Well, I just saw that apparently there are different versions of English on here so I guess I should respect that. I just changed the dates back to British ones.
But you are totally wrong on the other stuff. It's dumb to have REDUNDANT words clogging up articles on here. That's why I am taking them out. Please LEAVE my edits alone!!!
- Hello EmmaGothGal. In addition to the variation in date formatting, UK English also differs from US English in grammar - many of the words you see as "redundant" are in fact normal in British English. (Our article Comparison of American and British English unfortunately doesn't do the best job of explaining all the differences, but it's a start). You should also be aware that any edit you make is subject to being re-edited or possibly removed by other editors; that's part of the editing philosophy here. If that happens, instead of fighting to restore your edit, you should instead explain and discuss your proposed change on the article's talk page to try to reach a consensus with other editors. Here are some other links for you to explore and get a sense of how Wikipedia works:
- Finally, when you're responding to other editors, it would be helpful if you could sign your messages by typing four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically insert your username and the date, and helps others keep track of who is saying what. If you have any questions, feel free to ask here, or you can visit the new editors' teahouse. Nikkimaria (talk) 01:47, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
- Your edits are in contravention of Wikipedia's policies, which forbid arbitrary changes from one variety of English to another at an intervening editor's whim. See WP:RETAIN. If you persist, you are liable to be blocked from making further edits. You may also like to consider that the Disraeli article which you have thought fit to tamper with is a Featured Article, which means that it has been through a rigorous process of review by editors from all round the world, including the UK, the US and Australia. I wonder what makes you think you know better than they do? You will find, if you remain as Wikipedia contributor, that co-operation and not arrogance is the key to success. Tim riley (talk) 09:18, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
- Wikipedia is edited by people from all around the world. They use different systems of spelling, and they kept fighting about which system was the "correct" one. As a result, the community decided that the spelling of each article would be decided by the topic of the article. A topic related to Britain will have British spelling, a topic related to the US will have American spelling, etc. In cases where the topic is not clearly related to a type of English, we will use the spelling used by the first substantial contributor. Changing an article from a type of spelling to other type of spelling will be considered as a violation of WP:RETAIN. --Enric Naval (talk) 20:08, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
What?? This isn't about one version of English versus another. If it was then why are there sentences on those pages I was editing that I didn't have to change? No one's changed them. But that hasn't occurred to any of you because it isn't true!
- Well, to be fair, you didn't have to make any of the changes you made; they were all (at least the ones I've looked at) style issues, not grammatical errors. "The physician C.J. Wills" and "Physician C.J. Wills" are both permissible, but represent different styles. Tim complained above about "tabloidese" in your preferred version; this is because in British writing, the "preposed appositive" omits the "the" only in tabloids, while in "up-market papers" (and more reliable sources) the "the" must be included (ref). When an article has a style in place, you should avoid changing it, at least without discussing the issue first. Nikkimaria (talk) 05:41, 15 November 2013 (UTC)