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Deletion of years in Austrian Netherlands[edit]

Since 2015, there were years and decade categories in Austrian Netherlands for 1714–1794, which were part of the series covering the history of Belgium, in between Category:17th century in the Habsburg Netherlands and Category:18th century in the Southern Netherlands. See the tailored navigation templates using "Austrian Netherlands" for those years at Category:18th-century establishments in the Southern Netherlands (permalink), Category:18th-century disestablishments in the Southern Netherlands (permalink).

The relevant decades in Belgium were formerly redirected to decades in Austrian Netherlands, which facilitated direct navigation from Category:2nd-millennium establishments in Belgium & Category:2nd-millennium disestablishments in Belgium to dates in Austrian Netherlands.

Now, all these year and decade categories have been merged and deleted following Marcocapelle's nomination at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2023 February 28#Years in the Austrian Netherlands. The 1700s are no longer linked at Category:2nd-millennium establishments in Belgium etc.

If I had noticed that discussion, I would have opposed the mergers on the grounds that the categories were part of a larger series in the history of Belgium.

Part of the underlying rationale for merging the Austrian Netherlands categories was that the target hierarchy in Category:Establishments in the Habsburg monarchy by year is a larger structure. But the categories for Belgian history by year and decade have been lost.

Should that merger approach now be followed for the preceding Category:History of the Habsburg Netherlands?

As for the succeeding Category:18th century in the Southern Netherlands, there is no Habsburg parent. The Southern Netherlands were annexed by Revolutionary France 1794–1815, but the Belgium hierarchy only kicks in from 1830.

Or should the Austrian Netherlands merger be undone to restore years, or at least decades, in the history of what is now Belgium? – Fayenatic London 12:39, 10 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It is also important to realize that thinking that these year categories reflect the history of Belgium is naieve. There are three distinct periods with impact on categorization:
  1. In the period up to 1568, Category:Habsburg Netherlands contains current "Belgium" and "the Netherlands" together.
  2. In the Eighty Years War period the Habsburg Netherlands year categories mostly contain war events which however largely took place in "the Netherlands" rather than in "Belgium". Having Category:Eighty Years' War as a subcategory of Category:Spanish Netherlands, as is already the case, suffices; one doesn't need year categories to reflect Belgian history per se.
  3. The Habsburg Netherlands year categories in the period 1648-1700 do follow "Belgium" only, but these categories are almost as poorly populated as the Austrian Netherlands tree was. Marcocapelle (talk) 08:44, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Arrondissement of Torhout[edit]

hi friends, I've been trying to find sources to verify Arrondissement of Torhout but so far I'm striking out. I'm hoping the page can be saved, does anyone have access to RS that can be cited? Thanks JMWt (talk) 09:36, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Project-independent quality assessments[edit]

Quality assessments are used by Wikipedia editors to rate the quality of articles in terms of completeness, organization, prose quality, sourcing, etc. Most wikiprojects follow the general guidelines at Wikipedia:Content assessment, but some have specialized assessment guidelines. A recent Village pump proposal was approved and has been implemented to add a |class= parameter to {{WikiProject banner shell}}, which can display a general quality assessment for an article, and to let project banner templates "inherit" this assessment.

No action is required if your wikiproject follows the standard assessment approach. Over time, quality assessments will be migrated up to {{WikiProject banner shell}}, and your project banner will automatically "inherit" any changes to the general assessments for the purpose of assigning categories.

However, if your project has decided to "opt out" and follow a non-standard quality assessment approach, all you have to do is modify your wikiproject banner template to pass {{WPBannerMeta}} a new |QUALITY_CRITERIA=custom parameter. If this is done, changes to the general quality assessment will be ignored, and your project-level assessment will be displayed and used to create categories, as at present. Aymatth2 (talk) 20:24, 9 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Drag Couenne[edit]

Project members are invited to help expand a newly created stub about the Belgian drag performer Drag Couenne. Thanks! ---Another Believer (Talk) 19:13, 11 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]