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  • Im new to the wiki and i want to start editing and creating pages, but i don't understand the Wikipedia licensing and i want to create a page

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    • You mean the "This page uses Creative Commons licensed content from Wikipedia." template at the top? That's just a notice that the text in the lead section has been copied from Wikipedia, as their content is free to reuse if attribution is given (which the template provides). It doesn't mean all of this wiki's text (or indeed its images, which are mostly original content or found elsewhere) has to come from there, though.

      What is the specific issue you are having? Is it the editing or page creation itself, or the use of the {{Wikipedia}} template?

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    • yes the use of the wikipedia template

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    • Are you using the visual editor or the source code editor?

      In the source editor, type {{wikipedia|page name}}, replacing "page name" with the Wikipedia article name.

      In the visual editor, go to Insert → Template, choose the "Wikipedia" template, and insert the Wikipedia page name in the "1" field (i.e., the first unnamed parameter).

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  • I added an icon to represent a Seal. It is Icon-sealcur, a white circle with a green stroke. You can see an example on User:Qaz_Janssen/Proposals/Subnational/US-WOL#Hawaii.

    Greetings,

    Qaz.

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  • Dear Hans,

    I have copied a lot of your file structure to create descriptive pages for my flags. I also copied (and adapted) the code pages that you use. I'm now trying to create a NewCommentPreload page following your example, but when I save the page the four tildes are directly replaced by my signature - which is not what I intended to achieve. Is there a way to save the four tildes without that happening?

    Greetings,

    Qaz.

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    • My page uses a <noinclude/> tag in the middle of the four tildes. The tag "breaks" the sequence of tildes to prevent it expanding into a signature on saving the preload page, but crucially the tag is not included when the text is actually preloaded onto another page after someone clicks the "Comment" button, so the tildes correctly insert their signature when they then click "save".

      I'm not very familiar with the visual editor (which I'm assuming you are using) and can't find a way of inserting the noinclude tag in it, so you may have to switch to the wikicode editor to add it.

      Unrelatedly, while you're of course free to use my userspace structure and templates, it is odd to see my idiosyncratic systems being used by someone else. :)

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    • Thank you for your reply.


      I do use the source editor most of the time, so inserting the tag should pose no problem.

      About using your systems: they seem to work pretty well, and it seems a shame to invent the wheel when someone else has already done that, so I hope you can see my copying your stuff as a compliment.

      Greetings,

      Qaz.

      P.S.: I am learning a lot about the way this wiki works by reusing your code, so I'm really glad that it is there.

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  • Dear Hans,

    As you may know I have now made 150 svg-designs. Strangely, the last one seems to contain some kind of error that prevents it from generating the proper previews. Also, the image size is not properly detected. I have no clue what's wrong with the file. Could you have a look at it, and maybe find out what's wrong with it? The file I'm talking about is: https://vexillology.fandom.com/wiki/File:Proposal_Flag_of_Prince_Edward_Island.svg

    Greetings,

    Qaz.

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    • I don't think there's anything intrinsically wrong with the file itself. The W3C validator gives one error, concerning the use of the <author> element (which apparently doesn't exist in SVG), but that can't be the culprit, as most of your files seem to have it.

      The actual issue is the same one as I think the NYC flag I deleted last month had: the wiki's SVG renderer choking on an exceedingly large path element (confirmed by uploading a version that removes the troublesome path altogether). The main part of the lion is a 175-kB path with over 3,900 nodes.

      Oddly enough, the SVG of the current flag, which uses the same lion with the same large path, renders correctly. I have no clue what the difference between the two is that makes your file fail; the one thing I could think of is that yours has the path in two nested groups (<g>) with a transform on them, but removing the transforms by ungrouping and regrouping didn't help. I'll just try simplifying the path and/or breaking it into parts to make it work.

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    • Thank you for researching this. I will resolve it by replacing the much too detailed lion on this flag by the much simpler (but heraldically equal) one on the shield of New Brunswick - that should fix it. It will reduce the file size dramatically, and as an added bonus have a more stylized (and thus more modern) look.

      Greetings,

      Qaz.

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    • Oh, I see you fixed it already! Compliments! I will probably use your edited version now. Thank you so much!

      Greetings,

      Qaz.

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    • I reduced the number of nodes to 720 by cutting out some of the "overnoded" sections (mainly along the paws and chin), using Inkscape's "simplify path" on each of them, and reattaching. I also removed a redundant copy of the upper half that was there for some reason (which the original flag also has). It works now.

      No problem if you decide to replace the lion altogether (I didn't see your reply before uploading the simplified version); the "fixed" lion can be used on the current flag's SVG, or maybe even the Wikimedia original.

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  • hi, mr administrator I created the pages of flags of venezuelan states in the wiki, thanks, and happy new year.

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    • Thanks, and happy 2020 to you too!

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    • thanks, on each page there is space for redesigns, someday you or other users have to redesign.

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    • I noticed that. So you are not personally planning to post redesigns for the Venezuelan states? If not, are there any particular state flags that you think need to be redesigned?

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  • I know that it is a general rule that animals on flags face left. For Charleston, South Carolina, I have made a couple of designs (two depicting Charles II and one depicting Athena) where I have struggled with this rule, though. What would your advice be as to which direction Charles and Athena should be facing? And, if you should feel that this is not within your area of expertise, whom would you think I should ask?


    Greetings, Qaz.

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    • Firstly, there's no real "rules" of flag design; breaking them doesn't necessarily make a flag "bad". I don't think I'd have noticed which way the portraits on the Charleston flags face if I had seen the page before this message.

      I can't find a definitive origin of the habit of having animals and people face the hoist (the side attached to the flagpole), but a practical reason for it that I've read several times is that it makes the animal face forward if the flag is being carried by a person. It is also in accordance with heraldic tradition, as beasts on coats of arms face dexter by default (the shield bearer's right, i.e. the viewer's left).

      It's up to you which way to go with it, though. I personally default to animals facing the hoist, but only noticed a week or so ago that my Missouri proposals had the bear facing right. (I'm not sure why the Missouri seal, which I copied it from, has it that way; it might be related to the German heraldic method of flipping the left half of combined coats of arms so animals face the center.)

      As for where to ask things, this wiki has a forum for questions and discussion not aimed at a particular user, although I'm not sure if any other active users check it. I tend to recommend the vexillology subreddit (or its Discord) as a more responsive forum for general flag questions.

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    • Thank you very much for this insightful answer!

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  • Dear Hans,

    I finished making flags for all of the fifty US states - you may have noticed. I don't know where or how to push my proposals, I just design them and then publish them here.

    I know there are a lot of US city flags which could really do with a makeover, but I don't find any category or pages for that in this wiki. (I did publish some proposals for NYC under New York, since that was the best I could think of.) Could we make a category "US City", or is there some reason not to? Also, can I add a page for a city I would like to tackle myself, or is there another way to do that?

    Greetings, Qaz.

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    • Feel free to make articles and categories for cities or other entities you've made flags for (within scope). An article is not required to upload designs (I have loads that are just on user subpages), but you're welcome to create some pages for US cities.

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    • Thank you. Also, thumbs up for the new page on the NAVA 2004 survey!

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    • I now understand that the page already existed, but that you had added the link for Bridgeport. I have followed your example for Hartford. :-)

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  • Hi, I have two questions,

    1) Is there a way to delete a flag of mine that I consider an abomination? [File:Proposal_Flag_of_New_Jersey.png]

    2) Is there a way to delete a specific version of a flag, that has possible copyright concerns? (I didn't mean to upload that version.) [1]

    Greetings, Qaz.

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  • Hi

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  • Hi, Hans! Pardon for the inconveniences, but I want to ask you a favor.

    Can you rename this file to "Flag of Venezuela redesign" and the other one to "Flag of Venezuela without coat of arms redesign"?

    Greetings and thanks in advance.

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