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Always in the newsletter[edit]

  • Intro
  • Selected article / picture from portal
  • Leaderboard / stubs update
  • Featured stories, if anything important happened
  • Project news
    • State updates
  • From the editor

Issue 1 (Winter 2015)[edit]

Publication deadline: 12 PM Pacific-3 PM Eastern on February 26.

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Become part of the turnaround, now become part of the solution[edit]

Editor: Rschen7754

(This doesn't need to be the lead story unless nobody else writes one.)


Raising the speed limit on KML creation[edit]

Editor: TCN7JM

I'd consider myself somewhat of a specialist in KML files. Creating KML files accounts for a large chunk of my work in this project, whether it's been adding one to an article while it's at WP:GAN or mass creating all of them for a single region or state. Not being proficient in GIS software, I've created most of mine using the Google Earth method. However, this method does have its problems; for one, it's repetitive and time consuming. Painstakingly clicking on the route, point by point, to trace it from one terminus to the other is a task that requires some time and energy to complete, and this hinders my efforts to create many KMLs in one sitting. Sometimes I've had trouble even completing one.

Then I was told about the Google My Maps method, and I'm glad I know about this method now. There's a more in-depth tutorial here, but the basic gist of it is that My Maps allows us to use Google Maps' driving directions feature and export the results to a KMZ file, then tweak it to match standards and upload it to Wikipedia. Since learning of this method a few weeks ago, my KML file output has increased exponentially. I can draw up over 20 of them in an hour if I'm working at full speed, which is in stark contrast to the Google Earth method, with which I could only finish a couple of them in that time period depending on the lengths of the routes.

I thought this method was new, but I was surprised to look through the history on the tutorial page and find that User:TheWombatGuru posted the tutorial for this method last May. If I hadn't heard of it until earlier this month, I figure there are probably others who don't know it exists either, and my intention in writing this is to change that, because it's a far superior method of creating KMLs, whether you're creating just one or a whole bunch.

RCS coming for the Texas FM/RM routes[edit]

Editor: Dough4872

It was recently decided at WT:USRD that the best way to handle coverage of Texas's Farm to Market and Ranch to Market roads is through lists using the Rockland County Scenario (RCS). The FM/RM routes are a secondary system of state highway in Texas that connect rural areas to population centers. Many of these routes are short and have little to say about them, resulting in relatively short articles. Due to the article length and the notability of the roads as secondary highways, it was decided the FM/RM roads should be merged into lists. After some discussion, the determination was made to apply RCS to cover the routes as it would get rid of the large quantity of short articles but would also preserve the descriptive information and history pertaining to the routes without having to cut information. Due to the large number of FM/RM routes that exist, the lists will be split into 100s. List of Farm to Market Roads in Texas (300–399) serves as an example of what the RCS lists for the FM/RM roads will look like. Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. Roads/Texas/Starter/FM list can be substituted in order to start a list for a certain number range. At press time, guidelines for RCS lists are still under discussion at the project talk page.

Project news[edit]


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State updates[edit]

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U.S. Highways

The project has been steadily whittling away at the national-level U.S. highway articles that do not have a "Major intersections" section, that have a badly-formatted one, or that have missing intersections. So far, several articles from US 1 through US 34 have been done, excluding some that already have full tables or do not need the lists added. Allen (Morriswa) (talk) 03:25, 21 February 2015 (UTC)


California State Route 243 passed the GA process, but more importantly, Interstate 8 became a featured article, a project over two years in the making. --Rschen7754 03:46, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Delaware achieved a milestone on February 8 when Delaware Route 279 was promoted to GA, lowering the state's WikiWork below 2.0 to 1.984. Delaware became the second state after Michigan to get its WikiWork below 2.0. In addition to DE 279, Delaware saw the addition of 5 other GA's. At this point, all the road articles in Delaware are GA or better with the exception of Interstate 295 (Delaware–New Jersey). In the future, I-295 will be brought up to GA, the list will be improved, and the overview article will be created. Dough4872 16:13, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Leaderboard and stub count[edit]

Editor: TCN7JM

Some things in this section need to be updated before the newsletter goes live. This is just the basic framework. –TCN7JM

Here are the top ten states in average WikiWork as of February 27, 2015.

Rank State Featured article FA A-Class article A GA B C Start Stub ω Ω
1 Michigan 26 6 172 9 0 0 0 377 1.770
2 Delaware 1 0 61 1 0 0 0 125 1.984
3 New York 12 3 197 329 109 25 0 1945 2.881
4 Washington 0 2 72 78 54 4 1 622 2.948
5 Maryland 4 1 66 343 47 7 0 1385 2.959
6 New Jersey 1 2 102 47 18 82 0 829 3.290
7 Utah 4 3 16 64 131 6 1 787 3.498
8 Iowa 2 1 18 17 88 11 0 495 3.613
9 Arizona 2 0 12 17 46 20 0 359 3.701
10 Oklahoma 2 0 14 67 37 58 0 667 3.747

There was no movement within the top ten this quarter, but the relative WikiWork continues to trend downward, even if at a slow pace. Congratulations to Delaware for becoming the second state to fall below 2.000 in relative WikiWork, joining Michigan in this prestigious club.

For full stats on all 50 states and more updated almost daily, take a look at WP:USRD/A/S. Now let's see how the project is doing overall.

Project Featured article FA A-Class article A GA B C Start Stub Total ω Ω
USRD 67 22 961 1378 2848 4537 1688 11501 50283 4.372
IH 20 1 47 42 266 189 0 566 2236 3.951
USH 15 3 61 38 204 331 2 654 2722 4.162
Auto trail 7 0 6 1 9 28 8 59 239 4.051

I'll start with the bad news: we're going backwards in our goal to decrease the cumulative WikiWork by 1010 classes. A lot of new articles, many of which are stubs, have been created since January 1; as of print time, we need XXXX classes to meet our goal.

Now the good news! Since the beginning of the year, Interstate 8 has been promoted to featured article status. The project has also gained 10 net good articles and, despite us gaining classes in the cumulative WikiWork, our relative WikiWork has decreased by 0.009.

Selected article/picture from portal[edit]

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From the editor[edit]