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Note Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/List of highways numbered 1055. PamD 08:09, 29 April 2022 (UTC)

Highway designationsEdit

Hello. We have a new enthusiast in highways. I'm a roadside spectator, but please take a look at this other user's edits and verify if that's how it's supposed to be done. Surely the infobox is not supposed to be a wall of traffic signs, and is supposed to be a collection of wikilinked text, right? And by some inclusion criteria, right? Do we list every highway that traverses every city limits, either in the infobox or in prose? Where are the criteria or a good general small-town example and a metro example? What are the valid uses for these SVGs of road signs? I would assume it's only for identifying them on their own articles, one time. Thank you very much, and I hope you can bring in a new user. — Smuckola(talk) 09:25, 29 April 2022 (UTC)

The graphics of highway markers are used in many places on Wikipedia, not just on their respective articles. The big revert is correct because we typically have one article on a state's highway system (i.e. Michigan State Trunkline Highway System) and then list articles on the various designations within that system (i.e. List of Interstate Highways in Michigan, List of U.S. Highways in Michigan. etc.). There's no need to add the marker for every highway in the state into the system article like that.
Further more, they shouldn't be added to the infoboxes on cities like that. While it's technically possible to use |link= to point a reader clicking on a graphic to an article, this is a bit of an easter egg and should not be done. The typical method I have seen is to use {{jct}} and list them in the body of the article, if they're going to be listed at all. Otherwise, I've seen prose written out that describe the highways and no graphics are used. Imzadi 1979  02:08, 30 April 2022 (UTC)

@Imzadi1979: maybe you'd be so good as to elucidate for my edification, because you noticed one of my supermassive reverts. I am a mewling babe on the info superhighway. — Smuckola(talk) 01:07, 30 April 2022 (UTC)

Another observation I could add is that this would have received more attention at WP:USRD, the US Roads WikiProject, and not here at the Highways project. Imzadi 1979  02:12, 30 April 2022 (UTC)
I've brought up this issue a few times at WT:Cities but never got enough momentum to make it a project standard. The shields and other unnecessary garbage tacked onto already long infoboxes aren't exactly helpful to readers. Mentioning the basic highways should be done in the lead and in the Transportation section of the body, not as graphics in the infobox. SounderBruce 06:59, 30 April 2022 (UTC)

User script to detect unreliable sourcesEdit

I have (with the help of others) made a small user script to detect and highlight various links to unreliable sources and predatory journals. Some of you may already be familiar with it, given it is currently the 39th most imported script on Wikipedia. The idea is that it takes something like

  • John Smith "Article of things" Accessed 2020-02-14. (John Smith "[ Article of things]" ''''. Accessed 2020-02-14.)

and turns it into something like

It will work on a variety of links, including those from {{cite web}}, {{cite journal}} and {{doi}}.

The script is mostly based on WP:RSPSOURCES, WP:NPPSG and WP:CITEWATCH and a good dose of common sense. I'm always expanding coverage and tweaking the script's logic, so general feedback and suggestions to expand coverage to other unreliable sources are always welcomed.

Do note that this is not a script to be mindlessly used, and several caveats apply. Details and instructions are available at User:Headbomb/unreliable. Questions, comments and requests can be made at User talk:Headbomb/unreliable.

- Headbomb {t · c · p · b}

This is a one time notice and can't be unsubscribed from. Delivered by: MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:01, 29 April 2022 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Village pump (policy) has an RFCEdit


Wikipedia:Village pump (policy), which is within the scope of this WikiProject, has an RFC for possible consensus. A discussion is taking place. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments on the discussion page. Thank you.— Ixtal ( T / C ) Join WP:FINANCE! 19:30, 16 May 2022 (UTC)