Talk:Louisiana declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry approaches U.S. coast

Latest comment: 4 years ago by DannyS712 in topic Update notice

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Numerals and words for small speeds edit

I personally think numerals are best for low speeds and measured values, but the important thing is to be consistent.

If someone wants to change 3, 6, 1 and 2 to "three," "six," "one," and "two," then I'm not going to edit war over it, but be sure to get the 5 and 8 in the following paragraph as well. Having the article partially one way and partially the other is no good. Darkfrog24 (talk) 19:24, 13 July 2019 (UTC)Reply

Consistency is the hobgoblin of small numbers, or something like that. Keeping in mind Orwell's sixth tip on better writing ("Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous"), I've been somewhat reluctant to put a measure in words when it's only an integer due to low precision, especially when it's placed in context with other measures of the same sort that are not small. However, while I might stop artistically short of converting all these small numbers to SG-conformant words, it doesn't seem right to move further away from the SG. (If we did use digits rather than words, I'd use an en-dash rather than the word "to".) --Pi zero (talk) 20:01, 13 July 2019 (UTC)Reply
I made a sort of general comment about scientific usage of numerals and units here. Personally I'm fine with words for small amounts, but I would definitely avoid combining words with abbreviations, e.g., "eight kph." I would either spell out "kilometers per hour" or numeralize "8." —mikemoral (talk · contribs) 21:36, 13 July 2019 (UTC)Reply

Update notice edit

If and when it gets published:

{{update|Tropical Storm Barry makes landfall on Louisiana coast, strengthening to a category 1 hurricane|July 14, 2019}}

Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 19:38, 14 July 2019 (UTC)Reply

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