(I'm sorry if this topic has already been beaten to death on this list;
WikiEN-l was entirely overwhelming to me until I recently started using
Gmane, so I haven't been keeping up.)
I'm writing to try to gauge the community's feeling on an issue that has
been nagging me for a while. I am a resident of [[Geneseo (town), New
York]] and [[Geneseo (village), New York]], and cannot come up with a good
reason for why these should be separate articles. I realize that the
village and town are, in a legal sense, different entities; the division
between the two in the census data is why Rambot created two articles.
In any context other than a strictly legal one, however, both the town and
village are simply "Geneseo", and I believe that Wikipedia should reflect
that fact with a single unified page. That article would of course include
the census (Rambot) data from both legal entities, and a section explaining
the difference between the two, but I believe that the current
situation?with two articles?leads to duplication and redundancy of data, or
its opposite, unsynchronized or inconsistent data.
I realize that any changes to the relevant policy would extend beyond this
one pair of articles?the Livingston County infobox at the bottom of the
Geneseo article indicates seven other town/village pairs, and it seems
probable that there are hundreds of analogous situations in New York alone.
However, I thought I would try to judge the community opinion on this
particular matter: should Wikipedia describe reality de facto when that is
more accurate and useful than describing it de jure?
Thanks for any feedback,
Benjamin D. Esham
bdesham at gmail.com | AIM: bdesham128 | Jabber: same as e-mail
"Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur."
(Whatever is said in Latin sounds profound.)