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Terrorism -> Crime[edit]

I would like to suggest "Crime" to be added to the list, under the Law section. In addition to one of the most pressing concerns of most people, no matter where you go, defense versus crime is a primary purpose (and expense) of modern government. Although there is no concensus on what exactly is *considered* a crime, as well as what is considered a reasonable response to it, that debate in and of itself is encyclopedic due to its wide-reaching effects on the world's cultures.

For what to remove - the only notable candidate seems to be Terrorism, which would be a major subset of all crime in general, and a natural topic for the "crime" article to lead into. Almafeta (talk) 03:36, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Since there seems to be no objections, I'll make the change early next month (after the stats are run). We can change it back in February if any a notable problems come up. Almafeta (talk) 18:33, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
I´ve just read your suggestion and I think it´s to early to make the change. I´m not agree with the change. Of course, Crime is a wider concept that includes Terrorism but, in my opinion, Terrorism deserves to be in the list because is an important fact in many countries, with important effects in its daily life. In addition to this, I must say that it would be convenient to set some rules about changes. I think it isn´t enough with only one personal proposal, it might have a minimum of votes to proceed with the change. --Xosé Antonio (talk) 23:19, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Although no objection was posted, the change was reverted without discussion, so I withdraw this suggestion. Almafeta (talk) 04:09, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
There was one person that not agree with your change. In other hands, I think that if only a person do a proposal, that isn't a proposal with consensus. I agree with Xosé Antonio that this list should have a minimal control of changes. --Elisardojm (talk) 08:19, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

I do believe that the proposal to add en:Crime is a good one, just perhaps not as a replacement for en:Terrorism. Perhaps en:Commonwealth of Independent States could be removed, as it is a largely symbolic organization? It's not a topic within the same subheading, but it still falls under "Social sciences", so the section balance would be preserved. — Yerpo Eh? 19:19, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Eurocentrism[edit]

Total Eurocentrism. Shame on those who compiled this list! And yes, I am European and disgusted. unsigned comment by 81.182.67.87 (talk) 21:13, 12. januar 2014‎

Wow, that was the most constructive comment in a long while... — Yerpo Eh? 21:31, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
And is totally true. This list should be more universal instead of being "euro-centered". --Zerabat (talk) 23:11, 15 January 2014 (UTC)
As said many many many times before, you're welcome to suggest replacements in order to reduce bias as you perceive it. Vague comments like yours, however, are not helpful at all. — Yerpo Eh? 06:43, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

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Well, let's start:

  • For example, the ratio of "Artists and architects" category is: 13 from Europe (~72%), 3 from whole Americas (~17%) and 2 from Asia (~11%). There is not any exponent from Africa, and many sub-regions of the world were not contemplated. I will not deny that the artists selected were (and are) very important and have left a notorious legacy to humanity, but the selection criteria was made with a "eurocentered mind", I mean, considering and including more Europeans maybe due to not know other cultures.

Later I will continue...

--Zerabat (discusión) 19:11, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Looks like you didn't understand me. Stating the obvious (numbers and ratios) doesn't help, you should propose whom to remove from the list and whom to add. Then we can discuss. But note that geographical balance just for the sake of it isn't a better solution. — Yerpo Eh? 20:15, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

I think we need to start putting such phrases as "Dead White Man", by the appropriate person. That should be the first step. I do not see what your case by case proposal goes to show, except a reluctance to discuss the issue being raised.Leutha (talk) 20:38, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Yerpo, I clearly understood what you said. Regarding the list, I think Bernhardt, Sarah is not as vital as others. Also (this is an important issue, please do not avoid it) it is western-biased. --Zerabat (discusión) 02:10, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
The list is also male-biased, and would be even more so if Sara Bernhardt was removed. One problem is that the world is pretty much western-biased. Historical people from Europe are (because of imperialism) often well known all over the world, while historical people from other parts of the world often are basically unknown outside their own countries. But if you find topics that you think should be in this list, and topics here that shouldn't be, and motivate why they should replace each other, I'm sure it would be taken under consideration. Please look in the archives for this discussion page about how replacement suggestions previously have been made. Boivie (talk) 14:03, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
I think the whole concept of the page doesn't really cope with the way languages work in the world. What sense does it make for a handful of people to issue a Fatwa to all the people working on different languages as if they simply have to reproduce the same set of articles? This is not the wiki-way and perhaps is better suited to Larry Sanger's Citizendium which uses a more top down approach which would enable those of us who see themselves as having expertise in such a generalist way to work without the constraint of taking into account those of us who want a more egalitarian approach. For myself, I feel it might be more useful if different language Wikipedias set their own targets, and perhaps a reasonably simple way could be used (perhaps with Wikidata) to link the different conceptions that would then emerge.Leutha (talk) 10:14, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
If you don't want to use this list, you don't have to. It's just a tool. By the way, the users active here are from lots of different Wikipedias. Boivie (talk) 14:03, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
Nobody is forcing anyone to create articles on this list. They're merely unofficial suggestions, and should be treated as such. PiRSquared17 (talk) 15:04, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
The metaphor of Fatwa was used precisely because it contains within it the notion of an influential opinion, rather than implying any coercion. I certainly agree that the term should is not as strong as has to or even must, but even so it is stonger than suggest. However, I do not think that such fine points of English grammar should distract us from the main point, which is the bias in the list. I am not sure whether the issue can be sorted out using the one in, one out method, and certainly feel that the advent of Wikidata could help us find a way of co-ordinating between different languages wich does not involve producing Eurocentric lists like this.Leutha (talk) 00:59, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Microsoft Windows under Operating System[edit]

63% of the world's computers run some windows OS, so it's a relatively high-demand article. Microsoft revolutionized personal computing and brought it to the masses, so I think either them or their OS deserves a spot on this list for standing out so much. NottNott (talk) 21:42, 26 March 2014 (UTC)

This kind of reasoning is problematic because arguably, Microsoft's role in the PC revolution is shared with Apple (opinions differ to what extent). That's two spots already. Then, if we include these two, other famous companies will start creeping in. So I say no, let's stick to general concepts, everything else is of secondary importance. — Yerpo Eh? 10:08, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Musicians[edit]

Why is there only one Black musician in the list?Leutha (talk) 20:49, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Do you have a specific proposal to replace one of the musicians with another? PiRSquared17 (talk) 15:03, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

No, I am startring a discussian about why there is only one Black musician in the list?Leutha (talk) 00:12, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

If what you're stating is true, is it because the editors that have helped compiling this list haven't yet found more than one black musician that they thought were important enough for being included in this list. If you know of more please make a suggestion for a change in the list. Boivie (talk) 06:00, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Interesting point, systemic bias might arise because of lack of research skills amongst engaged editors or from bias as regards what they think important. Actually my concern here is rather with reviewing the methodology than contributing to a method which seems flawed.Leutha (talk) 13:32, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

So, basically you're only here to complain, and you're not willing to help? Or do you have any suggestions for a different methodology? Boivie (talk) 14:17, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

I am not quite sure why you posed me these questions. Perhaps you might care to reread my posting above. One of the way Wikipedia works is that it is based on evidence rather than opinion. This is why the encyclopedia has made such leaps forward since adding references became the norm. The problem with the methodology here is that "importance" seems to boil down to opinion, and indeed opinions very much constructed out of various aesthetic and cultural values. I am certainly keen to explore ways of developing a different methodology, but perhaps this exploration could start with an explanation of why the current methodology has been adopted?Leutha (talk) 18:11, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Current methodology has been you must discuss any changes beforehand and reach consensus. As for what consensus means that appears to be have a few people agree with you and no one disagree with you. Usually this entails just changing one or two entries at a time. Of course, this would all be based on opinion. This list is not about whether someone is notable but what is the relative importance. So, this will always be based on opinion. (eg. who are the 21 most important musicians?).
Something you point out that I think is interesting. This list seems to at times go around in this pattern (1) why is this list so biased in this way.. lets add some entries to balance (2) what are these entries doing here that are not that notable.. let add the old entries back. We should have a reference for each entry that points to the discussion in the archive where it was debated. --MarsRover 19:04, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
Funny, I once started to make such an index, but gave up soon because it needs to be done manually and it was too tedious. Should I publish as it is and we'll finish it together?
Sure, I will try to help. But lately my time for wikipedia work is shrinking. I was thinking that each time we have a discussion about any given entry we just add a reference to the discussion. Maybe even a bot could be able to do it. --MarsRover 08:03, 7 April 2014 (UTC)
I put it at Talk:List of articles every Wikipedia should have/Archives/Topic index. As I said, I gave up soon. A bot may help for clear cases, but it will still have to be a largely manual task. — Yerpo Eh? 17:10, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
To Leutha: the question why the methodology is such as it is probably doesn't have a comprehensive answer. This list goes back to early days of Wikipedia itself and it probably just seemed a good idea at the time. It might help to go through the discussion archives and edit histories if you're actually interested. As to your proposal, it might help to explain what you're actually getting at instead of playing on other editors' emotions by calling us biased and incompetent. Your hints simply remind us of the idea to make quotas for each cultural area, which was proposed long ago and already decided against. In case you haven't noticed, the world is Western-biased. And Wikipedia has, by its verifiability rules, decided to "be a mirror, not the lamp". Example: Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra regularly plays Beethoven, Mahler and other classical European composers. How many Southeast-Asian composers are on regular program anywhere outside Southeast Asia? I dare say that with our "flawed" approach, we got pretty close to listing subjects which are the most sought after in all Wikipedias combined in the long run (i.e. excluding fads). So you'll have to do better than that if you want the community to take you seriously. — Yerpo Eh? 08:02, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Firstly, I feel your suggestion that I am "playing on other editors' emotions" is misplaced. As other editors have pointed out, the list as it is currently constructed will always be based on opinion. In this sense we can see the work on this list as a form of affective labour creating what Michael Betancourt calls "systemic unknowns", in this case a putatively measurable notion of "importance" by which the individual candidates can be theoretically be ordered. So, I would suggest that any experience of emotional upset you may experience arises from the nature of this list and your personal valorisation of it through the affective labour you have already given it. As regards your view of the world being western-biased, even if this holds water, it only goes to highlight the ommission of Black musicians. I think you will find that such musicians as Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley are westen musicians. I found MarsRover's point very interesting, and sympathise with anyone who stands back from such labour intensive work, particularly when there is some doubt about whether it will be well received. Of course we have Wikipedia article traffic statistics, and I hope no-one will get upset if I point out that for April 2013 Bob Marley came in at 387th (402,367 hits) whilst Ludwig van Beethoven was a little bit lower down the list at 810th (281,283 hits). As for Gustav Mahler I am sorry to report I could not find him in the list no matter how hard I looked.

House of Mirrors, a common feature at the funfair

Whilst I take on board the comment about wikipedia being a mirror, I feel that this page is perhaps somewhat more like the "House of Mirrors". I don't want to be a killjoy, and I know how much fun people can get from drawing up lists of their favourites under all sorts of categories. But I feel that it would be a good idea if this was done somewhere else. If there is to be List of articles every Wikipedia should have then I feel it requires a lot more thought. I also hope that when I point out a lack of research skills amongst engaged editors, this is not a matter of calling people incompetent, but rather indicating that the questions which arise from having a page like this may involve serious reflection concerning how can enhance the collective pool of skills, ideally simplified through the development of new tools, so that we can address the shortcomings of the list.Leutha (talk) 20:20, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Well of course I am emotionally vested in a work that is partly my creation, at least a little bit. However, me being upset (if you insist on talking about me, although "annoyed" would be a better description) stems largely from the fact that you started criticizing our work, indirectly and without providing a clear alternative. Even if you didn't intend it, your hint dropping came across as smug, which continues with your last message. The present list was given a lot of thought - 10 years of it, to be precise. I'm not saying that it can't be improved, but I'd appreciate if you finally explained what you're getting at instead of poking. — Yerpo Eh? 16:46, 10 April 2014 (UTC)
Have to agree with Yerpo. There isn't a lot of commenters in this list so I am willing to accept any suggestions about articles or methodology. But you haven't really offered any specific yet. Using popularity as a way to get importance will just mean this is the "list of the most popular articles". The original goal of this list was to promote articles that are obviously important but missing. Promoting already popular articles is a really unnecessary task. So, IMHO, if you were to tweak the methodology I would not go in that direction. I do believe it can be tweaked in other directions. Perhaps we have a rule, the topic must have had influence in more than one continent. Is Bob Marley important outside North America? Is Gustav Mahler important outside Europe? --MarsRover 20:25, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Well, I am also not the only person to be "annoyed" by the bias in this list, as anyone who looks through the archives can verify. I agree that popularity has its shortcomings. However, it does have the advantage in that we can consider it in a more objective way, whereas I am not sure how we can approach "importance" in a clearer way. It is hard for me to come up with solutions unless you can tell me what you mean by this category. Otherwise we are dealing with what a mentioned above, a "systemic unknown". In fact, I would suggest that it is a sounder approach to start off with an analysis of the problem, rather than a putative solution, because otherwise we are likely to get into the sort of futile discussion, we can be worse than annoying.

Animated, color-coded map showing the various continents and regions. Depending on the convention and model, some continents may be consolidated or subdivided: for example, Eurasia is most often subdivided into Europe and Europe (red shades), while North and South America are sometimes recognized as one American continent (green shades).

Thanks to MarsRover for the suggestion of using what we might call the "continent approach". Assuming we set aside antarctica, when we compare the continental populations, it is a bit disturbing to discover that Australia, population 29,127,000, would have the same weight as Asia, population 4,164,252,000, a ratio of 1:143. Or comparing two hit scenarios, Europe and Australia add up to 767,326,000 whereas Africa and Asia add up to 5,186,486,000 a ratio of 1:6.76. However, as it is two hit measures this has to be more or less squared, giving a figure of around 1:45. Bearing in mind the demographics of the countries involved, this way would also be liable to bias, even if it gives us a clearer idea of how that bias arises. Unless we simplify things by reducing it to "important in Asia" (as 60% of the world's population live there), I think we need another approach. I wonder if we can agree on a shared notion that importance is related to human beings. Would that be a useful next step?Leutha (talk) 18:08, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

I agree "importance is related to human beings" but not sure exactly what you mean. I wouldn't want to weight the article counts by population counts. Otherwise we'll just mainly have Chinese and Indian articles.
My suggestion, as a way to finally get rid of the constant complaint that the list is biased, would be that the topic must be important to more than one culture. (Instead of continents we could use a world map of cultures). The means a Western person only important in the West would not be in the list. An Asian person only important in Asia is not in the list. This could dramatically change the list of people which seems to be the articles most complained about. But beware this might mean Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix are not getting in the list. But an argument could be made for someone like Youssou N'Dour if he is important enough in Europe. Also, in thinking this though it might caused Shakespeare and George Washington to be removed since not sure what other cultures view them as important.
Also, another way to tackle the problem is to say within each category the articles must be evenly divided between cultures. So, we can still have extremely important topics for a specific region. So, within Musicians the 21 articles must cover the 6 cultural regions. (3 or 4 Western musicians, 3 or 4 Asian musician, etc). --MarsRover 19:19, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

I think that's quite an interesting idea. Bearing in mind that we are talking about suggestions for different languages we could go for away of linking languages to different cultures. Then each culture could have its own list of important pages, with a way of then generating a more global list on the basis of frequency of appearance in these different lists. This would mean that no-one would necessarily face the daunting task of wondering how popular Mahler is in Africa, unless they had elected to work on that culture. Secondly, for the list to work as a prompt, it could be made more meaningful, so that an African language such as Eʋegbe would have one list geared principally around African culture, and with a smaller global list emerging in addition. We should also bear in mind that the list is most useful to those languages with the least articles.Leutha (talk) 20:35, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Just to clarify my suggestion is not to have a six lists per culture. But to have one list of 1000 articles that evenly covers the six cultures. The complaints about the existing list are almost without fail about the 120 biography articles which make up list. The remain 880 articles would probably be in all six lists if you went that direction. (eg. Electricity is important to every culture). But six completely different lists is a valid idea. I just would have it be a parallel project and not a replacement for this list. Sort of like the List of articles every Wikipedia should have/Expanded, you could have List of articles every Wikipedia should have/African, List of articles every Wikipedia should have/Western, etc. --MarsRover 07:04, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

That's a good point about the biography articles. I think perhaps that is where the contentious points arise. Presumably there is no reason to have 1000 articles except that it relates to the number of fingers most people have. Perhaps we could have List of articles every Wikipedia should have/Biographies which could them break down to the different cultures. Perhaps we could look at the state of play on some of the small wikis?Leutha (talk) 20:46, 12 April 2014 (UTC)

What is Black musician? Wikipedia does not have such an entry. I don't see any Black, Green or Lilac musicians on the list. --93.72.155.13 06:43, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Two missing articles in the Ukrainian chapter[edit]

Anything we link to these entries is relinked to a different entry. There is no notion in Ukrainian that is the exact equivalent of the English notion of Mind. Electromagnetism is a term that is used very rarely in Ukrainian. The meaning, though, is completely equivalent to the Classical electrodynamics. In the students curricula it is under the Electricity. --93.72.155.13 06:54, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

These two items have been discussed before in the archive. I think Electromagnetism has no corresponding term in German either. What do you suggest for better terms for the same concepts? --MarsRover 17:02, 8 May 2014 (UTC)
English chapter does not have an entry on en:Electromagnetic interaction. Is it a redirect to Electromagnetism. I feel the two are not the same, but my language is not English. I cannot control what wikidata does. They did not like the link to the Classical electrodynamics and made it Electromagnetic interaction. I worked on uk:Електромагнітна взаємодія a little. Then, they relinked it to another entry in wikidata and now Electromagnetism is not linked to anything in ukrwiki at all. --194.44.219.225 12:34, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
In the list, Electromagnetism is present as one of four fundamental interactions (together with Gravitation, Strong interaction, and Weak interaction). In Ukrainian and Russian, the corresponding terms (Електромагнетизм, Электромагнетизм) are related rather to the classical electrodynamics than to the electromagnetic interaction. So, the corresponding articles in the Ukrainian and Russian wikipedias should be Електромагнітна взаємодія and Электромагнитное взаимодействие (literally: electromagnetic interaction). I have linked the English article Electromagnetism in wikidata to Q849919 (Electromagnetic interaction), hope it is correct. --V1adis1av (talk) 20:09, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
It is correct from the point of view of physics but it is not correct for this list. Now this entry is missing in enwiki too, but it does not help either Ukrainian, Russian or German wikis. --194.44.219.225 14:58, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Actors and musicians[edit]

The category Actors, dancers and models seems to consist of four actors, who may have performed in other ways as well, but who were mainly actors, which makes the title somewhat misleading. What about Katharine Hepburn; the actress with most Academy Award wins ever, what about dancer/actress/singer Josephine Baker or dancer Martha Graham, who more or less created modern dance? Furthermore the Composers and musicians category consists of a lot of classical musicians, some popular music performers, and one jazz artist. Jazz and blues had such cultural significance not just in the way popular music was made but also in the fight for equality for african americans. It seems wrong to boil its importance down to just Louis Armstrong. Bessie Smith was the first great blues/jazz-singer and influenced Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone, Christina Aguilera, and so many others, and Miles Davis revolutionized jazz-music in the mid-late 20th century. I do not think the list is "right", but I admit that it really is a challenge to find the "best" or "most important" people, and ofcourse it will be a bit of a "taste-game" - all I hope for is dialog.

From Mvsgh

Electromagnetism[edit]

Electromagnetism is placed in the list as one of four fundamental forces, together with Gravitation, Strong interaction and Weak interaction. However, it links to d:Q11406 (branch of science concerned with the forces that occur between electrically charged particles) instead of d:Q849919 (electromagnetic interaction: one of the four fundamental interactions of nature). I suppose that Electromagnetism should be linked to d:Q849919 rather than to d:Q11406. --V1adis1av (talk) 21:32, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

I agree. It is weird that "Electromagnetism" does not even contain the English article Electromagnetism (which is in d:Q849919). --131.169.37.129 09:43, 13 June 2014 (UTC)
It looks like most Wikipedias have either d:Q11406 or d:Q849919, not both. Are there really two topics here? Should the two Wikidata items be merged? A. Mahoney (talk) 13:50, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

Version 1.4[edit]

How about to make a fixed version 1.4? This list seems to be stable a while and version 1.3 was created two years ago. -- ChongDae (talk) 05:03, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Please go ahead if you think that versions are useful. I'm not so sure anymore. — Yerpo Eh? 05:22, 3 July 2014 (UTC)
Done. -- ChongDae (talk) 08:12, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Religious figures and theologians[edit]

Hi All! There are very few biographies in this group. We must remember that although in Europe religion is not so important nowadays, it has been always the most important thing in the history – and still is for the most of the world (America, Africa, South Asia). For example, we should certainly add John Paul II – considering especially the lack of contemporary people in this category. He is more important that formerly present here Mother Teresa. What do You think? Let's discuss that, because this is an evident defect of this list. Best greetings, Propositum (talk) 15:20, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Mother Teresa is at least a widely recognizable symbol of charity, even outside Catholic circles. John Paul II doesn't seem to have such a lasting reputation and is already being shadowed by the current superstar pope in public perception (at least that's my personal impression). Therefore, I do not feel that he deserves a place here. The problem is that most religious figures' importance is limited to their particular religion, while for example the importance of inventors or scientists is more universal. And we are trying to build a list that's as universal as possible. — Yerpo Eh? 19:30, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
Hello! John Paul the Great is also widely recognizable. Of course, now we have another pope, so JP2 is in some sense in his shadow, but JP2 was even bigger superstar. And the impact of this person is not restricted only to one religion. He was the main leader of the whole christianity and worldwide religion in general. He was engaged so much in the ecumenical and interreligious dialogue. He was also a political leader who has made the communism collapse. He is considered as well the greatest Pole ever, more than Chopin, Copernicus and Curie, who are listed here. Thus he has become a saint in few years' time, one of the fastest record ever. Any anyway, it is quite obvious to set here some popes, as the greatest religious figures of the world, and JP2 is the main candidate for that. Best regards, Propositum (talk) 13:40, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

We should add much more biographies of this sort, such as:

  • saint Peter – as important as Paul
  • Francis of Assisi – greatest personality of the monastic life
  • Ignatius of Loyola – as important as Luther
  • Teresa of Ávila – the most outstanding woman
  • Faustina Kowalska – she prepared humankind to the end of world

What do You think? Propositum (talk) 10:35, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

I oppose adding more Catholic figures, this would make the section unbalanced (Roman Catholicism is not the only religion). — Yerpo Eh? 13:09, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Yerpo here. CasteloBrancomsg 20:22, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
These are not only Catholic saints. Anyway, this is the main branch of Christianity, which is the biggest religion (and the only one in the Western Civilization). Moreover, we had better say that now this section is unbalanced towards Judaism, since it has only 1% of Christianity's believers. Propositum (talk) 09:56, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Christianity is not the only religion in the Western Civilization. Anyway, which articles are you proposing to replace for these five biographies? CasteloBrancomsg 14:08, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
We may replace six (+JP2) other biographies:
  1. Sarah Bernhardt
  2. Frank Lloyd Wright
  3. Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. Tim Berners-Lee
  5. James Prescott Joule
  6. James Clerk Maxwell
As one can see, these are mostly British people; I personally like this nation, but since this page is in English, it is visibly overrepresented here. Propositum (talk) 14:26, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Oppose, if their nationality is the only argument. Those people are historically paramount in their fields. — Yerpo Eh? 09:26, 13 September 2014 (UTC)
Their nationality is not an argument at all. I have simply browsed all biographies and selected those which are decidedly less important. And after that I noticed that most of them are British. I repeat: I like UK very much; part of my family is even English. Propositum (talk) 11:34, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
The problem is that their nationality being overrepresented is the only thing remotely resembling an argument in your proposal. — Yerpo Eh? 16:13, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
Simply, they are visibly less important than the rest. Of course, they are important, but this list includes only the most crucial articles. For example, I am a historian of civilisation and, saying humbly, have vast encyclopedical knowledge, but I have never heard about them (while there are countless very important people not listed here that I know). Let's try any other criterion and the result will be probably similar. Propositum (talk) 07:03, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, but an appeal to authority still doesn't constitute an argument. — Yerpo Eh? 12:24, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Part of my family is catholic and i never heard about Teresa of Ávila and Faustina Kowalska, either. So, as you can see, this kind of conversation won't work, we need objective arguments to take Joule and Maxwell out of this list. Once the list is limited, we can't include all that is important for each of us here. We have now ten biographies about religious figures or theologians. Your proposal is to add six more to this count, all of them from a christian-catholic point of view, which would clearly overrepresent this section. There is an article Catholic Church alrealy listed here, where they fit best. CasteloBrancomsg 16:35, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, but this is not an argument. By the way, You shuold certainly check who was saint Faustina. Anyway, You would probably admit that ten is few for such an important topic. And Christian or Catholic biographies will not be overrepresented, as this is the mainstream of religion. They are obviously crucial from the scientific point of view, which an encyclopedia should follow. Propositum (talk) 08:21, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
PS: And also we should remember to include some women. Propositum (talk) 08:25, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

lock[edit]

It should lock from editing this page because the list is fixed.--Cheers! (talk) 04:21, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

The list can still change if there is consensus to change it, and I think we can handle any vandalism or undiscussed changes without locking. — Yerpo Eh? 08:18, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Food[edit]

Hello, I want to replace oat and rye by beans and butter. Contrary to beans and butter, oat and rye production and consumation is only limited to western hemispere. Oat and rye production have only few importance comparing to other cereals like maize, wheat and rice. Maybe en:Legumes are also important, they are general to beans and soja beans.--Sinuhe20 (talk) 15:54, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

"Bean" is an imprecise term, and it doesn't translate well. en:Legume is better for this purpose as it covers bean-producing plants. Butter is slightly redundant when we have en:Milk. — Yerpo Eh? 16:53, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Composers and musicians[edit]

There are too many composers listed, especially german speaking (and I'm saying that as a german). I'm a classical music fan, but I think more famous works are known from Michael Jackson and Madonna than from Mahler, Brahms or Haydn.--Sinuhe20 (talk) 16:24, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

The inclusion on this list is supposed to reflect (historical) importance, not current popularity. Check the archives, these two have been discussed before (and I think that Michael Jackson was actually in the list until some years ago, then removed). — Yerpo Eh? 16:49, 4 September 2014 (UTC)