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Balfour Declaration 100 - Featured Article Candidate[edit]

Three months to go until the centenary of the declaration. Per Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Balfour Declaration/archive1, this article has now been put up for a featured article review. Comments, suggestions, and help in responding to feedback, would all be appreciated.

If this WP:FAR is successful, I believe it will be the first Israel-Palestine related article to reach WP:FA status for more than seven years, with the previous one being SlimVirgin's nomination of the Muhammad al-Durrah incident in early 2010.

Onceinawhile (talk) 17:01, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

Any further input here would be appreciated. Onceinawhile (talk) 10:50, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

Maiuma vs Port of Gaza[edit]

We basically have two articles about the same area, with a lot of overlapping info. How do we solve this? Please see Talk:Maiuma, Huldra (talk) 20:58, 11 September 2017 (UTC)[edit]

All the profiles (used on the West Bank villages) have been gone for a couple of days....but are back today. I would advise everyone that when they use them, get a copy of them, and link to it. We never know when they will be gone for ever! Huldra (talk) 23:53, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Ayn Ghazal and Al-Bassa[edit]

Does anyone have any idea why Ayn Ghazal and Al-Bassa have become so popular since June? Perhaps @Huldra: would be closest since she contributed most to the articles?

See [1], which shows that ever since 10/11 June the two articles started getting thousands of views per day. In the last couple of months they have had more views than Israel. This doesn't appear to be the case for any other articles - just these two. It is also only the English-language version of the articles getting the hits (see [2] and [3]).

Onceinawhile (talk) 22:08, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Ayn Ghazal is easy, the Jordanian site has been in the news, as has a village near Mosul with the same name. We really should not use varient English translits without the country name.Icewhiz (talk) 22:21, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
I just googled for the news. It doesn't seem particularly high profile, and certainly not enough to sustain an average of 10,000 views/day for more than three months. Onceinawhile (talk) 22:31, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
Looking at WP:5000, there are four articles - 'Ain Ghazal, Ayn Ghazal, Al-Bassa and Al-Bassah - all of which are between #330-340 most popular articles in Wikipedia at the moment. Onceinawhile (talk) 22:36, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
Search for Ain Ghazal in the news, not ayn. The ayn wiki article is one of the first google hits when searching for ain. Of course it might be a bot gone wild... But the Jordanian site did generate headlines in a number of languages.Icewhiz (talk) 22:40, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
I did. I don't think it's that. See for example here - the two Bassa articles and the two Ghazal articles, together as a group of four, are following almost exactly the same trends: [4]. So the explanation would need to cover all four. Onceinawhile (talk) 22:42, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
The problem here is all the various possible arab translits. It is quite possible whomever is searching is using a different permutation, with no wiki article, and ending up here. Syria/Iraq is a possibility - there is an al bassah near deir a zor (not the one we have an article on) sround which there is some fighting.Icewhiz (talk) 22:46, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Whaw, I had absolutely no idea. (I didn't even know about that page). However, I have seen page views shoot to heaven before: I recall at the time of the Duma arson attack views of Duma, Nablus went sky high. And when Bernie Sanders revealed that he had spend time on kibbutz Sha'ar HaAmakim, views of that kibbutz article went sky high, too. When I google news about Al-Bassa, I get lots of hits on some footballer? Huldra (talk) 22:48, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Hmm. Football, random villages in Syria/Iraq, Jordanian statues. None of it explains why the popularity of all four articles would sky rocket in exactly the same way at exactly the same time. Onceinawhile (talk) 22:51, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
No, it doesn't...sorry, but I am absolutely clueless here, Huldra (talk) 22:54, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
Me too! The theory that readers meant to get to another article seems off, since there are no other articles with names closely-related to these showing up anywhere in WP:5000 Onceinawhile (talk) 22:56, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
I agree the charts show quite a correlation, but it really just two, not four. My bet is that Bassa atleast is a different spelling from the two wiki articles. Syria/Iraq is not a bad direction to look at - similar names, shifting hot spots, lots of googles looking for town X when it becomes hot.Icewhiz (talk) 23:01, 24 September 2017 (UTC)