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Mass implementation of Welsh place-names on other Wikipedias edit

While the inner workings of other Wikipedias are not impactful on this Wikipedia, as each one operates separately. Just want to raise that after noticing excessive changes at Wikidata, such as removing "Bala Lake" for Llyn Tegid [1], seems one editor is mass-replacing derivatives of the currently used English names with the ("official", in a few cases) Welsh ones at various other (up to 32 ish) Wikipedias. Which depending on the Wikipedia may go against rules they may have in place, similar to what we have as WP:COMMONNAME here. Once again, while we shouldn't try and influence the consensus at other Wikipedias, considering the editor has had issues here, I could not overlook it and seems unlikely an active contributor in most of these 32 other language Wikis aside in place-names.

Nonetheless, just raising this should any discussions be started on English Wikipedia and an argument along the lines of

but other Wikipedias use the Welsh name

is used, which is obviously not enough alone regardless, but providing more context should it be used.

While sympathetic to using Welsh names, including that of Llyn Tegid (I have a personal project on it), one editor changing to Welsh place-names in 32 languages seems questionably good faith, let alone fluent or with local consensus. If any of you have connections to other (aside cy) Wikipedias to either take action, start discussions there, or recognise these edits are acceptable, then please do.

Apologies if this isn't the correct place, but have no idea where. DankJae 18:21, 19 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Good to see TG honouring the spirit of their T-ban, and keeping their rampant POV in check. KJP1 (talk) 18:49, 19 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
I expect it has something to do with the recent decision by the local national park to only use the Welsh language names of lakes in their juristiction. I don't have any knowledge of the rules that govern articles in other language Wikipedias - but unlike the English language Wikipedia, I doubt they need to have a preference for English language titles for their articles. Sionk (talk) 21:04, 19 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
So far, quickly checking es and fr, they seem to have something like commonname. de is a bit more complex stating "in the national language" from translation, but then goes to basically commonname if not the case. it states "official" names can be used if only there is no pre-existing italian version or italian use of the English one. Nonetheless, not saying every change is wrong, but doing it suddenly in 32 languages seems that such policies were not considered and was agenda-based. Some of them at fr, seem to be reverted, and was even banned from one wiki. Just raising it nonetheless.
Plus these changes are also impacting Wikidata, so corrections need to be there. Seem also not to be limited to lakes, with
Snowdonia → Eryri,
St Asaph → Llanelwy,[2] (so far not moved the articles yet)
Bull Bay → Porth Llechog,
Red Wharf Bay → Traeth Coch,[3]
Tanygrisiau Reservoir → Llyn Tanygrisiau, also spotted, with all the (former) names in English removed entirely, not even an alias[4], meaning such data items cannot even be found with the old name under search. May raise it at Wikidata? no idea tho. DankJae 22:34, 19 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
As KJP1 suggested, it doesn't bode well for any chance of having a Wikipedia topic ban reviewed, especially with the questionable name changes in Wikipedia article-space. Wikidata problems will have to be raised on Wikidata. Sionk (talk) 00:34, 20 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
Already raised at Wikidata. DankJae 11:39, 20 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
Yes used Welsh names except for "British English" where I left as is. I agree official "British English" should be left as is on wikidata. Would prefer coming to me directly if I've made any mistakes so that I can immediately correct. Apologies Titus Gold (talk) 21:15, 25 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
Removing all the "English names" under "English" and all other languages seemed very intentional, leaving a newly added sole "British English" for the actual Common name. I explained my reasoning there on both the issue and why I chose the location of the discussion. DankJae 01:52, 26 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
Titus Gold - Your call for a direct dialogue would have more credibility, if you had attempted to discuss this major change before implementing it. But that would run counter to your modus operandi of seeking to get Facts on the ground in support of your view. What was the reason you didn't discuss this, here or on the other wikis, before implementing it? And do you think it is compliant with the spirit of your Welsh-topics T-Ban on en:Wiki? And what is the purpose of the change? KJP1 (talk) 05:38, 26 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
That's fair enough. It was intended to apply a consistent label pattern used for all non-"British English" labels as there didn't seem to be consistency or guidance for these labels. I also hadn't considered that common name policy might actually apply for non-British English or Welsh labels. In hindsight, I agree I should've discussed before implementing this on some pages. I will do this from now on wikidata in the same way that I've been doing in past few months in particular for Wikipedia. Hope that explains it. Titus Gold (talk) 13:14, 26 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
It doesn’t explain it at all. What you mean is: “Having got my own way, I’m content to promise collaboration in future”. But you’ve made, and broken, that promise many times. What would have some credibility, would be if you self-reverted your changes, and then came back here to discuss what you planned to do and why. Are you prepared to do that? KJP1 (talk) 13:27, 26 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
They're back at it again for Devil's Appendix on other Wikis, see Wikidata. DankJae 20:49, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Quelle surprise. Martinevans123 (talk) 21:10, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Titus Gold - Personally, I think this needs to go back to ANI. The terms of the topic ban are:
"There is a near-unanimous consensus here to topic-ban Titus Gold from articles relating to Wales, broadly construed. A six-month wait before any appeal is recommended. There isn't a consensus for any additional topic bans or other restrictions at this time, but the community's patience is clearly wearing thin, and Titus Gold should be aware that problematic behavior in other areas will likely lead to further sanctions. (As written, the topic ban applies only in mainspace, but, again, disruption elsewhere will probably result in a swift expansion of the restriction" (my bold).
To me, this is a second clear breach of the spirit, if not the letter, of the ban. It's also a clear breach of their commitment given above: "I should've discussed before implementing this on some pages. I will do this from now on wikidata". In short they simply cannot be trusted not to continue to push their POV. I'll flag it shortly, unless anyone else wants to pick it up (please!). I've pinged TG so they are aware, although they watch this page. KJP1 (talk) 00:25, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Topic bans are specific to English Wikipedia. Wasn't this a change to Wikidata only? If so, there is no breach of the topic ban and TG is perfectly entitled to make those edits. Having said that, the nature of the edits would be material in any appeal to the topic ban. It is exactly the type of POV editing that raised the concerns before. Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 08:46, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Absolutely take the point, and I think your reading of the ban scope is entirely right. What I was wondering was whether the "problematic behaviour in other areas" clause would cover it. But quite happy to be told I'm wrong on that point. What is so frustrating, aside from the continued POV editing, is TG's bad faith. On 26/11/23 (above), they promised to discuss before implementing any more such changes. So where was the discussion before this latest change? KJP1 (talk) 09:48, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
To be honest, I am not sure what the process is for taking this up at Wikidata. Wouldn't it have to be raised with admins there? But I get the frustrations. TG has always been civil, but again and again the same things recur. There may be reasons for that. I know nothing about TG the person, and I am aware that there are reasons why past commitments can be forgotten without it necessarily demonstrating bad faith; but whatever the reasons, the effect is disruptive. TG needs to be aware that the community is repeatedly asking for more discussion, and if this is not forthcoming then referrals to whichever admin board is appropriate will follow. Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 10:09, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
This is technically not about Wikidata itself. Whenever you move a page on any Wiki including this one you also edit Wikidata. The edits at Wikidata are a result of their page moves on Norwegian Nynorsk and Cebuano Wikipedia. Which I don’t think they’re fluent in, nor considered what that language actually uses, and are only there to POV push Welsh names.
Not calling for anything specifically, nor do I think I can, just raising the issue again, as it seems that this issue isn’t solved, so expect them to do more, and appears that nothing has changed in their editing since the T-ban both on this Wiki (moved to other Celtic countries) and slowing spreading to other Wikipedias. DankJae 11:27, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
OK, in the interests of starting the discussion suggested above; Titus Gold - could you:
  • Briefly outline the place name changes you have been making on foreign-language Wikis and your intended rationale;
  • Briefly outline the steps you've taken to understand the policy/guidance prevailing on those foreign-language wikis on place naming, e.g. their equivalent of Wikipedia:COMMONNAME;
  • Briefly outline the steps you've taken, with diffs, to obtain consensus on the foreign-language wikis for the changes you've made;
  • To help get a sense of scale, give details of:
(a) the number/names of the foreign-language wikis where you have made changes;
(b) the number of place name changes you have made on each foreign-language wiki.
  • Undertake not to make further changes until this discussion is concluded.

Thank you. KJP1 (talk) 17:12, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

As other users have stated, I was sure not to edit anything within the scope of the ban. As far as I can see, since the 20th November, Nant Clogwyn y Geifr is the only one I changed in other languages. (Also just created a handful of pages on the Welsh language Wici on small places that mostly didn't exist in other languages.) Some of reasons behind the two page moves was that there is no automatic preference for any English place names in Wales in any other language; the national park has announced it is moving to official names in the original Welsh only for waterfalls; common name doesn't seem to apply because I couldn't find any info on Nant Clogwyn y Geifr in those languages.
I thought bold moves were permitted on other language Wikis? So I'm now meant to start discussions before page moves? (Obviously I would know this is more often needed on English Wiki because there might Welgh lang/English lang contenders for any name changes)
What must I now do to have the topic ban lifted? Could I have very clear and defined criteria please (I think ambiguity on this may have been one of the contributors to the ban in the first place.)?
Thanks for your time. I'm happy to conform to any recommendations for now and future. Titus Gold (talk) 17:39, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Titus Gold - can you give details of all changes, including those before 20/11/2023. KJP1 (talk) 19:39, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
After double-checking it's only those two moves for a place name (in a language other than Welsh) since November 2023.
(Since 2016, May 2020 I've counted (roughly 10 pages with roughly an average of 5 different language moves for the same page) so total of 50 page moved over that period.
Some of the reasoning I used in the past was:
  • Other languages tend to always use whatever the English Wikipedia uses as a page name without even considering the Welsh name simply because it was what English wiki uses (and perhaps being completely unware of there being two names for some places in Wales)
  • Welsh Wici is virtually never used for the template for name of places in other languages and I was concerned that this tendency of only using English placenames for Wales across all other language Wikis regardless of any other factors.
  • Common name does not seem to apply to the virtually all of these names since there seems to be virtually no reference to these place names in other languages (exception mentioned below).
  • Officially and legally in Wales, the Welsh name comes first, followed by the English name if there is one; so my thinking was that if a page was not in English, then perhaps it would be appropriate to default to Welsh more often if there was no common name factor.
  • For some there was added reason that the Welsh name only was official, e.g some lakes in Eryri/Snowdonia.
  • One name that I had perhaps had not considered properly for common name was Mont Snowdon in French. Consequently, this were reversed anyway and remain the reversed name (some were other reverts as well I think). Obviously France is geographically closer to Wales and and after some digging I found one or two articles using "Mont Snowdon"; so in hindsight, I had overlooked common name for that.
Titus Gold (talk) 20:54, 2 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Cadwaladr and the Welsh Dragon edit

Note this video stating that the claims the Welsh Dragon being linked to Cadwaladr were a mistake. It minimally mentions such link being present on Wikipedia, although critiques the sources’ sources instead. There may be edits based on this video on articles relating to the dragon, national flag, Cadwaladr, the Tudors and others. Just a heads up should edits based on this already be done or if an editor wishes to accept the video’s argument or actively reject it. DankJae 22:33, 26 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

The Cadwaladr article was already fine. Information that contradicted Cadwaladr was added to Flag of Wales and Welsh Dragon sourced to an MA in Creative Writing that I had already taken issue with before. No prizes as to who added it, and perhaps why (do I detect some POV in the sidelining of Henry VII?) Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 09:24, 27 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
I think the video is mostly fair but seems to make some wrong assumptions about what a source was pointing to. Even the video creator admits to the wrong use of Cadwaldr and the dragon and having done months of research to reach that conclusion. I'm glad it's been assessed. Multiple reliable sources acknowledged the connection between Henry VII and the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr, but no citing of the original source it seems. The MA source I think was just acknowledging the association that Henry VII made rather than Cadwaladr actually using it.
For such ancient history, I think it's wise to avoid any news articles! Thanks for addressing this. Titus Gold (talk) 03:54, 22 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Funnily enough, I recently realised the lack of evidence whilst editing the Welsh language equivalent. "Gwarchan Maelderw" (poem) seems to be one of the earlier mentions of a red dragon. Titus Gold (talk) 04:02, 22 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Doesn't look like a reliable source to me. Deb (talk) 18:49, 22 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Missing Welsh Government cabinet posts edit

Just a notice that I am slowly going through creating the missing Welsh Government cabinet posts. Just published five:

I assume they're notable as their holders are presumed such per WP:NPOLITICIAN, and well wanted to accompany Minister for the Economy (Wales), Minister for Finance (Wales) and Minister for Local Government (Wales). If not notable, open to a list of Welsh Ministers article or something.

Just raising this because I do not know the history of these positions enough and there are a few gaps in the continuity of these posts as I struggled to find sources for exact dates of previous office-holders, so there are a few gaps on the older positions. Plus as not fully knowledgeable of government, I may have made a little mistake here and there, so any corrections would be welcomed.

Yes I am aware, the upcoming new first minister may reshuffle it all again, but I started this before the announcement was made. :/

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda. DankJae 17:20, 2 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Done all of them, if I missed anything please check! DankJae 02:50, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

English-language pronunciations edit

Hi, just noticing that an @2A00:23C7:7C9B:AB01:859:8379:EBEB:EF99 anon is removing the IPA for English pronunciations? They argue there are potential American English pronounciations? I doubt Americans are even aware of many Welsh places, but if it is commonly used surely can be added or put into a note? Many articles have multiple pronunciations. They state because Welsh only has one pronunciation that, that, is the only one is needed as the rest of derivatives? So far they've done it to Gwynedd, Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog. Although are there sources for any of these? These seem to be based on personal original research? DankJae 23:11, 4 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

I suspect the motivation may be more to promote a particular viewpoint rather than to build the encyclopaedia without bias. It may be helpful for this wikiproject to have a recent changes watchlist as is used by WP:YORK to make it easier for users to monitor articles for potentially disruptive edits. EdwardUK (talk) 04:51, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I wish that IP would use talk pages. However, I think they have some knowledge of linguistics and have a point. They did it first at Ceredigion and were repeatedly reverted in a slow burn edit war until I opened a talk section and we reached a consensus that they can go. See Talk:Ceredigion#Pronunciation, but the tl;dr is that these pages are about the place, and what a reader of a page about Gwynedd, Ceredigion, Porthmadog, etc. wants to know about is the place. Where the words are Welsh, naturally any reader might be interested in how to pronounce the word, but they are not interested, and certainly not in the very first sentence, to know how the word is mispronounced elsewhere.
And to get longwinded again (you can ignore this paragraph) IPA can very accurately represent a pronunciation, but pronunciations are coloured by dialect. Take /pɔːrθˈmædɒɡ/ for example, which is given as the English IPA of /pɔrθˈmadɔɡ/. Almost the same, and the differences come in the length of the o and a slight closed shift of the a from fully open. Except the English IPA guide does not offer the fully open a, except in the notes, where it suggests that, per the OED, the /a/ more closely reflects RP. So /a/ is not used because the writer of the IPA English page decided not to follow RP but another variant of English. American English perhaps? And then, what of that r? It is meant as an approximant in the IPA English guide, yet the guide admits this means it is really IPA /ɹ/. What is rendered is the IPA symbol for an alveolar trill, /r/, which is heard in a few English varieties but is definitely unusual in English. So that English rendering is, in any case, problematic. It doesn't belong there. Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 08:20, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'll just add a caveat to my comments. In some places an alternative pronunciation is so common that it may not be enough to list just the standard Welsh pronunciation. Aberystwyth is a case in point (but currently only has one pronunciation listed). These would need to be considered case by case. Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 08:55, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@FutureFlowsLoveYou, just did the first reversion of such at Powys, citing MOS:DUALPRON. So what to do about the others removed? DankJae 13:28, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I don't think there is an established alternative English pronunciation for Gwynedd and Penrhyndeudraeth. I personally would leave those alone. Porthmadog has an English alternative, not used much anymore, of Portmadoc. This is in the article, and could, presumably, be rendered in IPA too (although I don't really see the benefit to the reader of doing so). I would agree with the reversion on Powys, as there are two pronunciations there (although now it lists 3. We could pare back one). Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 13:53, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@EdwardUK, That would be great although how do you set one up, looking at Yorkshire's I assume it is a manual watchlist of every related article and then funnelled through the related changes system? DankJae 14:03, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@DankJae: That is basically how it works. The lists are put together from all the pages tagged with the wikiproject template. Although, it would need updating occasionally to add any new articles to the list. I made one for Rugby league about a month ago based on their article assessment page and it seems to be working, once I had worked out a method it only took an hour or two to create it. I am usually busy over weekends but I should be able to put together one for Wales next week. EdwardUK (talk) 15:11, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
That would be great if you could! DankJae 16:31, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
That's a disappointing assumption, for my reasoning has been clear. I'm not sure what 'particular viewpoint' you think I have in mind. Also, some other assumption made about my edits I have disproven below, such as the matter of the breve when transcribing dipthongs (which is backed up by the already-existing article on dipthongs.
Some of the contributions in this topic section display bad faith, I'm afraid. I feel that some of those who have contributed subscribe to the unfortunate assumption that to edit in a way that gives the Welsh langauge prominence in situations where it is merely logical is a 'Nationalist'.
Anyway, I do accept, with thanks, that the vast majority are doing what they feel is right, but the tone here suggests that I am probably wasting my time. You shall all feel very relieved then when I tell you that I am done. 2A00:23C7:7C81:9001:79E4:CC96:47BF:D694 (talk) 18:20, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

I have questioned the IP on their Talk page but have had no response. Martinevans123 (talk) 13:33, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Still as an IP, their address may constantly change, in the period of this discussion it already has (but clearly the same person), so possibly they would edit under another ip address and not see the question? This does make monitoring their changes a bit more difficult unless someone has every county and place on their watchlist. DankJae 14:01, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yes, of course. Just being optimistic! It geolocates to BT in London, likely static. Martinevans123 (talk) 14:07, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
The address is an IPv6 one. In an IPv6 address the bottom 64 bits are not static as they are used for autoconfiguration. If the user has just a single /64 (the smallest range available in IPv6), then they are all addresses under 2A00:23C7:7C9B:AB01::/64. That is, that part of the number doesn't change, but the other part will - perhaps every time they switch off their device. That gives them a range of about 1.8x10^19 different addresses. If the user took one stride in the same direction for each of those addresses, they would run out of numbers when they reach the M25... not the one in London... the one in Sagittarius. Here are all their contributions to date: Special:Contributions/2A00:23C7:7C9B:AB01::/64 Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 15:44, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Ah right, so we can expect to see Welsh IPA changes for place names in Sagittarius before long! Thanks. Martinevans123 (talk) 15:53, 5 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Oh it's being going on for a while, but based on some of their edit summaries seems their argument is just "Welsh pronunciation is the only correct one". Anyone into IPAs willing to look into them? What is the IPA policy anyway, seems a bit OR. DankJae 16:38, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I have been watching the user's edits. I have neither strong motivation either to assist or to revert. I would be reverting if they were blatantly wrong. There is a bit of disagreement over whether IPAs need references. IPA is phonetic spelling, and when there is a single unequivocal pronunciation of a Welsh word, spelling that word in IPA should not need a reference. Edits at Penparcau demonstrate a problem though. Very often there is not a single pronunciation. I reverted one of the IP's edits but left their reformulation. There is a message on my talk page about it too. The IPA there now is correct standard Welsh, and does not, in my opinion, need a citation. However Penparcau is in mid Wales, and there is a mid Wales pronunciation of the word that differs in the end vowel. The inhabitants of Penparcau, meanwhile, pronounce it with yet another end sound that is not properly Welsh. I suppose we could cite the variations and then spell them. It is another example of MOS:DUALPRON. But my reason for not going in and making a bunch of changes is that - MOS or not - pages are meant to give knowledge to readers, and long discussions of various pronunciations do not belong in the first sentence of a lead of an article that is about a town. The article is not about dialect continua. Fingers crossed the IP doesn't do this all the way to Sagittarius (I am pretty sure the dialect beyond this star system is fairly unrecognisable - although I don't have a source for that). Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 18:12, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I must admit I have had exactly the same reaction. But the big question - shouldn't have English IPA guides, at least more prominently than Welsh IPA guides (which really belong at Martinevans123 (talk) 18:22, 7 January 2024 (UTC) Sagittarius Love Languages: An Expert-Backed Guide - all you need to know!Reply
The guideline for appropriate use is for inclusion when it would not be obvious from the spelling, in which case a source to verify the non-obvious could be reasonably expected, and if it is unambiguous then the pronunciation is not necessary. Should this apply equally whether the pronunciation is in Welsh or English then based on the edit summaries it could have been the Welsh that they removed. If in Gwynedd 65% of residents speak Welsh then a third do not, and the majority of these probably use English as would the national/local authorities and media when communicating with these non-Welsh speaking residents. This seems a reasonable proportion of the population for the articles to include an English IPA where appropriate. Those used for the administration within the area could be considered as the standard English and Welsh pronunciations, and if these are the same in both languages then why not mention this too. I am not convinced by the edit summary that a British-English pronunciation should be excluded because people on the other side of the Atlantic, few of whom may have ever heard of the place in question, may use an dialect that causes it to sound different, but if the IP has sources for multiple other English-language variations (or maybe even Patagonian Welsh alternatives?) then rather than removing content these could be added and placed in a footnote as in the examples in MOS:PRONPLACEMENT. EdwardUK (talk) 04:45, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
The guideline for appropriate use is for inclusion when it would not be obvious from the spelling, in which case a source to verify the non-obvious could be reasonably expected. This is the case for non obvious pronunciations of English language placenames, certainly. Worcester, England for instance. I note that even there, editors have not felt it necessary to cite the IPA. But for Welsh placenames the situation is different. Welsh has phonetic spelling, so anyone understanding the rules of the Welsh spelling system can read (almost) any Welsh word correctly first time. Nevertheless the rules of the phonetic spelling system are not widely known by readers who speak English but not Welsh. Moreover it is very common that readers of Welsh place names do want to know how the place is pronounced. Thus it is good information in an article to provide the reader with the pronunciation, either by giving them the Welsh rules of pronunciation (which you see a lot in books), or, as Wikipedia and dictionaries do it, using IPA. If using IPA, this falls squarely into WP:BLUESKY. The IPA template itself links to the pronunciation guide, so that is not required, and the only other reference that would make any sense would be something like "Teach yourself Welsh" and that is unecessary. We don't reference spellings. Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 08:25, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I have to say I tend to agree that there is only one correct pronunciation for most Welsh names. Deb (talk) 16:02, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Seems they've tried to remove Anglesey's IPA entirely. Still not convinced by their edits. If the argument is that Welsh is already phonetic, tbh that actually means there is less reason for the Welsh IPA if those more familiar with the language, do not even need it. But I'd say verified English IPAs should stay, rather than based on personal use as in the end, I don't think there is a IPA exception to WP:V? (unless there is?). DankJae 20:31, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

They were rightly reverted on Anglesey. I think the way Wikipedia presents IPA may be leading to a misunderstanding. Apologies if I am wrong on that I am about to state the obvious. But for the avoidance of doubt, there is no Welsh IPA that is different from English IPA. There is simply IPA. It is a phonetic alphabet, and given a particular pronunciation of a word, there should only be one way to correctly describe it in IPA.
The Welsh pronunciation guide that links from Welsh IPA spellings merely points to the specific IPA sounds that are found in Welsh. The English pronunciation guide, however, is misleading because there is a greater dialect continuum and the guide can mislead the reader as to what sound is represented by a letter (/r/ being a case in point). Ideally you would simply link to an IPA guide (such as: International Phonetic Alphabet#/media/File:IPA chart 2020.svg ). But we don't want to bog down readers with all that information, so these pronunciation guides have developed to simplify things. The English guide simplifies at the expense of accuracy. But again, there is a single IPA. Given a word with a single standard Welsh pronunciation, and no English alternative (e.g. Aberdyfi, which has an English spelling but the same pronunciation) then we should put the IPA in to tell a reader how to pronounce it. One IPA, for the one correct pronunciation. And I say that knowing full well that the Aberdyfi article doesn't do that. For some reason we have an unsourced and very subtly incorrect "English" IPA, partly because the English pronunciation guide favours a particular flavour of English that is not RP and partly because someone has mistaken an open mid back vowel for the schwa, or else, for that syllable, has favoured RP over other flavours of English![5] Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 21:04, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Still uncomfortable with the idea "one correct pronunciation", what if locals have a local pronunciation that diverges from Welsh phonology. I know Rhos and Clwyd (Welsh-derived words) are pronounced differently depending where in Wales you are, so still concerned with this "Welsh alphabet" first standard, although, overall, yes few have sources either. Still don't like the idea how local pronunciations in English and Welsh may be mass-removed for the "only correct way". Like yes you mention a "single standard Welsh pronunciation" but if that existed then why are these edits happening suddenly and widely? Surely the standard should've already been there, but there was another one added by someone else.
Once again, the editor in question isn't using the argument "no English alternative", but "it is not needed". I am not really questioning their edits to the Welsh IPA tbh, but the removal of others and with no citations to confirm the new or the old was correct.
Finally there is the assumption English-speakers in Wales pronounce the Welsh names correctly, and while they likely do, the uncited and wide-ranging edits do not make me trust it. May be if possible instead of changing the existing IPA, but a theoretically standard one (in line with the Welsh alphabet) is added before it? DankJae 22:17, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Indeed there are many varieties of Welsh English, such as Cardiff English, etc., where standard English or standard Welsh pronunciations do not apply. But I guess there might be many non-English speakers who come here to see how to pronounce Welsh place names in English? Martinevans123 (talk) 15:59, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Plus I keep seeing the IP add "u̯" which isn't even in Help:IPA/Welsh, so there goes accuracy. DankJae 14:14, 16 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hello, the purpose of the mark such as that in "au̯" is to show that the vowels are not sounded separately (as two syllables) but rather form a single unit (a diphthong, which is also a single syllable). Really, the Welsh IPA page should note this. Look at the IPA guide pages for other languages which also have similar dipthongs, sucH as Finnish, and you will see the same mark. 2A00:23C7:7C81:9001:59DC:F6CC:E84C:1008 (talk) 00:21, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Best discuss there whether to add it there, before adding contradictory IPAs, in the end this is about Welsh not Finnish. DankJae 01:39, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
I am not suggesting that Welsh follows the IPA for Finnish or indeed any other language, but rather that this is the convention when transcribing dipthongs (including for Welsh). I will look for sourceable material to show this in any case, as I understand that to those not acquainted with IPA, it might look like I am following my own instinct (which I assure that I am not). Best wishes 2A00:23C7:7C81:9001:59DC:F6CC:E84C:1008 (talk) 08:52, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Just saying best raise a discussion at Help talk:IPA/Welsh to add that symbol before putting it into articles. Readers now see that symbol but aren't explained what it means on the IPA page, so confusing. DankJae 13:56, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thank you, I shall do that.
You will also see that in the article on dipthongs the following sentence:
"The non-syllabic diacritic, the inverted breve below ⟨◌̯⟩, is placed under the less prominent part of a diphthong to show that it is part of a diphthong rather than a vowel in a separate syllable: [aɪ̯ aʊ̯]".
I hope that you will now see that I am indeed following a recognised convention for IPA transcription. 2A00:23C7:7C81:9001:79E4:CC96:47BF:D694 (talk) 17:47, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Hello 2A00:23C7:7C81:9001:59DC:F6CC:E84C:1008. Are you in any way related to 2A00:23C7:7C9B:AB01::/64? Martinevans123 (talk) 14:11, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@Martinevans123, while their edits are not appearing under that IP range, both as under the same partial block, and both involved with Penparcau. DankJae 14:40, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Quelle surprise. Martinevans123 (talk) 14:44, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
There's nothing I can click and see there sorry, so I can't tell you. 2A00:23C7:7C81:9001:79E4:CC96:47BF:D694 (talk) 18:11, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Try 2A00:23C7:7C9B:AB01:181B:4B17:AC6F:6D12, for example? Thanks Martinevans123 (talk) 18:56, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
What you're talking about, I think, is dialect. For example, round this area, it's common for names with "oes" at the end of them, e.g. "Treoes", "Tan-y-Groes", to be pronounced as if they were English, with a long "o", but I'm not sure that being mispronounced by Welsh people makes it okay. Deb (talk) 18:43, 1 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wikipedia:Welsh Wikipedians' notice board edit


What is the purpose of this? Just asking, but best if some of the stuff there were merged or linked to from here? Not calling for mass redirecting, as links to the archives need to be maintained somehow. May be it merged/reconfigured with a WikiProject sub-page?

P.S. I may start some new local guideline (mainly geo-naming policy) discussions soon, I'll go slow, in case I overwhelm anyone. DankJae 01:38, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

I’ve honestly no idea. I don’t think I knew it existed. I’d agree that it seems to duplicate the aim/objectives of this page. I see User:Deb was a contributor and they may have a better understanding than I as to its history/purpose. KJP1 (talk) 05:18, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
No objection. I think it may have existed before the WikiProject was created but I'm not going to spend hours checking. Deb (talk) 09:11, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
I think if it could remain accessible through a link, for historical purposes if nothing else, then it would be best merged. Though I see we've still not got an article on Plas Glyn y Weddw, which definitely warrants one. KJP1 (talk) 09:31, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
The noticeboard could be tagged as superseded (WP: HISPAGES) and the wikiproject marked as its successor. There is probably not much to merge as most of the content has not been updated for several years. The section on web-based resources may be a good addition to the wikiproject page (there is also something similar on the Awaken the Dragon page), but the links would need to be checked and updated. EdwardUK (talk) 15:43, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
Will try, slowly merge stuff, may move the out-dated stuff which wouldn't be helpful to merge, to an archival sub-page or something? DankJae 23:05, 15 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Just seen someone use the old notice board's "Articles where your opinion is sought" section, should I move these under a Wikipedia:WikiProject Wales/Articles needing attention page? or just put on the main page? Essentially a manual Article Alerts? Or should it just be recommended anything be made a talk section here? Also Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus DankJae 09:52, 1 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Devolution related pages need an update edit

Proposed further Welsh devolution and Proposed Welsh justice system require an update following recent events and debate which has been covered in the news.

Welsh independence also needs an update following recent news (the neutrality banner has been there for months and I'm not sure why either). Unionism in Wales could perhaps be updated in the same manner.

I've added some pointers to the talk pages of those first three pages.

Thanks Titus Gold (talk) 03:11, 22 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Good article reassessment for Rhondda edit

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Merge proposal edit

A proposal to reverse an undiscussed split at Talk:List of Nuttall mountains in England and Wales#Merge proposal. Sirfurboy🏄 (talk) 18:57, 5 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Welsh named pages edit

A discussion last year was about the renaming of Talk:Lôn Goed. Today I searched for Arthur's table, but realised it was actually listed as Bwrdd Arthur. Perhaps more Welsh named articles should be redirected into English? Starting with the Iron Age Arthur settlement on Anglesey, should we change Bwrdd to Table for the search engine? Cltjames (talk) 01:42, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

@Cltjames, if you believe it meets WP:RPURPOSE be free to make it, however IMO probably not, at least as a redirect (maybe a DAB). Although IMO, translations are a bit tougher to justify, especially in vaguer cases like making Big beach for Traeth Mawr. If Arthur's table is used by sources as an alternative name for Bwrdd Arthur then yes a redirect could be made, but if it isn't (incl. as just a translation) then it indicates the subject is more commonly referred to by its Welsh name. Plus there can be multiple translations, or the translation be very generic or vague possibly referring to other articles too, so in this case other tables? I believe such one could be confused for King Arthur's Round Table. If Bwrdd Arthur is commonly described as just "Arthur's table" in multiple sources and no other article is referred to that either, then it possibly be more justified, but this case probably not as a redirect, at least that's my initial opinion. DankJae 03:40, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Bwrdd Arthur seems like a good option for the article name as the alternatives each have minor variations: A Topographical Dictionary of Wales describes it as 'The fortress of Din Sylwy, otherwise called Bwrdd Arthur, or "Arthur's round table"', the RCAHMW list of historic place names records it a 'Bwrdd Arthur or Dinas Sylwy' and Smith, G., 2008 , Iron Age Settlements in Wales has 'Din Silwy has an alternative name of Bwrdd Arthur – (King) Arthur's Table'. EdwardUK (talk) 04:46, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
@EdwardUK? @Cltjames, is arguing whether Arthur's table should be made a redirect, the article is already called Bwrdd Arthur? DankJae 04:53, 7 February 2024 (UTC) Edit: "redirected" gave me the wrong impression. DankJae 04:56, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
On second thought, @Cltjames, by "redirected" do you mean "moving"? If so then no, per WP:USEENGLISH, Bwrdd Arthur is likely used more. DankJae 04:55, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Well, Din Silwy could work. Only I'm approaching the issue of Welsh placenames on the English Wikipedia here. Cltjames (talk) 05:09, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

Newport: City vs County Borough edit

Hi, there currently is a discussion and a dispute over whether District of Newport should be converted into about the Newport county borough (principal area) with Newport, Wales reduced to only the city. This discussion can be found at Talk:Newport, Wales#District of Newport. Thanks! DankJae 11:18, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

@DankJae: It might be worth looking at if Swansea and Cardiff should also be split but unlike Newport both Swansea and Cardiff had boundary changes in 1996, see User:Crouch, Swale/Welsh districts, District of Swansea was merged with parts of Lliw Valley and District of Cardiff was merged with Pentyrch from Taff-Ely while Newport like Merthyr Tydfil had no changes[6] so should be dealt with in 1 article. In terms of Swansea the Welsh Wikipedia article is ta cy:Abertawe (sir) and the German one is at de:City and County of Swansea and with Cardiff the German Wikipedia article is at de:City and County of Cardiff. Crouch, Swale (talk) 17:04, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply
Nonetheless any splits of the long standing status quo have to be formally proposed, as any such change could vastly overhaul any such articles. Overall I am on the fence over such splits, I have found it odd, especially for Swansea where Gower is basically grouped as part of the city, however it may be hard to detangle the two, and they are styled as "City and County" together with their city status making the two more blurred, compared to Merthyr Tydfil where there is clearly still a "County Borough" represented, but can see an argument for a merge of Merthyr Tydfil and its county borough, but reluctantly.
But I do believe there is a stronger argument to actually merge those former district articles where there were minimal boundary changes with the main articles discussing the modern principal areas. But this ofc applies more to Newport and Cardiff, than Swansea. Pointing to a user page doesn't really say much, I did add the changes to Principal areas of Wales.
In terms of names it will be complicated "City and County of Swansea/Cardiff" can still give the impression it is also on the city, so the only contender may have to be "Swansea (county)" and "Cardiff (county)". Nonetheless any proposal should be discussed first as it will be a massive change, and not exactly convinced the worth of it, especially as England constantly shifts left and right when separate articles should or shouldn't exist, and plus more reasoning is needed than "because England" as referred to at Newport.
But once again, if it is formally and clearly proposed as a full split, a consensus for/against can appear. DankJae 17:44, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply

FA review: Edward I edit

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Brecon Beacons split edit

There is a discussion at Talk:Brecon Beacons#Splitting back into range and national park that may be of interest to participants of this project. All opinions are valued, including any opposition or support to the proposed split. Diolch DankJae 11:52, 7 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

UK county flags discussion edit

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Wales WRU Executive Board edit

I saw what @DankJae: was doing with the Welsh government roles, and after doing some work on articles related to some members of the executive board of the Wales Rugby Union#Principals, I saw there is a gap relating to the separate roles of the WRU, e.g. sporting directors, head of rugby etc, such as the role of Nigel Walker (athlete), or the work Ryan Jones until 2020. Any ideas on approaching a new article relating to the structure of Wales' rugby board? Cltjames (talk) 00:21, 21 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

I wouldn't know where to start, so I'll just ask a question - are these roles that might change their titles frequently over time, or are they very well-established? Deb (talk) 09:16, 21 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
OK, you raised a good question. After doing some research it seems the positions have changed name slightly over the past decade or so, but now there is some stability in the Chairman, CEO, member of the Professional Rugby Board (PRB). Here are some links about appointments on the WRU website, WRU board and Executive board. Perhaps these pages explain the set up now, but @Deb: is right, for how long are the exact names of the roles allocated for...? But I think the Executive Board set up is well enough explained to elaborate in an article. Cltjames (talk) 14:04, 21 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I'd have no problem with that, though I'm unlikely to be able to be of much assistance. Deb (talk) 14:24, 21 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
After inspecting most of the other top tier playing rugby nations for comparison, it seems only Wales has a president list. Then, New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia are the only other articles that have included any mention of an executive list of board members. Rugby Australia has a potentially good article in creating a central hub for all rugby purposes, whilst New Zealand rugby have created a good Patron and Officers section with a table showing the personnel. Any ideas on what Wales' WRU could do better explain the corporate set up. I feel Welsh Rugby Union article is similar to the Australian and All Black articles I linked in showing the set up. But, there is a lot more that could be done for the Welsh article to better show the corporate structure for regions and women's game, as well as then the executive board set up, then also perhaps a table similar to the New Zealand article? Cltjames (talk) 15:18, 21 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Probabaly best expanding/creating "governance" at the Welsh Rugby Union article (combining the principals list?), and if the tables or other things from the AU or NZ articles can improve it then be free to base an expansion on those articles as a guide, and better to try to see if it works. Not into rugby, but be free to raise it on the article's talk page or Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Rugby union, unless someone into Welsh rugby also replies here. DankJae 12:45, 23 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Ok thanks, feel free to join the debate I started on the Project Rugby Union page. Cltjames (talk) 13:46, 26 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Community locator maps edit

Example under the name "Wales Wrexham Community Abenbury map.svg".

Hi all, over the past month I have since created a svg map of every (I think) local government community in Wales listed under Commons Category:Locator maps of communities in Wales. With progress tracked at its talk.

I may slowly add them all to articles here (plus Wikidata), although help adding them would be appreciated, if anyone is interested. @Sionk:, sorry to duplicate some of your great maps, which I adopted its orange scheme.

I have created all maps from the 2010 Nilfanion's files, then manually updated those that (appear to) have changed since, with 2024 versions. If they have changed, "2010" and "2024" were added to the beginning of the file's names. I am confused if Torfaen and Vale had boundary changes?? They appear very minor.

The names for the communities in the 2010 files were derived from Nilfanion's 2010 files, and the 2024 names were the ones from Ordnance Survey, they may not automatically match the names of articles here, and hopefully have no typos. Although I removed full stops and apotrophes from "St. David's" etc, so "St Davids" (I think).

Please raise any mistakes/typos I have made. Diolch DankJae 15:32, 27 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Looks like a lot of work, you've made a rod for your own back :) Glad you followed through consistently with the orange (as opposed to the red for electoral wards) ...which I'm pretty sure I copied from some pre-existing maps when I created some new community locator maps following previous boundary changes. I'm unaware of a boundary review this year, so in my opinion it would have made more sense to name the files after the year of the boundary changes - there seems to have been a widespread review in 2016, for example. Quite a number of communities in Wales are very small and I expect they'll hardly be visible at the size of a map in a article infobox (particularly with Powys) - I'm not a fan of Nilfanion's base maps (there's a lot of wasted space on some of them) and cropped my versions as much as possible to maximise the visibility of the communities. But hey-ho, have fun. Sionk (talk) 19:36, 27 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Only named them 2024 because they're up to date as of now, a few counties had multiple reviews since 2010 so would've had to make multiple versions, which is not as needed as many just need a up to date map first, and rarely see the reviews discussed for any needed intermediate maps. Understand any issues with Nilfanion's spacing, but only used those for consistency, style and ease, and still learning how to convert the OS data to map form. Yes Powys' are a bit large.
In the end, just want all of them to at least have a map, so focused on making them as quick and consistently as possible. Any new round of new versions will at least be much more slower, and smaller volume, allowing more time for any tweaks. Although I wish there were an easier and quicker way to batch upload to commons, as tbh that is where most of my time was spent.
Also I think I also saw green used for electoral wards? So seems to be a clash. Nonetheless, as per UKGEO, they're discussing whether wards are presumed notable themselves (discussion leaning to they aren't), so probably not worth the effort, in making every individual ward maps IMO for now (except Wrexham, because I already made them years ago :/), maybe county-wide ones, with labels and/or results. We'll see. DankJae 21:28, 27 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
Definitely communities are the priority, we can all agree on that. Sionk (talk) 22:31, 27 March 2024 (UTC)Reply
I am wondering how should I add them. Currently trying Anglesey, and for example at Holyhead added it in the second image parameter in the {{infobox UK place}}, but now it has basically two maps. Prefer a {{switcher}} between the two, displaying only one at a time, but that seems not workable. For many of these the "community" is as important so would prefer if it were in the infobox, but it seems I'll have to move it to the body of the article? Comments? DankJae 12:45, 10 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Tŷ Coryton edit

There's an irritating gap here, Registered historic parks and gardens in Cardiff, where there should be an image of the gardens/grounds of Coryton House. I can find nothing suitable in Commons, or at Geograph. Google suggests that the site, now Tŷ Coryton special school, is virtually surrounded by development - superstore/hotel to the N, residential to the E - but with the trainline, the canal and a nature reserve to the S. It also looks well-wooded. I've no idea if a photograph from public land/the highway is possible. If any Cardiff-based editor has the time/inclination to find out, I'd be very grateful. KJP1 (talk) 07:52, 31 March 2024 (UTC)Reply

Monmouthshire edit

I've been doing a bit on the Monmouthshire article, taking the GA-assessed Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, and Ceredigion as models. It still needs expansion (particularly the History/Geology) and a fair amount of polishing. But I'd be grateful for any thoughts on obvious gaps. Are there elements/features of the county that should be included, but currently aren't. I'd also be interested in any thoughts on the infobox image. Currently, it's got one, as have Pembrokeshire etc. But some of the English counties, e.g. Somerset, Gloucestershire, have rather nice multiple images. What would one choose, if trying to represent the county in 3-5 pictures? KJP1 (talk) 12:18, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

@KJP1 If you mean the main infobox image at Somerset etc, then I guess the discussion before, leading to WP:WLSCOUNTYCOLLAGE, applies, based on England's version. So usually 3 images. As done for Anglesey, Denbighshire and I did for Torfaen, and slowly doing the rest, leaving the GAs for last, aiming for a discussion for those. I did mention this at Talk:Monmouthshire, so happy to give my ideas, and encourage anyone else to give their's too.
In terms of the general article, will look if I notice anything missing or if I can help. DankJae 12:47, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
DankJae - much appreciated. I'm pretty clueless as to the MoS on this, and on much else, so very happy to go with a convention of 3. So, how to sum up Monmouthshire in 3 shots? The usual internet searches give you Tintern Abbey, Chepstow Castle and Raglan Castle as the "top 3 attractions" but that'd give a very medieval-buildings focus to the IB! I'd be most grateful for any suggestions. And thanks for casting your eye over the wider article. Hope you're keeping well. KJP1 (talk) 12:51, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
It’s simply a project guideline, someone was adding 7 images on the northern counties, and there was once 15 added to Merseyside, which is clearly too many so called a discussion to set a number and most preferred similarity with England’s.
In terms of the actual images, in the end that’s fully subjective. You can be free to decide your own or prompt a discussion for a longer-standing selection.
When I decide them, I usually base them on four criteria, geographic representation, image quality/looks, defining feature of the county (is the county known for a World Heritage Site, for being coastal etc) and fitting in the infobox (usually requiring one vertical for it to fit). Some in England also use a cultural aspect for example a notable breed of animal. DankJae 14:39, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
That's very helpful. I have gone through many of the Monmouthshire pages running the "Good images" search, but there is so much mis-categorisation, it's easy to miss things. I think my personal preferences would be for one of Tintern, Chepstow or Raglan; then one panorama- probably from the Kymin, although I can't find any good ones; and you could as well argue for the Sugarloaf or the Skirrid - although they don't have any Good images either; and then something else. But what I'm not sure. KJP1 (talk) 14:50, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yeah constantly scrolling through the most obscure commons categories (usually every community), then popping onto Flickr, Geograph and Google Images with Creative Commons, looking for them, is tiring.
Maybe try a mock up of them, sometimes I like a selection of places but when put together the images clash so sometimes still have to make adjustments. DankJae 15:46, 12 April 2024 (UTC)Reply