legally adopt SI, or do they implicitly adopt metric via SI, or do they formally adopt both as separate entities? How does that work?

Do scientific journals say "we expect you to use metric" or do they say "we expect you to use metric measurements written in notation as codified by SI" or do they say "we expect you to conform to the national standard, which is presently Metric/SI"? Why does that make me think of GNU/Linux? — MaxEnt 03:03, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

The USA adopted the metric system in 1866[edit]

> The metric system has been officially sanctioned for use in the United States > since 1866, but it remains the only industrialised country that has not > adopted the metric system as its official system of measurement.

This is false. The USA adopted the metric system in 1866 and it has the same official legal status as the US Customary system (in fact, the customary system is defined in terms of SI). What you really mean to say is that the USA has not banned the US Customary system. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 174.125.234.34 (talk) 17:43, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

No the metric system does not have the same official legal system as the US customary units. The US has thousands of government regulators at the federal, state, and local level. Many, probably most, of these government units issue regulations stated only in customary units, require people to file information stated in customary units, or both. Jc3s5h (talk) 17:56, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Proposed Oregon State Senate Bill 166 - Proposes to switch Oregon's system of measurements to the International System of Units[edit]

Metric system adoption map.svg

Hi, I have been following the movement towards Metrication in the United States, and I have read some recent news. There is a proposed bill in Oregon to require State agencies to use the International System of Units by January 1, 2018, if the bill passes. I strongly suggest that this bill and movement in Oregon is mentioned somewhere in the article, because if this bill passed, it would really mix things up about Metrication in the United States. Here is more information about the proposed bill in Oregon. Also (AzaToth), I suggest the map of the U.S. (image below), be split into 50 states, with Oregon highlighted as Yellow (instead of grey), meaning a proposed bill could switch the system of measurements to the International System of Units. Here is another link to the Oregon International System of Units bill. Thanks! CookieMonster755 (talk) 23:11, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

I don't see any need for a change to the article yet. State legislators are constantly introducing ill-considered bills which the rest of the legislators just ignore. Let's just wait to see if it passes. Jc3s5h (talk) 23:35, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Okay, thank you Jc3s5h — for your reply, I totally understand what you mean, and I really appropriate your time to reply on the subject. CookieMonster755 (talk) 23:50, 1 March 2015 (UTC)