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Solar System Earth Analog comparison[edit]

I'm trying to restructure (without removing anything) as I don't think its necessary to make comparisons between Earth and Mars here when everyone knows that Mars is not an Earth Analog. But these constructive edits keep getting knocked back as typical by that negative force which is the Wikipedia police. I actually wrote this stuff initially but it makes more sense in the context of new discoveries to make comparisons in specific sections rather than one or two case studies from the Solar System. If noone objects then I'll assume that I have a mandate to continue with this edit. --EvenGreenerFish (talk) 11:16, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

@EvenGreenerFish - FWIW - Thank you *very* much for creating this discussion section regarding your proposed major changes to the main Earth analog article - as far as I know, this is the usual Wikipedia policy - especially when a possible major restructuring of a main article may occur - (if interested, a good recent example about discussing a proposed edit change to a main article regards only a few sentences of the main Big Bang article - See discussion here - this discussion so far has involved over 40 editors over a 3-month interval - and is continuing at the moment) - nonetheless, perhaps your proposed specific changes (and detailed reasons?) regarding the Earth analog article, before actually editing the article, may be presented (in small separate portions?) and discussed here first - this may greatly help in preventing future reverts (at least from other editors) I would think - in any regards, thanks again for your understanding - and - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 14:13, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Request Renaming: Earth-like planet[edit]

Why does Wikipedia need to invent new, more complicated terms for so many articles than what is actually being used? In this case, the overwhelmingly used word is "earth-like planet". I never ever encountered the word "Earth analog" outside Wikipedia. And here's some proof for that: http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%22earth-like%20planet%22%2C%20%22earth%20analog%22&cmpt=q https://www.google.com/#hl=en&safe=off&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=%22earth+analog%22&oq=%22earth+analog%22&gs_l=hp.3..0l4.425.1980.0.2104.14.8.0.0.0.0.536.1503.4-1j2.3.0.les%3Bcfrsh..0.0...1.1.dzud5QjqV5Y&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=73a2df482f71c0a7&bpcl=35466521&biw=1280&bih=606 app. 50,000 results https://www.google.com/#hl=en&safe=off&sclient=psy-ab&q=%22earth-like+planet%22&oq=%22earth-like+planet%22&gs_l=hp.3...12304.13769.1.13854.12.10.0.0.0.5.482.2294.4-5.5.0.les%3Bcfrsh..0.0...1.1.Sj6S2Xo_o6s&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=73a2df482f71c0a7&bpcl=35466521&biw=1280&bih=606 app. 2.5 million (!) results So let's go with what it is actually called and not some obscure neologism. --Bluebird47 (talk) 04:12, 21 October 2012 (UTC)--

I partially support this move although it begs the question which the article attempts to address, "What exactly makes a planet Earth-like ?". I have to disagree on the neologism comment, however. I'd say its more the other way around. The way that Google keywords work is that they tend to change over time. "Earth-like planet" has been listed in the alternative titles from the start. Interest in the subject has obviously grown substantially with recent discoveries such that this is how the concept is now referred to by laymen. "Earth Analog" has been used in scientific circles for decades. The concept of Earth-like planets and extraterrestrial life have for a long time been denounced by the popular Rare Earth Hypothesis along with certain religions and relegated to science fiction. Now that the scientific possibility has gained recent acceptance, it follows that use of this term is becoming more and more popular. --EvenGreenerFish (talk) 01:25, 31 October 2012 (UTC)