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Can we create a consensus to choose a new and less heinously ugly flag for the state of Maryland here? Or is that out of our "scope"? – cacahuate talk 23:34, 13 March 2008 (EDT)

What, the state seal on a blue background, like 40 other states? I can't find the link to the ranking of state flags done by some vexilology group, but Maryland was #3. You see Maryland's state flag, you don't confuse it with anything else. Long live the state flag! (You're talking about a state whose motto is "Womanly words, manly deeds," and whose state song calls Lincoln a "despot", so I don't think flag is at the top of the list of things that needs changing...) --Jonboy 08:58, 14 March 2008 (EDT)
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Not the seal, this heinous thing!
But yes, I propose making the motto and song a higher priority ;) Man, this state really needs work. I heard the scenery is great though – cacahuate talk 09:20, 14 March 2008 (EDT)
You would insult the coat of arms of the Calvert family?! What I was trying to say was that if Maryland got rid of its interesting flag, it would probably end up with the state seal on a blue background, like 40 other boring states. Maryland has a certain quirkiness; maybe I need to figure out how to get that across in the article more. --Jonboy 09:48, 14 March 2008 (EDT)
I do love the MD flag, even in spite of its McDonalds palette. But in any rate, working those motto and state song trivia into the state "understand" section would be a challenge, but that's got potential written all over it. We should mention local Baltimore foods like "marsh rabbit" (muskrat) and raccoon too, I suppose. --Peter Talk 23:00, 14 March 2008 (EDT)

Maryland Expedition (Swept from the Travellers pub)[edit]

I realize retrospectively that I skipped a step with the creation of this expedition in that I was supposed to solicit comments in the pub. It's the first "regional expedition" on Wikitravel, although Wikipedia has an endless quantity of these, and I think they can be very useful in getting the message out to potential editors about what needs to be done.

One difficulty, though, is helping potential contributors to find the Expedition page. I'm a little tempted to make a small banner, perhaps a smaller version of the box currently at the top of Talk:Maryland, and integrate it into the title icons framework. That way I could easily stick it on top of the main Maryland articles that are linked from the Expedition page. Does this seem reasonable to others? Or should I not dare violate the header? I do think it would be useful, and especially so if we decide that regional Expeditions are a good idea more generally. --Peter Talk 19:29, 11 March 2008 (EDT)

It's genius. Personally and I suspect Evan would too, I'd like to see this become an entirely geographic hierarchy. I.e. Wikitravel:Europe Expedition: Wikitravel:Poland Expedition: Wikitravel:Warsaw Expedition (if it's even necessary to go as far as city-level, which, I suspect it won't be). I imagine great things could arise from this. Amazing idea, Peter. -- Sapphire(Talk) • 19:33, 11 March 2008 (EDT)
This is a fantastic idea, sort of a one page to-do list for a state / country / large region... it's nice to have something like this to show what needs to be done and to inspire people to pitch in. Nice job Peter – cacahuate talk 00:21, 12 March 2008 (EDT)
Since there are no responses yet regarding the title icon idea, I sort of plunged ahead with it and put one on the Maryland article. If no one objects within, say, 2 weeks, I'll also add it to all the pages that fall within the range of the Expedition (i.e., the ones linked from the Expedition article). The icon is not necessarily ideal, and if we think that both the Expeditions and the icon-links to the expeditions are a good idea, we should work on creating a more standard Expedition icon. --Peter Talk 18:03, 13 March 2008 (EDT)
I'm going to object to that icon -- we already have enough clutter on our pages. The standard on Wikipedia is to put expedition (project) notifications on the Talk page, and I don't see why we shouldn't do that here. Jpatokal 02:49, 17 March 2008 (EDT)