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Primary Article[edit]

Well obviously it should be Hertfordshire. I think what we need to establish what type of elements need to be added to bring the article to the highest standard of FA. If we are classifying the importance scale it will need to be of Top importance.

The points we need to bring out are a clear and defined history, why and how Hertford is the capital of Hertfordshire, some clear pictures to support the important areas. Highlight the key moments in the history of Hertfordshire.

So what do the rest of you think? Good idea? O ye, and we will probably need to do all that citation stuff, with references, ect. Govvy 12:27, 1 June 2007 (UTC)

People from Categories[edit]

A discussion has been opened at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject London#Category:People from Ealing by district about upmerging local area categories for People from... into current local government boundaries only. This could have implications across the whole of England if carried through. Your are invited to join the discussion. The proposer is planning a massive merge by 22nd June if no objections are received. --Regan123 11:26, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Project list[edit]

Is there a list of articles already included in the project? Not the various categories, such as "Towns of Hertfordshire" or "Villages of Hertfordshire". In other projects, the inclusion of the project banner will add an article, automatically. Folks at 137 18:45, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

As of now, you can see the articles covered so far under Category:WikiProject Hertfordshire articles. Simply south 22:00, 3 September 2007 (UTC)


Hello WikiProject Hertfordshire participants,

Just a line trying to promote some trans-WikiProject guidelines for settlement articles. WP:UKCITIES are guidelines from the "mother" WP:UKGEO project based on those at WP:CITIES (A "global" WikiProject for settlements that is US driven). They have been employed by a number of articles to standardise content, obtain a consistent style and approach and drive them towards good and featured article status with considerable success, and are so far also endorssed by Wikipedia:WikiProject Greater Manchester, Wikipedia:WikiProject Cheshire, Wikipedia:WikiProject Yorkshire and Wikipedia:WikiProject Sheffield, amongst others.

Not too many users (or indeed projects) are aware of the guidelines, and thought it may be helpful if all the county WikiProjects had a link to them to help them get the results they want.

As it stands, the project mainspace has an empty section entitled "Guidelines" - it may be suitable if {{main|WP:UKCITIES}} was affixed to that section. Hope that helps, Jza84 02:14, 10 October 2007 (UTC)

This hasn't generated much of a response; I'll be bold. Other county WikiProjects have since adopted this approach too (e.g. WP:Somerset and WP:KENT), so hopefully it's not contentious in anyway. -- Jza84 · (talk) 01:52, 29 October 2007 (UTC)

Proposed deletion: Killigrew Junior School[edit]

Killigrew Junior School (via WP:PROD on 21 December 2007)

--User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 15:07, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

tech query[edit]

In Category:WikiProject Hertfordshire articles, Barnet is listed under B, Bovingdon is under T. Why - they are both Talk pages. Folks at 137 (talk) 10:43, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for spotting that error. I will just sort it out. {{PAGENAME}} is missing from the category so i will just adjust this on the template. Simply south (talk) 13:58, 31 December 2007 (UTC)
OK, it seems to have worked for Bovingdon. Give it time and the servers should catch up (so i have been told on a previous similar problem, which seemed to happen). Simply south (talk) 14:07, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Importance ratings[edit]

Are there criteria specific to Herts for the various ratings? Looking at the lists, rating seems rather subjective, eg Hertfordshire GAA in "high" and Elstree Studios in "low". There will always be differences, but at least criteria would help. Some projects canvass reasons for ratings. Folks at 137 (talk) 17:15, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

Here is what it currently is, as standard (from the assessment page).
Need: The article's priority or importance, regardless of its quality
Top Subject is a must-have for a print encyclopaedia
High Subject contributes a depth of knowledge
Mid Subject fills in more minor details
Low The subject is mainly of specialist interest
None Unassessed, importance still to be determined

Simply south (talk) 19:58, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

Sorry, it's too vague - that's why I asked for "criteria specific to Herts" (although probably criteria common to all counties would be better). Also, some of those reflect quality not importance: an article about a subject could meet some of those criteria without reflecting its importance. I assume that criteria are to be measured purely within Herts not within all of Wiki. How about:
Top Subject is fundamental to Herts or of significant international interest
High Subject is of significant national interest and/ or impact
Mid Subject is of interest/ impact beyond its local area
Low The subject is of interest within its local area or subject
None Unassessed, importance still to be determined
At least as a starter. Folks at 137 (talk) 21:56, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

I think it would be more helpful to define "local" in this regard. Perhaps "local authority district" would be suitable, as it breaks the County down into ten similar size areas? MikeHobday (talk) 22:06, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

That may be a good start, although LAs are not "ten similar size areas" - at least not geographically. I had envisaged a smaller area. The concept is: in, say Hemel, it might be that Adeyfield School would be of "low" importance to WPHERTS (its interest area is probably just Hemel town), whereas Collett School might be "mid" as its a specialist school known in a wider area (perhaps even nationally). I don't think that criteria can be hard and fast (this is Wiki!) - they are more of a guidance, IMO; I'm trying to move things on a bit. Folks at 137 (talk) 23:17, 1 January 2008 (UTC)

Some towns are given high importance due to their importace to the county in some ways e.g. history (like Letchworth, Stevenage and St Albans). Simply south (talk) 11:20, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Boldly amended as per Folks at 137 - see[1] —Preceding unsigned comment added by MikeHobday (talkcontribs) 16:31, 2 January 2008 (UTC)
Ok. I'll assess and reassess a few articles, report them here with reasons. So much for keeping me head below the parapet. More comments please; this is work in progress. Folks at 137 (talk) 22:46, 2 January 2008 (UTC)
I've assessed and reassessed some as below:
Article old rating new rating argument
Abbots Langley mid low the village is not significant outside its locality; its areas of fame are covered elsewhere; relative size not considered
New River (England) mid significant to East Herts and London; a turning point in the capital's public health - could be "high"
Robert Runcie high as Archbish of Canterbury, he had a high national profile, but internationally only significant within the Anglican Church's hierarchy
Rothamsted top a pioneering institution with an international reputation and impact
Pope Adrian IV top high the only English Pope - also a significant person of his day within the RC Church
Longdean School low a local comp: only significant within Hemel Hempstead and the immediate locality
Paul Boateng high high a senior Cabinet minister - and the first black onne - also has a profile within South Africa
Watford high high a dominant commercial and population centre in its region, recognised as such by Herts CC
I think the "high" criteria needs to be extended to include topics of major importance to the county. Comments? Folks at 137 (talk) 13:00, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
I suppose this has been said before but anything that has significance nationally or internationally but has also particularly influenced or been involved or highly associated etc with Hertfordshire. So yes.
I am not sure on the pope being top, but yes high. Simply south (talk) 13:08, 3 January 2008 (UTC)
Happy with "high" (at least someone has reacted!). Article updated. Folks at 137 (talk) 13:07, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

Lea Valley Park[edit]

(Crossposted to WP:LONDON)
This discussion on my talkpage has set me thinking: can anyone think of any good reason not to convert the assorted stubs on the sections of Lea Valley Park into sections of a single article? This wouldn't lose any content, but would give an overview of the park and the order in which the sections run, which the current separate stubs fail to do. (See my corralling of disparate stubs & creation of missing sections on A1 road and A215 road for the sort of thing I have in mind.) iridescent 22:51, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

Herts location map[edit]

Could someone tell me how to use the Hertfordshire map with red location dot. There's an example at Hemel Hempstead. Does it just get called in by "infobox UK place" and what mechanism places the red dot? Folks at 137 (talk) 20:25, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Primary schools[edit]

There's a consensus, which I agree with, that primary schools are not "notable" enough to have separate articles. I'v prposed here that groups of schools may be notable. Comments welcome. Folks at 137 (talk) 10:17, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Photographs of courts[edit]

If any Hertfordshire-based photographers could take snaps of courts in their neck of the woods (e.g. St Albans Crown & County Courts, Watford County Court, local magistrates courts) and add them to commons:Category:Courthouses in the United Kingdom, the photographs would be very much appreciated for List of courts in England and Wales and List of county courts in England and Wales. I'm also working on a list of closed courts, so photographs of former court buildings would be useful too (e.g. Hemel Hempstead County Court - does anyone have a source for the story that the court was burnt down by the court manager? I know I've seen it somewhere...). Thanks, BencherliteTalk 22:18, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

List of Sites of Special Scientific Interest in Hertfordshire[edit]

Just to let you know, a list regarding the sites of special scientific interest in Hertfordshire was earlier promoted to featured list status. Rudget (review) 11:30, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

Museums in Hertfordshire[edit]

Could I ask for some help accessing local knowledge, from members of this wikiproject, on the behalf of the new WikiProject Museums? We are currently trying to identify articles within the Museum projects scope (& develop guidelines to help improve them etc). There is a List of museums in Hertfordshire (many are links to the museums web site at present). Could you take a look at the list for your local area and see if any are missing or create articles for any red links. Could you also add the new project banner "{{WikiProject Museums}}" to the Talk pages of the articles, so that we can identify those in need of work etc. Any help appreciated &, if anyone is interested you are welcome to join the project or discuss Museum related articles on the Project Talk Page.— Rod talk 14:05, 7 April 2008 (UTC)

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Missing geographical coordinates[edit]

Many Hertfordshire articles are missing geographical coordinates. Finding the latitude and longitude of locations, and entering coordinates into articles is straightforwards, and explained at Wikipedia:Geocoding how-to for WikiProject members. Having coordinates on articles mean that they turn up in GoogleMaps, MultiMap and other such places which link to wikipedia based on geo-coordinates.

It is now possible to get lists of Hertfordshire articles that have no geographical coordinates via Wikipedia:CatScan, for example:

Alternatively, if CatScan is down or very slow, you can find them by looking through Category:United Kingdom articles missing geocoordinate data.

The articles in the lists above are currently marked with {{coord missing}} templates, which need replacing with filled in {{coord}} templates containing their latitude/longitude data (or else have lat&long entered into the infobox).

There are about 119 articles missing coords - I hope you'll consider adding coordinates so as to make Hertfordshire articles more visible on the web. thanks --Tagishsimon (talk) 20:05, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Update. Articles have now been slotted into subcategories, as follows:
Coords are useful for making the article appear on Google Maps & many other mapping services; and they allow our users to click through to see the article subject location on a map. There's a short guide to on how to add geocodes to articles ... it really is very easy to do. I hope you'll take some time to ensure that Hertfordshire is as well represented as it can be on wikipedia by fixing up the listed articles. thanks --Tagishsimon (talk) 20:28, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

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Waterford, Hertfordshire[edit]

just added this page. Not very much as I live outside the UK so can't pop round there to do research and there is little on the web. But a village with such a notable church had to be included. Can anyone improve it? Thanks Roundtheworld (talk) 13:00, 31 May 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject Greater South East[edit]

I am proposing to merge a number of low or moderately active projects in south east England. The discussion is here: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject England#Wikipedia:WikiProject Greater South East MRSC (talk) 21:43, 13 September 2009 (UTC)


I'm glad to hear this project is at least semi-active. I wonder if anyone is interested in extending it to cover neighbouring counties? This will hopefully increase the number of members. A simple step might be to create WikiProject Hertfordshire and Essex, as that county currently has no project. Another more bold step would be to create WikiProject East of England which would include Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. Neither are worth doing unless there are interested members, but it would be good to extend a project over some or all of the region. MRSC (talk) 15:11, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

WikiProject East of England might be contiguous with the government's imposed regions, but pretending that SW Herts has much to do with Norfolk is nuts. Other groupings could be used, but I'm sure whichever were to be chosen, people would feel alienated and disinterested in the larger group.
Herts may be a particularly difficult county to pigeonhole. The flatter parts in NE Herts have more in common with East Anglia; the parts in the south of the county, policed until recently by the Met, or having 020 phone numbers have more in common with Middx and London; for some parts in the north of the county, Luton is their nearest focus; for SW Herts there's the Metro-land feeling; and much of the county shares commuter belt, and Home Counties affinities.
Personally, I'm hard pressed to work up enthusiasm for Essex Lite the eastern end of Herts, but I can see that a county sized project is workable. Any larger and (for me) the higher noise-to-signal ratio would make the project a distraction rather than an aid to my wiki-interests. Bazj (talk) 16:59, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
Yes, it is hard to pick out meaningful regions in the south east once you strip out London. I'm loathed to start any more county based projects as we have a string of them already that are barely used. Thanks for replying. MRSC (talk) 17:20, 18 September 2009 (UTC)

Monthly traffic report[edit]

I'm requesting a monthly traffic report to help us focus on the Herts articles which are most viewed. Bazj (talk) 20:10, 19 October 2009 (UTC)

Sounds good. I've almost exclusively focussed on football so far, but it'll be good to have a small pool of articles to concentrate on.
We need to get a bit more activity on this talk page, and maybe start doing a monthly collaboration or something? What I've found is that when you're concentrating on one article or list (as I have at List of Watford F.C. Players of the Season), you come across things that can be added to the articles it links to. So even though you've only "significantly" improved one article at a time, you end up adding "little" things (references, small but notable facts, dates, etc) to ten, twenty, or thirty others, making them that little bit more useful. WFCforLife (talk) 20:54, 19 October 2009 (UTC)
And i think I'm focussing too much on London. I could do with help with the running of this project. Simply south (talk) 23:30, 1 November 2009 (UTC)


I've only been on wiki for a couple of months, but it seems that this project is more active than the talk page suggests. 2005 Hertfordshire Oil Storage Terminal fire is a current GAN, History of Hertfordshire is already good and still being improved, my personal project at the moment is List of Parliamentary constituencies in Hertfordshire which I think could reach featured list status, and for good measure we're assessed every single article with a WP:HERTS tag.

I was thinking we should start monthly or two-monthly collaborations, focussed on our high and top importance articles. I think that Perhaps an obvious one to start with would be Hertfordshire itself? WFCforLife (talk) 02:38, 10 November 2009 (UTC)


I'm in the middle of creating a new page that features the best Hertfordshire content. Anyone interested in looking at the work in progress can check it out here. I'm stuck on a couple of points at the moment.

Firstly I'm looking for suggestions to go on the "Did you know?" section. I'm looking for any interesting facts from Hertfordshire articles to put in there. It's a good opportunity to publicise something interesting that you feel deserves to be better known than it is, and being listed on the portal will hopefully also draw more attention to the article as a whole.

Secondly, can anyone point me in the direction of a complete list of Hertfordshire categories, so that I can update it there.

Also my summary of the county at the top is pretty poor, feel free to jazz it up.

Finally, does anyone know of any other panoramic Hertfordshire shots, such as this one? I love what they've done on the Cornish equivalent, and if we have two or three different banners I think this could look really good.

Thanks in advance, WFCforLife (talk) 00:28, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

Pageview stats[edit]

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Claire Ward[edit]

Just thought I'd let everyone know that there's a collaborative effort underway to take this article from its current condition to at least Good Article status. If we succeed, this will trigger a donation to wikipedia (details can be found here), as well as giving this wikiproject yet another piece of recognised high quality content. Regards, WFCforLife (talk) 18:38, 21 December 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Hertfordshire/Project content[edit]

I've started Wikipedia:WikiProject Hertfordshire/Project content which will be populated by User:JL-Bot/Project content. We'll then be able to use it for the project's article list section & maybe for Portal:Hertfordshire? Bazj (talk) 21:20, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

Seems a lot better than doing it manually. WFCforLife (talk) 21:51, 17 January 2010 (UTC)

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Hertfordshire articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release[edit]

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Project template[edit]

If nobody has any objections, I'd like to add the WikiProject Hertfordshire template to the talk pages of all the articles in Category:Hertfordshire and its sub-categories that don't yet have it. However, I won't be assessing most of them for class or importance. But at least every article will be tagged for the project. I will be doing it using AutoWikiBrowser. AnemoneProjectors 17:09, 20 September 2010 (UTC)

Though do we want to include people who aren't necessarily from Hertfordshire but are in categories such as Category:Old Berkhamstedians or Category:Stevenage F.C. players? AnemoneProjectors 17:32, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
Yes. All articles that are associated with Hertfordshire or some aspect of Herts. Simply south (talk) 17:54, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, I will go ahead and check every article's talk page. There are over 3200 so it will take some time :-) AnemoneProjectors 18:13, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
If you don't want to type so much, just use{{WPHERTS}} which is a shortcut. Simply south (talk) 18:38, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
It's ok, AWB has a feature that will add the same text to the top of each page, then I can just type the class and importance (or not) and press save. If pages are in other projects I'm borrowing the class from those but otherwise I'm not checking the articles, but at least every article that belongs in the project will be tagged. AnemoneProjectors 18:41, 20 September 2010 (UTC)
That's some impressive work you're doing there! --WFC-- 00:22, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. I was looking at Wymondley earlier and realised it didn't have the template on the talk page, so I thought I would help out, I've done it for other projects I'm a member of too. AnemoneProjectors 00:47, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
You know AnomieBOT will do this for you automatically if you ask, right? For reference, this was the discussion which led to it doing the same task for WP:LONDON. – iridescent 13:38, 21 September 2010 (UTC)
I did not know that but last time I requested a bot to do a task relating to a project template I didn't get the results I wanted and ended up doing it manually anyway. AnemoneProjectors 13:52, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

I've just come across Enfield Lock (lock), which isn't in Hertfordshire but is in a subcategory because it's part of a river which flows through Hertfordshire. Is this still part of the project? If not I may have already incorrectly added others. AnemoneProjectors 23:46, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Then again, Hertford Lock is tagged in the London project for the exact same reason so I won't worry too much! AnemoneProjectors 20:36, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

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Great North Road[edit]

Proposing a split from A1 road (Great Britain). See Talk:A1 road (Great Britain)#Great North Road (Split?). And i don't feel to be a good leader if i keep neglecting this project. Simply south...... 19:05, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Lea RM[edit]

Oh and see Talk:River Lee (England) for the main move request. The previous discussion was never concluded. Simply south...... 16:25, 26 January 2011 (UTC)
That's not the end of the Lea moves. See Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2011 February 2#Category:Weirs of the River Lee. Simply south...... 23:44, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Photo request[edit]

Hi! For those of you in Hertfordshire, I have a photo request:

  • Tesco head office - Tesco House, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 9SL

Thank you, WhisperToMe (talk) 23:45, 11 February 2011 (UTC)

Benington, Hertfordshire[edit]

I recently visited the Benington, Hertfordshire page and was disgusted by the poor standard of it, the main article has room for so much potential. Just thought I would bring this to your attention! See Talk:Benington, Hertfordshire for more details... Thanks JMRH6 (talk) 00:34, 27 January 2012 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History Month[edit]

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:Hertfordshire will have interest in putting on events (on and off wiki) related to women's roles in Hertfordshire's history, society and culture. We've created an event page on English Wikipedia (please translate!) and I hope you'll find the inspiration to participate. These events can take place off wiki, like edit-a-thons, or on wiki, such as themes and translations. Please visit the page here: WikiWomen's History Month. Thanks for your consideration and I look forward to seeing events take place! SarahStierch (talk) 22:02, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Villages and Hamlets[edit]

I have just completed adding a load of missing settlements to List of places in Hertfordshire. I noticed that the Category:Hamlets in Hertfordshire was sparcely populated so have gone through all the places and adjusted categories where I have determined a settlement is a hamlet. I have tried to apply the principles set out for UK Hamlets, i.e the presence of a church etc. although applying some descretion as this definition is to a degree subjective may have misapplied it in one or two instances where there may be historic and verifiable reasons why a settlement is a village other than purely colloquial ones applied by residents.Tmol42 (talk) 22:09, 18 May 2012 (UTC)


I've suggested creating WikiProject East of England and merging the current 3 projects in this area : Wikipedia:WikiProject East Anglia, Wikipedia:WikiProject Bedfordshire and Wikipedia:WikiProject Hertfordshire. The discussion can be found here.Wilbysuffolk (Talk to me!) 21:05, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Please help get Herts ready for the start of the Wiki Loves Monuments competition on 1st September[edit]

This September the UK is taking part for the first time in the international photography competition Wiki Loves Monuments. Participants will be invited to submit pictures of listed buildings of significant importance (grades I or grade II*), as recorded by English Heritage. The main external website for competitors can be found here, and you can leave a message there if you have queries about competing. Do please join in, and let people in your local area know of this excellent way in which both existing and new Wiki users can help improve the encyclopaedia by contributing photographs of local listed structures. What about organizing a local Wikimeet to attract new people?

In preparation for the start of the competition on 1st September there is still quite a lot of work to do, and we would like to ask for the help of members of this wikiproject. Your local and expert knowledge will be invaluable in ensuring that the lists of eligible buildings are up to date and correctly formatted. If you look at Listed buildings in the United Kingdom you will see how many structures are included. If you then follow the link to Listed buildings in England, you can get to the detailed lists for your area. Alternatively have a look at the WLM planning table. Can you help to ensure that the lists for your area are up to date and well presented?

Some of the lists have been semi-automatically generated from data provided by English Heritage. These use pre formatted templates (eg EH header) which will make it much easier for competition participants to upload their photographs to Commons as an automated process. Please don't change the template structure, as we need to ensure that the templates are properly compatible with the WLM standards that are in use worldwide. The format will allow a bot automatically to collect the information and to put it into the international Monuments Database.

The data still needs the attention of local editors:

  • The "title" may need wikilinking to a suitable article name (whether we currently have that article or not). If there are several buildings in one street all of the wikilinks point at an article about the street; however each entry has a separate line in the list.
  • The "location" column looks and sorts better if just the parish or town is included (& wikilinked).
  • The "date completed" column sometimes has eg "C19" for 19th century, and "C1850" for c. 1850 when the date is uncertain - these need to be corrected manually.
  • The "grid ref & lat & long" (which is occasionally missing) may be given to 8 characters — only 6 (grid ref) or 5 (lat & long) are really needed.
  • Clicking on the "list entry number" should take you to the data sheet for that entry on the English Heritage database which can be checked if needed for details.
  • The image column should have a picture added if we already have a suitable image on Commons. (N.B. if you are going to be taking photos yourself for inclusion in the competition don't upload them until September)
  • References may be added according to normal WP practice.

For further information, please see Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2013 in the United Kingdom.

If you have any queries, please post them not below but on the Organizers' help page on Commons.

Anything you can do to help improve these lists will be much appreciated. The final deadline for cleaning up is 31st August.

--MichaelMaggs (talk) 16:00, 18 August 2013 (UTC)

Popular pages tool update[edit]

As of January, the popular pages tool has moved from the Toolserver to Wikimedia Tool Labs. The code has changed significantly from the Toolserver version, but users should notice few differences. Please take a moment to look over your project's list for any anomalies, such as pages that you expect to see that are missing or pages that seem to have more views than expected. Note that unlike other tools, this tool aggregates all views from redirects, which means it will typically have higher numbers. (For January 2014 specifically, 35 hours of data is missing from the WMF data, which was approximated from other dates. For most articles, this should yield a more accurate number. However, a few articles, like ones featured on the Main Page, may be off).

Web tools, to replace the ones at tools:~alexz/pop, will become available over the next few weeks at toollabs:popularpages. All of the historical data (back to July 2009 for some projects) has been copied over. The tool to view historical data is currently partially available (assessment data and a few projects may not be available at the moment). The tool to add new projects to the bot's list is also available now (editing the configuration of current projects coming soon). Unlike the previous tool, all changes will be effective immediately. OAuth is used to authenticate users, allowing only regular users to make changes to prevent abuse. A visible history of configuration additions and changes is coming soon. Once tools become fully available, their toolserver versions will redirect to Labs.

If you have any questions, want to report any bugs, or there are any features you would like to see that aren't currently available on the Toolserver tools, see the updated FAQ or contact me on my talk page. Mr.Z-bot (talk) (for Mr.Z-man) 05:09, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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Hello everyone!

You may have received a message from me earlier asking you to comment on my WikiProject X proposal. The good news is that WikiProject X is now live! In our first phase, we are focusing on research. At this time, we are looking for people to share their experiences with WikiProjects: good, bad, or neutral. We are also looking for WikiProjects that may be interested in trying out new tools and layouts that will make participating easier and projects easier to maintain. If you or your WikiProject are interested, check us out! Note that this is an opt-in program; no WikiProject will be required to change anything against its wishes. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Note: To receive additional notifications about WikiProject X on this talk page, please add this page to Wikipedia:WikiProject X/Newsletter. Otherwise, this will be the last notification sent about WikiProject X.

Harej (talk) 16:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Importance Rating[edit]

How are the wikipedia Importance Rating for an Hertfordshire made up? how is it that the royal medieval Berkhamsted Castle a residence of many important medieval figures of Low Importance, while Hatfield House is of High Importance? that Berkhamsted (pop 20K) the site of the Anglo-Saxon surrender to the Normans is of mid importance? Bushey (pop 24K), Bishop Stortford (38K) and Borehamwood (31K) are mid importance, while Welwyn (pop 3.2K), Radlet (8K) and Redbourne (5K) are deemed high importance? -- BOD -- 11:12, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Blue Plaque at Johnson Matthey, Royston[edit]


I wonder if anyone could help me to precisely locate the blue plaque at Johnson Matthey, Orchard Road, Royston, as mentioned on List of blue plaques erected by the Royal Society of Chemistry ideally by giving its coordinates? A picture would be appreciated, too, please. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:40, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride![edit]

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride!

  • What? Wiki Loves Pride, a campaign to document and photograph LGBT culture and history, including pride events
  • When? June 2015
  • How can you help?

  • 1.) Create or improve LGBT-related articles and showcase the results of your work here
  • 2.) Upload photographs or other media related to LGBT culture and history, including pride events, and add images to relevant Wikipedia articles; feel free to create a subpage with a gallery of your images (see examples from last year)

Or, view or update the current list of Tasks. This campaign is supported by the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group, an officially recognized affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation. Visit the group's page at Meta-Wiki for more information, or follow Wikimedia LGBT+ on Facebook. Remember, Wiki Loves Pride is about creating and improving LGBT-related content at Wikimedia projects, and content should have a neutral point of view. One does not need to identify as LGBT or any other gender or sexual minority to participate. This campaign is about adding accurate, reliable information to Wikipedia, plain and simple, and all are welcome!

If you have any questions, please leave a message on the campaign's main talk page.

Thanks, and happy editing!

User:Another Believer and User:OR drohowa