Talk:St. Mary's County, Maryland

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Ben Stein[edit]

According to Ben Stein's entry in Wikipedia, he grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, which is in Montgomery County, not St. Mary's County. Which one is correct?

I pretty sure that it is Silver Spring, i recall seeing a tv program about silver spring, and they talked to several people that grew up their over the years, the two most prominent were Ben Stine and Goldie Hawn. --Boothy443 | comhrá 04:05, 15 September 2005 (UTC)
I know for a fact that Ben Stein attended Blair High School, which is in Silver Spring, Maryland. ----Ian 16:42, 28 September 2005 (UTC)

The info in the infobox about the area is incosistent with the US Census Bureau website: US Census Qblik 20:43, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

I just fixed it. 04:52, 26 July 2007 (UTC)

Named incorrectly[edit]

Can someone change "Saint Mary's" to "St. Mary's" in the infobox? I tried to change it, but it took the image of the county's location in the state as well. Sallicio (talk) 02:20, 22 December 2007 (UTC)Sallicio

You should cite a reliable source that the official name uses only the abbreviation. It's comparable to insisting that because most people refer to "Washington, DC", that there is no such thing as "District of Columbia". Tedickey (talk) 15:46, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
Regarding redirect - sure: Census Bureau uses abbreviations extensively (as does the Post Office). But there are very few instances that come to mind where a geographic location's official name is an abbreviation. It's simpler for corporations - NCR, ITT Tedickey (talk) 13:35, 29 December 2007 (UTC)
That thing about Washington, DC makes no sense at all to me. That is not an appropriate analogy whatsoever. Besides I just moved to "St. Mary's County". I've been here for two weeks now and have driven past numerous official government signs that say "St. Mary's County" VERBATIM. EXACTLY. Also since when ISN'T "St." an exceedingly common and well used abbreviation for "Saint"??? Is that something that REALLY needs a citation?? If so, please excuse my ignorance. It just seems that from common, official government usage, one will the exact phrase "St. Mary's County" almost exclusively. In fact I'm not sure that I've seen anything official that actually DOES say "Saint Mary's County". I think if anything we need a citation for that!! Frankjcrow (talk) 21:42, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
Having lived in Southern Maryland (in Charles) for 20 some-odd years, it's always been "St." as far as I can remember. I'd say that no citation is needed really. If it's absolutely required, then I'd cite the County Seal, which is visible in the Infobox on the article page. Nonetheless, I fired a question to the St. Mary's Govt via their website, and hopefully will hear back soon. Kumba42 (talk) 01:00, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
"Saint Marys County" would not even be recognized, or searched for, by most readers familiar with the county. It would render the article so obscure as to be useless.
2602:306:BDA0:97A0:466D:57FF:FE90:AC45 (talk) 18:33, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
It has to be left alone though (urgent note, not "shouting"), it turns out that the highlighted map of the county in the infobox (within the larger Maryland state outline) and also the official seal of the county, are both only retrieved and shown on the page when "Saint" is used (in the infobox text, which is the only place where this is needed). Thankfully the article title has long ago been changed to "St." and does work fine, with no problems. Both versions are also in bold (appropriate for this usage of boldface) in the article opening, explaining both the use of "Saint" and "St". This should be sufficient.
2602:306:BDA0:97A0:466D:57FF:FE90:AC45 (talk) 18:42, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Ironically, the official county seal can only be pulled up into the infobox with the word "Saint", but if you look inside of the seal itself, it says "St.".  :-)
2602:306:BDA0:97A0:466D:57FF:FE90:AC45 (talk) 18:47, 5 March 2014 (UTC)


The demographic section lists information for Somerset County, Maryland, not St. Mary's County. While I have changed some stats that I could find, I could not do the whole thing. I am requesting that someone help out by fixing the other stats and providing a source for where all the census info comes from. Thanks. (talk) 18:23, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Went here and filled in all that I can. I marked off all that I couldn't. (talk) 19:01, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Citation issues[edit]

Apparently many of the inline citations have problems. Whomever identified these problems should provide the rationale here for discussion. --THE FOUNDERS INTENT PRAISE 13:59, 23 March 2009 (UTC)

Its a better idea to just add new ones. That person may never come back, or may not be back for years.
2602:306:BDA0:97A0:466D:57FF:FE90:AC45 (talk) 18:51, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

Reverting before citations can be placed is a violation of Wikipedia policy in many cases[edit]

There are some exceptions, but in many cases this is not allowed and people are allowed a reasonable amount of time to add citations. Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 19:22, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

You didn't make it apparent who you are addressing.
By the way, you gave a single, not-recent example. Please read the advice. As it stands, your statement is not factual. TEDickey (talk) 19:32, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
I wasn't addressing anyone specifically and I don't have to, so long as it pertains to article editing. Depending on the addition, citations may be allowed up to one month later unless the addition to the article has no basis in fact. In any case, they have already been added. Cliffswallow-vaulting (talk) 19:44, 2 August 2014 (UTC)
Do you have a link to the guideline or policy which you are asserting? In any case, I can see that you do not intend improving your edits. Bye. TEDickey (talk) 00:03, 3 August 2014 (UTC)