Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities

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The current scope of the Communities Division Workgroup of Project Iowa includes those communities that have an established geographical boundary. Currently these are the State of Iowa, Counties, Incorporated cities, Unincorporated cities and Townships.
We are open to other types of communities in the future.

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Welcome to all who visit this page.

We very much appreciate volunteers.

The mission is to improve the articles of:
The state of Iowa to Featured Article status.
All 99 counties to C-Class or higher.
Cities with a population of 50,000 and more to A-Class.
Cities with a population of 25,000 and more to B-Class.
Cities with a population of 1000 and more to C-Class.
All other Incorporated cities to Start-Class or higher.
Select cities to attain Good or Featured article status.
All unincorporated cities to have articles created.
All townships to have articles created.

Milestones[edit]

MAJOR MILESTONES
  • 2010-12-09 Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities page launched.
  • 2010-12-18 Communities workgroup established.
  • 2010-12-18 Category:Iowa (communities) articles created.
ALL MILESTONES
  • 2010-12-09 Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities page launched
  • 2010-12-10 Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Iowa/Communities page launched.
  • 2010-12-10 Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities page launched.
  • 2010-12-10 Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities page launched.
  • 2010-12-18 Communities workgroup established.
  • 2010-12-18 Category:Iowa (communities) articles created.
  • 2010-12-18 Category:Iowa (communities) articles by importance created.
  • 2010-12-18 Category:Iowa (communities) articles by quality created.

Membership[edit]

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Explanation of ProjectIowa Communities Members table

You are encouraged to change your levels, city size, or activity choices at any time.

Level 1
  • 1 I am interested in Iowa communities but don't ask me I will help when I want
  • 2 I will commit to helping one or two days a month
  • 3 I will commit to working on the project at least one or two days a week
  • 4 I will commit to working on the project several days a week
  • 5 I will be active on the project almost every day
Level 2
  • 10 I do not want to participate on level 2
  • 11 Patroller, I will schedule days to check list daily for new postings and verify information.
  • 12 Call on me for special tasks
  • 13 I have the expertise and the commitment to advance articles to GA and/or FA class.
  • 14 I have the expertise and will evaluate articles for Class and Importance
Preferred Community Size to work on
  • 1 No preference
  • 2 Top 10 major cities
  • 3 Bigger cities 6,000+ residents 60 cities
  • 4 Smaller cities 1,000-6,000 residents 216 cities
  • 5 Very small cities <1,000 residents 700 + (exact number to determined)
  • 6 Townships (number to be determined)
  • 7 Counties 99
Preferred activity

List your 1st and 2nd activity preference

  • 1 General
  • 2 Article building - Finding new information
  • 3 Fact checking
  • 4 Validating references
  • 5 Referencing - Research and providing references for existing articles.
  • 6 Edit for spelling, grammar, content flow
  • 7 Structure - Restructuring existing information to conform to Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities/US Guideline
  • 8 Visual improvements pictures, maps, diagrams new and old
ProjectIowa Communities Members
# Joined Level 1st Level 2nd Comm Size Activity 1st Activity 2nd Community Username
1 2010-12-10 5 11 4 4 7 Hiawatha RifeIdeas Talk
2 2010-12-21 4 11/13 2 1 2 Davenport CTJF83 chat
3 2010-12-26 1 10 1 2 7 Cedar Rapids & Millville User:cReep-cReep
4 2010-12-27 2 12 3/4 1/2 3/4 Marshalltown & Stone City Kepper66 (talk)
5 2011-02-07 1 12 Tagging Articles Philosopher Let us reason together.
6 0000-00-00 1 10 1 1 1 Community Username
7 0000-00-00 1 10 1 1 1 Community Username
8 0000-00-00 1 10 1 1 1 Community Username

Classification of communities[edit]

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The state of Iowa[edit]

State of Iowa – The state of Iowa is a community, we all think of ourselves as Iowans.
States articles that have achieved FA-Class Minnesota Oklahoma Virginia
States articles that have achieved GA-Class South Dakota Texas
Ideas discussed in Mid 2009 on how to improve the Iowa article can be found at User:Ctjf83/Iowa.

Counties[edit]

All 99 counties have at a minimum a stub articles started for them.
List of counties in Iowa Can be searched alphabetically, More than just a list
Falls under the jurisdiction of Wikipedia:WikiProject U.S. counties has a structure guideline.
Template {{Infobox U.S. county}}
Description and information County (United States)
For example a county article B-class Warren County, Indiana

Incorporated cities[edit]

All 949 incorporated cities have at a minimum a stub article started for them.
List of cities in Iowa Can be searched alphabetically.
Falls under the jurisdiction of Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities
Template {{Infobox settlement}}
Description and information City
For examples of incorporated city articles see the section Assessment.

Classification of incorporated cities for task tables

The breakdown for these classifications and therefore the tables are based on the 2000 census.

  •   60 Large cities 6,001 and more residents 2 tables of 30 cities
  • 216 Midsize cities 1,001–6,000 residents 5 tables - (4 of 43 cities & 1 of 44 cities)
  • 441 Small towns 201–1,000 residents 9 tables - (8 of 50 cities & 1 of 41 cities)
  • 232 Tiny towns 200 and less residents 5 tables - (4 of 50 cities & 1 of 32 Cities)

Tables[edit]

Archive of tables completed.
  • Bigger cities 30 Altoona-Indianola  2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
  • Bigger cities 30 Iowa City-West Des Moines  2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
  • Smaller cities 27 A=16 B=11  2010-12-14 RifeIdeas
  • Smaller cities 29 C=21 D=8  2010-12-14 RifeIdeas
  • Smaller cities 28 E=11 F=4 G=13  2010-12-15 RifeIdeas
  • Smaller cities 33 H=10 I=2 J=3 K=4 L=14  2010-12-15 RifeIdeas
  • Smaller cities 36 M=22 N=7 O=7  2010-12-16 RifeIdeas
  • Smaller cities 38 P=10 R=7 S=21  2010-12-16 RifeIdeas
  • Smaller cities 25 T=5 U=1 V=2 W=17  2010-12-16 RifeIdeas
  • Very small cities 8 tables of 50 cities and 1 table of 41 cities  2010-12-18 RifeIdeas
  • Rearrange the Smaller cities into even tables of 44 or 43 cities  2010-12-18 RifeIdeas
  • 230 Tiny towns of less than 200 residents 5 tables  2010-12-31 RifeIdeas
  • Table of all 949 cities  2010-12-31 RifeIdeas


Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/IncALL CITIES
A searchable table of all 949 incorporated cities located on another page.
Searchable by Population, Land area, By county(ies) the city is located in.

Tasks to do[edit]

The Task tables is a system of notifying members of who is working on what table and priority. The theory is to elevate all communities in Iowa to respectable levels for the type of community and to avoid members working on the same table (city, county, township) at the same time. You are able to "check out" (like a library book) and then copy and paste the table into your own sandbox. When you have completed the task for that table or if decide to stop working on the task you can "check back in" the table with whatever progress you have made. We will then have a record so the next member can continue on.

Explanation of the table columns and abbreviated column headings.

These next 3 lines are in every table and explanations are in the column code.
The 1st line is title line , the 2nd line is description of maximum space requirements.
|Name of Community|| 2000 Pop. || 2010 Pop.|| P1 || P2 || P3 || I / C Class || I / C Scale || Notes
| use [[city, state]] || 0000,000 || 000,000 ||{{Done-t|xx}}||{{Done-t|xx}}||{{Done-t|xx}}||FA/FA||Top/High||blank

  • Name of Community = Name of Community (already in table)
  • 2000 Pop = 2000 Population (already in table)
  • 2010 Pop = 2010 Population (data to be inputted)

The Priorities explanation can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities
The first goal is raise all incorporated cities articles to Priority 1 level starting with the Large cities first.

  • P1 = Priority one (input the template {{Done-t|user# from the members table}} when completed)
  • P2 = Priority two (input the template {{Done-t|user# from the members table}} when completed)
  • P3 = Priority three (input the template {{Done-t|user# from the members table}} when completed)
  • I / C Class = Article class Project Iowa / Project Cities (default is stub, may be eliminated)
  • I / C Scale = Article Importance Scale Project Iowa / Project Cities ( may be eliminated)
  • Notes = Notes

Unincorporated cities[edit]

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Approximately 5% have articles started.
List of unincorporated communities in Iowa Can be searched alphabetically.
Falls under the jurisdiction of Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities
Template {{Infobox settlement}}
Description and information Unincorporated area and Town#United States
For example a unincorporated city article (need one)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/UnincALL CITIES
A table of all 1183 Unincorporated communities located on another page.
132 Article Stubs created before Communities Division was activated.
Currently there is 132 articles with the classification of Stub-Class
Currently there is no articles with the classification of Start-Class
Shows status of an article's individual development.

Townships[edit]

Approximately 20% have articles started.
List of townships in Iowa by county Alphabetically listed Counties first then townships
List of townships in Iowa Can be searched alphabetically.
Falls under the jurisdiction of Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities
Template {{Infobox settlement}}
Description and information Township (United States)
For example a township article GA Class Hyde Park Township, Cook County, Illinois
For example a township article B-Class Prairie Ronde Township, Michigan

Sources for information[edit]

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities#Resources
Some sources may require use of other programs like pdf reader, MS word, MS excel

Coordinates for communities[edit]

The {{Coord}} template is used to standardize the presentation of coordinates (latitude and longitude) in Wikipedia articles. Complete documentation for the {{Coord}} template is at Template:Coord/doc. {{Coord}} can place coordinates in the text of an article, in the title area (top right corner), or in both places. Coordinates can also appear in infoboxes.

Per Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities/US Guideline, if a community's article has an infobox, then the community's overall coordinates should appear there and not in the body of the article. (Coordinates of specific features within the community may still appear in the body.)

  • All incorporated cities of Iowa now have {{Infobox settlement}}, so their coordinates should be coded there. Once this is done, any overall coordinates in the body of the article (including the Geography section) should be removed.
  • Articles about townships and unincorporated communities should eventually use {{Infobox settlement}}. Please add infoboxes to these articles if they don't have it. Once the overall coordinates are coded in the infobox, they can be removed from the body of the article.
  • {{Infobox U.S. county}}, however, does not provide parameters for specifying coordinates. Articles about counties should therefore use the {{Coord}} template. {{Coord}} can be placed anywhere in an article. It often appears in the Geography section or just before the categories. (See User:Dispenser for a partial explanation.)
  • The Geographic Names Information System is a good source for Iowa coordinates.
  • Please don't specify coordinates with excessive precision. Note that 0.0001 degree is less than 35 feet and 1 second is less than 100 ft.
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{{Infobox settlement}} uses the following parameters:

  • |latd= // degrees of latitude (non-negative number)
  • |latm= // minutes of latitude (non-negative number less than 60)
  • |lats= // seconds of latitude (non-negative number less than 60)
  • |latNS= // N for "North"
  • |longd= // degrees of longitude (non-negative number)
  • |longm= // minutes of longitude (non-negative number less than 60)
  • |longs= // seconds of longitude (non-negative number less than 60)
  • |longEW= // W for "West"
  • |coor_pinpoint= // what coordinates refer to, if known (e.g. Town Hall)
  • |coordinates_type= // for township type:adm3rd_region:US-IA; otherwise leave blank
  • |coordinates_display= // inline,title
  • |coordinates_footnotes= // reference(s) for coordinates, placed within <ref> </ref>

{{Coord}} recognizes many formats, including:

  • The basic degree-minute format, displayed in title area only:
{{Coord|degrees|minutes|latitude(N/S)| degrees|minutes |longitude(E/W)|display=title}}
  • The basic decimal-degree format, displayed in title area only:
{{Coord|00.000|-00.000|display=title}}

{{Coord}} also accepts an additional positional parameter containing coordinate parameters:

  • Use "|region:US-IA_type:adm1st for a state like Iowa
  • Use "|region:US-IA_type:adm2nd" for an Iowa county.
  • Use "|region:US-IA_type:adm3rd" for an Iowa township.
  • Use "|region:US-IA_type:city" for an Iowa city, town, or unincorporated community with unspecified population.
  • Use "|region:US-IA_type:city(nnn)" for an Iowa city, town, or unincorporated community with population nnn.

See the {{Coord}} documentation at Template:Coord/doc for more coordinate parameters. There are 19 parameters just for type. Note that coordinate parameters may appear in any order, separated by underscores. They must not contain spaces, stiles, or equal-signs.

Examples[edit]

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State of Iowa

{{Coord|display=title|42|N|93|W|region:US-IA_type:adm1st_scale:3000000}}
Note: "_scale:3000000" overrides the default map scale for type:adm1st.

Scott County, Iowa

{{coord|41|38|09|N|90|38|02|W|region:US-IA_type:adm2nd_source:dewiki|display=title}}
Note: "_source:dewiki" indicates that the coordinates were copied from the German Wikipedia.

Hiawatha, Iowa (incorporated city)
{{Infobox settlement
...
|coordinates_type    = region:US-IA_type:city
|coordinates_display = inline,title
|coordinates_footnotes = <ref>{{Cite gnis|2394368|Hiawatha}}</ref>
...
|latd = 42 |latm = 2 |lats = 52 |latNS = N
|longd = 91 |longm = 41 |longs = 12 |longEW = W
...
Berwick, Iowa (unincorporated community without an infobox)

{{coord|41|39|54|N|93|32|42|W|type:city_region:US-IA|display=title}}
Note: needs {{Infobox settlement}}. Update: added infobox Kepper66 (talk) 23:28, 22 January 2012 (UTC)

Carroll Township, Tama County, Iowa

{{coord|42.073928|-92.478991|display=title|type:adm3rd_region:US-IA}}
Note: needs {{Infobox settlement}}.

Assessment[edit]


Assesment of the articles by Class and importance.

Table and information for the communities workgroup will be coming in the future.
Interesting assessment facts as of 2010-12-27
Unincorporated communities and townships assessment
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Classification of articles Stub to and through C-Class is subjective.
The following classifications are for communities division only.

  • Stub would be any article started with a lede (lead for american english) statement.
  • Quality Stub
    infobox with name, coordinate information, subdivisions information, time zone, Zip code, GNIS code #
    history (brief - preferably date established and explanation of name choice)
    transportation (main roads)
    references
    county template
  • Quality Stub for townships would also include a description of any communities located within it's borders
  • Start-Class would have an expanded history
    geography (water ways, land formations)
    demographics
    expand transportation (railroads, airports trails)
    demographics
    parks and recreation
    notable people if applicable.
  • Quality Start to be determined.
  • C-Class to be determined

Communities Page to do list[edit]

Administration
  1. 2010-12-08 Make patrollers schedule  Not done Need somebody to make calendar setup
  2. 2010-12-10 Make a Project Iowa/Communities Barnstar and/or Award See talk page
  3. 2010-12-19 Make a table for quality and importance. Philosophor...
To do list  Administration ARCHIVE
  • 2010-12-08 Start WikiProject Iowa/Communities. 2010-12-09 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-08 Start talk: WikiProject Iowa/Communities. 2010-12-09 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-08 Make Description of Members level of activity. 2010-12-09 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-08 Make Members table. 2010-12-09 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-08 Make Project Iowa and invite message. 2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-08 Place message on Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa. 2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-08 Send Invite message to Project Iowa members. 2010-12-17 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-10 Start WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities. 2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-10 Start talk:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities. 2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-10 Make Communities priority page. 2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-10 Make infobox for Project Iowa/Communities/Priorities. 2010-12-11 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-10 Make To do list Administration "completed" into a collapsed list  2010-12-19 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-10 Make To do list Article "completed" into a collapsed list  2010-12-22 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-16 Make incorporated cities Tables into 3 collapsed categories. 2010-12-16 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-18 Create incorporated cities tables page.  2010-12-20 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-18 Create Communities workgroup. 2010-12-18 Philosophor
  • 2010-12-18 Create Category:Iowa (communities) articles. 2010-12-18 Philosophor
  • 2010-12-18 Create Category:Iowa (communities) articles by importance. 2010-12-18 Philosophor
  • 2010-12-18 Create Category:Iowa (communities) articles by quality. 2010-12-18 Philosophor
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Article
  1. 2010-12-08 Discussion and consensus on priorities See example and discussion...
    See detailed description at Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities
  2. 2010-12-31 Break up Unincorporated cities list into tables
  3. 2010-12-31 Break up Townships list into tables
  4. 2010-12-31 Break up Counties list into tables
  5. 2011-01-02 Establish assessement criteria for Stub through C-Class
  6. 2011-01-02 Create assessment progress table for all unincorporated communities  2011-01-05 RifeIdeas
  7. 2011-01-02 Create assessment progress table for all Townships RifeIdeas...
  8. 2011-01-02 Create assessment progress table for all Counties
To do list  Article ARCHIVE
  • 2010-12-08 Make Tasks into a table  2010-12-22 RifeIdeas
  • 2010-12-08 Break up Incorporated cities list into tables  2010-12-31 RifeIdeas
    Large 60  2010-12-10 RifeIdeas
    Midsize 216  2010-12-16 RifeIdeas
    Small 441  2010-12-19 RifeIdeas
    Tiny  2010-12-31 RifeIdeas

Patrol schedule[edit]

Entire section needs development.
  • Calendar
  • Other ideas?

Invite message[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities is linked in the message, just not active on this page.
It will be "blue linked" on any other page.

Assorted information[edit]

Assorted Ideas without form. (dumping ground for suggestions)

Links[edit]

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities/US Guideline
Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Cities/US Guideline
Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa
Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Iowa
Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Iowa/Communities
Wikipedia :WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities
Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/Priorities
Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/IncCITIES
Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/IncALL CITIES
Wikipedia:WikiProject Iowa/Communities/UnincALL CITIES
Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Iowa (communities) articles by quality statistics
User:WP 1.0 bot/Tables/Project/Iowa (communities) Wikipedia:WikiProject Cities/U.S. municipality notes

Categories[edit]

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Lists[edit]

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