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{{Location map Ottawa}}[edit]

{{Location map Ottawa}} is now available. It displays a map of Greater Ottawa with a dot highlighting a location, when coordinates are given. It can also be used with {{Infobox Settlement}} using the "pushin_map" parameters. --Qyd (talk) 04:46, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

North American ice storm of 1998 GA Sweeps Review: On Hold[edit]

As part of the WikiProject Good Articles, we're doing sweeps to go over all of the current GAs and see if they still meet the GA criteria and I'm specifically going over all of the "Meteorology and atmospheric sciences" articles. I have reviewed North American ice storm of 1998 and believe the article currently meets the majority of the criteria and should remain listed as a Good article. I have left this message at this WikiProject's talk page so that any interested members can assist in helping the article keep its GA status. In reviewing the article, I have found there are some issues concerning sourcing that may need to be addressed, and I'll leave the article on hold for seven days for them to be fixed. I have left messages on the talk pages of the main contributors of the article along with other WikiProjects. Please consider helping address the several points that I listed on the talk page of the article, which shouldn't take too long to fix if multiple editors assist in the workload. If you have any questions, let me know on my talk page and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Happy editing! --Nehrams2020 (talk) 02:10, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Airport Station (OC Transpo)[edit]

Is this really worthy of an article? It's not as if it's identifiable as a station, as is the case with, say, Billings Bridge or even Heron. I think the content could be covered in the article on the airport. Any thoughts? --RFBailey (talk) 01:51, 18 March 2008 (UTC)

The above comment is old as dirt, but apparently still relevant (and I happen to agree with it). Furthermore, nowhere on OC Transpo's website will you find "Airport" listed as a Transitway station, including the 97 map. It should be deleted altogether. Frankly, Ottawa Rapid Transit should be too, as it's a rehash of OC Transpo and covers systems entirely run by the latter. (talk) 00:00, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Photos of Orléans, Ontario[edit]

Anyone got any good photos that they could upload to the Commons for use in this article? Currently the only photo is one of a mall entrance, placed prominently in the infobox. Although there may be some small degree of appropriateness in using a shopping mall photo to illustrate a suburban community, surely we could do better. Skeezix1000 (talk) 15:18, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

I don't have any other than Kettle Island in Orleans. Should we take a snapshot of main street? What may work best is a collage of several images. Suggest some locations and I'll stop by sometime soon. Alaney2k (talk) 17:39, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
That would be great! Thanks. I am not the one to suggest places, however, as I am Alta Vista and Kanata born and raised, and am not very familiar with the other end of town. Perhaps others could suggest good, landmark locations. In terms of collage, the article could stand to have two or three new images, but remember the discouragement against galleries in Wikipedia's image use policy. The preferred solution is to link to a category over at the Commons if there are more images than can be fit into the article. --Skeezix1000 (talk) 18:02, 19 March 2008 (UTC)
Surely there's something more distinctive than the current photo, a branch of SportChek? That photo could be just about anywhere! --RFBailey (talk) 00:15, 20 March 2008 (UTC)
Not much to Orleans, sorry. Alaney2k (talk) 20:13, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

I've added more photos to the article. The article needs more info about St. Joseph's, around which 'old' Orleans is built. Alaney2k (talk) 15:06, 8 July 2008 (UTC)

Merge proposal for West Ward Market Building (Ottawa) and First City Hall (Ottawa)[edit]

Please see the discussion at Talk:First City Hall (Ottawa)#Merger proposal. Shawn in Montreal (talk) 03:43, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

Ottawa neighborhoods part of former cities and/opr townships[edit]

See:Wikipedia talk:Canadian Wikipedians' notice board#Requested moves - Ottawa neighbourhoods. A discussion at WP:CANBOARD is underway regarding titles of articles of some Ottawa communities mainly outside the Greenbelt.--JForget 23:11, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Naming conventions[edit]

I disagree with disambiguating the roads. Wikipedia does not require disambiguation unless 2 or more subjects share the same name. A lot of the Ottawa roads' names are exclusive, and always will be. Example: Terry Fox Drive (Ottawa), which I tried to move to Terry Fox Drive, but it wouldn't let me, so I ended up blanking the page out of frustration. Someone has to fix this problem, and then move the required pages. --Pwnage8 (talk) 20:53, 8 April 2008 (UTC)

Assessing articles[edit]

I modified Template:OttawaProject so that we can now add quality and importance assessments. Please start tagging all Ottawa articles, this will place them into the appropriate categories, and eventually will generate a fancy chart. --Padraic 15:01, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

I've assessed lots of bus stops and roads so far... :pepper 13:07, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Donna Upson[edit]

A user requested that I review the article on Donna Upson, a controversial former mayoral candidate in Ottawa, for WP:BLP issues. I've added sources where I can, but need some additional help ensuring that the article is properly sourced. Can anybody help out on this one? Thanks. Bearcat (talk) 13:36, 11 June 2008 (UTC)

Articles flagged for cleanup[edit]

Currently, 1225 articles are assigned to this project, of which 146, or 11.9%, are flagged for cleanup of some sort. (Data as of 14 July 2008.) Are you interested in finding out more? I am offering to generate cleanup to-do lists on a project or work group level. See User:B. Wolterding/Cleanup listings for details. More than 150 projects and work groups have already subscribed, and adding a subscription for yours is easy - just place the following template on your project page:

{{User:WolterBot/Cleanup listing subscription|banner=OttawaProject}}

If you want to respond to this canned message, please do so at my user talk page; I'm not watching this page. --B. Wolterding (talk) 16:07, 4 August 2008 (UTC)


I've made a couple of comments at Talk:Ottawa Rapid Transit (this and this) which project members might want to look at. Thanks, --RFBailey (talk) 23:29, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

New Article Created[edit]

I've created a stub for the Plaza Bridge at Plaza Bridge (Ottawa), and removed the picture from the list of pictures needing articles.

Image needs replacement[edit]

Hello all...

An image used in the Algonquin College article, specifically Image:Algonquin-name.jpg and also Image:Algonquin-sign.jpg, has a little bit of a licensing issue. The image was uploaded back when the rules around image uploading were less restrictive. It is presumed that the uploader was willing to license the picture under the GFDL license but was not clear in that regard. As such, the image, while not at risk of deletion, is likely not clearly licensed to allow for free use in any future use of this article. If anyone has an image that can replace this, or can go take one and upload it, it would be best.

You have your mission, take your camera and start clicking.--Jordan 1972 (talk) 01:17, 29 September 2008 (UTC)


I think you guys should have redirects from WP:Ottawa-Hull, WP:Ottawa-Gatineau, WP:Gatineau, WP:Hull. (talk) 06:17, 7 January 2009 (UTC)


Is there a portal for Ottawa-Gatineau? I tried Portal:Ottawa , Portal:Ottawa-Gatineau , Portal:Gatineau , Portal:Ottawa-Hull , Portal:Hull and didn't find any. (talk) 06:17, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

OC Transpo (Legitimate Bloggers)[edit]

Similar to other transit systems in North America, including Toronto, Montreal and New York, bloggers have made significant contributions to overall citizens debate. In Toronto, local blogger Steve Munro ( is considered a major contributor to the transit planning debate in the City of Toronto. In Seattle, ideas generated in major blogs and discussion boards have often been cited in City Council for policy options. To some extent, legitimate blogs should be considered as a major source of news, policy options and opinion, and as such, links and citations to local blogs should be acceptable. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:20, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Missing neighbourhood info for gov't buildings[edit]

I would like to know which neighbourhood the Pearson Building or 24 Sussex is in. The articles don't say. They give the street number and geo coordinates, but not being from the city that doesn't help me at all. I want to know the neighbourhood by name so I can see which neighbourhoods have what official buildings and vice versa. Something to put on the "to do" list. --Kevlar (talkcontribs) 02:09, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

That's a good question. I would say that 24 Sussex is in Rockcliffe (aka Rockcliffe Park), but that article doesn't say so (nor does it mention the Embassy of France in Ottawa which is right next door to 24). Maybe somebody with a good knowledge of the neighbourhood could figure that out and do the edits. As far as I know, the two closest neighbourhoods are Rockcliffe Park (across the street). Correction, 24 Sussex is in New Edinburgh.
The Lester B. Pearson Building would be considered to be part of Lowertown. I'll add both these to the articles. -M.Nelson (talk) 02:35, 4 March 2009 (UTC)


I find the project's userbox isn't all that visually appealing, and having red coloured text makes me think there's a redlink there. Could we perhaps change it from


WikiProject Ottawa This user is a member of WikiProject Ottawa.

to something like this?

WikiProject Ottawa This user is a member of WikiProject Ottawa.

If I don't get any response, I might just go ahead and be bold...... -M.Nelson (talk) 05:38, 4 March 2009 (UTC)

Do it! I've had the same feeling as you for a while now. --Pwnage8 (talk) 23:39, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
Done. Current:
WikiProject Ottawa This user is a member of
WikiProject Ottawa.

-M.Nelson (talk) 01:11, 16 March 2009 (UTC)

NPOV problems at Gatineau Park[edit]

An IP editor has recently added a great deal of material to this article. Most of it is referenced, but to paper sources that are not easy to access and thus hard to verify. That problem aside the article is now very biased against the NCC and park management, which is unsurprising since the IP editor has indicated his connection to organizations opposed to the NCC and its policies. As it currently stands the article easily fails WP:NPOV and thus needs fixing. I would like to invite editors from this WikiProject to review what has been added, edit the article or at least add some comments to the talk page to assist in returning some balance to this article. - Ahunt (talk) 11:40, 27 August 2009 (UTC)

Politics of Gatineau Park[edit]

This article was recently split from Gatineau Park so that that latter article would not become overloaded with the political story of the park instead of a physical description of it. I just wanted to point out the article's existence and invite editors on this project to participate in making the article more complete and keeping it balanced. - Ahunt (talk) 20:31, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Help needed on Gatineau Park articles[edit]

I would like advice/help in assessing what is going on on the Politics of Gatineau Park/Gatineau Park files. I have been blocked from editing for 24 hours because I broke the 3R rule. However, the reason I broke it was that two editors (Ahunt and M.nelson) were changing my contributions and edits, in a manner I feel to be arbitrary. Although it is clear that I broke the letter of the 3R rule, I feel these two editors have violated its spirit, by together reversing my work. Their changes do not affect the neutrality of the article. They have changed simple wording, and have removed a quote attributed to a reliable source.

Moreover, they claim I am in a conflict of interest because of my link to the "Gatineau Park Protection Committee." However, this is only an informal, on-paper group with no funding, no web site, no "personal" interest in the matter--in the sense that we are not in it for ourselves. Our interest is purely public, historical and factual. We have tried to provide all references requested. We consider ourselves to be experts on this issue, and as the COI Wiki rules say, "experts on trees are not discouraged from contributing to articles on trees," or some such formula.

Anyhow, any advice, help you might provide on this article, and/or the edits for which I have been "benched" would be appreciated.

As well, I would invite other editors to monitor what is going on on those pages, to prevent Ahunt and M.nelson from going totally arbitrary.--Stoneacres (talk) 19:17, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Thank you for reinforcing my request above for more editors to help out working on this article. The more people working on an article the better it gets! I hope some editors from this project will join us in working on Politics of Gatineau Park. - Ahunt (talk) 21:28, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

Notification of WP:AFD nomination New Woodlands Preservation League[edit]

This article, which is within the scope of this project, has been nominated for deletion. Members of the project and other interested editors are invited to participate in the AFD debate at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/New Woodlands Preservation League. - Ahunt (talk) 15:17, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

Notification of WP:AFD nomination Gatineau Park Protection Committee[edit]

This article, which is within the scope of this project, has been nominated for deletion. Members of the project and other interested editors are invited to participate in the AFD debate at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/New Woodlands Preservation League. - Ahunt (talk) 15:34, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

Notification of WP:AFD nomination Politics of Gatineau Park[edit]

This article, which is within the scope of this project, has been nominated for deletion. Members of the project and other interested editors are invited to participate in the AFD debate at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Politics of Gatineau Park. - Ahunt (talk) 19:34, 17 November 2009 (UTC)

Universities COTM Nomination[edit]

Hello WikiProject Ottawa. I just wanted to let you all know that a university handled by your WikiProject, University of Ottawa, has been nominated for next month's WikiProject Universities Collaboration of the Month. If you'd like to take advantage of this opportunity, be sure to vote for the university. While you're there, consider helping improve one of our current Collaborations of the Month.

Happy editing! -Mabeenot (talk) 18:55, 25 November 2009 (UTC)

Liberal Party of Canada leadership convention, 1968 - Featured Article Review[edit]

I have nominated Liberal Party of Canada leadership convention, 1968 for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Tom B (talk) 15:01, 28 November 2009 (UTC)

Pirate radio station CTOM-FM[edit]

Editing help would be appreciated at the mess that is Ottawa's newest pirate radio station, CTOM-FM. Not only is the article a mess, filled with original research and bad sources, but I'm wondering if it meets notability in the first place. Note that WP:BCAST discusses notability for radio stations, but is an essay, not guideline. -M.Nelson (talk) 06:57, 6 December 2009 (UTC)

The last word would probably go to WP:N: "If a topic has received significant coverage in reliable secondary sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to satisfy the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article." - Ahunt (talk) 18:43, 6 December 2009 (UTC)

What is the meaning of the strikeouts on the article page?[edit]

Hi I am new here and have a question - I see several aritcles (example OCTransp) with a strikeup across the name. Just wondering what this means? Ottawahitech (talk) 19:29, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Generally that means the article was created or topic was dealt with, although some catch-up may be needed. Dl2000 (talk) 03:41, 17 December 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation. I have spent time this evening going thru the project page, and I must say I am very impressed. I had no idea there was so much Ottawa stuff on Wikipedia. My impression has always been that there is too little Canadian content on Wikipedia and that Canadians are treated as second class citizens at Wikipedia. I am glad to see an army here fighting for Ottawa! BTW where were you guys when this happened? Ottawahitech (talk) 05:44, 18 December 2009 (UTC)

Byward Market copyvio?[edit]

ByWard Market looks to be a pretty major copyvio; opinions would be appreciated at Talk:ByWard Market#Copyvio.3F. Thanks, -M.Nelson (talk) 22:47, 10 February 2010 (UTC)

Orléans or Orleans?[edit]

See note at Talk:Orléans, Ontario#Orléans or Orleans. I personally prefer using "Orléans" throughout the article as that is the city's spelling, but the current consensus is the other way around. -M.Nelson (talk) 04:21, 18 February 2010 (UTC)

Merging with WikiProject Canada template?[edit]

I have made it possible to add an article to the Canada and Ottawa articles at once using {{WikiProject Canada |ottawa=yes}}. It can be used along with other Canada projects, for example {{{{WikiProject Canada |ottawa=yes |music=yes |nl=yes | class=start |importance=low}} for a band that moved from Newfoundland to Ottawa. You can still use the existing {{OttawaProject}} template if you want to use a unique importance rating or use the map= or photo= parameters, but in general it's useful to share the work between projects. --Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 03:25, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

This is no good, it adds a second importance rating for Ottawa, meaning an article ends up in two different importance ratings, one based on WPCANADA standards, in a WPOTTAWA category, and one for WPOTTAWA. (talk) 10:53, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

Straw poll

Hi, WikiProject Ottawa. I'd like to do a straw poll to see if and how you would like to allow tagging of your articles using a merged template. The Canada template is kind of a top-level catchall template that allows all Canadian WikiProjects to be added to talk pages at once with a standardized setup.

If the option is allowed, it would let users add articles to both this project and WikiProject Canada using {{WikiProject Canada |Ottawa=yes}} (or |Gatineau=yes). This is also how articles from projects like Canada Sports and Canada Roads are done, so you would be able to add articles to multiple projects using something like {{WikiProject Canada |ottawa=yes |music=yes}}.

The projects would share a class rating, but WPOttawa would have it's own importance rating using |ottawa-importance= or |gatineau-importance=. Optionally, it could be set to default to WPCanada's importance if there is no Ottawa importance and put the article into the additional category Category:Ottawa articles with inherited importance.

My questions to you are:

  1. Do you want to allow users the option of tagging WPOttawa articles using the WPCanada template?
  2. If it is allowed, would you want it to default to the WPCanada importance rating when there is no Ottawa importance rating (assuming that you can track which articles have inherited importance)?

Thanks for your input! --Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 16:11, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

For #1, I'd prefer for the Ottawa Project banner include ontario and canada, not the other way around. That's the way I'd want to implement it. Most of the Ottawa articles are not that important to the rest of Canada, e.g. Bronson Avenue... ʘ alaney2k ʘ (talk) 18:04, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
Maybe I don't understand your proposal, but it seems to me that that would just result in the same thing but without the standardization in appearance. The tag on Talk:Bronson Avenue is a good example of what I'm proposing. It's already part of the Ontario and the Canada Roads project, so under this system the Ottawa tag would go inside the Canada template after the Ontario tag and before the Roads tag. Optionally, the article could be set as mid-importance for Ottawa and low-importance for Canada in general. --Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 19:24, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
I would prefer the Ottawa first. As I stated, when an article is of little importance Canada-wide, it seems a waste of resources to have a Canada importance rating anyway. ʘ alaney2k ʘ (talk) 21:51, 1 April 2010 (UTC)
  • Comment The default WPCANADA importance rating will rate almost every city article as "low importance", which is useless in categorizing the importance of city articles. (talk) 04:50, 2 April 2010 (UTC)
  • For the record, the current setup allows, but does not require, Ottawa articles to be tagged jointly with WPCANADA, but always uses separate importance scales for the two projects. --Arctic Gnome (talkcontribs) 17:53, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

Unreferenced BLPs

In case anyone is interested, we have a list of all Wikiproject Ottawa unreferenced BLPs at Wikipedia:WikiProject Ottawa/Unreferenced BLPs. There is talk about deleting all unreferenced BLPs, so it would be helpful if editors could take a stab at referencing those listed. Simply upgrading a {{BLP unreferenced}} to {{BLP sources}} may not be massively constructive to the encyclopedia, but it will take the article off the chopping block. -M.Nelson (talk) 03:40, 14 April 2010 (UTC)


I have proposed moving "Ottawa O-Train" to "O-Train". Nobody involved in WikiProject Ottawa or editors of OC Transpo articles appear to be interested enough to comment. Has Ottawa been prorogued? Secondarywaltz (talk) 17:01, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

Quebec English

See WT:CANADA for further discussion on whether Quebec English should be used on Quebec articles, or should Canadian English be used on Quebec articles instead of Quebec English. (talk) 04:55, 28 April 2010 (UTC)


I have upgraded coding in the --> Portal:Eastern Ontario (this is begin done to all Canadian portals) .. Pls add content about the Ottawa Valley etc .. it is set up for easy use!!.... All the best!!...Moxy (talk) 23:20, 2 May 2010 (UTC)

Update look what i found --> :) Portal:Ottawa...Moxy (talk) 07:01, 3 May 2010 (UTC)
More news -->{{WP Canada}} and {{ottawaproject}} will now show portal!!...Moxy (talk) 22:12, 10 May 2010 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of City Journal (Ottawa)

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Ottawa articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 release

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We would like to ask you to review the Ottawa articles and revisionIDs we have chosen. Selected articles are marked with a diamond symbol (♦) to the right of each article, and this symbol links to the selected version of each article. If you believe we have included or excluded articles inappropriately, please contact us at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8 with the details. You may wish to look at your WikiProject's articles with cleanup tags and try to improve any that need work; if you do, please give us the new revisionID at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8. We would like to complete this consultation period by midnight UTC on Monday, October 11th.

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Requests for comment

Naming controversy

There seems to be a problem relating to what the names of articles relating to Embassies are. On WP:OTTAWA, it states, "as [[Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ottawa]] or [[Embassy of Iraq in Ottawa]] with a redirect from [[Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada]] or [[Embassy of Iraq in Canada]]", while User:Gryffindor (moved Embassy of Albania in Ottawa to Embassy of Albania, Ottawa: use comma or brackets for multiple places with same name but different locations, not "in" per established Wiki format). Should we use "established Wiki format" or the project guidelines? Thanks for any input. :.:∙:∙∙:∙:.:|pepper|:.:∙:∙∙:∙:.: 14:21, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

Bells Corners

Can this project step in at Bells Corners? There seems to be feuding political entities spamming their interests over there. Thanks. ccwaters (talk) 19:08, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

WikiWomen's History Month

Hi everyone. March is Women's History Month and I'm hoping a few folks here at WP:Ottawa will have interest in putting on events (on and off wiki) related to women's roles in Ottawa'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) 21:23, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Problem in Manotick, Ontario

There is an obvious error in paragraph 2. The author got a date wrong--big time--and I don't have the local knowledge to correct it:

In the 1830s, a small settlement formed in the area of the newly constructed Long Island locks on the Rideau Canal, but no development was done in the area of present day Manotick. In 1859, when a bulkhead was constructed across the west branch of the Rideau River in the location of present day Manotick, entrepreneur Moss Kent Dickinson and his partner Joseph Merrill Currier obtained the water rights and constructed a 1980s stone mill, on the shores of the Rideau River. The working industrial heritage site features oak ionic columns and 64’ beams of white pine.

It is not easy to advise anyone when a user finds problems like this. To maintain "Talk" on each page as a place to interact with WikiProject people would be far less time-consuming for the ordinary Wikipedia user. Oldontarian (talk) 05:53, 1 July 2012 (UTC) (aka Pat)

It should be "1860's": --MaerlynsRainbow (talk) 19:42, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Proposal to redirect Canadian related project talk pages

Please see Wikipedia talk:Canadian Wikipedians' notice board#Proposal to redirect Canadian related project talk pages.Moxy (talk) 17:42, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

Wikiproject watchlist now working

The Wikiproject watchlist at the bottom of wp: WikiProject Ottawa is now working. Ottawahitech (talk) 15:14, 30 October 2012 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride 2014

You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a campaign to create and improve LGBT-related content at Wikipedia and its sister projects. The campaign will take place throughout the month of June, culminating with a multinational edit-a-thon on June 21. Meetups are being held in some cities, or you can participate remotely. All constructive edits are welcome in order to contribute to Wikipedia's mission of providing quality, accurate information. Articles within Category:LGBT in the Americas may be of particular interest. You can also upload LGBT-related images by participating in Wikimedia Commons' LGBT-related photo challenge. You are encouraged to share the results of your work here. Happy editing! --Another Believer (Talk) 20:53, 5 June 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal

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!

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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!

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Harej (talk) 16:56, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

@Harej: I have seen you post walls-of-text in many locations. Could you please summarize what WikiProject X is? Thanks. Ottawahitech (talk) 16:08, 31 October 2015 (UTC)please ping me
Ottawahitech, it's a project to make better tools available for WikiProjects, and it includes a new WikiProject design (you can see it on our prototype projects; see e.g. Wikipedia:WikiProject Evolutionary biology) and automated work lists. Harej (talk) 19:42, 4 November 2015 (UTC)
@Harej: I would be very interested in better WikiProject tools. What tools does WikiProject X offer? BTW thanks for pinging me. Ottawahitech (talk) 15:07, 5 November 2015 (UTC)please ping me
Hello, Ottawahitech, sorry for the delayed response. WikiProject X offers a template design for WikiProjects and automated worklists. You can see them in action on a handful of pilot projects; see WikiProject Cannabis for an example of both. Harej (talk) 14:30, 2 December 2015 (UTC)
@Harej: OK. Can you please list the new tools that ProjectX has made available? Ottawahitech (talk) 13:56, 6 December 2015 (UTC)please ping me

2016 Ottawa sinkhole nominated for deletion

The article 2016 Ottawa sinkhole as been nominated for deletion. Please visit the the deletion discussion for more details. Ottawahitech (talk) 19:11, 19 June 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Again. @Ottawahitech: Why are you not giving your opinion at the deletion nomination? Secondarywaltz (talk) 19:13, 19 June 2016 (UTC)
@Secondarywaltz: As I said I could write a book on the topic of wiki-deletions, but thanks for persisting. I find participating in Wikipedia:Deletion discussions extremely demoralizing, and as a volunteer I feel no obligation to participate in activities I do not enjoy. Do you agree? Ottawahitech (talk) 16:53, 20 June 2016 (UTC)please ping me
@Ottawahitech: You created the article, and your comments could help to sway others. Are you saying that you enjoy having your work removed? I have semi-retired from Wikipedia due to the idea that here the consensus of a few computer centric editors can overrule facts and knowledge from the real world. Thanks. Secondarywaltz (talk) 18:06, 20 June 2016 (UTC)
@Secondarywaltz: I doubt very much that anything I say would sway others to keep this article, quite the contrary. Ottawahitech (talk) 18:44, 20 June 2016 (UTC) ping me}}
@Secondarywaltz: I was looking at Category:21st century in Ottawa to see what other articles about Ottawa deserve an article on Wikipedia. and found 17 articles:
Ottawahitech (talk) 12:40, 22 June 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Hot articles added[edit]

A new wikitool has been added to this wikiproject. See Hot articles. When it starts working it should look like this. Ottawahitech (talk) 12:42, 24 June 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Should be running now. Kaldari (talk) 18:11, 12 July 2016 (UTC)
@Kaldari: Looks like the Hot articles tool has the sniffles. See for example Samuel Genest which the tool says had 27 edits in the last 7 days, but it only had 5. Ottawahitech (talk) 14:24, 19 September 2016 (UTC)please ping me
@Kaldari: Just wanted to let you know that the Hot articles tool continues to have the sniffles. At the top of the list it says Jack Kitts had 20 edits in the last 7 days when in fact it is a new article with a total of 7 edits. Ottawahitech (talk) 12:03, 26 September 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Better formatting of the project page[edit]

Just wondering if anyone else here likes Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Metrics as much as I do? If so, do you know how we can achieve the same effect with our own Wikipedia:WikiProject_Ottawa#Hot_articles and Wikipedia:WikiProject_Ottawa#Article_assessment_table? Ottawahitech (talk) 21:43, 28 November 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Hot artice wishlist[edit]

@Kaldari: I use the hot article list often to see what is happening and who is active in Ottawa. It sure would be nice to add activity taking place when an article is nominated (see: article alerts). For example many of Ottawa's roads articles have been recently deleted, and at least one (Beechwood Avenue) is currently potentially on the chopping block, but since very few editors will edit a nominated article Beechwood is no longer on the hot list. I realize this may be difficult to implement, but it sure would be nice to add the edits made in the nomination discussion in determining the rank of an article on the hot list. Am I making sense to anyone?

Canadian or US $?[edit]

What is the convention for Wikipedia articles: If you knw please answer at Talk:Mitel#Currency Symbol. Thank you. Ottawahitech (talk) 14:27, 7 October 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Help needed with template[edit]

See Template talk:WikiProject Ottawa#Default sort key for categories. Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 13:59, 23 October 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Photo request[edit]

Is anyone able to get a better photo of the memorial statue to Baker that is some where in the Canadian parliament building than this one we currently have in George Harold Baker? If this is possible, I might have some other photo requests as well, so please ping back to let me know. Carcharoth (talk) 21:23, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Guy Drummond statue[edit]

Sort of related to the above, the same sculptor (R. Tait McKenzie) did another statue to a soldier who died on active service in the First World War. This one was of Guy Melfort Drummond, son of George Alexander Drummond and Grace Julia Parker Drummond. It is a half-size statue (not life-size), and it was at one point held by the Ottawa Archives (the 'Dominion Archives'). I think this is what is now Library and Archives Canada. It seems to be difficult to contact them online. What is the best way to find out if they still have this statue, or have it on public display somewhere? Carcharoth (talk) 21:33, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject collaboration notice from the Portals WikiProject[edit]

The reason I am contacting you is because there are one or more portals that fall under this subject, and the Portals WikiProject is currently undertaking a major drive to automate portals that may affect them.

Portals are being redesigned.

The new design features are being applied to existing portals.

At present, we are gearing up for a maintenance pass of portals in which the introduction section will be upgraded to no longer need a subpage. In place of static copied and pasted excerpts will be self-updating excerpts displayed through selective transclusion, using the template {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

The discussion about this can be found here.

Maintainers of specific portals are encouraged to sign up as project members here, noting the portals they maintain, so that those portals are skipped by the maintenance pass. Currently, we are interested in upgrading neglected and abandoned portals. There will be opportunity for maintained portals to opt-in later, or the portal maintainers can handle upgrading (the portals they maintain) personally at any time.


On April 8th, 2018, an RfC ("Request for comment") proposal was made to eliminate all portals and the portal namespace. On April 17th, the Portals WikiProject was rebooted to handle the revitalization of the portal system. On May 12th, the RfC was closed with the result to keep portals, by a margin of about 2 to 1 in favor of keeping portals.

There's an article in the current edition of the Signpost interviewing project members about the RfC and the Portals WikiProject.

Since the reboot, the Portals WikiProject has been busy building tools and components to upgrade portals.

So far, 84 editors have joined.

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Thank you.    — The Transhumanist   07:50, 30 May 2018 (UTC)