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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Q: Which World Geodetic System is used?
A: Wikipedia uses the WGS84 datum ellipsoid for all coordinates, which is also used for GPS. This model can vary as much as ±100 m when compared to the geoid, which represents mean sea level.
Q: How can I report an error?
A: Report it on this page, with this link.
Q: Why do I see two markers on Google Maps?
A: Google Maps has introduced a reverse-geocoding feature, which gives priority to the closest object in their database, instead of the desired coordinates. The closest object is shown with a bright red marker with the map centered on it, and the requested coordinates are given a green marker that often blends into the background or is outside the displayed area. It might be called the "you must have meant this" feature. Our use of the Google Maps KML generator for Google Earth links is also affected. That's not something that can be fixed here.
Q: What is "UTM"? Does it use the WGS84 geoid?
A: UTM stands for Universal Transverse Mercator which is a map projection. Maps using UTM are usually based on WGS84 but, notably, the Ordnance Survey grids for Great Britain and Ireland are based on slightly different geoids: OSGB36.
Q: How can I get to Google maps quicker?
A: A user script is available, but easiest is to use WikiMiniAtlas. Click on the the blue globe to the left of the coordinate link will open a frame with a map of the surrounding location populated with Wikipedia articles.

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Add weatherUSA weather map[edit]

 DoneEncMstr (talk) 03:53, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

I would like to propose adding the WeatherLive map here: https://www.weatherusa.net/weathernet/live/ To the "United States" section. Lots of real-time data options. I've added an example to the GeoTemplate/sandbox.

Format: https://www.weatherusa.net/weathernet/live/?q={latdegdec},{londegdec}&zoom={osmzoom}&layers=obs-t,radar,alerts

The weather.gov EDD map would also be good to add but it seems to be offline/overloaded at the moment. Thanks! -Kremit (talk) 22:13, 13 April 2019 (UTC)

Requested move 4 May 2019[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review after discussing it on the closer's talk page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

The result of the move request was: Withdrawn. eπi (talk | contribs) 17:34, 5 May 2019 (UTC)


Template:GeoTemplateWikipedia:GeoTemplate – This isn't transcluded on any pages, and doesn't appear to be intended for transclusion, so it shouldn't be in the template namespace.

The incoming links shows that many pages also link to "Wikipedia:Map sources", so that may be an even better target than "GeoTemplate"; I'm neutral on this matter. eπi (talk | contribs) 21:16, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

  • Technical oppose This is an exceptional page, as it's so closely integrated with the WMF tools. We shouldn't move it unless you can prove, or get a statement from a technical expert, that moving the page wouldn't cause any problems. I'm neutral on the core issue. Nyttend (talk) 01:49, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
    I'll hopefully see about looking into this. That's a very clear reason to postpone moving until further consultation. eπi (talk | contribs) 06:30, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
  • Unconditional oppose, it's used on well over a million pages. I refer you to my reply at Template talk:GeoTemplate/Archive 15#The point? --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 11:51, 5 May 2019 (UTC)
    @Redrose64: Your description almost makes me think it should be in the Mediawiki namespace, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having lowered the protection to extended confirmed.
    Valid point indeed. This is the second requested move I've created, and the second one I've withdrawn. Hopefully this will help me further refine my approach so I don't find myself withdrawing my third. eπi (talk | contribs) 17:34, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.