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Hello fellow Project members! I thought it was about time we had a better way of organising our efforts at improving the Isle of Wight articles than this, so that's why this project exists. As to its actual aims, I would suggest

  • Assess the importance and quality of IW articles (for inclusion in any future release version)
  • Improve the quality of IW articles.

I've put up what I think is a fairly modest target of assessing 100 articles - if you have a better idea then please add it below. Let's get talking and keep editing! --Peeky44 (talk) 13:04, 21 August 2008 (UTC)


I know that in many ways its a controversial issue, and leads to endless debates on AFD, but do we need articles for any or all schools? The article Education on the Isle of Wight already exists, and probably covers many of the encyclopaedic details already. My opinion upon churches is the same; unless a church is independently notable (for instance being the site of the Marriage of King William V), it merits at best a paragraph in the page of the town/village itself. --Neil (talk) 17:54, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

I think that if a school or church (or anything else for that matter) has a certain level of information about it available on its page, or the potential for a critical amount to be added, it should stand as an article - beyond a certain point, information about a particular school should not be on a general education article. For example, Medina High School, Newport has a good amount of information and more could be added (history for example) if appropriate sources can be found. The other high schools are probably in a similar situation, but it has to be done on an individual basis. Carisbrooke High School seems to be an article in need of major revision before we can declare it neutral, but if advertising-style language can be restructured and the article properly sourced, it should be quite useful. --Peeky44 (talk) 12:57, 29 August 2008 (UTC)


Does anyone know of any sources of information i can use to write an artcle on the Wonders? Simply south (talk) 18:25, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

Yes, try this [1] Naturenet | Talk 10:51, 25 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks. Actually, do you also know how to introduce the article? User:Simply south/Wonders of the Isle of Wight.
Simply south (talk) 21:04, 28 August 2008 (UTC)

Project Banner[edit]

I've just added the banner to a load of page, including a number (all) of the former MPs of the Island, so when a load of random people show up on the list of articles this is why. It is cool to add the banner to pages we consider relevant, isn't it? --Neil (talk) 13:55, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Of course it is! Remember one of the core guidelines of Wikipedia:Be bold. If there's something controversial, there'll be a discussion but in the meantime, keep adding those headers, preferably with the class and importance fields filled in. We're starting to get a really good picture of what needs to be done (see table below and assessment table on main project page). Keep going! --Peeky44 (talk) 10:08, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Marginally classified articles[edit]

I'm currently assessing many IoW articles that are virtually on the boundary of two quality classes. I'm going to list them here for now (excluding stubs), but perhaps we should have a section on the Project page for things like this. Feel free to edit this table when any of the articles is upgraded or you spot another that should go in! --Peeky44 (talk) 02:05, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

OK, so I listed a few stubs as well. There's probably quite a lot that are on the borderline of Start-class, so take those listed below with a pinch of salt and maybe look at Category:Stub-Class Isle of Wight-related articles if you're feeling adventurous... --Peeky44 (talk) 10:12, 22 September 2008 (UTC)
Article Class Notes
Puckaster C only needs some form of diagram or photo to go up to B-class.
Osborne House C minor grammar corrections and expansion of lead would get this to B-class.
Carisbrooke Castle Start A few references would easily make this a C-class article, if not better.
Binstead Start A little more content would get this up to C-class, although the addition of enough and it could go straight to B-class.
Brook, Isle of Wight Stub One single reference is all that's provided - a couple more and this would be Start-class.
Newport (Isle of Wight) bus station C Referencing again - a little work on references would make this B-class. More general expansion needed to get beyond B-class though.
Southern Vectis route 6 C Usual problem, not quite enough references and not all referenced in the main text where they need to be.
Isle of Wight Festival Stub This article is a bit of a mess. There's some good info there, but its almost completely unsourced. Just a few more references would get this to at least Start, and C- or even B- shouldn't be impossible for long. Given the event's importance to the island, it's a bit of a disgrace.
Isle of Wight (UK Parliament constituency) Stub Same as the Festival, it's got plenty of information but no references to back it up.

Isle of Wight County Cricket Ground[edit]

I notice the IWCB website implies the first matches took place on open days at the beginning of the month. Can anyone verify these actually happened? I wasn't on the island at the time and web sources don't seem to have any more info than previews. I've updated the article based on the available information, but if anyone has an old county press or something that might be a good place to check... Cheers! --Peeky44 (talk) 10:30, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

AfD nomination of Isle of Wight Party[edit]

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Isle of Wight Party has been listed for deletion. If you are interested in the deletion discussion, please participate by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Isle of Wight Party. Thank you. Naturenet | Talk 11:47, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia 0.7 articles have been selected for Isle of Wight-related[edit]

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Isle of Wight as a county[edit]

It looks like there's about to be a major discussion/argument about the IW's status as a county (again).
Please have a look at the article talk page.

Coordinates for Isle of Wight articles[edit]

At Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates, we are currently working on finishing geocoding several classes of articles where nearly all of the articles have now been geocoded. We would really appreciate any help you could give us with geocoding the articles in Category:Isle of Wight articles missing geocoordinate data. See this diff for an example of how to geocode an article: there's also a quick how-to guide at the top of the WikiProject's home page.

Regards, -- The Anome (talk) 17:18, 9 February 2009 (UTC)

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Isle of Wight Central Railway/Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway[edit]

I'm trying to expand the articles on the island's historical railway companies, and have done quite a bit with Isle of Wight Railway (Ryde-Ventnor/Brading-Bembridge) and a little to Isle of Wight Central Railway (Ryde-Newport-Cowes/Newport-Sandown). I've found in the IWCR article a claim that they took over the Freshwater, Yarmouth and Newport Railway in 1913, yet I have a book that claims the FYN still existed in 1923 and weren't even absorbed into the Southern Railway for 8 months as they

...disputed the proposed terms of the amalgamation...

The text in the article claims a source, I have an opposing source - Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight, Brian Hardy, 2003. Now that source is not primarily concerned with rail services before about 1960, so it could be in error. Anyone got anything else? --Peeky44 (talk) 19:35, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

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You can't milk[edit]

Proposed split of Cowes to Cowes and East Cowes. See Talk:Cowes. Simply south (talk) 14:52, 5 May 2009 (UTC)

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Island villages[edit]

While looking through I have noticed a number of island village have article titles that include ',Isle of Wight' after them when no other article of that title exists, for example: Niton, Isle of Wight. Niton redirects there. So I propose these articles be moved to avoid longer titles. Here is what I have found that could be moved:

If anyone else has any views feel free to join the discussion. Editor5807speak 18:37, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

I don't think this needs discussion, its unnecessary disambiguation. I have already done the same for several Worcestershire articles recently. I'll make the move shortly. Jeni (talk) 19:04, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
All moved :) I doubt it will be controversial. Jeni (talk) 19:13, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

Thank you :) Editor5807speak 20:05, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

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New Member- New Edits[edit]

Hello i have edited a few pages that i had more information for a created one (Back of the Wight) I thought was needed please help by checking it and articles, Mottistone Manor, Brookgreen and Brighstone Many thanks Xhavnak (talk) 16:34, 9 July 2011 (UTC)

Also i have created some bad pages that got deleted, ver sorry, quite agree with the deletions I shall try to make any new articles better and more referenced. Many apologies. Xhavnak (talk) 18:38, 10 July 2011 (UTC)

Article alerts[edit]

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Undercliff (Isle of Wight)[edit]

If anyone's interested, I just started a main article Undercliff (Isle of Wight), as I think the IoW Undercliff deserves a lot more space than a subsection in The Undercliff.

I'm a little cautious about doing it myself, but The Undercliff#Isle of Wight needs a little work per Wikipedia:Avoid peacock terms for "a semi-tropical environment, covered by lush vegetation". The Undercliff is lovely, but it's not some kind of steaming jungle. Gordonofcartoon (talk) 00:18, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Please help get the Isle of Wight 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.

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Does The Tide Cross The Railway At Yarbridge ?[edit]


"... accessible only at low tide. It also crosses the railway ..."

Can anyone clarify what is meant?

Megapod (talk) 03:00, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

I have clarified the ambiguous wording. Naturenet | Talk 23:44, 7 October 2013 (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)

Old maps and views of the South-East[edit]

As you might have seen in the Signpost last week, there's currently a drive to go through the million 19th century images released by the British Library last year, and identify all the maps, with a view to their being georeferenced by BL volunteers, and then uploaded to Commons early next year. After the first week, over eight thousand new maps have been identified, with 40% of the target books looked at -- see the status page for the latest figures, and more information.

A part that may specifically interest this project is

c:Commons:British Library/Mechanical Curator collection/Synoptic index/England - South East

which currently shows pink templated links for 309 Flickr book pages still to be looked at. (Though there are lots of other parts of England, and indeed of the world, still to be looked through as well).

Any help looking through these would be very much appreciated -- as well as the maps (and ground plans) for tagging, you may well also find other interesting or useful non-map views that may be worth considering or uploading for articles on the Isle of Wight and elsewhere in the South-East. (If uploading, please use the ingestion template described here, which sets up some appropriate image templates and categories).

Thanks, Jheald (talk) 21:32, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X is live![edit]

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