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NightShadow23, it's great that you have this information about Vancouver and Sochi maybe becoming sister cities in the future, but we should not say in this Wikipedia article that they are sister cities until they are in fact sister cities. The reference you provided only states that they are currently evaluating an agreement to possibly become sister cities in the future. This also means that they may not become sister cities at all. If we say that they are already sister cities, it is factually incorrect. Keep your eye on this situation and only add the information back into the article once it becomes official.Air.light (talk) 06:44, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
The problem I see with this is that there is no information about this sister city arrangement anywhere on the internet that I could find, in English, in Canada. The one website you have mustered apparently says that there is an agreement but to me it seems quite sketchy to say that it is sufficient "proof" of this supposed agreement. Why is there no mention of this in Canada? Was Canada and Vancouver not made aware of this agreement? To have something like this in the Wikipedia article for Vancouver, it should have a little more evidence supporting it. I do not want to get into an edit war with you so I will not continue to remove it just to have you keep on putting it back up.
Hi Air.light & NightShadow23: my name is Jhenifer Pabillano and I'm the social media strategist for the City of Vancouver. I'd like to clarify that the City's protocol office has confirmed that we are NOT sister cities with Seoul, Korea and Sochi, Russia, and we would like to see them removed from the Sister Cities section. The City only has 5 sister cities and we haven’t entered into a sister city agreement since 1985. It is very confusing for cities who have made a sister-city request to think that we have two new ones.
I'm new to Wikipedia so let me know if any more info is needed. Thanks! Jhenifer (talk) 17:42, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
@Jhenifer: Thank you for helping to contribute to Wikipedia. It is very difficult to authenticate your identity here but there does not seem to be any readily available information from the City of Vancouver on the issue (e.g. website or press release). I will go ahead and remove the two sister cities from the listing as they have yet to be verified. The gokuban.ru references used for Sochi are actually available in English as well at http://www.gokuban.com/activity/blood-brothers/ where it does not list Vancouver for Sochi. Mkdwtalk 18:57, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
@Mkdw: Thanks for the clarification. The last major public mention of sister cities is in an administrative report from 2008, which lists our existing sister cities and the moratorium placed in the 1980s. Sochi and Seoul are not included. It is already linked as reference 200 on the Vancouver Wikipedia page: http://former.vancouver.ca/ctyclerk/cclerk/20080311/documents/a14.pdf
@Jhenifer: Thank you for providing those links. The biggest challenge for us is to verify who actually operates the Wikipedia account User:Jhenifer. While most people are honest, sometimes people make claims, even with links on their Wikipedia userpages claiming to be someone or a person who represents a company, but in fact do not end up being connected. If you really wanted to assert your connection to your Wikipedia account, the best form of 'proof' would be on your City of Vancouver profile to state or provide a link to your Wikipedia account. That provides a two way authentication. That being said, I do not think you need to do that necessarily. There are also quite a few reasons why you may not want to do that. Paid editing and conflict of interest (and even conflict of influence) are considered a very controversial issues and the City may want to avoid it. While you may not break the 'rules' around it, it may become something that draws public attention and sometimes criticism. I don't mean to scare you off with it, but it's definitely something you should be aware when you make the choice on how to best proceed. The Wikimedia Foundation does have a system that allows people and companies to address concerns and issues they find on Wikipedia through a ticket system called WP:OTRS. The system is quite flexible and can handle a great number of things. It may be one venue the City may want to explore in the future. In any regard, welcome to Wikipedia and you, yourself, as a person are always welcome to edit Wikipedia and the talk page for articles about the City are definitely a good practice to continue knowing your affiliations. Cheers, Mkdwtalk 21:51, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
@Mkdw: Got it. Well, I can't do that for vancouver.ca but I have edited my userpage and put a link up on my personal website to verify my identity if that helps.
Your guidance is very much appreciated btw! I don't mind verifying. I very infrequently edit Wikipedia and am very conscious of conflict of influence. Hopefully this identity verification will help more clearly outline my commitment to transparency and good behaviour. :)
I think there is a wrong London link in the first section. Is another London (one in Canada) meant? Someone should correct it, I dont know which London is meant. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 23:55, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
The right London is being linked. The one in the UK. Mkdwtalk 00:28, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
"Vancouver is characterized by high-rise residential and mixed-use development in urban centres, as an alternative to sprawl" Really? I had to guffaw when I saw that; apparently this is about only the City of Vancouver and the writer of the reference was oblivious to Surrey, Langley, Maple Ridge, PoCoMo et al. The vanity of the "Vancouverism" myth is kinda humourous if it weren't so deluded. Self-serving architect's babble is what I see in that claim. Surrey and Langley are "LA with rain".Skookum1 (talk) 12:22, 12 August 2014 (UTC)
Hi I'm a UBC student designing a wikipedia page for a science class. My topic is recycling in Vancouver. Do you have any suggestions for recycling-related things in Vancouver that need a page or can anyone suggest a page that needs work? Thank you - Sci — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sciencegeek3332 (talk • contribs) 05:14, 4 February 2015 (UTC)