ritcheymt wrote:Even though I've thought about this subject quite a bit over several days, a case just occurred to me as to why not to recommend including the county in a town name in an article title. If we include the county, then someone searching for "Montgomery County Maryland" will see in the search results not only articles about the county, but all the articles about the towns and townships in that county, as well. What a mess!
Yes, a search would show all of the cities included in the county. I do not think this is a problem. On the FS wiki, the search you state above will show the county record at the highest ranking, and the related cities below it. I again assert that 'Boston, Montgomery County, Maryland' is relevant to a search of the county.
On Wikipedia, a go search for [city,state] will most likely get the city you are looking for. However, Wikipedia fails often to let you easily navigate between county and city level records. To demonstrate this, go to the city of your choice and attempt to find the county record it is in.
Wow, yes, this is major, gang. I wanted to find out whether Wikipedia used only [town], [state] in naming even towns with uncommon names. It is clear they did. They leave out the county to clarify search results for county-related pages! Take a look at Category:towns in the United States
. Click any one of the subcategories, such as Towns in Alabama
, and you'll see they leave out county names in town article titles system-wide. I'd never noticed that before. It appears they add the county only when there are two towns of the same name in a state.
I think that for the FS wiki, city entries will be rare, and often not directly navigated to. I would think that most users would go to the county or state page / portal, or search on the city name. All of these work just as well with the county name included. Without the county name, you would have to predict how we differentiate between cities and counties with the same name. (Albany County, New York vs. Albany (city), New York).
Many of these navigation issues can be solved with a good info-box template. The county box for the state portals shows how well this works.
Any guesses as to how many city / town articles the wiki will end up with?