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United Kingdom[edit]

I'm not going to template you, but you should know better. Take it to the talk page. Ghmyrtle (talk) 12:57, 11 July 2014 (UTC)


Do not be putting flags into info boxes. Cheers. Murry1975 (talk) 03:40, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

They look snazzy though :(
It's become almost convention among British articles to include them. I wasn't aware this was contrary to MOS.
Thanks, Rob (talk | contribs) 14:43, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Dude, it's convention not to include them :) NP Rob. Murry1975 (talk) 17:36, 12 July 2014 (UTC)


You wrote "There's two ceremonial counties within the Greater London administrative area, 'Great London', and the 'City of London' " - please source. It is generally known, City of London was ceremonial county in XIX century. Is there a source saying that the City of London currently is ceremonial county? Subtropical-man talk
18:57, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Lieutenancies Act 1997 – schedule 1, paragraph 4. Rob (talk | contribs) 19:15, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Paring down[edit]

If you're interested in cleaning out excessive material, there are some shocking London Borough of ... #Demographics sections that I've chickened out of tackling by myself such as London Borough of Newham#Demography, London Borough of Ealing#Demographics and more. NebY (talk) 20:48, 14 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi Rob! I noticed your recent edit and I neither support or oppose your edit, but it made me think, is Stanley classed as a Cathedral City per Christ Church Cathedral? It's just a thought we could look into. Of course by size alone it isn't a city, but St Davids and St Asaph in Wales are similar in size and have city status. I'm unable to find a proper definition as to whether Stanley is a city or a town. Also I'm not sure if the term 'Cathedral City' applies to BOTs. Regards IJA (talk) 18:24, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi. I believe a settlement with an diocesan cathedral no longer inherits city status. Nonetheless, this isn't England and Wales, and Stanley has a population of less than 10,000, so unless city status has been granted by the sovereign, or the Falklands' government, I doubt it can be defined as a city. Regards, Rob (talk | contribs) 20:32, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

London photo collage[edit]

Hi Rob, I am afraid I don't think the top photo - of the skyline - is good enough. the skyline looks a bit ragged as shot by the photographer. It would probably look far far better with the Cheesegrater and Walky Talky finished. The way docklands can be seen in the distance is good, but it needs a bit of zoom to bring it closer. Someone needs to take the shot again with the new buildings finished and a bit of zoom. Until that is done we should go back to the previous collage, imho. A P Monblat (talk) 14:28, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

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Ways to improve List of law enforcement agencies in Northern Ireland[edit]

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European maps[edit]

Hi Rob, I noticed you updated the map of the UK, the map of Germany and the map of Ireland. I was just wondering if you could also update the maps of other European countries as your versions are a lot more accurate. I also wanted to ask if you could add the South Sudan borders to the small icon of the world map on the top left corner of each of the maps of European countries. Thank you! --KronosLine (talk) 22:16, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi KronosLine. Sure. I also noticed I partly obscured Iceland by accident. I will update them all as soon as I can. Regards, Rob (talk | contribs) 22:21, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) --KronosLine (talk) 22:24, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Request for file clean up[edit]

Hi Rob, thank you for your great work on maps of Europe! I wanted to ask you to fix up two files as you seem to very good at it. I have stressed for these two files to be fixed for quite some time now, however no one took the time to actually fix them. The first file is Time zones of Europe.svg, it depicts the time zones of Europe. For some reason it cuts off half of European Russia and the entire Caucasus, can you please extend the file to show all of Europe. Can you also update Crimea as it switched to Moscow Time back in March. The second file is Greater Middle East.svg. There are a lot of problems with this file and no one ever fixed it. There are a lot of articles which use this file, including Wikipedia in other languages. It would be great if you helped! --KronosLine (talk) 04:01, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Okay. As soon as I have time. Thanks, Rob (talk | contribs) 19:21, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I saw the changes you made to the map of Greater Middle East and it looks great, the only thing is can you fix Crimea on that map as it is over-exaggeratedly connected to Ukraine. Can you please do the same for the new map of Jordan that you made. Other than that I just want to say thank you for all your hard work! --KronosLine (talk) 23:06, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
I'm going to say no because I have priorities and orthographic projections are inevitably going to be updated with more accurate ones eventually. There are many maps that could do with having Syvash added for neutrality. Simply drawing a border wouldn't be NPOV. Rob (talk | contribs) 00:01, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Adding the Syvash is what I meant. Many people mistaken Crimea to be entirely connected to Ukraine as if the Syvash didn't exist which is not the case. --KronosLine (talk) 00:55, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
I agree but I don't have the time and it will inevitably be done. The widespread location map scheme project is currently creating high quality orthographic projection for countries. I derive my maps from these if they are available. See United Kingdom (orthographic projection).svg, for example. I assume they will do all countries eventually. Rob (talk | contribs) 02:30, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

London edit war[edit]

We need to settle this because this is just annoying. We need a vote or something to see which picture should be used. Wackslas - Holler at me (talk) 17:00, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Wackslas, the current collage has consensus. If you would like to suggest changes, then please contribute to the ongoing discussion. Rob (talk | contribs) 19:17, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Coloured maps[edit]

I notice you have been replacing some multi-coloured maps, where different areas are different colours. by maps where all the areas are the same colour. (E.g. this and this). Why do you think this is an improvement? -- Dr Greg  talk  23:30, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Consistency (most locator maps use that colour scheme). I don't see how having them multicoloured really helps either. Rob (talk | contribs) 04:14, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
As I understand it, the map you put in Regions of England is designed as a "location map" (not "locator map") over which pushpins can be displayed. The "locator maps" are derived from the location map by colouring one of the regions red. But the map in that article is functioning neither as a locator map nor as a location map, so I don't see the need to use that style. It seems to me that multi-coloured maps can be digested more quickly than uncoloured maps (especially for more complicated maps than this one). There are lots of multi-coloured maps around on Wikipedia, e.g. in France#Metropolitan regions, fr:France#Découpage territorial et décentralisation, Germany (infobox), de:Deutschland (infobox), to choose a few high-profile articles. See also Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps/Conventions#Area maps (multiple areas) and Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps/Conventions#Historical maps (which, despite the name, can apply to modern maps). -- Dr Greg  talk  20:12, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Not a locator map, sorry. I should stop going on Wikipedia at 5am...
There's a lot of non-multicoloured maps used too (obviously). See Regions of France for example.
I don't think having this map multicoloured helps. The regions are clear without being different colours. On more complicated maps, I agree it helps with clarity.
You can revert my edits if you disagree.
Regards,Rob (talk | contribs) 22:45, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
To be fair, it doesn't cause any problems being multicoloured, so I don't have much problem with that. Rob (talk | contribs) 22:48, 11 August 2014 (UTC)#
Thanks. I've decided to "split the difference"; I've reverted the template but not the infobox (which means, for a bit of variety, we get to see both versions within Regions of England). -- Dr Greg  talk  21:13, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Re:United Kingdom article[edit]

When I changed the infobox parameters relating to languages I hadn't realised Brendandh had attempted the same edit a few days prior, and had been reverted with good reason. Just want to let you know that I wasn't being deliberately confrontational, I hadn't checked the page history! - Hazhk Talk to me 02:48, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Royal Standard of Scotland[edit]

Hi Rob. Re. you comment on the talk page of the above article, I agree it should be changed to reflect the terminology at the Royal website. If I could remember my log-on I'd do it myself. Sadly.... No Objection from me if you wish to proceed with the change. Regards. Endrick S. (talk) 17:45, 21 August 2014 (UTC) PS. Can you include a re-direct from the current article name to the new. Cheers., I don't know what the most common name is for the banner but I have modified the page to show the official term. Rob (talk | contribs) 05:01, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Android Phone[edit]

Sorry but in playing with a new phone, think I may have messed with one of our edits unintentionally. I hope I fixed it but feel free to revert me if I didn't. ----

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Hi, I noticed you are a good expert in updating maps. I wanted to ask you to please fix the map of Serbia, the map of Kosovo and the map of Europe whenever you have the time. --Leftcry (talk) 23:00, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Okay. Rob (talk | contribs) 15:32, 6 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, can you also fix commons:File:Europe polar stereographic Caucasus Urals boundary.svg. Please don't feel overwhelmed by all these requests, you can fix them whenever you have the time. --Leftcry (talk) 17:31, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

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Hi Rob, thank you for the edits you made to my requested maps! I was just wondering why the circle for Andorra is missing from the small map on the top left? --Leftcry (talk) 02:08, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

Leftcry Do you mean Kosovo? If so, because it's pointless. The small map illustrates what the map is showing in relation to the rest of the world. Rob (talk | contribs) 15:02, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
No, I mean Andorra. It is a very small state and requires a small circle just like Vatican City, San Marino and Luxembourg, but it's missing. All other small states have a circle to represent it but Andorra doesn't. --Leftcry (talk) 21:39, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
The small map on the top left is also missing Nagorno-Karabakh. --Leftcry (talk) 22:00, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Leftcry I'm confused. It does have a small circle :S Rob (talk | contribs) 14:52, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Are you sure we're talking about the same thing? I'm talking about the small map of the world located on the top left of all the European countries maps you have made. When you zoom in on that map you will notice that Andorra, a small state located between the borders of Spain and France, is missing a representation circle, Nagorno-Karabakh is also missing from that map. Another thing I wanted to say about that map is that I don't think Montenegro needs a circle to represent it as it is actually larger than Kosovo and Kosovo does not have a circle to represent it. --Leftcry (talk) 00:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
I also have an urgent request. The main map of the European Union has been replaced on the article so if you could fix the accuracy as soon as possible that would be great! commons:File:Europe EU laea location map.svg --Leftcry (talk) 03:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Leftcry I uploaded a new map and added it to the article with labels. I could probably modify the existing one but I would have to keep the alignment and crop identical. Rob (talk | contribs) 11:20, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
And I see what you mean. I will add the circle for Andorra on future maps. Kosovo probably doesn't have a circle because it's treated as a disputed territory rather then a state. Rob (talk | contribs) 11:23, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Okay thank you for everything! :) --Leftcry (talk) 15:05, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

EU growth GIF[edit]

This will probably be my biggest request to you so far, I wanted to ask you to fix the GIF of the enlargement of the European Union. This is a very major file and it is used on over 100 articles all over Wikipedia. I would like this to be fixed as fast as possible, however I understand that this is a big file and will probably take a long time to fix so take your time. --Leftcry (talk) 18:39, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

That would involve creating new historical maps of Europe. I don't know how to do that. Rob (talk | contribs) 17:41, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Baltic States[edit]

Please fix: commons:File:Baltic states.svg, commons:File:EU-Latvia.svg, commons:File:EU-Estonia.svg, commons:File:EU-Lithuania.svg --Latvianhero (talk) 02:25, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Not sure why you're creating sockpuppets... I will do all European states eventually. But unless there's an issue relevant to the state being located, I will probably wait until the next EU accession. I will do non-EU states soon. Rob (talk | contribs) 17:39, 17 September 2014 (UTC)