Category talk:Dead people

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Adding people directly to this category[edit]

Resolved: No one else on Wikipedia seems to have a problem with it; wrong venue anyway.

Why can't we add people to this category yet we can add them to category:Living people? NorthernThunder 18:12, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

Well, a person is added here. But I think that it is a mistake as the comment on top of the page clearly states not to add people here. --Siva1979Talk to me 07:01, 14 July 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for not answering my question. NorthernThunder 01:40, 16 July 2006 (UTC)
We add people to a category based on year of death, for example, Category:2006 deaths.--Lkjhgfdsa 13:56, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
We also add them to Category:Living people but not to Category:Dead people. NorthernThunder 06:02, 2 August 2006 (UTC)
If you still have an issue with this, take it up at WP:BIO talk or WP:CFD. You will meet resistance. There is a longstanding broad consensus that these categories serve radically different purposes. C:Dp exists as a "container" category for more specific categories that actually serve a reader purpose; C:Lp does not exist for such a purpose (instead the birth year categories, e.g. Category:1959 births, and its alternatives like Category:Year of birth missing are used). Rather, C:Lp has a different purpose, of identifying in one pile all of the articles subject to WP:BLP policy; Jimbo Wales has made this very, very clear in the deletion CfD of Category:Living people, which he personally overrode and explained why. There are those of us that question the usefulness of that "one giant category" approach, but we are in the minority. — SMcCandlish [talk] [cont] ‹(-¿-)› 14:16, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
The difference is that 19xx births doesn't imply the person is alive; thus "living people" is also needed. However, 19xx deaths does imply they're dead. Thus, no additional dead people category should be added. Superm401 - Talk 17:00, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Animals that appear in the category of 'dead people'[edit]

Resolved: This is a non-fictional humans ONLY category.

It's pedantic, I know, but although with several articles on famous animals (I've chosen dogs to illustrate my example) such as Laika and Greyfriars Bobby, they're not categorised in a particular year of death, whereas Buddy (dog) appears in the category of 2002 deaths, a subcategory of 2000s deaths, 21st century deaths, and finally Deaths by year, which in itself is a subcategory of Dead people.

--HisSpaceResearch 15:10, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

If someone wants to propose similar categories for animals, let them do so at WP:CFD. I suspect that the community consensus will be overwhelmingly negative. In the interim, any animals found in these categories should be removed from them. Fictional people don't belong in here either. — SMcCandlish [talk] [cont] ‹(-¿-)› 14:16, 27 May 2007 (UTC)


The name itself sounds so wrong, and not too professional. "Deceased people" would have been a much better term. While "Dead people" is more common-sense wise, it doesn't seem too encyclopedic. Are there any references from encyclopedia on how they catalog the deceased, as "dead" or "deceased"? --Anime Addict AA (talk) 20:01, 26 August 2009 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg I too think that "deceased people" would be more appropriate.--Vera (talk) 18:50, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
The word "dead" is fine, no need to use a euphemism. – Smyth\talk 07:05, 11 January 2013 (UTC)