Followup: Weeding the Namipedia garden
Thank you to everyone who took the time to think about the care and feeding of Namipedia. The top messages I took away were that better searching and browsing tools will help...and that defining worthwhile names is HARD. You all made good arguments for and against invented names, foreign names, fictional names and more. So I'm thinking it's time to simplify. How about this?
Any user-submitted name page can stay in Namipedia if there's a good reason for other users to be interested in it.
If it's likely to appeal to contemporary parents seeking a baby name, that counts. So submissions like Skylie and Reeve stay.
If it has a significant historical or global usage history, that counts. So submissions like Freelove and Veslemøy stay.
If it's linked to a notable historical or cultural figure or newsmaker, that counts. So submissions like Cotton and Karch stay.
If it appears in a popular book or movie so that readers/viewers will want to learn more about it, that counts. So submissions like Samwise and Caillou stay.
If the submitter provides compelling supporting information so that we can come away from the name page feeling enlightened, that counts. So submissions like Corisande and Iorwerth stay.
Other good reasons may come up as well. But if we can't pinpoint any solid reason why a name page should be of interest to other people, then it goes. Most importantly, just knowing -- or even being -- someone with that name is not enough. You'd be surprised how many submissions this rules out. And as always, borderline cases go to the Baby Name Jury!
p.s. those of you who offered to help with the editing, drop me a line!