User talk:Van der Hoorn

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An interview with the chairman of America's fastest growing centrist political party: Mike Lebowitz discusses the Modern Whigs' past, present and future[edit]

Van der Hoorn, would you mind doing a peer review for the article above? Thanks. --WNewsReporter (talk) 08:10, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Flood flag[edit]

Hey, could you use the flood flag to avoid flooding recent changes? Cheers. –Juliancolton | Talk 00:07, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

I did (and removed it again), although I disagree with the flood flag an sich. Cheers, Van der Hoorn (talkcontribs) 01:15, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

Categorizing[edit]

I removed those cats on purpose. They shouldn't be there. Gopher65talk 23:44, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

Sorry, I didn't know. Which ones? For the language templates? (Because there are currently about 300 templates without a category.) And why shouldn't the templates have categories? Cheers, Van der Hoorn (talkcontribs) 23:50, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
Basically because people go to the category page and look directly at the templates without reading a help section. They do this even if the help section is on the very cat page that they go to. Yes, they should read the help section. But they don't. That's just the way people are (they're dumb:P). I can't fix this problem by changing the behaviour of people, but I can change the way the cats appear.
On the polling templates page this type of behaviour doesn't really matter because {{Neutral}} gives you a decent idea of what the template is just in the name itself. But what does {{Zh}} mean? What does {{Zh-tw}} mean? No one who isn't familiar with both the ISO-639-2 and the ISO-639-3 codes would have any idea what that means. This places the whole language templates system outside of the reach of a normal random editor (again, if they'd be smart enough to read the FREAKING HELP PAGES;), this wouldn't be a problem). They don't use the language template system correctly because they don't know that Zh means Mandrin Chinese in 639-2 speak. The creation and catting of the redirects (as opposed to the catting of the template itself) solves this problem.
I'm not opposed to giving the language templates themselves *some* kind of cat, just not the cat Category:Language templates. Do you have any cat that you suggest? Gopher65talk 00:13, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
I thought about doing it that way, but that would mean that either: 1)the server would have to redirect loads and loads and loads of language templates, since they are a high use template, or 2)we'd have to go back and change *every single use* of those language templates to the new ones.
What should have been done was that they should have been created as {{Dutch}} in the first place instead of using language codes. But that wasn't done, and, practically speaking, it is too late to change it now. Gopher65talk 00:22, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

Was I editing your page?[edit]

I apologise if it appeared that I was trying to edit your user page. I was just trying to get some ideas from there. --Rayboy8 (talk) 22:04, 15 September 2009 (UTC)

I didn't notice it; only when you would have saved the page, I would notice an edit. :) Hope you got some good ideas out of it. Cheers, Van der Hoorn (talkcontribs) 11:09, 16 September 2009 (UTC)

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