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Harej (talk) 16:58, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Apparently this project voted in favour of DMY against DATERET[edit]

I was not involved in the discussion so I'm opening it up again. First, the project has no jurisdiction over any articles, it's just a project. It can't make any proclamations about how a date format is to apply to all article in the project. Second, if you think I can, I'm opposed to an imposed DMY format. It's not used in the area. Walter Görlitz (talk) 19:30, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

We decided awhile ago to use DMY in 2009 and 2012. This is where the major editors of the region came together to build consensus. It's not the authority of the WP, but the authority of consensus building among editors. Walter insists he's insistent that WP:DATERET is a rationale that doesn't take into consideration consensus of editors. And DMY is used in the area so please don't speak for all Vancouverites or people from BC. Unless you can provide a source that states the DMY doesn't exist in Surrey. Mkdwtalk 19:33, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Could you point me to that discussion please?
I don't speak for all Vancouverites, nor do I pretend to. Walter Görlitz (talk) 20:04, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
It's not in the archives and the second archive is labelled incorrectly. So please, show me where this decision was made by the whole project. Walter Görlitz (talk) 20:05, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
@Mkdw: Seriously. Where is this decision recorded? Who was involved in the decision? Walter Görlitz (talk) 14:50, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
As a side note, DATERET is the consensus of the entire community of Wikipedia and a decision of a project cannot overrule the greater community consensus, particularly when it's done in secret. All project decisions may be scrutinized by the greater community for compliance with the greater community's goals. Walter Görlitz (talk) 14:53, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Given the agreement between Walter (above) and I (my talk page) that this project's decision is contrary to the greater community consensus at DATERET, and that we are unable to locate the discussion(s) asserted to have taken place, I will be returning Greater Vancouver to its previous MDY format and will be looking at the other BC articles on my watchlist that may have been changed from MDY to DMY despite the predominant usage having been the former rather than the latter. Hwy43 (talk) 21:31, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
I fully concur. Point me at any articles that you need help with. It appears I've volunteered to be a member of the project! Walter Görlitz (talk) 22:49, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
I realize I made a mistake and it was actually at the Talk:Vancouver where the discussion about DMY or MDY was brought up. So I apologize for that mistake on my part and ultimately affects our discussion and my stance on the issue. I will go back and take a look at some of the other articles against WP:DATERET. I think for our benefit it would help me if we could agree in how you're both applying DATERET. If we use Edmonton as an example, it started with DMY and for years continued in that format, and then later switched to MDY. This is where "evolved using predominantly one format" and "date format chosen by the first major contributor in the early stages of an article should continue to be used" are at oddst with one another. Let me know which part of the guideline you're prioritizing and I'll look back at some of the articles and apply it consistently. I've already flagged quite a few BC articles for example that started MDY and then switched to DMY later and for the majority of its lifespan and vice-versa. Mkdwtalk 16:20, 31 March 2015 (UTC)