User talk:Zaher kadour

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Hello Zahr do you have any more info on the town of bujaq in Syria . — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zeus9999 (talkcontribs) 14:12, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Zeus9999 There is two places in this name, first is bujaq, Aleppo and second bujaq (on arwiki) in Lattakia. I don't have more info about it. --Zaher talk 04:44, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Template:Hama Governorate[edit]

See Template:Hama Governorate, where I need a bit of help.--DThomsen8 (talk) 19:59, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Dthomsen8 I responded there, thank you for your efforts. --Zaher talk 04:13, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
I made a {{WikiProject Syria|class=redirect|importance=NA}} out of that incorrectly spelled town page. Take a look.--08:17, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Input needed[edit]

Hi Zaher, your input is needed here. Cheers. Amr ibn Kulthoumعمرو بن كلثوم (talk) 15:07, 27 September 2014 (UTC)

عمرو بن كلثوم Hi bro, I don't know a lot about this subject, what is required?. --Zaher talk 16:55, 30 September 2014 (UTC)

Bulky Syria governorate navigation templates[edit]

Hi Zaher. I noticed from the page histories that you have been filling up the various Syrian governorate templates with all of the governorate's localities. This has made the templates very bulky and almost defeats its purpose which is to easily navigate through the articles on Syrian towns and villages. Back when Yazan and I were designing these templates we devised unofficial guidelines that basically limited the templates to include district (mantiqa) and subdistrict (nahiya) centers and sizable villages (populations of ~2,000 or more). Exceptions were given for smaller villages if they were historically significant. These guidelines were unilateral, unofficial and do not translate into Wikipedia rules. However, the purpose of the guidelines was to ensure a neat, easily navigable template that directed readers to the major/semi-major localities of Syria. Currently, the templates are filled with villages with populations in the low 100s and even farms that were included in the 2004 census. Also, there doesn't seem to be any alphabetical organization. It's just a big mess of blue links.

I'm proposing two solutions:

1). We revert to the old guidelines, which I think is the best solution.
2.) We replace the governorate templates with district templates. So instead of the Hama Governorate => Hama District, Al-Suqaylabiyah District, Masyaf District, etc. it would be Al-Suqaylabiyah District => Al-Suqaylabiyah Subdistrict, Qalaat al-Mudiq Subdistrict, etc. See rough example here.

Let me know what you think of my proposals or if you have any alternative solutions. The current state of these templates is unfeasible. I'm also copying this post to the WikiProject Syria Talk Page so other editors could chime in. --Al Ameer (talk) 00:07, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

Al Ameer Hi, The main target of adding these links is to facilitate access to these villages from well-known and popular articles and the another reason that name of these villages is difficult for users to find them because of non-English titles and problems in pronounce and write the same titles in their articles.
I still think that a good template as is. In general, you're right, But I don't know what is the best way to easily link and find this articles. --Zaher talk 19:27, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your response. I am looking at examples for other countries with well-developed "wiki-infrastructure" (if that's what it's called) and seeing which formats could best be applied for Syria's governorates. I think ultimately some of the really tiny places might be left out, but there could be a solution for them too.
As for the names, a standard English spelling of Arabic words should be used for every article. In general, for Levantine localities we use "Umm" instead of Om or Um, "Kafr" instead of Kfar, Kafar, Kafer, etc., "Al-Blank" instead of "Elblank", "Qalaat" instead of Qal'at, Kal'at, "Tell" instead of Tel, Tal, or Tall, "Jubb" instead of Jeb or Job, and so on. The other spellings could be mentioned as alternative spellings in the article itself and as redirects. This should hopefully stem confusion for editors and readers alike. It would be nice if we could have a table that lists all of this on the Levantine WikiProject pages. --Al Ameer (talk) 16:29, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
I have reorganized the template based off of subdistricts (nawahi) and am currently in the process of renaming many of the articles to conform with standardized Arabic transliterations, cleaning them up and adding coordinates. The template is still bulky, but much better organized. I still support cutting out places with tiny populations, but maybe instead of ~2,000 people, it could be something like less than ~500. Anyway, until a different solution could be agreed on, this is probably the best way for now. See the revised template HERE. --Al Ameer (talk) 17:44, 17 May 2015 (UTC)