Template talk:Byline

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I disagree that the location in the byline should be a category. Since reporting can (and often does) take place somewhere totally unrelated to the story, it should not be automatically linked. -- IlyaHaykinson 07:02, 23 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I reverted this template back to showing date and location for three reasons:

  1. some people might actually want both
  2. the change broke existing articles using this template
  3. the existing articles used that template for a reason; to change it would be to remove some data from those articles (namely the location)

Since the writing guidelines now say to use the {{date}} template, we don't have a need to edit this template to not have a location. Please revert me if you disagree. -- IlyaHaykinson 01:01, 18 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Which writing guidlines are those? I must have missed them. Thanks for bringing the date template to my attention, I wasn't aware of it.

The reason I removed the location part (and I apologise for not putting my reasons here) was because I don't think the location of the author is really relevant on a website like this, when anyone anywhere could be writing about something that's happened anywhere. If the location is for where the event occured, I think there could be problems with events which don't have locations, eg astronomy discoveries. Unless we put 'space', of course :).

I realise it broke quite a few articles. I fixed a few more recent ones, but went ahead and made the change unilaterally as it will indeed be harder to change in the future, and I thought if it was going to be done, better do it now before it affects too many articles. Dan100 (Talk) 19:23, 18 Jan 2005 (UTC)

I've checked around a bit and yeah, I prefer the date template. I'll certainly leave the byline template as Ilya's version just for when someone really is local to reported event, and to leave old articles rendered properly. Dan100 (Talk)

Ok. I think that this is a good way to move forward. -- IlyaHaykinson 19:45, 18 Jan 2005 (UTC)