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Yo, I've edited the pages as requested on the VSTF Wiki. Sorry it took so long, it kinda slipped between the cracks. I noticed the Fileuploadsummary page actually does use Wikitext. I assume the Oasis-upload-photos-caption one does too then, but I do not know where that message is used. If that one actually does use html, please let me know on this message and I'll change it for you.
MediaWiki:Oasis-upload-photos-caption is used in the "Upload image" sidebar script; unlike the other page it does use HTML (square brackets are displayed right now). Could you please undo your last change? The spam filter prevents me from doing so. Please also remove the colon (the script already adds one).
Hans, I was looking at Mass. site and note that it said Maine was the only other state that had a Naval Ensign. I thought the state of South Carolina had one as well, it dosn't have a Naval Ensign anymore?
Of all th eflags that i have come across from Illinois, by far yours is my favorite. Is there a way you could upload a version that is much bigger in resolution? It is quite small and I am making a presentation for redesigning the American state flags. I will obviously credit your work. Also, as an observation, there are no US flags that use points to represent their number in admittance to the union. Maybe a single start in the blue middle bar would be a different alternative? So far other states have a single star (Texas, NC) and they still maintain a distinctive look. I feel your design is distinct enough that a single star would make it unique. Overall, amazing work!
This is what the flag looks like with a single star. I've enlarged the original as well.
Representing numbers with star points does happen in current flags, but usually with a single star; e.g. Australia's seven-pointed commonwealth star. I don't know of any current flags that include multiple stars with a certain total number of points, but among proposals it is not unique to my Illinois flag (see e.g. my first proposal for Mexico or FlagFreak's Illinois flag).
I think using four stars with twenty points total is a lot better than using twenty stars, though I also understand people who question the need to symbolize states' order of admission at all. Ben Karnell, who featured my design on his website, proposes Illinois' five historical statuses as alternative symbolism for the stars.
Thnks for thr upload, Ben Karnell picked many of the same designs as the best new state flag designs. I agree too many stars makes make bad vexillology, and save for some that are so iconic (RI, AK and the VT Green Mountain Rep Flag) they should be replaced. Indian's flag w.o the name would make a busy yet still icoic design, yet the Clark flag seems a good alternative. The US National Flag I dare not change it, though it is too busy. Thoughts on a new New York flag? Thanks again!
Though my personal picks are quite different, Ben has made a nice list indeed.
Of course Alaska's eight stars is not nearly as many as the Illinois centennial flag's twenty-one or the Stars and Stripes' fifty. I do think each of your three bracketed examples could be improved in other aspects. I may have a different understanding of iconicity, but I think Indiana's current flag needs a bigger change than just removing the name for it to be a truly good flag. While the Clark flag is simple enough, the unfimbriated combination of green and red doesn't seem great aesthetically. I'm now creating some proposals that combine the two.
Regarding NY redesigns, I haven't come up with anything better than the ones I've uploaded yet. There are many good proposals by others, though; I particularly like Marmocet's and Tibbetts's.
To add to this discussion: yes, Hans's flag with 4 small stars surrounding one big one is my favorite by far for my home state. And yes, I prefer my re-interpretation of the symbols to his original; I would prefer that the stars represent Illinois's history going back to the 1600s. That said, it's not uncommon for states to use their "number" as an identifying symbol. Illinois's own state quarter says "21st State and Century", for example. Turning back to flags, Oklahoma's original flag was just a star with the number "46" inside it.
I definitely like the idea of starting contests here, and may post a flag when this one is ready. Though I have some questions about the Middle East contest page itself, my main concern is how to get enough people to submit flags for such contests, given the small number of active editors here. It would be easy enough to put a link on the main page (and possibly some external sites such as the vexillology reddit), however.
Regarding the Middle East contest, my main suggestion is expanding/strengthening the criteria for flag entries. For example, what is meant by "independence flags": redesigns of flags of current independent states, alt-history country flags, or independentist or post-war flags? Does "colonized flags" encompass actual historical colonies, and/or hypothetical "what if X had colonized Y" flags?
I've made some changes to the page, mainly explaining the prompt for each category in prose and moving the examples there. Ideally, it is clear for any reader what is being asked, and what would and wouldn't be accepted.
On a separate note, what was the intent with the "flags can be of any era" rule? That seems to be conflicting with the "current country" category now.
There are several ways to organize the votes. Wikia's poll extension would be easiest, and lets anyone vote anonymously for a single option. Allowing users to vote on any number of entries (like the contests on Reddit), or to give ranks/scores, would require them editing a wiki page, or us hosting a poll externally.
http://www.strawpoll.me? That apparently does allow people to vote on either one or any number of options, but that's about it (plus, I pretty much hate that font). A Google Docs form would be more versatile, allowing adding of images of the flags, a hyperlink back to the wiki, and multiple polls on the same page. It can also hide the results for fairer voting (which is possible with Wikia polls as well, via CSS).
I've tested and it doesn't seem possible to use CSS for mobile, meaning the scores would be visible there. That would be one reason a Google Form would be preferable (another being the possibility for other types of questions, including checkmarks and ranks). I've made a test form, though what would be your preference regarding the questions, whether to have a vote for each category, and how to determine an overall winner?
Regarding today's chat, I was online, but had the chat window open in the background and didn't notice the conversation with TheMaster until after you both left (there doesn't seem to be a sound signal or other kind of notification for new chat messages).
Hi, I'm sending this message to you because I just posted here a proposed flag for Santa Catarina that is based on one of yours proposals. I put some credit for you, but with you wanted I can exclude it. Thanks