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I have protected this page owing to a mounting edit war over the icon used. Edit wars on templates can be far-reaching, owing to the transclusion of those templates on multiple pages. Thus, I ask that any discussion about the template occurs here.

In the interests of clarification, I will point out the following about the flag and plain blue icons at the centre of the dispute.

  • The flag is the recognised international symbol of Kosovo, and as such is a valid possibil;ity for a stub icon. However, given the circumstances of Kosovo's declaration of independence, it may not be the wisest choice of icon, as it may imply a lack of neutrality of Wikipedia's part.
  • The plain blue map is in line with similar icons (e.g., that used on Cyprus-stub), where a flag may be too controversial. The plain blue flag seems, on the other hand, to deny the flag's existence and thus may also be construed as being less than neutral.
  • A third option, such as a thumbnail icon of Pristina's best-known building (compare Tibet-stub), or a topographical rather than plain-coloured map, may be a better compromise solution.

Grutness...wha? 21:54, 10 March 2008 (UTC)

I'd like to report that this issue was also considered on the Polish Wikipedia, during which a version of a stub template graphic was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (it too originally was quoting the new Kosovo state flag), and then, a neutral version of a dark green map with a black border was uploaded on its place and that version was endorsed as politically neutral by overwhelming vote for. You might find this version pleasant enough, and since it already is on Commons and used at least on the Polish Wikimedia projects, you might like it as well. And it does not use a shade of blue reminiscent of the UN flag, nor is it a shade of green usede on any state flag that references Islam (I checked against the Commons repository of state flags). nor does it use any color on any locally relevant flag. Dark green at least has a cultural relevance to the country, and the fact, that the country looks green when viewed from space. Here's the image in question: stub-usable Kosovo map-symbol in politically neutral rendering. Best wishes, --Mareklug talk 09:57, 17 March 2008 (UTC)