Category talk:Deaths By Year

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I've written a hook <deaths>YYYY</deaths> where YYYY is a year from 1900 or if blank gives the last 50 deaths to date. It should make death tracking a lot easier and maybe some of the categories unnecessary.--User:John

Compilation of ring deaths--User:Matt Tegen

Do We Really Need This "New" Category?

I thought this series of "Death Year" categories was to start only from when the Wiki was launched, back in 2005 or 2006. Otherwise, if we are now going to have such a category for every year of deaths, that's at least another hundred potential categories. Lordy! That begins to make a mockery of what "category" means. Category should be a relative limited family of pages. If you start to have hundreds of categories--many with only a handful of entries--it starts to lose its purpose. Let's all please be a bit more cautious before creating a "new" category. I think this one should be deleted. --Ric 07:57, 7 April 2007 (CDT)

Response

You raise a valid point. On the other hand, I feel that all information should be categorized in a way that researchers can find it quickly & efficiently. While a researcher working on Ring Fatalities would be able to find their information easily, a researcher looking for those who died in a specific year would not. As far as I know, there is no current database or publication that provides this information in its totality by year. I think that to be totally accurate for research purposes, information should not only be as acurate as possible, but should be categorized so researchers can find what they need without spending hours and hours of searching because a category is not listed. As an example, if I, as a researcher, wanted to find a listing of all deaths in 2001, whether in or out of the ring, how would I find that information without looking through every person listed in the BoxRec database? Just my thoughts... Tony

Debate Continued

Tony, I wonder how many researchers would really be looking into, for example, who all died in 2001, to make such a category worthwhile. For what reason? Anyway, assuming there would be many who'd like this info, you can use the search box on every page here, and type in the search term "died 2001". Although you will get some results you were not searching for, you will also get most, if not all, pages where it is specifically mentioned that a death occurred in 2001. Try it. --Ric 10:26, 7 April 2007 (CDT)

Discussion Ended ?!?

Ok Ric, I tried it and did get a listing. Why someone would want that info I think is a mute point when it comes to research. I have been asked for information from researchers that I thought was strange, but who am I to question their reasons why?!? I think we're just here to provide the best information we can in the most easily accessible format. I have no problem deleting the link. This is why you're here, Ric - you're the man!! Tony