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Is anyone coordinating all the updates to articles, categories and templates, once the UK leaves the EU in half an hour? Wikipedia:WikiProject European Union/Brexit task force appears moribund. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 22:32, 31 January 2020 (UTC)

Discussion about article "Brexit"[edit]

You are invited to join the discussion at Talk:Brexit#Restructuring of articles, which is about an article that is within the scope of this WikiProject. Ythlev (talk) 07:59, 2 February 2020 (UTC)

The Great Britain/Ireland Destubathon[edit]

Hi. The Wikipedia:The Great Britain/Ireland Destubathon is planned for March 2020, a contest/editathon to eliminate as many stubs as possible from all 134 counties. Amazon vouchers/book prizes are planned for most articles destubbed from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and Northern Ireland and whoever destubs articles from the most counties out of the 134. Sign up on page if interested in participating, we have over 44,000 stubs! A good opportunity to improve stubs for your area!♦ Dr. Blofeld 13:11, 4 February 2020 (UTC)

RfC Monarchy of the UK[edit]


I and another editor have been discussing whether the second paragraph of Monarchy of the United Kingdom is fine as it is or could be improved, but it would be really helpful to have some different voices in the disussion. If you can help that would be great. A.D.Hope (talk) 09:44, 9 February 2020 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:UK national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:UK national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. dummelaksen (talk) 06:55, 26 February 2020 (UTC)

m:Grants:Project/Groundings: Black British Archival Workshops[edit]

Two users are asking 98 k$ to «Create biographies on English Wikipedia for all notable Black publishers/ writers, cultural producers (artists/ playwrights/ musicians), performers/dancers in the UK from the beginning of the 20th Century onwards» and a few other things. Nemo 07:45, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

Notification of discussion on deleting all local government subdivision articles[edit]

There is currently a discussion going on at WikiProject Politics of the United Kingdom regarding a proposal to delete all articles on individual local government subdivisions. Please feel free to participate in this discussion. Sparkle1 (talk) 19:44, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

The National Archives to make online resources free to use[edit]

Here's an announcement that The National Archives posted on Facebook on 1 April (at 2;22pm, so its not an April Fool's joke!):

"We’re pleased to confirm that we will be giving everyone free access to our digitised collections very soon, but it’s taking our amazing digital team a bit of time to make it happen.

"They’re facing similar challenges to the rest of the world with regard to connecting to our various technical systems while working from home, and many of them are also juggling childcare duties. Stay tuned for an update soon!

"EDIT: To clarify, we’re referring to digitised collections that are available on our website (and usually chargeable) – at this stage, this doesn’t extend to our collections on other sites."

-- Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:27, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

This is now in place:
Registration is required. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:50, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

WikiProject Brass bands[edit]

Hi everyone, I have a proposal open to see about creating a WikiProject for brass bands, similar to the inactive marching band project (but active). There might be some players or fans of it here, so I'd appreciate any input on the discussion and future help. Thanks! PotentPotables (talk) 00:02, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

CfD nomination of Category:British and Irish political parties[edit]


Category:British and Irish political parties has been nominated for deletion, merging, or renaming. You are encouraged to join the discussion on the Categories for discussion page. Place Clichy (talk) 15:13, 22 April 2020 (UTC)

FAR for Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence[edit]

I have nominated Rhodesia's Unilateral Declaration of Independence 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 "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. buidhe 11:19, 30 April 2020 (UTC)

Describing locations in the UK in infoboxes[edit]

Are there any proper rules on how to describe a location in the UK in an infobox? For example, whether to include "United Kingdom" after England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or vice versa?

I ask because I have noticed a lot of inconsistencies. For example, the infobox on Gordon Brown says he was born in Giffnock, Renfrewshire, Scotland (without United Kingdom), whereas the article on Elizabeth II just says Mayfair, London (without England or United Kingdom), the article on HSBC says it's based at 8 Canada Square, London, United Kingdom (without England), and the article on GlaxoSmithKline says it's based at Brentford, United Kingdom (without London or England)

This doesn't seem to be very consistent to me. Clearly the UK is a unique case as it's a country of countries, and as far as I can tell I haven't been able to find any guidelines on what to use on Wiki.

What do others think? Elshad (talk) 16:52, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

I'm not sure about companies & biographies etc which might all have different guidelines but for places you might want to look at the guidelines at Wikipedia:WikiProject UK geography#Guidelines.— Rod talk 17:02, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
Here's one I made earlier. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 17:45, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
  • My view is that one should put the lowest level blue link, such as the town, and leave it at that. Adding higher levels such as the county or region is arbitrary and redundant. Such hierarchies often vary over time. For example, I drove past GlaxoSmithKline yesterday. That HQ used to be in Greenford and, to me, their new HQ is on the Great West Road in a stretch that we have as the Golden Mile. For exact locations, we use coordinates – the rest is mainly colour and should be kept simple. See also WP:CREEP. Andrew🐉(talk) 09:16, 18 May 2020 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Racial views of Winston Churchill[edit]

This AFD has been opened and may be of interest to members of this project. Thanks. No Great Shaker (talk) 10:54, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Scope of list discussion[edit]

There is a discussion about the scope of the List of disasters in Great Britain and Ireland by death toll taking place at Talk:List of disasters in Great Britain and Ireland by death toll#Scope of the list. Please feel free to join in. Mjroots (talk) 11:10, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

Center for Countering Digital Hate[edit]

The Center for Countering Digital Hate article contained quite a lot of loaded language: I've tried to remove some of it, but I think some review by non-involved editors would be useful to ensure that the article meets the WP:NPOV criteria. -- The Anome (talk) 07:19, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

Constituent country[edit]

I notice a series of, doubtless good faith, edits to the infoboxes of county and council area articles which include the noting of the "Constituent country". This is one example. Is my memory correct that this term is deprecated? Mutt Lunker (talk) 10:43, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

It is, the citation record shows the use of country not constituent country -----Snowded TALK 17:06, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks. Mutt Lunker (talk) 18:38, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
It's being used as a descriptive for what kind of country England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland are. Merely pointing out that they're not sovereign states, not independent. GoodDay (talk) 17:10, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
WP:NOTFORUM, that's not the question I asked. Yes, I know what it's being used as, thank you very much, and you've already given me a sneak view of your position on the matter, not that I wasn't aware already. Are you having difficulty keeping track of what you said, to whom and where or are you actively attempting to provoke a reinstatement of your BI topic ban (or indeed indef)? Mutt Lunker (talk) 18:38, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
Not seeking a forum for anything. GoodDay (talk) 18:54, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
Why answer a question that wasn't asked then? I sought to confirm the wording's deprecation, not to tediously revive a discussion of its merits. Transparent opportunism. Mutt Lunker (talk) 19:04, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
@GoodDay: Fair warning, the whole issue of country v constituent country was resolved some time ago and your constant snipping on the subject is problematic. If it continues I am going to go the Arbitration enforcement and ask that your topic ban on BI articles be reinstituted and a futher block be placed on you making any comment on a talk page which, broadly interpreted, could be seen as provocative and/or not related to specific changes to the article. Of course the community may not agree with me but I'd remind you that I was one of the editors who supported your being returned to Wikipedia after an indefinate ban. You do great work on many articles but this is something you need to drop. -----Snowded TALK 10:45, 20 June 2020 (UTC)

RfC on Turning Point USA[edit]

An RfC which may be of interest to the members of this project can be found here. Beyond My Ken (talk) 17:14, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

Improvements to Constitution of the United Kingdom[edit]

We are seeking editors to collaborate on improving the Level-5 vital article Constitution of the United Kingdom. There is further discussion on Talk:Constitution of the United Kingdom. Welcome any editors who are interested in getting involved, and grateful for any contributions, large or small. 12:19, 22 June 2020 (UTC)

FAR for Edward VIII[edit]

I have nominated Edward VIII 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 "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. (t · c) buidhe 05:32, 9 July 2020 (UTC)