Talk:List of World War I aces credited with 7 victories

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Start sub-list to reduce main list to manageable size.

Georgejdorner (talk) 21:45, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

How new cites will improve this list[edit]

Hello, all,

A perusal of the References and Bibliography to this article shows a considerable possibility of confusion by either editor(s) or readers. A small coterie of aviation historians have written a series of useful books with near-identical titles. The present cites listing sources are rendered well-nigh useless by this duplication. To add to the chaos, cites for the same book are repeated in stupefying quantities to cite the page(s) for each ace's listing.

I propose to revamp the Reference section by swapping in multi-refs telling users to look for the individual ace under his listing in alphabetic order by last name within the verifying text. I foresee the end result will be a much shorter, much more functional, and more elegant Reference section.

I also propose to relist the Bibliography by book title rather than author name to allay confusion there.

When done, I believe this list will be a great deal more user friendly.

The above approach, which cut about 200 cites to 15, was rejected on the grounds that readers are incapable of alphabetizing. The assessors' insistence was that every entry had to have its own cite giving page number(s). See for details of how Be timid has become the credo of assessment.

Georgejdorner (talk) 19:59, 14 December 2013 (UTC)