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I oppose the removal of the flag icons, and as I state in a slightly similar situation here I don't see that they hinder, and actually believe that they help, readability where multiple countries are involved. Could we get them reinserted into the template? Ks0stm(T•C•G) 17:11, 4 January 2011 (UTC)
The request seems reasonable. Perhaps we ought to pursue whether we are in favour of flag icons. I'll start:
Moderately in favour: Generally I oppose flags being inserted all over the place in articles and general tables. But in this case, they are a quick and easy visual indicator, directly relevant to locating a particular country or nation in big blocks of text which are specifically about just such countries and nations. Feline Hymnic (talk) 21:50, 4 January 2011 (UTC)