Talk:Main Page/DidYouKnow

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Instructions for nomination

Achtung.svg To nominate a bit of trivia for "Did you know...", write your suggested snippet below, following the "* ... that blah blah blah?" pattern, and add your signature (--~~~~). Example:

Nominations are currently subject to approval by User:Udilugbuldigu of the Featured Content team. If the nomination is approved, it will be deleted here and added to the main list. If no new approved content is available for display, old content may be recycled.

Nominations begin here

Did you know...

  • ... that Kolmen, with only 61 permanent residents living within its medieval walls, claims to be the smallest city in the world, having official city status dating from rights it received during the 14th century that were never retracted?--TRJ (talk) 02:28, 24 August 2017 (CEST)
  • ... that the major islands of the archipelago nation West Commonia are called "St. Sala", "Yanbul" and "Augeias" and that the government of West Commonia is currently under AN mandate?--TRJ (talk) 00:33, 7 September 2017 (CEST)
  • ... that there are currently more than 40 monarchies, among them constitutional, federal, unitary, hybrid and unspecified monarchies and around 60 republics, that can be divided into federal and unitary republics?--TRJ (talk) 00:33, 7 September 2017 (CEST)
  • ... that the nation of Triaquia is named after the three main water flows (tri aqua) in the country, namely the rivers Ewa en Efée and the glaciers flowing in the west of the country, and that all three of these water flows eventually empty into the Bay of Forrintia?--TRJ (talk) 01:13, 8 September 2017 (CEST)

Nomination list will be re-ordered periodically by editor to show intended "next-on-queue" at the top of the list.

Paused nominations

  • ... Wiscothic (so wiskauþeiho razda) is a East-Germanic language spoken in and around the town of Hamabaurgs on the island of Augeias in West Commonia and that it shows a strong resemblance to the extinct earth Gothic language?--TRJ (talk) 02:28, 24 August 2017 (CEST)
This snippet is problematical because it is not based 'in-world' and refers to a page "Wiscothic" that is neither in-world or OGF. That needs clarified and the language page needs cleared up for this to be used as a DYK. --Udilugbuldigu (talk) 16:25, 28 August 2017 (CEST)
  • ... that in just 27 years of Mudle operation, the company has earned $51 billion and is one of the most successful companies in the world. SMTHBRS 03:14, 26 August 2017‎
This is a nice article, but for it to be featured as a snippet it would be good to have some links to existing Mudle facilities mapped in the OGF world, e.g. hardware production, servers, broadcast centres etc. To reflect the article, this needs to be international.--Udilugbuldigu (talk) 16:25, 28 August 2017 (CEST)


  • I see here that Mazan has the highest mountain in the world (8059 m), but this page says that Belphenia has a higher one (10299 m). Maybe those DidYouKnows about extremes are not very goods, because it can change when new countries come and existing countries are drawn. KVh (talk) 01:04, 22 October 2015 (CEST)

It can be challenging to pick the most surprising or interesting fact from an article, but just looking at the articles already nominated, I'd suggest these:

... isleño's suggestions merged to nomination list and deleted here to prevent confusion ...

The more interesting examples we choose, the more we interesting nominations we encourage. Hopefully. :-) --Isleño (talk) 03:34, 12 February 2015 (CET)

I agree completely! I only made those snippets as a matter of a quick "first draft" - I was focused on building the page infrastructure. Your snippets are much better. If we imagine updating once a month, per your idea, then I'm sure we will build up a strong backlog of excellent snippets. Unlike with the other "Features" (where I have suggested a "do not nominate your own" policy), I had been thinking that authors themselves are in the best position to make snippets, but that might not be the case, as you have just demonstrated - how about a "do not nominate your own" policy for "Did you know..." too? I think it will improve collegiality and interaction on the website.--Luciano (talk) 03:46, 12 February 2015 (CET)
To be honest I don't mind people nominating their own stuff in any category, but I think either way is fine. Btw why was Weidjuret's father unaware that his son had become prime minister? Was it because they were estranged, or because of Mahhal's isolationism? --Isleño (talk) 03:59, 12 February 2015 (CET)
Yes I'm not sure we need to be so strict about self-nomination, especially since there will be a layer of editorial decision-making too, but I was thinking that starting out that way will give us more interesting style of participation. I just don't want to have the nomination lists sagging with large numbers of self-nominations by a few users, and was thinking that making us nominate each other's work will give a more even covarage of the whole OGF world. RE Weidjuret's father: Nessomeppedomet died less than a year after Weidjuret became prime minister, and the estrangement combined with slow-travelling news or minimal news coverage in the Ardispherian press due to Mahhal's isolationism, meant that he never found out.--Luciano (talk) 04:08, 12 February 2015 (CET)
Thanks for explaining, I'm definitely looking forward to learning more about Mahhal. And thanks again for all the effort you're putting into this new main page. It's going to be great. --Isleño (talk) 07:50, 12 February 2015 (CET)

Why you are both (Luciano and isleño) so bureaucratic? I think, that self nomination must not be strictly forbidden. If someone thinks, this item can be of interest, he / she may nominate. Nominate is not, that it appears. After nomination then can be proofed, if this item is good enought or interesting, to appear as "Did you know ..." or "featured article" or "featured map". Yes, you may seek at others - but if you always find the hidden pearls, that is the question. --Histor (talk) 12:46, 12 February 2015 (CET)

I don't like to be called bureaucratic. It is insulting. It is unfair and unkind and unnecessary. Furthermore, it misunderstands my words, and misunderstands my intent. My intent is to contribute to the community, and build a system that maximizes participation and inclusion. My words, to summarize, say that it is a proposal to encourage people to look at other people's work. I also say, quite clearly, "I'm not sure we need to be so strict about self-nomination, especially since there will be a layer of editorial decision-making too" which has the same meaning as "I think, that self nomination must not be strictly forbidden. If someone thinks, this item can be of interest, he / she may nominate. Nominate is not, that it appears. After nomination then can be proofed, if this item is good enought or interesting".--Luciano (talk) 14:44, 12 February 2015 (CET)
Sorry, I do not want be unkind to you. "Bureaucratic" means only, that rules are not for itself, but for a result.
So I ask me, what shall be the result? You have designed this good looking main-page with the actuel map- and wiki-features, to see on the main page maps, articles or "Did you knows" of common interest. So everybody can marke, what he has found for this categories on the page of other mapper. But on the other hand it should be not impossible, to make an announcement for own items, for that somebody means, it is some special. So I think, we had the same intention. --Histor (talk) 15:05, 12 February 2015 (CET)
Me too. When I said "I don't mind" = I think it's OK. --Isleño (talk) 18:59, 12 February 2015 (CET)

When I submitted my (first) proposal for "Did you know...", I didn't see this discussion about nominating own articles. I think there are really no arguments against submitting own articles. Either arguments for doing so. Because who knows best about interesting facts but the authors themselves? Maybe interesting facts would not be "discovered" by other users and thus would never appear here, if we would not allow nominations of own articles. Also, when users can submit their own stuff, this even encourages them to create new stuff on the wiki. Like I did with the nominated article, for example. --Joschi81 (talk) 12:50, 3 August 2015 (CEST)

This was an old conversation. I have changed my mind about my original thought, in any event. I think it doesn't matter that much - certainly many articles have been self-nominated, so it it has worked out fine. I continue as "admin" for the Featured pages, do my update once a week, every Monday morning (KST = Sunday midnight CET), but for the most part I just take what people nominate, and do very little judgement of any kind.--Luciano (talk) 13:08, 3 August 2015 (CEST)
And, this is perhaps off topic, but I just wanted to say thanks, Luciano. For creating this and updating it. It's a great entrance into the OGF world, and the work you put in is greatly appreciated! --Demuth (talk) 13:45, 3 August 2015 (CEST)
Here here!  :-) Thank you Luciano. If you want to make the content last twice as long, you could update every 2 weeks. I don't think most people would mind. Up to you though, obviously. --Isleño (talk) 10:33, 4 August 2015 (CEST)

Thanks for the recognition with the snippet from Calliesanyan history. However, I have been neglecting that article somewhat and I noticed that I hadn't changed the references to the old system of first-level divisions. In the article, I've updated the snippet 'keeping north of modern day Toskiana Canton' to 'keeping north of the Upper Mardirei River' as Cantons as first level divisions no longer exist. I'd edit the copy on the front page but I'd rather not break something accidentally. --Reece202 (talk) 13:34, 1 July 2016 (CEST)

No worries, I fixed it. Leowezy (talk) 13:40, 1 July 2016 (CEST)

I see that one of the nominations says that the Global Meteorological Organisation headquarters are built in shape of a rain drop. I thought it was built in shape of a weather balloon, or am I wrong? Niels20020 (talk) 21:02, 31 January 2017 (CET)

Thank you Niels! I changed it, I only saw the building on the map and thought it was meant to look like a rain drop. Leowezy (talk) 22:40, 31 January 2017 (CET)