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Olympic site announcements[edit]

An editor, in a attempt to keep the Olympic assignment announcement in 2017, added similar entries in 2005, 2009, and 2013. WP:RY has questionable authority at this point, but I wonder if the announcements were considered "events" in previous years. I can probably check using WP:AWB when I get home, but AWB doesn't work on Android phones. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 18:53, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Not an attempt, just fixing an oversight. ITN even has this global announcement as a recurring event meaning it gets posted (to the main page!) as long as the quality of the article is sufficient. Given the global coverage and global significance, it seems quite straightforward that it should be included. As for using AWB to check for its presence, it's not that hard. Just Google "2008 Beijing announcement", see when it happened, and look in that year's article. It's probably not there because the further back in RY time you go, the worse the articles get. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:22, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
How about adding the winter Olympic announcements, then. I still don't think they belong, but you might as well be consistent. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 20:14, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Sure, feel free to do that if you feel technically capable. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:16, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
Announcements are rarely significant events in and of themselves. The event itself is significant, sure, but the announcement of the location? What does that add? Year articles list the most important events of that year, and, barring anything out of the ordinary, routine announcements about future events are irrelevant. -- irn (talk) 20:10, 1 October 2017 (UTC)
I'm not going to get in another edit war the TRM, even though he is temporarily blocked, and even if there were a clear consensus against his edits. If someone else wants to revert his absurd edits adding announcements of Olympic city selections, go ahead. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 02:38, 2 October 2017 (UTC)
I'd disagree - the announcement is a big thing in itself - for instance the London 2012 announcement was accompanied by the crowd-gathering-in-Trafalgar Square which is equated with National Event in the UK. Plus national TV coverage etc, see eg here Le Deluge (talk) 22:48, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
Receiving national attention or being a “National Event” is a much lower bar than this project uses for any inclusion criteria. It needs to be internationally significant. And receiving attention doesn't connote significance. Kim Kardashian usually comes up as a readily understood example for that. -- irn (talk) 16:52, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

Arthur Rubin while you are still an admin, and even then, as an editor who should comply with WP:NPA, I would suggest you refrain from ad hominem attacks, such as calling my edits to add further Olympic announcements as absurd. As explained to you several times, the announcements were already noted in at least three other year articles before I consistently and accurately added well-worded and properly sourced edits. These are global news events that our readers would expect to see noted in an overview of a year's events. I look forward to your striking your personal attack and apologising. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:41, 10 October 2017 (UTC)

It is absurd to include announcements of past Olympic games with more emphasis than the actual games. One could make a case for announcements of future games, especially when there is not enough information to list the games. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 15:18, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
Not at all. As you are fully aware, at least three examples of the announcements already existed in articles which you know and have been editing for years with no problem from you at all. Then, when I make fully referenced and consistent edits, you declare them to be absurd, not simply that you disagree with them, nor that you are prepared to fix the problem you perceive yourself. You simply make an ad hominem attack declaring my edits to be absurd. As we can see at the ongoing Arbcom case, the community has lost its confidence in you, and calling other established editors helpful contributions absurd won't help that improve in any way. The Rambling Man (talk) 16:50, 10 October 2017 (UTC)
Arthur Rubin I'd like you, very politely, to remove your "absurd" claim. If you don't necessarily agree with a set of very well referenced and consistent (with other older "Years" article) edits, then please do so in less inflammatory language. I note your desysop is imminent, I think any continuation of such behaviour will result in a site ban. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:12, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

IP reverting[edit]

Could an admin semi-protect Category:17th-century establishments in New York - an IP keeps changing it in a way that breaks all the links, I've already reverted twice.... Le Deluge (talk) 22:49, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Ymblanter did this for a short period, but the page was reverted after that. I have now protected it for longer. – Fayenatic London 23:40, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Events by month categories have been nominated for discussion[edit]

Events by month categories have been nominated for possible deletion. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. -- Marcocapelle (talk) 16:06, 8 October 2017 (UTC)


An RFC has been opened about categorization of events by past or current country, see the link here. Feel free to join the discussion. Marcocapelle (talk) 13:56, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Disambiguation links on pages tagged by this wikiproject[edit]

Wikipedia has many thousands of wikilinks which point to disambiguation pages. It would be useful to readers if these links directed them to the specific pages of interest, rather than making them search through a list. Members of WikiProject Disambiguation have been working on this and the total number is now below 20,000 for the first time. Some of these links require specialist knowledge of the topics concerned and therefore it would be great if you could help in your area of expertise.

A list of the relevant links on pages which fall within the remit of this wikiproject can be found at

Please take a few minutes to help make these more useful to our readers.— Rod talk 20:18, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Most of these are now fixed. The remaining one is the link to Danubian Plain within Timeline of Ancient Romania, which is beyond me. – Fayenatic London 23:33, 3 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks - this sort of example is exactly why we need specialists to help with this process.— Rod talk 08:17, 4 December 2017 (UTC)