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Should this page mention templates such as {{circa}}/{{c.}} or {{floruit}} (also compare {{sic}})? These are felt to be useful by some, but not necessarily known even to experienced editors. I for one have no idea how many there are. Therefore, I would appreciate a list. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 20:51, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Washington, D.C.[edit]

I was not able to spot a guideline on this specifically, so I figured I may as well ask. This one seems strange, possibly confusing in some contexts, without the full stops:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Washington, DC

Thoughts? djr13 (talk) 03:50, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Our article is at Washington, D.C.. I figure if the article is under that name, that is the consensus on Wikipedia for how to handle it. Hope that helps. SchreiberBike talk 08:02, 31 December 2014 (UTC)

Shortenings examples[edit]

The Shortenings section of the article uses the words rhino and bike, neither of which I want to see in normal article prose, except in quotes. If a Wikipedia article needs to discuss the commuting habits of someone, it should say something like "John Jones usually commutes to work by bicycle", or "John Jones usually bicycles to work"; it should not use the word "bike", which aside from excessive informality can also be taken to refer to a motorcycle. I am horrified that it says "words such as rhino are fine". The word "rhino" is not fine. If John Jones was gored by a rhinoceros, it should say "rhinoceros", not "rhino". —Anomalocaris (talk) 09:26, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

I completely agree with you. Chris the speller yack 15:37, 4 January 2015 (UTC)


It says "single-word contractions are acceptable as long as they are not ambiguous". I don't think "gov't" ot "dep't" belong in Wikipedia aticles, except of course in quotations. These words might be considered abbreviations rather than contractions, but other than standard expectations of usage, how is "Mr" as a contraction of "mister" different from "gov't" as a contraction of "government"? —Anomalocaris (talk) 17:46, 4 January 2015 (UTC)

Appropriate usage of "i.e." and "e.g." on Wikipedia[edit]

See Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style § Appropriate Usage of "i.e." and "e.g." on Wikipedia for a discussion on whether "e.g." and/or "i.e." should be followed by a comma consistently on Wikipedia. sroc 💬 10:42, 16 March 2015 (UTC)


Re this edit - West Coast Railway Company has been initialized as WCRC after its first use. That paragraph is talking about the company as an entity, thus the use of the possessive WCRC's instead of thw plural WCRCs would seem to be correct, but I've got a gut feeling that somewhere it is written in the MOS that the apostrophe is not used. For that reason, I've not reverted the edit. I'm comfortable with either, but if it is to be reverted then the reason should be stated and linked to in the edit summary. Mjroots (talk) 07:49, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

I don't think there is any basis for argument; the possessive requires an apostrophe and an 's'. If the MOS says otherwise (and I'm sure it doesn't), then the MOS needs to be fixed. Chris the speller yack 10:44, 16 April 2015 (UTC)