Category talk:Living people

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Living people category?[edit]

Originally posted to WQ:VP

On Wikipedia, you are supposed to put living people in a special category to help detect edits that may be libellous. Do we need a similar system here?--Poetlister 18:07, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

It could be helpful for readers who would like to read such, but not so much for editors unless we have policies/guidelines of living people. On Wikipedia, they need this category definitely, since most of complaints to the Foundation Office/mail contacts are either copyright violation or libelous contents to given living people, those articles should be paid attention. They have also a taskforce to watch "living bios". It is nice for us to prepare and study how to deal with libelous content. --Aphaia 03:23, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
Very strong support to add Category:Living people. I consider it needed as false and unsourced quotes could hurt the subjects.--Jusjih 17:17, 12 March 2007 (UTC)
Worthy to consider, I agree. I would like to add another but similar category: people whose works are copyrighted. It includes both living people and those who passed away within 70 years ago. German Wikiquote has the latter, if I recall correctly. --Aphaia 07:02, 14 March 2007 (UTC)
I also support your idea to add a category for those whose works are copyrighted. Most living people's works are copyrighted, but with very limited exceptions.--Jusjih 12:52, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps we should look at Wikisource to tag quotes from public domain works as well. However, with American non-acceptance of the rule of the shorter term, we have to be careful when quoting from works copyrighted in the USA even if they are in the public domain in their source countries.--Jusjih 13:04, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
I think it is a great idea - I've begun the process, working my way through the A's to add this new category to people pages. ~ UDScott 14:21, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

I think that posthumously published works stay in copyright in the European Union for 70 years from first publication. Thus some of Lewis Carroll's work is still in copyright although he died over 100 years ago.--Poetlister 17:46, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

I agree we need to be very carefully. Some points are already referred, and we have to pay attention other aspects too. Perhaps we need at least three category: PD, copyrighted, need research. Or additionally mixed one ... as the case Poetlister pointed out. --Aphaia 06:27, 17 March 2007 (UTC)


Why is Seung-Hui Cho in this page? He killed himself, therefore, he is not a living person.