User:Le Deluge

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This article might hint at my choice of name. Or maybe this one – you decide....


I get around a bit – I've done a fair bit on things like Scottish clan battles. One project is trying to take a decent photo of every article from central London out to Kent. I've now got a big backlog of photos taken but not uploaded – I end up spending far too much time sorting out the articles themselves, and just in planning my photo trips I find myself correcting a lot of coordinates and the like. But we're getting there, slowly....

More recently I've been side-tracked into doing a lot of category creation, cleaning out the likes of Categories categorized in red-linked categories, Uncategorized categories, Red-linked categories with incoming links and doing some quite a lot of work on Special:WantedCategories.

Useful bits[edit]

{{WorksYearHeader helper|WorkType=XXX|tens=198|year=1981|ParentType=in YYY}}

Roadmap for navseasoncats[edit]

As a result of my work on red-linked categories, I decided to write a better template for navigating time-based categories. In particular it needed to be intelligent enough to work out what it needed to do automatically, without needing parameters adding for different years as that takes a lot of time fiddling about. I wanted something that could be easily slapped on thousands of categories by AWB, without setting parameters each time. The result was {{navseasoncats}}. Version 2 was released in early 2017 and seems to work pretty well - it now copes with years, "seasons" (eg 2015-16) and decades, and they can be in any position in the name of the category. Current plans for further development are :

  • Interval parameter for years, so can better handle quad/biennial events
  • Set interval parameter automagically if it detects Olympics, Paralympics etc in cat name
  • "Seasons" of more than 1 year, for eg 5-year Parliaments 2010-15, 2015-20 etc
  • Handle years/decades down to 4 AD
  • Centuries and millennia
  • Years/decades BC
  • Handle other number-based series, like sittings of Congress (effectively same problem as centuries)
  • +++ rename +++ (so don't go too mad on using it just yet!)
  • Handle what happens around 1AD
  • Handle Winter Olympics through the 1992/4 double header (nice, but is this really worth the bother?)

Other to do[edit]

  • Continue to reformat all the major towns of Kent to WP:UKTOWNS format
  • Tidy up the various string-handling routines I've written for {{navseasoncats}} etc into a user-friendly toolkit that will let other people create standard templates for major groups of categories like I've done with {{clubseasoncat}} which adds portals and categories to {{navseasoncats}} for national categories of sports club seasons. Again the idea is to have enough intelligence in the template that one can use AWB to slap it on hundreds of categories without worrying about setting parameters for each one. This will need a couple of new templates, like a reverse of {{Football demonyms}}/{{Demonym country}} and country -> continent converter.
  • reminder for Category:Airlines disestablished in 2018 update in 2018