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I decided to write this article afters trying to find information about my local SAS user group. I searched for user groups and found a paper by Charles Shipp about user groups in the results. Also I discovered nobody has written a sasCommunity article about SAS user groups, generally, and the search results did not return many user group articles. That suggests such articles are difficult to find for both search engines and users. This summary article should improve matters. One last thought, there probably should also be a separate article that discusses the paper Corporate and Area User Groups by Charles E. Shipp, Northrop Corporation. - Cameron 05:35, 7 August 2012 (EDT)
- This is great. I just wrote a bit about benefits. Do we still want the section Article outline/ideas to be on the page, or can it be moved to discussion? - paulkaefer (talk) 15:20, 11 October 2016 (CDT)
Standards for user group names and acronyms in articles
I notice that several user group articles include both the name and the corresponding acronym, often parenthetically. These sorts of titles are less than ideal, for several reasons.
Firstly, it can lead to multiple articles about the same user group. This results in an article maintenance liability, with multiple articles needing to be maintained and a risk that they will contain different information. A current example is for the Toronto Area SAS Society, where TASS (Toronto Area SAS Society) and Toronto Area SAS Society (TASS) also need to be edited. Though the TASS is still to be created, it is not clear which article it should redirect to, because the acronym appears in two different article titles, each with the most current content, while the article that is an expansion of the acronym is out of date, compared to the others.
Secondly, including parentheses around part of an article title results in the enclosed part of the title being hidden if a wikilink is "piped". In other wiki, e.g. Wikipedia, this feature is used to distinguish between articles about different topics with the same title. That is not the case here, where we have one topic with multiple titles. In which case, the appropriate feature to use is a redirect page.
Lastly, to refer to all the different user group articles by using the existing article titles directly is going to result in a rather messy looking list. There is a lack of standards. In some cases the user group is referred to by its formal name, in others the reference is via its acronym, sometimes it is both, and sometimes another name is used, which is often the geographic area the user group serves.
To standardize things, in this article I will use the formal user group name as the primary article reference. If there is an acronym, I will enclose it in parentheses and I will keep the geographical area separate as part of a geographical description. For example, I would list the Toronto Area SAS Society like:
This has implications for naming user group articles. And several might get moved to new names, such as their formal user group name, and redirects from acronyms and other names currently used will probably also be created. Also, where I discover duplicate articles, the content may be merged into a single article. Does this approach and possible editing activity cause any concerns for anyone? - Cameron 20:49, 18 August 2012 (EDT)