Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Days of the year

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"More citations needed" template?[edit]

Per #Exemption_from_WP:V above, and because I have been made aware of the situation on my talk page, I would suggest creating a template, based loosely on {{More citations needed}}, to explain the new situation. This template should be placed above all Days-of-the-year articles, or at least above sections about living persons, until references have been added to all the statements. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 23:58, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

"Add references to your birthday" event[edit]

Referring to #Exemption_from_WP:V above, how about creating an event to get this problem fixed? Let's ask project members and interested people to add references to the article about their birthday. Ideally, someone born (or who has started editing on) January 1 would add all the required references to the "January 1" list. In most cases, these are already given in the linked article, can quickly be verified for reliability and then copied to the list. In a few cases, there will be unverified statements, and these should be removed from the linked article and the list. Whenever this happens, we also prove that it was a good idea to require references for the list entries. ~ ToBeFree (talk) 00:05, 25 August 2018 (UTC)

Sounds good to me; I sometimes add references to the current day but it feels like drops in the ocean. Ping me if this ends up happening. Kees08 (Talk) 00:10, 25 August 2018 (UTC)
Great idea. Toddst1 (talk) 03:10, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

Brith / death dates as tables instead of lists[edit]

I think it would be good if the list of people born / died on each day was something like:

Births on 1st January
Year Name category description death
377 Arcadius Historic leader Byzantine emperor 408
1431 Pope Alexander VI Historic leader Pope 1503
1994 Craig Murray Sport Scottish footballer
1995 Poppy Entertainment American singer

This would make it easy to sort by category or year of death (and people who are still alive), as well as year of birth.

Obviously what categories people go in would take some thinking about. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rjmunro (talkcontribs) 09:38, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

Given the size of these pages, it seems really clunky. Toddst1 (talk) 03:24, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi from a new project member.[edit]

I have been on Wikipedia since 2006, but I'm not much of a joiner. I enjoy looking at today's DOY and then cruising around to interesting articles. I have little or no interest in the births and deaths, but I visit many of the "events" articles. I have always been truly annoyed by "event" listings that I think are too long. Recently, I unilaterally decided to start taking action, and I have been trimming overlong event entries, and in the few cases that the event was not supported by the linked article, I delete it. I then realized that maybe I should find out if my actions are supported by guidelines, and I stumbled upon this project.

I basically look at all entries that are long enough to wrap to a second line on a reasonably-sized desktop page, and then trim out what I consider to be excessive detail. I try fairly hard to leave enough information to let a casual reader know whether or not the event is of interest to the reader, so a few entries are still a bit long after trimming.

So, here's the question: Am I being too aggressive in my trimming? -Arch dude (talk) 02:01, 9 October 2018 (UTC)