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Template:WikiProject Darts

Resolved: Kindly expanded

Template:WikiProject Darts
I created a template for putting on the Talk pages of darts articles, although I did not make it right, could someone go to the template and fix it. Mr.Kennedy1 (talk) 20:49, 24 July 2010 (UTC)

Have readied it for assessment and created all the necessary categories, which should automatically populate with all articles already tagged. Created Wikipedia:WikiProject Darts/Assessment, will expand later. Tagged several articles and run assessment bot – seems to be working. wjematherbigissue 12:46, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

Perry Prine

Resolved: Article was deleted

I was browsing through the American darts players category when I discovered this! - Perry Prine.

Is he even notable, my opinion is that he's certainly not notable to be in a darts category but what do you think? Raphie (talk) 10:14, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

He mustn't even be a pro, did you look at the reference, it's from a wiki article, this article must be deleted. Excellent find, keep it up. Mr.Kennedy1 (talk) 10:22, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

User:Mr.Kennedy1/Sandbox/Template:Darts nav

I created this in my sandbox because it needs to be fixed up a bit, look at it and feel free to make any edits to it that would improve it. Mr.Kennedy1 (talk) 11:28, 30 July 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject Darts invite

Darts in a dartboard.jpg You have been invited to join WikiProject Darts. We are dedicated to improving and expanding darts-related articles on Wikipedia. You received this invitation due to your interest in darts and/or your edits to Darts-related articles. If you would like to join, please click here, and add your name to the bottom of the list of project members.



I created this to try to get more people to join the Project. Just put this on the talk page of any user

{{subst:WikiProject Darts Invite}} - Do not add a title or sign the page as this is all done automatically. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 14:45, 1 August 2010 (UTC)

2011 PDC WC

Resolved: It was created. 2011 PDC World Darts Championship

We should create an article about the 2011 PDC World Darts Championships. Dates are known, the qualifying process could be explained, prize money is known... -Koppapa (talk) 07:39, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Go on ahead and make it or you could put it in aticle requests on the to-do list and let someone else make it. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 08:43, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
Oh well, he is my try 2011 PDC World Darts Championship :) -Koppapa (talk) 10:11, 4 August 2010 (UTC)
That is impressive, I made a few changes but overall it is a very good article. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 13:16, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

PDC Pro Tour

Resolved: Articles created

I was looking at the PDC Pro Tour article and I was thinking maybe it could be seperated into articles as it is a very long list of results that will just get longer as time goes on. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 13:44, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

Adopt an article

I added this section in hope that it would be suitable to get members to take an article and fix it up instead of just making changes here and there. What do you's think? Mr.Kennedy1 talk 18:00, 11 August 2010 (UTC)

Infobox darts player

I started a discussion some time ago concerning the bloated nature of {{Infobox darts player}}, but no responses were forthcoming. Basically much of the information currently in the infobox needs to be moved to the main body of the articles to comply with WP guidelines for infoboxes. My original comments can be found at Template talk:Infobox darts player#Information overload. I appreciate that this creates a lot of work, but I think it should be done sooner rather than later. wjematherbigissue 11:51, 15 August 2010 (UTC)


Resolved: Finished

Hi, anyone that knows how to get this bot on to the project, could you please do so. It would be a great addition to the project. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 15:42, 16 August 2010 (UTC)

Done based on articles being tagged with the project banner... I think. We'll find out soon enough. wjematherbigissue 16:20, 16 August 2010 (UTC)
Success. The list can be found here. Wikipedia:WikiProject Darts/Unreferenced BLPs. wjematherbigissue 10:51, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
Where do we put on the project page? Mr.Kennedy1 talk 10:54, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
Perhaps an item in the to-do list? wjematherbigissue 11:20, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
OK, seems suitable. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 11:24, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

Association of College Unions International

Resolved: Article was deleted

Is this a darts organisation, it is in the category Category:Darts organisations.Mr.Kennedy1 (talk) 09:37, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

By a loose definition maybe. It appears to organise or at least sponsor some tournaments. wjematherbigissue 13:12, 18 August 2010 (UTC)
Now speedily deleted under WP:CSD#G11. wjematherbigissue 13:44, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

List of professional darts players

Resolved: Decided to keep and was expanded and reformatted

Should this article be deleted as their are over 1,000 darts players and their isn't 30 in this list, I think that categories seem to be the easiest way for sorting darts players. Mr.Kennedy1 (talk) 19:28, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

Yes. I'd delete it, as it isn't complete anyway. -Koppapa (talk) 20:09, 29 July 2010 (UTC)
I have listed it for deletion and it will be deleted on August 6, 2010, that is if nobody removes the tag from the page. Mr.Kennedy1 (talk) 11:37, 30 July 2010 (UTC)
List of darts player nicknames This is a similar list. -Koppapa (talk) 06:32, 6 August 2010 (UTC)
It's not that bad though, it's a table and a good list. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 09:32, 6 August 2010 (UTC)
List should be kept and updated with all players with an article on WP. Also useful to have nationality and lifespan in the list as per other similar lists. wjematherbigissue 12:25, 13 August 2010 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I have filled out the list to include all players with articles listed in Category:Darts players. As such, I have also renamed it removing the word professional, i.e. List of darts players. wjematherbigissue 12:52, 18 August 2010 (UTC)


Resolved: Image and template was made.

Here's the Barnstar I came up with:
Dart Barnstar.png

I you'd like it changed, feel free to talk to me on my talk page! EWikistTalk 17:48, 24 August 2010 (UTC)

Here's the template...
Dart Barnstar.png The Darts Barnstar
...and here's how to use it:
{{subst:The Darts Barnstar|message ~~~~}}
Mr.Kennedy1 talk 12:20, 29 August 2010 (UTC)

Redirect for banner

I have created a redirect for Template:WikiProject Darts, it is called Template:Darts. I created it for ease of placing the tag on articles. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 14:23, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Here's the advertisement for WikiProject Darts, per Mr.Kennedy1's request: WikiProject Darts Banner.gif

Enjoy! EWikistTalk 21:06, 2 September 2010 (UTC)


I have created a template that makes it easy to link player profiles to Dartsdatabase. I need help spreading it around darts player articles. See documentation on template page for instructions on how to use the template. Mr.Kennedy1 talk guestbook 11:06, 12 September 2010 (UTC)

User:Mr.Kennedy1/Sandbox/Phil Taylor new lead

Resolved: New lead merged into article

Hi, for anyone that would like to improve the lead section of the Phil Taylor article, I have created a sandbox for it. There are some links to good examples and to MOS's. Please help! Mr.Kennedy1 talk guestbook 12:07, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

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Template:Darts player table

Unresolved: Nothing done yet

I would like to see {{Darts player form}} disappear. There are two major problems that immediately spring to mind. One is recentism, the other is the fact is needs constant updating and has the potential for endless expansion as new tournaments are added. Being incomplete, it also doesn't really add anything to the articles, but complete it would be huge and unwieldy.

It is fair enough to have a timeline of performances in the World Championships, but not for every major tournament. Best performances will suffice. wjematherbigissue 17:58, 18 August 2010 (UTC)

It would be good if it was changed to represent lifetime performances, eg. Template:Football player statistics 1, where you can insert the tournaments yourself and it dosen't take up much room. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 19:47, 20 August 2010 (UTC)
I lean toward Mr.Kennedy1's take on this. That table (it's not a form) could get very large indeed for long-term pros. And I'm skeptical that the retained, lifetime data should be in a separate template. It would almost certainly be better to integrate this into the player infobox. I don't mean to always use WP:CUE/WP:SNOOKER examples because I think they're better than everyone else, I just know them best, and here's another: See how snooker pros' lifetime stats are handled in Template:Infobox Snooker player (see Ronnie O'Sullivan for a well-developed example "in the wild"). — SMcCandlish Talk⇒ ʕ(Õلō Contribs. 07:25, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
I am concerned about the idea of integrating it into the infobox, as Wjemather is in the process of trying to cut some of the info out. On the other hand, Template:Infobox snooker player, does not have loads of info and Template:Infobox darts player would be better like that. Mr.Kennedy1 talk guestbook 14:30, 24 September 2010 (UTC)
Yes is is a table. However, in this context "form" means recent performances (as in form (horse racing)). wjematherbigissue 22:40, 25 September 2010 (UTC)
It really should not be integrated into the infobox, and I'm sure that was not what was meant since that is certainly not what the snooker player infobox does. I see that O'Sullivan's article contains a table listing his performances in every single ranking event he has ever played in, and assume that is what SM is actually referring to. However, I really don't see the value in detailing performances in every single tournament someone has ever played. Just seems like statistics overload to me. As I already stated above, listing the best performance in each event is more than enough. wjematherbigissue 22:33, 25 September 2010 (UTC)
Noticed that golf players have a similar table of form which shows their entire career performances in the majors. I recall creating the table in the first place when it looked like this Original format, it was an attempt to try to reduce much of the recentism that was appearing in darts articles at the time, editors were simply putting "on July 15th Phil Taylor won the Bobby Bourne Players Championship, then on July 16th he won the Players Championship NW" and so on. Since then people have added other tournaments which I wouldn't say were particularly relevant. Looking at [Taylor's article] - I really like the Performance Timeline - question is, do we stick to just WC performances in there, or do we define which "majors" are listed?
As for the original question of whether {{Darts player form}} disappears - as I say, I was the original instigator of that table and would agree that it probably isn't doing the job it was intended do and could be deleted. Seedybob2 (talk) 09:12, 26 September 2010 (UTC) (forgot how to delete pages, I've not done as many updates as I used to)

Phil Taylor

The Phil Taylor article is currently a GAN, any improvements to the article would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Mr.Kennedy1 talk guestbook 15:19, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

If DartsDatabase is user-editable like IMDb, this article's extreme reliance on it is going to prevent it from ever being a GA. — SMcCandlish Talk⇒ ʕ(Õلō Contribs. 23:22, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
Where did you hear that? Dartsdatabase isn't user-editable. In it's home page it says that if anyone spots a mistake they have to email them. Mr.Kennedy1 talk guestbook 09:36, 27 September 2010 (UTC)

Adopt an article

To all project members, I noticed that the Adopt an article section is not being used, should it be kept or should we delete it? I think we should keep it as it is a good idea and if it were to be used, we could improve articles alot faster than we are now. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 11:29, 3 October 2010 (UTC)


To all project members, I am not going to be editing on Wikipedia anymore so I ask that the project members keep this project going and develop it into a great project. Thank you to all that helped me along the way. Mr.Kennedy1 talk 16:41, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

David Hightower Smith

Just found this in the Professional Darts Corporation players category - David Hightower Smith. This player is not notable at all and the article must surely be a candidate for speedy deletion. CFuller (talk) 17:28, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

Article doesn't give any clues to notability, either prod it or take it to AfD, I'd say. —Half Price 14:33, 28 October 2010 (UTC)

WikiProject cleanup listing

I have created together with Smallman12q a toolserver tool that shows a weekly-updated list of cleanup categories for WikiProjects, that can be used as a replacement for WolterBot and this WikiProject is among those that are already included (because it is a member of Category:WolterBot cleanup listing subscriptions). See the tool's wiki page, this project's listing in one big table or by categories and the index of WikiProjects. Svick (talk) 20:38, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

BDO world championships

An editor recently proposed most of Category:BDO World Darts Championships for deletion, with the rationale "No sources. Has been tagged for more than four years. We don't know if this info is factual or not because there is no way to check it (WP:verifiability). Challenging the article, which should be removed.". I have removed the deletion tags on the grounds that these wouldn't be uncontroversial candidates for deletion, as required by WP:PROD, but the proposer does have a point that most of these articles are totally unsourced. I don't have sources to hand to fix this, so could any of you darts aficionados do anything to sources these articles? Phil Bridger (talk) 20:45, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice. Well obviously the prod-ers claim that the information can not be verified is complete nonsense since all the tournaments would be reported extensively in the press, particularly in the UK. Will take some time to fix them up though. wjematherbigissue 20:53, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
This web cache is slightly useful. —Half Price 21:10, 7 November 2010 (UTC)
The details for the finals are available on the BDO site (here), it's the complete draws that will be more difficult to find. wjematherbigissue 21:14, 7 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks very much to PhilBridger for making this post. I had not thought to do so when I started working at Since then I have learned to check the Talk Pages of the article and to contact the relevant Project if there is one. One learns. Anyway, as you will note if you go to that page, you will find several articles dealing with darts, all of which need Sources. Sincerely, your friend in Wikidom, GeorgeLouis (talk) 15:42, 16 November 2010 (UTC)


The old editions (well up to 2010) use this bracket: Template:World Snooker Championship Rounds. This is well better suited, Template:32TeamBracket-Compact-NoSeeds-Byes especially with the many byes in the earlier editions. I started here . What's a good way to convert? Flags and the ocasional player (darts player) links are hindering. -Koppapa (talk) 22:28, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't understand the issue. Good work converting though. —Half Price 17:41, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Darts tranfers

I want you users to have a look a three darts articles I recently created.
List of darts players who transferred from the BDO to the PDC
List of darts players who transferred from the PDC to the BDO
List of BDO darts players who joined the PDC before returning
Tell me what you think! Wonderwizard (talk) 1 January 2011 (UCT)

Great work - very comprehensive. But I don't think we need three separate articles. If we were to have a List of players who transferred between BDO and PDC or words to that effect, I think that would make more sense as the latter two articles are very short. And so we split the combined article into sections based on the previous article titles. Also, instead of giving every year its own section, we could just insert a Year of transfer field as the first column of the tables. —Half Price 11:49, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Sorry! I had a while thinking about it. But yes! I will bring the three darts articles I made into your proposed article you mentioned. Wonderwizard (talk) 6 January 2011 (UCT)

Great. If you would like a hand at any time I'm happy to help. —Half Price 22:14, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
Not sure that is the best title. Think we could do with a bit more discussion before merging. Centainly needs the word "darts" in there for starters. Something like "List of darts players who have switched/changed organisation" perhaps. wjematherbigissue 23:16, 6 January 2011 (UTC)
Yes, it does need the word darts. My suggestion was merely an example. I like List of darts players who have switched organisation. —Half Price 18:56, 7 January 2011 (UTC)

3 darts averages at the World Darts Championship

On the Standing of organisations section of the Split in darts article, there is a comparison of 3 dart averages at the 2009 World Darts Championships for both the BDO and the PDC. I wonder if someone would add in more comparison of 3 dart averages for the other World Darts Championships. Wonderwizard (talk) 19 January (UCT)

Where could these be found? —Half Price 17:40, 11 February 2011 (UTC) and calc.exe i suppose. -Koppapa (talk) 18:48, 11 February 2011 (UTC)
Ah yes, so for example comparing this and this. Only issue is that the number of competitors in each round is different and the PDC have now and then used group stages at the start. So instead of the Tournament (Last 32 onwards) column, we'd need to use Tournament average † with the † below the table saying "From where both tournaments have equal players" or something like that. —Half Price 19:02, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Nomination of 1991 BDO World Darts Championship for deletion

The article 1991 BDO World Darts Championship is being discussed concerning whether it is suitable for inclusion as an article according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/1991 BDO World Darts Championship until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on good quality evidence, and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion template from the top of the article. Jeepday (talk) 02:13, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

WDF World Rankings

I found the WDF World Rankings for men and women through the World Darts Federation website. But can someone tell me is the Winmau Seedings on the British Darts Organisation website the offical WDF rankings or does it determine the seeds for the World Masters? Wonderwizard (talk) February 26 (UCT)

The BDO rankings are different to the WDF rankings. The BDO rankings determine the automatic qualifiers for the World Masters and Lakeside. The WDF rankings cover more tournaments, but aren't really used for much. CFuller (talk) 20:12, 27 February 2011 (UTC)

Article tone

I have added a "Tone" tag to 2003 PDC World Darts Championship and added my comments to the article's talk page. -- Daemonic Kangaroo (talk) 07:12, 11 March 2011 (UTC)

Northern Ireland flag

I noticed that all of the darts article I have looked at use the Ulster Banner as the flag for Northern Ireland. As Northern Ireland does not have an official flag this use is only normally done when the sporting organisation uses it (as with FIFA for soccer and also PGA for Golf) to represent the country (see WP:IMOS FLAGS). I have looked on both the BDO and WDF websites without being able to find any use. Am I just not looking in the right place? Bjmullan (talk) 14:09, 3 April 2011 (UTC)

If there is no input from anyone I will look at implement the IMOS. Bjmullan (talk) 18:35, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
It is not a problem showing the Ulster Banner here. While it's not the "offical flag" of the country since 1972 it is still representative of Northern Ireland in many areas. Just because the darts organization does not use it on its website does not mean that we shouldn't use it here. It is really quite a minor point in this article, so for consistency and to avoid great arguments I'd leave it. WizOfOz (talk) 18:57, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
There is a problem. If the sporting bodies do not use the flag then they should not be used. Bjmullan (talk) 19:32, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
Can I take it that no one can come up with a reliable source to indicate that either the World Darts Federation or British Dart Organisation use the now defunct Ulster Banner? If that is the case I will look at removing it from darts articles. Bjmullan (talk) 18:53, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
Can you find a source to show that they don't use the Ulster Banner? If not, I'm inclined to leave it as it is. Several other sporting bodies use it to identify N Ireland so the message would get through. Also, the flag is littered all over darts articles. There is no way anyone could weed them all out. —Half Price 20:53, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
We don't really need sources from those organizations. The flag icons are about the people, not about the organizations. You'll note in the articles there are flags from many different nations, and I guess hardly any of them can be sourced to the organizations, so I don't see a mojor problem here. It will stir up a hornet's nest taking out lots of flags, espcially Irish ones. Again, I say leave it be. WizOfOz (talk) 20:57, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
@Half price it's the responsibility of people who add items to provide RS when challenged not the other way around. @WizOfOz the answer to your question on whether you need a source for an organisation is yes. If you are not sure on the guideline then please read WP:IMOS FLAGS. Bjmullan (talk) 21:35, 11 April 2011 (UTC)
BJM, I'm very surprised at your action of removing the NI flag and I'm going to revert it. You requested opinions on the matter, which you got, but you ignored them. You must get consensus for potentially controversial changes like this, and you haven't done so. WizOfOz (talk) 16:47, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
This project page has had more than enough time to produce RS for the use of the defunct NI flag. But I'm in no rush and BTW the consensus for the removal has been agreed at the IMOS. Bjmullan (talk) 17:32, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
The onus is on who added the flag to show that it is used by the governing body. The flag is not the flag of NI and should not be used unless it is used by the sports governing body. Mo ainm~Talk 16:24, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
Just to be clear on consensus. The consensus of the WP is to implement the MOS. Using the UB with reference goes against the MOS and therefore goes against consensus. Bjmullan (talk) 16:26, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
Not quite. All MOSs can be trumped by consensus for particular articles. The editor above is also thinking that the flags are being used to represent governing bodies - they aren't, they are representing the individuals. I sense some sort of political POV going on here. WizOfOz (talk) 16:34, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
Wiz please assume good faith would it be correct for me to say that you are pushing an Ulster Loyalist agenda, of course not so don't level the same accusation at others. Mo ainm~Talk 16:38, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
First of WizOfOz, I am not thinking the the flag is used to represent governing bodies, on the contrary it's that the flag is being used to represent individuals (and locations) without the governing bodies doing the same. Second, can you please point out where it states that the MOS can be trumped by local consensus? As for the AGF you might want to look at this edit. You have a good day now and unless someone can come up with a reference the MOS will be implemented whether like it or not. Bjmullan (talk) 18:20, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
Threats and sarcasm will get you nowhere fast, matey. You clearly don't like the Ulster Banner. I'm ambivalent on the matter, being more interested in flags for their own sake. There are many policies which you should revise, including "don't disrupt Wikipedia to make a point" and the front page of the MOS whre editors are urged to use common sense, etc, etc. Note also the need to maintain consistency within an article. Whatever else can be argued for and against the matter, one thing is for certain, whatever you do regarding editing here and elsewhere, if it's controversial you've got to get consensus related to the matter in hand and not indirectly via some policy or other. Looking at the debate here we obviously don't have a consensus, what with only four people expressing a view, and opinion so far being evenly split. So here's my suggestion. Wait till there is consensus, and remember - no consensus, no change. WizOfOz (talk) 19:50, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Take a step back everyone and calm down lets talk to each other and not at each other. The Ulster Banner is a flag that has sectarian connotations, real or imagined and it's use should only be when the governing body use the flag. Mo ainm~Talk 20:44, 15 April 2011 (UTC)

Agreed its controversial in some quarters but that shouldn't stop Wikipedia from using it. I'm not sure what if any flags are used by these sporting bodies. From what I can see the flags in these darts articles are used as a quick reference to the person's country, so to have gaps for people from NI doesn't look good. The alternative of using the Union Flag is not good either because its inaccurate for people from NI in that it doesn't tell you that's where they are actually from. WizOfOz (talk) 21:04, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
Not really the fact of the matter is the the Union Flag is the only official flag of NI. But I can see a problem there also with it if regional flags such as  England are used in other articles. Another issue then with using the Union Flag is that it is only being used because of the birthplace of the player which as we know is against the MOS. Mo ainm~Talk 21:11, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
WizOfOz, I'm not your matey and you have still not provided any proof (via diff's) that the MOS can be trumped. You can also provide diffs that indicates that the UB has consensus and also a WP:RS cos as Mo has already pointed out it's the onus of the person(s) that adds the information to provide the reference not the other way around. If no RS is provided the MOS will be implement. Bjmullan (talk) 13:34, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
I'll revert it if there's no consensus, and so far there isn't. WizOfOz (talk) 14:14, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
WizOfOz as I've already pointed out the MOS has been agreed by consensus. I can see nowhere where the consensus is that the flag should be kept. Can you provide a diff of this consensus? The onus is on you to provide a reference for the use of the flag, reverting could be consider disruptive. Bjmullan (talk) 15:19, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
The flag is already there. Now you show me the consensus to change that situation. That's where the onus lies. Like I said, no consensus, no change. And as for the MOS, sorry but you still need consensus for specific situations. Now, I'm debating this no more with you, but as I said, if you attmept another non-consensual change - which could be considered disruptive - I'll revert it. WizOfOz (talk) 17:17, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
Again I will ask you to show me where it states that the MOS requires consensus for specific situations? Bjmullan (talk) 17:34, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
So it looks like WizOfOz doesn't want to participate in this discussion, he will just revert. So I will ask if there are any other members of this project the can supply any evident to support the inclusion of the defunct NI flag? In particular I am looking for evident to support a consensus to use the flag or that darts organising bodies use the flag. Thank you for your help in advance. Bjmullan (talk) 22:05, 17 April 2011 (UTC)
I see that he has again been trying to effectively vandalise darts articles with his groundless agenda. My point of view is that, until the Unionists, Republicans, and other Northern Irish people can agree on one flag for the province, the Ulster Banner should be used to represent Northern Ireland in sport. Is he going to do this to the snooker articles, or the golf articles, or even the Commonwealth Games articles? Indeed, the Ulster Banner is used to represent NI on many, many sports articles - is he seriously going to vandalise all these articles just because he doesn't like a flag? That's childish, in my opinion. Unless he can show the consensus that the Ulster Banner SHOULD NOT be used in such cases, what he is doing is completely against the ideals of Wikipedia. If he cannot show the consensus, he should leave Wikipedia and not come back. CFuller (talk) 10:03, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
CFuller, perhaps you should read WP:AGF as well as WP:MOSFLAG and WP:IMOS#Flags. You also could explain how my edits to bring articles into line with two manuals of style can be considered vandalism? As for Golf and The Commonwealth Games, they comply with the MOS as these organisations use the UB. No one at the project pages has yet shown this is the case for the official darts bodies nor have they shown any evident that a consensus was reached to use it. This discussion has been open for nearly a month and you have not taken part only accusing me of not liking something. Your edit has been reverted. Bjmullan (talk) 16:49, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
Bjmullan, may I suggest you stop this right now? This is WizOfOz and myself, against you. Our common sense on the NI flags issue, against your lack of consensus. You have not proven that the Ulster banner should not be used on sports articles, and specifically darts articles, and unless you stop this, either of us (WizOfOz or myself) will revert your edits. And yes, I do know that the Ulster flag is used in the Commonwealth Games! Yours politely, CFuller (talk) 14:20, 12 May 2011 (UTC)
CFuller what do you want me to stop? Implementing Wikipedia policy on BLP? Implementing the manual of style? No one at this project or at the article page has shown ANY proof that a consensus to go against policy or the MOS has even been discussed never mind reached. Your change has been reverted. Bjmullan (talk) 09:16, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Apart from issues with MOSFLAG the use of the Ulster Banner is incorrect as it is not the flag of NI. Mo ainm~Talk 11:11, 13 May 2011 (UTC)


There are currently RFCs on the use of flags within lists, including lists within articles; and the use of flags in infoboxes, at WT:MOSICON. This project is potentially affected by the RFC, and constructive comments from members of this WP is welcome.Curb Chain (talk) 00:17, 26 May 2011 (UTC)


I am the only one who is updating the Darts world rankings and the PDC Order of Merit. I am not saying that I don't want to update them anymore but is there anyone here who will update them as well as me? Wonderwizard (talk) 22:29, June 13 2011 (UTC)

I have edited the PDC Order of Merit in the past, and can do so again if I am able to. CFuller (talk) 14:35, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

RFC - Use of the Ulster Banner in Darts articles

Should Darts articles use the Ulster Banner to represent players from Northern Ireland? Bjmullan (talk) 18:09, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

I oppose the use of the Ulster Banner in Darts articles for a number of reasons.

1. It contravenes the Manual of Style (icons) in a couple of areas:
a. Do not use flags to indicate location of birth, residence, or death.
b. Overbroad use of flags with politicized connotations (which mentions the Ulster Banner specifically). See point 3 & 4 below for more information.
2. It contravenes the Manual of Style (Ireland-related articles) which states “if the organisation uses no particular flag or banner, do not use any flag.” Neither the BDO or the WDF use the Ulster Banner or any flags for that matter. The Irish MOS has been a very stable set of guidelines which have been used very successfully in contentious areas such as the Derry/Londonderry naming dispute.
3. The Ulster Banner is not the flag of Northern Ireland as Northern Ireland has no official symbol other than the Union Flag.
4. The Ulster Banner is considered by many people as a symbol of the sectarian divide in Northern Ireland. See Northern Ireland flags issue for more information.
5 As the Good Friday Agreement states that all people born in Northern Ireland have the right to both British and Irish citizenship the addition of the Ulster Banner is making the assumption that the person has not chosen to be Irish. The argument that the flag is used to show place of birth is weak as this is not always clear to the reader and in any cases this practise goes against the MOS (see 1a above). Bjmullan (talk) 18:13, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
  • I guess the only reason you oppose this flag is that youre from the nationalist community in ulster and just don't like it. Full Stop. (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 20:50, 16 May 2011 (UTC).
  • Political red herrings aside, I think the real question is whether or not reliable sources use flags next to players for darts results (like you see for golf, Commonwealth Games, football, etc.), and here is an example of one WP:RS that does, including Northern Ireland. Therefore, I do not see a problem with Wikipedia's darts results. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 00:16, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
As has already been pointed out none of the official darts organisations use the banner and therefore I believe the MOS applies. Also not sure if the Lakeside Country Club could be consider a reliable source. Bjmullan (talk) 08:04, 23 May 2011 (UTC)
That's the website for the 2010 BDO World Darts Championship, linked from the BDO website, so yes, it is reliable. You can get additional opinions at WP:Reliable sources/Noticeboard if you still disagree. Darts websites don't seem to have as professional design and style as those of larger sporting organisations, so I would attribute the lack of flag usage to that instead of a specific decision to exclude the Northern Ireland flag. For example, this WDF page and this BDO page have plain text results in a list, instead of the superior page layout style used by this WikiProject (utilising tournament bracket templates, etc.). Here is a results table that does use bracket formatting, but it uses country codes instead of flag images for each player, perhaps because the results are rendered in a black-and-white PDF file instead of incorporating coloured flag icons. I think it is clear that darts is one of several sports where England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are treated as peers of other countries. Other examples are football, golf, and the Commonwealth Games. If there is consensus that the NIR flag icon is acceptable for Wikipedia articles on those other sports, why not darts? What's the difference? It should not be just because of the relative scarcity of web pages that go to the extra trouble of using flag images instead of plain text. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 18:43, 23 May 2011 (UTC)
Well I don't know too much about darts, apart from playing it in the bar, but I know a bit about flags. To say we shouldn't use the Ulster Banner because it is not the official flag of Northern Ireland is stretching a point to extremes. We are not bound here by the official or otherwise status of flags, nor are we bound solidly to the MOS (a guideline). To me it's sensible to use this flag as a quick reference to the country from which a player originates. I would also say that to claim BLP as a reason for not using this particular flag is also going to extremes. If the darts editors are happy with the use of this flag, as the consensus seems to be, then I'm happy to support them. WizOfOz (talk) 18:57, 23 May 2011 (UTC)
Further to above, since the consensus is clearly to retain the NI flag I'll place it back in the article. WizOfOz (talk) 21:22, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
No this RfC hasn't ran its course yet and editors are now only starting to become aware of it. Mo ainm~Talk 21:36, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Perhaps WizOfOz you could lay out below why you fell that the consensus is clearly to retain the flag. Remember that this is not about votes but about reasoned argument, something that you have so far failed to do. Bjmullan (talk) 22:08, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the links Andrwsc but your original research as to why flags are not used is irrelevant, I could use both links as examples that flags are not used by the sport. Using my own OR I could claim that they made a specific decision to leave the flags out as they don't use them Mo ainm~Talk 22:09, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Point of information to correct Bjmullan's assertion at point 5 above - people in Northern Ireland have the right to choose Republic of Ireland citizenship, but they are all UK citizens (not a matter of choice). So it does not follow that a person who has chosen to have ROI citizenship is not therefore a UK citizen. In any case, this point is a red herring, because the person's citizenship is irrelevant to the question of whether or not he represents NI at darts and then whether or not the NI flag is appropriate to use in such a context. Mooretwin (talk) 11:27, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Mooretwin your point is incorrect as not all people born in the UK (including NI) have a right to UK citizenship but must apply for it (see here for more information). Bjmullan (talk) 12:05, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Whatever. I was speaking in general terms, as if you didn't know! Mooretwin (talk) 18:00, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
@Mo ainm: You totally miss my point. There is no original research involved. My point is that flag icon usage is a style issue, not a content issue (therefore, no OR), and I mused that Wikipedia has a more polished style than some sports websites, but less so than others. I see no problem with using that style on darts results pages, in the same way that style is acceptable for a handful of other sports where players from Northern Ireland are involved. We should not constrain the desired page layout style for Wikipedia's darts articles because of the limited style used by some of the reliable sources. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 18:23, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for clarification, my feeling on the issue of flags is known and I am not a fan even more so in events like Darts, Tennis and Golf which are individual events if it can be shown that these players represented NI and that the NI governing body of Darts use the flag then we would have a different argument. But at present IMO the flags are only being used to represent the birth place of dart players and this is what I believe that some darts websites are actually doing. Also add that it isn't an Ulster Banner issue but an issue with the use of all flags. Mo ainm~Talk 18:31, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
To that last point I agree. The essential question here has nothing to do with "sectarian symbols" or citizenship or legislation. The question is that: if a reliable source shows (for example) the following in a darts result page: Daryl Gurney (NIR), then is there a problem with Wikipedia using that reliable source, but formatting that name as Northern Ireland Daryl Gurney? I think there are arguments to be made both ways (and there is an active discussion currently going on at WT:MOSICON), but I wholly reject the idea that it is acceptable to have England Phil Taylor in a Wikipedia tournament bracket but Gurney's name should have (NIR) instead. It should be all-or-none with respect to flag icons. Singling out Northern Ireland by using a different style adds a political POV that is completely inappropriate for a darts tournament article. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 18:44, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
I would rather they were all removed as they add nothing IMO and the similarity between both flags you used would not be picked up on. Also as I stated they are not representing their repective countries but themselves, and with the UB we also have the political aspect like it or not and it makes an assumption on the player that they identify with that flag when we all know that not everyone does. Mo ainm~Talk 18:53, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
The point about players not identifying with the flag - that applies to residents of all countries. There's lots of people who don't identify with the flag of their homeland. There's nothing we can do about that here unless they make their views known. I really don't see what the problem with flags is. They are widely used in publications other than Wikipedia. Seems to me the manual of style wants some work doing it to make it less restrictive. WizOfOz (talk) 19:32, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Granted I might be from American and hate the Stars and Stripes but if I represent them then tough that is the flag used by that country and it is the official flag of that country. But there is a big difference when the flag being used is not an official flag and there is no evidence that the governing body of Northern Ireland Darts use it. Mo ainm~Talk 19:38, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Is this all about the fact that the UB is not the so-called "official flag" of Northern Ireland? If so, I don't really rate that as a problem. Maybe the usage or not by certain sporting bodies is relavent (in some circumstances) but I fail to see that because the government of Northern Ireland have not declared the flag "offical" is some respect it shouldn't be used in darts articles and any other article. WizOfOz (talk) 19:54, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Not sure what you are saying here could you clarify? Mo ainm~Talk 19:59, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
The point about the official status of the flag is maybe just not an issue. For instance, is the Cross of St George an "official" flag of England? The Scottish Saltire has official status right enough, but the flag of England? The status of St George Cross is arguably equivalent to that of the UB. WizOfOz (talk) 20:04, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
I think there is some prevailing opinion that just because "governing bodies" like FIFA or the PGA TOUR use flags in their website design, that they are somehow "official" for those sports, but if the BDO, PDC, etc. websites don't use flags, then they aren't "official" for darts. I reject both conclusions; they are just style decisions. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 20:10, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Andrwsc it's not that they are official is just that for one the Irish MOS states if an organisation doesn't use the UB then it shouldn't be used. I do agree that it should be all or nothing and I'm for no flags. Whether people like it or not flags in general are powerful political symbols and best avoided. Bjmullan (talk) 21:20, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

No, I disagree. They are not best avoided. They are useful. They might be powerful political symbols in Northern Ireland but Wikipedia shouldn't go out of its way to accommodate the views of some from that small country at the expense of a useful facility (visual flags). Just look at the 2011 Darts article. What do we see - loads of flags, and almost immediately we can glean useful information from this highly visual overview - the fact that the vast majority of the participants are from England. You couldn't quickly get that information if the flags weren't there; they are useful and people need to lighten up about their use. WizOfOz (talk) 21:30, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
I have just looked at that article Wiz, 2011 UK Open Darts is the epitome of what is wrong with the use of flags in articles. No way it can be said that that article is readable with the flags everywhere in it. Mo ainm~Talk 22:03, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Trust me WizOfOz they are powerful throughout the world... Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, South Africa. Try putting those flag on for someone who plays darts from Munich, Tbilisi or Port Elizabeth. Even the St George cross has issues which are covered in the flags article. So please don't dismiss this has some sort of Irish problem. Also agree with Mo, 233 flags in one article is just wrong! Bjmullan (talk) 22:06, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
Please please, remove those flags. Using flags like that is just wrong. We had the same problem at BRICS and BRIC.Curb Chain (talk) 00:14, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Having read all of this I think I agree with Bjmullan that it is better not to use flags at all in this situation. The controversy they add and the overemphasis on nationality seem to do more harm than any good their proponents allege they may do. --John (talk) 22:35, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
BJM there is just no comparison between some of the flags you've highlighted and those on the darts article. Every flag and symbol used anywhere will have its detractors. Controversy - what controversy? Let's be clear on this; the flags are not controversial, it's just that some editors don't like them, or so it would appear. There's nothing wrong with that, but throughout Wikipedia the view would seem to be that flags servemany purposes. Anyway, should we not let the darts people sort this one out? I'm happy to defer to their consensus, whatever it might be. WizOfOz (talk) 22:47, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
WizOfOz, it is your opinion that there is no comparison between these flags and this is a shared project and we all have a part to play in improving it. Removing 233 flags from one article would be a great start. Bjmullan (talk) 22:58, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
No, I believe it would be a stupid thing to do, but I note the fact that you believe it would be a great start. Also, be careful when drawing comparisons between the Nazi flag and other national symbols. WizOfOz (talk) 23:01, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
WizOfOz I have not drawn any comparisons between the Nazi flag and any other symbol. It was put there to show that flags are very powerful symbols. Bjmullan (talk) 23:09, 25 May 2011 (UTC)
You said "WizOfOz, it is your opinion that there is no comparison between these flags". This strongly suggests that you believe there is a comparison. If I've misread it please accept my apologies, but if this is the case then your wording leaves something to be desired, and in any case it's probably not a good idea under any circumstances to wave the Swastika in these kinds of discussions. WizOfOz (talk) 23:15, 25 May 2011 (UTC)

As per John above, I also believe that the flags serve no real purpose in this situation, and its why the MOS leans against unnecessary flag cruft. --HighKing (talk) 00:19, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

I was actual wrong with the flag count at 2011 UK Open Darts it's 404! Have a look at this which is the same article with no flag. Go on tell me that the original article is easier to read. Tell me that when you look at professional publication that you expect to be bombarded with flags. Of course 404 is only the starting count as the competition hasn't even started yet. Bjmullan (talk) 22:20, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
Yes, the original article is easier to read, and what's more, is more pleasing on the eye. 4, 40, 404, it matters not. Your version of the article is quite hopeless. Whenever darts players, or any sportsmen for that matter, are mentioned in the media it's nearly always mentioned where they come from. That information is missing in your version. I think the word "weak" sums it up. WizOfOz (talk) 22:25, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
Thankfully your opinion both here and at the WP:MOSICON discussion is in the minority. As the discussion taking place at WP:MOSICON has been noted here any recommendations that are agreed there will be implemented here. I know that you are big on consensus. Bjmullan (talk) 22:31, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
It's not in the minority here, and I note that we are still waiting for the darts guys to comment. As for the other discussion it looks like it's bogged down a bit. WizOfOz (talk) 22:36, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
Simple solution - if the Ulster Banner is used by darts organisations to represent Northern Irish players then it should be used here with no problem ignoring the blatant anti-Ulster Banner campaign being waged by certain PoV editors which has now reached darts. If they don't then we don't. Pure and simple.
If the Ulster flag was such a sectarian, loyalist symbol - then Roman Catholic Rory McIlroy doesn't seem to make the same association: see here and here. Looks totally at ease and with a real genuine smile. Bjmullans flag comparison statement is also absolutely stupid and rediculous especially if you tried to compare the Ulster Banner to the ones he used as his examples. In fact i'd say Bjmullan's statement was very inciteful in that regard. Mabuska (talk) 12:38, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
By the way, 2011 UK Open Darts, doesn't look that bad. If there is a problem with too many flags, then why not just use flags for the "Format and qualifiers" section, with none after that. We could work it the same as wikilinks - if someone is wikilinked (or flagged) then we don't have to wikilink (flag) them again later. Also this flagless demo looks horrendous and would need vastly improved. Better readability or not, it makes the original article look far better. Mabuska (talk) 12:54, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
In fact i noticed Bjmullan advertised this RFC at the Ireland MoS talk page, however fails to post an advert at the Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Northern_Ireland.
Not all editors who are members or watch the NI WikiProject may be members or watchers of the Ireland IMoS WikiProject. As this is a matter initially and mostly still is to do with something to do with Northern Ireland or Northern Irish people, would it not have been relevant to post an RfC advert there as well?
In fact do these darts articles even qualify as Ireland related articles other than having names of people who are from the island? If not then why the above advert Bjmullan in the Ireland IMoS WikiProject? Seeing the failure to even alert the NI WikiProject, this could well imply a possiblity of canvassing. Mabuska (talk) 15:34, 18 June 2011 (UTC)
Two things Mabuska. I'm glad that you agree with my position and that of the IMOS. You may already be aware but neither the BDO or the WDO use the UB. Secondly, might I ask you to assume good faith. I was unaware of the NI project but will now rectify the situation by posting the RFC notice there. Bjmullan (talk) 16:03, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
Personally i believe that as long as flags are used to represent people in sports, then we should use the Ulster Banner to represent someone regardless of whether an organisation does or not. The flag is the most easily identifiable symbol for Northern Ireland and it is only a problem for those who have prejudices.
On that 400-odd flag article, County codes such as (ENG) and (NIR) could be a way forward as suggested above, though a legend would have to be provided so editors who don't them know what they are. Mabuska (talk) 19:23, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
On good faith, comparing the Ulster Banner to the flag of Nazi Germany, or the U.S.S.R. is very bad faith. They are nowhere close to being comparable and i'd urge caution in making such inciteful comments. Mabuska (talk) 19:23, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
The flag is the most easily identifiable symbol for Northern Ireland - only if you have 20-20 vision as it really does look like the England flag at small sizes. As I have already pointed out to another editor I didn't make that comparison. Maybe you should ask the people who suffered job discrimination, housing discrimination, electoral injustice and gerrymandering during the period of that government what they thing? Bjmullan (talk) 19:43, 19 June 2011 (UTC)
All in the past Bjmullan, all in the past. Move on and leave the prejudices behind. Is the US flag associated today by most African-Americans with its former oppression and discrimination of them? No as times change. Mabuska (talk) 21:21, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
I don't think we are interested in all that job discrimination trivia. One of the problems with this endless discussion is the users strong POV and wanting the wiki to reflect that. One idea is for all the involved users to step back and allow uninvolved users to look at it and make a simple uninvolved decision. Rory , the golf player is clearly happy to fly the ulster flag. Why don't you just compromise and if a subject is catholic use the Irish tricolor flag and if the subject is protestant then use the ulster flag - or - remove all flags. None of it will make any difference to the reader or to the view out of your window. Off2riorob (talk) 22:38, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
Or we could simply follow reliable sources with respect to their flag usage... — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 00:03, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Exactly. As Rory shows in a real world context, the flag is only an issue for those with prejudices. Mabuska (talk) 21:21, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Yes lets follow reliable sources and just remember that none of the official darts bodies use the UB. And yes Mabuska lets move on, the flag of THAT government became defunct 39 years ago. Flogging a dead horse comes to mind. Bjmullan (talk) 21:34, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Difference being Bjmullan THAT flag is more than just a flag for that government. Its still commonly used in various fields other than government so its still a very current in the present thing unlike the old defunct government. Mabuska (talk) 10:35, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
I have given you a reliable source that uses that flag. It is a logical fallacy to claim that "none of the official darts bodies use the UB" when we have no statement either way. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 21:51, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Show us a RS, not some holiday park website in the north of England. That is NOT an RS. The IMOS states clearly "or if the organisation uses no particular flag or banner, do not use any flag." I have yet to see any evident from either WDF or the BDO to support it's use. And Andrwsc if we have no statement either way then the onus is on people who wish to use the UB to provide it. Mabuska as for golf that is a different case all together and as this edit here shows I fully support the use of the UB in golf articles. Bjmullan (talk) 22:23, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

You are mistaken if you believe that is not a reliable source for the 2010 BDO World Darts Championship article, just because the website is hosted by the (BDO sanctioned) sponsor of the tournament. As I said before, you are welcome to challenge this at WP:Reliable sources/Noticeboard. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 16:30, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
Done. You can find the entry here. Bjmullan (talk) 17:32, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
I have replied there (for RSN editors), but I am annoyed that you have completely misrepresented my comments from above. Here is the summary, repeated here for WP:DARTS readers:
  • I claim that is most definitely a reliable source for the 2010 BDO World Darts Championship article. The website is hosted by the sponsor and venue for the tournament, and sanctioned by the British Darts Organisation. There are multiple links from to
  • I claim that darts is one sport in which the nationality of individual competitors is commonly noted by reliable sources, and "nationality" of UK-based people is given as one of England/Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland (similar to golf, for example) and not United Kingdom or Great Britain (similar to tennis, for example). Therefore, it is not inappropriate for darts pages on Wikipedia to also denote that nationality.
  • I claim that the choice of using either a flag icon or a country code (e.g. ENG, SCO, NIR, etc.) to represent that nationality is a style choice made by website designers (including Wikipedia) and does not represent any degree of "officialness" about flag usage made the the respective organisation.
Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 18:05, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
Have a look at the BBC Darts section and you will not find a flag there either. Perhaps someone should tell them that having darts results without 100's of flags looks awful. So now I have offered the BDO, the WDF and the BBC as examples of organisations that do not use flags in Darts. In return you are provide a link to a holiday park. Bjmullan (talk) 18:23, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
This article looks better with flags, including the Ulster Banner. It is utterly irrelevant what the BBC and others do, or don't do, with flags. And what's that about a holiay park? You are misrepresenting what the place is about. WizOfOz (talk) 18:53, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
According to you, WP:ILIKEIT is not a valid reason no more than WP:IDONTLIKEIT Mo ainm~Talk 19:03, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
You are absolutely right WizOfOz. It's not a holiday park but a cabaret and dinner & dance location. Taken from the About Us on the website: Established in 1972, Lakeside is renowned as one of the UK's top venues for star international cabaret, dinner & dancing attracting audiences from all over the world. I wonder if Brian Potter every managed it? Bjmullan (talk) 19:05, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────(ec) @Bjmullan: you still don't get it.
Simply, there are two main questions to answer:

  1. Is nationality important for darts results? Do the reliable sources for darts commonly include player nationalities next to their names?
    • And if so, are players from the UK noted as being from the UK (or from "Great Britain"/GBR) or are they noted as being from England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, as appropriate?
  2. What is the preferred page layout style for sports results pages, where nationality is important enough that it must be included? Are flag icons acceptable, or should we stick to plain text (country names and/or country codes)?

Issue #1 (and 1b) is a topic for WP:DARTS, and the consensus seems to be clear that yes, it is important, and that England et. al. are used instead of UK/GBR (including your BBC link). Issue #2 is a much broader topic, and should be discussed at WT:Manual of Style (icons), the village pump, etc. I think you are trying to read too much into the style of various web pages, by drawing conclusions about the "officialness" of flags with respect to various organisations. I'd say that's original research. Unless we have a statement that says something like "the BDO does [or does not] endorse the usage of the Northern Ireland flag", we're simply guessing. You've provided RS that do not use flag icons to represent nationality; I've provided RS that do. But so what? The decision to use flag icons or not on Wikipedia is a style decision made by us, not by the decision of other web designers. Should we remove the infobox and tournament bracket templates from our page because the BBC design doesn't include them either? — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 19:09, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

Just to clarify some points about the Ulster Banner. It was the flag of the Northern Ireland government rather than the province of Northern Ireland. However, it was the de-facto flag of the province as well, and to a large extent remains so, especially in unionist communities. It has about as much official standing as the Flag of St George has in England - a country without any government of its own. If the editors here and elsewhere choose to use the flag then so be it. I happen to support that point of view, but I would also support their view if they decided otherwise. I just wish others would be as accommodating. The relentless attempts to remove the UB from here and elsewhere are verging on the disruptive. They add nothing to Wikipedia and are incredibly time-wasting. This discussion should be wound up now. WizOfOz (talk) 19:34, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
Yes, I've been editing for several years and know all about this "sectarian symbol". I am always disgusted when political POV works its way into sports pages like this. But the fact remains that despite any "official" status or lack thereof, the flag is still widely used in a sporting context, whenever Northern Ireland is mentioned alongside England, Scotland, and Wales, and not all together as the UK or GBR. For some sports (e.g. football and golf), it is obvious, but it seems to me that darts is being singled out here, by virtue of it having far fewer (and less professional) web resources than more mainstream sports. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 19:43, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
Yep, the prejudice is tiresome. In my opinion it would appear that when they are concentrating on darts as they think there is shaky foundations for its use, so they're going for the jugular to get it removed. Its all part of a systematic campaign to remove the symbol wherever possible to suit their own biased PoV, and you can throw as many WP:AGF's at me as you wish, its the truth. Mabuska (talk) 21:04, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
Andrwsc, I think you will find that there is only one question and that is clearly laid out at the top of this RFC section. As for OR I think you might want to look at all of your I claim that statements above. You may claim something but you have yet to prove anything. While your reading up on OR perhaps you should also look at WP:Weight. As for Mabuska and WizOfOz, as Mo has already pointed out WP:ILIKEIT is not really a valid argument for anything. The fact remains that two MOS's goes against the use of the UB and I have presented three RS's (BDO, WDF and the BBC) to back up my position. Bjmullan (talk) 21:16, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
You really don't seem to read what Andrwsc is saying on the MoS's. In regards to me, don't mistake disagreeing with prejudiced editors for WP:ILIKEIT Bjmullan. Just because i said what i'd personally prefer, i do actually draw a line between that and my general editing. If you want to WikiLawyer, i could throw WP:IDONTLIKEIT at you, but whats the point. For this article i could WikiLawyer with WP:NORULES which trumps all but its interpretation is debatable as well. Mabuska (talk) 21:38, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Eh? You put words into my mouth at RSN (User:Andrwsc has put forward this (a website for the Lakeside Country Club) as a Reliable Source to show that the organisations uses the Ulster Banner.) and therefore, I had to clarify what I actually said. Also, reliable sources have nothing to do with Wikipedia's Manual of Style! Reliable sources are relevant with respect to content, not presentation. Please stop with these red herrings. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 21:42, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I wish you would keep your prejudices to yourself Mabuska it is tiresome and you sound like a whining child repeating the same old crap. Stick to the topic and not what you think the motives of editors are. At least Andrwsc is attempting to resolve this issue. Mo ainm~Talk 21:45, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
So its prejudiced to counter the prejudiced campaign to remove a flag from Wikipedia to appease a politicaa agenda? Intersting take on it Mo ainm. Also is the constant attempt to remove it wherever possible not a bigger example of a whining child? Just a thought for you to ponder. Mabuska (talk) 14:26, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

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We're starting to get a bit off-track (and I share in that blame), but can we return to the two questions I posed above? I'm trying to get to the crux of the issue here. I think this RFC should focus on the importance of nationality for darts results, but we should look elsewhere for a broader guideline on how that nationality should be expressed with respect to the Manual of Style. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 22:25, 22 June 2011 (UTC)

To repeat:

  1. Is nationality important for darts results? Do the reliable sources for darts commonly include player nationalities next to their names?
    • And if so, are players from the UK noted as being from the UK (or from "Great Britain"/GBR) or are they noted as being from England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, as appropriate?
  2. What is the preferred page layout style for sports results pages, where nationality is important enough that it must be included? Are flag icons acceptable, or should we stick to plain text (country names and/or country codes)?
Stop trying to hijack this RFC. The objective is clearly set out at the start but I will repeat it here for people who do not want to hear:
Should Darts articles use the Ulster Banner to represent players from Northern Ireland? Bjmullan (talk) 22:39, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
It's not a hijacking attempt, I'm trying to be constructive. Clearly you are too close-minded to see the big picture. As for your original question, I'd say that you've got all the comments you are likely to get from here. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 22:57, 22 June 2011 (UTC)
I think we should keep the RfC onto the original arguement without distracting it away to a broader picture at the moment. Also did anyone notice if flags where used on those websites Bjmullan is quoting for any other country in those articles? If not then why should we keep them as well then? If we must get rid of the Ulster Banner on the grounds Bjmullan is proposing then we should remove all of them. Mabuska (talk) 14:26, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
Now we are getting somewhere, remove all the flags it is an individual sport and they are not representing their respective countries so all that the flags are being used for is to denote nationality which is against MOSFLAG. Mo ainm~Talk 16:35, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
However, the answer to my question #1 seems to be "yes". Almost every reliable source of darts results denotes the player nationality next to their names (e.g. BBC), so it is not unreasonable for Wikipedia pages to also include that information. That leads to question #2, of how nationality should be denoted, and that is a much broader question for flag icon usage than should be answered for WP:DARTS only. It makes no sense that our Manual of Style should be different for darts than for other sports. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 16:45, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
Agree with Mabuska and Mo. If the organisation don't use flags at all (which is the case here) then we should not use flags either. Progress at last. Bjmullan (talk) 17:04, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
I agree with Andrwsc's concerns, and what i suggested in my last message wouldn't solve the whole issue but rather paper over it in one field. However i'd prefer equal treatment for all flags so if there is no case for the use of the Ulster Banner, then there is no case for any other flags.
I'd rather use flags to denote where someone is from rather than imply their nationality (yes i know that sounds oxymoronic). Or if they are representing an international team, say a Northern Ireland darts team in an international match, which uses it. What to replace with if flags must be removed? Country codes (ENG), (NIR) with a legend etc. could be the solution and would cut down on that 400+ flag article. Mabuska (talk) 17:29, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
Have you a source showing the use of the UB by NI darts I looked at Northern Ireland Darts Organisation site and don't see it anywhere on the page. So you are obviously basing the comment that it is used by NI on another site. Mo ainm~Talk 17:37, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
I knew that'd be misread. I wasn't saying they definately do, but rather if a a player plays for a team that may use a flag. I wasn't being definate or actually suggesting a flag is used. Mabuska (talk) 17:47, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I think that "organisational usage" is (and always has been) a red herring. Once again, I think that the choice of a flag icon or a textual country name/code is part of Wikipedia's Manual of Style, and that the style choices made on BBC, BDO, Lakeside, etc. websites are independent of our choices. Also, there are very few instances of "national teams" in darts, so don't focus on that. The question is whether or not the pages in Category:Darts tournaments and its subcategories look better with something like England or (ENG) next to player names. Personally, I think that icons are more effective on pages such as 2008 Zuiderduin Masters (as a random sample page), especially within the bracket template. Compare these three options:

1  Scotland Gary Anderson 91.14 3
1  (SCO) Gary Anderson 91.14 3
1  Gary Anderson (SCO) 91.14 3

Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 18:07, 23 June 2011 (UTC)

Not sure why you feel that the non use of flags by BDO and NIDO is a red herring if as you say it is the style choice that they don't use them then on the contary our use of flags here is only being used as decoration which as you know is against MOSFLAG. For what it is worth I would prefer the 3rd option that you have provided. Mo ainm~Talk 18:21, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
Whilst i've no problems with any of those three, the third one looks better and more encyclopedic if we were publishing an actual encyclopedia. Mabuska (talk) 18:23, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
Number 3 for me as well. Looks so much more professional that having an article with hundred's of flags. Bjmullan (talk) 18:40, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
Number 1 works for me. Much more professional looking. The tactic of those oppsoing the flags is clear and now well documented here and elsewhere: If the UB can't be removed by itself, then what the hell, get rid of all flags. That ensures its demise. They are also persistent, trying to grind down the opposition. Leave it to the Darts article editors. If they want flags, fine, if they don't fine. The views of those opposed to the use of flags for the own reasons should not be a major consideration here. This debate should be closed now. We're going round in circles and it's more time wasting. WizOfOz (talk) 22:59, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
The discusson has certainly been reduced to a simple ILIKEIT or IDONTLIKEIT opinion on flag icons. I am certainly convinced that nationality of darts players is notable enough to be included in Wikipedia's results pages. The only question is how, and that's a MOS issue. I am completely convinced that all nations ought to get the same treatment on our darts pages; there is nothing special about Northern Ireland's darts players. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 23:53, 23 June 2011 (UTC)
I agree. I'll probably pull out of this one now and leave it up to you darts guys. I'll say one thing in favour of the flags though. When I look at a typical darts article about a competition - see the latest one at the beginning of June, for example - the flags give an immediate overview of the spread of nationalities. Straight away you can see that the majority of players are from England in this case. This is good, useful information that couldn't be determined anywhere near as quickly if you had to resort to text. This is what pictures, icons and graphics are all about; they can rapidly impart information that is otherwise not that easy to extract. That's why they are used the world over to augment text and have been since time immemorial. A picture paints a thousand words (and so does a flag). WizOfOz (talk) 07:47, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
Andrwsc I kind of agree with you that it's down to MOS. And on that point the MOS is clear, don't use flags. WizOfOz as far a leaving this to the dart's guys. Who are these invisible people? Not many have taken part in this discussion. And you must be a bit younger than me cos the England flag and UB look VERY alike at icon size (glasses!) and a Northern Ireland player can be easily missed. I still think that the way the BBC lay the results out is the best. And let's be honest they are the professionals when it comes to web design. Bjmullan (talk) 22:00, 24 June 2011 (UTC)
So can the Darts project provide any evidence that they decided (via a discussion and consensus) to go against the MOS with relation to flags? If not this is an open and shut case. Bjmullan (talk) 21:40, 25 June 2011 (UTC)
Do you wonder why any darts editors haven't got involved? Same reason why most neutrals don't get involved in Irish related discussions. Also i don't think its the BBC that designs their websites, but the firm or professionals they hire to design the site for them. And i agree with Andrwsc, all nations must be given equal treatment, however as WizOfOz also said, the proposal above is simply the same as removing the UB via the back door.
I also don't see how exactly the use of the flags here fails Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style_(icons)#Flags. Though it does state that "Words as the primary means of communication should be given greater precedent over flags and flags should not change the expected style or layout of infoboxes or list to the detriment of words.", and option 2 and 3 above go along to meeting that requirement - but it all depends on the interpretation of it. Mabuska (talk) 12:16, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── So back to the issue and not what a certain editor thinks it is, what we have is that neither the British Darts Organisation or the Northern Ireland Darts Organisation use the UB for NI or any flags for that matter and without those using it we then are into a situation were it is a choice of the editors here if we use it or not. I have no problem with the use of the UB if it is used by the representing body but in this case it doesn't seem to be used. Mo ainm~Talk 17:07, 27 June 2011 (UTC)

It is related to the general issue of flags, and well no flags are used by those organisations for any player or whatever country never mind Northern Ireland, and as the flag MoS says we should give preference to words over flags, so why should we keep the rest? I would back adopting option 3 to replace all darts flags for all countries - it would also ensure equal treatment for all countries and make some articles look far better and less visually distracting. Mabuska (talk) 20:33, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
I get the impression that the majority of the people involved in this discussion (for whatever reason) prefer option 3 as proposed by Andrwsc. Bjmullan (talk) 22:12, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
Mabuska I agree and have stated numerous times that we shouldn't have flags in articles unless they add information that is not provided by text. Mo ainm~Talk 12:17, 28 June 2011 (UTC)


The following will give people involved (and those not yet involved so far) the opportunity to vote on what is the best option to be adopted by the Dart's project. Please keep you comments brief and use One and Two to denote which you support. Please also remember that Wikipedia is not a democracy but I believe that we have taken this discussion as far as it can go and now it's time for action:

By that you mean time to impose your POV if at all possible. WizOfOz (talk) 22:33, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
1  Scotland Gary Anderson 91.14 3
2  Gary Anderson (SCO) 91.14 3
  • Two - After lengthy discussion this seems to be best compromise and the option supported by the majority of the participate of this discussion so far. Bjmullan (talk) 22:12, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
I don't believe it is. it is not a compromise, it is an attempt to impose your POV, which states that in effect if we can't get rid of the UB we'll get rid of all flags. This is apparent from the discussions here and elsewhere. WizOfOz (talk) 22:33, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
@Bjmullan - Wow 4 out of 5 participants, really strong consensus.
@WizOfOz - To be honest WizOfOz, the manual of style guidelines on flags states we should opt for words over images, and in some darts articles the flags are distracting or over the top and we should be consistent in our treatment of darts articles. The IMoS in regards to flags states that unless the Ulster Banner is used by a sport organisation as it is for the Northern Ireland football team, then it shouldn't be used. There is nothing to back up your stance WizOfOz.
The country code version does look very professional and more encyclopedic. Mabuska (talk) 22:48, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
As I noted earlier, the flags provide a quick visual overview of the spread of nationalities. Therefore, I persoanlly think the flags do add something, but I'm happy to accept the opinions of those who actually care about these articles, rather than those who - let's be frank here - are trying to "game the system". The hatred of the UB is well known here and let's be clear on one thing. If, by chance there was no UB in the darts article that came to the attention of Bjmullan, well then it wouldn't have come to the attention of Bjmullan and we wouldn't be having this debate. It is driven purely by a minority dislike for one particular flag, nothing more, nothing less. The continuance of the debate is just a smokescreen, and Bjmuallan's remark above hammers it home; "It's now time for action" - again as I noted earlier, this demonstatres a persistence in these matters that won't accept no for an answer. WizOfOz (talk) 22:59, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
Another point has just come to mind. If, early on in this debate, it had been agreed to replace the UB with the Union Flag, as other POV pushers are doing elsewhere in Wikipedia, then that would have been it. No one now would be here trying to get rid of all flags. The anti UB squad would have moved happily on to the next target. In other words, they don't give a FF about flags or the lack of them in these types of article. They have just the one objective. This needs raising at the Ireland MOS (flags) or whatever project page it is. Who came up with the guideline in the first place? The UB has as much standing in terms of NI as the Cross of St George does regarding England. It's the de facto flag of NI, like it or not and I think the guideline needs altering, so let's go and have a never ending debate over there, rather than here. WizOfOz (talk) 23:10, 27 June 2011 (UTC)
Whether the guideline needs altering is a seperate issue altogether WizOfOz, meaning this discussion does not have to wait to follow the guidelines that are currently in place. If you succeed in getting the guidelines altered, then you can use it to reopen this issue. Mabuska (talk) 12:10, 28 June 2011 (UTC)
  • One I think the scoring average and country name text need to be separated, so using a icon for the country helps with the layout. Also, I see no reason whatsoever for darts to get a different page layout treatment than other international sports, where flag icons are widely used within tournament bracket templates. It's a virtual style standard on, and a darts project talk page is not the place for a referendum about this style. — Andrwsc (talk · contribs) 00:12, 6 July 2011 (UTC)
Wikipedia guidelines are only guidelines i guess. There is no explicit law here that states we have to enforce them to the letter of the law, it evens makes it clear itself they are only guidelines. Mabuska (talk) 13:37, 10 July 2011 (UTC)
  • One I agree with many of the points that Andrwsc has brought up. Using flag icons in tournament brackets is common practice on - why should darts tournament articles be any different? CFuller (talk) 12:27, 12 July 2011 (UTC)
  • One Totally agree with Andrwsc and CFuller. Don't see any compelling reason why darts tournaments articles should be treated different than other sport tournaments articles. Sir Armbrust Talk to me Contribs 09:29, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

CL Darts

I changed the Group layout into this 2011_Championship_League_Darts#Group_stage. It is pretty compact and easy to edit. That any good? It looked like this before: Cheers. -Koppapa (talk) 20:06, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

I personally think it is a positive change, it looks alot cleaner and more concise than the previous version. Good Work. User:joesayers talk 20:18, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

2011 World Grand Prix

Could someone please finish off the stats on the 2011 World Grand Prix? Wonderwizard (talk) 17:28, October 11 (UCT)

A week and a half on and it looks like no one is listening. I might have to delete the stats if no one is going to finish them. Wonderwizard (talk) 20:11, October 22 (UCT)

Are those needed anyway. Its a lot of work to update those, original research as there is no full source and one thing that stiked me just now, it doesn't even have a won/loss column. -Koppapa (talk) 15:14, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

PDC Pro Tour

The article is a mess. Anyone up for a rewrite? The list of winners of every championship is not needed, article should have a browder overview. Also there is only one ref. I'd participate. -Koppapa (talk) 09:20, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

I'd be happy to start rewriting the article. Any ideas as to what should be included? CFuller (talk) 14:12, 17 November 2011 (UTC)
A clear definition first. UK open qualifiers really part of the Pro Tour? Who is allowed to play the pro tour, first any pdpa member i guess, since last year anyone having a tour card. prize pools and entry fees. events which pc order of merit players qualify to. format, open draw? seeded players? draw after every round or is the bracket known at the start. all of that is more important than the list of winners. -Koppapa (talk) 09:30, 18 November 2011 (UTC)
Okay, I've started work on this article - you can see my work so far here. As there is still a lot of work to be done, please feel free to add, edit or remove anything to improve this, and add some citations if you can. As for the lists of winners, should we just remove them altogether or change them into something more concise? CFuller (talk) 22:33, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
THe article looks fine. It could be replaced instantly. A few more sources would be good. -Koppapa (talk) 17:21, 5 December 2011 (UTC)

Andy Hamilton (darts player)

So he is playing the final tonight. The article could use some work. More references and so on. It had over 6,000 views yesterday. And it will be more today and high views ion the following days. -Koppapa (talk) 11:42, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

2011 in darts

What's up with these yearly articles? THey are unsourced and just create redundancy. I'd say get rid of them. -Koppapa (talk) 19:53, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

I would say it would be better to split these articles to YEAR PDC season and YEAR BDO season. Armbrust, B.Ed. Let's talkabout my edits? 20:24, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

RfC on the use of flag icons for sportspeople

An RfC discussion about the MOS:FLAG restriction on the use of flag icons for sportspeople has been opened at Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Icons. We invite all interested participants to provide their opinion here. Qwyrxian (talk) 02:53, 24 December 2012 (UTC)

1995 WDC World Darts Championship

Hi, can someone provide some reliable cites for this article? The PDC site seemed to be showing that their data had come from Wikipedia! Eldumpo (talk) 23:13, 7 January 2013 (UTC)

AfD opened

I just opened an AfD on several unreferenced articles on darts tournaments. Please opine at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Charlotte Open. Thanks. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 15:24, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

2013 PDC World Darts Championship PDPA Qualifier

Notable? I doubt it. Please no articles for every Players Championship next. The days of the Premier League get much more media attention and they don't have own articles. -Koppapa (talk) 14:00, 23 January 2013 (UTC)

Nomination of Romanian Darts Federation for deletion

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PRODded articles

As a ranked and televised tournament I am sure Romanian International Darts Open is notable but how about the years' pages? I'll leave it to the Project to decide whether to lift the PROD. The Whispering Wind (talk) 15:28, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

Don't think they are notable enough. -Koppapa (talk) 14:19, 23 January 2014 (UTC)

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Player infobox

Just thought I'd bring to your attention that none of the players have The Masters in their infobox. I've tried and failed to put it in a few times.Perfectamundo (talk) 01:13, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

I've tried to add it to the Infobox. It shows on the template but not on player's pages so I'm stuck. Spc 21 (talk) 01:41, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
And where is the problem? It is easy: "| The Masters = " is used at players articles, when the template uses "| data36 = {{{Masters|}}}". They don't match, either add or get rid of the "the". Cheers. -Koppapa (talk) 07:09, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Major legends

Someone just added all majors to the legend of many players, edits like this one. Is that needed, it looks more complicated especially for players who only ever reached one major final. -Koppapa (talk) 18:26, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Agreed the Hamilton one looks ridiculous. Should be how we used to do it in my opinion. Spc 21 (talk) 23:34, 27 December 2014 (UTC)
Huybreechts looks like this with only one final. We should talk to this user. @Hollycochra: If it is just to standardize colors, maybe an invisible comment could be added that shows the colors that could come up. -Koppapa (talk) 08:47, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
I've left a message on their talk page. I will remove the redundant finals when I come across them as there's no point in having them listed if they haven't played in them. Spc 21 (talk) 13:21, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
I've removed all the redundant finals I could find. Not sure about all the different colours used now as, like you said, it looks more complicated. Spc 21 (talk) 14:05, 28 December 2014 (UTC)
In my opinion, the World Championships, World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and the Premier League should have their own colours. The rest should fall under "other". Boddefan2009 (talk) 19:51, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
I agree. The recent changes made seem random with no discussion anywhere. Spc 21 (talk) 21:58, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

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World Champions without pictures

Here is a list of some world champions without pictures

Could someone with a better understanding of importing pictures into Wikipedia and knowledge of copyright policy please do this?Perfectamundo (talk) 00:55, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

I don't understand that either. But could these be used: Waites, Adams -Koppapa (talk)
Thanks. I will copy them into their talk pages.Perfectamundo (talk) 18:42, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Results table change

I would like to plead for a change in the Performance timeline of all darts players. At the moment the standard is:

Performance timeline

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
PDC World Championship DNP 3R 2R QF 1R 1R 3R SF QF 3R 1R 3R
UK Open Not held 3R 3R 4R 5R QF 4R QF 3R 4R QF 5R RU 3R
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held DNP RR DNP QF RU 2R QF Not held
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament

I would like to change this to:

Performance timeline

Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
PDC World Championship DNP L32 L32 QF L64 L64 L16 SF QF L16 L64 L16
UK Open Not held L64 L64 L64 L16 QF L32 QF L64 L32 QF L16 RU L64
Las Vegas Desert Classic Not held DNP L24G DNP QF RU L16 QF Not held
Performance Table Legend
DNP Did not play at the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event NYF Not yet founded L# lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(G = Group stage)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals RU lost in the final W won the tournament

First of all this gives a better indication of how far a player got in a tournament. As the first round could be the Last 64, the last 32 or even the last 16. The G in the table means a player lost during the group stages of a tournament. Secondly not all results of the past are archived. For example in the Performance timeline of Richie Burnett it is listed that he lost in the first round of the World Masters in 1985. However this is incorrect, A lot of matches were played beforehand but the tournament is only archived through the last 32. Jahn1234567890 (talk) 14:27, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

It's not just darts that uses the current system. Tennis and snooker also use it even though 128 players are in the first round in Slams and only 64 are in ATP World Tour Events and only 8 in the Tour Finals. Similar story with snooker. Why do these sports use the current system? For neatness I would suggest. These tables are designed for a quick glance and to be able to process the information quickly. Your proposed change lacks this. I would also argue your change is more confusing as putting the L16 in the Masters, one would assume the player had won matches to reach that stage when in fact they have lost in the first round. It's also far more common for commentators etc. to mention that the players are in the first round, second round rather than the last 64, last 32. Spc 21 (talk) 14:52, 23 October 2015 (UTC)
Just looked at the timeline on Ronnie Baxter's page which you originally added using the current system and then changed without any consensus. You cannot surely think that the way it looks now is accessible to a casual reader? You would need some fairly detailed knowledge of darts to understand it as it looks like a code for something. Spc 21 (talk) 14:56, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

World Cup Singles is a WDF Major and should be in darts players infoboxes

I have just joined the Darts project having spent the last 3 years editing on the WikiProject Tennis/Members and as my father was a county player for then Clwyd in North Wales and I play darts myself but only at city level. I have recently updated the Template:WDF Tournaments in line with the WDF 2016 calendar here] The WDF World Cup Singles title is classified as a Major and has not been included in the player info box also per the ts classed as a Major.--Navops47 (talk) 07:38, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

WDF rankings editing

Hi, I've noticed over the past few days a lot of articles have been edited by several users to favour the WDF ranking structure, with several players having their articles edited to show their ranking in the WDF as opposed to the BDO. Although I'm not a frequent enough editor on darts articles to know the favoured ranking structure, I assumed BDO was the standard as it's more frequently used; should these articles be edited back to showing BDO rankings? Thanks. Lewcario (talk) 03:43, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

In reposnse to your enquiry the WDF is the world governing body of darts of which the BDO is a member national organisation representing the UK it is not however the global body responsible for darts and world rankings the BDO's rankings are for players who are only registered with the BDO by invitation and they are used to determine the seedings for BDO organised tournaments particluary its 3 Majors World Championships, Master, Trophy. The WDF is a similar body to the International Tennis Federation of which the UK representative is the LTA who determime the seedings for the Grand Slam tournament tWimbledon Championships.--Navops47 (talk) 10:44, 8 January 2016 (UTC)
Nevertheless, it still seems strange that some players should have their BDO ranking displayed on their articles, which has been the custom for the recent past with all WDF/BDO players, while some are having it changed to their WDF ranking when they have both. Any reason for going round changing all the articles to favour the WDF now when the BDO ranking has been used on Wikipedia articles in the past? I understand that you may think the WDF rankings may be 'more accurate' but the BDO rankings are what have been used on Wikipedia articles and it may seem confusing by showing conflicting rankings. I wondered if anyone else from the WikiProject could advise me as to which ranking system is favoured. Thanks. Lewcario (talk) 15:05, 8 January 2016 (UTC)
Whats confusing is using a ranking system in the players article which is run by one national memeber of the WDF and stating that its the official world ramking the BDO's rankings are by invitation only and as I said used for the purpose of defining seeds for their events they are not the official world ranking if you are having a problem with definiation and who is the official world body please look at of which the WDF represent darts worldwide as do FIFA for football the English FA do not set world rankings.--Navops47 (talk) 02:38, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
I concur with user Navops47 the WDF rankings are the official global rankings of all WDF recognized member tournaments not just one national member of the WDF. The BDO rankings are not the world rankings they are just for seeding players in BDO tournaments the WDF is a member federation of SportAccord and see here: -- (talk) 12:50, 9 January 2016 (UTC) and here and here and in the encyclopedia britannica about the WDF here -- (talk) 12:50, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
This is an report in the Bournemouth Daily Echo"SHOCKED Scott Mitchell revealed the sudden discovery of his world number one status ensured there was no champagne on ice - so he celebrated with a sausage roll instead. Dorset's county talisman and England international took over at the top of the World Darts Federation's latest global rankings based on cumulative performances over the past year. The Bransgore-based landscape gardener, 44, was announced as top dog shortly after his semi-final berth at the BDO International Open in Brean, Somerset, where he lost out to eventual winner and world number two Martin Adams. Four tournament wins since August last year have seen Mitchell climb to fourth in the BDO rankings - the table which counts for qualification to the World Championships at Lakeside - based on points gathered from his best 12 results of the season. “I hadn't been following the WDF rankings too much because the BDO counts towards qualifying for Lakeside,” admitted Mitchell. “I think I was watching the speedway on television when I got the text from a friend on the county circuit and I was surprised to say the least. “I thought it was a joke until I looked, so there were no mad parties. It was around tea time so it was a cup of coffee and a sausage roll. “The possibility is that I may only be number one for two weeks if I don't go well at the next tournament. Wolfie (Adams) is right behind me but it is a great honour. “It's the official world ranking so whether it is for two days, two weeks or however long I stay there, it's pretty special for me and goes to show how well I have played over the past year. “Many of the guys have been there before but for me, it is a new thing and another one ticked off the bucket list. “My county team-mates are especially pleased for me because they have been there, watching me graft through 15-plus years at that level and being number one is very special for everyone in Dorset. It just goes to show what you can do.” Next up for Mitchell is the England Open at Selsey, Sussex where he is the third seed in Saturday's men's singles. He will also form part of an illustrious quartet in the mixed fours alongside darts legend Bobby George, doubles partner Richie George and nine-time women's world champion Trina Gulliver. “I've never partnered Bobby before so that should be interesting,” Mitchell added. “He plays to the crowd a bit and hopefully we'll have a good giggle.” link here (talk) 13:16, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
Navops, it might be better to wait for someone else to put in an opinion on your changes, rather than just signing out and posting with your IP here above, as they've just started posting again and conveniently edit darts, tennis and war articles like yourself. As I've said before, you've put bias into all the WDF articles that you've edited, and not conforming to the outline of other darts articles; for example, the world ranking has not previously been in the introductory outline to any darts player before you started editing.
As I've also already said I am not as concerned about which ranking board is 'world official' as what is more fitting to be used here according to previous article guidelines; every player in the top 10, going back in the Wikipedia entry history, has had their BDO ranking shown (and not their WDF one) for AT LEAST 5 YEARS. If people want to come onto the English Wikipedia to find a darts player ranking, it seems more likely that they will be looking for the BDO ranking, which is used for larger events such as the world championship and as such is more widely known, than the WDF ranking. Just look at the length of the article of WDF 'World Number 1' Labanauskas to see which ranking people would be trying to find on Wikipedia, at least on the English site. The BDO seems to be the more pertinent ranking to be shown on the English Wikipedia site as it has been for years until you have started to edit all the articles. I changed all your edits back, some due to bad grammar and the WDF ranking shoehorned in to the first sentence, but mostly because I think it would be important to wait for any other member of the WikiProject to voice their opinion on whether the BDO rankings should be shown, as they have done with ALL player articles on Wikipedia for a number of years, or switch to use WDF rankings, in which case you should be changing every player and not just the first 10 or so. If another member were to come on here and advocate a change to the WDF rankings then fair enough, but I think you should wait before making such a drastic change yourself. Lewcario (talk) 20:18, 9 January 2016 (UTC)
A feedback tag has been placed on Talk:Darts world rankings Request for comment Official World Rankings please feel free to comment.--Navops47 (talk) 05:31, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
I don't know. Isn't the WDF system basically "play more, place higher". Doesn't seem like the best system to me. On the other hand same could probably be said about the PDC ranking :-). The key in the infobox should probably not be called world ranking at all, but "bdo-rankin", "wdf-ranking", "pdc-ranking" respectively. And be able to use two rankings. -Koppapa (talk) 11:54, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

New List of BDO ranked tournaments

I have created a centralized article for all current BDO ranked tournaments found here List of BDO ranked tournaments if I am missing information feel free to update it thanks.--Navops47 (talk) 09:13, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Finals Tables on darts tournaments.

I recently fixed the size of the averages in all Darts Tournament tables. For example the Players Championship Finals: Before and After. However an Ip User keeps reverting those edits stating: Please leave the results of the finals in this grid alone,they are perfect and very easy to read. I'm not sure on what to do next because I'm not planning on an edit war. Jahn1234567890 (talk) 18:47, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Performance timelines

Below is a table of players with performance timelines. I thought it might come in handy for updating.

Dart Players with performance timelines
Player World Championship best (either version) Picture
Phil Taylor Winner Yes
Adrian Lewis Winner Yes
James Wade SF No
Raymond Van Barneveld Winner Yes
Michael van Gerwen Winner Yes
Gary Anderson Winner No
Dave Chisnall Runner-up No
Wes Newton QF No
Terry Jenkins SF Yes
Simon Whitlock Runner-up Yes
Andy Hamilton Runner-up Yes
Robert Thornton QF No
Vincent van der Voort QF No
Ronnie Baxter Runner-up No
Richie Burnett Winner No
Mervyn King Runner-up Yes
Steve Beaton Winner No
Martin Adams Winner No
Scott Waites Winner No
Ted Hankey Winner No
Ross Montgomery QF No
Martin Phillips SF No
Darryl Fitton SF No

(Mobile mundo (talk) 15:29, 25 July 2016 (UTC))