Talk:Sign o' the Times

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Requested move[edit]

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The result of the proposal was move per request.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 03:51, 17 May 2012 (UTC)


Sign o' the Times (album)Sign "O" the Times (album) – The argument for moving this to the current title doesn't seem to make any sense. This album is almost always referred to with quotes on both sides and a capital "O". Wikipedia guidelines, therefore, indicate this should be at Sign "O" the Times (album). Rhindle The Red (talk) 12:50, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

  • SPIN uses the current orthography, with a lowercase 'o' and a single apostrophe. Rolling Stone uses a lowercase 'o' but with the quotation marks. But the majority of sources cited in the article appear to use the proposed orthography (often with single-quotation marks instead of double, but they're equivalent from our perspective). I support the move absent evidence to the contrary. Powers T 15:32, 10 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Support because the official orthography is Sign “☮” the Times and a capital O is the closest symbol to the peace sign that can be used in a title. Also, double rather than single quotes are used. — O'Dea (talk) 22:43, 11 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Support per above.--GoPTCN 10:12, 14 May 2012 (UTC)
  • Support -- Discogs uses same. Quotes also on album sleeve, albeit an O instead of a peace sign. Dan56 (talk) 23:50, 14 May 2012 (UTC)
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Requested move back[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Moved. Nathan Johnson (talk) 20:17, 30 May 2013 (UTC)



– These articles were moved with little discussion, against the usual style and naming guidelines, and against the prevailing typography in sources, too. Here the "o'" is an abbreviation of "of" and should be treated as such, as in [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]. Considering the number of possibilities of case, single-v-double, one-v-two quotes, the fact that about half of all books use the way that makes sense with respect to the meaning and normal title orthography is pretty clear evidence that it is not just acceptable, but widely preferred; the fact the WP has guidelines like MOS:CT and MOS:TM that suggest an English-like rendering with normal case makes it clear what WP prefers. Dicklyon (talk) 23:25, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Just seen that dab page "A Sign of the Times a 1966 single by Petula Clark" has Sign of the Times no "A" on the cover artwork. Per Routledge and Billboard sources moved to Sign of the Times (Petula Clark song) and amended dab page. In ictu oculi (talk) 01:10, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
Good point. I forgot to look into the ambiguity; besides the Prince album, song, and film, there are all those others without the contraction. Should we modify the RM, wait till this settles, or what? Dicklyon (talk) 01:21, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
It's your RM, if you want to offer a second choice up to you. I support anyway. In ictu oculi (talk) 15:24, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
Let's save the ambiguity question for another day, and just fix the orthography in this one. Dicklyon (talk) 15:39, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
  • Support, per ngram[6]. Not sure why 100% wanted it moved to this title a year ago and 100% want it moved back today. Apteva (talk) 01:30, 20 May 2013 (UTC)
  • If the "O" is intended as a sign, the current title conforms to the guidelines - non-standard grammar, but we don't correct that. Sign o' the Times is acceptable, as the album is as well known by this alternative name, but I would oppose a move to Sign o' the Times (Prince album) as there is natural disambiguation in the current title. Peter James (talk) 21:50, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
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Observation[edit]

This album is so good that at its age, its musical elements have set an unprecedented groundwork for trip hop and party music. Not that any of it's been sampled, it sounds very similar to some party music I've heard, that's all.

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Requested move 26 July 2017[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Not done (closed by page mover) DrStrauss talk 18:34, 3 August 2017 (UTC)



Sign o' the TimesSign o' the Times (album) – As Prince has a song and an album of the same name, "Sign o' the Times" should redirect to the dab page for "Sign of the Times". 2601:8C:4001:DCB9:D97:C3E:9C68:727C (talk) 13:31, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

This is a contested technical request (permalink). Anthony Appleyard (talk) 15:32, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
  • @2601:8C:4001:DCB9:D97:C3E:9C68:727C and JFG: Better discuss this move. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 15:32, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
  • OpposeSign o' the Times is one of the most iconic albums of the 20th century, as the lede section states: Sign o' the Times was Prince's most acclaimed record, being voted 1987's best album in the Pazz & Jop critics poll and since being ranked as one of the greatest albums ever by several publications. Accordingly, the album's article meets our guidelines to be considered WP:Primary topic, both in terms of reader demand (see page views of the album compared to the song, the film and the tour[7]) and in terms of long-term significance. The current titling arrangement has been stable for several years and I see no benefit in making this title point to a crowded dab page. — JFG talk 16:06, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The album is the primary topic of this spelling.--Cúchullain t/c 13:28, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Opppose per reasons above. --Jennica / talk 15:03, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

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