To help get you started contributing, we've created a tips for new contributors page, full of helpful links about policies and guidelines and style, as well as some important information on copyleft and basic stuff like how to edit a page. If you need help, check out Help, or post a message in the travellers' pub. If you are familiar with Wikipedia, take a look over some of the differences here. Thank you for your excellent edits to Ottawa. Ground Zero (talk) 05:24, 15 January 2017 (UTC)
Using a consistent formatting style for dates and times makes it easier for readers to find the information, and makes Wikivoyage look better organized. Using different formats within a a an article looks particularly messy. For 12-hour clock, Wikivoyage's policy on time and date formatting tells us to use this format: M Tu 9AM-5PM; W 10AM-5PM; Th F 9AM-7PM; Sa Sun noon-5PM. Ground Zero (talk) 14:58, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
- The local format in Gatineau is a 24-hour clock, and local signs are posted with that format. I'll do a sweep through the page once I've finished getting all of the data into it, and make the times consistent. --Robkelk (talk) 15:22, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
For days of the week, per WV:TDF, we
- "Abbreviate to the minimum number of letters – M Tu W Th F Sa Su – in lists and where space is short."
Rob, I appreciate your contributions, but I must ask you to please respect the fact that the Wikivoyage community has chosen time and date formats and use them. They aren't the formats that I would choose, but I accept that it is easier for travellers to find information if we use consistent formats as much as possible. Please don't make work for other editors, when it is just as easy for you to use the correct formats in the first place. Thank you. Ground Zero (talk) 01:31, 11 August 2017 (UTC)
Here are some key points from WV:TDF:
- Use one of these formats: 09:30–17:00 or 9:30AM–5PM. Do not use both 24- and 12-hour formats within one article. Choose between formats by following predominant local usage. Ask yourself which format visitors will see in timetables, on shop doors and in newspapers.
- Use 00:00 for midnight and 12:00 for noon.
- Use upper case "AM" and "PM".
- Use noon and midnight, not 12PM and 12AM.
Days of the week:
- Abbreviate to the minimum number of letters – M Tu W Th F Sa Su – in lists and where space is short.
- When combining days with time, put the days first: M–F 10AM–2PM, not 10AM–2PM M–F.
- So we have two time formats, mutually exclusive. (sigh). When I do documentation for pay, I charge extra for that... --Robkelk (talk) 19:15, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
- Yeah, I don't particularly like that policy either. It would be better to have one format, but I doubt that people would be willing to change it. You can always propose a change and see what people say. While two formats within the guide don't look great, using a variety of formats within an article really looks bad. That's what I'm trying to avoid. Ground Zero (talk) 22:48, 12 August 2017 (UTC)
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