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Original content

I'm proposing a new policy, Ballotpedia:Original content. January 16:19, 22 June 2009 (CDT)

Conflict-of-interest policy

I'm starting to work on: Ballotpedia:Conflict of interest policies. --This comment was unsigned by MMH (talk, contribs) on 20:40, 25 March 2009 (please use 4 tildes ~~~~ to sign comments)

I linked this to the {{Biased}} template and created the Ballotpedia:NPOV dispute page to got with it. Please review. -- Fandyllic (talk · contr) 9:45 AM PDT 12 Jun 2010

"To do list"

There is a new portal on Ballotpedia, the Ballotpedia:To do list. This portal lists the various tasks that ought to be done for every state in BP, and some general maintenance tasks that ought to be attended to on a regular basis to keep everything organized and easy to read. Please refer to the To Do List with questions about BP standardization. --This comment was unsigned by Gardengnome (talk, contribs) on 15:39, 10 September 2008 (please use 4 tildes ~~~~ to sign comments)

Articles nominated for deletion

A category, Category:Articles nominated for deletion and a page, Ballotpedia:Nominations for deletion where users can nominate articles for deletion have been created by User:Musical. The only people on Ballotpedia who can delete articles are the administrators so if you have an article you think should be deleted, either put it in the "articles nominated for deletion" category, put it on the nominations for deletion page or, go to the user talk page for an administrator with a note about why you think it should be deleted.January 13:08, 9 September 2008 (UTC)

Suggested change in categorization

Several contributors have been using a different way of categorizing articles about ballot measures, which I'd like to recommend as a standard format.

Old way

The old way was to put these tags (depending on the state) on article:

New way

The new ways is to further subdivide, as in this:

These smaller categories should themselves be placed as subcategories in the old, larger categories. Here's an example where that was done:

  • Category:Marijuana. This includes subcategories for the marijuana measures in a number of states.

Questions? Thoughts? Leave me a note on my talk page. January 18:50, 3 September 2008 (UTC)

Main Page news

I think that Main Page news should fit into one line. It looks very professional that way. About 85 characters fit onto that front page and that should be plenty of writing.--Johnwynnejr 22:33, 20 May 2011 (CDT)

Here is the discussion log from the Talk:Main Page:

This is not an official Ballotpedia rule for news stories. Some news stories may require longer headlines, depending on the topic. BaileyL 17:28, 20 May 2011 (CDT)

There is plenty of room on the Main Page to fit all headline when condensed. Yahoo Mail news, which BP has essentially replicated, allows headlines about half the number of characters, and Yahoo stays within one line.--Johnwynnejr 17:39, 20 May 2011 (CDT)

Please post your opinion. Majority rules.

As Bailey said, I think there can be flexibility here. Some headlines are more descriptive with a lengthier title. I don't think it persay gives the front page a bad appearance, either. --Geoff Pallay 14:16, 22 May 2011 (CDT)

Missing governments

The US Census of governments has a list of all governments which I'm using for my own project, Citizen Intelligence. I'm trying to map Ballotpedia pages to government entries. Ballotpedia is missing a significant number of US governments, according to the census counts. I'm currently working my way through schools and am in the middle of Montana at present. I have so far identified 1018 missing school pages. My database autogenerates Ballotpedia skeletons so adding in the 1018 pages is not a big technical job but my experience in doing this in Wikipedia has led me to the conclusion that it's better to make sure that the template's correct before I start adding quadruple digit pages to a wiki. Also it is a relatively simple task to tag pages as stubs if they are below a certain length or possibly missing certain features. Is it possible to just hand off the skeletons and have them directly injected into the database, or am I going to be running this as a batch creation process with a bot? Would the community like to examine the skeleton and suggest improvements? It's going to be easier to get right from the beginning than to fix it later. TMLutas 14:38, 10 August 2013 (CDT)