Talk:Middle East

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Refer to this edit by Platschi here... Middle East is located not only in Western Asia, but in Northeastern Africa, too. That's why categorization IsIn|Western Asia is not right, and IsIn|Earth probably suits better.--Sigurdas 01:13, 13 November 2008 (UTC)

If no one is against it, in a few days I will categorize messy Middle East countries in this way:

Hummm, let's maybe have a discussion about this first. I wonder what other people think about this, also please take a look here what we wrote on Robino 00:46, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
As for most continents/countries, we so far used the United Nations Statistic Division, which seems to be a quite reliable categorization for the world. There, some part of the Middle East can be found under Western Asia, some part as Northern Africa. So in fact, they are not even mentioning the Middle East, but use the continents for categorization. For me, this division is the most logical. For most of it, we already did it at Western Asia and Northern Africa. --Platschi 11:30, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
If I understood you right, we keep on categorizing countries primarily by Western Asia and such but not by Middle East which is very puzzling according to the map: ---->----------------->---------------->----------------------------->---------------------------->
MiddleEast map.png
Anyways, I think we can continue keeping Category:Middle East and Middle East page and categorize by it in addition to main categories Category:Western Asia, Category:Northern Africa, Category:Eastern Africa, Category:Southern Asia and Category:Central Asia (these unite all the countries in the Middle East by any definition of a latter one). However, if we want to use Middle East in the IsIn template, then creating Category:Middle East (Asia) and Category:Middle East (Africa) would be inevitable as otherwise it will be showing that Middle East is only in either Africa or Asia. So, I see we can either restrain from using Middle East within IsIn template, or create these categories and use them accordingly.--Sigurdas 17:05, 8 December 2008 (UTC)
Jep, keeping the Category:Middle East additionally seems a good option. Also, about the IsIn, we could use like Western Asia -> Countryname, so no problem with categorizing more specific (Middle East (West), Middle East (East), etc) ;-) --Platschi 10:40, 9 December 2008 (UTC)

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