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I have a template that stacks {{United States topic}} under another template. I would like the ability to disable the navbar by adding:

|navbar= {{{navbar|Tnavbar}}}

This will keep the current default setting, but give the ability to pass the navbar parameter to {{navbox}}. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 20:02, 19 May 2009 (UTC)  Done ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 19:00, 10 June 2009 (UTC)


I have updated {{United States topic/sandbox}} to replace {{·w}} with{{flatlist}}. Flatlist uses the standard * for list markup. Visually it is the same, but for the visually impaired using a screen reader, it reads it as a list and not a string of words. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 17:19, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Outlying islands[edit]

We currently do not have (and most likely never will have) a sufficient amount of topical articles to warrant the inclusion of these links. The only ones I know of that are not redirects are two history stubs (both of which ought to be merged and redirected as well), but these don't use this particular navbox. Is there any reason for including them? Nightw 13:01, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

They're just not written yet. You're being disruptive, reverting. Alarbus (talk) 13:03, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
I see you're new here. You might want to check out our guidelines regarding notability and what Wikipedia is not. If you're unable to find reliable sources on the demographics of Kingman Reef or the culture of Bajo Nuevo Bank then it's not a topic that is notable enough to warrant an article. For reference, the subcategories in Category:United States Minor Outlying Islands would contain all the articles of relevance to this navbox if any existed. Nightw 13:16, 13 November 2011 (UTC)
Hello, Night w asked me for my thoughts on this, having dealt with many similar templates before. I had an almost identical situation with these islands when working on Template:Oceania topic, when I added all the outlying islands to it and was reverted. The reason given by the editor who reverted was the same as Night w's above, the articles don't exist, and won't exist. I think that editor was right. We will never have a Politics of Howard Island or Economy of Jarvis Island, because those topics don't really exist. Even if there are redirect, such as Demographics of Baker Island having these appear in a template of the Demographics of United States Topic will be pointless. It won't take you to an article about demographics. On the whole, there's probably more articles that won't exist than those that will. If there is a situation where they perhaps may be useful, it is possible to create a complicated coding to have them shown only when a certain field is given, which is what we have at Template:Europe topic (for better or worse). It seems unlikely though that these territories will ever have much use for these templates. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 14:08, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Gadget850 offered the following on ussages:

Using WP:AWB: {{United States topic}} is used directly or through another template in 1859 articles. 93 articles directly use {{United States topic}} with |exclude-isl=. 177 templates use {{United States topic}}, and 44 include |exclude-isl=. There are probably a lot of templates that should exclude these islands, such as {{CrimeUS}}. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 14:42, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

This isn't about notability, it's about navigation. This group can be exclude from usage on specific pages. There are a fair number of uses of this to link to page sections via redirect, which is a reasonable means to navigate to whatever content is present in the project. Alarbus (talk) 04:08, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

You said "They're just not written yet" (referring to the articles)—article creation is about notability. I don't have a problem with Chipmunkdavis' suggestion. By default, they shouldn't appear when obviously unnecessary, and they should only appear when a link redirecting to a section is deemed an aid to navigation. Nightw 12:15, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
how about you try less aggression? Alarbus (talk) 13:00, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
? the first is an accident (you can see I reverted right after) and the second is me adding a merge request to an article... Not sure how that counts as "aggression". Nightw 13:11, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
Kinda creepy to have you all over my editing.
You're miffed about the flatlist discussion. Here, your seeking to cut a template group, and are willing to try to delete articles that the group navigates to, merge others, all to support your agenda. It's disruptive to this project. Alarbus (talk) 13:19, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
If you say so. Nightw 13:21, 14 November 2011 (UTC)
Actually, diffs say so. Alarbus (talk) 13:50, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Removing this section broke the navigation to the various islands, such as Kingman Reef. I've restored it. You may have deleted or redirected the subtopics, but the islands themselves remain and should be in the navbox. Alarbus (talk) 04:55, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

I've added the #ifexist item instead. Nightw 10:06, 24 November 2011 (UTC)

Partial state lists[edit]

I have modified Template:Lighthouses in the United States to cease using this template because something like a dozen states don't have any lighthouses. I'm not up on template syntax but it might be useful for the lighthouses and other limited lists to have a way to exclude a set of states. Mangoe (talk) 13:46, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

City of Washington and the District of Columbia: Proposal[edit]

From what I can tell, Washington, D.C. is the City of Washington, a (municipal) corporation, within the District of Columbia, a federal district governed by the US Congress. A city has no place being a top-level topic in this template; only the District has such a place. Only the District of Columbia is a state- and territory-level entity within the United States. Furthermore, it is questionable whether such a city actually exists (but I should say that even if such a city still legally exists, it by no means derogates my above argument). As such, I propose that the default be "District of Columbia" instead of the city within it. For the same reasons, the State of Washington does not need pre-disambiguation with a city in a template about state- and territory-level topics, so that suffix should be removed as well. Int21h (talk) 18:18, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

I am not an historian of DC, but was born here and was employed by the Government of the District of Columbia for 20 years. I only had to do a brief search to find this: District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, which appears to settle the matter. Washington disappeared legally, and became a place name.FriendlyFred (talk) 20:19, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Requested move 29 June 2016[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Not moved. (non-admin closure) Kharkiv07 (T) 04:14, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

Template:United States topicTemplate:United States places – To be more precise and, more importantly, to avoid confusion with the similarly named {{United States topics}}. Jujutsuan (Please notify with {{re}} talk | contribs) 07:49, 29 June 2016 (UTC)

@PC78: That would suggest coverage of all US geography, or at least all parent pages, which this template does not cover. That's already covered within {{United States topics}}. This template only covers states, DC, and territories/outlying areas. Jujutsuan (Please notify with {{re}} talk | contribs) 11:28, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
Dunno then. Places seems a little vague to me. Disney World is a "place" in the United States. PC78 (talk) 11:34, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
I have to agree. I had trouble picking a replacement name. I had considered {{United States territory}}, but decided against it, since it might sound like just non-state territories. Do you think that would be better? Or does it give you any ideas? Jujutsuan (Please notify with {{re}} talk | contribs) 11:37, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
How about "United States topic basis" then? Gets the point across clearly that it's the "basis" for those other templates, and sufficiently differentiates it from "United States topics". Jujutsuan (Please notify with {{re}} talk | contribs) 15:14, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
  • Oppose This is not a standalone template, it is a shell. It should never be used without modification, and thus never link directly to the places in question. As for the title, it is a standard format for these series of templates. CMD (talk) 16:43, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
  • @Jujutsuan: I respectfully oppose this one. The template looks like it functions similarly to how those at {{Continent-based templates}} function. Moving this would break consistency. — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 17:25, 29 June 2016 (UTC)
I can understand not wanting to break consistency. The two templates' similar names are still terribly confusing, though. Would you foresee any problems moving the other one? Perhaps to {{United States}}? Jujutsuan (Please notify with {{re}} talk | contribs) 08:25, 30 June 2016 (UTC)
@Jujutsuan: Yeah, I completely understand the natural disambiguation issue you're pointing out. But please also see Category:North America country and territory topics templates. — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 22:32, 30 June 2016 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

Reverted edit that broke other templates[edit]

I have reverted a recent edit that broke Template:United States political divisions, among other pages. Please experiment in the sandbox and use "What links here" to see transclusions of this template. – Jonesey95 (talk) 23:58, 26 October 2017 (UTC)


"The Marianas" is NOT an insular area, it is an island chain. Guam is an insular area, and the Northern Mariana Islands is insular area, just as American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the USVI. They are distinct political entities like the other three and should not be treated as a subset of The Marianas, which hold no political status in the US. No other template transcluding this one has links specific to this archipelago generally; this template does not have the formatting for it because it is unnecessary. I will remove it again in several days. Reywas92Talk 01:36, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

Edit request RE:Insular Areas/Minor Outlying Islands[edit]

United States Minor Outlying Islands is an IOS statistical designation, not a type of U.S. political division; the term has no basis in U.S. federal law. As such, I propose that the 9 islands grouped under that heading be moved to the Insular areas group, and subgrouped as "uninhabited". Thank you. Drdpw (talk) 20:36, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Template-protected edit request on 28 September 2018[edit]

A recent change by Fayenatic london has broken the links for Guam, for example see Template:United States political divisions, where Guam links to "Guamanian", which redirects to Chamorro people. I'm not sure of the issue, though it would be appreciated if this could be fixed, or the template be restored to a prior revision until this can be corrected. S.A. Julio (talk) 03:32, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

I have reverted the change to this template. It was misapplied in good faith. This template lists the name of each state or territory, followed by an optional suffix, so it was already working correctly. – Jonesey95 (talk) 03:44, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
@S.A. Julio and Jonesey95: As stated in my edit summary, the change was required following the category renamings to Guamanian, see Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2018_August_21#Guam_renames. Reverting has created red links on various pages, or unsatisfactory links to soft redirects such as Special:WhatLinksHere/Category:Guam_media. I acknowledge that as I left it, the template pointed to Guamanian rather than Guam in the template that you mentioned. I suggest that we resolve this by:
  • reinstating my edit to the template
  • retargeting the redirect Guamanian to Guam (leaving the redirect Guamanians to point to Chamorro people)
  • or (harder?) making a further edit on the template so that when there is neither a "prefix" nor a "suffix" then it links to Guam, not Guamanian. – Fayenatic London 06:59, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
Category:Guam media was incorrectly moved to Category:Guamanian media. It should be moved back to be parallel with Category:Arizona media and the "Category: XX media" for all other states. I expect that there are other examples. The category moves resulting from this CFD were overzealously done (in good faith, but still, too many inappropriate categories were renamed). The CFD needed to be thought through more carefully, with each proposed category compared to parallel categories for states and territories. – Jonesey95 (talk) 07:16, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
@Timrollpickering: (as CFD closer): Jonesey95 seems to be correct on that one; California has an adjective but we still use Category:California media. Please would you revert that particular rename? – Fayenatic London 07:32, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
None of the similar renamed categories (culture, cuisine, literature, law) are linked via this template, so apparently I changed it only for the media category. If that is renamed back, then there will be no need to revise this template. – Fayenatic London 08:06, 28 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. If only one category was moved incorrectly, that's pretty darn good. There were a lot of category names to sort through in that CFD; I'm sure that if I had been doing it, I would have gotten more than one wrong. – Jonesey95 (talk) 09:44, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

Template-protected edit request on 31 December 2018[edit]

Add "Navbox United States" because I wanted to have an American counterpart to "Navbox Canada" RainbowSilver2ndBackup (talk) 01:16, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

There already is, Template:Navbox United States. Cabayi (talk) 08:55, 31 December 2018 (UTC)
OK, I see what you're trying to do now...
 Not done: please make your requested changes to the template's sandbox first; see WP:TESTCASES. You need to show this works before it'll be put live. Cabayi (talk) 09:05, 31 December 2018 (UTC)