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Moved this page to conform with article naming conventions. -- (WT-en) Evan 18:02, 4 Sep 2003 (PDT)

Merge articles?[edit]

Lofoten, with a population of ~25,000 is currently divided into ten different articles, most of which are bare outlines. As Lofoten's population is spread out across the archipelago these articles cover tiny hamlets, none with a population above 5,000. (The largest settlement is Svolvær, population 4,500, which according to our guide is mainly interesting to a traveler as a hub for going to the rest of Lofoten.) What's more, from the article I get the impression that people usually visit Lofoten as a whole, roaming around the countryside to see scenery, rather than visiting one specific village. Considering this I can't really see how our current division is useful to a traveler, and suggest that we merge all content on the Lofoten mainland (which can be accessed by car) into this article. The islands which can only be accessed by ferry (Røst and Værøy) can keep their own articles. MartinJacobson (talk) 08:12, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

I support merging all of the articles into one. Perhaps Svolvær could keep its own article and the Lofotenian countryside can have its own article but for now I think one article is best to cover the archipelago. Gizza (roam) 12:57, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
Has the merge been done yet? --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 02:06, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
No, not yet. Ground Zero opposed a merger of Moskenesøya on the Moskenesøya talk page. However, I am not sure whether that was an opposition against merging Moskenesøya without merging the other Lofoten-articles, or whether it meant that we should keep Moskenesøya but merge the other articles into Lofoten. For the record, I personally still believe that the best option would be to merge all Lofoten-destinations which can be reached by car, including Svolvær and Moskenesøya, into the Lofoten article. MartinJacobson (talk) 16:59, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
    • I've looked at this again, and withdraw my objection to the proposed merger. It should go ahead. Ground Zero (talk) 17:05, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Great, then I'll start the merger. I should have asked for a clarification straight away but it slipped my mind. :-) MartinJacobson (talk) 17:22, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
A lot of the merge is now done. I think I'll take a break for a while. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 18:50, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you SelfieCity for all your labor! However, I saw that Værøy was also merged now. Due to its isolation from the rest of Lofoten I believe that it is a good idea to keep it as its own article. The same is true about Røst. Can we have the Værøy-merger undone? MartinJacobson (talk) 18:59, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Oh, okay. I will keep the listing in the other destinations section but move info back to the old article when I get around to it (which should be fairly soon). --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 19:10, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

@MartinJacobson: thanks for taking my views into consideration, and for your excellent work on these articles. Ground Zero (talk) 19:16, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

So I've restored the Værøy article, but of course there are still listings in this article. I'll remove those. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 20:47, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

It's pretty much all done now. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 23:06, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Let's vote on banners[edit]

A lot of the pages that we merged & redirected here had really beautiful banners. We may as well take advantage of these now unused banners and vote on which one we like most and want to put at the top of the Lofoten article. The banner numbers are above each banner image; please remember this when voting so you vote for the right one.

1 — which I like the most (tie) and added to this article during the merge. From the Moskenesøya article.

Moskenesøya banner.jpg

2 — the banner that was used on the page before the merge took place.

Lofoten banner Flakstad village.jpg

3 — used to be the banner for the Å article.

Å WikiVoyage Banner.jpg

4 — was the banner for the Moskenes article.

Moskenes (banner).jpg

5 — was the banner for the Svolvaer article.

Svolvaer banner.JPG

6 — was the banner for the Leknes article.

Leknes Wikivoyage Banner.JPG

7 — my other tied favorite (along with #1); I just found out about it while adding these banners here. I'll choose if it's better than #1 or not soon, I'll have to review them. Click here to give the picture what it deserves.

Reine (banner).jpg

8 — a good village scene banner. From the Henningsvaer article.

Henningsvaer Wikivoyage Banner.jpg

9 — from the Kabelvag article, another village scene.

Kabelvåg Wikivoyage Banner.jpg

Please vote! If there's any others you now about, let's vote on them too!

May the best banner win,

--Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 23:20, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Here's my preferences list: 7, 1, 9, 2, 5, 3, 8, 4, and 6, I think, but there's so many I couldn't say that for sure. Everyone else, just vote for your favorite and maybe your second favorite! --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 23:34, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
I actually like #1 best, then #7 as a close second. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 23:35, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Yep, it's definitely a close thing between those two. #5 is also great, but that balcony on the side spoils it a little, IMO. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 23:37, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
The balcony isn't what's wrong with #5; it's the uncorrected fisheye distortion. Somewhat counterintuitively, panoramic photos are actually very poor candidates for use as pagebanners; far better are plain old wide-angle shots cropped at the top and bottom. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 00:00, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Are #s 8 and 9 new since my last comment? #9 finishes in a solid third place for me. -- AndreCarrotflower (talk) 00:01, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
My choices would be 1, 5, 8, in that order. Ground Zero (talk) 00:03, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
@AndreCarrotflower: #'s 8 and 9 may well be new to you, depending on when you last checked. Also, yes, while the panoramic image gives an interesting effect, it also makes the picture distorted and the locations of objects inaccurate. Cropped images are good, as you said, unless IMO the 7:1 crop isn't coherent (e.g. it captures just part of the mountain instead of all of it) or the image quality is poor, and then you've got a really pixelated banner image. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 03:58, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Based on those votes I will leave #1 as the Lofoten banner unless comments start coming in, supporting one of the other pictures. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 22:15, 7 September 2018 (UTC)
We could consider using one of the other banners for Nordland or Northern Norway. —Granger (talk · contribs) 05:33, 12 September 2018 (UTC)
I used #7 in Nordland and #9 in Northern Norway. --Comment by Selfie City (talk about my contributions) 19:56, 12 September 2018 (UTC)