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Why change?[edit]

The main reason for the proposed format change is the massive amount of information in the "years in television" articles, which is not easy to manage. The sheer number of shows in the "Television shows" section makes the article almost unreadable. It was not uncommon to find duplicates of the same show, and the users often added missing shows to the "Debuts" and "Ending this year" sections of corresponding years, altogether ignoring the "Television shows" section for the years in between.

The proposal is to limit the "xxxx in television" articles to the following sections: "Global television events", "Births", and "Deaths". Country-specific information is proposed to be moved to separate articles. Not only would it make the shows information more readable and easier to manage, it would also resolve the problem when a show by the same name is on TV during different time periods in different countries (a good example of such show would be The Office, which had two seasons in the UK in 2001–2002, but only one season (with a different cast but the same plot) in the US in 2005).

Please do not perceive this proposed format as final. This is a rough draft only. There are no plans to apply this new format to current "Years in television" articles until all suggestions and objections have been heard out.

Please add your comments on this page.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 20:52, May 27, 2005 (UTC)

Use of sub-pages[edit]

It's generally frowned upon to use sub pages. I'd link the WP page if I knew where it was stated.

If it's agreed upon spliting country-specific TV events, then I'd recommend starting:


or some other variant (non-sub-pages). I like the 2nd choice as I could see it as more of a disambiguation instead of a separate "group" of articles. Cburnett 05:11, May 28, 2005 (UTC)

I should have mentioned this above, but I did not. The subpages in this example are there just to avoid creating test articles in the main namespace. Actual articles, of course, should be on their own pages, just like in the examples you listed above. Still, thanks for bringing this up, as it my intent to not use sub-pages was not really all that obvious.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 05:48, May 28, 2005 (UTC)

Event star[edit]

It looks a good idea to me. However, there may be problems using the {{FA}} template to denote shows that have a related event in the Events section, as when you hover your mouse over the star image, it says 'Featured article' which could be confusing. Instead of the template, try just adding links to Image:Featured article star.png at 16px on the page.

Also agreed with Cburnett's comment about the subpages, with 1976 in television (UK) preferred. BillyH 05:49, 28 May 2005 (UTC)

The FA star was just a quick and dirty way to illustrate the marker idea. It will, of course, not stay as it is now. By the way, if anyone has an idea for a better marker, feel free to post it here.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 16:49, May 28, 2005 (UTC)

Just to say I like it[edit]

I've long thought that some of the 'Years in Television' pages were a tad US-centric, although of course that's understandable given the number of US users of Wikipedia and the fact that the country has so much TV history to get through. I think that the dividing of the pages into country-specific sections is a good one, and will be very helpful for people searching for TV events relevant to their own countries, or interested in seeing what was happening in other nations rather than it all being lumped together. The layout looks good too, and all-in-all I fully support this idea. Just one minor point - if we're doing major English-language nations, where's New Zealand? Nonetheless, yet again fantastic work on the 'Years in Television' pages from Ezhiki. Give that man a medal! Angmering 10:12, 28 May 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the compliments, of course, but I've already got a medal courtesy of MikeH :) As for New Zealand, there was nothing New Zealand-related in the "1976 in television" article, so I forgot about it altogether (in a kind of George W. Bush kind of way :)). Also, I wanted to note that non-English-speaking countries can easily be added with this format as well. With the way things are now it would be somewhat problematic.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 16:49, May 28, 2005 (UTC)

OK, now...[edit]

...if no one else has any objections, I will start working on the actual format/layout and will gradually start converting the years in television over to the new format. Please continue listing your comments/ideas/objections here, if you have them. Thanks.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 16:08, May 30, 2005 (UTC)


I would highly recommend an additional template for television that links all the countries so that they can stay consistent among the soon-to-be many many years in tv articles. Cburnett 21:18, May 31, 2005 (UTC)

You are reading my mind, aren't you? :) See User:Ezhiki/Temp. It's a very rough draft; I did not have much to play with it today, but it's a start.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 02:46, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)

Article names[edit]

Please also see User talk:SimonP#Years in television and User talk:Ezhiki#1976 in television pages for additional views on the article naming issue.

The previous names were inappropriate. On Wikipedia brackets in titles indicates disambiguation, which is not what is intended. You are not pointing to different meanings of "1976 in television" but to subpages. Moreover creating subpages in this manner is also banned because it hard wires hierarchies, see Wikipedia:Do not use subpages. With the previous names the articles could only be a subpage of "1976 in television" but the Canadian one is equally a subpage of 1976 in Canada and the title "1976 in Canada/television" would be just as valid. Using natural language titles, which is policy anyway, helps remove this problem. -SimonP 13:30, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)

Sorry, but are you just complaining without offering a solution? Maybe it's too early and I'm glancing right over it, but I'm not seeing anything....not to mention you could have continued the article name discussion above instead of starting a new heading. Cburnett 14:17, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)
I do offer a solution, I support having "1976 in Canada televions" rather than "1976 in television (Canada)". - SimonP 15:11, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)
I assume it was "1976 in Canadaian televisions". I, for one, do not like this variant, and I suppose Cburnett does not either (correct me if I am wrong). If you wish to draw a quick poll regarding the naming issue, you are most welcome to do so. Hopefully others would voice their opinions on this as well; it is not unlikely that your variant is going to be the winner, in which case we'll use it.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 15:57, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)
Sorry I did of course mean 1976 in Canadian television. As I outlined on Ëzhiki's talk page putting television in the main title while relegating country to a note ignores that the country/television formation is just as valid. 1976 in Ireland (television) is just as valid a heading for this content as 1976 in television (Ireland). Using your title makes it seem as though the page could only ever be considered a subdivision of 1976 in television ignoring that it will also be a subdivision of 1976 in Ireland. Do you have any reasons you dislike the "1976 in Irish televison" format? So far you have just stated that you dislike it. - SimonP 16:11, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)
Realizing that not everyone is going to read through the very thourough discussion on my talk page, here is a summary of what I said to this particular argument:
  • I do not see anything preventing us from using 1976 in television (Ireland) as the main article location and 1976 in Ireland (television) as a redirect to that article. Or the other way around.
  • This naming convention does not really create an impression that "the page could only ever be considered a subdivision of 1976 in television ignoring that it will also be a subdivision of 1976 in Ireland". To deal with these issues, categories should be used, not the article names.
  • The only reason I (and only I personally; I do not speak for anyone else here) dislike the "1976 in British television" format is because to me it does not look as clean and consistent as "1976 in television (UK)" (or, for that matter, as "1976 in UK (television)"). In the end, it will all boil down to the preferences of the majority; if the "-ish" format is preferred by most, I am not going to make a fuss out of it or (*cough*) move articles to locations that I like better. I was unable to find anything stating that the parentheses format violates any policies (for more on that, see my talk page).
Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 17:32, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)
If it is consistency that is you main concern then shouldn't the pages also be consistent with the other year subpages? It is 2003 in Canadian politics, not 2003 in Canada (politics), 1978 British leaders, not 1978 leaders (Britain), 2004 in baseball, not 2004 in sport (baseball). Not to mention the entire rest of the encyclopedia. We have British television not televison (UK), List of French people, not List of people (France), Demographics of Uganda not Uganda (demographics). - SimonP 18:06, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)
Good points I can agree with and which did not immediately occur to me. Let's see what others will say. I just wish you came up with this reasoning, about, say, five hours ago.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 19:04, Jun 1, 2005 (UTC)
I've found a couple other things. The music series has run in to similar size problems and they now have 2005 in music (UK) and 2004 in music (UK). I have raised the naming issue on Talk:Music of the United Kingdom to see if they have a good reason using these names. I also found that there is a pretty explicit prohibition on "using an article names that suggests a hierarchy of articles" in the Naming conventions. - SimonP 22:45, Jun 2, 2005 (UTC)
Would you please not start with the technicalities again? Naming conventions explicitly prohibit article names that suggest a hierarchy of articles, that's true, but they say nothing of the cases other than subpages (such as using parentheses or other means). This particular section only gives a forward slash syntax as an example of what's not to do; I do not see how other cases are implied. By quoting irrelevant policies, all you do is create confusion among the users who would not bother to read the actual policy wordage (especially considering the fact that you conveniently omitted a direct link to the quoted section in an enormous policy document), and I simply fail to see why you do that. You, as an administrator, should probably know better than that. It is one of your responsibilities to educate users, and you are doing just the opposite. I may very well agree that some may see the parentheses as a disambiguator to be avoided, but explaining why they are seen as such is a much better course of action that trying to back your reasoning with policies that describe a completely different set of problems.
As for the subpages that I originally used, I already explained that the use of subpages is acceptable for temporary or draft versions of the articles. Not labeling them as such was my mistake, which I already had admitted.
Apart from this, thank you for checking with the "years in music" folks. Only one person commented so far, but it looks like they do not have a compelling reason for keeping the paretheses-based naming system either.
Finally, as a subtle reminder, how about cleaning up around here a little? So far all I see is you coming in, making a fuss out of minor and temporary issues, and creating a mess with the articles moves. You don't have to do it, of course, but since your contributions show that you've been up to cleaning up lately anyway, how about doing something positive for us, too? I promise that it will be appreciated.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 01:56, Jun 3, 2005 (UTC)

Need input[edit]

As some of you might have already noticed, I added a template to the bottom of some of the country-specific articles (e.g., 1976 in Canadian television). While the purpose of the template is quite obvious and useful, I am a bit stuck as I cannot think of a good way to handle the countries for which no events exist. For example, the template lists South Africa. National television was not introduced there until 1976, and there was no television at all prior to 1971. As such, the link is going to show up as red on templates of all years before 1971. This is not good, because these unexisting articles (like 1955 in South African television) should stay that way—unexisting.

The only solution I have so far thought of is to create redirects to the main television article for that country (in this case, it would be a redirect to Television in South Africa. This way, all "XXXX in South African television" links (where XXXX<1971) will redirect to "Television in South Africa". The drawback is that the template will be somewhat misleading.

It would be perfect if it were possible to filter the countries for which no television existed for a given year out of the template altogether, but as far as I know it is not possible. Please correct me if I am wrong.

If you have a better solution, by all means post it here. Thanks.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 21:24, Jun 6, 2005 (UTC)

A couple of templates. One pre-1976 and one post-1975. Templates have no functional capabilites beyond an extremely primitive printf command. Conditional statements in templates would add huge amounts of versatility, but we just as well jump to full-fledge PHP... Cburnett 04:48, Jun 7, 2005 (UTC)
South Africa is just one example. With your method, we will need seven templates just for the seven countries listed, and that number will only grow when more countries are added. I am not saying it's necessarily bad, but I certainly hope there is a more optimal solution.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 18:46, Jun 7, 2005 (UTC)
I had an idea, but can't get it to work. I created Template:TV countries/1976 (and 1976 in television/Countries) and changed the last row of Template:TV countries to:
|align="center" style="font-size: 90%;" | {{TV countries/{{{1}}}}}
but the year in {{{1}}} isn't getting substituted in to pull in the content in {{TV countries/1976}}. Perhaps that gives you an idea to work with. :/ Cburnett 21:30, Jun 7, 2005 (UTC)
That't actually a pretty neat idea, except that I am going to have one hell of a time figuring out why it's not working :) I'll try anyway. Thanks!—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 22:49, Jun 7, 2005 (UTC)
It seems that you never actually saved the changes you made to the Template:TV countries. Your idea did not work because you probably looked at the template in the preview mode. When it is saved, it seems to be working quite well. If you do not have any objections, I will delete the 1976 in television/Countries, which is no longer needed. I would also appreciate SimonP commenting on this solution—it does use the subpages, after all. Thanks!—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 15:13, Jun 8, 2005 (UTC)
You are correct, I didn't actually save it. I deleted 1976 in television/Countries. Regarding subpages: I don't see a problem with it since it's directly being used for the xxxx in television question and, on it's own, isn't really an article. Cburnett 17:26, Jun 8, 2005 (UTC)

Disco Dog[edit]

Also, one needs to explain the deletion of the 1974-1978 cartoon TV series in the years of television to 1974 in 1978.

User:Jeff Schiller lied, User: Ezhiki lied, insisting they both never saw the show, or the pictures. Forget it.

See User talk:Ezhiki/2005#Disco Dog? if you are at a loss as to what the anon meant.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 19:44, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)

Table usage[edit]

I'd like to recommend using tables. Something like 2005 in film. I went ahead and changed the /Temp page to show it.

My basic argument for tables is this: the data is inherently tabular and having them in freeform (just a bulleted list) makes it harder to read. Additionally, to me, it looks more professional/cleaner looking than a page of bullets and dashes. Cburnett 19:23, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)

I really like the idea of such tables, but not the way they are currently formatted (although I am having trouble coming up with what exactly I do not like about the format currently used—somehow it does not look quite right).—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 19:42, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)
Well the table style is widely used. See [1]. I think it looks better with more entries (like on 2005 in film), especially the month/day ones. Cburnett 19:59, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)
Hm. Maybe I am having a problem with it because the right edges are misaligned. But then, you are probably right that it will look better with more entries and without the list. Also, maybe if the month and date are listed in the same column ("July 1" instead of "July" and "1") it would look even better. What do you think?—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 20:08, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)
Check out 2005 in film#Deaths. I think if each row had the "month day" notation then it'd be crowded. If there's multiple things with the same date then it reduces repetition (like the months themselves).
Ultimately, I highly suspect people come to a page like this to find something, not browse it or read it (like a normal article). You want to see who died in January or what shows debuted in this specific year. So organization and ease-of-use seems paramount, to me, for tabular data.
Re: right-edges. As the tables fill up they'll push the border to the edge. We could force it to the right by adding a width="100%" though. Cburnett 21:04, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)
Additionally, I think the table colors don't really match with the colors of the TV Countries template placed below. Which is, to think of it, probably the template's problem.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 20:10, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)
Since this page is entirely about trying something new, I went ahead and change it to ccccff. Both are web safe colors. For me, it's a toss-up. Cburnett 21:04, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)
I think it looks better now. I will let know if I find something else to complain about (and I will) :))—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 21:17, Jun 24, 2005 (UTC)

Tables and occasional contributors[edit]

I have another concern about these tables. Yesterday, I formatted Before 1925 in television using tables, and I can now say that the experience was less from ideal. While the prettytable template certainly helps, there is still too much manual formatting to take care of when entering information. For me, it was just a little nuisance to get used to, especially when the end result really looks better than a vulgar list, and I am sure that most of people working on this project view it pretty much in the same light. I am, however, afraid that this table may turn potentials editors away. Judging from my over a year experience working with the "years in television" articles, quite a few edits/additions come from anonymous or relatively new users. These are often people who have a problem understanding how to format data as a list, yet now we expect them to add lines to a table. Any insights?—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) June 29, 2005 13:30 (UTC)

I've seen anonymous users edit tables just fine. I've also seen people just slap a request on the talk page for someone else to fish. I've also seen people attempt it and leave it.
Your concern was the same as that of why 2005 doesn't have tables. I basically refuse to cater to the lowest common denominator on the assumption that people are too stupid to figure it out. That's my take. :) Cburnett June 29, 2005 17:19 (UTC)
Well, that's mostly my take too, but I would hate to see potential editors go away just because formatting style was too difficult for them to understand. I guess let's see how this is going to work then. This is probably more of a general policy question, anyway.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) June 29, 2005 17:26 (UTC)
Look at the flip side: WP is a collaborative effort. Not everyone has to know all of it. Cburnett June 29, 2005 17:48 (UTC)


The following articles have been converted to the new format: Before 1925 in television, 1925 in television, 1926 in television, and 1927 in television. Country-specific events were carved out into 1926 in American television, 1927 in American television, and 1927 in British television. Please feel free to review, comment, and, of course, expand.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 12:51, July 28, 2005 (UTC)

Temp space[edit]

I was thinking about moving the 1976 in television/Temp to the main article space, replacing 1976 in television. If you think this should not be done, please let me know A.S.A.P. Histories of both pages will be preserved.—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 22:44, August 9, 2005 (UTC)

A personal preference for columns in biographic tables[edit]

I think the dates in the tables of births and deaths would be easier to read if the month and day columns were merged, but that's just me. --Jacj 06:34, 10 August 2005 (UTC)

The discussion of this format is listed above. After having compared both versions, I personally no longer have a preference for either way, but maybe Cburnett would have something to add to this?—Ëzhiki (erinaceus amurensis) 13:04, August 10, 2005 (UTC)

1976 in television[edit]

Ezhiki will never understand that this page was incongruent with similar ones. 03:09, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

If Ezhiki tries to revert this page back again, I'd like to revert EZHIKI!! Such pages ought to be Protected!! 03:12, 8 August 2007 (UTC)

Dear anonymous contributor, thank you for your concern, but please calm down. I did not revert you just for the heck of it; there were quite good reasons to do so, although, admittedly, I could have stated them after the first revert of mine instead of waiting till now.
Anyway, you seem to be operating under assumption that this page is inconsistent with the rest of the pages in series. However, if you just scrolled up and read the discussions that took place here before, you'd see that this page is the pilot page for the re-design of the entire series. While the re-design was never completed (currently only this page, the first articles in the series (before 1925 in television through 1930 in television), and, partially, 20062007 in television conform to it), the consensus, nevertheless, had been that it was generally a good idea to split the page into country-specific articles, if only to avoid over-bloated pages listing TV events and shows from dozens of countries in one messy list. The information you are trying to re-instate here is already duplicated (and in some cases much expanded upon) in the 1976 in Australian, Canadian, Irish, Japanese, New Zealand, South African, U.K., and (especially) 1976 in American television articles. A navigation box with links to all those articles was at the bottom of the version which you reverted. So, if consistency of the whole series is your concern, you should be converting the articles formatted the old way in the image of this one, not the other way around. Re-instating the long-abandoned version, as you did, leads to losing the links to all those articles and to orphaning them, which is completely unacceptable.
As for your request to have this article protected, I'm afraid that is not a wise thing to do. We do not lock articles just because of minor content/formatting disputes between two editors; protection is reserved to cases where editors are unable to reason with one another in a civil way.
Hopefully, this is a sufficient explanation of why I am going to restore this article to the version that had prior consensus. You are welcome to contact me should you have any questions. Best,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 13:26, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
I believe that all country-specific pages pertaining to this subject should be speedily deleted so that this entry conforms to the entries for 1975, 1977, and similar years. I also believe that Ezhiki is a professional "Wikivandalist" and not an administrator. 23:02, 8 August 2007 (UTC)
I see. Now, let's re-trace. Your incivility aside, since you are a new user, let me show you what the situation really is.
First and foremost, there is nothing wrong with you wanting to re-design this article or to get rid of the other articles that you see as redundant. However, barging in ignoring existing consensus, pushing your point without even listening what others have to say, not providing any counter-arguments, and accusing people who stand in your way of being vandals and impostors is not the wiki way. You want to get rid of country-specific articles, fine. Please kindly follow the procedure outlined in WP:PM (proposed mergers). You will need to add a proposal suggesting that 1976 in Canadian television & Co. are merged into 1976 in television. If (and only if) that proposal passes (i.e., most of the people who express their opinions vote for the merge), then all of the content in the country-specific articles would need to be merged into this one (and you will likely have to be the one who completes the merge). If the proposal fails, you will have to respect that. Same goes for the re-design: as I showed above, this particular article is a pilot page for the new structure. Several other articles in the series currently have exact same structure as this one (and for some reason I don't see you attacking those). As discussions on this very page show, there was a consensus to proceed with the re-design—it's a pity that nobody found time to face-lift the whole series, but it does not mean people still do not intend to do so at some point. If you believe that the consensus no longer exists, please kindly contact the people who participated and ask them to voice their current opinions here. If it is found that no one favors a re-design any longer, you'll have this page looking the same way as (most of the) others in no time. Until then, you are expected to respect the consensus that existed before you showed up.
Now, the bottom line. I am now going to restore the most recent stable version of this page again. I fully expect you to respect Wikipedia procedures and go with the options I outlined for you above. If you continue revert-warring (i.e., reverting the page to your preferred version without providing any rational arguments), I will have the article semi-protected. As always, if you have any questions or if anything in the procedures above is unclear to you, you are very welcome to ask me (or any other experienced editor of your choice). Best,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 12:40, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

Adding countries[edit]

Suggest adding France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, and West Germany to template. 15:10, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

The actual list of countries that shows in the 1976 template is available here. Feel free to add what you need. If you are not sure how to do that, let me know. Once the countries are added, they will show as red links in the template—you can click on any red link as usual to start creating that article.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 15:20, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

Status update[edit]

Well, a year went by and I haven't heard from Ezhiki, so once again I suggest that this page be reorganized to conform with the years surrounding it. (talk) 00:04, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

Frankly, in the past year I was expecting others to show more interest to this set of pages as well. Since obviously you are one of the few people who are interested, and since I have no time to work on this (and unlikely to have time any time soon), it makes no sense for me to continue insisting on using this particular format, even though I still believe it is better organized and easier to maintain than the format used by the rest of the pages, and that it'd be great to have all remaining pages formatted in the same way (so far only before 1925 in television through 1930 conform). I'd recommend you bring this to someone's attention (WP:TV?) one last time before boldly plunging into major re-organization, but otherwise feel free to write me off of this project. Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 15:13, 8 September 2008 (UTC)

If Ezhiki is self-righteously adamant about deconsistencizing this place, I'm afraid that I'm going to have to request protection. (talk) 05:42, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

Well, just ask me, I'll protect it for you :)
Anyway, like I said in the edit summary, I am not against merging everything back to one page. I am, however, against a blind restoration of an age-old page while at the same time the rest of the subpages are just left there hanging and orphaned. This is not the way a proper merge is done. If you require assistance with doing the merge properly, please contact an appropriate WikiProject, or ask someone's help, or something.
In the long run, instead of torturing this particular page, and if you really care about this series, it would help to devise a uniform approach to how these pages are supposed to be formatted. Right now we have about a dozen pages which are split by country, and a bunch which are not. It makes no sense to insist on reverting this one to "all-in-one" format while there are still quite a few articles in the series which are split by countries.
As stuff gets added, one could imagine that eventually the pages will need to be split somehow anyway (this is already happening to some other "year in..." series), but that is not a decision I want to be involved with. Please seek outside help and point to this discussion—at this point it is obvious that two of us cannot agree on how this page should look. Best,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 18:16, July 21, 2009 (UTC)
OK, here is my final take on this situation. I'm breaking it down so it's as clear as possible:
  1. Whether in the end the page lists all countries together or just global events with the country-specific information listed on separate subpages, I don't care. This is not something two of us can (or should) decide—situations like this are best handled by the appropriate WikiProject (in this case, WP:TV)
  2. I don't mind all country-specific pages being merged into this one as an interim solution; providing the situation is brought up with the WikiProject.
  3. I do care about the interim solution being done properly and cleanly.
  4. Reverting the page to an age-old version while leaving all the subpages orphaned and hanging is not a proper and clean approach. It leaves tons of mess that would eventually need to be cleaned up by someone in the future.
  5. With that in mind, insisting on keeping a messy revert like this is nothing short of disruption.
  6. Disruption can be taken care of by protecting the page or by dealing with the person doing the disruption. Since the disruption comes from only one source (you), protecting the page makes no sense, as it deprives other editors of a chance to make useful contributions to it.
  7. If you are prepared to do the page merge in a constructive manner (i.e., make sure that every last bit of information the subpages contain is transferred to this main article), please start working on it in a sandbox or in your user space (you'll need to create an account first, of course).
  8. I will start imposing blocks for disruption if you keep insisting on further mindless reverts which do not improve the overall situation.
  9. If you have any questions or need help with following the process, please feel free to comment here, or drop me a note, or seek outside help.
Best,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); 13:35, July 22, 2009 (UTC)