At 07:28 AM 5/5/2006, charles matthews wrote:
- It seems that the historic accident, that 40000 pages
on U.S. places were
created early on, has rather skewed perceptions (as if the Johnson City dab
issue was more important than the Johnson surname dab issue). That is not
right, but many, many pages still start off disambiguating places named
after people called X, when the more obvious thing is the people called X.
A difference is that that there are maybe ten places, but hundreds of
notable people named Johnson. It might be best to have a separate
disambiguation page for common surnames, e.g. Johnson (person) or so.
This would make it easier to use a different style guideline for them, too.
The fact is that dab pages in general are never going
to be neat and tidy:
it's a catch-all idea. Surname dab pages on the other hand should be
important reference pages, for example for someone wondering which Watson
was a sixteenth century commentator on Senecan drama (Thomas, as I found a
couple of days ago).
Agreed, but this requires to be lenient about spelling. Historical
names often exist in lots of spelling variants, so one would have to
have Jamison and Jamieson on the same page.