Talk:Tarn (lake)

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The result of the move request was: No move. Cúchullain t/c 19:38, 1 September 2014 (UTC)



– This appears to be the primary topic for "Tarn" as it is a well known form of lake in the English-speaking world and one of only 3 articles listed at the current disambiguation page (Tarn) that does not need a qualifier such as "Mount", "Crag", etc or a first name or surname in the case of people. The other options are the French department and French river which I suspect are far less well known. This is borne out by the viewing stats in Aug 2014: Tarn (lake) - 1140; Tarn (department) - 559; Tarn - 173 and Tarn River - 101. --Relisted. Armbrust The Homunculus 10:56, 18 August 2014 (UTC) Bermicourt (talk) 12:48, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

  • Oppose: There are a lot of entries on the dab page. Many of the topics asserted by the nom to need qualifiers seem likely to also be frequently used without qualifiers – the extra terms being in the article titles primarily (or at least partly) just for purposes of WP:NATURAL article disambiguation. Also note that the viewing ratio between the lake and "department" articles is only about 2:1. Thus the lake article certainly fails the WP:PRIMARYTOPIC criterion of being "much more likely than any other topic, and more likely than all the other topics combined" to be the sought-for topic. Moreover, I noticed that one topic that I was familiar with was missing from the dab page and so added it. I then happened to check the page history and discovered that the nom had just deleted that topic from the dab page a few days ago (unjustifiably, IMHO, although I'll admit the prior entry was poorly written). —BarrelProof (talk) 20:26, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
    • Comment - how does a ration of 2:1 fail the "more likely" criterion? And the topic you refer to that I removed - "Tarn, a type of large bird ridden by characters in the Gor fiction series by John Norman (e.g. in the first book, Tarnsman of Gor)" - does not have an article and fails the WP:DAB guideline of giving "a short description of the common general meaning of a word". --Bermicourt (talk) 20:50, 14 August 2014 (UTC)
      • Reply for two points:
1) It doesn't just say "more likely". It says "much more likely ... and more likely that all the other topics combined". The usual ratio in such actions, relative to the most-viewed other candidate topic, is much higher than 2:1. And there are quite a few legitimate candidate topics on that dab page.
2) I suggest to review WP:DAB regarding the "article" issue. It does not matter whether something has an article or not. We disambiguation topics, not articles. The link to Gor provides a reference to an article that discusses the topic – the purpose there is not to provide a dictionary definition, but rather to refer the reader to where the topic is found on Wikipedia.
BarrelProof (talk) 17:13, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
  • comment if this isn't moved, is the current disambiguation proper? It isn't a lake, it's a type of lake, shouldn't it be "tarn (landform)", as it isn't Lake Tarn ? -- 65.94.169.222 (talk) 01:39, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The lake is a rather obscure and specialist term (well, OK, I admit that WP:IDONTKNOWIT applies). Tarn (department) and Tarn River are of quite comparable encyclopedic interest, among other things listed. As 65.94 suggested, another disambiguator (consider also Tarn (geography)) might be more "by the book", but this one at least more strongly suggests what's it about, so I'd prefer to leave it as is it is. No such user (talk) 12:34, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose; not clearly the primary topic.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  13:22, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

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