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Region names
As discussed in [[Wikitravel talk:Article naming conventions#Use of "North" considered harmful]] and more recently in [[Talk:Ohio#Regions]], it is generally discouraged to use region names like "North (Foo)" since people don't generally say they are going to "North". Any objection to renaming the Arizona regions to more natural names, such as renaming [[North (Arizona)]] to "Northern Arizona"? -- [[User:Wrh2|Ryan]] 16:19, 15 September 2006 (EDT)
:I don't have strong feelings about this. Arizona is a relatively difficult place to fit into a sensible regional structure, because so much of the state could be described best as "None of the Above" -- which isn't terribly helpful. The term "Northern Arizona" isn't widely used (as far as I can tell) in the state and nearby, and it seems unlikely that making this change would make information more readily available to most people. OTOH, it really wouldn't hurt to make it, for the same reasons. Do what you think makes sense; meanwhile, I'll think about whether a more descriptive, widely-used set of Arizona regions might be created. Incidentally, the situation is quite different in [[New Mexico]], where I am; here the region names ''are'' generally accepted and used, just as they appear in the state's regional structure. -- [[User:Bill-on-the-Hill|Bill-on-the-Hill]] 16:52, 15 September 2006 (EDT)
:: If the regions are going to need to be re-organized again in the future then it probably doesn't make sense to go through and change things now, only to have to change them again later. I wouldn't be opposed to someone else doing it, but I'd personally rather not do things twice.
:: As to the "North (Arizona)" vs. "Northern Arizona" naming, for me the argument for changing would be to use a name that follows the naming conventions. At present anything in parentheses is supposed to be a disambiguator, which in this case would indicate that the name for the region is "North". That doesn't make sense, since when I go to the area around Flagstaff I'm not going to "North", I'm going to "Northern Arizona". -- [[User:Wrh2|Ryan]] 17:15, 15 September 2006 (EDT)

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