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On the Origin of Highway Shields

Posted by ParAvion on 4 May 2017 in English (English)

I might as well kick off my diary with a topic that interests me - highway shields.

I'd like to add pictures of them into my road articles because they look so much nicer than basic text, but this would require quite a few shields. I don't plan on adding them all (since all ten of Vodeo's provinces have their own highways as well as the national M/A/B/C roads), but just the main M/A/B/C highways and important provincial highways. Is this allowed, or do bandwidth constraints mean we have to keep them to a minimum? Obviously I don't mean full 1000px pictures, but just small 25 or 50-pixel ones. I notice that Gobrassanya has quite a few, which is why I'd like to add some of my own in.

tl;dr Par wants to add pictures with numbers in them, is it allowed?

Comment from zhenkang on 4 May 2017 at 22:33

Can I see the link to your articles on the roads?

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Comment from isleño on 5 May 2017 at 17:27

If the images are tiny, 25 or 50 pixels, then I don't think bandwidth would be an issue. However, some unfortunate person may need to clean up everything if you leave OGF, so please don't go too far overboard. Upload only what you need.

If the intention is to create articles for the major roads... My personal recommendation (for anyone) would be, rather than creating tons of road articles, focus instead on your "Roads of xxxxxx" or "Highways of xxxxxx" article, where you can pour all your energy into one page: listing all the routes, displaying samples of the highway shields and signage, explaining the history of the system, showing photos of overpasses and interchanges, etc — and let that page be your main display of road-geekery. Then, if you really want to create an article for an individual road, okay... but first make sure the road has been mapped in some detail, and make sure the article is actually interesting (i.e. like this, not like this).

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Comment from ParAvion on 8 May 2017 at 01:36

My intention is to focus on the national and provincial highway pages, and only make individual articles for the main highways and motorways (and there's not many of those I plan on). Basically, the intention will be that if it has an article about it or it's in an infobox, it should have a picture, otherwise it can stay as plain text. Thank you for your clarification.

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