I have hyperlinked the "Websites" entries and have deleted the "Irish Times" link (perhaps more when I check all the links). I'm of the opinion that the listing of pay-for-view websites constitutes free advertising and I'm not sure that this FS Wiki should be in that business, but I'm certainly open to discussion on that topic. If the consensus is that such sites can be legitimately listed, they should at least be identified as a pay-for-view commercial enterprise. Comments? BrklynBridge 17:36, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
This page was too long so I created a separate page for the Substitutes info and added a link to it. As to the comment, there are so many pay-for-view websites that provide valuable databases that I think it would be a disservice to our audience to not include them. In most cases you get great value for the cost. However, the list of websites definitely needs to expand to include descriptions of what they provide and how they provide it. Now that attention has been drawn to this, I expect it will get taken care of soon. Thanks for noting it. BakerBH 22:06, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
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Incorrect and potentially insulting flag
I noticed that the box-out on this article has the flag of the Republic of Ireland on it.
However, the article is about Ireland. The Irish Free State didn't come into existence until c.1920, and it adopted this flag as its national flag:
However, Ireland has never been represented by that flag in its history. Only the Republic of Ireland (and its forerunner, the Irish Free State) has been represented by the flag above.
I would suggest that we replace the flag with something that more accurately represents the island and its people - ALL of its people.
Further, I recommend that we do similar with other articles throughout. Let's take one example: the article County Down Genealogy. I am Irish and, therefore, have Irish ancestry. Much of my ancestry is from County Down. However, I have no affiliation with the Republic of Ireland, nor with the flag that represents that state (above).
Frankly, having the flag of another country represent me, is offensive. It would be like using the flag of France to represent English people (after all, part of France used to belong to the English monarch). Or like using the Union Jack to represent everyone in the USA and Canada. At this point I would like to state, in order to be very clear in my intent and my attitude, that I have no problem with the flag of the Republic of Ireland itself, or its usage, or the people of the Republic of Ireland. Quite the contrary! But it does not represent me.
I would suggest a more politically neutral flag should be used for the pre-Republic era, such as the flag of St Patrick. I doubt very much that anyone would take particular offence at that.
NB: I requested permission to edit this article, but I would really need to edit Template:Ireland-sidebar instead, to make the change. I hadn't intended jumping straight in to edit anyway, preferring to invite discussion first.
I will go ahead and make a request to edit the template that is displayed on this page, but I will leave it for a while in case anyone else might have any other suggestions to get around the offence that this current template and flag usage is causing. --Prainey (talk) 17:37, 28 August 2016 (UTC)