[Wikipedia-l] date links...

Karen AKA Kajikit kaji at labyrinth.net.au
Mon Aug 12 08:17:11 UTC 2002

The normal form of date links in the wikipedia seems to be Febuary 1,
March 15 etc. However, people often try to link to date in different
forms - Febuary 1st, 15 March etc. I'm not sure what should be done
about that... However, as I speak, redirects are being created for dates
in number format - 8-11 etc. And there is a basic problem with that,
which if you look at my example shows up loud and clear. American date
format is NOT the same as Australian or English date format. I don't
know about the rest of the world, but in Australia and the UK dates are
written day/month/year NOT month/day/year. So if I were to write an
article and try to link to it using that format I'd end up on the wrong
day entirely. 

Which day is 8-11? Right now it's being linked to September 11, but if I
was using it I'd want it to link to November 8... People shouldn't use
this format at all, and it especially shouldn't be automatically
disambiguated because it will make a LOT of facts apparantly 'wrong'.

If you want redirects for dates I'd make them only for the ordinal
numbers - 2nd, 16th etc. A lot of people use them in their writing
because they flow smoother than the other version.


Karen AKA Kajikit

And on the seventh day, God said 'What my world needs is a creature that
will truly appreciate it in all its facets' - 
and so He made the kitten.

Come and visit my part of the web:
Kajikit's Corner: http://Kajikit.netfirms.com/
Aussie Support Mailing List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AussieSupport
Allergyfree Eating Recipe Swap:
Ample Aussies Mailing List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ampleaussies/

Love and huggles to all!

More information about the Wikipedia-l mailing list