Talk:List of Northern Illinois University people

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Format[edit]

I created this list simply as a way to save space on the NIU main article. Before anyone puts too much time and effort into the article, I suggest updating the format to mirror FLs List of Dartmouth College alumni and List of Dartmouth College faculty, splitting the people page into two and using the sortable tables. --Eustress (talk) 21:58, 19 May 2008 (UTC)

  • I don't really see a need to split this into two pages. I don't think NIU has that many notable faculty to have a second page for its own list. --Pinkkeith (talk) 02:26, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
Agreed. What do you think about the tables? --Eustress (talk) 03:11, 20 May 2008 (UTC)
I've never been a fan of tables, but it seems to be the way that most Wikipedians like to organize lists. Besides, the templates will make uniformity with all the lists. --Pinkkeith (talk) 15:02, 22 May 2008 (UTC)

Let's be real . . .[edit]

Look, normally red links exist on Wikipedia to let us know that an article should perhaps be created. But there is one place that redlinks simply should not appear, and that's in a list of people who are supposedly already "notable". These redlinked people may mean something to us (though I must say, even I don't know who all of them are), but until their articles are created, they don't belong here.

Now I'm not saying that they have to have an article to have a red link in Wikipedia. What I'm saying is that, if their name actually appears in another article, with some kind of context, and someone creates a redlink to their name, then that's how redlinks are supposed to be used. Not in some kind of smarmy we're-just-so-proud-of-you list of fellow allumni. Frankly, the existence of all these redlinks in this list of our supposedly notable fellow Huskies is just an embarassment. A shorter list of blue linked names is much more meaningful. HuskyHuskie (talk) 07:25, 21 December 2009 (UTC)