Wikipedia:Spelling Standardization Improvement Drive

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Seeing as how Wikipedia:Standardize_spellings/Archive failed to change official Wikipedia policy, but confirmed that members believe all articles should be written in either one style or the other, I hereby propose that we make sure all articles already written do not mix between the two. All articles written about "American" subjects should have the <!--Use en-US spelling--> tag inserted at the top (as in United States) while all articles about subjects purely British (or countries which use British spellings) should have the <!--Use en-GB spelling--> written at the top (as in United Kingdom.) Articles about neutral subjects (i.e. grape) should have either tag inserted at the top based on which spelling is used throughout the majority of the article. When creating new articles, the creator may choose either tag to insert at the top, and subsequent editors MUST respect whichever tag is present upon editing the article.

This is my final proposal on the subject, and if it is agreed upon, I think we will see a happier and more organized Wikipedia.

Juppiter 15:03, 26 August 2005 (UTC)


  1. Juppiter 15:04, 26 August 2005 (UTC)


  1. Using a consistent spelling style within an article is already current policy and practice. Requiring that all articles have a tag gains us nothing. — Matt Crypto 15:22, 26 August 2005 (UTC)
  2. Absolutely not, jguk 18:26, 26 August 2005 (UTC)
  3. m:instruction creep. Dunc| 21:27, 26 August 2005 (UTC)
  4. This should be at Wikipedia:Spelling Standardisation Improvement Drive. porges 10:04, August 30, 2005 (UTC) (But seriously, agree with Duncharris. Futhermore, what happens when people section-edit?)
  5. Doesn't help in anyway. =Nichalp «Talk»= 05:59, September 6, 2005 (UTC)
  6. If the spelling policy is to be brought to people's attention more (basically a good idea), I don't think is that helpful a way to do it. Maybe we could have a different Edit page message for newbies - first few edits of a user - which provides additional intro and help. That could be a platform for all sorts of things. Rd232 13:32, 12 October 2005 (UTC)
  7. Per porges. Also, some users are comfortable with either, or both. UK citizens use British spelling, US citizens use American spelling, but much of the English-speaking world prefers one or the other, or both! The Commonwealth is no longer the Empire, and the US/UK divide is irrelevant to many (IMHO). 01:08, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
(OOPS - apparently this was settled long ago. How come nobody archived it? 01:10, 9 May 2007 (UTC))