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Good article reassessment for Early life of Jan Smuts[edit]

Early life of Jan Smuts has been nominated for a good article reassessment. If you are interested in the discussion, please participate by adding your comments to the reassessment page. If concerns are not addressed during the review period, the good article status may be removed from the article. Spinixster (chat!) 08:52, 23 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Ethiopian civil conflict (2018–present)#Requested move 9 January 2024 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. Vanderwaalforces (talk) 06:36, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Formal variety of English in Burundi?[edit]

Hi! I'm setting ENGVAR templates for articles related to African countries which use English as an official language. Normally I see "British English" but assume/use the tag is a proxy for the formal, standardized English used in that particular country (with the exception of Liberia, which has a US English tag, as it was colonized by Americans).

However I notice Burundi (previously colonized by Belgium, so no previous Anglophone influence) has an ENGVAR tag set for the United States, because the editor who had improved the article had used US English. I am not sure if this is closest to the formal standardized English used in Burundi? This government website uses MDY date format, but otherwise I'm not sure what is the best option in the case for Burundi... WhisperToMe (talk) 04:41, 14 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Also I notice Talk:Zimbabwe states to use South African English (which isn't exactly the same as the formal English used in Zimbabwe). I checked the article history: at some point a user added a tag for UK English, then another changed it to SA English. I wonder which tag (UK or South Africa) is closest to the formal variety of English used in Zimbabwe? WhisperToMe (talk) 05:34, 14 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • For "major" former British colonies that have a long tradition of Anglophonics (?) I've noticed most have their own English sub-variety standard such as South Africa and India. The application of language categories to other countries is a bit of a crapshoot. It might be worth researching what the Zimbabwean idea of high/proper English is (wonder what "napkin" means to them). From the standpoint of utility, there's no point in assigning a language variety to an article if there's not enough editors who understand how to write in that language. I always use British as a default for non-American stuff unless there's a good reason to, like the Liberia example. But that's just personal preference. As an American I assume most people with formal educations in areas outside of the US learn British English and not American English. -Indy beetle (talk) 07:30, 14 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:National Public Health Laboratory#Requested move 19 January 2024 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. Vanderwaalforces (talk) 22:00, 19 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Empire of Great Fulo#Requested move 4 February 2024 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. Vanderwaalforces (talk) 23:26, 4 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Western Saharan clashes (2020–present)#Requested move 6 February 2024 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. Lolekek (talk) 05:03, 6 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:Baie-du-Tombeau#Requested move 16 February 2024 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. Vanderwaalforces (talk) 13:40, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a requested move discussion at Talk:EUCLID (university)#Requested move 8 February 2024 that may be of interest to members of this WikiProject. ASUKITE 16:54, 16 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]