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Caste in biographical articles[edit]

Hello!
A discussion on inclusion of caste in biographical articles is going on at Village Pump. Your comments are welcome at Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)#Is labelling individuals by caste a violation of privacy, per WP:BLP, and if so should we make this explicit?. §§Dharmadhyaksha§§ {T/C} 18:39, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

Mi-35p.JPG[edit]

file:Mi-35p.JPG has been nominated for deletion -- 76.65.128.43 (talk) 04:12, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Proposed merger[edit]

File:WikiProject Sri Lanka logo.svg[edit]

File:WikiProject Sri Lanka logo.svg
File:Flag-map of Sri Lanka.svg

Wouldn't it be better to have a vertical orientation for the flag, instead of this horizontal orientation, for the outline? -- 65.92.180.137 (talk) 00:43, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

I dont think it would be proper to show the flag of Sri Lanka distorted.--Blackknight12 (talk) 01:57, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
{{WikiProject Sri Lanka}} already uses the outline image shown in this section, which you added. If you don't want a distorted flag, then why change the image? -- 65.92.180.137 (talk) 01:59, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
The image is called a flag map, it is a type of image used in wikipedia for all countries, I only uploaded a better version--Blackknight12 (talk) 02:21, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
Several country projects don't use flagmaps, they use other things, such as a regular flag, or some national symbol. And may country-stubs don't use flagmaps either, for similar reasons. Though {{SriLanka-stub}} uses a flagmap.
What I'm saying is that a 90-degree rotation of the flag so that it appears in a different orientation, would make a better basis for a flagmap, since it would show more of the flag, and a flag hanging down is a common way to display a flag (such as from the side of a building) -- 65.92.180.137 (talk) 02:29, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
The flag is usually not hung vertically because the lion is supposed to be shown standing upright (if you really want to read the long list of rules for displaying the flag, you can find them here). "Distorting" the national flag is kind of a big deal in Sri Lanka (just do a quick google search and it'll show news articles about people being arrested for that) so I'd expect some complaints if we put it vertically here. Chamal TC 03:04, 27 February 2013 (UTC)
The flag is already distorted, by making it a flagmap. If we're to avoid distortion, then the stub-template and project-template should revert to the flag image and not be a flagmap. -- 65.92.180.137 (talk) 09:12, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

File:John Murdoch, LL.D.jpg[edit]

File:John Murdoch, LL.D.jpg has been nominated for deletion -- 65.92.180.137 (talk) 04:34, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

It has been renominated for deletion -- 70.24.250.103 (talk) 03:00, 23 April 2013 (UTC)

B-class criteria parameters[edit]

I suggest to add B-class criteria parameters to {{WikiProject Sri Lanka}} assessment template. --PHEONIXTER 16:36, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Go ahead Pheonixter.--Blackknight12 (talk) 10:05, 19 March 2013 (UTC)
Dear friends, Just to clarify... In my opinion, some of our B class articles do not meet this new check list requirements. eg. Burning of Jaffna library, Prince Vijaya (some of the sources), Kingdom of Kandy (coverage - there are some empty sections) etc. Are we suppose to re list them as C class? Thanks. Nishadhi (talk) 18:07, 21 March 2013 (UTC)
After filling the checklist if it doesnt meet the criteria, we should re-list them. --PHEONIXTER 17:09, 22 March 2013 (UTC)

Sri Lankan notes[edit]

A large number of Sri Lankan banknotes are up for deletion, see Wikipedia:Files_for_deletion/2013_April_21 -- 70.24.250.103 (talk) 00:30, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

Sri Lankan coins[edit]

A large number of Sri Lankan coin images are up for deletion, see Wikipedia:Possibly_unfree_files/2013_April_26 -- 70.24.250.103 (talk) 23:52, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Bibiladeniye Mahanama - help needed with sources[edit]

I have been copyediting this biographical article and formatting the references. However, many of the English language sources were found to be spurious in that they did not verify the claims made, and in fact completely failed to mention the subject at all. Many of other claims which are unreferenced appear to be exaggerations, e.g. the subject's compositions being used in "short films", which are actually private wedding videos. I have removed the spurious references (although not the claims themselves). However, several major biographical claims are sourced to websites which are in Sinhalese only. Could someone check those references and let me know if they actually verify the claims to which they are attached. They are references 1, 2, and 7. Best wishes, Voceditenore (talk) 13:38, 4 May 2013 (UTC)

Many thanks to User:Pheonixter (a member of this project) for his prompt help with this one. Voceditenore (talk) 07:22, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

Dinesh Subasinghe - help needed with sources[edit]

This article, like the one above, has had a lot of referencing problems. I and another editor have rectified most of them. However, there are several sources in Sinhalese. Could someone check to see if a. they are reliable sources, b. they verify what they allege to verify, and c. they are not simply duplicates of the English sources already in the article. The references in question are 2, 8, 9, 23, 24, 26, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, and 37. Best, Voceditenore (talk) 07:22, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

coins up for deletion[edit]

Viscount Soulbury image files[edit]

file:Herwald Ramsbotham, 1st Viscount Soulbury.jpg and image:James Ramsbotham, 2nd Viscount Soulbury.jpg have been nominated for deletion -- 65.94.76.126 (talk) 05:59, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Sinhala phonology[edit]

These two articles, Sinhala phonology and Sinhala language seem to have some duplicate coverage of phonetics, but they don't seem to agree. Can some one who knows please check them? —Anne Delong (talk) 18:18, 5 June 2013 (UTC)

I will have a look.--Blackknight12 (talk) 03:34, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

National animal[edit]

What is the National animal of Sri Lanka? Need for National symbols of Sri Lanka. --Anton017 (talk) 06:41, 30 July 2013 (UTC)

Im not quiet sure about this, I know the Sri Lanka Junglefowl is the national bird and there is also a national butterfly, however the lion and elephant are seen as important national animals.--Blackknight12 (talk) 03:47, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

AfC submission[edit]

This submission is relevant to this project. Regards, FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 19:31, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia meetup[edit]

Hi, I'm Saqib, from Pakistan currently admin on Wikivoyage. I'm planning to visit Sri Lanka for tourism next week. I was wondering if we could arrange first meetup of Wikipedians in Sri Lanka during I visit there? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 139.190.141.225 (talk) 23:29, 5 August 2013 (UTC)

{{Countries and territories of South Asia}}[edit]

Template:Countries and territories of South Asia (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs) has been nominated for deletion -- 76.65.128.222 (talk) 05:14, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Veera Puran Appu.jpg[edit]

image:Veera Puran Appu.jpg has been nominated for deletion -- 76.65.128.222 (talk) 05:56, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

{{Countries and territories bordering the Indian Ocean}}[edit]

Template:Countries and territories bordering the Indian Ocean (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs) has been nominated for deletion -- 76.65.128.222 (talk) 11:25, 30 August 2013 (UTC)

{{South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation}}[edit]

Template:South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs) has been nominated for deletion -- 76.65.128.222 (talk) 02:25, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

{{SAFTA}}[edit]

Template:SAFTA (edit|talk|history|links|watch|logs) has been nominated for deletion -- 76.65.128.222 (talk) 02:25, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Presidential Flag of Sri-Lanka.gif[edit]

image:Presidential Flag of Sri-Lanka.gif has been nominated for deletion -- 70.24.249.39 (talk) 11:11, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

Street scenes in Sri Lanka[edit]

Does anyone know what cities these are? -- Cherubino (talk) 09:11, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

The opening frame of the first video shows a sign saying "Gampola Motor Stores" so I'm guessing it's Gampola.--obi2canibetalk contr 15:16, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

@Cherubino: Second video; A9 road, the vehicle is heading towards Kandy, the bus station to the right is Naula.[1] Thanks Nishadhi (talk) 16:54, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much! -- Cherubino (talk) 18:40, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

Sri Sumangala National School, Nildandahinna[edit]

Chinthaka93 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · page moves · block user · block log) started Sri Sumangala National School, Nildandahinna, and another editor tagged the article for speedy deletion as unduly promotional. I removed some non-English text and some text that was promotional or unverified, but the stub article that resulted isn't very useful. The deleted text can be seen in the article's history. Perhaps a member of this project could expand the article and add information to the infobox. Eastmain (talkcontribs) 04:10, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

@Eastmain: Thanks for the Info. I have added some references. Greetings Nishadhi (talk) 17:06, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Potential huge list of redundant articles[edit]

Could someone look into this list please? All of the "Ministry of" are itself stubs, but yet there are this "Minister of" articles also being created side-by-side. This should IMO, be merged into the broader "Ministry of" article. I'm going to start working on this in the coming days, if there is no solid argument against it. Example of how it should be done. Rehman 00:21, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi Rehman, these lists are something I have been working on. I think I might be a little confused in what you are asking but Ill give it a go. Generally when these ministry articles and all other political offices have two separate articles, an article about the office and one of a list of office holders. Such as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and List of Prime Ministers of Sri Lanka. Here is a relatively good example of a cabinet ministry. Ministry of Defence and Urban Development and Minister of Defence (Sri Lanka). I have created each list separately because most of the offices have many former holders, such as Minister of Education (Sri Lanka) and Minister of Sports (Sri Lanka) (both finished articles), therefore I have no doubt they will expand in the future when more information is discovered. I was planning to do it myself. List of Sri Lankan cabinets is a good starting point. However I see your point as there are a few lists with just one minister right now, I dont oppose your example but I think you should only do it to similar articles of unfinished lists with just the one minister. Also in terms of the "and" in "Power and Energy", if you change one I think all should be changed for continuity. Thanks--Blackknight12 (talk) 04:08, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Hi. I understand your good faith intentions. But I believe that's the wrong way to start. Yes, you're right about having to split it at one point, but this is definitely not the time as we are nowhere near the need for two separate articles. It is also quite a nuisance for the reader, to go through two separate articles for two tiny bits of information on the same subject. Please let me know if you agree with me, so that we can both get on with the cleanup right away. If not, we will have to gain wider consensus and see were this goes. Best regards, Rehman 12:07, 17 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes I agree with you and I say go ahead, but I think it is best for only the unfinished lists with just the one minister. Thanks--Blackknight12 (talk) 04:37, 19 January 2014 (UTC)
Okay, thanks. I will proceed with this task after I am finished with my current projects. For now, I believe we should merge-from and delete all "Minister of" articles (instead of those with 1 entry only) as they are no where near the requirement of needing a split, even if they have 1 entry or 10 entries. Rehman 04:56, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

RfC: Are these separate articles necessary?[edit]

As discussed immediately above, there used to be a large number of newly created articles (in the form of "Minister of Power and Energy") with content that so small that I believe should be left in the parent ("Ministry of Power and Energy"-type articles. After I have explained to the sole author of all those articles, I believed that the note was well taken, and I have proceeded with moving smaller articles (which are effectively list-type articles), into the parent articles. The remaining pages were (rightfully, IMO) speedily deleted by a bunch of admins (Alexf, JohnCD, Ronhjones, Anthony Bradbury). To see those now-deleted articles, please see my recent deleted edits (I tagged those for deletion, initially).

The author has now returned 2-days later, and claims that s/he never accepted this, and states that s/he will recreate those articles again. Please note that this is not a complaint of any sort against the author, but rather an attempt to get more views before things get unnecessarily messy. Kind regards, Rehman 15:41, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Hello, I am glad this is not a complaint on me, but may I ask you for more information, or rather to elaborate on why you think all minister and ministry articles should be merged?--Blackknight12 (talk) 15:49, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
Hi. I have quite straightforwardly explained that in my initial post above. I don't really have much more to add to that. Lets see where this RFC takes us, and then we may work together on doing whatever that's necessary. Rehman 15:52, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
Well I've said all that I can as well. I have no objections for making compromises for the smaller lists, in fact I think it was the better idea and is now better than it was before, but I don't understand your rationale against the completed lists (namely the ones I have listed on your page), such list are common through out wiki.--Blackknight12 (talk) 16:01, 6 February 2014 (UTC)
Here are some examples Justice ministry, Finance minister, Defence minister, Foreign minister, Ministry of Transport, Health minister...nearly every country listed has separated articles.--Blackknight12 (talk) 16:37, 6 February 2014 (UTC)

Popular pages tool update[edit]

As of January, the popular pages tool has moved from the Toolserver to Wikimedia Tool Labs. The code has changed significantly from the Toolserver version, but users should notice few differences. Please take a moment to look over your project's list for any anomalies, such as pages that you expect to see that are missing or pages that seem to have more views than expected. Note that unlike other tools, this tool aggregates all views from redirects, which means it will typically have higher numbers. (For January 2014 specifically, 35 hours of data is missing from the WMF data, which was approximated from other dates. For most articles, this should yield a more accurate number. However, a few articles, like ones featured on the Main Page, may be off).

Web tools, to replace the ones at tools:~alexz/pop, will become available over the next few weeks at toollabs:popularpages. All of the historical data (back to July 2009 for some projects) has been copied over. The tool to view historical data is currently partially available (assessment data and a few projects may not be available at the moment). The tool to add new projects to the bot's list is also available now (editing the configuration of current projects coming soon). Unlike the previous tool, all changes will be effective immediately. OAuth is used to authenticate users, allowing only regular users to make changes to prevent abuse. A visible history of configuration additions and changes is coming soon. Once tools become fully available, their toolserver versions will redirect to Labs.

If you have any questions, want to report any bugs, or there are any features you would like to see that aren't currently available on the Toolserver tools, see the updated FAQ or contact me on my talk page. Mr.Z-bot (talk) (for Mr.Z-man) 05:28, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

MAS Holdings[edit]

The MAS Holdings page needs to be updated. More information should be given on different plants, garments, the green plant and power generation, and lean implementation. MAS is Sri Lanka's biggest employer - it is a shame that it has such a small page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.150.165.203 (talk) 20:11, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

So you better update and extend the page but keep in mind to insert the links of the sources you obtain the facts,I suggested you this because I felt that you bear a sound knowledge of the business.Anyone can Edit Wikipedia its Open,Thanks.MediaJet talk 19:52, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

AfC submission - 12/03[edit]

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Attorney General's Department - Sri Lanka. FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 14:26, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Harsha Purasinghe[edit]

Dear Sri Lanka experts: Here's an old abandoned Afc submission that will soon be deleted as a stale draft. Is this a notable Sri Lankan businessman? Are there sources available to improve it? OR should it be let go? —Anne Delong (talk) 14:56, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Did a quick search, doesn't seem to be that notable, would like to see what others think though.--Blackknight12 (talk) 04:58, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Did a quick search, he is notable.

Quite a Notable person,but I have never heard about him before.MediaJet talk 20:08, 15 March 2014 (UTC)
I have postponed its deletion. It won't be accepted without some inline citations to reliable sources; if anyone here has found some, perhaps you could add them to the article. They don't have to be in English, as long as they are proper news, magazine or book sources and not press releases or blogs, etc. Thanks for taking the time to check this out for me. —Anne Delong (talk) 21:27, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

AfC submission - 14/03[edit]

Draft:Department of Census and Statistics (Sri Lanka). FoCuSandLeArN (talk) 19:27, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/sethawadiya[edit]

Dear Sri Lanka experts: Here's an old Afc submission about a village. There is so much advertising about the hotel and kite school that I am having difficulty finding out it this is an actual village name or just a neighbourhood. Should the article be kept and improved rather than deleted as a stale draft? —Anne Delong (talk) 12:27, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

I didn't notice such a village near Kalpitiya however this seems to me like a trade name or something like that.Found three business places by this name - Sethwadiya Dolphin View Eco Lodge,Sethwadiya Seafood,and a Lodge by the same name on the shallow sea.In Sinhalese Wadiya means a Lodge,Thanks.--MediaJet talk 19:08, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
Sounds as if it's really a tourist resort rather than a town. —Anne Delong (talk) 01:39, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Exactly smile--MediaJet talk 04:57, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Well, a business would have to meet a higher notability standard than a village, and I don't see it in this article right now, so I guess it's goodbye... —Anne Delong (talk) 05:20, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes indeed.--MediaJet talk 16:10, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Ikman.lk[edit]

Is this company notable? Are the sources "solid"? I ask because the sources are written in a tone that looks like, by American standards, like warmed-over press releases or "advertorial" content. I've started a discussion about the sources on Talk:Ikman.lk. Please help improve the sources or, if this company is not notable, tag it for {{notability}} or even WP:AFD. Thanks. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 01:49, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Ikman.lk is much popular site in Sri Lanka.--MediaJet talk 16:08, 31 March 2014 (UTC)