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Pending Help Projects
Discussion of ideas of how to improve help.
I have seen only one 'Place', which looks like a wonderful basis for the historical home of a family diaspora. Is 'geographic community (neighborhoods) building' also a purpose of the Place function of WeRelate? If so, perhaps a "Create Place" tutorial (video or not) would be useful to other contributors, much like: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Help:Contents#Video_tutorials
The above tours are close enough that I found Add > Place. Still, since there is already both tutorials for Person & Family, then the same for Place, or other items in [Add] might be worth making.
There are several 'Located in' field places named "Fairfax", the guidance for 'Place' says, put the disambiguation "type" in parentheses, but the existing list of applicable "Fairfaxes" has another format, "Fairfax, Virginia, United States County" instead of my expectation, "Fairfax (county), Virginia, United States". Should I use what is there but awkward, or try to correct it?
--Wikid 22:00, 31 July 2010 (EDT)
--Dallan 16:40, 4 August 2010 (EDT)
--Wikid 18:00, 4 August 2010 (EDT)
I agree that disambiguation pages and "X (county)" pages for the counties would be a nice improvement. The challenge is that place pages for child places include the title of the parent place, so if we titled the Fairfax county place page as "Fairfax (county), Virginia, United States" and created a "Fairfax, Virginia, United States" disambiguation page, then technically the place pages for cities in Fairfax county would need to be renamed as as "City name, Fairfax (county), Virginia, United States". Renaming all of those city pages is a much bigger job; not something I'd want to take on right now.
A simpler (but less correct) alternative would be to allow the cities in Fairfax county to continue to be named "City name, Fairfax, Virginia, United States", in which case the "located in" links on these city place pages would link to the disambiguation page for Fairfax, not to the newly-created "Fairfax (county), Virginia, United States" page. Maybe that's not so bad.--Dallan 20:38, 4 August 2010 (EDT)
I presume the critical confusion only occurs rarely (only once?), where there is an incorporated town with the same name as a county. In this case
If so, I'll look at the various formats for community, subdivision, or neighborhood names? These often provide the form of government closest to households, and which sometimes have none or just a civil contract (HOA, etc.) as a basis. Some have private security force, or other staff, but are not usually recognized by higher levels of government, unless they take on some of the responsibility for infrastructure (streets, parking, etc.)
There are six independent cities in Virginia with the same name as a county: Bedford, Fairfax, Franklin, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke, one in Missouri: St Louis, and one in Maryland: Baltimore. In these cases I've renamed the Place page to "Name (independent city), State, United States" and the county to "Name (county), State, United States". (Using (independent city) instead of (city) follows the general policy of using the type field in parentheses to disambiguate.) I've also renamed the two-dozen-or-so remaining independent cities in Virginia to remove the surrounding/adjacent county, so they are now "Name, State, United States". I think/hope we're now in pretty good shape with respect to independent cities.
Regarding neighborhoods, HOA's, etc., we don't want to encourage creating Place pages for these places unless they have genealogical significance -- that is, genealogical records were created by those jurisdictions. A good general rule of thumb is, if Getty has it, it's ok. We're trying to avoid cluttering up the place database with places of little value.--Dallan 16:42, 19 August 2010 (EDT)
WWI draft registration cards
Hi Jillaine, there is one already setup; correct or not I am not sure with all of the nuances of source page titles. Here is the name. Source:United States. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918--Beth 09:35, 21 August 2009 (EDT)