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What?! There's no heading for what the people of the country are like.. possibly one of the most important things about visiting a country!

I believe that would go under Understand. Also, check out using talk pages. -- Evan 12:21, 9 Nov 2003 (PST)

So, after a big overhaul of the country article template -- based a lot on comments on the CIA factbook imports, and common practice for pages -- I've tested it out with a big rewrite of United States of America. Any comments on the template? On the implementation in the USA page? -- Evan 09:30, 14 Nov 2003 (PST)


Template for a very small country

What template do I use for a country like Singapore which is a small as a city? A mix of city and country template? Srijith

Hmmm. I have two thoughts on this. Singapore, as far as I know, actually has a couple of other much smaller cities, right? So one way to handle it is to do Singapore (country), with the country template, and then do Singapore (city) as well as... hmmm... I think it's Victoria (Singapore)?... and whatever other villages there are. Another possibility is just using the huge city article template and making the other cities districts of Singapore. Then you could add in the sections from the country template that aren't in the city template -- Talk, etc. I think it boils down to how independent the other cities in Singapore-the-country are -- are they really destinations of their own, or just neighborhoods of Singapore that happen to have a mayor? It's your call, in other words. -- Evan 05:39, 13 Nov 2003 (PST)
Singapore is divided into smaller parts only for election constituencies. There are no seperate official cities/towns in Singapore. No mayor etc. So the intutive thing to do would be to use the huge city article template and modify where required.Srijith 23:04, 16 Nov 2003 (PST)
Cool! That sounds excellent. -- Evan 06:53, 17 Nov 2003 (PST)


Visa Requirements

Moved from travellers' pub by Evan

How about including comments (or a table) within Country articles discussing Visa Requements? --Caffeine 05:19, 2 Jan 2004 (PST)

It's supposed to be in the Get in section, I believe. --Evan 07:09, 2 Jan 2004 (PST)

External links

Hey, I was just looking at the external links sections of some countries and realized that it might be more print-friendly to have the actual url as well as the site name. For example:

  • [http:/www.majink.org Great site]

Isn't as useful printed out as

Sure, some of the urls will be ugly, but I can imagine how annoying it would be to have printed out a page that you know had the tourist site on it and then not be able to see it offline. OTOH, are urls usefull offline? Maybe to give to someone else? Majnoona 15:37, 6 Mar 2004 (EST)

Boilerplate text

I notice that several times this and other template articles have been copied onto a country page. The latest was Ireland. I have been thinking that there should be some boilerplate text at the top of the page that could be quickly copied rather than having to edit the whole template. It could be something like this:


==Regions==
==Cities==
==Other destinations==
==Understand==
==Get in==
===By plane===
===By train===
===By car===
===By bus===
===By boat===
==Get around==
==Talk==
==Buy==
==Eat==
==Drink==
==Sleep==
==Learn==
==Work==
==Stay safe==
==Stay healthy==
==Respect==
==Contact==
==External links==

We should make it easy for people. -- Huttite 08:08, 1 Apr 2004 (EST)

Indeed! --Evan 11:10, 1 Apr 2004 (EST)

Do people think we need something about public holidays? Obviously the dates change from year to year but most of them follow rules ie second monday in March or whatever. Caroline 16:51, 31 Jul 2004 (EDT)