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This is the Specific Examples discussion page of the British Isles Terminology task force, a workgroup of WP:GEOGRAPHY. This talk page is for discussing issues surrounding the term British Isles, in view of facilitating a more universal approach, on a specific article-by-article basis.


This page[edit]

Strict observation of WP:CIVIL etc[edit]

Because there is a likelyhood that discussions tend to get overheated on this topic, what do other editors feel about a strict implemtation of WP:CIVIL and no personal comments or ad-hominen attacks? We might end up making more progress if the discussion steered away from the usual problematic behaviour that tends to clog up discussion pages and slow progress. If enough editors agree to this suggestion, perhaps we could ask an admin to make decisions on how to deal with transgressions... --HighKing (talk) 17:10, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

I've no prob with that, the best way to go is the Spicoli way. Be cool & patient folks. GoodDay (talk) 17:12, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
No problem with such rules if a neutral admin is to enforce them, perhaps User:Black Kite would? One thing that should be done is to inform certain editors about this page who may not notice it, but would take part. Clearly those who have reverted original attempts to remove British Isles from the page should be informed atleast. BritishWatcher (talk) 15:43, 19 September 2009 (UTC)
How can we make sure this section doesn't get archived? Or can we just archive sections that have been closed? --HighKing (talk) 19:20, 4 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Cailil (talk), Black Kite (talk) and TFOWR (talk) (that would be me...) are all in broad agreement that civility is going to be strictly enforced. There seems to be a general acceptance that this is A Good Thing. Newcomers (as well as "old hands") should be aware that attacks - even inadvertent - on other editors will be removed, and the editor responsible warned. Further occurrences will result in blocks. Editors should all familiar themselves with WP:CIVIL and WP:NPA. TFOWR 09:27, 11 September 2010 (UTC)

Can I ask that you please make sure that a message is placed on the talk page of articles under discussion here as a matter of course as soon as discussion starts here, and not after a day or two. Also, please consider notifying relevant Wikiprojects via their talk pages as well? I've already seen one case where talk-page notification was delayed, when notification there or at the Wikiproject would have resolved the issue with the wording more quickly (indeed, at least one of the regular editors on this page knew about the guideline applicable to the article, but didn't mention it in the debate here, and anyone else who had bothered to read the Wikiproject guidelines on the article talk page would have known about it too). Thank you. DuncanHill (talk) 13:16, 6 October 2010 (UTC)


The archives are at Closed page. --HighKing (talk) 12:59, 12 December 2009 (UTC)

Archive list[edit]


Fauna Guideline[edit]

Use the following guideline to decide the terminology to be used when referring to the geographical spread of a member of the animal kingdom. Report exceptions in this thread as described below.

  • The geographical distribution area referenced should either be (i) the largest area of distribution (so if it is Western Europe, use Western Europe not British Isles) or, if appropriate (ii) a list of the main geographical areas (for example British Isles & Scandinavia). Geographical and Political entities should not be mixed.
  • If there are subsections within the article for different distribution areas, the same rules apply. The largest referenced geographical area is used, or a list of the main geographical areas as per the example above.
  • Any change to any article should be notified with a link to the article at the time in the subsection below this guideline, and signed by the author
  • If any author disagrees with the change, then they may revert it if, and only if they set up a discussion area on this page with reasons.
  • If an uninvolved editor carries out the edit and it is seen by one of the participants in this process, then they should notify it to the subsection below. If they (or anyone else) reverts it then they should provide a link to this discussion and the sanction ruling on the talk page of the article concerned.

(section set up by --Elen of the Roads (talk) 10:28, 19 August 2010 (UTC))

Note changes here[edit]

Flora issues[edit]

Atlases of the flora and fauna of Britain and Ireland[edit]

Unresolved: I suspect it would be worth treating "flora" differently to "fauna", but for now this seems unresolved. Carry on the debate... TFOWR 14:23, 31 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Is anyone going to bother mentioning this debate on the talk page of the article? DuncanHill (talk) 13:18, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

The first sentence states The biodiversity of Great Britain and Ireland is the .... Great Britain is clearly wrong since it excludes all other islands. British Isles would be preferable here, not least because readers are referred to atlases produced by the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI). elsewhere in the article. LevenBoy (talk) 21:40, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

Leaving aside the fact that two thirds of the atlases listed use "of Britain and Ireland" in their titles and all but one of the remainder use "of Britain", do you have any particular knowledge of this topic that you would be able to discern that any word used in the article is "clearly wrong"? --RA (talk) 21:52, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
RA, you said "do you have any particular knowledge of this topic that you would be able to discern that any word used in the article is "clearly wrong"?" No, none. And the articles that HighKing has, and will be, submitting? LevenBoy (talk) 22:01, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Have I been inconsistent? What you do is your responsibility. What he does is his responsibility. There are no barnstars going for which one of you can add or remove the greater number of "British Isles" to the encyclopedia. --RA (talk) 22:11, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Now there's a thought, Barnstars! So you do agree that articles where HighKing suggests removal of British Isles are best left to the regular editors? LevenBoy (talk) 22:13, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Unless the usage is blatantly wrong, then yes. Anything that is not so certain should be asked at the article talk page concerned. Jack 1314 (talk) 22:17, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Well maybe we can make some progess? I agree with that point and it's worth reiterating that the vast majority of cases are neither right nor wrong. Even the BS plug above, which on the face of it seemed straightfoward, actually wasn't. Maybe we should put in a requirement that additions/removals are first requested at the relevant talk page and then regular editors decide. LevenBoy (talk) 22:21, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Bang on. And given the enthusiasms the two of you share in determining so much usage (one way or the other) to be "wrong", LB, the key word here is blatantly wrong. --RA (talk) 22:34, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
There may be many that don't get an answer from the talk page concerned. In that case it should be brought here. Jack 1314 (talk) 22:37, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Oh, and just one provisio. We don't want the usual suspects racing over to those articles giving their opinions. Jack 1314 (talk) 22:41, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
That sounds good. What sounds better (to me) is that you (and not just you), LB, would simply leave this exercise behind altogether. Fix blatant errors that you come across but don't go digging. As you say, in most cases it's ambiguous. It can go either way with no clear answer. (If it was clear it wouldn't be such a source of conflict.) So what is the benefit to the project of "fixing"? It just bee-in-a-bonnet stuff. --RA (talk) 22:50, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
As I said, there will be many that don't receive an answer. When they don't and are brought here there shouldn't be any grumbling over this editor or that editor trying to pull the wool over peoples eyes or any such nonsense. Jack 1314 (talk) 00:15, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

The introduction reads "The biodiversity of Great Britain and Ireland is the most well-studied af any geographical area" . Great Britain and Ireland are two islands. It would make more sense in this case to say British Isles, which is clearly a geographical area. Also this is talking about studies in the past rather than just modern day usage so what todays atlases use today has no real connection with this usage.

British Isles is justified in this case and i would support a change. However until there is an agreement on wider restrictions on the number of cases that can be raised here, that is my limit on supports for additional use of BI for a week. There is a huge backlog of Highkings examples that need to be gone through still. BritishWatcher (talk) 22:19, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

And you know this because ... ?
I am always struck by the learned folk of this page. Whether the topic is ancient history, naturalism, astronomy, technology, biography, ... regardless of the subject, we are Renaissance men, able to determine at a blink of an eye the most appropriate term to use for any given topic. ... but, curiously, when we disagree, our choices strangely co-incide with our individual political outlooks. Strange. --RA (talk) 22:34, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
British Isles is the only non-political option. It is the only option that avoids all the petty divides. It has nothing to do with Great Britain or any of the crappy history and conflicts. There is no other option until you can manage to convince the International Maritime Organization or someone to call it the 'North West Atlantic Archipelago' or something --- which isn't going to happen.
In short, you and your lot are making something political which is not political ---distracting from getting real work done--- turning this project into a war game because you have no hope of winning a real one in real life. I am not pro-Great Britain, I am anti- nationalist politics. This example obviously makes more sense as British Isles as all the islands share similarities and that is what the references say. --Triton Rocker (talk) 23:05, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
Please be careful when you direct "you and your lot" comments at editors not to make assumptions about an individual editor's perspective towards anything or the work they contribute to the encyclopedia. Doing so can make you look foolish. This is not the first time, I've seen you make an error of this kind. How about you behave with civility or go elsewhere? If you cannot abide by the five pillars, Wikipedia is not the place for you. --RA (talk) 23:29, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
If I look at the list of Atlases they are either "Britain and Ireland" or "Britain" none use British Isles. I don't see any argument or reference being brought into play here. --Snowded TALK 23:48, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
But this has nothing to do with what the atlases say. It is about the statement in the introduction that the area is the most studied. Now a quick googlebook search finds a huge number of books relating to the British Isles, not just Britain and Ireland. In many of the books titled Britain and Ireland, i bet they also say British Isles within them or talk about areas that are not just the island of Great Britain and the island of Ireland. We can look at this in more detail tomorrow. But i just want to highlight the point this is not about what the atlases say or use, its about the sentence of it being the most studied geographical area. the BI is more of a Geographical area than Great Britain and Ireland which are two islands. The only reason GB + I today may be considered a "Geographical area" is because it is being used instead of British Isles for the political reasons we all debate often over at BI article. BritishWatcher (talk) 23:58, 19 July 2010 (UTC)

It must just be a strange coincidence! :). This "Great Britain and Ireland" use is a more recent thing, due to the controversy over British Isles according to the British Isles article introduction we have all spent so long on. This article in question is talking about the past when saying it is one of the most studied geographical areas in the world. If Great Britain and Ireland today is considered a "Geographical area", it is because of the British Isles.
Most of the books listed on that page are Great Britain and Ireland, however a google search finds a huge number of books mentioning the British isles relating to Flora and Fauna. We can look into more detail about the different numbers tomorrow, and i suspect many of the "Britain and Ireland" titled books, also probably say British Isles in some places within their book.
Considering use of British Isles has been linked with things like the Flora/Fauna example, it would make sense for it to be used here. Changing this introduction to state the British Isles is the most studied georgraphical area should not be seen as justification to rename the article. This is not about atlases use, its about the statement in the introduction that it is the most studied geographical area. BritishWatcher (talk) 23:58, 19 July 2010 (UTC)
We need to be objective here as far as possible - its the same issue as on Floyd, if all the material in its title (which is significant) does not use the term then there is no case for insertion. Most of your statements above BW are either OR or synthesis. In fact the statement in the lede is unsupported anyway so there is an argument it should be struck without a supporting statement that it is the most studied (although I think its true) --Snowded TALK 00:02, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
I agree the statement is presently unsourced, but also think it is true. Now a quick googlebooks search, highlights this issue which we can go into greater detail in over the next few days.
"Biodiversity" "British Isles" found About 3,280 results
"Biodiversity" "Britain and Ireland" found about 2,640 results
"Biodiversity" "Great Britain and Ireland" found about 1,540 results
Again, the title and the atlases presently listed make no difference at all. This is about the specific sentence about the area being well studied. This is nothing like the Floyd case. Anyway will debate this more tomorrow. BritishWatcher (talk) 00:10, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
The article is not about bio-diversity, the article is about a list of Atlases. The titles of those Atlases use Britain and Ireland (which as we know is increasingly common for road atlases as well) they do not use British Isles. Honestly this is one of the brain dead ones --Snowded TALK 00:17, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
The sentence in question makes no mention of atlases. It states..
"The biodiversity of Great Britain and Ireland is the most well-studied af any geographical area of comparable size anywhere in the world"
There for the biodiversity of the area is what the sentence is about. Googlebooks finds more results of biodiversity with the British Isles, not just Ireland and Britain. This is not a clear cut case like the Floyd one above. Also if we go into some of these books tomorrow that say "Britain and Ireland" i am sure we will find British Isles mentioned within the text or areas outside of Britain and Ireland but within British Isles mentioned in them. BritishWatcher (talk) 00:21, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
I thought i would provide this example, we can look at other books tomorrow but this will prove my point.
Book Title : The Changing Wildlife of Great Britain and Ireland
100 mentions of British Isles [1] and 8 mentions of the Isle of Man [2] which the last time i checked was not part of the island of Great Britain or the island of Ireland, currently linked to in the article. The best studied geographical area relative to size in the world is the British Isles. Not "Britain and Ireland". If we can get a proper source for that statement we should consider including it in the BI article itself, seems like a valid thing to note and be proud of. BritishWatcher (talk) 00:41, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
The British Isles is denoted as a "scientific region" for fauna. Flora is divided up differently - Great Britain including the Isle of Man, Ireland, and the Channel Islands are considered part of the distribution region of France. The Botanical Society of the British Isles appears to also use this notation. The BSBI also publish Watsonia. It would be pretty normal to see "British Isles" being referred to when discussing fauna, and more unusual when discussing Flora. Internationally recognized and defined regions can be found in this PDF --HighKing (talk) 00:54, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
There for there is no problem with using British isles. But this sentence does not simply relate to flora and fauna anyway. It is talking about biodiversity. Whilst my little comparison on googlebooks of Britain + Ireland / British Isles is not scientific, it does suggest the area that is the most studied is the British Isles, not the island of Great Britain and the island of Ireland as even books with GB+Ireland in the title mention British isles and the Isle of Man. BritishWatcher (talk) 00:55, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
There for, I'm going to my kip. :) Jack 1314 (talk) 01:03, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I am getting the feeling that this is a largely unresolvable issue looking at it from a purely common sense view point LevenBoy has a very valid point the subject of the atlases covers the whole of the British Isles, authors, publishers and others may wish to be politically correct and use a different phases at the expense of not being totally accurate but that still does not change the issue the aim of the atlases are not to exclude for example the IOM. For example it would be correct to say that "Bloggs Britain and Ireland Road Atlas" covered the whole of the British Isles if it did indeed did so, and in the same way it can be said "Smiths British Isles Atlas" covers the roads of Britain and Ireland for either case the vast majority of WP editors/population at large would not see either of those statements as in any way contentions and would be fine with them.
In this case leaving it as is could could create the impression of excluding some of the smaller islands however from a strict reading of WP:V and WP:OR a change could be challenged. On balance, I do not believe it was the attention of any of the authors or publishers of the atlases mentioned to exclude the smaller islands and therefore a change to British Isles would not be a problem. Codf1977 (talk) 08:08, 20 July 2010 (UTC)

"For example it would be correct to say that 'Bloggs Britain and Ireland Road Atlas' covered the whole of the British Isles if it did indeed did so, and in the same way it can be said 'Smiths British Isles Atlas' covers the roads of Britain and Ireland for either case the vast majority of WP editors/population at large would not see either of those statements as in any way contentions and would be fine with them." – Which in essence is the nub of my point on "Britain and Ireland" vs. "British Isles". Where it is already in text, if it is not broken, don't fix it. Either of these terms are fine. Britain and Ireland may irk some people. British Isles may irk others. Both are in common use. If the original author wrote one, unless it is blatantly incorrect, just leave it be and stop stirring the pot. --RA (talk) 08:22, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
I agree with that approach, the problem however as in this case, if just one of the Atlases covers say the Isle of Mann, then on a pure technicality "British Isles" is correct and "Britain and Ireland" is not - there could well be other examples where the reverse is true - for example a book called "Birds of the British Isles that x y z" that only makes mention of "Britain and Ireland" - it could be said that only covers "Britain and Ireland" and not the "British Isles". Codf1977 (talk) 08:41, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Not entirely accurate. Be aware that it's not always good to mix up Road Atlases and Flora or Fauna atlases. If an atlas covering the Wild Fox population of Britain and Ireland included the Isle of Man, or a Road Atlas included Isle of Man, then I agree, Britain and Ireland is not accurate and British Isles is more appropriate. But oddly enough, if an atlas covering Wild Roses included the Isle of Man, then Britain and Ireland is still accurate since the Isle of Man is considered part of Great Britain for those purposes. We should also give appropriate weight to the Titles given to books or TV programmes. --HighKing (talk) 09:03, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Not if by doing so you risk inferring something that was not the intention of the person who wrote the book - is it not beyond the realms of possibility for any books title to be amended for politically correct reasons e.g. "Dear author, hope you won't mind but we have changed the title of your manuscript from "British Isles" to "Britain and Ireland" because it might sell better in Ireland" in other words, care has to be taken when inferring anything when "Britain and Ireland" is used over "British Isles" unless it is clear what the motive was (if there was one at all). Codf1977 (talk) 09:47, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Is there any sense to this?? We have an article full of atlases that say "Britain and Ireland" and not one that says it is an atlas of the "British Isles". The article uses "Britain and Ireland". Is there an obvious error? No. --RA (talk) 09:19, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
"Is there any sense to this??" - absolutely no sense what so ever it is a pointless debate over the semantics of a few words that some don't like. Codf1977 (talk) 09:47, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Sorry but this has nothing to do with atlases in that list. This is about the sentence used in the introduction which i again will quote.
"The biodiversity of Great Britain and Ireland is the most well-studied of any geographical area of comparable size anywhere in the world"'
So this is not actually about Flora and Fuana and it is not about atlases. It is about biodiversity in a certain geographical area being the most studied. Great Britain and Ireland are simply two islands, we all know is talking about the British Isles area, and the fact certain books with the title Great Britain and Ireland mention the isle of man and the British isles proves this to be the case.
Either that introduction is completely changed, or British Isles is put there. The current wording simply is not correct. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:22, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Agree can't see the issue with
"The biodiversity of British Isles is the most well-studied of any geographical area of comparable size anywhere in the world"'
over the current wording other than the question of what you call it how do we know that this "area" is in fact the "most well-studied of any geographical area of comparable size anywhere in the world". Codf1977 (talk) 10:30, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
That is an issue about if there is a source for it being the most well studied area although the exact same problem applies to the current wording as it would if British Isles replaced it. As it is of "comparable size" i would think this is probably true. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:40, 20 July 2010 (UTC)
Just remove the phrase - its not needed for a list of Atlases anyway and its not supported. --Snowded TALK 20:59, 20 July 2010 (UTC)


Can we summarize this as "Closed with no change". The main argument for closing with no change is that we shouldn't re-interpret titles of books. Whatever title is chosen for a book is deemed correct. For example, if the author uses "British Isles" for a title, then we stick with it. We don't infer other meanings or try to rephrase to get an alternative phrase introduced. --HighKing (talk) 10:00, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Disagree with that logic (see below) Codf1977 (talk) 10:53, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
I think in this case it would be best just to remove the sentence which is unsourced anyway. The problem is not what books or atlases call something, the problem is the statement in the first sentence that this is the most studied geographical area. I believe such a claim refers to British Isles, rather than just Great Britain and Ireland. Ive no objection to this being closed if that sentence is removed as snowded suggested above. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:34, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
Agree claim is unsourced - just remove it, problem goes away. Close with "unsourced claim removed" Codf1977 (talk) 10:53, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

In the table itself it says Perring F.H. and Walters. S.M (1990) Atlas of the British Flora, Botanical Society of the British Isl]] " Clearly that should say British Isles. I do not know if it should be linked or not, but is there an agreement to correct that? BritishWatcher (talk) 21:44, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

British Isles is correct here, and should be linked. See my comments at User talk:Snowded for some stuff related to the broader argument. LevenBoy (talk) 21:47, 27 July 2010 (UTC)
  • Now that we've got "Fauna" buttoned down, could we tackle "Flora" next? Would that help with this article? TFOWR 11:08, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
Can we see how fauna works out first? Looks like we have an agreement on this one --Snowded TALK 11:09, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
I'm not proposing that we move straight to adopting a "flora" policy, simply that we begin discussing it now. I agree that we need to see if "fauna" works out first. TFOWR 11:16, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

Structured discussion[edit]

Boilerplate text about "summarising arguments from above, based on policy and precedents, and backed with diffs and links" goes here. TFOWR 16:12, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Ping. I'll start closing these out as "no consensus" unless there's some movement here... TFOWR 11:24, 3 October 2010 (UTC)
Ping again. It's only been four days since the article talkpage was notified, so I'm no immediate rush to close this out, but the sections below are remarkably empty... TFOWR 10:14, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Arguments for "British Isles" @ Atlases of...[edit]
  • Support. The current selection is merely underdeveloped. A few minutes at Google Scholar supplied these for cataloguing. [3] --LevenBoy (talk) 14:39, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Arguments against "British Isles" @ Atlases of...[edit]

List of lichen checklists[edit]

Unresolved: Sorry, not had a chance to look at this either, and I suspect it won't be as easy as the SFA/foreign player issue, either - are there any handy WikiProjects we could ask for guidance at? TFOWR 13:14, 2 August 2010 (UTC)
  • Is anyone going to bother linking to this debate from the talkpage of the article? DuncanHill (talk) 13:20, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
    • The discussion pre-dates {{BID}} but yes, someone should. I'll do it now. TFOWR 13:29, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
      • Already done: Talk:List of lichen checklists#British Isle book contains references to IoM By Triton Rocker on 25 July. TFOWR 13:32, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
        • It's well hidden. Needs to be an explicit link so people can see what it is without having to click on it first. DuncanHill (talk) 13:36, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
          • I'll add a {{BID}} template now. This discussion pre-dates the template by sometime. I'd like to say that we've improved since those dark days, but letting article editors know is still one area where editors here need to be reminded far too much. TFOWR 13:39, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
It appears to come under Wikipedia:WikiProject_Fungi and it would be worth opening a discussion there, I will do so. This goes to the general point that in many cases these changes should also be discussed at local articles or projects, since editors here in reality lack sufficient expertise to decide accurately in some cases. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 13:30, 2 August 2010 (UTC)

Here the referenced book title is "Great Britain and Ireland" so there is no case to make it British Isles unless we are in the business of correcting the book titles of experts in the field.--Snowded TALK 10:00, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

I see no reason to change, however disagree with Snowded reasons, as I have said before trying to second guess the reasons why an author chose to use "Great Britain and Ireland" vs "British Isles" is not good. It is quite possible that the wrong one can be used by the title of the book, that does not mean here on WP we should automatically compound any mistake by blindly following what could be a choice made for commercial reasons. Codf1977 (talk) 10:35, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
You need to look at the overall context - that should be the first step, in the case of List of lichen checklists there is none so use the title of the book as there is nothing else to go on. But as a rule it is not appropriate as it is open to mistakes or errors. Codf1977 (talk) 11:11, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
List of lichen checklists should say what the book says. BritishWatcher (talk) 12:47, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
My only hesitation on the lichens one is that the publication is a reference work of the British Lichen Society - the only geographical scopes they express in their website are here [4] - saying that the society "... arranges annual residential meetings in spring, summer and autumn in all parts of the British Isles... " - and here [5] - showing meetings in the Isle of Man, England, Scotland, Wales, etc. The book isn't stand-alone, it's their specific publication. I suspect they are indeed a BI grouping and that this book is a BI-wide reference work, although I accept the general point about book titles. This may be another case of us clunking a bit into an area we actually know little about. 12:58, 25 July 2010 (UTC) Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 12:59, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
Stick with the reference @ List of lichen checklists but I agree with what James says above. Bjmullan (talk) 13:07, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
I agree with Snowded's reasoning with List of lichen checklists (as per book titles). --HighKing (talk) 10:30, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

That article should have British Isles as a heading. The heading does not relate to the publication beneath it, other than as a broad grouping for it, and potentially other publications. I have found a publication detailing lichens in the IoM, so by adding that maybe British Isles is better. LevenBoy (talk) 20:47, 27 July 2010 (UTC) What say we add these three links to List of lichen checklists - [6] [7] [8]

Then maybe we should have a rethink about the section heading? LevenBoy (talk) 21:21, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

Original research, the title of the book is very clear --Snowded TALK 11:01, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Yes, but there's a difference between the link title and the section titles in the article. That looks like useful material LevenBoy. Also we should encourage collaborative editing when we see it Snowded and not carp. :-) Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 11:03, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Come on James, this one was discussed and you yourself with the "chunking around" comment accepted the general point about book titles. Codf1977 on the talk pages says that s/he plans a general reworking of the titles, and if you check I supported that. Pending a wider change this one was closed off, and we really don't want every one which is closed being opened again shortly afterwards. On the other hand this entry starts with reinstating a posting from an established sock farm. There is a difference. and the OR point stands, its not carping its an argument. --Snowded TALK 11:15, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
The Lichens one doesn't seem to be closed - what closed it exactly? As regards the titles, I see no reason why continued editing of the article needs to stop because someone has (vaguely) promised that at some future point they will rework the titles. At the moment, there are a variety of section-themes in that article, including down to the State level in the US. Adding material about the IofM and the CI seems very reasonable. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 11:22, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Snowded, you obviously didn't read my comments above (20:47, 27 July 2010) so here is the gist, again; the title is just a grouping for publications appearing beneath it. It is not directly related to a particular entry so how you manage to conjure up OR in this context is quite beyond me. You seem to be stonewalling on this one. British Isles is an obvious title for the group of publications that we could now add to. And please reflect further on the comments I placed on your Talk Page regarding just what is, and what isn't OR. LevenBoy (talk) 11:33, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Guys, if you really want to reopen this one feel free. You might want to look at the flora and fauna point etc. LevenBoy, there is only one title as its a list of lists. If you follow the current page convention then you should create sections for Guernsey, possibly IoM & Ireland (although those are books not lists). On the other hand it might make sense to completely re-organise it into geographical areas (in which case BI is fine if the others are things like North America) or nations etc. I think that was Codf1977's point. However just inserting BI instead of the current title is neither one thing or the other. --Snowded TALK 11:51, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
As has been pointed out, the *current* text is correct. The section headings reflect the publications within the lists, and reflect the titles within the publications. There's no grouping - for example, we don't have a section heading entitled "USA" with the appropriate publications under that heading. As Snowded correctly points out above, following the convention within the article would simply require adding a section for "Ireland", and another for "Isle of Man", etc, and listing the publication. In order to *insert* "British Isles" into this article, it requires a rewrite to organize and group by geographical regions. Of course, if it's deemed OK to edit articles to rewrite sections and introduce new material, its best we're all crystal clear on that too... --HighKing (talk) 12:27, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
They don't currently match up precisely. See for example North America, which is listed as "A Cumulative Checklist for the Lichen-forming, Lichenicolous and Allied Fungi of the Continental United States and Canada." US and Canada is not North America. Clearly there is scope for improving the article. It also isn't up to you HighKing to resist adding material to that article that is appropriate, contextual and properly referenced. I am not sure what the problem is here exactly. If LevenBoy chooses not to add that material, I will. 14:00, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
If there are more lists then I would add them, in their own sections relating the heading to the list. I'm less sure about the two books which are not (other than by implication) lists bit that is a minor point. I don;t see High King arguing against adding material --Snowded TALK 14:14, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
The ones LevenBoy identified would best be added under a new "British Isles" header with the Britain and Ireland one. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 14:49, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Disagree, either add within the current convention or restructure by geographical area (in which case BI or Europe or similar is fine). The latter is a better idea to be honest although it involves a bit more work. FAD No consent to insertion of BI without other changes--Snowded TALK 14:57, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
@James - the easiest solution is to follow the existing convention. Your North American example, which technically incorrect, is ambiguously referenced since the link brings you to a page entitled "North American Lichen Checklist". If you want to add new material, fine. But the community would ...take a dim view... of an editor completely changing around the current convention of an article, and then adding to an article, solely with the intention to insert "British Isles", especially against a consensus here. --HighKing (talk) 17:00, 28 July 2010 (UTC)
Do you mean the same way the Lichen Society pages take you to lots of references to British Isles? As for the "current convention" of the article, there doesn't seem to be a straightforward one, as the North American example shows. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:23, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────James, restructuring the list by geographical regions is the obvious and least controversial solution - why not just go with that? I'll even do the work if you want --Snowded TALK 17:28, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

The taskforce is primarily concerned with examining usage in articles - as they are currently being used. In this case, usage of "Great Britain and Ireland" is valid and correct, given the existing current naming conventions used within the article. I believe that setting out to materially rewrite or reorganize an article is not within the spirit of this task force. Restructuring the list by geographical regions might validate an insertion of "British Isles" - but I believe there is no justification for restructuring beyond the insertion of "British Isles", and I disagree with that motive. --HighKing (talk) 23:26, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

Structured discussion[edit]

Boilerplate text about "summarising arguments from above, based on policy and precedents, and backed with diffs and links" goes here. TFOWR 16:13, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

Ping! Only four days since the article talkpage was notified, but I'm not going to hang around for ever. HighKing, thanks for your arguments. Anyone else? TFOWR 10:15, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Arguments for "British Isles" @ ...Lichen checklists[edit]
Arguments against "British Isles" @ ...Lichen checklists[edit]
  • The reference uses "Great Britain and Ireland". Changing the reference is WP:OR and against WP:V. --HighKing (talk) 18:26, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland[edit]

List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland is practically a disambiguation page for a number of lists of different types of plants. At a cursory glance (including some of the lists) it seems that it should be "British Isles", or at least "Great Britain and Ireland". Happy to leave this on hold till we get something larger on flora sorted out though. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:24, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

Agree that it looks like it should have been "British Isles". Codf1977 (talk) 17:27, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
Agreed. BritishWatcher (talk) 18:54, 19 August 2010 (UTC)
You are talking about renaming a range of pages to replace a commonly used alternative to British Isles. I suggest seeing if people involved in those articles think its worth the effort. --Snowded TALK 05:48, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
It would certainly be more accurate to say British Isles rather than just two islands. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:09, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
Yes a rename would be in order. Given the very low activity on the talk page or article page, a BOLD action is appropriate. Any attempt to open debate on the talk page is likely to result in a duplicate debate to here. Codf1977 (talk) 10:20, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
Its not just one article, several are effected. Its not a case for being bold, just put a move proposal on the page and see what happens --Snowded TALK 10:23, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
(edit conflict) It would be worthwhile posting on the talkpage, however, pointing editors at this discussion. Sorry, I'm about to get stuck into some real-life busy-ness, so if someone else could do that I'd be ever so obliged ;-) I'm also kind of holding off on flora issues, to see how fauna works out. I'd like to see a "blanket ruling" like fauna applied to flora. No reason why we need to hold off on discussing vascular plants in the meantime, however. TFOWR 10:25, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
Id agree with posting on the talk pages although i dont think a formal RM is required at this stage unless theres disagreement on there. Give it awhile BritishWatcher (talk) 10:28, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
As above with fauna. If not all, 99.999% are going to be, and actually already mean, British Isles. This is a good, clean, clear adult editorial guideline we are working on and it should take priority above all constituent specialism in order to establish a consistent policy. --Triton Rocker (talk) 10:37, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
Lets see what people say. I'm not too fussed on this one, but I will point out that there is evidence that Britain and Ireland is in use as a substitute for British Isles (see the evidence on the main article) so its not that black and white. Conventions will differ in different fields and we should go with what the evidence shows --Snowded TALK 10:39, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps but the winds are changing. Technically speaking, however, it is inaccurate and, arguably, an offence to the independent Crown Dependent islands. I am suggesting we move on beyond the past - many of the references are very old - and, in our setting of a consistent Wikipedian editorial guideline, keep one eye on technical accuracy.
From a professional point of view, I would say that in many cases the use of the term "Britain and Ireland" is an anachronistic throwback to a more Imperial and chauvinistic period when it was first used and established --- when it was Britain and Ireland. It is not now. (<irony alert> and you know what a bunch of rabid Neo-cons and Proto-fascist imperialist Poms the Linnean Society are.</irony alert>). --Triton Rocker (talk) 11:06, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Where are we with this then?

There are:

38,600 papers on Google Scholar for "British Isles and fauna" 48,200 for "British Isles and flora".

I am look for a clear, simple editorial guideline.

As below, I think that in non-political topics, BI should be the acceptable default and B+I accepted as generally confusing and erroneous. --Triton Rocker (talk) 16:30, 27 August 2010 (UTC)

Structured discussion[edit]

Boilerplate text about "summarising arguments from above, based on policy and precedents, and backed with diffs and links" goes here. TFOWR 16:13, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

I have added the template to the article, see if there are any responses. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:16, 23 September 2010 (UTC)
Ping! BW, you promised us examples, where are they? ;-)
Blimey, what a curious list. I'm going to ask a couple of list-specialists for general advice: I'm finding the whole concept a little bizarre right now. TFOWR 10:22, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Arguments for "British Isles" @ List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland[edit]
  • It deals with flora on "Britain and Ireland", which I'm not sure is Great Britain and Ireland or the UK and Ireland. Either way, I find it hard to believe the plants would not cover the Isle of Man. Noting the wider geographical area would be much more appropriate. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:18, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
  • There is a book with the title "List of Vascular Plants of The British Isles" [9]
  • Category the group is in is Category:Lists of the vascular plants of the British Isles, the article titles should reflect this too.
  • There are not separate articles on Vascular plants of the Isle of Man, it would make sense for them to be covered in these lists rather than a separate article which could cause a lot of duplication. List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland 4 mentions the Isle of Man Cabbage which exists in Great Britain and around the Isle of Man.
  • There are a large number of books that talk about Flora and the British Isles rather than just isolating Great Britain and Ireland. (Examples will follow). BritishWatcher (talk) 11:43, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
Arguments against "British Isles" @ List of the vascular plants of Britain and Ireland[edit]
  • The article is largely unreferenced, and the sub-articles are also largely unreferenced. Probably a candidate for a clean-up or reorg - and failing that, an AFD
  • As already stated, the global scientific community does not recognize "British Isles" as a "flora" geographic unit, but it does recognize the islands.
  • As a side-note, the "category" is also wrong and should reflect the article title --HighKing (talk) 18:36, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

As Fauna Guideline, so Flora Guideline[edit]

I was looking into this issue again and trying to understand where individuals were coming from. I am of the opinion that Flora and Fauna should share the same guidelines and then if they need modifying, that they are modified together.

This opposition to this is HighKing who suggests that, e.g. at WikiProject Biota of Great Britain and Ireland "Oppose as flora is not scientifically classified according to "British Isles" ... the Channel Islands which geographically/scientifically don't belong" - 18:07, 19 August 2008 (UTC), "There are many books which cover the distribution of species of Flora over the entire British Isles, but the scientific community has different ideas of "regions"", - 00:03, 20 August 2008 (UTC) [10] to "As already stated, the global scientific community does not recognize "British Isles" as a "flora" geographic unit, but it does recognize the islands". - 18:36, 19 September 2010 (UTC) here.

I looked into this and discovered that the comment is based on solely on the Flora Europaea to which he added their categorisation table 15:44, 31 March 2008 [11]. The categorisation list for this specific database is,

Br = Britain, including Orkney, Zetland and Isle of Man; excluding Channel Islands and Northern Ireland
Hb - Ireland (Hibernia); both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
Ga - France (Gallia), with the Channel Islands (Aisles Normandes) and Monaco

I find the term "global scientific community" somewhat of an exaggeration and think that we have been taken on a bit of wild goose chase. This is a database sustained by the Royal Botanical Gardens, a very reliable source, but the expansion of "to the consensus of the global scientific community" is a bit much. Especially when their other main database is inclusive Genetic Flora of the British Isles.

Therefore, I suggest we go back and just adopt the same standard guidelines for Flora and Flauna


  • Support - as nominator. There is no need for complication and a case by case approach is unfeasible given the scale. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:07, 15 November 2010 (UTC)


List of the mosses of Britain and Ireland[edit]

Unreferenced article, List of the mosses of Britain and Ireland. Doubtless it includes IoM and CI. Would not need discussed yet again if the above was accepted. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:32, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Support move to List of the mosses of the British Isles[edit]

Oppose move to List of the mosses of the British Isles[edit]

Alternative titles[edit]

James Kay (British inventor)[edit]

Article states a British inventor who developed a successful wet spinning process for flax in 1824, helping industrialise linen spinning in the British Isles. The entire statement is unreferenced as regards helping to industrialise anything. I recommend the statement should be removed, but no harm in tagging first and seeing if something turns up? We can leave the tag for a week maybe before making a decision? --HighKing (talk) 19:55, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

Structured discussion[edit]

Same as in other discussions, I'm hoping the discussion above can be edited down into arguments based on policy and precedent, backed by diffs and links, and that this section should be quick and easy. TFOWR 16:04, 19 September 2010 (UTC)

I'm going to ask another admin to take a look at this. I'll likely do that later today (there's been plenty of time to make arguments, below) so if anyone has any last minute additions - do it soon. TFOWR 11:16, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for "British Isles"[edit]

  • This is a new article (virtually a stub) and so lacks sourcing. Various books exhibit the complexity of the early linen industry, Kay's impact on it and the many connections between Ireland and Lancashire. For example, [19]. This one [20] gives information about the spread of linen production throughout the islands following Kay's invention. More research and writing is obviously needed for the article but in the meantime, there is sufficient reason not to delete BI. In historical contexts like this one, BI is accurate and valid as a phrase representing mentions of Britain and Ireland. The alternative inference is that BI could never be used to mean historic Ireland and Britain, which must be false. It need not be replaced or deleted unless further sourcing becomes available proving otherwise, which seems unlikely. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 16:38, 26 September 2010 (UTC)

Arguments against "British Isles"[edit]

  • a British inventor who developed a successful wet spinning process for flax in 1824, helping industrialise linen spinning in the British Isles. No references for to state he helped industrialise linen spinning in the British Isles. All of the references point to his invention used in conjunction with linen solely in Northern Ireland. --HighKing (talk) 15:59, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
  • Reference by BW above is perfect example of OR. It shows how an editor will try to combine difference facts from publications in order to support an assertion not explicitly made within said publications. There are no references that support the statement that James Kay revolutionized the Linen industry in the British Isles. Period. --HighKing (talk) 14:19, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Augustus John[edit]

The article contains the follwing statement: He was, throughout his life, particularly interested in the Romani people (whom he referred to as "Gypsies"), and sought them out on his frequent travels around the United Kingdom and Europe. In this context UK is wrong and should be replaced with British Isles. Using UK alongside Europe mixes apples and pears, and use of UK is too specific, meaning we are saying that in his travels throughtout the islands John never visited anyhwere other that the UK. If he did, then UK is wrong, but BI, encompassing all areas of the islands, is likely to be more accurate. LevenBoy (talk) 07:42, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Before anyone asks the question, this confirms that he visited Ireland. Ghmyrtle (talk) 09:17, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
I agree BritishWatcher (talk) 09:24, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
I didn't comment earlier as I was going to ask that question Ghmyrtle! Good find, include that in the article somewhere. I agree with changing this to British Isles. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:27, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
  • LevenBoy, can you template Talk:Augustus John to let editors there know about this discussion? Ta! TFOWR 09:50, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
    • Done. LevenBoy (talk) 12:07, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
      • Noted, thanks. TFOWR 12:36, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Some points:

  • "In this context UK is wrong ..." - According to the source he visted Ireland in 1907. At that time all of Ireland was a part of the UK. Even today, it is entirely possible to be in both Ireland and the UK at the same time.
  • "...we are saying that in his travels throughtout the islands John never visited anyhwere other that the UK..." - No. The article says he sought out Gypsies when he traveled elsewhere in Europe also (he was from the UK). Are the islands not entirely contained in Europe? What would make a visit to the independent 26 counties of Ireland after 1922 any more notable than a visit to France?
  • "... and use of UK is too specific ..." - We don't like being specific now? Naming the country of origin of the artist specifically and elsewhere in general terms is hardly "too specific".

About the priciple of not mixing "apples and pears", that related to listing "British Isles" alongside states and countries as if it was one. It does not mean that we cannot say that a painter was from the UK and traveled elsewhere in Europe. --— RA (talk) 13:44, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

BTW, the above points are intended as a criticism of the reasons given to make the change proposed. I actually don't think it would make a fig of a difference either way. However, I don't think it is the business of this Task Force to go "correcting" articles for no good reason. Where this Task Force does make changes, they should be the most minimal possible to correct possible sources of confusion. (I also think this Task Force should avoid adding or removing cotentious terms where it can.) Therefore, in respect of this article, I suggest it be changed to "... and sought them out on his frequent travels around the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe." --— RA (talk) 13:46, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Last time I looked the whole of the UK and Ireland were in Europe, so lets just keep it to that, delete United Kingdom--Snowded TALK 17:27, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
I'd second Snowded here. It could be changed to British Isles and mainland Europe, but that seems to be pointless. Just change it to Europe, full stop. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:48, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Absolutely not! If he were from America or Borneo, possibly, but for someone from & living in the UK, especially at this date, to talk of "travels in Europe" clearly implies continental travel. Even now, if I'm living in London & go to Ipswich for the day, that is "travelling in Europe", but it is just misleading to describe it so. Johnbod (talk) 19:02, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Maybe if they went from London to Ipswich, it would be misleading, but the travels here extended beyond Ipswich to other areas of Europe outside his home country. He travelled around the UK, he travelled around France, he travelled around Europe. Use Europe. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 13:10, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for adding "British Isles" @ Augustus John[edit]

The article already uses Europe & AJ was on the island of Ireland. GoodDay (talk) 16:57, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

I do wonder if UK is confusing to some readers in pre-1922 contexts - many may associate UK with the modern geographical boundaries and be somewhat unaware of the Irish dimension. For that reason, I do favour BI in some of the older contexts where it is intended as a passing geographical reference rather than some political explanation. John seems to have travelled pretty widely around these islands, so that aspect seems to fit as well. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 09:22, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

You can't say UK & Europe or BI & Europe James, UK and BI are both a part of Europe --Snowded TALK 11:31, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
In theory, yes, but people frequently do draw a distinction between the two, even though to purists one includes the other. :) Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 11:50, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Are you in the "Fog in Channel, Europe cut off" group then? Its nothing to do with purism, its a straight forward error --Snowded TALK 11:53, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Not really, it's just a way of speaking. BI is officially in the EU, if that's what you mean, it's geographically part of Europe and it's also distinct from Europe. If we're going to get rid of every place in Wikipedia where it says something like "throghout Italy and Europe" to take an analogy, we are in for a big job. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 11:56, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
We don't need to search them out, but correcting them when they come up ... --Snowded TALK 12:06, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Is your objection then to any attempt to insert BI in a context where Europe is also mentioned? Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 12:38, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Object is to either BI or UK being used with a "and Europe". Take the highest geographical area applicable --Snowded TALK 15:33, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
You're welcome to your opinions of course, but that can't possibly be a rule - how can you legislate to say people can't say "the UK and Europe"? Here are 1,880 examples of where they already do in en-WP [21], just to get us started - shall we go through them one at a time to see how they hold up? Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 15:42, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Come on you know better than that. Several thousand people expect the rapture to come soon and the number of hits on the return of the green feather serpent god of the myans in 2012 is legion. We are building an encyclopedia here and we have some responsibility when the opportunity presents it self to get things right. --Snowded TALK 17:29, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
I think you mean "better than that" from your particular viewpoint - there's nothing wrong with "Britain and Europe", "UK and Europe", "France and Europe", etc - they are just useful turns of phrase. Unless you happen to have a strong need to justify exclusion of a certain phrase, perish the thought! Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:36, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
I have a strong preference for accurate language and avoiding tautology. I have a further strong feeling about phrases which seek to imply that somehow or other the UK or BI are not a part of Europe. You last sentence is uncalled for, there is a stronger case that people arguing for a tautology are seeking to impose a "certain phrase" --Snowded TALK 17:49, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
There is nothing "innacurate" about "Britain and Europe". It's a matter of opinion. Apparently you reject the notion that it is a matter of opinion, yet it remains one, regardless, not a matter of "accuracy". Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:54, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Is it or is it not a tautology? "the saying of the same thing twice in different words" --Snowded TALK 18:00, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
It belongs to that class of things that sound superficially tautological but on close inspection are not, because they are not comparing like with like. Saying "France and Europe" is a compound statement - it is about France and Europe as a comparison, not about the unique identities, France and Europe, one of which belongs to the other. People who hold the view that Europe is superior to Britain, for example, those nationalists who favour that approach because it downgrades their membership of the UK and, they feel, enhances their potential as seperate nations "within Europe" would obviously argue against the existence of a "UK and Europe" and for a position that the UK was always subordinate to Europe. So it is politically loaded from top to bottom and personally, I find appeals to simplistic argument on this topic, pretty silly. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 18:08, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
You are reading an awful amount of speculation about motivation into what is a simple (not simplistic) issue. Tautology is be avoided, that isn't silly its just plain good sense. --Snowded TALK 18:11, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
And you are determinedly avoiding a genuine debate - simply repeating that it's a tautology, when it isn't, advances nothing. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 18:19, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
But that is my argument James, its a tautology and tautologies should be avoided. Not sure what else you want me to debate really. --Snowded TALK 19:03, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
In cases like nations, nothing is ever as simple as a logical tautology. A sentence containing the phrase "carrots and vegetables" is perhaps tautological, but a sentence containing the phrase "British Isles and Europe" need not be. That is because the phrase "British Isles" can contain many shaded meanings. It can be a concept, a literal physical entity, an identity, a set of values.... the list goes on. I really won't take more time on this, we will have to agree to disagree, but I am making it clear that I can't accept the idea that those phrases can't co-exist in Wikipedia - and at least several thousand other edits in WP agree with me on a single usage. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 19:11, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
So why introduce a term in addition to Europe to complicate things? --Snowded TALK 19:27, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
To people in Britain, "Europe" does, I'm afraid, have two meanings. One is "the continent of which we are part", and the other is "the mainland of which we are not part". One may be more "correct" to us, but language doesn't always work like that. Ghmyrtle (talk) 18:17, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
If there's objection to adding BI? shouldn't those objections be placed under the 'Arguments against...' section? GoodDay (talk) 15:40, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
UK and Europe was once present on the UK article, I changed Europe to Mainland Europe, appears to be an ingrained problem. Anyway, GoodDay raises a point on process, this isn't an argument against adding it in a way, but to remove the option completely... slightly different? I guess the new system still has kinks.

Arguments against adding "British Isles" @ Augustus John[edit]

I'm convinced of the opposition to Europe and British Isles being used. Indeed, let's just use Europe, as the British Isles is within that continent. GoodDay (talk) 15:45, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

Agree, it reads better --Snowded TALK 17:32, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
  • In summary, adding "British Isles" is not supported in the context of the article. The text in the article is somewhat at fault and isn't accurate or clear in places. For example, strictly speaking, Romani people are a single ethnic group while "Gypsies" include other nomadic ethnic groups including Irish Travellers. It's probably more correct to say he was "particularly interested" in Gypsies (which is the term he used himself) even though many references state he was interested in "Romany" life and culture. That said, the predominant ethnic group in England was Romani. He even learned to speak Romani. In his travels to France, Italy, Ireland, etc, he also met and interacted with other ethnic nomadic groups such as Irish Travellers. It's not altogether accurate or correct to say that he "sought out" gypsies on his "frequent travels". This appears to be WP:OR. Is there a reference for this? In a sense, he saw himself *as* a gypsy. For a time, he lived like a gypsy, frequently traveling in a caravan up and down the roads of England, and travelling to France. Sure - he visited Ireland several times and he was a friend of Lady Gregory, but his "frequent travels" were around England, and northern France as these were annual during that period. On the whole, his obsession with Gypsy lore is downplayed significantly in this article, and for such an important artist, this aspect of the article is poor. --HighKing (talk) 17:58, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Most of which has virtually nothing to do with the subject in hand. I suggest "British Isles and mainland Europe" as a sensible alternative to the present text. LevenBoy (talk) 18:09, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Nothing like a good point-by-point riposte. --HighKing (talk) 19:15, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Good point, the whole thing is unreferenced so it can be struck anyway, if there is a reference then we can take whatever that says. --Snowded TALK 19:05, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Except that we are (I thought) discussing the simple issue of add/delete here, not the wider issue of all other modifications to an article that may or may not arise. Unless there's another scope creep coming in that we didn't agree to. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 19:13, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
On the issue of Add/Delete, the current text is WP:OR and should be struck. As to what can be referenced, I've tried to produce a summary of what was intended or meant. Part of the problem I encountered is that the current text is so poor, it needs expansion. --HighKing (talk) 19:18, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
That last argument (by HK) I may agree with. The reference for the suggested BI inclusion passage refers to "The Art of Augustus John" - a quick search for the word "Romani" in that book [22] gives information about visits to Wales only. So there may be a good debating point there. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 19:34, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Keeping the reference to sources makes most sense --Snowded TALK 19:37, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
The BBC ref says that he "was deeply influenced by the Romany tradition, lifestyle and language; he spent time travelling with gypsy caravans in Wales, Dorset and Ireland." Ghmyrtle (talk) 19:55, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
To some extent, "aggressive challenging of references" is a pretty good description of the Wikipedia editing process LB, so I wouldn't overdo that point. You were on firmer ground looking for refs to support inclusion. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 20:14, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
  • To summarise, we have two relevant references in the article.
  • (1) The reference to the intended target sentence for the "BI add", in the Provence section - this reference only mentions visits to Wales in connection with the "Romani" people that the artist was interested in painting.
  • (2) A general reference higher up in the article to a BBC Wales article about the artist [23] that does, as Ghyrmtle points out, reference visits to Ireland in connection with Romani people.
  • Strictly speaking therefore, the inclusion in the proposed sentence falls, as the ref in that sentence does not support it. On the other hand, if we take the BBC article as a source for the page in general, then it succeeds.
  • Therefore we need to decide if general pre-existing refs in a given article are valid for inclusion at any point in the article. If not, then it has to be an existing ref in exactly the sentence at question. Views? Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 20:55, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
I'd say that it's perfectly acceptable to find new refs to support a position. In fact, it's encouraged (so long as WEIGHT, RS, etc, is observed...) --HighKing (talk) 21:49, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Well we could just reflect the BBC quote and say "Wales, Dorset and Ireland." Its accurate and informative and folloes the reference --Snowded TALK 21:05, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
The shortest and easiest way of saying that is "British Isles". Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 21:26, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
No Scotland, only one English county, no mention of IoM etc. etc. That is stretching things a bit. Source is informative as it shows the limit of his travel, and in general following the source is the best way on these disputes --Snowded TALK 21:31, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Which just goes back to what geographically constitutes "British Isles". What are the limits for what is regarded as acceptable? Until that is clarified, we are clearly going to get - exactly - nowhere. I would rather all further deletes/adds be frozen until such time as that is agreed, since it's clear that no argument for inclusion on geographical grounds is acceptable under the current rather ill-defined conditions. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 21:43, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Good question. I'd say we need to include at least Ireland, GB, and one of the Crown Dependencies. Otherwise it would simply be "Britain and Ireland". --HighKing (talk) 21:49, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Out of the question. LevenBoy (talk) 21:52, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

Shall we structure it in a new section? We can each say what we would find acceptable. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 22:16, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

I'm confused again. This is the section for arguments against usage of British Isles. GoodDay (talk) 22:17, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
It's a separate discussion. Probably a good idea to break it off from here and start a new section, although if the discussion is going to get filled with mindless comments with no substance, then we may have to move it elsewhere - maybe one of our Talk pages. --HighKing (talk) 22:20, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Best to move to AJ talkpage. GoodDay (talk) 22:22, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

Conkers (Resolved)[edit]

Resolved: Far too much wikilawyering on both sides. It's discussions like this one that give BISE a bad reputation. "Conkers" is played throughout the British Isles and in some former British colonies. Where "conkers" is traditionally played is left as an exercise for folk who enjoy finding sources. My recommendation is "Conkers or conker is a traditional childrens' game. It is played in the British Isles and some former British colonies..." There is no reason not to use British Isles, as "conkers" is played throughout the British Isles; this is a geographical description. Our goal is precision and accuracy: "Britain, Ireland, and..." is not as accurate or precise, since "conkers" is demonstrably also played elsewhere. TFOWR 14:47, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Usual problem. Prior history of "The Troubles" vis-a-vis Ireland.

Comonsense applies as usual.

Yes, kids play conkers on the Isle of Man [24] and Channel Islands [25] and, no, they are not part of Britain or Ireland.

Move from "Britain and Ireland" to "British Isles". --Triton Rocker (talk) 07:06, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Clarification on decision please[edit]

Call for a recount please.

  • The original text uses the word "traditionally", and it confers a specific meaning to the text - that conkers is a traditional game, originating in Britain and Ireland, and played in the colonies. Yet the abundant sources clearly show (overwhelmingly) that conkers is a British pastime, and no sources were found that contradicted this fact. The phrase that "Conkers is a traditional British childrens' game" should be used.
  • TFOWR uses the logic of "Britain, Ireland, and..." is not as accurate or precise, since "conkers" is demonstrably also played elsewhere. to suggest that a phrase of It is played in the British Isles and some former British colonies..." That is equally inaccurate and imprecise. It's played in Europe, and all over the world, and not just former British colonies either. The recent World Conker Championships (used as a source to show that conkers are played in Ireland) stated that there were 320 participants from 17 countries such as England, USA, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Scotland, Ukraine, Wales, Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Australia, France and Philippines.

Please don't close this until TFOWR reaffirms or rethinks the decision. Thank you. --HighKing (talk) 20:06, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

HighKing, arguments like this need to made in the original discussion, not shoe-horned in after close. A line has to be drawn under discussions - I draw that line when discussions have petered out. I don't expect new arguments to be made after close, which is what you're doing here. You made four comments in the "arguments against" section: none of them referred to the international nature of conkers. If you can't make your case in the original discussion, I do feel there needs to be some form of sanction to ensure that future discussions are better argued. Put simply: waiting until a discussion is closed and then presenting a new argument is disruptive. If you want this re-opened now, ask Black Kite or Cailil. I'll defer to their judgement. Alternatively I'm obviously willing to open a new discussion in the future - with new arguments, coherently stated, i.e. not descending into the mess of threaded arguments and counter-arguments displayed above. TFOWR 21:28, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Hang on a second. I believe that requesting a short explanation on your thinking and the resolution is well within the scope of what we're doing here, as is a *short* discussion that may point out potential flaws with a resolution. We need to be confident that decisions are good and should be defended and upheld. Nobody here is assuming that you're infallible, and sometimes (especially in a looonnggg discussion thread) you may have missed some relevant statements. If you want to insist that your resolution is binding and infallible, and you're never for changing even in the face of other facts .... well, I don't believe that is your intent.
Roll back up to earlier in the discussion where we exchanged views:
      • "Traditionally" - just a thought, but isn't it "traditionally" that's the problem here? There seems to be concern that conkers hasn't been "traditionally" played in Ireland, and I'm fairly certain it won't "traditionally" have been played in most former colonies. Canada, maybe, but Australia is unlikely and New Zealand just doesn't have the history to support it ("Traditional games" in New Zealand being more a Māoritanga thing...) Just a thought, and don't read too much into this comment, but I'd prefer not to go too far down a side-road, only to realise later that the issue was much easier than we thought... TFOWR 09:55, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
        • In a word, Yes. The use of "traditionally" suggests the author wants to attribute the origins of the game, and the popularity of the game, with schoolchildren hailing from a specific area. Dropping "traditionally" would remove some objections for sure. Although I would be concerned that we're materially changing the authors intention, and that we're altering article simply to accommodate using "British Isles". --HighKing (talk) 20:21, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
I also made the point to BW that what you're failing to do is show that Conkers is traditionally played in Ireland, and shares origins within Ireland.
Your suggested resolution of "Conkers or conker is a traditional childrens' game. It is played in the British Isles and some former British colonies..." changes the meaning of the sentence, and introduces a completely new fact.
It loses the fact that it's traditionally a British/English game, and introduced a completely new fact about the distribution of where it is played.
How could anyone have predicted that you'd decide to introduce a completely new fact? My request to clarify doesn't introduce any new arguments. I already made the point that conkers is a traditional British/English game, and I provided the references. And since we were never discussing the distribution area of where conkers is played, it is only now that any opportunity to list the countries has presented itself. Although in fairness, the list of countries that participated was only made known last weekend, after the discussion had petered out. --HighKing (talk) 12:16, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
No, my resolution is not binding. Nor it is infallible. I've even told you how to go about getting a second opinion: If you want this re-opened now, ask Black Kite or Cailil. I'll defer to their judgement. There was ample opportunity to discuss distribution during the original discussion. I closed based on the arguments made, not on what you might present after the close. I am gifted with many things, but foresight ain't one of them. As I noted on my talkpage (and keeping this discussion in one place would be appreciated, by the way) I intend to discuss how to deal with "new evidence" with Ncmvocalist, Black Kite and Cailil - clearly the primary goal has to be the accuracy of articles. However, I am very concerned at new arguments - distribution etc - being made to challenge a close. Make arguments during the discussion, not afterwards. I repeat: waiting until a discussion is closed and then presenting a new argument is disruptive. I do not accept that "it is only now that any opportunity to list the countries has presented itself". TFOWR 13:05, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
  • There was ample opportunity to discuss distribution during the original discussion. I agree. And it would have been *if* the point we were discussing was the distribution of where conkers are played. The focus was on the word "traditional". I explicitly made the point, many times, that nobody was arguing whether conkers were played in Ireland or not. That point was immaterial. The point was about whether they were played "traditionally" in Ireland.
  • waiting until a discussion is closed and then presenting a new argument is disruptive. I agree normally that a close is a close. But in this case your suggested close has added a new point to the article - that of distribution.
  • I do not accept that "it is only now that any opportunity to list the countries has presented itself". The conkers world championships were only held on the 10th, and the announcement about participation and winners was only made on the website after that. Today is only the 14th. But the point is, up till now, nobody was arguing about distribution. That's a new point that you've introduced only now.
I'm not going to request a review. My intention was not to "present new evidence" or disrupt this page or undermine your decision making. It's your decision and if you're still happy with it, let's move on as a community. --HighKing (talk) 16:40, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

...and Aesculus, Aesculus hippocastanum (Resolved)[edit]

Resolved: As Conkers, above. TFOWR 14:56, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

(I've removed Aesculus from the above section, as it's a separate issue: childhood game vs. tree. TFOWR 09:47, 24 September 2010 (UTC))

(And I added Aesculus hippocastanum at no extra charge! I'm wanting a decent Christmas bonus, however... TFOWR 10:17, 24 September 2010 (UTC))

List of British Isles rockpool life[edit]

Raised by IP editor here. Ghmyrtle (talk) 06:50, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

Well he needs a better excuse that the "politically motivated" title cry. BritishWatcher (talk) 08:43, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
This seems to be primarily "fauna". TFOWR 09:21, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
As it is unreferenced, I hardly see how an editor can claim it ignores ireland. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:50, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
This seems to be primarily "fauna" ???? Except for the entire section entitled "Plants" :-)
The first order of business would suggest that we find a reference. My first quickie pass doesn't show anything obvious on the first few pages of Google Books. Did we not come across a book before dealing with the Sea Coasts of the British Isles or something like that?? --HighKing (talk) 15:54, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
Looking at the species list it could as well be for North Western Europe - you find the same species in Brittany for example. It seems harmless, geographical and all that but it would be nice to see a reference to say there is something distinctive --Snowded TALK 16:05, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
(edit conflict) "Plants" consists of two sub-division: "algae" and "lichens". I'd imagine that would greatly simplify our examination compared to the "animals" section, which consists of seven sub-divisions. Fortunately we have a general rule for "animals", so we can focus on "plants" and whether they can be treated as we'd treat fauna. TFOWR 16:06, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
What will you do if there are slime moulds? They are vegetables that become animals then revert  ;-) --Snowded TALK 16:08, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
I sometimes feel trapped in another dimension. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 16:10, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
No change is needed. The article has had that title for years, the creator has responded to the IP claim the title is politically motivated. BritishWatcher (talk) 16:25, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps. Perhaps not. T'would be nice to have a concrete reason based on precedent and/or policy/guidelines, no? --HighKing (talk) 16:30, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
When concrete reasons to change the status quo are presented, i will look into this matter in more detail. Some random IP claiming an articles title is politically motivated, is not a just reason to consider this an open case for us all to waste our time on. if it is justification it sets a terrible precedent that could flood BISE in an hour with dozens of cases.BritishWatcher (talk) 16:34, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
That's true and given that it's just a list page, it's particularly difficult. Many of the individual items in the list (to take this seriously, which perhaps one shouldn't) do mention both Ireland and Britain incidentally. Cancer pagurus for example. The list article does obtrude into flora but it is mainly fauna-related. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 16:37, 2 October 2010 (UTC)

As requested, concrete reasons to examine usage on this article are that without references, it does not denote notability, and is WP:OR. --HighKing (talk) 18:32, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

There's a category entitled "British Isles coastal fauna" although no article. I've come across a number of publications. This book A student's guide to the seashore covers the British Isles although doesn't outline why it's notable in any way, and covers more than just rock pools. There appears to be a number of other books that detail much the same topics, but none from the point of view of the British Isles. A Beginner's Guide to Ireland's Seashore by Helena Challinor, Susan Murphy Wickens, Jane Clark and Audrey Murphy, Handbook of the marine fauna of north-west Europe, The biology of rocky shores (worldwide), and Seashore of Britain and Europe. Perhaps this article could become the basis of an expanded (and referenced) list to include more than just Coastal fauna (and even flora). As it is, the main objection is that it is unsourced and thereby WP:OR. What if the article was moved to List of fauna of the British Isles and expanded to more than just rockpool life, and included a lot of the articles in the already existing category? --HighKing (talk) 00:48, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for changing from "British Isles" @ List of British Isles rockpool life[edit]

Until/unless we get a reference, this is WP:OR and arguably not notable. --HighKing (talk) 18:30, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining "British Isles" @ List of British Isles rockpool life[edit]

There doesn't appear to be any discernible benefit with respect to the article or topic that would come about from a rename. --RA (talk) 16:52, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
No specific valid reason for the change; list article, therefore difficult to build referencing cases; listed items include previously discussed fauna guideline parameters; listed articles include multiple mentions of localities across the archipelago. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:29, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Article title has been stable for 3 years since it was created.
  • Article created by an uninvolved editor who has responded to the random IP's accusation of "political motivation" and "a British jingoistic claim over Ireland and the Irish" on the talkpage of the article.
  • Article is in categories Category:British Isles coastal fauna Category:Ecology of the British Isles so having an article which covers the isles is not out of place.
  • Article does cover some Fauna, something people have agreed is a valid area for use of British Isles. BritishWatcher (talk) 17:32, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
This article deals with rockpool life, and there is no basis for the IP's claim that it is only for Great Britain. Snowded mentioned it would be the same for much of north-west Europe, so Ireland would be included there. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:32, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Usual arguments. --LevenBoy (talk) 00:03, 8 October 2010 (UTC)


Just noticed this edit by an IP at Student. This is obviously someone making major changes to a stable article so that they can use the term BI. When it comes to education it's hard even using the term UK as Scottish, England/Wales and Northern Ireland all have different systems. I propose that this unexplained edit is reverted.

Revert. GoodDay (talk) 17:16, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
It might not be deliberate - it looks to me like a novice user attempting to improve the article. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:25, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Looking at the edits made by this editor, I believe it is someone who is very knowledgeable on Ireland/British issues, and knowledgable on Wikipedia policies and conventions. Their edits display a lot of wiki-editing knowledge. Their second edit summary mentions hat-notes for example, and they also "clean-up" numbers for text, and insert a reference. It is unlikely in the extreme that this editor is an innocent novice user. I also note the removal of the pipelinking of Republic of Ireland. Interestingly, that particular IP address also doesn't have a great reputation and is blacklisted on not one, but two, major spam prevention databases (check out senderbase for details). I'm going to revert "Student" immediately as per BRD. --HighKing (talk) 18:50, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
Revert, and notify the IP about this discussion. WP:AGF, everyone. TFOWR 18:55, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
High King - reference this discussion in your edit summary when you revert. It'll keep the potential drama to a minimum. TFOWR 18:56, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Seems like a perfectly justified edit to me. The fact there are different education systems within the UK makes his edit all the more sensible. BritishWatcher (talk) 18:58, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Nothing great to worry about IMHO (not least because the IP is based in Dublin). The only query I would raise about the edit is the slight mixing of United Kingdom and British Isles: "In the past, the term "student" was reserved for people studying at university level in the United Kingdom ... However, the American-English use of the word "student" to include pupils of all ages, even at elementary level, is now spreading to the British Isles."
Suggested rephrase: "In the past, the term "student" was reserved for people studying at university level in the United Kingdom and Ireland ... However, the American-English use of the word "student" to include pupils of all ages, even at elementary level, is now spreading to the British Isles." Suggest the heading be changed to "United Kingdom and Ireland" also.
There's no need to be suspicious of IP editors by default: IPs are human too. --RA (talk) 19:09, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
True - except this IP demonstrated a working knowledge of both Wikipedia and Irish/British articles. In previous articles, this editor removed the Republic of Ireland wikilinks - so I'm not suspicious by default, just by their behaviour. For this article, I initially reverted. I've since continued to edit and I've now split the UK and Ireland into separate sections - there's no justification for treating them under a single section - and I've created sections for the other European countries too. --HighKing (talk) 19:22, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
BTW, the IP address does not track to Dublin. It is a Vodafone *Mobile* address. Could be anywhere. --HighKing (talk) 19:27, 4 October 2010 (UTC)
OK, evidently it isn't a "novice" but I suppose though that an experienced editor preferring not to register and moving between his/her own PC and a mobile laptop would look like this. I just mean there may be no element of bad intention there. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 19:39, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Given that was the only edit by that IP so far that affected British Isles, this seems to not be a case of socking or trivial IP noviceness. Should it not therefore be a structured discussion rather than a reflex revert TFOWR? Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 05:59, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

I think the usual procedure is revert and discuss? Regardless, it's been reverted now (though the edit summary could have been improved, High King...) But structured discussion? Yes. I'll start one now.
Are you looking at the right edit summaries? My first edit summary was "revert to use countries as per original article, fix to use pipelinking where appropriate, and generally tidied up some pieces". The second edit summary was "Reorganized by country, added tags for countries under Europe, split UK and Ireland into separate sections.". Both edit summaries describe the actions taken, and looking through the history of most people's edit summaries, I believe I'd be in line for a prize for consecutive descriptive edit summaries. --HighKing (talk) 11:03, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
I am. I was hoping for a link to this discussion. Something like "Per discussion at [[WT:BISE#Student]]". Sorry if that wasn't clear. TFOWR 11:07, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for "British Isles" at Student[edit]

  • Usual argument, we cannot exclude IoM and CI. The comments apply to NI at least probably RoI too. We cannot use "UK and Ireland". --LevenBoy (talk) 00:01, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments against "British Isles" at Student[edit]

  • The article was changed by an IP editor that appears to have knowledge of this topic, and other contentious topics such as wikilinking Republic of Ireland -> Ireland. Appears mischievous at best.
  • No basis or reasons given for changing to use British Isles.
  • Article originally grouped UK and Ireland together - no basis for that either --HighKing (talk) 13:03, 5 October 2010 (UTC)
I think the issue of what the IP did is largely irrelevant, but it is correct that this article is best divided by country and the practises and culture surrounding the word "student" do vary a little both inside different parts of the UK and also between the UK and Ireland. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 18:30, 6 October 2010 (UTC)
  • As I said in the opening it's hard to even use the term UK due to the many different education systems and traditions and therefore BI would be even more ridiculous. Bjmullan (talk) 23:11, 8 October 2010 (UTC)


The article currently states Quarth was released on the Konami Net i-mode service as Block Quarth, with an updated Block Quarth DX in 2001—this was released in 2005 on O2's i-mode services in the British Isles minus the "DX" suffix.. O2 does not have a "British Isles" service, instead it has a UK service and and Ireland service. Also the Channel Islands don't have an O2 service. --HighKing (talk) 13:16, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Use United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, in this instance. GoodDay (talk) 14:08, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Agree Codf1977 (talk) 14:10, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Also agree. Bjmullan (talk) 22:06, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
United Kingdom and Ireland per MOS. --RA (talk) 22:10, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Do ya mean [Republic of Ireland|Ireland]? GoodDay (talk) 22:11, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

Usual and typical proposal. Fails due to O2's IoM and CI services. We need to establish what are "good faith" proposals and silly "bad faith" or time wasting proposals. Confusion over the Irelands leading to an overly wordy alternative. BI fits the bill. --LevenBoy (talk) 23:38, 7 October 2010 (UTC)

When you make that argument below, can you link to O2's IoM and CI services? That seems to be an easy way to disprove HighKing's argument. Ta! TFOWR 11:18, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
O2 don't offer any services on the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. (Though for a while Manx Telecom was wholly owned by O2.) --RA (talk) 11:33, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
And just to clarify my request, we'd need O2's i-mode service, not merely O2. TFOWR 11:37, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Eh ... no O2, no O2 i-mode.
O2 offer services in the UK, Ireland and Germany. Here's the press release around the release of O2's i-mode services. It mentions release dates in the UK, Ireland and Germany markets. The markets in which O2 offers services. Further down it mentions how O2 (at that time) owned Manx Telecom. It does not mention anything about a roll-out of i-mode services on the Isle of Man. Why? Because that's Manx Telecom, not O2. Whether Manx Telecom ever offered an i-mode service, I don't know. --RA (talk) 11:57, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
I'm surprised that something as clear-cut as this needs to go to the arguments for/against - but - it does perhaps highlight an important guideline. If a company operates at a corporate level in different countries, due to different legal jurisdictions, then I believe articles should properly reflect this. It's the balancing argument for using British Isles in geographic contexts where no legal or country jurisdictions apply. --HighKing (talk) 23:55, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for keeping "British Isles" at Quarth[edit]

Arguments against keeping "British Isles" at Quarth[edit]

  • O2 does not have a "British Isles" service
  • O2 does not operate an i-mode service on the IoM or CI
  • O2 operates at a country level, therefore countries should be used. --HighKing (talk) 23:55, 20 October 2010 (UTC)


Britain and Ireland is an invalid equivalent for British Isles[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
Some sources do use "Britain and Ireland" as an alternative to "British Isles". Some sources use it to mean "Great Britain and (the island of) Ireland". I'm not prepared to rule out the former just because there may be some confusion between the two uses. Disagree? WP:ANI is that-a-way. TFOWR 17:15, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Did we did pick up and finish the discussion Snowded raise above on the 24th of Sept regarding "Britain and Ireland being an invalid equivalent for British Isles"? Excuse me if I missed it due to my "holiday". If so, can anyone point out where and when it happened?

I think this hits the nail on the head and we have to address it for once and for all.

Britain and Ireland is not a valid equivalent for British Isles for all the reasons we keep having to repeat Britain and Ireland - or UK and I or UK and RoI etc.

Do we have a clear agreement on this? Let's keep this simple in the first place. --LevenBoy (talk) 00:17, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Its already referenced in the British Isles article LevenBoy --Snowded TALK 03:47, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
We all know what it is. It may be referenced in the topic, or not but I am talking about what our position. You raised the issue.
We have a problem where individuals are attempting to insert Britain and Ireland as an equivalent for British Isles. Sometimes this even on the basis of a references that clearly refers to the British Isles as Britain and Ireland. How do we address this? --LevenBoy (talk) 03:58, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Case by case, but if the references say Britain and Ireland then its pretty clear --Snowded TALK 04:04, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
I have to say, I think Snowded's last point is right here. We can't create a general rule for this, because it will depend on a number of factors in each case, including sourcing and context. I think all we can safely say is that sometimes it is a valid equivalent and other times it is not. This is why the argument often goes to geographical extent and is not simple, hence at some point we need to agree acceptable "spreads" of geographical mentions in some cases. This is not to say that there aren't a whole bunch of cases where BI is fully correct and the argument that it should be replaced with B&I fallacious; it's just that it can't be a "rule". So sorry but the basis of the alternatives presented below is not one founded in practical reality. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 07:23, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Is Isle of Man & Channel Islands considered to be included in the term Britain and Ireland? GoodDay (talk) 13:24, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Of course not. We all know that Isle of Man & Channel Islands part of Britain or Ireland. That would be a good second question though.
There is no proposal of a rule here. It is just a simple yes or no poll. HighKing, you are free to discuss or vote as you wish but please do not move other editors opinions or changing the poll after votes have been made.
Technically speaking, is "Britain and Ireland" is a valid equivalent for "British Isles"? --LevenBoy (talk) 18:27, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Another question could be is the Channel Islands a part of the British Isles? From a geographic point of view they are not. But then the term BI is not a purely geographic term but a political term used to describe the bounds of the UK government. Bjmullan (talk) 23:21, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Many months ago, there was a RfC on whether the CI were a part of the 'British Isles', but (if memory serves me right) it came to no conclusion. GoodDay (talk) 23:26, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Hang on, the moves of votes here are getting silly. Codf1977 is taking a similar position to mine, namely that its not a blanket equivalent but it is valid in some contexts; and King supported that. Wherever it sits neither Codf1977 or HighKing are supporting LevinBoys proposal. I'm not even voting as this is an absurd discussion. There is referenced material from RS in the main article which state that B&I is used as an equivalent. You can't outvote a reliable source and I'm not legitimising this particular bit of nonsense by taking part in it. And just to deal with a couple of issues
  • Great Britain and Ireland excludes the Isle of Man but Britain and Ireland in common use doesn't
  • If we make specific reference to the Archipelago of X, the in current usage X = "British Isles" although that might change over time
--Snowded TALK 05:27, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
I guess it depends on how you define "equivalent" then. Can "Britain and Ireland" include exactly the same area as the British Isles? I have yet to see a single reliable source that says that is the case. The sources shown at presently simply mean instead of talking about the British Isles which some people think is controversial, some simply say Britain and Ireland. Its very different. BritishWatcher (talk) 09:41, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
One gets a feeling of counting the number of angels on the head of a pin here. There are sources that say B&I is increasingly used in preference to BI, we have actual examples of use in the Atlas name changes. So where people used to use the phrase BI they now use B&I for the same subject matter. Language evolves over time BW, mixing metaphors after counting the angels you have continued on to clutch at staws --Snowded TALK 10:44, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Just because a rectangle of the world covered by an atlas is labelled something doesn't necessarily mean that some certain body in the rectangle is called that, although this is often the case. I'm not sure that these atlases are saying "this group of islands is called Britain and Ireland", I would think they were saying "this is the countries of Britain and Ireland". Just as they have a map for, say, "Germany", so they have for "Britain and Ireland". This would be political and not geographical. This whole discussion proves that the term is a case-by-case basis if you ask me. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:59, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
I've argued above its case by case so agree with you there. In your example however we are talking about Atlas publications that used to be titled "British Isles" and have changed to "Britain and Ireland" without changing content. So when looking for a collective name for the UK and Ireland along with the Isle of Mann etc. they have chose to use a different one.--Snowded TALK 11:16, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
They may just be ignoring the Isle of Mann etc., I'm sure the exact political situation doesn't bother most people. Anyway, it's irrelevant, I think we should probably close all these polls, sapping time away from other things. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 11:19, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
They didn't but you are right all of these recent polls should be closed; off topic and time wasting --Snowded TALK 11:21, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
These polls cut to the very nub of the debate. We will come to the question of references in a short while. Stop changing the poll after it has been set.
I am not asking question of "whether they are used or not".
I am asking the questions of whether techinically, legally, geographically these terms are equivalent and interchangeable.
That is to say, beyond the point of opinion.
The honest truth is, we all know they are not. There are no territorial disputes between the various nations or states. We are discussing a very stable legal defined geographic area. But it is only fair to poll individuals about their beliefs first. --LevenBoy (talk) 14:28, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

No, "Britain and Ireland" is not a valid equivalent for "British Isles"[edit]

  • Agreed, as per common knowledge and endless references. --LevenBoy (talk) 00:17, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Which references state that Britain and Ireland and British Isles are not equivalent terms? There are many cited elsewhere that equate the two. --RA (talk) 17:55, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agree - We shouldn't be using Britain and Ireland in place of British Isles on Wikipedia. GoodDay (talk) 13:46, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
Surely thats not the question that was asked? Or was it ? Are we just talking about Wikipedia? Or in general conversational and editorial terms? I assumed it was a general question to try and hone a WP guideline in this area. I'm getting confused now. Fmph (talk) 07:18, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
I assume it concerns just Wikipedia. GoodDay (talk) 13:59, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
In that case this seems to be a circular discussion. If we are just talking about Wikipedia, then it is only a valid equivalent if the MOS says it is. Outside of Wikipedia (and its only outside of WP that counts as references to 'prove' the case) is a different case. Fmph (talk) 17:27, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agree - "Britain and Ireland" excludes the Isle of Man which isn't a part of the UK. "British Isles" is the most well-known and commonly used name for the islands regardless of peoples political motivations. Mabuska (talk) 14:56, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agree - Britain and Ireland is simply a completely alternative term to avoid talking about an archipelago in north west europe known as the British Isles. No reliable sources clearly stating "Britain and Ireland" is an archipelago in north west Europe have been provided. (as i have said on a couple of occasions, the wording at British Isles and British Isles naming dispute does not clearly explain the situation. People could easily read it as saying its an alternative name for the archipelago known as the British Isles, something that is not the case. BritishWatcher (talk) 18:21, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agree - for the many reasons given above. Johnbod (talk) 20:00, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agreed - It is clearly not a blanket equivalent for British Isles, however in some cases it's use can be appropriate. Codf1977 (talk) 06:21, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agree with Codf1977. In most cases it's not equivalent, but in some cases it's use is appropriate. --HighKing (talk) 13:53, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Yes, "Britain and Ireland" is a valid equivalent for "British Isles"[edit]

  • Agreed, as per common knowledge and endless references. Fmph (talk) 14:37, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agreed. The meanings of terms change over time. "Britain and Ireland" is a fuzzy term, that is used, in practice in the real world, to mean either the UK and Ireland (the state), or the islands of GB, Ireland, and the smaller ones around their shores, or both meanings simultaneously. Yes, WP should explore and tease out the technical differences between the terms, but it should also recognise that, in reality, most people do not necessarily use terminology with the same forensic accuracy employed by editors on this page, and not criticise or "teach" others to be "correct". The very fuzziness of the term encourages its wide use - it allows people to use the term without thinking about precisely which of several very slightly different things they mean. Ghmyrtle (talk) 10:00, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agreed. "Britain and Ireland" is often used in place of "British Isles". Daicaregos (talk) 17:42, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agreed. Not only is it equivalent but it is preferred by many as a more NPOV term. Bjmullan (talk) 17:47, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agree per RS. Britain and Ireland is cited as "becoming preferred usage" (Davies:2000) or "is the more favoured expression" (Hazlett:2003) to British Isles for example. As with all terms in this arena (including British Isles), editors should consider what it most appropriate to the topic and to the context. Language in this arena is highly charged and use or non-use of any turns of phrase (even seemingly innocuous ones such as this) should be considered carefully. --RA (talk) 18:01, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Agree with Codf1977. In most cases it's not equivalent, but in some cases it's use is appropriate.

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Are the Isle of Man & Channel Islands a part of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland? (Resolved)[edit]

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This is very silly. The Isle of Man is a self-governing British Crown Dependency. It is neither part of the United Kingdom nor the Republic of Ireland. Likewise, the Channel Islands are an archipelago of British Crown Dependencies, none of which are part of either the United Kingdom or the Republic or Ireland. These aren't things we can change via a silly poll - they're commonly known facts which could have been easily ascertained simply by reading the relevant articles and the associated references. This poll has nothing to do with a specific example of usage of the term "British Isles", and I'm closing it. TFOWR 11:41, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Following GoodDay above, another simple poll.

Are the Isle of Man (islands) & the Channel Islands part of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland? (If yes, please state part of which nation). --LevenBoy (talk) 18:36, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

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Are the Isle of Man & Channel Islands a part of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland? (Clarification)[edit]

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It's gone to WP:AN. TFOWR 17:46, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Please, TFOWR, allow me to go through this slowly and logically without disruption. These are important leading questions.

Just to clarifying then, do we all agree that Isle of Man & Channel Islands a part of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland then?

The correct answer is "no, Isle of Man & Channel Islands a part of the United Kingdom nor Republic of Ireland". I just want to make sure we are all singing from the same hymn book.

TFOWR, I would prefer to ask you to open the poll again and allow it to complete with all regular commentators contributing. There is no good reason to close it early.

It is not "beyond the scope of this page to decided this". It has already been legal decided a long time ago by the governments involved. --LevenBoy (talk) 14:36, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

No, I'm not going to re-open the poll. It is completely beyond the scope of this page to decide this, for precisely the reason you yourself cite: the status of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are legal issues, decided by the respective governments - not by a bunch of anonymous editors on a website. What possible benefit would derive from having this poll? (Hint: none). TFOWR 14:40, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
OK. May I re-open the poll then without being threatened with a blocking or banning?
There is no question of "whether it is within or without the scope of this page to decide".
The matter has already been decided by the governments involved.
What I am polling is contributors' knowledge of those decisions and acceptance of it. --LevenBoy (talk) 14:52, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
I take the view that re-opening it would be disruptive. Polling contributors' knowledge is off-topic. Contributors' knowledge of constitutional law is of no relevance here - what matters is contributors' knowledge of Wikipedia policy and precedent. TFOWR 14:56, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
I am sorry but no. I have 3 very simple questions. How on earth can you say knowledge of constitutional matters are of no relevance when we are discussing and deciding matters of nation and statehood? If contributors do not know, then I will provide them with those details. Where individuals genuinely do not know, surely they need to start with that understanding, don't they?
Does Wikipedia really work on the basis of precedents? I think you are wrong there. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:00, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Howabout transferring those questions to your own talkpage & invite folks there to participate. GoodDay (talk) 15:03, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
There is no question that the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not part of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland. All your poll serves to do is to examine contributors' knowledge. As GoodDay says, you can do that on your own talk page. Not here. This page certainly does work on policy and precedent: not on votes, polls, opinions or any other cruft. TFOWR 15:06, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
It is called consensus building, TFOWR, which is Wikipedia precedent.
I would rather TFOWR just answered the question or, even better, allowed each and every individual to answer the question. Just to clarifying then, do we all agree that Isle of Man & Channel Islands are not part of either the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland then? --LevenBoy (talk) 15:07, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
They're not a part of the UK or the RoI. Howabout having this questions at your talkpage? GoodDay (talk) 15:09, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Consensus never overrides policy, and consensus never overrides reality. A consensus that "the sky is red" will never be an acceptable reason to change the article Sky to describe a state that is unrelated to reality. TFOWR 15:11, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Good. I agree. Reality does override consensus and policy.
I have three simple questions to be discussed here with everyone in order to gain the mandate of all users.
At present, TFOWER you are blocking that consensus being agreed and made by your actions and creating more disruption than if we just ran the poll. I actually think you are acting beyond your authority.
We are agreeing what reality is. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:12, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Would it be alright to move these questions to BISE's main page? GoodDay (talk) 15:21, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Sure, if it keeps the disruption on this page down. I still think LevenBoy's talkpage would be the best bet, but LevenBoy seems determined to have this poll somewhere visible. So long as the disruption here stops, I don't really care. TFOWR 15:24, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
If you want to "poll reality", you can do it on your talkpage. If you want to check whether I'm acting beyond my authority, you can do it at WP:ANI. The poll is off-topic here because it serves no purpose - we all already know what the constituional status is of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and it will not, in any event, be decided here. TFOWR 15:24, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
OK, I will. You are twisting my words to insult and provoke me TROWR. I never said I wanted to "poll reality". I am polling what other users' positions are on the most pertinent questions relating to the British Isles naming dispute and you are disrupting it. The poll had support and you are causing more disruption by closing it early than if it was allowed to run. --LevenBoy (talk) 16:05, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
With it transfered to the mainpage, I reckon it'll be alright to 're-open' the closure-in-question. GoodDay (talk) 16:07, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
I'll take responsibility for pushing TFOWR in the direction of a closure, as I suggested it one his talk page. I'd rather this be moved to LevenBoy's talk page, if it is opened somewhere else.
Everyone here agrees that Crown dependencies are not part of the UK or Ireland. EVERYONE. If anyone ever argues otherwise, I'm sure they'd be shut down by other editors very fast. The poll serves no great purpose. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:09, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
This was an attempt to derail the discussion above. It was incredibly WP:POINTy, and I've warned the editor responsbile. TFOWR 16:14, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Tad harsh reaction if you ask me, I can see it as a perfectly goodfaith non-pointy change, an editor combining two polls he set up under a greater heading. Still, your edit summary was nice. Anyway, combined or not, shift it please. Somewhere, anywhere, not on the specific example page. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:26, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
The combining of the polls was fine (though I'd prefer it if people didn't refactor discussions once people have contributed to them): it was the martyr-tastic "Forbidden" heading change. If LevenBoy wants to complain about being forbidden to dick around, they can do it at ANI where folk have an even lower tolerance for disruption and WP:POINTy nonsense. TFOWR 16:59, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Let's transfer these to BISE mainpage. GoodDay (talk) 16:11, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Let's keep the Polls together for just now as they are linked to from ANI. The problem is, there are too many discussion places. We should have just one. Everyone who cares about these issues from whatever point of view is here, so let's address the matter peacefully here.
I am sorry but the Poll was not "resolved" it was unilaterally closed.--LevenBoy (talk) 17:36, 10 October 2010 (UTC)--LevenBoy (talk) 17:36, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Indeed. A snow close, with everyone agreeing with the bleeding obvious. It's best if discussion on this pointless poll continue at ANI. TFOWR 17:39, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

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What do we do when a reference contradicts technical facts?[edit]

3rd quick poll, please bear with me on this because there are editors from outside of the British Isles that will not appreciate the subtle technicalities of this discussion. Bear in mind that most of the rest of the world thinks England is Britain and has not a clue where the Isles of Man are, or why it is such a big issue.

  • We are all, basically, in agreement that, legally or technically, "Britain and Ireland" is not actually equivalent to "British Isles".
  • TFOWR has unilaterally decided that we all agree that neither the Isle of Man & Channel Islands are parts of either the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. I disagree with the way in which he did so but I agree with his conclusion. It just would have been better to get everyone's mandate on it. This is all really to address an issue Snowded raised sometime ago on the page above.

What do we do when a given reference contradicts what we know to be technical accurate, e.g. a reference calling the British Isles "Britain and Ireland" to the exclusion of the IoM and/or CI?

We are all, basically, in agreement that, legally or technically, "Britain and Ireland" is not actually equivalent to "British Isles" We are? It looks to me like the two "sides" are about evenly matched in terms of numbers. I've not looked at the arguments, however.
There was, I thought, a third option in the B&I/BI poll saying "sometimes" equivalent. To my mind that highlighted why this was one area where a blanket ruling would be impossible - sources use terms in varying ways. We do what we always do: we cite the source, and explain/clarify any discrepancy. None of this should be new to us - this isn't an issue that's arisen out of the blue, an issue that the community hasn't thought of previously or encountered before. TFOWR 18:16, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
@LB, can we see an example of an issue? --HighKing (talk) 19:47, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
I am sorry TFOWR but I must remind you politely, you don't speak for anyone else but yourself. Please allow others to speak for themselves because everyone has their own specific point of view.
You have already derailed one poll causing a massive disruption where you clearly could and should have "assumed good faith". There is an open channel of communication between us, please ask first. Essentially you are only an equal here, despite your administrator tools. You do not act on others behalf.
@HighKing, e.g. one thing that has come up is Fmph's comment at 14:37, 8 October 2010 saying, "Britain and Ireland is a valid equivalent for British Isles". If that can be true, it contradicts the 2nd Poll which everyone agreed the Isle of Man and Channel Islands are not in UK nor Ireland.
Sorry, I don't see a contradiction. One poll asked if it is a valid equivalent. Another poll asked if the Crown Dependencies were a part of the UK or Ireland. Both polls are answered. Yes, they are used as valid equivalents. But No, they are not part of UK or Ireland. This perceived contradiction should help you understand why some Irish people find it equally contradictory to find Ireland as part of the "British" Isles. --HighKing (talk) 15:05, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
In such a case, I would like to ask him to explain directly how and where the Isle of Man and Channel Islands exactly fit in then. --LevenBoy (talk) 14:42, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
No need to apologise. But to pick up on your plaintive "allow others to speak for themselves because everyone has their own specific point of view." I'll gladly do so - what I'm not prepared to do it allow off-topic discussions and/or polls. Take it to ANI if you disagree with that stance. In this case, seeing as you have taken it to ANI, simply accept the result. TFOWR 14:48, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Wait a sec. IoM and/or CI are not a part of the UK or RoI. However IoM & CI are generally grouped with the islands called Ireland & Great Britain. GoodDay (talk) 15:08, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Correct. One name for such a grouping is "British Isles". Another name is "Britain and Ireland". "Britain and Ireland" isn't always equivalent: sometimes it just means "[Great] Britain and Ireland". Hence the value in the "Britain and Ireland" poll. And, indeed, in considering each case on its merits. There's no such value in considering whether the Isle of Man is part of the United Kingdom etc etc, unless one wanted to attempt to make a WP:POINT. TFOWR 15:17, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
This is where you have to be very careful TFOWR because on one hand you are playing the part of an impartial judge and jury (chairman) but here you are expressing a personal opinion which is technically wrong. "Britain and Ireland" is not a name. I think you should play either one role or the other.
To state the obvious, "Britain and Ireland" are two clearly defined names and exclusive of the CI, as we have agreed. No one would or could argue the CIs are in Britain or Ireland. Personally, I would not argue that the IoM is in Britain either. Last time I looked, it was off Britain. Britain and British Islands are not synonymous. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:55, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Be sure not to mix up UK & RoI with GB & I. GoodDay (talk) 15:57, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
You're confusing "Britain and Ireland" with "Britain" and "Ireland". The former is a term that is sometimes used as an equivalent to "British Isles" - that's not (I believe?) disputed. What's disputed is when it's appropriate to use it as an alternative to "British Isles". The latter is the name of two islands. I don't believe I am expressing a personal opinion - I'm simply explaining to you what the issue at hand is. If you want my personal opinion - it's that "Britain and Ireland" is less than ideal, precisely because of the ambiguity you've fallen into. But that's just my personal opinion which, as you say, is something I seek to avoid. What matters is the well-reasoned arguments of other participants. TFOWR 16:09, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Legal and geographically, there is no confusion. I suggest the only way to avoid conflict is to stick to what is clearly defined. You have just clarified that for us. IoM and CI are in neither and so, logically, Britain and Ireland cannot mean British Isles.
"Britain and Ireland" means "Britain" and "Ireland". The problem that we have is, that in an area of dispute, individuals are using a mixed quality and age of references. This is why I want to poll whether we "Follow what we know to be technically accurate or the literal words of the references". It is impossible for us to mystically divine what each and every author meant when they wrote "Britain and Ireland". They may have just be slack, chauvanist, colloquial or plain wrong, that is why I am asking, do we go along with what is erroneous or adopt a policy of technical accuracy. Do we accept what is clearly defined as a priority.
If we are honest, the cause of the confusion in this whole dispute is the Irish editors confusing a 2,000 year old term taken from the native Celtic-language name (Brettanic Isles from which we get British Isles), with the crimes of the United Kingdom. --LevenBoy (talk) 17:01, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
LevenBoy, if you're unable to accept that some sources do use "Britain and Ireland" as an alternative to "British Isles", there's not much I can do to help you. We consider each source on its merits - some clearly do use "Britain and Ireland" as an alternative to "British Isles", while others are less precise in their use. I'm not going to make a blanket ruling saying that we run away from the challenge and only consider sources that use "British Isles" because it's "easier". Dealing with challenges is part and parcel of editing - not just here at WT:BISE but in general.
And if you make a crack at other editors again, I will start remembering your civility parole. TFOWR 17:11, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
There was no "crack at other editors" above, so please wind down your threats and remove it. I mean the authors of the original references which individuals are chosing to quoting. --LevenBoy (talk) 18:18, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
...the cause of the confusion in this whole dispute is the Irish editors confusing... You have been told time and time again to comment on contributions, not contributors. TFOWR 18:21, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes, and we are dealing with that matter over at ANI. It is impossible to discuss the matter with discussion the matter and so please do not conflate to separate issues by dragging partial and prejudicial statements, out of context, and back here where it will obvious cause disruption.
My full comment was, ... If we are honest here, the historical problem that has caused the naming dispute is Engligh chauvanism over the Irish. I accept that. If we are honest, the Wikipedia naming dispute was about primarily Irish editors trying attempting to replace every incident of British Isles with "Britain and Ireland". I understand the Irish's feelings. The problem is, we cannot resolve Engligh chauvanism over the Irish with British and Irish chauvanism over the Manx (Isle of Man) or Channel Islanders .... --LevenBoy (talk) 18:31, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
No, your comment was If we are honest, the cause of the confusion in this whole dispute is the Irish editors confusing a 2,000 year old term taken from the native Celtic-language name (Brettanic Isles from which we get British Isles), with the crimes of the United Kingdom. You seem to be confusing your comment at WP:AN with your comment here. I'm quoting the latter. You raised an issue here, I addressed it here. TFOWR 18:36, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
I utterly reject @LevenBoy's assertion that ... the Wikipedia naming dispute was about primarily Irish editors trying attempting to replace every incident of British Isles with "Britain and Ireland"..... There is no evidence for that. Remove the word every and replace it with many/some/plenty/most or any other of a multitude of quantifiers and you might be starting to get close. Anyone who believes that it might be possible to replace every instance is living on cloud cuckoo land. The defining characteristic of this dispute is actually the offence taken by many on the other side on any such replacements, referenced, valid or not! Fmph (talk) 13:11, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
@Levenboy Actually both "Britain" and "Ireland" are ambiguous names. "Britain" can refer to the UK, Great Britain or possibly the British Isles with the exclusion of Ireland, while "Ireland" can refer to the Republic of Ireland or the Island of Ireland. Nessy76 (talk) 11:24, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Ignore the techincal error and use the words of the reference[edit]

Follow what we know to be technically accurate[edit]

  • Agree. Technical accurate, or reality as TFOWR calls it above, has priority above opinion or consensus. --LevenBoy (talk) 18:03, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Other possible alternatives[edit]

Follow the MOS or the consensus. This is what usually happens whenever there is a confusion of terminology. The reason I know that is because we've been doing it here for many moths now. Fmph (talk) 19:39, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Problem, there is no MOS yet. TFOWR has thankfully made it clear that reality takes priority over policy and consensus. We are dealing with areas which have clearly establish legal existences and definitions. --LevenBoy (talk) 14:42, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Keep in mind above all: United Kingdom does not equal Great Britain & Republic of Ireland does not equal Ireland (the island). GoodDay (talk) 15:15, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

There may be no MOS (actually there are plenty of them - there just isn't one yet to deal with BI vs B&I - your question was phrased generically about WP, not specificaly about BI), but there is always consensus, which is what most of us have been working towards on this page for a long time. Fmph (talk) 13:02, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

If I may offer a drive-by opinion, is this usage in a direct quotation or a paraphrase? If it's a direct quotation, it should be quoted exactly as the writer presented, warts & all. If it's in a paraphrase, then the wording needs to be considered. -- llywrch (talk) 17:44, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Coming late to this after a days travel I have got to ask why LevenBoy is raising the same issues again and again. We have citations which establish B&I is used as an alternative to BI; we have clear citations that the etymology of the term BI starts with Dee. This is 101 Wikipedia stuff; references from reliable sources. --Snowded TALK 21:27, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

United Kingdom[edit]

Talk:United Kingdom templated. Wikiproject talks templated: Wikipedia talk:UK Wikipedians' notice board, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject UK geography

Well, I'm sure this is an interesting article to be brought here. I bring it up because I noticed in geography "It includes Lough Neagh, at 388 square kilometres (150 sq mi), the largest body of water in the UK and Ireland." The source calls it the largest body of water in "Britain and Ireland". I don't think saying it is the largest body of water in the UK and Ireland is correct, as in an article about the UK saying it is the largest in the United Kingdom and somewhere else is pointless. Using British Isles puts it in a better, and I think more relevant context. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:34, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

If you approach this geographically, LN is the largest body of water on the island of Ireland. If you approach this politically, LN is the largest body of water in the United Kingdom. GoodDay (talk) 14:40, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps, but notability is conveyed through area. The article on Nepal, for example, states that mount everest is one of the highest peaks in the world. Tanzania calls Kilimanjaro Africa's highest peak. There is no need to shrink it just down to Ireland. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:50, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Saying that Lough Neagh is the largest lake in the UK and Ireland is actually correct, if you are referring to the two countries, sharing as they do the same group of islands. It's also more all-encompassing than using Great Britain and Ireland, because those are only the two largest in a large number of islands within that group. I do rather think that the former is a better description. -- roleplayer 15:05, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Well it does seem to me a case of mixing countries and islands here - just change it to "...body of water in the British Isles" using Oxford dictionary of Celtic mythology By James MacKillop as a ref. Codf1977 (talk) 16:44, 9 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for using "British Isles" in respect of Lough Neagh at United Kingdom[edit]

  • Removes a case of mixing Countries and islands, simpler, all encompassing and above all is supported by a source Codf1977 (talk) 16:54, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • "largest body of water in the British Isles" reads better than the current "largest body of water in the UK and Ireland"
  • Larger geographical area provides greater notability, the lake should be described for what it's notable for. Just as Kilimanjaro is decribed as Africa's largest mountain in the Tanzania article, so the lough should be regarded as the largest lake in the British Isles. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:10, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • It is British Isles because it is a geographical matter not a political matter. Lough Neagh exists in Ireland (island) and Britain (the political state). Using BI resolves all the likely problems arising if you use Ireland. --LevenBoy (talk) 14:40, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
  • The Lough Neagh already states it's the biggest lake in the British Isles. We should maintain consistency. LemonMonday Talk 16:30, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments against using "British Isles" in respect of Lough Neagh at United Kingdom[edit]

  • Lough Neagh is the largest body of water in the United Kingdom. Factual and succinct, and as the article is about the United Kingdom, anything else is superfluous. Daicaregos (talk) 17:32, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Don't agree, if, for the sake of argument Lough Neagh was the largest body of water in Europe no one would have an issue with the article reading "Lough Neagh was the largest body of water in Europe" Codf1977 (talk) 18:11, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • No discernible benefit to the article. It would merely replace one set of terms with another. Either turn of phrase is correct. However, tokenistic changing of terms in this charged arena is inadvisable. Unless there is an error, leave well enough alone. There are no erroneous or problematic use of term. Lough Neagh is the largest body of water in the UK, in Ireland, and in "the UK and Ireland" (a synonymous turn of phrase to British Isles). Example usage: "Lough Rd leads west from the town centre to Antrim Lough Shore Park, where the vast size of Lough Neagh – the largest lake in the UK and Ireland (see also p621 ) – is apparent." (Lonely Planet guide to Ireland.) --RA (talk) 17:48, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
There is benefit as it scans better, "the UK and Ireland" is not the same as "British Isles" and as the British Isles is a large entity than the combination of the UK and ROI, it stands to reason it is more notable. Codf1977 (talk) 18:11, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Notability is not the same as "larger". Bear in mind too that the article is about the United Kingdom. Also, "scans" is a matter of preference, about which one's objectivity can be influenced by many factors (including a preference for certain terms regardless of how they "scan").
Unless there is a problem with use of terminology then the proposal here is simply to exchange one set of terms with another. There are no problems that I can see with the use of terminology in the sentence. --RA (talk) 19:21, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
It scans better?? Eh ... No.  :-) --HighKing (talk) 14:33, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
  • As that article is about the UK (thus political), we can say ..largest body of water within the UK. Now, if LN were mentioned at Great Britain and/or Ireland? I'd have no probs with mentioning British Isles. GoodDay (talk) 18:53, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Article is about the UK, and its the largest body of water in the UK. The Loch Neagh article is the geographical one where the largest unit argument comes into play --Snowded TALK 21:09, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Since the subject matter is the UK, then we should stick with stating facts about the UK. A nice infobox would be great with "Highest Mountain", "Longest River", etc, all detailed. --HighKing (talk) 14:39, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Has that been done before? If you can point me to a page with that sort of infobox on it, I'd appreciate it. Be useful I reckon, irrespective of this debate. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 15:16, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Hmmmm....I thought it had but I can't find an article that uses an infobox like that....if I come across one I'll let you know. --HighKing (talk) 19:43, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
But the subject matter is also body of water in Ireland. Anything non-political should stick with geographical references. --LevenBoy (talk) 17:42, 10 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for using "Britain and Ireland" in respect of Lough Neagh at United Kingdom[edit]

  • As per source. " ... in the UK and Ireland ..." sounds tortuous. If we stick with UK&I it should change to " ... in both the UK and Ireland ..." Fmph (talk) 18:39, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
Even your alternate wording is still tortuous, and as we have this source we can get around that by just using British Isles. Codf1977 (talk) 18:43, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
"Source hunting" does not benefit decisions making around this topic, regardless of whether it is to remove British Isles or to add it. It misses the point of Wikipedia:Verifiability and has a ring of gaming and battling to it.
In many cases, such as this one, sources use a multitude of terms (including, in this case, saying that Lough Neagh is the largest body of water in "the UK and Ireland"; see above). In other cases, no source we find may say British Isles (or another turn of phrase). That doesn't matter. The point is that the statement made is supported by references. It doesn't matter whether or not the same words are used that statement as are a used in the reference. --RA (talk) 19:29, 9 October 2010 (UTC)
It's about the UK so keep it the UK. Bjmullan (talk) 16:40, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

States of Alderney[edit]

The States of Alderney appear to lack any mention of the British Isles in the content and template boxes. The template boxes look as though they need some attention. It would not seem to be controversial to include mention somewhere. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:26, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Since they're a part of the Channel Islands, I've no probs with mentioning British Isles within the article. GoodDay (talk) 15:28, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Isn't Alderney a bailiwick of Guernsey (and hence covered implicitly)? I don't know - I'm basing this on decades' old memories of Summer holidays... TFOWR 15:29, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, answering a completely different question (adding Alderney to the BI template). Looking at States of Alderney, my first thought is that the article is focussed on the government of Alderney, and BI would be better suited to the Alderney article, if it's not already covered (I've not looked yet). TFOWR 15:37, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
Fair enough, the same question applies to both. It has its own government and president. It is part of the CIs and BIs, and non-controversial. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:39, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
What change are you proposing to make, and to which article? TFOWR 16:45, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
See above to my question on categories. Personally, I do not see anywhere that says there are any sanctions being placed on introducing categories to any topic, as long as they are relative and individuals do not start edit warring over them. They are merely non-exclusive sorting devices. --LevenBoy (talk) 17:05, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
I still don't see what change you're proposing be made, and to which article. Alderney or States of Alderney, or both? I gather the change has something to do with categories, however: what category are you proposing be added/removed? TFOWR 18:50, 11 October 2010 (UTC)
It's hard to know what is being proposed here or what problem exists in the article. Is it simply the absence of the phrase British Isles from the text of the article that is a problem? --RA (talk) 23:03, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
  • No notification as yet on article talk page. DuncanHill (talk) 15:30, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
    At this point we don't know what, if anything, LevenBoy is proposing be changed - or even if it affects States of Alderney or Alderney instead. When/if we know what's proposed, and whether it's worth having a discussion, I'll get LevenBoy to template the talk pages then. TFOWR 15:46, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
It's clearly impossible then that editors with the article on their watchlist could help find out what LevenBoy is proposing, or have anything worthwhile to say on if a discussion should take place is it? Or do you want to come up with a solution then push it through there by claiming consensus here? DuncanHill (talk) 15:51, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Without any proposal here there will be no solution or claim of consensus here. Editors with the article on their watchlist can edit it as normal - it's not an issue for this page. TFOWR 15:55, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

North Channel (Great Britain and Ireland)[edit]

This one was renamed from North Channel (British Isles) a while ago without adequate discussion (maybe no discussion). The article is purely geographic and British Isles describes the setting of the channel. The fact that the channel runs between Northern Ireland and Scotland, or the islands of Great Britain and Ireland, should be clarified in the text. I recommend renaming this article accordingly. LemonMonday Talk 16:37, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Hold the phone. Somebody appears to have deleted our article on the Irish Channel naming dispute. MickMacNee (talk) 17:17, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes Mick hold the phone. The Channel Islands have drifted north from the French coast are are causing delays for the Stena Line ferries between Belfast and Stranraer. I would certainly object to using BI because the North Channel only effect two main islands. But why not rename the article "North Channel" and create a disambiguation page to the only other English article which is North Channel (Ontario)? Bjmullan (talk) 17:50, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Channel Islands are irrelevant here, and your mocking remarks could be construed as a breach of civility (I imagine). They also add nothing to the debate so I guess they will be ignored. LemonMonday Talk 18:13, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
MickMacNee, Bjmullan those comments aren't helpful. TFOWR 20:02, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Agree TROWR & sorry. But the second part of my post is serious and was used to defuse a contentious topic not long ago that I was involved at Shane Duffy. Worth thinking about. Bjmullan (talk) 20:32, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Disclosure: Bardcom is my old username. Hmmm ... looking back, I was a little bollix at times. Belated apologies :-) --HighKing (talk) 21:49, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
North Channel. I'm for Bjmullan's proposal to just name it North Channel. On the other hand, it appears to my uneducated mind that it's simply between Scotland and Northern Ireland, so following the Ontario naming we could just call it North Channel (United Kingdom) Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:37, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for reverting to "British Isles" at North Channel (Great Britain and Ireland)[edit]

  • This is about a maritime subject. At present, we have not established a consensus for describing inshore waters that are shared between countries of the BI and for this reason I propose it be changed to BI, particularly as the channel does include some additional small islands. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:27, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
  • If we need to disambiguate we should at least do it accurately. As the channel passes other islands other than Great Britain and Ireland, British Isles is more accurate. As it is a geographical subject matter there is nothing wrong with using BI either. Quantpole (talk) 09:48, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • The North Channel is in the British Isles. It separates the island of Great Britain and the island of Ireland, it is not "in" Great Britain and Ireland which the present title misleadingly suggests. Surely we should state where the North Channel is, not what borders it? BritishWatcher (talk) 11:13, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining "Great Britain and Ireland" at North Channel (Great Britain and Ireland)[edit]

  • If the Isle of Man had been within the North Channel? I'd have argued for reversion. But, since it's not? let's go with GB & I. GoodDay (talk) 21:30, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
  • It is normal to describe a channel or strait in terms of the bodies of water it joins, and/or the bodies of land it separates. For example the English Channel separates Great Britain from northern France. Similarly the Pentland Firth separates the Orkney Islands from Caithness in the north of Scotland, Cook Strait is the strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, Bass Strait is a sea strait separating Tasmania from the south of the Australian mainland, specifically the state of Victoria, and the Strait of Gibraltar separates Spain in Europe from Morocco in Africa, etc. Keeping in line with similar articles would indicate using either Scotland and Northern Ireland, or nothing wrong with simply keeping Great Britain and Ireland. --HighKing (talk) 08:06, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • No discernible benefit to the article. Change would simply exchange of one set of terms for another. No terms are used in error or in a problematic manner. If the straw poll on the talk page resulted in a decision to place the article at the current location it is not the business of this task force to reverse that decision. --RA (talk) 23:03, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Agrochola nitida[edit]

The article states "It is found in most of Europe, except Great Britain, Ireland and the Iberian Peninsula." Use of "Great Britain, Ireland" is a clear euphemism here for British Isles and the terminology should be replaced to the more accurate British Isles - are we saying it's found in the IoM? At present we could be, so using British Isles should help to clarify it. LemonMonday Talk 16:44, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Do you have any references, either for "British Isles" or for either of the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands? TFOWR 16:53, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
I can accept usage of 'British Isles' as Iberian Peninsula is being used. GoodDay (talk) 22:09, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Did some various Boolean searches with Agrochola nitida and Isle of Man, Channel Islands, no clarifying hits. This suggests to me that it isn't found on them, as if they were they'd probably be listed somewhere. The map here backs up the not Great Britain/Ireland, and also apparently Isle of Man. No call on the Channel Islands though. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 04:54, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
If only we were certain whether the Channel Islands were in the British Isles or not! Fmph (talk) 13:27, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
The States of Guernsey, Jersey and Alderney seem fairly certain, and that's good enough for me - I'm working on the basis that the Channel Islands are part of the British Isles. TFOWR 13:39, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. Thats good to know. I personally think that the map here may not be the most reliable source as although it includes Sicily IN the range, it excludes Corsica and Sardinia. It also includes Gotland, but excludes Latvia, Estonia etc. Not sure its hugely definitive. Fmph (talk) 14:29, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Is it in Corsica, Sardina, or the Baltics? I'm personally interested in how it made it to Finland. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:36, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
We seem to have the usual difficulty with assessing sources from stubs on this one. I'm not clear how authoritative the Polish lepidoptera website cited is, but probably we don't know enough to make a snap judgement and should therefore leave the status quo, as the article requires more expert oversight/revision. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 18:14, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Would this fall under the Fauna guideline? I'm wondering, as in this situation we are arguing for the negative, that is that it is not found in the archipelago-north-of-france. Proving a negative is always difficult, and the current wording of the guideline seems to say to accept the largest geographical area, although I think it was not worded for situations of the negative, as opposed to finding the animal in the archipelago. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:54, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for "British Isles" at Agrochola nitida[edit]

  • The article uses Iberian Peninsula, thereofore no probs with using 'British Isles', too. GoodDay (talk) 22:40, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
  • From the current state of things, I'd have to say BI would be better, as it would qualify the other islands in the area besides the main two. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:36, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Very suitable case where the Fauna Guideline should be applied. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:56, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • It is not "original research" to say British Isles in such circumstances. I thought that principle had been accepted long ago. BritishWatcher (talk) 11:02, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • It is in Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles the topic page of which we might address at the same time as it says, "The Colour Identification Guide to Moths of the British Isles (Macrolepidoptera) by Bernard Skinner is a single volume identification guide to the macro-moths of Britain and Ireland". --LevenBoy (talk) 16:30, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments against "British Isles" at Agrochola nitida[edit]

  • No discernible benefit to the article. A change would simply exchange of one set of terms for another of the same (or essentially the same) meaning. No terms are used in error or in a manner that is problematic. --RA (talk) 23:03, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Going back to the references and sources - none use "British Isles", therefore WP:OR --HighKing (talk) 19:29, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Livery yard[edit]

At present the article states "A livery yard or livery stable (Great Britain, Ireland), or boarding stable (Australia, North America)". Again, Great Britain and Ireland appears to be used as a euphemism for British Isles. British Isles would be more accurate and would be in keeping with the geographic regions used in the same statement - Australia and North America. Again, if we don't use British Isles here we are being ambiguous. LemonMonday Talk 16:48, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Do you have any references, either for "British Isles" or for either of the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands? TFOWR 16:53, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
This sounds like something that should be done by countries, not be geographic regions. That, or English dialects. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:14, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
We don't care if you say "British Isles" over some other terminology. Just so you know, WPEQ doesn't have a dog in this fight. Just feel free to fix it when you guys decide. Montanabw(talk) 19:47, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
I'd be tempted here to have British Isles for livery and then Australasia, North America) for boarding stable - if that doesn't work then it should be countries. Per prior discussion, don't mix geographical names with country names use one or other consistently --Snowded TALK 21:35, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Since it's essentially part of the American and British English differences, I'd prefer to refer to the differences with relation to dialects which is far better and more accurate. --HighKing (talk) 22:28, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
*Cough* Australia ;-) TFOWR 22:35, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
*nudge* Australian English ;-) --HighKing (talk) 22:41, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
In agreement with Snowded. Use all countries or all geographic names. GoodDay (talk) 22:45, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
Wholly agree that since it is dialects of English that are being referred to that it is better to give dialects than geographic entities (or states) i.e. "A livery yard or livery stable (British and Hiberno English), or boarding stable (Australian and American English) is...". --RA (talk) 23:16, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
FWIW, horse terms are all over the place; in many cases, Australia uses UK terms for various things equine ("head collar" instead of USA "halter" being a classic example), yet other times Au appears to use US forms, as here. (Yet other times Au has its own unique words, and sometimes Ireland uses different terms from the UK). So, from my totally outside (and American) point of view, this one seems to be more location-related. Montanabw(talk) 03:23, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
That backs up the dialect argument, and shows why the various strains of English are recognized as separate. --HighKing (talk) 10:09, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Indeed, Australian English follows this weird policy of using British English and randomly taking in words and terms from American English, no doubt due to mass media effects. Dialects seem more accurate anyway, a Brit in Australia might call it a livery stable, and get stared at weirdly. Vice versa. Thus dialects are more appropriate. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:42, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
No objections to changing it to talk about dialects. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:53, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for "British Isles" at Livery yard[edit]

  • This source shows there is a Livery Yard in the Isle of Man. There for we can not just say Great Britain and Ireland.
  • North America is not a country or island but stated in the first sentence, there for there is no reason why we must say Great Britain/Ireland or United Kingdom and Ireland. Geographical locations such as the British Isles are perfectly acceptable. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:49, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments against "British Isles" at Livery yard[edit]

  • No discernible benefit to article, simply an exchange of one set of terms for another. No terms are used erroneously or in a manner that is problematic. (Though there are other better ways of saying it, such as the suggestion to replace geographic places with dialects of English.)
    Also the arguments put forward are ill-concieved (i.e. that British Isles "would be in keeping with the geographic regions used in the same statement"). The geographic terms currently used are three islands (Great Britain, Ireland and Australia) and a continent (North America). Exchaning two of these islands for British Isles would further mix the geographic units mentioned, leading to an island, an archipelago and a continent being mixed in one sentence. That is not necessarily a problem - it doesn't mix states and geographic area (though arguable Australia is both) - but it highlights how the argument is ill-concieved.
    I notice this user has few contributions outside of this area. --RA (talk) 23:03, 12 October 2010 (UTC)
  • As per RA, no discernible benefit. A change towards linguistic differences might help, but without references one way or t'other isn't this a waste of everyone's time. I thought that this was a place for genuinely problematic instances where the references needed consensual interpretation? Or should we all just go out and create our own lists of ever-so-slightly dodgy POV usages and bring him back here for a row? Fmph (talk) 12:23, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
  • This is about dialects, not geographic areas per se. I believe a blanket ruling should be possible to cover articles that use (in X, this term is used and in Y, another) phrases. --HighKing (talk) 12:50, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
  • I think the article's current text is a bit confusing anyway (it sounds a bit as if the first Livery term might belong to Britain and the second Livery term to Ireland) but the real problem is that switching to BI would mix regions and countries, so I'm for not using BI as the replacement, but mods are probably still needed in the current form. If it was reworded as something like "BI and then other parts of the Anglosphere" that might change things, but I can see why local editors would have wanted to name "horsey" countries like Oz, the US, Ireland, etc. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 18:25, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Kurt Jackson[edit]

One off my own watchlist - Kurt Jackson - an unsigned user made this change [34], replacing British Isles with Britain. Not sure if it merits a discussion here - this seems to be the only edit that IP has made. Jackson is an artist whose published work includes paintings in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. If people think this one needs discussion I will open the correct threads below. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:57, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

...and, if required, do the necessary here and here. ;-) TFOWR 18:21, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
"...the British Isles and abroad" is problematic because abroad refers to foreign countries (the British Isles is not a country). If the Republic of Ireland figures substantially in this artists work then British Isles may be deserved but as it stands the IP's edit fixes an error. I suggest nothing be done about the fix to "fix" it the other way since it was fixed organically by the IP.
That however is not the only problem with the sentence. The artist, we are told, draws inspiration from "the Cornish landscape around Penwith and elsewhere in the British Isles and abroad." Surely "Cornish landscape" can only be found in Cornwall? But that is beyond the scope of this project.
--RA (talk) 18:29, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Has he made paintings of Isle of Man or Channel Islands? GoodDay (talk) 20:34, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
He's done work on the Greenpeace ship Esperanza featuring dolphins and whales around the coasts of Britain; the works don't say more specifically where they are, just "off the coast of Britain", "off the coast of Ireland", etc. He also published a collection from the Scilly Isles. [35] Plus the usual reminder that we've not established that the IofM / CI are essential pre-requisites for use of BI. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 21:19, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Either the IoM or CI shall have to be considered as essential pre-requisites for BI usage, as part of the argument the Britain and Ireland isn't equivalent to British Isles. If Jackson was around either of those too? the BI usage is acceptable. GoodDay (talk) 21:24, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
We are leaving the subject a little, but please indicate where consensus was reached on this last assertion of yours please. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 21:30, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
I don't know if the community agrees with me. I'm merely stating my reasoning for why I'd argue for or against. GoodDay (talk) 21:37, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
Ah, OK, you were stating your opinion, that's OK. From your phrasing I assumed you were attempting to restate a policy. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 21:41, 13 October 2010 (UTC)
No probs. GoodDay (talk) 21:43, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

Interesting random change that IP made lol. British Isles is appropriate there. British Isles and overseas rather than abroad perhaps may be less problematic? BritishWatcher (talk) 10:20, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Has he made any paintings on the island of Ireland? GoodDay (talk) 15:28, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

  • I'm not seeing any notification on the article talk page - see the history. Is there any possibility of this task force behaving itself? DuncanHill (talk) 15:27, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
    See this discussion here. I haven't yet checked with the editor who created the templates which one to use - they redeveloped the templates to provide a clearer indication to editors once discussions have closed. I meant to do it this morning but I've been away from my PC until recently and it had slipped my mind as I haven't looked at my talkpage. TFOWR 15:51, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes, I do apologise DuncanHill, I've been trying to figure out how to do it, but it's done now and an example posted as well at TFOWR's talk page. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 17:34, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for "British Isles" at Kurt Jackson[edit]

  • This source says "
  • The works range from large-scale oils and acrylics to small-scale etchings and sculpture. All of them are based on projects inspired by rivers including the Thames, Avon, Dart, the Liffey in Ireland and our very own River Tamar." So saying the British Isles makes sense as it is not just Britain he got his inspiration from.
  • The concern seems to be more about use of "abroad" rather than British Isles itself. Do we have specific sources stating that he has got inspiration from around the world/abroad? So far the source ive looked at simply mentions areas within the British Isles. So the sentence should probably be changed to say "He paints in mixed media, drawing inspiration from the Cornish landscape around Penwith and elsewhere in the British Isles" saying he gets inspiration from Cornwall, Britain and abroad is really quite pointless to be honest. Its basically saying he has inspiration from around the world, which does not seem notable. (perhaps adding "mostly from the....") Just so there is the rest of the world inspiration is not specifically denied BritishWatcher (talk) 10:40, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • In response to a point below. Being "inspired by rivers" in different parts of Great Britain and Ireland as a source shows means the guy has been "drawing inspiration from elsewhere in the British Isles" Clearly Cornwall needs a specific mention, but sources suggest it is appropriate to talk about outside Cornwall too. It is NOT original research to state "elsewhere in the British Isles". In such a case. We surely can not be required to find a specific source specifically stating "British Isles" for every single use of it on wikipedia.. its totally unreasonable. BritishWatcher (talk) 14:55, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments against "British Isles" at Kurt Jackson[edit]

  • "British Isles" is unreferenced, therefore WP:OR.
  • His website uses the phrase Whether working in Cornwall, up country or abroad - which may be where this article got the inspiration for using their version.
  • These references explicitly mention Kurt's inspiration
  • The fact that he has painted the Liffey in Ireland does not mean that he is "inspired" by scenes in the British Isles. Most references explicitly state he is inspired by his Dad and his stories, and the Cornish landscape. He has also travelled extensively throughout the world including the Amazon Rainforest and the Arctic Circle so it's not a case that he is only inspired by where he travels. He has also painted rivers in France and exhibited them in London. --HighKing (talk) 12:27, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Suggestions to change the sentence should be referenced also, and not simply made up. Is there a reference for any location providing inspiration other than Cornwall? Obviously, inspired by Rivers is not the same as inspired by British Isles.... --HighKing (talk) 12:19, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • As per RA above, "...the British Isles and abroad" is problematic because abroad refers to foreign countries and (the British Isles is not a country). If the Republic of Ireland figures substantially in this artists work then British Isles may be deserved but as it stands the IP's edit fixes an error. I suggest nothing be done about the fix to "fix" it the other way since it was fixed organically by the IP. --HighKing (talk) 08:36, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Banded Demoiselle[edit]

Just thought that I would let people know that I made a change to Banded Demoiselle which changed BI to GB as per the reference that was put in by another editor. The reference was titled Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Great Britain and Ireland and BI + I just didn't make sense. Open and shut case I think but this is BISE :-) Bjmullan (talk) 20:05, 13 October 2010 (UTC)

What's with all the insects lately? I've just realised we have a Fauna guideline for this sort of stuff.
Anyway, on the subject, I personally would go with British Isles here, although I agree BI + I doesn't make any sense, and fair enough for fixing that in some way or another. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:50, 14 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes, it genuinely will get silly if we start attempting to go through every lepidoptera article (and let's not even think beetle!) - we need a guideline and then stick to it. TFOWR, is it your view that we finalised this as a consensus guideline? Sorry if I'm being ignorant, just a little hazy now in the morass about precisely where we got to with this. Thanks. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 09:14, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Aye - there's consensus for it. It was discussed here, posted above, and we've been discussing it indirectly since then (e.g. "we have a ruling for fauna, but not for flora") without objections. TFOWR 09:29, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
This one should be British Isles rather than Great Britain and Ireland, although clearly the original text was wrong so did need changing. BritishWatcher (talk) 10:17, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Alright, I edited it. What's your opinion on the other fauna conversation above TFOWR? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:27, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

I think it's just Agrochola nitida? I hadn't make the connection - damn Latin names. Aye, "British Isles" is fine in principle. The ruling shouldn't be used as an excuse to wedge in "British Isles" inappropriately - if a particular fauna is distributed throughout, say, Western Europe the article should say that - not "the British Isles and the rest of Western Europe" - but I think that's obvious. Also obvious is: stick to references. If the references say "Great Britain, Ireland, Isle of Man, Channel Islands" it's fine to say "British Isles". If the refs say "England and the Channel Islands" we should say "England and the Channel Islands". But again, that's probably obvious. TFOWR 10:34, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Article talk page notification anyone? DuncanHill (talk) 15:28, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
    At this point we don't know whether it's worth discussing this - the article currently says "British Isles", our guideline for "fauna" says use "British Isles", it seems that there's no issue here. If that turns out not to be the case we will, of course, template the talkpage. TFOWR 15:48, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
I've no issue with using "British Isles" in this context (geographic distribution, found all over the British Isles, etc). But I'd question why it's being mentioned in this article since it's actually found all over Europe. Not sure what's notable about British Isles in the context of distribution. --HighKing (talk) 16:51, 20 October 2010 (UTC)
True. The article currently mentions only the British Isles and some areas of Russia. I believe an editor probably just added it because they found it in the field guide it is sourced too. I reckon that the current section is useful in what it tries to do, that is more precisely defining the area it is found in. The whole section just suffers from a distinct lack of information. I'll shorten it to "not found in the north of the British Isles" I guess, removing some of the undue weight given to them currently. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:09, 20 October 2010 (UTC)
The source talks about both the Banded Demoiselle and the Banded Demoiselle together and simply states that it they're "apparently intolerant of extreme cold, since neither occurs in the Highlands of Scotland. The Banded Demoisellee occurs througout England, Wales and Ireland". I've leave it as is TBH, and let the content experts decide on what's notable or not. But it is found in Scotland (southern parts at least), so British Isles still seems perfectly fine. I'm also curious as to how this fly is found in Norway and Sweden and Northern Russia if it's so intolerant of extreme cold....another one for the content experts I'd say. --HighKing (talk) 17:37, 20 October 2010 (UTC)
HK didn't you know that Scotland is the coldest place in Europe! :-) Bjmullan (talk) 18:31, 20 October 2010 (UTC)

British Isles terminology task force[edit]

I see an editor has nominated this taskforce for deletion. That would be a removal of the British Isles from wikipedia, so its a specific example that may need attention of this page. Im tempted to vote Delete, id have much more time for other things. BritishWatcher (talk) 16:09, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

Can you back that up with WP:RS? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:18, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
lol no =( BritishWatcher (talk) 16:21, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Why do some opposers of the Taskforce, believe there's a small group controlling the BI stuff? If a small group is controling anything, it's because of some of the opposers lack of participation. It's like whining, "Why is that small group putting out the house fires, when we don't want the houses to burn down?". GoodDay (talk) 20:48, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes, on the surface of it, a truly pathetic attitude. However, it appears that as usual those shouting "POV-pushers" the loudest are themselves rather fond of a certain POV, which they refer to as NPOV. Ho hum. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 20:52, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
You can think whatever made up bollocks you like. Nobody has ever sanctioned me for POV pushing, and nobody has ever so much as placed an NPOV tag on anything I've ever written, not one that has withstood external review anyway. If you want to take any statement I've ever made in here with regard to interpretation of WP:NPOV, and ask it to be reviewed by people outside as clueful or clueless, you go right ahead, be my guest. It's an offer that nobody has ever taken up funnily enough. This task force on the other hand, well, what has it actually done exactly? In the rare examples of actual resolution, it has managed to make a few edits to articles it more often than not knows nothing about, based on 3-2 or 4-3 decisions. That's about it. That is not even a level of participation that would pass the bar of statistical anomaly in most other serious DR venues on the pedia, that set out to seek consensus on wide ranging issue like this, affecting thousands of articles and with massive scope for abuse. The chances of an actual Guideline ever coming out of here are non-existent. And GoodDay, the reason nobody participates here is obvious, any experienced Wikipedian who looks at this venue, takes one look at the unchecked WP:TE going on, takes one look at what passes for cluefull statements on things like writing from the NPOV, takes one look at the obvious and palpable gamery and manouvering and out and out double-standards depending on if the decision is 'for' or 'against' BI, and no doubt rapidly comes to the conclusion that their interpretations and advice wrt policy as an actual neutral editor, would be better expended elsewhere. You cannot criticise anybody for not voluntarily wading into this venue, and you cannot ignore the fact that it is this very place and the people in it that are to blame for that. Plenty of other venues on the pedia have zero problem attracting outside input. Infact, come to think of it, who can even name another venue in project space that even resembles this place? I certainly can't, and I, unlike a few notables in here, roam the pedia far and wide on various topics. 'Unique' solutions and practices certainly are a feature of this arena of dispute, and that's not a Good Thing, unless one is so incredibly naive, nay arrogant, to think this is the only example of such a dispute on the pedia, and the tiny few people in here are genuinely the only ones capable of offering up new ground-breaking techniques in DR. MickMacNee (talk) 23:20, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
If there's many out in 'pedia land who feel that way, then by all means seek a community-wide opinon on the Taskforce & this pages existance. If the community wants it pushed into oblivion? then so be it. GoodDay (talk) 23:26, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
This rubbish doesn't need pushing to oblivion it is already there. Off2riorob (talk) 23:28, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Wowsers, get a community wide review of it. GoodDay (talk) 23:29, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
republican objectors. Off2riorob (talk) 23:40, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
Wowsersa? We don't need a community discussion , I have trod in some shit, ow, ask the community for its opinion..? Off2riorob (talk) 23:40, 15 October 2010 (UTC)
It is ironic really, the POV accusation is always against a republic POV by Unionists/British Nationalists but the majority of proposals over the last few months have been for the insertion of BI. Its also noticeable that the sanctions and civility patrols are against a small minority of the same group of editors. --Snowded TALK 05:26, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes, that's also become crystal-clear to me over the last year. I think most editors who engage with the subject properly and in a civil way find that it isn't realistic to maintain a rigid attitude to it - those who do effectively keep themselves out of contributing and will continue to do so, given the way admins have now gotten on top of that. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 07:49, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
It's called pushback Snowded, it tends to happen on Wikipedia in reaction to POV campaigns which stretch back years. You can keep spreading this theory all you want, nobody who has a clue about Wikipedia disputes and policy in general, or who has an ounce of a brain or a memory that operates further back than a few months with regard to this issue, is buying what you are trying to shovel here. MickMacNee (talk) 16:05, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
I'll keep dealing with cases as they come up Mick, shoveling stuff is your modus operandi not mine --Snowded TALK 16:11, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
The comment was for the benefit of everybody else who might be stupid enough to buy this drip feed of yours. Your inability to register any opinion not coming out of your own head, or defend any of them in any Wiki-meaningful way, can be taken as read with me by now, you don't need to give the same sort of tiresome non-response response every time, although it does as ever continue to shine the light on your other tedious claims wrt to who around here is/isn't an incivil editor, in the true sense of that particular policy. MickMacNee (talk) 16:27, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
You know there is a sort of charm to your contributions Mick (Oh dear that will be another non-response) but I'll keep the case by case drip feed up, its the best way to deal with issues.--Snowded TALK 17:03, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
The 'drip feed' does not refer to your case input, but I think you already knew that. MickMacNee (talk) 18:35, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────The spirit of BISE, is not to comment on contributors. That's what user talkpages are for, IMHO. GoodDay (talk) 19:34, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

British Sky Broadcasting[edit]

A recent change was made by user Shadow Resurrection to introduce the term BI. This includes in the sentence "It is the largest premium broadcaster in the British Isles" with a reference which makes no mention of BI. I have reverted the change with an edit note. Bjmullan (talk) 22:19, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

No reference, no application. GoodDay (talk) 22:39, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Did anyone look for any citations? BJ Mullen changed it without adding a citation, they are easy to find if you really want to. I thought the idea here was to bring things here and discuss and then change not change and then bring here for rubber stamping. Off2riorob (talk) 10:16, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

It is a large commercial satellite network, available principally to viewers in the British Isles but capable of reception anywhere within the European ASTRA satellite system footprint.<ref>{{cite web|url=|title=BSB. International Satellite Broadcasting\publisher=Museum TV.|accessdate=October 21, 2010}}</ref>

In my opinion, Mullan's edit to the BSkyB topic is a provocative and bad faith edit. I have experienced a number of similarly provocative and bad faith edits from him.
It takes no degree of intelligence or integrity to surmise that a Satellite company serving the British Isles, or from the East of England to the West of Ireland, would also reach the Isle of Man and/or Channel Island. It also takes no effort to find references for one or both of the other group of islands (e.g. "'Isle of Man on Air'"). So what is going on here?
While we are looking at this area, we need to include Sky (UK & Ireland), and perhaps other similar topics. In the Sky topic, it says, "which has since come to broadcast exclusively to the United Kingdom and Ireland." This is also wrong. It should read BI, "marketed within the BI" would be probably better because satellite signals spill over borders.
Satellite broadcasting may well be another area suitable for a commonsense blanket ruling. --Triton Rocker (talk)
I have asked Triton Rocker to remove the attack on me above at his talkpage. I will repeat the request here. This guy is just off a long block and the first thing he does is attack me which goes against his civility restrictions. This needs to be dealt with. Bjmullan (talk) 17:13, 25 October 2010 (UTC)
Can you take a look at this please when you get a minute TFOWR? It looks to me as if procedure was not followed at any point on this one. Thanks. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 08:12, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
This is where British Isles replaced UK and Ireland in infobox and was placed in the lede, as part of a larger huge edit. This is Bjmullan's edit, where he changed British Isles to UK and Ireland in the infobox and British Isles to Britain in the lede. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:04, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

It looks like saying Ireland and the UK is simply wrong as it is pretty clear that they also serve the Isle of Man and Channel Islands. Quantpole (talk) 16:22, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

I can't find one single reference to BI at the corporate sky website. Lots of UK + I. Bjmullan (talk) 17:20, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
They might not say British Isles, but they serve the Channel Islands and Isle of Man (linky). Whether we decide to say bskyb service "the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man" or "the British Isles" is something that can be decided here. That you edited something that was correct to something incorrect is unfortunate and it would perhaps be wise to bring things here first. Quantpole (talk) 18:37, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
We should follow the language used by Sky (because it's chosen for a reason). Sky describe their broadcast areas as the UK (including the Isle of Man and Channel Islands) or Republic of Ireland because they are only licensed to broadcast over two jurisdictions. And since there is no "British Isles" jurisdiction, it is wrong to describe the broadcast area as such. The revert by Bjmullan is correct and referenced - it is not "wrong". But it is also wrong to state "British Isles" since you can easily pick up Sky in most of Europe. Use Google and check out Sky in Europe or Sky in France, etc. But Sky cards issued from Sky UK are issued on the understanding that they will be used in the UK and are therefore only sent to UK addresses, ditto for Sky Ireland. --HighKing (talk) 19:02, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
why exactly should we use the same language as sky, especially when it's wrong (the uk does not 'include' the channel islands and isle of man). In terms of jurisdictions you may have a decent point but that does not mean British isles is wrong, just maybe not the best way of expressing it. Saying just uk and Ireland is however incorrect, which is why bjmullan's revert was disappointing and it should have been referred here. Quantpole (talk) 19:21, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
We should use the same language as Sky because it's referencable, and therefore not subject to the opinions of editors here at BISE. You also say that UK and Ireland is incorrect - but that isn't true. The crown dependencies fall under the same broadcasting jurisdiction (See Ofcom for area of jurisdiction, or the Communications Act of 2003). UK and Ireland is exactly correct. --HighKing (talk) 23:24, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
I don't see how Ofcom having jurisdiction over the Isle of Man suddenly makes the Isle of Man part of the UK. Can you make a suggested wording for the section in question because at the moment the only thing you seem to be suggesting is using what sky says, which as I'm sure you know conflicts with more reliable sources in terms of how the Channel Islands and Isle of Man are referred to. Quantpole (talk) 07:33, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
I'd suggest using referenced material where possible. *If* we're going to start getting into the nitty-gritty arguments for/against, then the article should be templated, and the Arguments For/Against sections created. To answer your question, the term "UK and Ireland" is currently used 4 times in the article.
  • The lede states operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland which is fine as it's referenced, and it's the term used all over the Sky websites. If clarity is required, I suggest that this is changed to "operating in the United Kingdom (including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) and Ireland" so that the territories governed by the "UK" is clarified immediately in the lede.
  • The infobox uses the "UK and Ireland" for "Area Served". This is fine, since the area named "UK" is a single area for broadcasting purposes and includes IoM and Channel Islands, the other area being Ireland.
  • The section on the XBox 360 states This was a worldwide first for Microsoft, and is only available in the UK and Ireland.. There's no need for this sentence - a worldwide first what? And there's certainly no need to state it's only available in the UK and Ireland - the article is only dealing with BSkyB anyway.
  • The 3D section is out of date and could do with being updated. --HighKing (talk) 08:56, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

So we should continue to use "UK and Ireland" , or we use "UK (including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands) and Ireland"

For your information Quantpole my edit was referred here by me two minutes after making the edit as per WP:BRD. Perhaps you could explain why you think using UK + I is wrong and why my edit was disappointing? Bjmullan (talk) 21:14, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Actually they also say "Britain", but who knows what they meant by this since they do not subscribe to BISE. Fainites barleyscribs 22:33, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Your edit was disappointing because it reverted to something that was incorrect. I don't know how many times I need to say that. Why did you have to revert a new user who probably isn't aware of BISE? Why could you not do some research to see if they were correct or not? Quantpole (talk) 07:33, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Here is the reference that was used when the term BI was added to the article. I looked at the source and it made no reference to BI. I also looked at the Sky Corporate website and could find no reference to BI there. I did not not revert Shadow Resurrection (talk · contribs) edit (before it was a subscription television service in the United Kingdom and Ireland) but made a change to reflex what the source actual said. I then notified this project of that change. Bjmullan (talk) 07:54, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Fair enough, you didn't revert them, but I must point out that the source doesn't say UK and Ireland either, but Britain! Also if you're only going to search for "British Isles" then the results are limited. Searching for "Channel Islands" or "Isle of Man" gives lots more results which would make it clear. Can we get on to suggestions of what the article should actually say, both in the lede and infobox. I'm against UK+I as it is not accurate. Quantpole (talk) 08:37, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
I didn't add UK + I but Britain, which was what the reference said :-) Bjmullan (talk) 09:09, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Ah, sorry, getting confused between the the different references in the lede. Quantpole (talk) 09:16, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Does this company operate in IoM and/or CI, too? GoodDay (talk) 21:51, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Yep. This link may have got lost in my confusion over who/what had been added/removed when/where. Quantpole (talk) 01:11, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Didn't a similar case arise before, which was settled by saying in the article that the company (I think the previous case was a magazine) considers the crown dependencies as part of the UK for the purposes of subscriber location? We could just do that again. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 01:20, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for not using "British Isles" at British Sky Broadcasting[edit]

  • The references and the Sky websites all use "UK and Ireland". The UK is defined as including the crown dependencies on the website, since the UK "area" as defined by the Communication Act 2003 and Ofcom includes these areas. Using "UK" in this context is correct. Perhaps we can get a ruling on this for future articles? --HighKing (talk) 09:15, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
(Not sure if I'm allowed to thread the discussion here so please move if needed) I looked at the Communications Act and I couldn't see where it says the UK area includes CI and IoM, just that the act also covered those areas. Also, even if what you say is correct how do we expect the readers to know that is how "UK" is being used? By that logic there needn't be any mention of the CI and IoM at all which would be rather unhelpful. Quantpole (talk) 01:16, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
You've stated that UK was incorrect - I'm simply pointing out that actually, it is correct since the Communications Act 2003 provides for Ofcom regulating the UK broadcasting, including the Channel Islands and the Isles of Man, making those areas part of the UK jurisdiction. As an aside, using the same logic as you've applied above - how are readers are supposed to know that "British Isles" is not a single jurisdiction for broadcasting purposes - since we're talking about jurisdictions and markets, and not areas of coverage? --HighKing (talk) 12:13, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
I'm sorry but I don't follow at all. Saying that "Sky broadcasts to the UK" automatically includes the CI and IoM on the basis that the communications act covers the IoM and CI is nonsensical. Quantpole (talk) 10:03, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
  • As per HK who has summarised the reasons well. Bjmullan (talk) 19:11, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Broadcasting is covered by legal jurisdiction, it is not a geographical issue, also we should go with the references --Snowded TALK 10:52, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for changing to use "British Isles" at British Sky Broadcasting[edit]

  • Because they broadcast to the British Isles. Radio waves do not discriminate between nations - they go everywhere. LemonMonday Talk 18:46, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Comment If it is decided that we will use the area which the satellite broadcasts then surely Northern Europe, Northwest Europe or even Europe would be appropriate because as you say radio waves do not discriminate. Bjmullan (talk) 19:09, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Go with the references, they also match the legal jurisdictions which is probably the best criteria--Snowded TALK 19:12, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Since BSB also covers the Isle of Man & the Channel Islands, let's go with British Isles. GoodDay (talk) 13:18, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
This seems to be right, it is British Sky Broadcasting and not Europe Sky Broadcasting, regardless of the total area of the broadcast footprint. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 09:25, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
And also covers France, Belgium, Spain, Holland, Italy .. it's either broadcast footprint, or it's official broadcast jurisdictions, take your pick. --HighKing (talk) 13:13, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
My own view is it makes sense to use the official target audience as the reason for using BI here, but the article itself can still mention other national audiences. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 13:24, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Countless references to British Isles and component parts on Google, including for example company reports [36]. Signal was encrypted so it was not marketed and legally picked up in Europe. --LevenBoy (talk) 16:40, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
    • Agreed. British Isles is appropriate here since transmission is to all parts of the islands. Just watch the weather forecast on Sky - unlike the BBC they cover all areas of the British Isles. LemonMonday Talk 18:28, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Storm Warning (novel)[edit]

Text states but after being severely battered by a storm, is wrecked off the coast of the British Isles. The British Isles doesn't have a coast. (Plot Spoiler!) In the book, the ship crashed in the Hebrides off the coast of Scotland. --HighKing (talk) 08:54, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Next time, hide your spoiler! My eyes just travelled, I didn't have time to stop them! Crashed in the Hebrides sounds good, although I've never read the book myself. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:50, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
My spoiler warning was a little tongue in cheek and not serious, especially seeing as how the Wikipedia article states they crashed  :-). But, how would I have hidden the spoiler, just in case it happens in the future? --HighKing (talk) 11:01, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
What does it say in the book? Is there any citations supporting User Highking statement? Off2riorob (talk) 10:05, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
They actual struck the Washington Reef three miles northwest of Fhada in the Outer Hebrides. See here. Bjmullan (talk) 10:14, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

That snippet is unclear as to the mention of British Isles. Off2riorob (talk) 10:17, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

I agree Off2riorob but I searched the book for the term "British Isles" without any success. If you do a google search for "storm warning Jack Higgins "British Isles"" you get 1 result which has nothing to do with the book if however you search for "storm warning Jack Higgins Hebrides" you get 2 pages of hits mainly relating to the book. Bjmullan (talk) 10:26, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Should I template the article Talk page and start the For/Against arguments? --HighKing (talk) 10:59, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Not just yet, is there any objections to changing it if the book does use the hebrides? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 11:14, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
The coast of the Hebrides in part of the British Isles isn't it? So apart from just removing the expression it is actually correct isn't it? I also have read some discussion recently that the google search like that is not t be explicitly trusted and that it is filtered to show different pages and comments to different locations. It is actually correct isn't it? This is reflective of my issue and others issue with this page in general, mostly it is frequented by people that are searching through a list and the emphasis appears to be the removal of the expression as in this case and the one above, in both cases the British Isles can be also correct but the energy is to remove. I easily found a cite for the section above and that piece of coast can also be described as a location in the BI. The last report I read said to never use those google book snippets as reliable sources and was at ANI in the last week. Off2riorob (talk) 11:17, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
here it is - a bit of a side issue but related to google book searchs, Uncle G says it clearly towards the end. I don't think this change is a problem , it did say the exact place which is preferable to vague locations. Any way carry on, mostly ignore me, just a little comment, regards. Off2riorob (talk) 11:38, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
That hyperlink isn't doing a good job, but I remember what he said. Went along the lines of google books are different for people in different areas, so quote the page number. Is that what you mean?
And I agree, "coast of the British Isles" would be wrong, but so would "coast of the Hebrides". Perhaps copyediting it to "in the British Isles" would be a good change for now, after which British Isles can just be replaced by the Hebrides.
I think "wrecked off the coast of Scotland" is the better change, short-term or long-term. It's easy to be precise with something like a crash or a ship-wreck. --HighKing (talk) 13:40, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
I'd be much more concerned about the use of the phrase "... that has foundered off the coast of the Jersey islands." It shows that whoever wrote this piece doesn't have a fantastic command on the English language. Fmph (talk) 13:49, 21 October 2010 (UTC)
Much better, thanks. I think Elen of Roads closed that off beautifully. But I agree, that looks like something I write when I haven't had much sleep. Then again, it is a stub. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:50, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Although I can't see any particular arguments made here for keeping "British Isles", I've nonetheless added the BISE Template added to the article. --HighKing (talk) 18:57, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

If it's just grammar that's the problem, then for the moment it could be changed to "in the British Isles". Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:32, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining "British Isles" at Storm Warning (novel)[edit]

  • The stub has clearly been poorly written by a junior editor and I suspect in a considerable hurry. :) I've made a start at correcting some of the grammar, wikifying, etc. The British Isles usage is part of this - it would be fine for it to just say "off the British Isles" instead of "off the coast of the British Isles" and it isn't specific about precisely where the ship lay. We are once more in offshore waters territory as with several examples above and I suggest we strive for a ruling on this issue. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 14:39, 26 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for changing/removing "British Isles" at Storm Warning (novel)[edit]

  • There's no mention of "British Isles" in the book itself. Using "British Isles" in this context adds nothing - it's imprecise and loses accuracy. There's a big difference between shipwrecking off the Jersey islands and shipwrecking off a wild inaccessible reef miles from the coast of North Western Scotland.
  • The shipwreck occurs off the coast of Scotland, in the Hebrides. Or to be even more precise, on page 286, Washington Reef three miles northwest of Fhada in the Outer Hebrides. See Google Books for a snippet. --HighKing (talk) 11:00, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Yeah but the third mate was probably thinking about recent visits to Ireland, Isle of Man and Jersey. Surely that's sufficient to warrant use of BI? Fmph (talk) 15:15, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
Eh? I don't get it... --HighKing (talk) 18:50, 26 October 2010 (UTC)
  • The article is a stub, but that shouldn't be an excuse - it doesn't mean that it can't be accurate. Changing from "off the coast of the British Isles" to "off the British Isles" is even worse since this could be several hundred miles from any land mass, and also implies off the coast of Ireland since the ship was travelling West to East. --HighKing (talk) 09:03, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Have you read the book out of interest HK? It seems to me that in an essentially sourceless stub, there is precious little to go on - we could argue that against that background, all that can reasonably be done are tidying grammar changes and deletion of any troublesome material (apart obviously from BI, which needs bringing here for consensus) until better sourcing is provided. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 10:26, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Hypothetically speaking, let's say I have. What would that prove? The ship was wrecked on the outer Hebrides. The book makes no mention of "British Isles". Other reviews mention the Hebrides or Scotland. Being perfectly honest, what exactly is your objection to correcting from "British Isles" to "Scotland" or "Outer Hebrides"? We can correct details in a stub just as easily as a larger article... --HighKing (talk) 01:04, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
I probably have an objection to the phrase "off the BI" being treated as wrong by default - I don't see why a ship can't be "off the BI". Obviously if the book makes it more specific and that can be referenced, then it can get more specific, hence my asking if you'd read the book (I haven't) or if anyone has a copy they can reference by quote, that would improve things. My mentioning the stub was just making the point that the article lacks both text and refs, so it's difficult to make a ruling. The article doesn't currently mention the Outer Hebs from a source. If you want to introduce one, that would be OK with me, but it presumably needs a consensus as I assume we are still working to the position that we look here at add/deletes on articles as-is rather than as we would like them to be. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 08:02, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
The phrase isn't just simply "off the BI", but "shipwrecked off the coast of the BI". In that context, using British Isles is wrong. Correcting the phrase to drop "the coast" makes it more correct for sure, but nobody uses the phrase "shipwrecked off the BI" when dealing with a single shipwreck. You've also asked for a reference to quote - that has been provided by Google Books (or Amazon, take your pick) on page 286. While there has been discussion that Google Books can show different things to different people, despite what Off2riorob stated in a different discussion above, neither Uncle G or anybody else is questioning Google Books as a reliable source, or to use Google Books as a reference. I'd propose the change to use either "off the coast of Scotland", or the fuller text of "struck the Washington Reef three miles northwest of Fhada in the Outer Hebrides", and reference page 286 of ISBN 9780425176078. --HighKing (talk) 12:03, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Well, I was raising "off the BI" as one possibility - I don't agree actually that one can't say "shipwrecked off the BI". On the ref point, I am happy to see a quality ref added to what is after all a stub, I was just saying it presumably needs more than just one of us to agree as it's an article change proposal to do a delete, not a simple as-is change. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 12:47, 30 October 2010 (UTC)


The article states The island’s climate is temperate. The flora and fauna it sustains suggest a climate similar to that of the British Isles. The day-to-day weather, however, is unpredictable, because magicians summon elementals to adjust the weather according to their whims. It's completely unreferenced and simply someone's opinion. Can we simply delete the unreferenced sentence. --HighKing (talk) 09:33, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Picking out one sentence of a completely unreferenced article to delete just because it has British Isles? Really? No, it shouldn't be deleted. Do an RfD if you want. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 09:43, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Not sure what an RfD has to do with this since this article is not a redirect. Also, BISE looks at usage of "British Isles". I picked out the sentence because it is unreferenced and simply a WP:OR opinion. I would be well within policy to delete the unreferenced sentence, or I could mark it as requiring a citation. As it is, I've brought it to the attention of BISE, because that is the centralized discussion area for examining usage of "British Isles" with the aim of producing guidelines on usage. --HighKing (talk) 09:54, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Whoops, meant a deletion. How much do you know about this fictional country, do you know this statement is just opinion? The whole article is unreferenced, why should this sentence exactly be changed? Place a citation over the whole thing if you want. Delete every sentence as unreferenced. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:11, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
If you want to proceed with an AfD, go right ahead (I'll oppose it), but that's not the purpose of BISE. I suggest though that tagging the article as requiring references is a good idea. For fiction fans, Melniboné is a well-known land, featuring in a great many best-selling fantasy novels and related merchandise. Most of the "facts" contained in the article are accurate and backed up by the books or other materials. The point about flora and fauna is not in any material, and is opinion. Perhaps we should start by adding a fact tag to this piece of the text and revisit in a week or so? Perhaps the content experts can find a source? --HighKing (talk) 10:37, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Tag it anyway. British Isles was added here, by an editor who has not edited since 2006, so I doubt much is coming from there, unless they came back in a different account. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:53, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
It would probably get more attention is it was templated - if people here believe it's required. I'll tag it in the meantime. Thanks. --HighKing (talk) 13:16, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
We should use 'British Isles' in this article about a fictious island. GoodDay (talk) 21:48, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
My objection is that it's opinion, not that British Isles isn't a suitable area for discussing climate which isn't subject to political borders. But also note that the temperate climate of the British Isles is not exclusive to the British Isles. It could easily be stated that the climate is similar to Belgium, or New England, or New York (where the editor (equally an opinion). --HighKing (talk) 00:41, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
I'm assuming Isle of Man and/or Channel Islands are included. GoodDay (talk) 13:47, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
It's an entirely geographical usage. Of course it's appropriate. Fainites barleyscribs 22:36, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
A refreshing outside opinion for a change, and one which, coincidentally, I agree with. LemonMonday Talk 10:18, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
And again, not one editor has said that it is not a geographical usage. Not one editor has said that usage in this context is not appropriate. What is being questioned is that it is unreferenced and therefore WP:OR. --HighKing (talk) 12:40, 30 October 2010 (UTC)
It's always difficult in the case of fiction to define precisely what constitutes OR, but the presence of squirrels, foxes and dragons all sound typically BI. :) I think we should template this one, there is clearly some debate and if we advert it on the local article, there may be someone come forward with additional material. At the moment, I tend to side with HK a little on the OR point as right below the "like the BI" sentence in the article is a bit saying "little is known of the ecology"! Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 12:45, 30 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining "British Isles" at Melniboné[edit]

Hi GD, what do you mean by the above comment (you assume IoM and CI is used too)?  :-) I'm puzzled? --HighKing (talk) 13:56, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
I assume this ficticious place covers Great Britain, Ireland, Ise of Man & Channel Islands. Does it? GoodDay (talk) 14:12, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
Hi, in a word, no. Take a look/scan at the article first. The fictional island has nothing to do with the British Isles at all, or any "real" place for that matter. The books involving Melniboné make no mention, ever, of any real place or real place name. The piece being questioned simply comments that the climate is like that of the British Isles - it's an opinion voiced by the editor, based on what the editor read about pine forests, meadows, and grassy verges etc. --HighKing (talk) 14:51, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
Okie Dokie, I understand now. GoodDay (talk) 14:58, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for removing "British Isles" at Melniboné[edit]

  • The ficitional place isn't said to be on either Great Britain, Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands. GoodDay (talk) 15:00, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
I don't see a problem with the usage of British Isles as they are describing climatic conditions and nothing political or historical. As for it being a personal observation not based on a source is another issue entirely.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 15:19, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
I agree - using British Isles in the context of describing climate is fine. But the objection is raised on it being WP:OR. Under normal circumstances, the sentence would simply be deleted as WP:OR and unreffed, but since it contains "British Isles" we have to discuss here first. --HighKing (talk) 15:33, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Formula D[edit]

This article received a bit of edit warring in the summer. The section in the article concerns an Irish driver, Darren McNamara and it originally stated "who competed domestically in Ireland and the British Isles". I originally changed this to "who competed domestically in Ireland and the United Kingdom". I added a reference (which was deleted) for Darrens Formula Drift page where it states building his reputation in his homeland first, then conquering the continent. The article incorrectly uses "British Isles". There are no competitions for "British Isles". Darren's domestic competition was in Ireland, and he competed there before competing in the UK and other locations in Europe. --HighKing (talk) 14:00, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

I'm personally more concerned with the "who built his reputation in the British Isles before winning in Europe", suggesting the British Isles aren't in Europe. Just change it to "became famous in Ireland before expanding to other parts of Europe." Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:17, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Agree with Chipmunk --Snowded TALK 14:19, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Did he race in Isle of Man or Channel Islands? -- GoodDay (talk) 22:33, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
No. --HighKing (talk) 00:47, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Are you sure? No famous races through the wilderness of Jersey?
I don't think it'd matter anyway, as far as I know races are defined by the country they're in (or the continent, Europe, as it may be). Chipmunkdavis (talk) 01:42, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Pretty positively sure. Don't forget, this is "Drifting" - not racing as you'd normally recognize it. --HighKing (talk) 11:38, 29 October 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for changing/removing "British Isles" at Formula D[edit]

  • There's no competition spanning the "British Isles", therefore it's WP:OR
  • "competed domestically" refers to competitions in Ireland.
  • Darrens Formula D home page refers to "homeland" meaning Ireland. --HighKing (talk) 14:00, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
  • This one is pretty obvious, in that there is no "BI" competition title, so exactness wins out. Jamesinderbyshire (talk) 09:26, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
  • Since he didn't race on the Isle of Man or Channel Islands, let's avoid 'British Isles' & instead use United Kingdom & Ireland. -- GoodDay (talk) 13:44, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
This one has been running for a while so can we get it closed? Bjmullan (talk) 16:56, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
If it's solved? no probs. GoodDay (talk) 17:05, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
It still says BI but it looks like the consensus is for it's removal and replacement with Ireland. Bjmullan (talk) 17:13, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
No probs. GoodDay (talk) 17:22, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
Many have been running awhile, we should wait for admin action. Doing otherwise could set a bad precedent, however good the argument to do it is. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:26, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
Alright. I reckon there's no rush. GoodDay (talk) 17:47, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining "British Isles" at Formula D[edit]

Big Dipper[edit]

This article presently uses the term "Ireland and Great Britain" to describe the locations where the Big Dipper is known as The Plough. It originally used the term British Isles but that was changed here by an obvious sock, followed by edit waring involving other users well known in the British Isles debate. British Isles makes sense here because the constellation is known as The Plough in all parts of the English-speaking islands, including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The article is a sort of geographic type, so well suited to British Isles. The article was recently amended by User:Bjmullan who made no mention of the usage, but to be fair, he's not obliged to. LemonMonday Talk 17:52, 27 October 2010 (UTC)

Normally I would be tempted to agree, but in this case a distinct name used in Ireland follows so I would leave as is. --Snowded TALK 18:03, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
No offence SD, but that's a very weak argument. The specific names in certain parts of the islands should be mentioned, but it's perfectly sensible to link the well-known term to the British Isles. As I understand it the other terms are not at all well known. LemonMonday Talk 18:08, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Why would I take offense because you disagree Lemon? I doubt there are any strong arguments here either way, its minor --Snowded TALK 18:12, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
No problem with reinstating it then? I'll template the page. LemonMonday Talk 18:16, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
For the record my two edits at Big Dipper were to revert vandalism and had nothing to do with BI. I also have to agree with Snowded that GB + I is correct as in Ireland it is more widely known as the starry plough. There is even a flag by the name. Bjmullan (talk) 18:18, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
References? I think you'll find it isn't. It's normally the Plough in both North and South. Further - if GB & I is correct then obviously BI is as well, since the former is being used here as a euphemism for the latter. LemonMonday Talk 18:22, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Leave it as it is Lemon --Snowded TALK 18:32, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
What's it called in IoM and/or CI? GoodDay (talk) 21:31, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
Good question GoodDay, which I don't have the answer too. BTW I thought we got rid of you? ;-) Bjmullan (talk) 21:34, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
See my talkpage concerning my latest status. GoodDay (talk) 21:37, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
From what I can tell, that article uses sovereign countries. Therefere, it oughtta use Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom, to be consistant. GoodDay (talk) 21:45, 27 October 2010 (UTC)
As per MOS surely that would be Ireland & United Kingdom Fmph (talk) 06:48, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
Yeah, just wanted to make sure nobody taught thought I was speaking of the island. GoodDay (talk) 13:14, 28 October 2010 (UTC)
I wasn't try to teach anyone anything ;-) Fmph (talk) 09:37, 29 October 2010 (UTC)
Except that it is also called that on the Isle of Man and Channel Islands so either is it British Isles or you have to name all 4 parts. GB or UK does not include IoM or CI. --LevenBoy (talk) 01:19, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

The Camp (play)[edit]

The text states The play gently satirised the preparations of the British to organise home defences during the American War of Independence when an invasion of the British Isles by France, and later Spain, seemed imminent. The reference is available on Google Books: Prologues, epilogues, curtain-raisers, and afterpieces: the rest of the eighteenth-century London stage by Daniel James Ennis and Judith Bailey Slagle on pages 216-219 - only refer to either "British forces" or the "English fleet" or variations. The play was written in 1778 and based on a camp in Southern England. --HighKing (talk) 01:56, 1 November 2010 (UTC)

Fine as it is, BW has made a thing about invasions of the British Isles in the past I think. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 02:29, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
I believe it is one of those things where there is disagreement over "British Isles" and "invasions" in general. We've yet to discuss. While this touches on the same topic, TFOWR has made it clear (to me at least) that long nested needless discussions are to be kept to an absolute minimum, and all arguments based on policy - hence why I've flagged this as WP:OR and not supported by reference. But I believe you make a good point that perhaps we need a blanket ruling on "invasions" and "British Isles" in the near future. --HighKing (talk) 12:03, 1 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for changing/removing "British Isles" at The Camp (play)[edit]

  • The references refer to either "British forces" or the "English fleet" -> incorrectly quoted reference WP:OR --HighKing (talk) 01:56, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Topic is political, not geographical, therefore should use political terms. --HighKing (talk) 17:06, 1 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining "British Isles" at The Camp (play)[edit]

  • The French or Spanish could have launched an attack on Britain by means of Ireland, so I think in this case British Isles is not being used incorrectly.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 13:44, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Given the time period (the 18th century), I've no probs with it. GoodDay (talk) 14:03, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
Question - why does the time period matter in this case. Especially since this was *before* the formation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland? I've seen editors in the past using the period post-1801 as OK since Ireland was part of the UK at that time, but this is the first time I've seen pre-1801 time-period being used as a reason. --HighKing (talk) 14:51, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
The time period is irrelevant. It's the proximity of Ireland to Britain which would have been a possible place from which to launch a hostile attack. It was this which worried Queen Elizabeth I in the late 16th century, hence one of the reasons for her punitive policy against the Irish.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 15:19, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
I was under the impression they had a personal union? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 15:26, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
British Isles was in usage during that time, even though Ireland & Great Britain were seperate kingdoms. GoodDay (talk) 17:21, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
John Dee is credited with having first coined the term in about 1577; however, Ambassador Throckmorton used the term British Isle singular in the early 1560s.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 17:26, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
I tend to side with BI usage in this time period. After the 1920's is a differant matter. GoodDay (talk) 17:30, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Given time period its OK, but Britain and Ireland would be better as this is political not geographical --Snowded TALK 14:06, 1 November 2010 (UTC)--Snowded TALK 14:06, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
It's possible the French could have invaded the Channel Islands or Isle of Man. Over the summer, I read William Shirer's Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and he makes repeated references to the proposed German invasion of the British Isles.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 14:10, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
That would be a valid argument against Great Britain and Ireland, but not Britain and Ireland --Snowded TALK 14:13, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
It was British the Americans would have wanted to attack as that is who the war of independence was against. They would not have wanted to "attack" Ireland, however, they may well have invaded through it. In the circumstances "Britain and Ireland" gives an entirely misleading impression. That leaves a choice of Britain (not quite right) or British Isles. Fainites barleyscribs 17:26, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Time period shouldn't matter. It's not OR, simply a reasonable interpretation of the text. In the overall context British Isles is acceptable. LemonMonday Talk 18:51, 1 November 2010 (UTC)
Time period does matter given the changing use of the term over time.--Snowded TALK 12:28, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Does the existence of this page contravene the fundamental principles of Wikipedia?[edit]

I would like some external input on the suggestion that the existence of this page contravenes the underlying principles of Wikipedia as defined in WP:5P. Its stated purpose is to debate the rights and wrongs of the use of "British Isles" within specific articles, but I suggest the real reason for the page is to promote the POV that use of British Isles should be limited, or even eliminated, in Wikipedia. LemonMonday Talk 11:58, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

  • Note As a point of order LM, the categorization of this RFC is incorrect. It could be formatted as either or maybe both (as it is about a WikiProject and a question of Policy). Also you need to present evidence (diffs) that make your point and demonstrate how exactly there is a violation of policies (otherwise this will fall into the category of WP:ILIKEIT & WP:IDONTLIKEIT). As it stands your question is based on an assumption of misconduct as no evidence has been presented to demonstare your suggestion.
    All that said, this basic question was asked at the recent MFD[37] which was closed just under two weeks ago--Cailil talk 15:30, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
  • LM, don't waste your time. The uninvolved editor's views of this project are pretty clear, but ignored, and the involved people will never ever get around to presenting a Guideline to the wider community, to test their various theories about NPOV, that would negate their whole purpose, and expose this farce for what it is. They are more than happy with the current setup, for obvious reasons, and as we've seen before, if you rattle the cage, you are only going to get shat on. That's the way this thing works. So for your sake, drop it. MickMacNee (talk) 17:12, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Henry Callow[edit]

The article uses "last judge in the British Isles" in reference to the passing of the death sentence in 1992. It should either use "British Islands" if it means to refer to anywhere with a British jurisdiction, or should include most of Western Europe if the intention is to show how the widest geographic area. --HighKing (talk) 02:08, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Howabout, he was "last judge on the Isle of Man"? It's a tad more accurate, IMHO. GoodDay (talk) 12:20, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi GoodDay - I suppose it depends on the notability of the claim. Either its notable because he was the last in the Isle of Man (IoM notable fact), or because it was the last in the jurisdiction of the British islands (British notable fact), or notable because it was the last in Western Europe (Europe notable fact). I'm not clear from the article if the sentence was passed and carried out or not. The only European countries that have carried out the death sentence after 1992 are Belarus, Latvia, Russia, Albania, Georgia, Lithuania and Azerbaijan (see Capital punishment in Europe). --HighKing (talk) 19:04, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
"last judge in Western Europe" will suffice, IMHO. GoodDay (talk) 19:16, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
I agree with GoodDay.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 19:27, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
Wider is more notable, so go with that if a source is provided. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:50, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

Alex Woolf[edit]

The article states He specialises in the history of the British Isles and Scandinavia in the Early Middle Ages. The reference, his university profile, states Although best-known for my text book on Scotland in the Viking Age my published articles cover a wide range of topics in Early Insular History from Romanisation to late medieval Hebridean pedigrees. The common themes running through most of my work could be said to be the development of centralised kingdoms from Iron Age societies and the relationship between language shift and socio-economic history. The article should stick with references, it currently is WP:OR. --HighKing (talk) 18:45, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Does the referance mention British Isles and Scandinavia? GoodDay (talk) 18:54, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
Nope. I've copied the relevant parts of the reference above. --HighKing (talk) 19:08, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
This is a toughy, due to the time period studied (before 1922). GoodDay (talk) 19:15, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
I happen to know the chap and while that's not a ref, he deals in the history of Ireland (the island), Britain (Shetland to England incl Isle of Man) - British Isles seems perfectly resonable to me but then i'm sure some folks will argue about that till the cows come home. If you want, I can ask him if has a preferred phrasing? Yesyes, OR I know, but at least it gives us a clue what to look for. Akerbeltz (talk) 19:43, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm gonna go with British Isles usage, here. GoodDay (talk) 19:55, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
@Akerbeltz, it would be best to point to a published source, and asking the chap is a great idea as he'll probably know where there's some references material describing him and his work. --HighKing (talk) 00:09, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
"Britain and Ireland" would seem not to be appropriate since the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland are also subjects of Woolf's work, and they aren't obviously included in either Britain or Ireland. Angus McLellan (Talk) 00:40, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
That statement applies to "Great Britain and Ireland", not "Britain and Ireland" Angus. That said, given the period he is talking about British Isles and Scandinavia as geographical groups seems the most appropriate given that we don't want an extensive quote. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Snowded (talkcontribs)
I agree - if we can find a reference. Where does it say that he specializes in the history of the British Isles? Anyone? --HighKing (talk) 10:06, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
I think the usage of British Isles is entirely appropriate in this case.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 10:09, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps I'm missing something. Why is it appropriate? His profile says he specializes in "Early Insular History from Romanisation to late medieval Hebridean pedigrees". How do you get to "British Isles" from there? --HighKing (talk) 10:13, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
"insular", as in pertaining to islands. Plainly geographical.Fainites barleyscribs 16:53, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Yikes calm down people. The article is a stub and obviously doesn't cover all his work, probably because no one has gotten hands on something that's a bit more biographical than the staff page and the list of publications so we're somewhere between stub, a whiff of OR and some uncontroversial but as yet unreffed statements. Can we apply common sense and not throw out the baby with the bathwater? I'll ask him if there's anything more biographical that qualifies as a published source in the Wiki sense and his pre about the geolocation. Akerbeltz (talk) 10:42, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

That sounds like a great idea to me! Nothing will happen here till then I'd guess. Thank you. --HighKing (talk) 11:25, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
You're welcome :) Ok he has responded. He says he prefers to describe his area of studies as (quote) Early Insular History... with a sideline in Medieval Scandinavia. Which neatly gets us around the British Isles thing so feel free to tweak that. He said he'll see if he can dig up something like a public cv or so regarding the other biodata but may be a while. Akerbeltz (talk) 12:59, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
And what precisely is "the British Isles thing"? LemonMonday Talk 18:57, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Do we need the "Arguments For/Against" on this section? --HighKing (talk) 17:53, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Yup. GoodDay (talk) 18:43, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for changing/removing "British Isles" at Alex Woolf[edit]

  • No references (despite people saying there are - if so, please produce them?), therefore WP:OR --HighKing (talk) 15:01, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
    • WP:BLUE - Only an essay, not policy, but still worth a read. LemonMonday Talk 16:18, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
      • WP:NOTBLUE - also only an essay, not policy, and also worth a read. --HighKing (talk) 18:03, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Since its a living BIO, an editor has asked Alex how he describes himself and if he knows of any other referencable sources. He prefers to use Early Insular History... with a sideline in Medieval Scandinavia - we're waiting for references if available and might take a while. --HighKing (talk) 18:51, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

He pointed me at his bio page on the University site which states his area of research. That's the he can do in a hurry. I don't think a CV qualifies as a source as such unless it's online somewhere but the bio page should do for now: [38] Akerbeltz (talk) 16:55, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining "British Isles" at Alex Woolf[edit]

  • This time period being studied by Woolf, is before 1922. I believe we should maintain the usage of British Isles. Of course a reference for BI usage, would help. GoodDay (talk) 19:14, 10 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Agreed. There are plenty of references connecting Woolf to the use and study of British Isles. HighKing, can you please try Google before posting attempts here? --LevenBoy (talk) 16:08, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
  • He's studying the islands. All of them. Otherwise known as the British Isles.Fainites barleyscribs 16:55, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Reference is made to geographic areas such as Scandinavia and the British Isles. I see no reason to change from British Isles. Again, we have something that is not wrong. I would maintain the views of the person himself are irrelevant here; one shouldn't attempt to influence, or offer advice, on an article about one's self, other than to correct inaccuracies. LemonMonday Talk 18:24, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

Brabazon Point[edit]

This one is unusual. This article states J.T.C Moore-Brabazon was the first British subject to fly a airplane in the British Isles. This appears to be incorrect as the article Alliott Verdon Roe makes a similar claim, and the article on the pilor himself, John Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara, states he was the first Englishman to pilot a heavier-than-air machine under power in England and a documentary states his was first powered flight by a Briton in Britain. Another website in Australia appears to have collected a variety of sources together and state One of the first men actually to fly in England, Brabazon made the first authenticated British powered flight, and the one I like the best, Brabazon made a flight of 500 yards in his Voisin at Leysdown in Kent - officially recognized as the first flight by a British pilot in Britain. --HighKing (talk) 18:53, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

Was Moore-Brabazon the first British subject to fly an airplane on the island of Ireland, Isle of Man or Channel Islands? GoodDay (talk) 18:57, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
Doesn't appear so. Alliott Verdon Roe's claim to fame is that He was the first Englishman to make a powered flight (in 1908 at Brooklands) which predates the Moore-Brabazon flight. --HighKing (talk) 19:07, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
Since it appears he didn't fly the plane over the IoM or CI either & we're gonna stick with geography, let's use Great Britain. -- GoodDay (talk) 19:13, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
I'll go along with that.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 10:11, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
If he just stayed on one island, then use that. I mean, did this guy even fly from Great Britain to Ireland? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:53, 9 November 2010 (UTC)

The statement is harmless and accurate, what is the need to change it? At that time, weren't Britain and Ireland still one? What is the MOS on using English versus British?--LevenBoy (talk) 15:44, 13 November 2010 (UTC)

It's a matter of notability I suppose. If his claim to fame was to be the first briton to fly in his country (at that time including Ireland), change from British Isles to the name of the country. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:14, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
Apart from needing to change airplane to aeroplane I think the article needs no further modification. We are not looking at anything incorrect here. LemonMonday Talk 18:20, 13 November 2010 (UTC)


I just noticed an anon IP changing "British Isles" in this article to "British and Irish Isles". Seeing as how we've already discussed this article here, and there's no arguments for retaining the claim, I've changed the article to correspond to the claim in John Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara. There's also a discussion at that article Talk page, and I've also included the claim mentioned in the Times orbituary. --HighKing (talk) 21:44, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining British Isles[edit]

Arguments for changing/removing British Isles[edit]

But GB is in the BI. Why reduce it only to GB, why not say .. Sussex, or Horsham, or Bedford Road, Horsham, or wherever he actually did fly over? No BI is fine here. LemonMonday Talk 18:31, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
He hasn't flown over Ireland, IoM or CI, therefore we should not bother with British Isles. GoodDay (talk) 18:41, 13 November 2010 (UTC)
The absolute truth is, he was only the first man who "flew over" Farmer Giles's pasture (approx example) so why don't we use that? What happened to the discussion we were having about whether having two major components involved was good enough to use the whole term? I ask the same question, what is the motivation here and why does it need to be changed?
If the first Swede flew at Ängelholm airport, you could write, "first at Ängelholm", "first in Sweden", "first in Scandinavia" all would be correct. In this case, we are working down from the largest geographical region. It is not World. It is not Europe. It is not Western Europe. Their achievement was the first in the British Isles at a time when the two main island were united. The geographical term is more useful because it avoid confusing people with irrelevant historical detail. --LevenBoy (talk) 01:39, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Since he didn't fly over any of the other 3 islands? I see no reason for using British Isles. GoodDay (talk) 03:41, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Since we are discussing the first time something happened, I hardly see historical detail as irrelevant ;p Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:11, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
LM & LB, you're suppose to have your keep arguments in the arguments for retaining section. GoodDay (talk) 15:56, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
People should be aware that the claim made in the article is wrong. I have left details at John Moore-Brabazon, 1st Baron Brabazon of Tara talkpage and people may want to look at Alliott Verdon Roe who was the first Englishman to fly in England. If the editors at JM Brabazon page agree to the change then the article should be updated to reflex the error. For those who want to see the reference that makes these claims they can look here. Bjmullan (talk) 17:50, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
If it is a wrong claim then obviously the article(s) should be changed. No one wants incorrect information here. Maybe further clarification is needed. For example, was he the first to fly the standard mile in the British Isles? If so, a minor amendment to the articles would correct it without the need to remove British Isles. If, on the other hand, the whole thing is completely wrong then we are obliged to put it right. LemonMonday Talk 18:45, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Geography of Europe[edit]

I just undid an IP edit. If anyone want's to take up his argument, I guess they should here. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 23:16, 10 November 2010 (UTC)

The IP (going by its edit summary) appears to be a sock of a blocked editor. Best to ignore the IP & revert its edit. GoodDay (talk) 23:42, 10 November 2010 (UTC)
If you read the paragraph it really is not too a great standard. It mentions England as one boundary and the Urals as the other and then the Scandinavian Mountains and BI as the other limits (apples and pears all over the place). I really thing we should look at getting someone (who knows) to improve this paragraph regardless of the BI issue. I have looked at the main article at Geology of Europe and it is completely unreferenced (which I have tagged). Bjmullan (talk) 20:05, 14 November 2010 (UTC)


What is the current state of play regarding adding British Isles related categories? --LevenBoy (talk) 00:33, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

No comments? What is the bottomline? Is adding categories equivalent to adding terminology to topics, or not? --LevenBoy (talk) 17:39, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
Yes. --HighKing (talk) 19:48, 10 October 2010 (UTC)
In your opinion. Show me where that is stated. I think categories are a different case because with categories you can have numerous overlapping categories without any conflicting "either/or" situations. "Both" situation are possible. --LevenBoy (talk) 14:45, 11 October 2010 (UTC)

Categories (again)[edit]

LevenBoy recently made the following edits:

A previous discussion posed by LevenBoy previously where he asked about Categories at the BISE page was answered by me that this type of editing behaviour was also covered by the BISE editing restrictions. --HighKing (talk) 19:27, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

I noticed those changes earlier, but I hadn't the time to let'em know not to change them. I had to leave home for awhile. GoodDay (talk) 19:38, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Personally I cant see anything wrong with those edits. Create some Irish cats for your own interests and you can add lots of content to those. Off2riorob (talk) 21:10, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
I am looking forward to the discussion of why a "List of endangered species in the British Isles" is not a "List of Biota of the British Isles".
Yes, apologies for the copy and paste error, I meant to use "Category:Flora of Ireland" which you could have corrected rather than deleted and gone off admin shopping.[39][40].
I agree with Off2riorob. Please go off and make as many Irish categories as you wish and place them on as many Ireland (NI and RoI) topics as you want. I promise you, I will not challenge or revert a single one. There are more than one way to categorise knowledge and I am happy for topics to seen from more than one point of view; British, Irish, Manx, British Islian or whatever. You will note that I actually sought to add an Irish one.
Categories are non-controversial non-content additions as long as they make logical sense. --LevenBoy (talk) 00:24, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
LevenBoy, you shouldn't need to be reminded that you're on civility parole. Making comments like "gone off admin shopping" is (once again) a derogatory remark. The communities patience is wafer thin. --HighKing (talk) 13:21, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Creating a new category is one thing, but deleting one which says "Britain and Ireland" and replacing it with "British Isles" falls under the general guidelines for discussion on these pages. It should be reverted and discussed here first --Snowded TALK 01:07, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
I would argue against his removals, but see nothing wrong with his additions. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 01:17, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Restore what was deleted & then discuss it here. Discussion never hurt anyone. GoodDay (talk) 01:24, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Snowded. I raised the question of categories more than a month ago and you ignored it. The issue was never clarified. I dont think categories are in the same class as content or titles as they are non-conflicting. You can have many different categorisation as you want, within reason. --LevenBoy (talk) 02:46, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
LB, when you raised the question of categories previously, I was very clear in letting you know that those edits would be treated like any other edit involving the addition or removal of "British Isles". --HighKing (talk) 13:23, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Who made that ruling, and on what authority? LemonMonday Talk 20:34, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Its very very clear. If anyone wants to insert or remove BI they raise it here first. You know that, please abide by it --Snowded TALK 01:13, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
You are probably wrong. The subject of categories was not discussed at all when drawing up the non-binding guidelines associated with this page, so far as I can see. Categories do not insert or delete any terms. This is a case of making the rules up as we go along. LemonMonday Talk 21:17, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Why choose the dramatic route, though. 'Tis better to bring things here first or atleast start a discussion at the category-in-question's talkpage. GoodDay (talk) 21:23, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Not if it doesn't exist and you're creating it. LemonMonday Talk 21:25, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
What about deleting a category on an article & replacing it with the newly created category? GoodDay (talk) 21:29, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Where is this rule written Snowded? Show me. I think you are wrong. --LevenBoy (talk) 15:11, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Do we take it that there is no such rule written down anywhere then? --LevenBoy (talk) 08:57, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

List of endangered species in the British Isles[edit]

Snowded, HighKing. Please explain for us why in that case of "List of endangered species in the British Isles" the "List of Biota in Britain and Ireland" is more accurate than "List of Biota in the British Isles". Should I have left both? That is fine by me.--LevenBoy (talk) 02:46, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

LB, lets start with the motivation for creating the category in the first place, especially seeing as you have started several RfC's against the equivalence of "Britain and Ireland" for "British Isles". I note you've stated that you have no expertise in these areas. I also note you are getting little joy from any of those discussions, and now we see you trying to impose your own opinion on articles that have been stable for years by the creation of a category designed to impose your view of terminology on the rest of us. That is disruptive. --HighKing (talk) 13:27, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Gentlemen, stop. Keep discussion based on sources (yes sources wrt categories): how do the sources describe the categorization is it by island, by state, or are there multiple options (Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Britain, British Isles etc etc).
    Keep discussions about sources and away from personal motivations. LB what's your source based reason for the change you made? HK what's yours?--Cailil talk 13:48, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Fair enough, although there is a question on behaviour emerging also. --HighKing (talk) 14:32, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Sources for categories, huh? Maybe a source to justify placing an article in a category, but I don't see how you would easily source a category. LemonMonday Talk 20:33, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Titles LM - where a title is dispute we defer to sources not opinions. And in general when a user's content action is disputed they must prove why they did (unless they already included references to sources) through verification rather than argumentation.
For the policy on this see WP:CAT but in short category titles follow WP:NAME which states: "Article titles should be recognizable to readers, unambiguous, and consistent with usage in reliable English-language sources." So yes categorization needs to be based on sources - just like everything else on WP--Cailil talk 00:30, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Furthermore and to all, as regards categorization bear in mind what [[categories should be created and what constritutes over-categorization.
And vis-a-vis your discussion below provide sources to evidence your positions please--Cailil talk 00:38, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Cailil, two questions for you personally. Firstly, is listing a "List of endangered species in the British Isles" as a "List of Biota in the British Isles" inaccurate or wrong? Secondly, can you show me where else in the Wikipedia users have to provide references to add categories? --LevenBoy (talk) 09:38, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
LB, my personal opinion would be irrelavant if I had one. All I, or another wikipedian can do is assess the proposed change WRT sources and policy.
Regarding the second question see Wikipedia:NAME#Deciding_on_an_article_title and Wikipedia:NPOV#Naming. Page titles (whether articles, lists, categories or portals) are based on reliable sources not original research and/or opinion and in accordance with policies/guidelines conventions Wikipedia:Naming_conventions_(categories). You don't need to reference a page title in an article but you do need to show one when it is disputed. Both you and HK have been asked to provide sources for your page actions--Cailil talk 19:48, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
I can't find anywhere that stipulates categories must be sourced. Yes, there are guidelines for naming categories but I fail to see where sourcing comes into it. LemonMonday Talk 21:07, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
This is my second time answering your question LM and the third answering the same point. Read WP:CAT, specifically Wikipedia:CAT#What_categories_should_be_created. Categories follow the same general naming rules as articles (see WP:NAME) and the conventions for category naming (WP:NCCAT). The conventions are technical and specify that "Category names should be specific, neutral, inclusive and follow certain conventions" and general Article naming plicy is: "titles should be recognizable to readers, unambiguous, and consistent with usage in reliable English-language sources.". Now that both proposed titles for this category have been disputed it's time to establish how sources categorize the subjects contained therein; find a neutral wording that fits NCCAT's requirements and that is appropriately specific; and finaly refer to WP:TPG "Talk pages are for improving the encyclopedia, not for expressing personal opinions on a subject or an editor." This project doen't do opinion pieces it does source based research. Positions in discussions, AFDs etc need either a source or policy based reasoning and ideally both--Cailil talk 22:24, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Cailil, on the basis of those policies, explain specifically why a "List of endangered species in the British Isles" should not be listed in a "List of Biota in the British Isles", and why it requires extensive discussion to reinstate.

It passes every test. "List - List" (check), "Species - Biota" (check), "British Isles - British Isles" (check). The theory, we can read. Tell us where, apart from the lack of WP:AGF is the controversy is.

Do I need a reliable source to prove species are biota? --LevenBoy (talk) 15:01, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

DId you get a consensus to add it? GoodDay (talk) 15:06, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
Is your name Cailil? --LevenBoy (talk) 15:08, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
Fair enough. GoodDay (talk) 15:15, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
Cailil's explanation does not stack up. It appears to conflate standards and guidelines with the need for sources. I say again, I can't find anywhere that states you must reference a category, or an article title for that matter. Of course there are guidelines but that doesn't mean we need sources. LemonMonday Talk 17:20, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
For me, this discussion really underlines what is going on here. Cailil you have thrown your weight around in this topic area, please answer the specific example. There is no policy that say you have to use references to add a category and no need to pre-discuss every entry here. Even if there was a policy, why would you have to use one to add "List of endangered species in the British Isles" to a "List of Biota in the British Isles"? Are species not biota?
Ditto, HighKing's bad faith element is ignored. HighKing could have just corrected "of the Ireland" to "of Ireland". Instead he reverted. Why?
Does HighKing have to provide a reference for "List of endangered species in the British Isles" is a "List of Biota in Britain and Ireland"? No. Is he pulled up for it? No. Yet, are Britain and Ireland in the British Isles? Yes.
WP:NOTCENSORED. "Wikipedia may contain content that some readers consider objectionable or offensive, even exceedingly so. Wikipedia cannot guarantee that articles ... will always be acceptable to all readers, or that they will adhere to general social or religious norms ... some articles may include text ... which some people may find objectionable, when these materials are relevant to the content ... "being objectionable" is generally not sufficient grounds for removal of content."
What could be more clear than that? Some Irish find British Isles objectionable. Perhaps. Most really are not bothered. But that is not good enough reason to remove it from a topic about the British Isles! --LevenBoy (talk) 06:56, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

(undent) For the last time LemonMonday and LevenBoy: Categories are named in accordance with usage in sources (and along with WP:NCCAT)) per WP:CAT and WP:NAME. This has nothing to with names being objectionable - it is a simple matter of verification. LevenBoy your edit was disputed, and you disputed the reversion. You and HighKing need to prove your positions and find consensus. HighKing has referred to two sources (I'd like a link to them to be provided too please BTW) now you need to do the same, so that everyone on wikipedia can see how this category should be entitled one way or the other. Nobody has made one single reference to policy on category/list naming about this. Either the change can be resolved by sources or by policy. But you need to try to resolve it.
This is the last time you will be reminded you are under restriction LevenBoy. Either you redact your remarks[41] that breach WP:TPG and your civility parole or policy will be enforced.
LemonMonday either you can work within policy (in terms of talk-space and content decisions) or you can't, but wikilawyering about it is disruptive and disruptive editing will be prevented--Cailil talk 16:50, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Furthermore wrt lists: please read WP:LIST and specifically WP:SAL (which is thepolicy vis-a-vis stand alone lists and applies to this case). Such lists (e.g List_of_endangered_species_in_North_America) must be sourced and must conform to WP:NOR, WP:V, WP:NPOV. You must source lists. You must source list titles. Please also refer to WP:NCLL for the specific naming conventions of long lists, and be careful about redirects--Cailil talk 17:26, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you. I find all those policy pages very useful and have read over them. However, what is specifically WP:NOR, WP:V or WP:NPOV about correcting a category when the page itself is List of endangered species in the British Isles? What if we went for Category:Biota of the British Isles?
Obviously, I am concerned because if we look at the comment HighKing left on your talk page [42], he is accusing me of "searching for a run-around - how to insert BI into article". I find that uncivil and not WP:AGF.
All I did was correct an obvious mistake. I am also remained concerned why he did not just correct the Category 'of the Ireland' to just 'Ireland' rather than revert all of my edits and this remains undiscussed.--LevenBoy (talk) 11:47, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Isn't what HK done, called BRD? GoodDay (talk) 12:29, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

GoodDay, that is twice in two days in which you have interrupted a discussion between myself and Cailil. I find it uncivil and unhelpful. When I address someone, please allow them to answer. Thank you. --LevenBoy (talk) 13:32, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

If you want discussions to remain between you & him, thus excluding others? then don't have it here (public domain). Have it at your & his talkpages. GoodDay (talk) 13:53, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

It is common in groups to address a comment to one specific individual and for others to allow them time to response. In the Wikipedia system, apparently not even talk pages or mediation pages are private or exclusive, so I don't know what you are thinking here.

I am left considering that Cailil has not responded sufficiently directly to this specific issue and so there is no logical obstacle to use the more obviously apt category. --LevenBoy (talk) 08:57, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

I would just like to return to resolve this one. I am at a loss to understand why the category "List of Biota in United Kingdom" is more accurate than "List of Biota in the British Isles" for the topic "List of endangered species in the British Isles".
To me, it would appear that "List of Biota in United Kingdom" is actually inaccurate given that the topic includes a wider area. Why can I not correct it? --LevenBoy (talk) 17:49, 2 December 2010 (UTC)
Because you're not correcting it. You are putting your own POV onto it. Others see it differently, with their POV. Yours is no more valid than any other POV. I know you find it hard to understand that other POVs may have equal status to your own, but unfortunately that's the way it is. Fmph (talk) 08:04, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

And so, in essence, are telling us that listing a 'British Isles list' as a 'United Kingdom list' is accurate, and that listing a 'British Isles list' as a 'British Isles list' is bad POV and disallowed?

Cailil, can you comment if this is an accurate interpretation of WP:POV because I do not want to be accused of saying anything that can be used against me. --LevenBoy (talk) 12:56, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

OK, so for the lack of any logical reasoning against the motion, or even a response, am I free to align the topic category with the topic title? I see no reason why not to. (The use of categories is one issue we can raise at Arbcom). --LevenBoy (talk) 09:51, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
LevenBoy - can you source the naming? If not stop. If so show it to the others here - a list must be source in tersm of it's name, its scope and its content (see WP:LIST)--Cailil talk 13:25, 7 December 2010 (UTC)


  • WRT List of the mosses of Britain and Ireland, the entire article is completely unreferenced. Existing categories point exclusively to "United Kingdom". There is no evidence to suggest the scope of the article should extend to the entire British Isles. The article should be tagged as requiring references, and from there we might get a better idea of the scope.
  • WRT List of endangered species in the British Isles, the article bases its lists on the UK Biodiversity Action plan of 2007. There is also a "Red Book" of endangered species also covering the UK only. There is no single agency that manages or lists endangered species for the "British Isles", and in my view the article is incorrectly named, and I had previously proposed a rename on this article in 2008 (see the Talk page). --HighKing (talk) 14:32, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Ah Yes! A plant that has never been found in Ireland. Kinda makes my point for me. --HighKing (talk) 00:12, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
If Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands aren't included? then we oughta moves those article to ...United Kingdom. GoodDay (talk) 15:08, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Can you link to these sources please. Also can you show if there is significant over lap between what's listed in the UK and Ireland. Overlap is a considerable issue. Especially wrt to categories, check WP:LIST for its rules but per WP:CAT (and specifically over-categorization) if there is such an overlap the category should be given the larger name (ie British Isles, Europe etc). For instance if there was overlap between flora/fauna in Scotland and England the category would be about 'Britain'--Cailil talk 17:09, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Sorry Cailil, just realised you asked for links to the references. The references are either found already at List of endangered species in the British Isles or IUCN Red List and Regional Red List. Here's a link to the UK Biodiversity Action Plan website I mentioned above. Also, the International Union for Conservation of Nature produces a red list. A Regional Red List is published on a national basis and various publications can be seen here. Note that some Irish publications (e.g. Irish Bees) include data from both the Republic of Ireland as well as Northern Ireland, and some UK publications (e.g. Birds of Conservation Concern) include data from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man as well as the UK (including Northern Ireland). --HighKing (talk) 01:59, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

March (territory)[edit]

The section entitled "British Isles" refers only to the borderlands between Wales and England, and between Scotland and England. Any objections to renaming the section "Great Britain", to reflect its content? Daicaregos (talk) 09:44, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

No objections whatsoever. British Isles is misleading in this case as the buffer zone in Ireland was known as the Pale, never the Marches.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 09:56, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Yes please, change it back. It was originally UK, but a now-banned sock had done the change. Fmph (talk) 14:09, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
No probs. GoodDay (talk) 14:14, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
No objections for me either. Making the change from GB to BI really was beyond the pale :-) Bjmullan (talk) 16:02, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Actually the change to British Isles was not made by a now-banned sock. The term has been used in the article for some time. The Pale in Ireland has a different meaning from March, with the former being a fairly large area of the country not especially related to a border area. Use of the term in this article is reasonable. It's a heading under which areas of the British Isles can be referenced. To date there is no mention of any Irish marches or their equivalent, but eventually there could be. Both marches noted so far are in the British Isles, so use of the term is not wrong. I oppose the suggested change. LemonMonday Talk 19:27, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Are you suggesting that there were once Marches in Ireland and one day we'll discover the fact?! --Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 21:22, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
The text at this link makes some mention of it. So it maybe is relevant to Ireland [43] LemonMonday Talk 21:45, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
WP:CRYSTAL and WP:NOR: If the preponderance of reliable sources take that position in the future LM go ahead and weigh them per WP:NPOV then. Unless there is a subtantive source based reason at present to disagree with everyone else this thread should be closed.--Cailil talk 22:18, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
The text at the link is a reputable source and would seem to suggest that the word "march" applies to Ireland as it does to other areas. Maybe the dialogue at this thread got a bit confusing above. LemonMonday Talk 22:30, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
No will fail WP:RS becuase it uses WP in a number of articles. You'd have to find the source that actually published Ellis's remarks and then you need to find consensus for how much weight that source should be given versus other sources--Cailil talk 22:59, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Quote " has more than 100 trusted sources, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, and thesauruses with facts, definitions, biographies, synonyms, pronunciation keys, word origins, and abbreviations." The article to which I refer is sourced from The Oxford Companion to Irish History, 2007. LemonMonday Talk 23:13, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Yes but uses us as one of those sources. I recommend you find and use the Oxford Companion to Irish History and get a page reference (thus satisfying WP:V). And then weigh it with other sources per WP:NPOV and WP:DUE--Cailil talk 23:20, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Actually it's from page 424 of the 1998 edition of that book. Now weigh it against what others say, per WP:DUE--Cailil talk 23:27, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks for finding that. I don't have a copy and couldn't find it online. Here's another RS [44], but we're going off at a tangent here. At issue is the point of British Isles use in a heading. A reason given to replace BI with UK was that there were not, or are not, any marches in Ireland; clearly there are, or were. I think the main point we can draw from this is that the change was all but done and dusted despite a lack of knowledge on the part of those proposing the change, and that has happened many times in the overall BI debate. On this article I suggest it's left as it is. The British Isles heading is a good anchor for anyone willing to add the material pertaining to Ireland, and its use even without Irish material is still valid. LemonMonday Talk 23:43, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
Are there any marches on Isle of Man or Channel Islands? GoodDay (talk) 22:38, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I doubt it, but it's irrelevant anyway. LemonMonday Talk 23:47, 19 November 2010 (UTC)

On the contrary, it's relevant. If there's no marches on IoM or CI, then the usage of British Isles is inaccurate. If there's marches on Great Britain & Ireland? then we'd use Great Britain & Ireland. If only on Great Britain? then we use Great Britain. GoodDay (talk) 23:52, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
I disagree. Use of British Isles is not conditional on the subject in question being applicable to every part of the archipelago.LemonMonday Talk 23:56, 19 November 2010 (UTC)
But it is, as the argument was made that British Isles was made up of Great Britain, Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Islands. If the latter 2 are disregarded? then what of the argument that Great Britain and Ireland doesn't equate British Isles? GoodDay (talk) 00:01, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
.. and the Scilly Isles and Orkney and Shetland and Anglesey .. You know I've never been able to get my head around this aspect of the debate; if the British Isles is a geographical entity, why is it suggested by some that to qualify for use, the political elements of the IoM, the CI and the Irish Republic as well as the geographical element of Great Britain, should all have to be applicable to that use? LemonMonday Talk 00:17, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Geographically: Great Britain, the island of Ireland, IoM & CI. GoodDay (talk) 00:40, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
And all those tiny islands around those everyone forgets in the polities. I suppose it's up to the editors of the main article if they want to treat marches in Great Britain and marches in Ireland separately or as one. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 01:58, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Chipmunkdavis is correct - it is up to users to find consensus there at the article but in reply to LM and GD it would be OR for wikipedians to choose either position. If the sources say 'British Isles' then weigh them per NPOV others. A few sources doesn't mean a change is mandated one way or another - you need to follow NPOV and WP:Consensus after you find sources for anything. Wikipedia is not about finding sources just to back a position but rather finding the best sources of information on a subject--Cailil talk 02:03, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Since there's always the potential for conflicting sources & conflicting PoVs, WP:CONSENSUS will have to be the decider. GoodDay (talk) 02:09, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Lemon Monday, the link you provided did mention marches but failed to explain where the marches were located nor who the Irish Marcher lords were; hence it cannot be included in Wikipedia's article March. Seeing as that's the case, why not do as Daicaregos suggested: change it to Great Britain, and then/if more information emerges as to the specifics of the Irish Marches then we can put them in the March article under the section Ireland, and revert back to British Isles.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 06:19, 20 November 2010 (UTC)--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 06:19, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Jeanne, you stated at 21:22, 19 November 2010 your surprise that "there were once Marches in Ireland and one day we'll discover the fact?!". Perhaps you could read over some of the history books I referred on the article and give us your opinion of them? Thank you. --LevenBoy (talk) 13:25, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

GoodDay, here and elsewhere. You appear to running with the concept that something has to exist in all places of the British Isles for it to be listed as British Isles. This is not so. The British Isles are a geographic area. If I were to say, London is largest conurbation in the British Isles, it would be a fair and true statement. London does not need to exist on the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man etc for it to be so. --LevenBoy (talk) 13:28, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Due to the fact that there's always gonna be conflicting sources & conflicting PoVs on the inclusion/exclusion of British Isles? WP:Consensus will be the deciding factor. My criteria for 'inclusion' is that 3 of the 4 (GB, I, IoM & CI) must be included. GoodDay (talk) 13:49, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Off topic guys, take it to talk pages or somewhere else. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:03, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Agreed. LevenBoy, you'll welcomed to tackle this topic at my talkpage. GoodDay (talk) 14:11, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
In response to JB, I was going to say that in my view the best approach would be to include Ireland under the British Isles heading, due to the significant commonality between marches in Ireland and elsewhere in the BI, particularly Wales, and also because of the Tudor association in both areas. However, I see that LevenBoy and Wetman have now added Irish material under the heading. Perhaps all that's needed now is a breakout article Irish Marches or something. Maybe we can now close this thread? LemonMonday Talk 15:51, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
If it's resolved? close it. Is it resolved? GoodDay (talk) 15:56, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
You might like to ask User:Fmph. I notice he's reverted to United Kingdom (wonder if he'll face a topic ban for that) with the excuse that the change was made by a banned sock - well it wasn't, so I suggest, Fmph, that you self revert, because look was happened when I didn't self revert on Westward Ho! LemonMonday Talk 21:24, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
Whose edit did Fmph revert? GoodDay (talk) 21:54, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
Why would we want a section called British Isles & below it a section called Ireland? GoodDay (talk) 21:58, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
Ireland was meant to be a sub-section of British Isles. LemonMonday Talk 22:52, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
I recommend we revert the United Kingdom & Ireland section headings to one section called British Isles. Then start over again. GoodDay (talk) 22:59, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
Yes, that's how it was to start with, and the current material would fit well with that. LemonMonday Talk 23:01, 23 November 2010 (UTC)
Recommendation made at that article's talkpage. GoodDay (talk) 23:03, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Done. What was that stuff in the summary about "rv unreferenced change by subsequently banned sock"? He links to an edit I made. Is that a deliberately false summary or an honest mistake?

We are talking about the Middle Ages here. Does someone want to pull out a history book and tell us when the United Kingdom was established? The section is fine as it is. Jeanne, excuse me please but you did not respond. Such editing will reflect badly on both your and Fmph's credibility. Please be careful. It is always best to do a Google Scholar and Google Books search first before commenting. --LevenBoy (talk) 16:01, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

After this thread began here, information unrelated to the March in either Scotland or Wales was added about Ireland. I created a new section for Ireland and posted a note to the Talkpage four days ago, to which no-one responded until today. And the section header has now been deleted. Why? Will someone please explain whether change to article content should be discussed here or at the article Talkpage. Daicaregos (talk) 17:12, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

While the article is under discussion, and there appears to be some disagreement over what terms to use, let's leave the article with the headings before BISE contributers got involved, as per the norm here. I'll template the article and open a discussion. --HighKing (talk) 18:19, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
The article was templated on 19th Novermber see here. If everything goes back to before "BISE contributers got involved", then all the information on Ireland (which was only added after the thread was opened here) should be removed. Daicaregos (talk) 20:20, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
This was the pre-template version. Fmph (talk) 21:35, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
3 options: #1- sections called United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland. #2- sections called Great Britain, Ireland or #3- a section called British Isles. GoodDay (talk) 20:01, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

Why Daicaregos? The answer is a couple of post above. Neither the United Kingdom nor Great Britain existed during the period in question. You are about 500 years out in the former case which, in a 2,000 year history period is really quite a large margin of error. Have you real over much of the conversation in this area? --LevenBoy (talk) 17:05, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Great Britain is the name of an island off the European mainland, in the north east Atlantic. It has existed for millennia, but is now home to the countries of Wales, Scotland and England.
If you re-read all my posts and edits, you will see I have never advocated a heading of the United Kingdom. I am not quite sure what you mean by "Have you real over much of the conversation in this area?", but does that answer your question? Daicaregos (talk) 20:26, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for changing/removing British Isles[edit]

  • Since marches are "political" boundaries (defined by man) and not geographical boundaries (coastline, mountain range), the headings should use "country" names --HighKing (talk) 18:28, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
    • The present day countries didn't exist during the period we're talking about. There's no standard for this anyway. LemonMonday Talk 19:53, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
  • The marches in Wales, England, Scotland are unrelated to the marches in Ireland --HighKing (talk) 18:28, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
    • They are all related in that they are all in the British Isles. LemonMonday Talk 19:53, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
  • All other headings, barring Scandinavia, use country/empire names --HighKing (talk) 18:28, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
  • No marches listed for IoM or Channel Islands --HighKing (talk) 18:28, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
    • Irrelevant. LemonMonday Talk 19:53, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
      • It's best if you keep arguments or rebuttals in the section for keeping "British Isles" as per TFOWR's suggestion. --HighKing (talk) 11:43, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
  • The Marches in Great Britain - those of Wales and scotland - mark the borders between the countries of England and Wales, and between England and Scotland, respectively. As such they are quite similar. The March in Ireland was just that: in Ireland. The article should have separate sections for Ireland and for Great Britain. Grouping the Marches of Ireland and of Great Britain together makes no more sense, and is of no greater benefit to readers, than grouping them all under Europe. Daicaregos (talk) 12:14, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

a) Not all political boundaries are geographical boundaries and not all geographical boundaries are political boundaries. b) Fail on numerous accounts. Ireland and of Great Britain did not exist at this stage. The Isle of Man was part of England and part of part of what was to become Scotland during this period; as was what was to become Ireland, and parts of Ireland. The so called "politics" were more on a par with The Bloods and Crips of today, so that argument really does not hold. It and the above are really a misapplication of the usual debate we have relating to the mature and stable political states we have today. c) See above, the marches in Ireland were part of "England" as Ireland, or part of what was to become Ireland, was also part of England. Same people, same cultures. --LevenBoy (talk) 17:05, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

With respect to the statement: "Ireland and of Great Britain did not exist at this stage." Ireland and Great Britain are the names of islands off the European mainland, in the north east Atlantic. Other than creationists, it is generally agreed that they have existed for millennia, so I am unsure of the 'stage' to which you refer. I am unclear as to what is meant by your statement. If you meant something else, please advise what. Daicaregos (talk) 20:42, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

You wrote United Kingdom. No, sorry, it was Fmph who did so with an strange summary saying, "(→British Isles: rv unreferenced change by subsequently banned sock)". We know Fmph position on all this. --LevenBoy (talk) 03:40, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

No problem. Daicaregos (talk) 09:44, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
Just to clarify what my position actually IS, to avoid any misunderstandings ... If a subsequently banned sock has made a controversial and unreferenced change in the area under discussion, I will tend to revert it. Wouldn't anyone? Fmph (talk) 10:56, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Arguments for retaining British Isles[edit]

  • The Marches in Ireland, Wales and Scotland all have historical similarities. British Isles is a reasonable grouping for them as far as summary information goes. Thereafter, individual articles would make sense (of which those for Wales and Scotland already exist). LemonMonday Talk 19:56, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Historical similarities? Can you explain please... --HighKing (talk) 22:02, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
See Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March, for instance. Perhaps "historical similarities" would be better phrased as "historical links". LemonMonday Talk 22:30, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
Sorry, you'll have to spell it out. I don't understand the link. --HighKing (talk) 00:07, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
I am quite familiar with Roger Mortimer, as I've been doing a lot of recent editing on articles relating to him and the Despenser War. OK, first off Mortimer was a Marcher Lord in the Welsh Marches. Through his marriage to Joan de Geneville, 2nd Baroness Geneville suo jure, he acquired more land in the Welsh Marches, including Ludlow Castle as well as lands in Ireland which included most of Meath. The connection with the Geneville lands in Ireland to the Welsh Marches is based on inheritance as Joan acquired the title and lands from her grandfather, Geoffrey de Geneville, 1st Baron Geneville, whose wife was Maud de Lacy, a Norman-Irish noblewoman and suo jure heiress. Geoffrey, who was French, received the estates by right of marriage to Maud. The Welsh Marches border England, the Irish marches do not as Ireland is an island separated from England by a body of water; the Irish Pale only signicified English rule, it was not England. The Scottish Marches also border England. I fail to see the historical similarities of Marches using Roger Mortimer as the connecting tie.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 09:51, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Only 6 days ago you were telling us confidently that there were no such thing as marches in Ireland, Jeanne. Do you mean "signified" now?

By "Historical similarities", LM would have been better and more accurate to say, shared the same cultures (note the 's'). It was a dynamic period of upheaval and change onto which no other definition could be frame than "British Isles". Neither Britain nor Ireland existed yet.

During the period the Isle of Man fell in and out and in of England's hands ... not that I would really call the Normans of that time either English or British yet. Some were even proto-Scots. --LevenBoy (talk) 17:05, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Tell me LevenBoy what was the situation in the Channel Island cos we can't forget the Channel Island can we? Bjmullan (talk) 19:13, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
The Channel Islands are not necessarily relevant here. I doubt there were any Marches there, they aren't big enough. LemonMonday Talk 19:22, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
More "Two-Steps" you mean ? Fainites barleyscribs 20:38, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
Agreed it is irrelevant as the culture pervaded over the entire Anglo-Norman-Celtic archipelago. For sure the Channel Islands have played a very important part in that shared culture and history which is why they are considered British rather than French. Remember where the Normans came from and where the Frankish empire existed. --LevenBoy (talk) 03:40, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm still waiting for LemonMonday to provide the reference that describes Roger Mortimer as having been an Irish Marcher Lord.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 06:05, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
Er, where did I say I was going to do that? I mentioned his name merely as an example of shared history and why it makes sense to group these issues under British Isles. LemonMonday Talk 08:35, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
Then can you at least explain how he is an example of shared march history? The only connection I can find is that Roger Mortimer was a Welsh Marcher baron, he obtained lands in Ireland via his wife, Joan, in 1316 he was appointed Lord Lieutenent of Ireland. So based on these connecting dots, he becomes an Irish Marcher baron, therefore Irish Marches should be listed under British Isles?--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 08:44, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Yes, and we are still waiting on your response Jeanne from before. Which Mortimer are you speaking of? The Viceroy of Ireland, 1st Earl of March? Mortimer had large holdings of his own in Ireland but his main estates were in the Welsh Marches. Hence the big, impossible to divide, British Isles overview. What is the issue? Do you think he did not what marches were? Why are we looking for references? Its the middle ages, they had marches.

Take this further. Was Bruce of this time Scottish or a Norman, was Pre-Bruce Scotland Scotland or England? Were the Western Isles Scottish? (Nope). The point I am making is that at this stage in history, there was not even a proper Scotland, England and Wales as we know them today. We cannot retrofit history. Which leads to attempting to use the Channels Islands as a cop out clause.

It is a bit like pointing to Anglesey and saying, "there are no marches in Anglesey, so therefore you cannot include Wales". There were no marches on Arran so we cannot use Scotland. It gets very silly very quickly. --LevenBoy (talk) 08:53, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

I believe it's fairly obvious that we are discussing the most notable Mortimer of them all, this guy here: Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March. As for Irish marches, I readily admit that I had never heard of them prior to this discussion here.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 09:01, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

Fresh opinion? Rename the Scandinavia and British Isles sections. Do it per kingdom or group of kingdoms. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 10:37, 26 November 2010 (UTC)

We can alsways have separate sections for Wales, Scotland and Ireland rather than the catch-all, polemic British Isles.--Jeanne Boleyn (talk) 12:41, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
Sorry? "British Isles" is polemic? Fainites barleyscribs 23:32, 27 November 2010 (UTC)
And there lies the problem. While people think British Isles is polemic we're never going to resolve the problem, unless those people are somehow put right. LemonMonday Talk 17:45, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
Do you have a strategy for putting those people right? Daicaregos (talk) 20:27, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
Yes, but certain editors wouldn't like it and would make the usual personal attacks against me, so I'll leave you to ponder it. LemonMonday Talk 20:48, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
If we need a formal proposal then this is it. I propose we use United Kingdom and move on! Fmph (talk) 16:21, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
Two separate sections would be better. One (the island of) Great Britain, containing the Scottish Marches and Welsh Marches. The other (the island of) Ireland for the March in Ireland. Daicaregos (talk) 17:02, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

Westward Ho! (re-opened)[edit]

We're having a disagreement (at that article's talkpage) on which belongs in that article: British Isles, United Kingdom or Great Britain. GoodDay (talk) 16:51, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

There are sources for United Kingdom & sources for British Isles. I reject the former, as it's political & not geographical. I reject the latter (British Isles) as the Hotel doesn't exist in Ireland, Isle of Man and/or Channel Islands. Therefore (if a source is found), we should use the island Great Britain. PS: Western Europe is acceptable, but a tad too broad IMHO. GoodDay (talk) 17:26, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
My comment on the talk page there:

My goodness, really? This goes on? The closure was simple, use the "largest area that can be reliably sourced".

Thus if only England can be reliably sourced use that. If only Great Britain can be reliably sourced, used that. If only the United Kingdom can be reliably sourced, use that. If British Isles can be reliably sourced, use that. If Europe can be reliably sourced, use that.

I think this position is a good one, as this is only mentioned due to the rare usage of the punctuation. If someone has found a source for British Isles, that is determined reliable, use British Isles. If someone else finds a source for a higher entity, Western Europe, Northern Europe, Europe, even the European Union, use that, even better. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:06, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Not much more to add to that, just clarifying that I feel that geographical is probably better than political. In response to GoodDay, the area doesn't exist in more than a small plot of land. It is in the British Isles, and if Western Europe is acceptable so is British Isles. Additionally, the broadness is the point. Everest is the tallest mountain in Nepal, but that's not what it's famous for. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:38, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Reference is to British Isles so that stands unless someone finds something else --Snowded TALK 17:39, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm just not keen on using British Isles or Britain and Ireland (if the latter is meant to be an alternative to the former), as the hotel is on neither Ireland, IoM and CI. Having said that, WP:CONSENSUS will likely have to decide, if we're gonna have conflicting sources. GoodDay (talk) 17:45, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
If the only reference out there say's British Isles then British Isles it should be. Unless there are other references out there saying something different this should be quite straight forward. I haven't been around here for a while, but other than cases where different references are saying different things (in which case it should be brought here if there is a difference of opinion on the wording) shouldn't we be following that ref? Jack forbes (talk) 17:50, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
A source saying the UK doesn't necessarily conflict with a source saying British Isles. One just has greater scope. I'd like to note all editors of the ANI thread raised due to this article. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:53, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Sure, I agree that they wouldn't necessarily conflict with each other. In the case of numerous good sources saying UK and one saying British Isles (or vice versa) then we would obviously have to weigh up the sources. That's not my point though. My point is that if the only source available ais using only one of the terms then talk of geography and politics, etc shouldn't come into it. Jack forbes (talk) 18:11, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
The reference inserted into the article by LM is a travel article written by Peter Owen-Jones. It's a reference, but it's a weak one. --HighKing (talk) 18:14, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm gonna go with WP:CONSENSUS on this one. Whatever the consensus is? I won't dispute it. GoodDay (talk) 18:17, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
The article was written in The Times (reputable) by an author who has an article here, from which we can see he's reputable. The alternative references for UK ([45] and [46]) are probably of equal reputability (although the second one is maybe not that good). The point remains though, that the reference I provided cites the larger geographic area, so I maintain we go with it. LemonMonday Talk 18:20, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Not sure why the second reference is not that good. Jack forbes (talk) 18:37, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Yes, it's good stuff, but it's a biography and the mention of Westward Ho! is just by-the-by. This is less the case in the other UK ref and the BI ref. LemonMonday Talk 18:46, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────LM, I just did a quick neutrally worded google book search [47]. As far as I can see there are only references to Britain, UK and England. Unless there are others out there it could be that the Peter Owen Jones ref is the only one out there mentioning the British Isles. I'm there to be proven wrong though. Jack forbes (talk) 18:56, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

You searched Google Books rather than just Google, which does come up with other stuff. Regardless, surely we're not interested in quantity. Another point maybe worth mentioning is that I guess we're not looking for what you might call "academic" references on this one. I think we should just be after something reputable that confirms the largest geographic area, even if it's only a single source. LemonMonday Talk 19:15, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Fair enough. A`straightforward google search does come up with some other stuff which mentions British Isles so we should probably go with that. Searching for references I can find only two other place names in the world that have exclamation marks in their name, Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! and Hamilton, Ohio, though the Wikipedia article doesn't use the exclamation for the latter. I'm pretty sure that Westward Ho! is the only one in Europe but am unable to find any sources confirming that. Jack forbes (talk) 23:42, 20 November 2010 (UTC)
Since Hamilton is not on any maps, it's not regarded as being official. Some sources state that Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha! is the only place in the world with two exclamation marks while Westward Ho! is the only one with a single exclamation mark. At the previous BISE discussion, we listed all the references that we found. Some state that Westward Ho! is the only place in the world to have an exclamation mark as part of its name which is true if "an exclamation mark" refers to a single exclamation mark. --HighKing (talk) 12:35, 21 November 2010 (UTC)
Interesting. World would definitely be the widest range we could probably source. That's just for exclamation marks though, does that carry to all forms of punctuation? Chipmunkdavis (talk) 12:44, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

I've given this some more thought, over the weekend. On the point of 'use larger area' & keeping with geographics - We really should concentrate on 3 possiibilites: Western Europe, British Isles & Great Britain. The United Kingdom or England won't do, as those aren't geographical. GoodDay (talk) 15:48, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

There is no necessity to stick to geographic regions per se, especially as the distinction between political and geographical regions can be blurred. For example, Western Europe is defined by political boundaries, rather than anything geographic. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 15:55, 22 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm gonna stick with the WE/BI/GB options for the momment. But, I will consent to using Britain and Ireland or the Earth/World. -- GoodDay (talk) 15:58, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Do we have a consensus on this? The largest area that can be referenced (only a single reference) mentions "world". Or should we stick with "United Kingdom" which appears to have the most and best quality references? --HighKing (talk) 18:30, 24 November 2010 (UTC)

The proposal that we use "world" (apparently on the basis that Westward Ho! only has one exclamation mark whereas the place in Canada has two) is just absurd (and is WP:OR anyway, or at least WP:SYN, as the Guardian article doesn't say that). UK is just fine. Move on. Ghmyrtle (talk) 19:32, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
Agreed, except that the good reference for British Isles gives the larger geographic area, so yes, let's move on. We don't need to change this at all. The current statement is accurate. LemonMonday Talk 20:00, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
United Kingdom is probably the one with the least consensus. Why not just leave irt as it is - which is sourced and is the largest relevent area. Fainites barleyscribs 20:04, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
I'll agree with whichever side stops arguing about it. Ghmyrtle (talk) 22:05, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
(e/c)Well then this states it is the only place in the world to have an exclamation mark as part of its name. --HighKing (talk) 22:09, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
It is, however, wrong, as well all know. LemonMonday Talk 22:17, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
Look it's there, it's fine, it's accurate and it's sourced. Just leave it. Fainites barleyscribs 22:28, 24 November 2010 (UTC)
That is an h2g2 site - user-contributed and not a reliable source. Ghmyrtle (talk) 07:41, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
We have exactly one reference from The Times, a reputable website] that uses "British Isles", and exactly one reference, from the BBC, a reputable website, that uses "world". The Times article is written by a clergyman discussing a 30 mile coastal walk, hardly a source that can be relied on. And we know the BBC article is wrong since we know of "Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!" with two exclamation marks. If we're going strictly by "sourced" and "largest area" without weighing the merits, we should go with "world" (and that would be a dumb thing to do). The BBC article is really just to highlight the fact that reputable websites publish articles where a "fact" may be quoted as colourful background information, but where editors should weigh the merits of the reference. I don't believe we should rely too much on the Times article in much the same way. In my opinion, as per WP:WEIGHT, and looking at the majority of references which numerous editors listed the previous time this article was discussed, the largest area with multiple quality references is UK. But if editors here want to insist on "British Isles", fair enough. --HighKing (talk) 00:11, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Guys if you want to debate the reliability of sources take the matter to WP:RS/N. Also please remember to raise this discussion at the article's talk page for consensus there--Cailil talk 20:42, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

It's not just about RS. It's also about WP:WEIGHT. Where do you suggest we discuss that? --HighKing (talk) 00:59, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
WP:NPOV/N might be worth a try, although it might fall between both of them. Try WP:NPOV/N first, but if they say go to WP:RS/N go ahead--Cailil talk 03:44, 26 November 2010 (UTC)
No response from WP:NPOV/N to date. Not sure of the value of WP:RS/N - the publication is reliable, but is the good reverend writing about a stroll he took on the coast a good source for "British Isles"? --HighKing (talk) 12:35, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
I dunno, but I mean, if there's no placename with an ! elsewhere in the UK, or in Ireland, or the Crown dependencies, there's not much of an issue. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:07, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
I suppose if you look at each article singly, one article doesn't really matter at all. But if you step back and look at general usage of "British Isles" in lots of articles, then you see that some usage is fine and other usage is not. That's what BISE was set up to do initially. Here at BISE, the *intention* is to try to develop guidelines for usage, using examples as a way of teasing out good and bad. It's unfortunate that BISE has been undermined to the extent that we end up being unable to get away from the merits or otherwise of each individual article.
To date we've abstracted from a lot of articles the guideline that comparisons are notable over the largest applicable area. So therefore, largest in the world is more notable that largest in Europe, which in turn is more notable than largest in the British Isles, in Britain, etc.
We've also got the core tenets of WP of WP:RS, etc.
Bearing all that in mind, in this particular case, what is the most notable largest area?
Well, in reality, the answer is probably that it is the only place name in the World with a single exclamation point. No single reference for that though that doesn't fall foul of WP:SYNTH. And just like you say there's no placename with an ! elsewhere in the UK, Ireland, and Crown dependencies, equally you could state there's none in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Austria, etc. But there are no references for that either. We've equally none that state "Europe", etc. So it's down to references.
We *do* have a ton of references that use "UK", "Britain", "England", etc, all in reliable sources, and many available on Google Books. We've only one from a reliable publication that uses "British Isles" - but the article only mentions Westward Ho! in passing and is not actually about the place, or the name. The question is, are we happy with this source, and does it meet policy such as WP:RS? Given that in all the months of searching, only one single reference to "British Isles" was found - how does that sit with WP:WEIGHT?
How we decide this article will be reflected in a guideline to help us decide other similar issues.
This article appears to come down to the quality of references. If we agree that a single reference trumps a multitude of other references, then from a consistency point of view, the guidelines should reflect that, and we should be clear on why this ruling is in line with existing policies such as WP:RS and WP:WEIGHT. --HighKing (talk) 14:43, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
Would be good to get a source for the whole of Europe. I'm not sure weight is much of an issue, because that's mainly between two opposing viewpoints. The sources that say England, the sources that say Britain, and the source that says British Isles don't oppose at all. Each statement is true, and none contradicts the other. Annoying not to get a response from NPOV/N though. Anyone wanna pop down to Westward Ho! and see if they can find a local book to source it? :) Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:46, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
I've spent a bit of time searching for reliable references to Westward Ho!. The vast majority use UK/Britain/England. Can't find any that uses "Europe" or "World" in a way that is of an acceptable standard. I bring up the issue of WEIGHT because we have one reference vs a multitude, and it isn't about "opposing" viewpoints, but different viewpoints. Generally, the views of tiny minorities should not be included at all. The policy states:
  • If a viewpoint is in the majority, then it should be easy to substantiate it with reference to commonly accepted reference texts;
  • If a viewpoint is held by a significant minority, then it should be easy to name prominent adherents;
  • If a viewpoint is held by an extremely small (or vastly limited) minority, it does not belong in Wikipedia regardless of whether it is true or not and regardless of whether you can prove it or not, except perhaps in some ancillary article.
So as you know I'm leaning towards the majority viewpoint that the article should use "UK". If we could find another "British Isles" reference, that would help. As it stands, the timesonline article is a travel piece written as entertainment and plugs Devon's coastline and places to stay. It isn't "scholarly". From an guidelines point of view, I'd say "Comparisons should be referenced and should be the largest notable area (so if it is Western Europe, use Western Europe not British Isles) Either geographical or political areas may be used." --HighKing (talk) 15:14, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
True. Westward Ho?!*^#"> aside, I like the guideline. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:14, 6 December 2010 (UTC)
The funny thing is that for the majority of English speakers, them colonials across the Pond, Westward Ho! probably sounds like an insult to be thrown at a Portsmouth Naval Dock prostitute. You have to laugh sometimes.
The claim is non-controversial trivia and so for that purposes, The Times is a perfectly acceptable source. It is a newspaper of record and its online version stands as a record of its printed content. NB, the article actually appeared in The Sunday Times edition so you cannot downplay it by saying it is only a website. --LevenBoy (talk) 09:58, 7 December 2010 (UTC)
Please point to where I have downplayed it by saying it is only a website please, otherwise please retract your accusation. --HighKing (talk) 16:47, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

Dinesh Dhamija[edit]

I was just about to add something to the talk page of IP that introduced the term BI to this article when I realised that even for that I might get in trouble. The reference says UK and Ireland .... Bjmullan (talk) 22:58, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

I think per precedent this will be whatever Royal Nepal Airlines defines as its regions of operation. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 01:54, 28 November 2010 (UTC)
Seems to be other references that use UK and Ireland.
Others say he was head of European operations
Royal Nepal Airlines no longer exists, so difficult to check from primary/direct source. --HighKing (talk) 02:53, 28 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm not sure the royal nepal airlines would fly to anything other than a couple major cities anyway. Definitely not the channel islands or jersey, so that wouldn't affect it at all. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 23:39, 2 December 2010 (UTC)
I doubt if they flew anywhere other than to London. Bjmullan (talk) 13:04, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
Not sure they even went that far. I know this isn't authoritative, but it is illustrative. Perhaps the european operation was about building partnership relationships to feed into routes farther afield. Fmph (talk) 13:22, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
@HK - have you a source for their defunctness? Fmph (talk) 13:24, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
My bad. The article on Nepal Airlines states that this is simply the new name for Royal Nepal Airlines. Still can't find any press releases from the airline relating to an appointment of Dinesh though. --HighKing (talk) 16:36, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────We've no objections to changing this article have we? If not, we can simply use the references above and change to state "UK and Ireland and later head of European operations". --HighKing (talk) 16:58, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

Seems appropriate, maybe throw in some dates. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 17:25, 10 December 2010 (UTC)
Agree. Bjmullan (talk) 17:30, 10 December 2010 (UTC)
Perfick! Fmph (talk) 10:15, 11 December 2010 (UTC)
It would be good to get this and others closed. I see that TFOWR hasn't be active for several weeks but maybe another admin (Cailil?) could become involved. Bjmullan (talk) 21:21, 16 January 2011 (UTC)