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Category talk:Ships by year of manufacture


Does this category mean "ships by year built" or "ships by year of commissioning" etc. ? Takabeg (talk) 03:46, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Ships categorising is difficult, as worldwide Wikipedia's differ in the date of start. Some Wikipedia's use the date of launching of ships, some the date of completion of ships. Have a look at the difference in e.g. French, German, English and Dutch Wikipedia. Have a look at the en:Category:HMS Dreadnought (1875) and de:Category:HMS Dreadnought (1879), same ship. On Commons, as it is a worldwide working database, it is important and accepted to use just one system for any item. One has to make a choise. The date of completion can be found on the certificates of the ships, on contracts and publications in the media, even for old ships, not described in full on the internet. In that case the date of completion is the best choise if we want to find start dates. For naval ships the first date of commissioning. Unfortunately naval shiplovers here on Commons want to continue the system of their local Wikipedia for their naval ships. As the content of USS/HMS naval ships is the biggest of naval ships on Commons, you'll find the English Wikipedia system here on a lot of naval ships. Here on Commons we have more than 15.000 ships in Category:Ships by name, in just one system. Realise that Commons is just a database to find ships images, not a Wikipedia. --Stunteltje (talk) 09:08, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Two "Ships built in xxxx" category definition templates?Edit

We seem to have two templates used to create "Ships built in xxxx" categories: Template:Category definition: ships by year built and Template:ShipsBuilt. Both created in 2011, used in 63 and 234 categories respectively. Shouldn't we use just one? MKFI (talk) 21:58, 10 July 2012 (UTC)

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