[WikiEN-l] Getting smarter about surnames

Guettarda guettarda at gmail.com
Fri May 5 18:06:48 UTC 2006

On 5/5/06, charles matthews <charles.r.matthews at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> "Guettarda" wrote
> > Do you think that a WikiProject Surnames might be in order?
> There is certainly enough to do - an essentially unlimited field, you
> could
> say.
> <snip>
> That's one issue.  Another is that WikiProjects can appear much better at
> prescribing rules to do the work, than at actually doing it.

That was actually what made me think that a WikiProject might be useful -
the issues you outlined about potentially changing the rules for {{dab}}
pages for surnames.

On the other hand, if there's a chance of getting together people who know
> their onomastics, with those with theories on how to integrate and present
> some genealogical information here (for example the boxes turning up on
> [[Arnold J. Toynbee]] to show the relation to [[Polly Toynbee]]), and
> others
> who want to 'add value' to raw lists of names, it could be
> interesting.  I'm
> pretty much a 'raw list' man myself; but a template for a surname page
> ought
> indeed to take into account a bit more.

Now the challenge is to find these people and get them together.

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