Talk:Boston

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This article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page as Today's featured article on June 21, 2007.
On this day... Article milestones
DateProcessResult
June 2, 2005Featured article candidateNot promoted
June 9, 2005Peer reviewReviewed
October 12, 2005Peer reviewReviewed
November 4, 2005Featured article candidatePromoted
May 14, 2007Featured article reviewKept
March 21, 2013Featured article reviewKept
On this day... Facts from this article were featured on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "On this day..." column on March 20, 2004, September 17, 2011, September 17, 2015, and September 17, 2020.
Current status: Featured article

Peer Review #1Edit

The Lead Section: Yes, the lead section is very well written. It includes most everything that I would want to know about Boston without having to completely dive into the article itself.

Structure: I like the history section and it obviously makes sense for this to be chronological. I think the sports section could probably be a bit bigger. Sports are a huge passion for Boston and the surrounding area and could be drilled down into a time period or different sections.

Balance: This Wikipedia article is very well-written. As one of the oldest and biggest cities in the US, Boston obviously has a lot of information to share. The article itself compares similarly to that of "New York City" and "Miami".

Neutral: The article is neutral in tone for the most part. The phrase "one of the best" comes up when describing the Boston Marathon and could be easily replaced with "one of the most famous" or "well-known"

Reliable sources: There are approximately 300 (!) sources used for this article. Most claims are in fact sourced. one thing I would be wary of is the fact that 2 Boston teams are currently competing in postseason play. This could make this page a target for fan-related memes and viral edits following a loss.

Improvements and commentsEdit

I made a variety of improvements to punctuation and, in particular, to the layout which was rather scattered and messy. I have a series of comments.

1. "Despite cost-of-living issues, Boston ranks high on livability ratings, ranking 36th worldwide in quality of living in 2011 in a survey of 221 major cities".

The sample is ridiculous. The world alone has more than 200 countries. That information is pointless and meaningless. It should not even be in this article.

2. The cityscape images are way too big and they should be at the bottom in a gallery section.

3a. Two thirds of the section on "culture" are dedicated to music which should have its own section.

3b. "Symphony Hall (located west of Back Bay) is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the related Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, which is the largest youth orchestra in the nation, and to the Boston Pops Orchestra."

This sentence should be rewritten.

4. "On April 15, 2013, two explosions killed three people and injured hundreds at the marathon."

This sentence is unnecessary.

5. "Films have been made in Boston since as early as 1903, and it continues to be both a popular setting and a popular site for location shooting".

A few famous movies should be listed.

6. " In 2016, there are 1,461 bikes and 158 docking stations across the city".

This is old information in the present tense and it should be updated accordingly.

ICE77 (talk) 07:52, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

"City-to-state/USA difference"Edit

These tables in the Demographics section are pretty silly - they assume the reader has zero arithmetic skills. I would drop them. 2602:306:CFEA:170:B414:10A2:8201:4E9A (talk) 18:01, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Nomination of Portal:Boston for deletionEdit

 

A discussion is taking place as to whether Portal:Boston is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The page will be discussed at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Portal:Boston until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the page during the discussion, including to improve the page to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the deletion notice from the top of the page. North America1000 05:46, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Pronunciation of "Tremont Street"Edit

If someone knows IPA or American Phonetics, it would be great if they were included on the Tremont Street article, thanks. --Prisencolin (talk) 05:13, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

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