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Hello, Fortguy! Welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. You may benefit from following some of the links below, which will help you get the most out of Wikipedia. If you have any questions you can ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and ask your question there. Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking Button sig.png or by typing four tildes "~~~~"; this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you are already loving Wikipedia you might want to consider being "adopted" by a more experienced editor or joining a WikiProject to collaborate with others in creating and improving articles of your interest. Click here for a directory of all the WikiProjects. Finally, please do your best to always fill in the edit summary field. Happy editing!    7   talk Δ |   00:20, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
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Redirect mix-up[edit]

An article on which you're making good progress, List of farm to market roads in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, is in the wrong spot. Recently, I moved that article to List of Farm to Market Roads in the Texas Rio Grande Valley since the capital letters are technically correct (see [1]). Just letting you know about this mix up and that List of farm to market roads in the Texas Rio Grande Valley should just be #REDIRECT [[List of Farm to Market Roads in the Texas Rio Grande Valley]] . —Mr. Matté (Talk/Contrib) 00:27, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

List of highways in Reeves County, Texas[edit]

Saw this article while patrolling new pages - thanks for submitting it :). If it's a complete list and you can find some third-party sources you might consider WP:FL. If you're interested, give me a poke on my talkpage - I've run that gauntlet about fifteen times. Ironholds (talk) 23:09, 13 September 2009 (UTC)

Lists, rather than articles - articles are unfortunately a lot harder (hence why I only have two, really). I'll take a look at the list tomorrow morning, see if it needs tweaking and if not, co-nominate it :). Ironholds (talk) 18:47, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

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USRD project[edit]

I'm not sure if you're aware, but there have been discussions lately at WP:USRD about some topics in which you may be interested:

Also, recently there has been a push to reduce the number of stub-class articles. A number of ideas have been tossed around, and we'd like your input at WT:USRD. Thanks for your contributions! --Fredddie 03:29, 28 December 2009 (UTC)

Kent, Texas[edit]

I'm working on an article for RM 2424, which starts in Kent, and I was told by the users on #wikipedia-en-roads that you might have photos of RM 2424. Would you happen to have some? Griffinofwales (talk) 15:13, 4 April 2010 (UTC)

Also, I noticed you are a relative newcomer to the site. You should check out #wikipedia-en-roads connect (you might want to read WP:IRC and m:IRC first). It's where many of the USRD project members go and discuss things. Griffinofwales (talk) 02:00, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Shields[edit]

Just curious as to why you removed the shields from the Galv. Co highways template? Warm Regards, --nsaum75¡שיחת! 05:16, 29 May 2010 (UTC)

Ah, ok.. just curious. Thanks!! --nsaum75¡שיחת! 17:30, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

FM/RM articles[edit]

What would you think about {{Jct}} delinking the FM and RM articles that don't exist? The changes made would be similar to this edit I made to Minnesota County Roads. It wouldn't affect articles that have already been written, and once an article was written, the link would appear. Let me know what you think. –Fredddie 01:15, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

If you're referring to this and the other lists like it, this wouldn't affect it at all. The net effect of this is that all of the blue links on the completion lists would have links when you use {{Jct}}. –Fredddie 02:18, 28 July 2010 (UTC)

RE: the welcome[edit]

Thanx Fortguy, the greeting is appreciated. As you've probably guessed, I'm not as versed about all the WP ins/outs as I should be. I was amazed when I first sat down to edit about how many articles could be written or needed help. I've gone to work on what I know, either from-scratch or additions to those articles already here. I have seen the ones that have the sections, but I guess I was either in a hurry to get several done before going to snooze, or was lazy and thought I'd come back to them. There's some things I know about some articles around here but there's always burden-of-proof thing that comes w/it I guess :D ...For example, I know that FM 2493 is a previous/historic routing of US 69 but I haven't been able to find the right map yet to tell me that so it can be linked. Also, that US 175, before it was commissioned in 1932, was a part of TX 40 (the original version, not the one used down by Bryan-College Station), but I've seen very little when it comes to maps and other documentation online that I can add, linkie-wise to the US 175 article without getting the WP evil-eye (plus, no car to go down to libraries along the way to do any research; or, take any new pix :( ). I've seen some of the {} stuff around but I didn't know about some of the ones you referenced. Also, I've seen the Google citations but didn't know exactly how they were done either. I haven't tried to do any map-drawing for any of the articles, but the shields--I don't know what I'm doing wrong on those. I've downloaded Inkscape, the Roadgeek fonts, and a blank FM shield, but can't get the fonts to work right, and I don't know my way around the 'path' thing. So, unfortunately, I've tried to be content listing the un-shielded articles in the needs-shield Category for now. Anyway, I'll have to hold on to that message so I can refer to it. Thanx again Fortguy--very helpful.... Awtribute (talk) 13:09, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Joel Burns[edit]

Could you sneak back for a second and sign your comment at Talk:Joel Burns (politician)? Thanks.

Also, if at all possible I'd like to get the article expanded with a little more background on his political career before his sudden rise to international fame — things he did or didn't do as a councillor, etc. — so that the article doesn't run the risk of being seen as a WP:BLP1E. But, obviously, at the moment the suicide speech is disproportionately dominating the information I can find on Google about him — do you know offhand where I might be able to find some older news coverage from DFW-area media? Bearcat (talk) 18:39, 16 October 2010 (UTC)

Texas 1938 map[edit]

Checking the 1938 map, the section between Nixon and Gonzales is TX 112. It's also shown that way on my summer 1939 map. 25or6to4 (talk) 19:23, 17 October 2010 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:FMRD[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:RMRD[edit]

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Section order for Taxas road articles[edit]

I left you a message regarding your comment about the section order of articles. --Kumioko (talk) 03:15, 3 December 2010 (UTC)

NM taskforce proposal[edit]

See WT:USRD/SUB --Admrboltz (talk) 00:42, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

List[edit]

Hey - thank you for one! But, when you are adding the Texas termini, can you use {{roadlink}} for those too? I think you are hand coding it so it shows TX not SH but I think SH xxx is fine, since the list also mentions "at the Texas state line". --Admrboltz (talk) 02:06, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

I don't think so, and if there is, most people will click on the link to see what its all about. --Admrboltz (talk) 02:15, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

List of U.S. Routes in New Mexico[edit]

Yeah, Imz mentioned that to me... US 412 doesn't show in the NMDOT log either. Right now the article just has NMDOT log info, I will go back through with AASHTO information soon. --Admrboltz (talk) 21:27, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Invitation to join WikiProject United States[edit]

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Hello, Fortguy! WikiProject United States, an outreach effort supporting development of United States related articles in Wikipedia, has recently been restarted after a long period of inactivity. As a user who has shown an interest in United States related topics we wanted to invite you to join us in developing content relating to the United States. If you are interested please add your Username and area of interest to the members page here. Thank you!!!

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Texas State Highway 247[edit]

Hey, I will check in a couple days for you and get back to you ASAP. All I can say is that it inded was not mapped on the 1936 map. I will also mention that I was also working on a mass redirect type page for all the Texas highways that currently don't exist. Take a look here and see if you have any pointers/suggestions: [2]. Thanks, 25or6to4 (talk) 13:31, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I just checked the maps, and TX 247 is not on any of the maps from 1936 (March), 1937 (August), 1938 (September), or 1939 (June). 25or6to4 (talk) 15:29, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:US 87[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:US 90[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:US 85[edit]

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Pre-RFC straw poll[edit]

There is a brief straw poll to see if conducting a RFC on the question of coordinates in road articles is worthwhile at WT:RJL. Your input would be appreciated. --Rschen7754 08:22, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

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Speedy deletion nomination of Template:TxDOT 1933 map[edit]

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GA nomination of Texas Park Road 3[edit]

Since this article is mostly your work, I was wondering if you would help me handle the good article nomination. - Awardgive, the editor with the msitaken name. 16:49, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

Category:Texas ranch to market roads[edit]

Per the template, shouldn't Category:Texas ranch to market roads be empty? --Kinu t/c 21:04, 13 June 2012 (UTC)

Links in navboxes[edit]

In short, don't use the templates to create the links, like you did at {{Val Verde County, Texas Highways}}. Navboxes should have direct links, and if an article hasn't been created yet, the link in the navbox should be red. The {{roadlink}} template is suppressing the link to Farm to Market Road articles that are redlinks, so they show up as plain black text in the navbox. Someone is liable to come along and remove them because they aren't links. Also, there are bots that update navboxes to change the target of a link if something is redirected, but these bots can't do that when the link doesn't directly exist in the navbox template. Keep up the good work though! Imzadi 1979  01:43, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

Category:Texas Recreational Roads[edit]

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Horseshoe Project[edit]

Maybe you could help adopt this article? I think that if it could be expanded and transformed into an article about the interchange itself, with the reconstruction project as part of the history/future section, that we would have a much better treatment of the subject than the current paragraph which doesn't currently demonstrate notability. Imzadi 1979  01:46, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Loves Libraries Seattle[edit]

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Same Sex Marriage in Mexico[edit]

I saw your postings over at Equality on Trial, and I'm an experienced Wikipedia editor, but have no Spanish ability at all. Let me know if you want me to chime in on something. The page is getting complex, but I'm not sure there is that much ability to simplify it. Hopefully, we'll be able to take a look at that after Marriage Equality comes to all of Mexico.Naraht (talk) 17:42, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Use of U.S.A.[edit]

Please see WP:NOTUSA in regards to your update at Texas State University System. 🎓 Corkythehornetfan 🎓 03:05, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

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Thank you for adding historical designations to Cibolo Creek Ranch and for your excellent Texas edits. Magnolia677 (talk) 14:14, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for everything you've done on the Texas RTHL page. I created that page when I found out there was not one, and didn't have the Wikipedia coding talent to make it anywhere near what you have done. I should be due an RTHL update list from THC in July, and looking at how you've changed it, I do think I can add the handful of new ones in the same format. VinceLeibowitz (talk) 03:13, 10 June 2018 (UTC)

Texas State University System Wikipedia page[edit]

Thank you for all the work on the Texas State University System page.

Just letting you know I made an edit for the Lamar University endowment depicted on the Texas State University System page. The endowment is actually over $100,000,000. Lamar has two endowments. The two are Lamar University Foundation, Inc with a 2015 amount of $73,438,000.00 and Lamar University with a 2015 amount of $33,388,000.00 according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers 2015 study released in January, 2015. It appears that USNWR is not picking up both endowments. I updated the endowment amount in the table to reflect the combined endowment according to the NACUBO study. I also added a note showing the endowment reported by the US News and World Report "Best Colleges" report with an explanation. The US News and World Report magazine uses the NACUBO study as a source. I linked a USNWR article and quoted a paragraph where USNWR provided a link back to the NACUBO study page.

I'm pretty sure the NACUBO number is more correct than USNWR. Lamar had a multi-year fund raising campaign, "Investing in the Future", which ended in 2014. The campaign's primary purpose was to increase the University's endowment. That campaign raised $132,000,000. Here's a link to the campaign's final report. <ref>http://www.lamar.edu/news-and-events/cardinal-cadence/2014-issues/campaign-surpasses-goal,-132-million-raised-.html<ref>

As an fyi, the USNWR endowment number has similar discrepancies for other universities. For example, USNWR shows $135,804,000 for the University of South Alabama. The NACUBO study shows $362,492,000 for the University of South Alabama Foundation fund and $167,226,000 for the University of South Alabama fund. There was a similar issue with another university that I graduated from, Texas A&M University. USNWR understated A&M's endowment by several billion $'s then. USNWR has the correct number now. A&M reports a combined number of its endowments to NACUBO now, but separated its multiple endowment funds during the years USNWR reported an understated amount. I suspect, as in Lamar's case, USNWR was not picking up all of A&M's endowment amounts in its report. LUSportsFan (talk) 23:15, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

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your revert and comments on National Register of Historic Places listings in Union County, New Mexico[edit]

Hi, I saw your comments on this while you reverted the changes put by me as part of the Page Review exercise here . I find your note quite offending and would like to understand the rationale behind it. Shall appreciate a response. Devopam (talk) 07:42, 6 December 2016 (UTC)

New coordinates= parameter for Infobox NRHP[edit]

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Cibola County[edit]

The listings you recently added to the Cibola County NRHP list are all already on the Valencia County list, and all but El Morro National Monument are listed as being in Valencia County in the NRIS. I'm missing something; are these all listings that span both counties (even though some appear to just be buildings), are they NRIS errors that should be removed from the Valencia County list, or is it something else? TheCatalyst31 ReactionCreation 13:28, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

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List of county courthouses in New Mexico[edit]

Hi, over the past couple of days I've been working on a new List of county courthouses in New Mexico. Shortly after finishing it, I saw that you already created a draft version of this same article, which looks pretty similar to what I came up with. I'm sorry for bypassing all your hard work, I didn't think to check if there was a draft article. Anyway, I'm not really sure how to proceed now. I like some features of your list better, especially color coding for the various historic designations, and it looks like you also found a couple of courthouses that I missed. Would it be OK to incorporate some of your formatting and material into the live article? Camerafiend (talk) 17:42, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

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Don't forget to add the link to Outline of New Mexico. ;) The Transhumanist 16:14, 12 May 2017 (UTC)

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Hey, I could really use some simple help with the javascript system supporting wp:NRHPPROGRESS, by the way. --doncram 21:15, 6 June 2017 (UTC)
Point me to the JS pages. (On my talk page). The Transhumanist 07:08, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Henry M. and Annie V. Trueheart House[edit]

Hi, i found your Draft article on Henry M. and Annie V. Trueheart House and I hope you don't mind I just moved it to mainspace. I was literally just about to create a short stub article on the topic, because for some reason i was trying to complete out National Register of Historic Places listings in Jeff Davis County, Texas. I did create a couple others there. The silly reason was for appearance in the maps at wp:NRHPPROGRESS. --doncram 21:15, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

Coordinates[edit]

I see that you've removed the coordinates from at least two articles which already had them, Tsama Pueblo and Salmon Ruins. Would you mind saying why? Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 18:24, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

JavaScript, and the future of outlines[edit]

Hi Emijrp,

Last sprint you mentioned that you can read JS, and I got the impression you were interested in learning more. Therefore, I thought you might be interested in what I've been working on, including the extensive notes I present on how each script works (on their talk pages).

So far, there is:

  • User:The Transhumanist/OutlineViewAnnotationToggler.js – this one provides a menu item to turn annotations on/off, so you can view lists bare when you want to (without annotations). When done, it will work on (the embedded lists of) all pages, not just outlines. Currently it is limited to outlines only, for development and testing purposes. It supports hotkey activation/deactivation of annotations, but that feature currently lacks an accurate viewport location reset for retaining the location on screen that the user was looking at. The program also needs an indicator that tells the user it is still on. Otherwise, you might wonder why a bare list has annotations in edit mode, when you go in to add some. :) Though it is functional as is. Check it out. After installing it, look at Outline of cell biology, and press ⇧ Shift+Alt+a. And again.
  • User:The Transhumanist/RedlinksRemover.js – strips out entries in outlines that are nothing but a redlink. It removes them right out of the tree structure. But only end nodes (i.e., not parent nodes, which we need to keep). It delinks redlinks that have non-redlink offspring, or that have or are embedded in an annotation. It does not yet recognize entries that lack a bullet (it treats those as embedded).

It is my objective to build a set of scripts that fully automate the process of creating outlines. This end goal is a long way off (AI-complete?). In the meantime, I hope to increase editor productivity as much as I can. Fifty percent automation would double an editor's productivity. I think I could reach 80% automation (a five-fold increase in productivity) within a couple years. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

There's more:

  • User:The Transhumanist/StripSearchInWikicode.js – another script, which strips WP search results down to a bare list of links, and inserts wikilink formatting for ease of insertion of those links into lists. This is useful for gathering links for outlines. I'd like this script to sort its results. So, if you know how, or know someone who knows how, please let me know.

Script and script feature requests (for outlines) are welcome. The Transhumanist 07:11, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Awesome[edit]

All the work you have been doing categorizing images and creating articles on Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks is awesome. Thanks. Nv8200p talk 10:59, 27 October 2017 (UTC)

RTHP spreadsheet[edit]

Morning,

I'd be interested in getting a copy of the RTHL spreadsheet. Need any help with the new lists? 25or6to4 (talk) 16:20, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

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courthouse article title disambiguation[edit]

courthouses[edit]

Hi, thank you for your numerous edits to Texas NRHP-listed places which have been popping up on my Watchlist. Hey, you just moved Cass County Courthouse (Linden, Texas) to Cass County Courthouse (Texas)]], and I moved it back. Please leave this and other courthouse articles at their existing names, of either format. There is long-standing disagreement about the proper disambiguation for these, and a consensus decision/discussion is probably needed. The situation is stable with no one moving them in either direction, except to reverse a new move.

My quick view is that (City, State) disambiguation works best for U.S. places and is consistent with wp:USPLACE guideline and its many discussions. It makes clear you are naming a place, not suggesting there is some statewide court, and avoids begging the questions "where is it?" and "if it is not being disambiguated by place, what is the meaning of STATE here?" ... i think it is clearer to readers and does not raise issues if city,state is used as in all other types of buildings.

Before any moves, there could/should be a big discussion with RFC on the topic; I didn't want to open it earlier but would be able/willing to do it now, if must be. --Doncram (talk) 22:11, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

Perhaps it is time to open such a discussion. First off, while there is no consensus naming convention at present and names of current articles are not consistent, I prefer to use just the state name for DAB for courthouses that are still being used as county governance facilities. If I read in an article somewhere else that the Cass County Courthouse is the oldest current courthouse in continuous use in Texas, I shouldn't have to also remember the name of the town (Linden) to go to the page without wading through search results. The WP:USPLACE guidelines, as currently written, seems to apply primarily to populated places rather than to buildings or structures.
At Commons, however, the discussions among their editors that I've seen generally trends toward leaving the name of the city out of the category name. After all, no single state has two counties with the same name. Instead, some Commons editors would actually prefer a naming convention with a comma rather than parentheses such as "Cass County Courthouse, Texas" (an idea that seems to have no traction). Despite this, Commons categories, just like Wikipedia articles, are divided between those with the "(city, state)" name and those with just "(state)".
The idea of a county seat and a county courthouse as a single building housing most of a county's judicial and administrative functions is increasingly becoming a quaint and old-fashioned concept. Even in rural areas, many counties have long ago outgrown their courthouse buildings and house many essential offices in county administration buildings often either across the street at least within a couple of blocks nearby. Sheriff offices, jails, and detention centers are now commonly many miles away from the courthouse building. While looking into San Juan County, New Mexico, I found out that they replaced their old courthouse (now demolished) with a multi-building county complex that more resembles a corporate campus in Simi Valley than anything resembling a traditional courthouse. Still, the one building in that facility that has courtrooms only holds trials for minor matters within county jurisdiction. More serious matters are tried in a state district court building some distance away.
These trends become even more pronounced in highly populous counties. Many of such counties now have "sub-courthouses" or "branch courthouses" located in various places, frequently in towns outside the county seat, where the justice of the peace, constable, and county commissioner of that particular precinct may have offices along with various county administrative departments. In these branch courthouses, you can file a small-claim tort against your incompetent plumber, change your voter registration, renew your vehicle sticker, and pay your property taxes without ever having to go to the county seat.
In my view, a Wikipedia article, certainly one of GA-quality or higher, about a county courthouse would describe, not just the old, historic building that traditionally held that omnibus role if it even still exists, but all such buildings in the modern county while leaving the actual minutiae of county administration to the main county article. As many of these facilities may not be located in the official county seat, putting the name of the county seat in the article title would not be reflective of the scope of the article.
As far as historic county courthouses that no longer serve any county function and if they are located in a former county seat, that is a different matter. In that case, the "(city, state)" name disambiguation would be necessary. Let's go back to the subject that prompted this discussion in the first place, the Cass County Courthouse.
  • The original Cass courthouse was located, not in Linden, but in Jefferson, Texas which is now in Marion County. That building no longer exists and only deserves mention in the history section about the present courthouse rather than a standalone article. If that building still existed, however, and were noteworthy for being on the National Registry, and if there were plenty of article-building information about it, then I would suggest an article titled "Former Cass County Courthouse (Jefferson, Texas)".
  • After the county seat was moved from Jefferson to Linden, the original Linden courthouse was a building no longer extant. If, however, that building still existed and was article-worthy, then I would call that article "Former Cass County Courthouse (Linden, Texas)" regardless of the status of the former Jefferson courthouse. Now, consider an alternate universe in which Linden had always been the county seat since the county's creation by the state and there never was a courthouse in Jefferson. In such a scenario, I would call the building simply the "Former Cass County Courthouse (Texas)" since the only DAB needed is to differentiate the county from others with the same name in different states.
At least that's my two-cents worth. I'm sure a hundred other editors will have a couple-hundred other opinions about this. Fortguy (talk) 07:12, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Hope you don't mind my automatic little rant on that. :( I don't mind yours, either. :) You have good information, thoughts to bring into a proper discussion/decision about this stuff. A few quick reactions: 1) what is done at Commons can be mentioned but doesn't hugely matter here; there may or may not be a kind of local consensus there, but here in Wikipedia is where bigger participation in RFCs about article titles etc. happens and if Commons diverges that is just random IMO (so I am being kind of dismissive about Commons, and I grant I don't really know much about any decision processes over there so I may be being unfair); 2) you seem to be coming from deep consideration of courthouse articles … I wonder if you could point to one or a few of the ideal type you seem to have in mind, i.e. of a super great article on the multiple past and present courthouses of a given county; 3) a different perspective or way into this is from looking at disambiguation of NRHP and other buildings more generally. Over the years I have seen arguments that (City) only should be used for movie theatres except for various exceptions, or (State) only for high schools except for various exceptions, depending upon the number of extant articles and upon the number of expected future articles and all sorts of considerations assuming that readers are super-knowledgeable in advance, which could give rise to some super-complicated system that in fact conveys more information (for the super-knowledgeable reader who understands the secret coding). This leads me to want to dismiss all the special considerations and just want to go simple: use (City, State) to disambiguate places. With no secret meanings, with "City, State" plainly conveying that the parenthetical is just a place and not some hint about likelihoods of other high schools of same name existing or not. And courthouses in the U.S. are not all that special relative to all other types of buildings, and we don't want a secret coding system for them, IMO.
And I hope you don't mind my inserting some indents and some subheadings to split this up. --Doncram (talk) 14:51, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Texas NRHPs and THC vs. National Archives documents[edit]

About the courthouse, I added the NRHP registration document reference, from the National Archives, and a bit of info from it. Hey, I don't remember, are you ever using the National Archives source to get those? I follow my own instructions written into wp:NRHPHELP to do that for Texas NRHPs only. Anyhow, in this case I think what I added, even though short, helps. Because the photo does not jive with 1859 construction! --Doncram (talk) 00:49, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

First off, let me explain the entire nature of what I've been doing with Texas historic sites over the last few months. At some point last year, another editor created a list article of Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. The list article was initially an ungodly copy-and-paste approach from an outdated state database he had which was wholly unworkable as first published. I broke the list, which has well over 3000 entries, into several pages with groups of counties arranged alphabetically. I've also been adding links to articles about the landmarks, if the articles exist, the articles about the towns where they're located, and reference number links to their Texas Historic Commission listings. In the process, I've been correcting addresses along with providing coords, providing images and links to Commons categories when available, and indicating whether the landmarks were listed on the NRHP or had some other state historic designation.
While I've been doing this, I've also been editing all the county NRHP listings--since I have to visit all those article pages anyway--and making some semblance of order to the Commons categories regarding historic site media. If articles about individual places exist, I've been fixing glaring problems such as unsupported infobox parameters (most pernicious are "architect OR builder = " and "governing_body = "), missing images, maps and coords, links to county NRHP and RTHL listings, and other general cleanup to give the articles a standard, consistent feel across them. In other words, I've been conducting an audit of the pages related to the state's historic sites and have made little effort to expand them or improve the actual article text except to remove the occasional patently false and unsupported statements I've come across. After working across the state from west to east for so long, I'm finally beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel that would never have happened if I was engaged in, say, stub elimination.
As far as your question as to whether I use the National Archive, no, I don't. The downloads are too slow. All of the NRHP registration forms on the National Archive can also be accessed from the Texas Historical Commission. For instance, to get the form for the Cass County Courthouse, go to the THC Atlas, click on the "County" tab, select "Cass" from the county drop-down box, and then make sure all the check boxes are deselected except for "National Register Properties". After submission, you'll get a listing of the county's NRHP listings. Select the link to the courthouse, and after the pop-up or new tab appears with the listing, click on the "Files" tab on that page. This will give you a link to the PDF. The download will be much faster than the National Archive.
Similarly, if a THC listing provides a link to a multi-property submission form for an NRHP property, I link to the THC rather than the form from the NPS's website. For some reason, the way the NPS converts the forms to PDF is not natively compatible with some web browsers such as Firefox while the same form from the THC displays just fine. As an example of this, in the infobox of the article for the Pleasant Hill School, also in Cass County, I replaced the MPS link the article's original author provided to the NPS to a THC link to their page on it's NRHP submission as a Rosenwald School, a network of rural schools set up by a charitable foundation in the early 20th Century dedicated to the education of African-American children in the South.
Please, I'd enjoy hearing your feedback on any of these topics. Fortguy (talk) 07:12, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
Wow, very good about your big campaign, and glad to hear you see light at the end!
I think we ought to have elections/designations of state coordinators/curators to serve for a year or so, to do some of what you've done, and other stuff like trying to coordinate with the state and local agencies, e.g. to lobby that they fix their errors and keep stuff available and so on. What you've done in auditor/editor mode sounds great. Thank you for what you've done!
Good stuff about THC sources, which needs to get incorporated into wp:NRHPHELP#Texas. About whether one source is better than a different one for a given browser, that makes me worry that whichever is better in special circumstances is likely to be unknowable and is likely change, and I'd rather include links to both sources. Especially because one of the sources may go away completely in the future, or be temporarily down. And sometimes the different versions include slightly different stuff, e.g. more or different photos, maps, accompanying correspondence documents, etc. In some other states' references I have sometimes put in links to the NPS version as well as to a state/local version. Seems worthwhile to create some good Texas-specific models with multiple links.
There's more I didn't respond to; in general I'm just glad you're here and active. --Doncram (talk) 14:51, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

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Texas NRHP list-articles[edit]

Hey, I have drafted a proposal at User:Doncram/Proposal on organizing lists of places in Texas. I propose using the Texas Historical Commissions' 10 regions. What do you think? I'd be grateful for feedback before launching a formal RFC. --Doncram (talk) 23:41, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

Grouping alphabetically could be Option D. Honestly, I don't like Option A. The THC's regions are inherited from old Highway Department (now TxDOT) routes intended to promote travel, not heritage tourism. These routes used to be promoted as specific lines on highway maps published after they were created in the '70s, but never with surrounding "regions". These routes were built around certain themes of sites on circuits that could be traveled in a weekend, not to be comprehensive of all sites matching those themes. Since TxDOT considers that its mission is to pave over as much of the state as is humanly possible rather than promoting history, they gave up on promoting the travel trails other than continuing to maintain the still-existing route signage (which you can view here on page 153).
THC decided to adopt the travel trails orphaned by TxDOT to structure their version of heritage tourism. The problem with this approach is that THC promotes every community's public historic attraction as long as it is within their arbitrary region rather than whether it is along the route or conforms to the route's theme. As a result, most of the THC's region names have become meaningless, don't reflect how local residents or media would describe where they live or recognize how the general public would describe any part of the state. Worse, because the original TxDOT travel trails were drawn without respect to county lines, these regions overlap which is problematic for the general custom on Wikipedia of grouping historic sites by counties (or urban municipal subsets).
To make matters more perplexing, THC's "regions" don't match TxDOT's districts, although these districts are based upon the bureaucracy of road maintenance rather than history or travel. They also don't match the regions promoted by the state's tourism board. In other words, there is no official or consistent definition of the state's regions, and the ones that may exist in the public imagination tend to change over time.
I'll give more time consider Option B and Option C. I have to leave town and spend much of tomorrow on the road. When I get back, I'll tell you what I think. Fortguy (talk) 07:11, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
I see you've been contributing to List of Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks (Mason-Rusk) and other Texas historic site list-articles, organized by alphabetical groupings of counties. I would think these could better be organized in the 10 regions, in parallel with NRHP lists, too. Where is central discussion area, if any, for the various Texas state historic site lists? --Doncram (talk) 04:39, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
There has been no discussion of RTHLs. Someone a little over a year ago created the original list of these. It was a monstrosity, not subdivided by any criteria, with all of the 3000+ RTHLs in a single list with the counties being merely a list-column. Imagine navigating that on your cell phone screen! I was the one who broke it down into eight list articles and added county headers just to have something more friendly to navigate. This was an badly needed action, not the implementation of any agreed policy, and certainly open to discussion. Fortguy (talk) 07:11, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
I think you are being too negative about the 10-region partition, perhaps because you are too familiar/knowledgeable about its origins, hence contemptuous. I recall an editor in Massachusetts being overly negative about a historic mills district which was important on level of others elsewhere, but they were just too familiar with it to have perspective, IMO. Here, it is terribly important/useful to choose a partition, any partition. It is an editorial decision. I considered an economic development regions partition in comments at Talk:List of RHPs in TX. You or I could simply make up a partition. Any partition would allow grouping NRHPs, RTHLs, etc. The current system of RTHLs grouped into alphabetical chunks of counties is not defensible. I and other NRHP editors did like that at first, i recall it lasting for quite a while for List of RHPs in GA, but it was bogus. You want to allow readers to see the RTHLs in an area. Scattered counties doesn't make sense. And, here in Texas, there is a partition we can adopt which we are not inventing, it is used/promoted to some extent by THC (not a lot, but still they make brochures for each region). Rather than make up a partition ourselves, it is better to adopt an existing partition, like the THC itself did. And the regions are reasonable enough. Hill Country. "Tropical" for the southern part. Mountains. Plains. These make a lot of sense. And the Forest, Lakes, Independence, Brazos are okay too. And we would use the same partitions for NRHPs, RTHLs, etc. and have good linkages between them. This would be great for readers. It is a discretionary editorial decision which we are allowed to make, which would make the Wikipedia far better in Texas. Do keep thinking a bit, please, maybe it will grow on you. :) --Doncram (talk) 20:41, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
And, by the way, some other Texas lists oughta be organized this way. E.g. add a sortable region column to List of cities in Texas. Which is an odd list-article having a focus on size (population) but not stating the populations in its main table, and requiring a separate table for the 100 that are largest. Very odd, just give 2010 census population for every one and make it all sortable. Hmm, is there any activity at, say Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Texas? --Doncram (talk) 20:59, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
After reading discussions at various different talk pages about this topic, I've decided to continue my discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject National Register of Historic Places#Texas Panhandle merger of county list-articles. Fortguy (talk) 09:12, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi, I am back now to thank you and to apologize. I hope you don't mind horribly my complaining, and naming you, in my little tirade at the wt:NRHP discussion recently. Obviously, I got frustrated. I hope you did not take offense, and that my complaining and partly blaming you didn't bother you. It was probably unprofessional of me (well, we're all volunteers, but still).
I do very much appreciate that you responded to my request here, and that you found your way to the discussion at wt:NRHP and participated with what you shared, including your quite sensible review of the Texas situation, including that there is not consensus in Texas about any regions. By the way I happened to catch a little bit of the recent Ted Cruz - Beto O'Rourke debate, in a Youtube video, and I noticed that in Beto's introductory remarks he mentioned/claimed having visited all 254 counties as part of his campaigning. I feel bad for him wasting time in some of the sparser counties up in the panhandle, just because it wouldn't be acceptable for him to say that he had visited the 10 THC regions, instead. I think he oughta have used more of his 90 seconds to try to explain well there were these road routes once, created during Texas centennial, which though they don't go anywhere, they're kinda in nicely named regions, etc. :)
Anyhow, I am sorry, and I do thank you. And I appreciate your other many contributions in the Texas NRHPs and related areas.
About Texas regions, I still think that it is necessary and would be good to adopt some system for the NRHPs and other historic sites, and I still think the THC system is pretty good and good enough and perhaps best, and I expect to come back to it sometime. Happily, there may be another way forward in the general situation, which is to address an easier state, West Virginia, next, instead. Stay tuned! Again, sorry and thanks. :) --Doncram (talk) 20:20, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
Apology accepted, and I never took personal offense. I could tell how frustrated you were after spending time developing a sandbox draft of your proposal and then having no one come to say anything positive about it with some people shitting on it in not very diplomatic language.
Somewhat of an analogy to all these discussions have been various plans since statehood to divide Texas into several states. Texas was annexed into the Union under the Articles of Annexation of 1845. Under the terms of the legislation, Congress agreed to allow Texas to divide itself into as many as five states, a provision now widely seen as anachronistic. The federal government recognized the territorial claims of the former republic, even though most of these lands were also claimed by Mexico and the republic never was able to exercise sovereignty or effectively administer the claim. As a result, Texas originally had a huge stovepipe encompassing everything from eastern and central New Mexico northward into southern Wyoming. The division of the state was considered inevitable at the time, not only due to the size and awkwardness of the boundary, but also because future settlement of part of the region under Texas law would inevitably conflict with the Missouri Compromise.
In the Compromise of 1850, Texas agreed to cede all of the lands beyond its current boundaries in return for federal money the state could use to pay off its outstanding war debts incurred during the Texas Revolution. Nevertheless, Southern politicians still regarded the division of Texas a real possibility to counterbalance future free states until the Civil War.
With Texas reduced to its modern size in 1850 and the abolition of slavery, there hasn't been any compelling reason for the state to break up, but that hasn't kept some people from offering proposals over the years to the point that Wikipedia even has an article on the subject: Texas divisionism. Today, maps creating how Texas could be divided into five states is merely a fun pursuit of posters on Reddit and other message boards. The only proposals I've seen in any major publications, and these are not serious but intended to portray an alternate universe and how these states would represent competing interests in Congress, are these:
Both writers openly admit the flaws of their respective proposals which are legion. To begin with, Silver's are just plain weird. His proposal is what one would expect from a New York-based politics and polling writer with not much experience spending time in the state. Although Griffin's would be more workable, he admits his map would not even be on anyone's radar just two decades earlier, and I would agree that it doesn't reflect the transformations the state has seen in the four decades since. At any rate, these are five-division proposals. I've found with the RTHL lists that eight pages are needed just to keep listings under 500 per page and that is still somewhat unwieldy.
As far as Beto goes, it was a very wise decision of him to visit every county particularly in the Panhandle. Back in the days of the Solid South until the '60s and '70s when conservative, segregationist Democrats dominated the state, there were two groups of counties that bucked that norm: the Panhandle settled primarily by Midwesterners, and the German counties northwest of San Antonio. Until the Legislature recently provided for county clerks to conduct party primaries in the absence of any effective county party organization, many Panhandle counties didn't hold Democratic primaries while many deeply blue and Hispanic South Texas counties didn't hold GOP primaries. Despite this, the counties of the Panhandle and South Plains areas are third only to South Texas and the Trans-Pecos in Hispanic percentages among rural counties as a block. This discouraged many Hispanics from seeking county office in districts representing their own neighborhoods lest they be forced to file under the very toxic GOP brand. Hispanic activists also accuse the Legislature of preventing them from having a majority-Hispanic Texas House district in the Panhandle/South Plains. The problems that plague Hispanic empowerment in Texas politics, large numbers of non-citizens and a disproportionate number of children under 18, are especially pronounced in Northwest Texas where family farms have often been killed off and replaced with large corporate agribusiness that prefers immigrant labor. Beto's campaign stops are generating excitement and enthusiasm everywhere he goes while Republicans lament that even they would rather sit in a dentist chair than sit for a beer with Carnival Cruz. If Beto can generate greater support for himself and his party in a region where Dems underperform their demographics, then that's a bonus for his party in the future giving them a bigger baseline to work from even if the majority statewide hold their noses and vote for Cruz out of GOP loyalty. Fortguy (talk) 05:23, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

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