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(Split?)[edit]

The last paragraph really doesn't follow from the first ones. A thin disc sewn onto cloth can be found on electronic items? This could do with the article being split up, methinks. Darac 13:10, 11 Dec 2003 (UTC)

Fixed long ago!

Ancient Romans[edit]

The reference to ancient Romans was here when I found this article, but I have been unable to find a reference that supports it. Still looking. Anyone? PKM 19:00, 24 December 2005 (UTC)

Found several sources, at least one reputable (!) for buttons as ornaments to prehistory. Will add PKM 18:05, 27 December 2005 (UTC)

Merge[edit]

I suggest that we merge Mandarin button here. PKM 18:23, 4 February 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for doing that - PKM 18:12, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

Restoration[edit]

No idea why User:168.122.160.188 deleted the sections on types of buttons and button holes, but I put them back, incorporated Mandarin buttons into "types", and removed redundant see also link to Mandarin button.
Also removed inactive templates for AIDnom and empty To-Do list from this Talk page.
- PKM 18:12, 11 February 2006 (UTC)

  • Types of button holes are pertinent to Buttonhole, but their discussion here should be limited to how buttons work as fasteners.
    --Jerzyt 07:29, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

Button Phobia[edit]

Apparently, there's a real phobia of buttons out there. Not me. But, I'd be interested to read more about it.

--Jndrline (talk) 17:13, 12 August 2008 (UTC)

A button is a noun —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.166.168.227 (talk) 23:29, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

Disc[edit]

A disc is round and thin, and thus (explicitly, by most accounts) circular or nearly so and flat or nearly so. That is helpful to the function of a button, but not inherent as the defn states. Rewriting accordingly.
--Jerzyt 05:42, 16 November 2009 (UTC)

materials[edit]

I removed the list because tyhe article says "buttons can be made ffom almost all materials". If some materials are specific for buttons, then they are notable amd may be described by text in the article. - Altenmann >t 04:24, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Please do not undo large amounts of other editors' work like that before at least attempting to discuss it here first.
I'm not sure what do you mean by "If some materials are specific for buttons"? All of the materials I listed (and more) have been used to make buttons (over the long history of button-making). The external links were there to provide proof of each individual material use. (Did you look at any of those links?) --TyrS (talk) 04:28, 7 March 2010 (UTC)
Reverted. The source does not meet Wikipedia's reliable sources guideline. You are welcome to cite the websites of textile museums, universities, or reliably published books about buttons.co Durova412 04:37, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

The problem is not about realiability of sources: the problem is lack of encyclopedic content in the list of materials and notability of individual materials. In the past buttons were made from anything hard. Today the material of industrial buttons probably has some requirements, and probably some encyclopedic text is possible. Non-specific lists are meaningless. For comparison, imagine that an article about, say, socks, or anything else, will have the list: "socks may be of the following colors, red, blue, white, black, maroon, yellow, magenta, black-and-white, red-and-blue, polka_dot"... (I am sure you can find reliable refs which describe socks of all these colors). - Altenmann >t 04:45, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

I've added several more references now. If you have any more problems with obviously in-good-faith edits by established editors, would you mind doing them the basic courtesy of at least attempting to discuss it with them first (and perhaps move their work to the talk page) instead of just reverting it?
Also, I'm curious, do you sincerely think that a list of sock colors would be of the same level of interest & notability as the huge range of materials (and the associated range of technologies and techniques) that have been used to make buttons (including the use of precious gems and metals, and techniques & skills that are now lost) with linked illustrations? Do you really not see any difference between the two? Are colored socks, in fact, a valuable and diminishing resource in your world?
Of course the range of materials from which buttons have been - and in some cases continue to be - made is notable, as well as relevant to several areas of knowledge and study. If you don't see the difference between the history of button manufacture and all the materials technologies (& their historical developments) that that touches on, and a list of sock colors, I think you should really reconsider whether or not you should be editing this particular article.
It's also a good idea to try to keep in mind the fact that all Wikipedia articles are works in progress, and edits that are obviously in good faith edits should not be immediately reverted without discussion as you did. That's just rude.--TyrS (talk) 07:05, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

Needs picture of buttonhole[edit]

There should be a picture of a button sewn onto a piece of fabric, and coupled to a button-holed piece of fabric. Just a picture of a buttoned jacket, some jeans or similar. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.215.185.17 (talk) 21:55, 29 August 2011 (UTC)

Why no link to push button[edit]

That is a very common use of the word button. There should be a link on top of the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 4.238.3.235 (talk) 13:07, 3 February 2012 (UTC)