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Would appreciate new comments on Germany re: Infobox items[edit]

There have been debates in the Talk section about what should be included in the infobox section Formation, for Germany. Currently, one item is about the European Economic Community era (a preliminary attempt at some free trade), but no item re: the later European Union era.

And three important items are omitted, particularly the Third Reich.

1. Third Reich: Nazi Germany the period in German history from 1933 to 1945, when Germany was governed by a dictatorship under the control of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party (NSDAP).

2. The division: 1949 when two states emerged: History of Germany (1945–90) Federal Republic of Germany (FRG), commonly known as West Germany, . ... German Democratic Republic (GDR), commonly known as East Germany...]

3. German reunification .. of East Germany and West Germany. At least some of us working on the article believe that a) Third Reich should be added or b) the Formation section should be deleted if it cannot accurately depict the important formative aspects of the country.

Perhaps getting a few experienced editors involved - without any "attachment" to the Germany article - would help resolve this matter. Peter K Burian (talk) 21:43, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

User mass-changing country articles[edit]

A user, Hddty., has been mass-changing infoboxes of country articles to their preferred format (i.e. not specifying language names in infoboxes, changing infobox footnotes to general ones), without consulting this project. Since those changes range from benign to bad for accessibility (i.e. not specifying language names), I've mass-reverted most of them. Hope this is OK. They stopped after I let them know about the problematic nature of their edits on their talk page. Graham87 12:42, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

Discussion of significant changes to featured Japan article[edit]

Please come participate in the discussion here. Thank you. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 20:33, 4 May 2017 (UTC)

Popular pages report[edit]

We – Community Tech – are happy to announce that the Popular pages bot is back up-and-running (after a one year hiatus)! You're receiving this message because your WikiProject or task force is signed up to receive the popular pages report. Every month, Community Tech bot will post at Wikipedia:WikiProject Countries/Popular pages with a list of the most-viewed pages over the previous month that are within the scope of WikiProject Countries.

We've made some enhancements to the original report. Here's what's new:

  • The pageview data includes both desktop and mobile data.
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We're grateful to Mr.Z-man for his original Mr.Z-bot, and we wish his bot a happy robot retirement. Just as before, we hope the popular pages reports will aid you in understanding the reach of WikiProject Countries, and what articles may be deserving of more attention. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at m:User talk:Community Tech bot.

Warm regards, the Community Tech Team 17:16, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

Opening sentence readability[edit]

I'll start off by saying that I'm not an active contributor to this project, but I'd like to make a recommendation on the opening sentences in country articles. Currently, I believe the opening sentences of these articles are too busy with with pronunciation and official name jargon that it hurts readability. (See MOS:LEADALT) For example:

Vietnam (UK: /ˌvjɛtˈnæm, -ˈnɑːm/, US: /ˌvətˈnɑːm, -ˈnæm/;[1] Vietnamese: Việt Nam [vîət nāːm]), officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (SRV; Vietnamese: Cộng hòa Xã hội chủ nghĩa Việt Nam (About this sound listen)), is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 92.7 million inhabitants...

99% of readers don't care about the pronunciation and official name details. They scan past all of that that until they see "...is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula..." so they can keep reading. I'm sure most of you do it too. I am recommending that this WikiProject adopt a footnote policy for information like this in the lead. For example:

Vietnam,[a] officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,[b] is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 92.7 million inhabitants...

or

Vietnam[c][d] is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 92.7 million inhabitants...

I think this drastically improves readability and invites the reader in nicely into the lead, instead of asking them to strain their eyes just to read the first sentence. This policy was adopted over on the Video Games project for Japanese titles with success (WP:JFN). Thoughts? TarkusAB 22:29, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Nobody??? I might take this discussion to one of the more popular country pages with this issue then... TarkusAB 22:31, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
    • ^ Jones, Daniel (2003) [1917], Peter Roach, James Hartmann and Jane Setter, eds., English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 3-12-539683-2 
    • ^ Jones, Daniel (2003) [1917], Peter Roach, James Hartmann and Jane Setter, eds., English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 3-12-539683-2 
    • ^ Jones, Daniel (2003) [1917], Peter Roach, James Hartmann and Jane Setter, eds., English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 3-12-539683-2 


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