Talk:Toilet

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Careful choice of photos in the lead[edit]

It is important to carefully select the right toilet photos for the lead. A year or so ago, the lead image was that of a sitting flush toilet. I then changed it to a collage of two photos: one flush toilet, one dry toilet from Africa. I think it is really important to represent that toilets can be totally different all over the world. Wikipedia is usually biased towards the situation in North America (=sitting flush toilets) but the reality worldwide is different. Another editor changed it on 31 March 2016 to 4 photos but the photos were arranged vertically which gave the impression that the sitting flush toilet is at the top of the ladder and therefore the best and most common. I have changed it now to three photos and arranged them vertically to ensure they all have even weight. It would be good to have a photo for sitting flush toilet that is portrait not landscape so that we can arrange it better (but I haven't found one yet). - Happy to discuss this further. EvMsmile (talk) 02:52, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

History of Sitting Toilets[edit]

I wasn't able to check the source, but the sentence "But sitting toilets only came into general use in the mid-19th century in the Western world" seems pretty questionable to me, especially considering the pictures of gaderobes talk about "seats". I also have a source "The Archaeology of Sanitation in Roman Italy: Toilets, Sewers, and Water Systems" saying, "the design of toilets (fig. 94) tells us that Roman clients preferred to sit down, probably both for urination and defecation" (see https://books.google.com/books?id=X_3PBgAAQBAJ&pg=PA84&lpg=PA84&dq=%22that+Roman+clients+preferred+to+sit+down%22&source=bl&ots=CIdo5EsvCz&sig=mK-jbdLHIsgJEtuvCqCaee9E228&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjU16qav-rOAhWILMAKHfD1AwgQ6AEIHjAA#v=onepage&q=%22that%20Roman%20clients%20preferred%20to%20sit%20down%22&f=false) Kevin Corbett (talk) 01:24, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

Is that sentence perhaps referring to sitting flush toilets? Or maybe the sitting toilets were only for the wealthier segments of society and everyone else was squatting? Let's clarify this, using appropriate references. EvMsmile (talk) 03:52, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
I've been studying this issue for the past 15 years. There are no good sources, just a bunch of conjectures. This link http://www.naturesplatform.com/health_benefits.html#antiquity debunks the widely-held myth about Roman toilets. It's not a source that wikipedia would accept, but it is quite compelling.Jonathan108 (talk) 16:51, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
Hmmm. I have deleted that sentence in question now because it was poorly referenced. The same reference was actually used in the website that you linked to: A History of Technology, Vol.IV: The Industrial Revolution, 1750-1850. (C. Singer, E Holmyard, A Hall, T. Williams eds) Oxford Clarendon Press, pps. 507-508, 1958 Maybe someone else knows about more precise references; or perhaps we'll never find out exactly who sat and who squatted on their toilets. EvMsmile (talk) 10:14, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 17 January 2017[edit]

Hi their I am an proffessinal plumber from the university of macenzie, I'm cool and now my stuff about toilets Xceric38 (talk) 00:26, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

Not done: Not a valid request. No details of desired edit. Possible 'test' by new account. Eagleash (talk) 00:38, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 29 March 2017[edit]

Please change: Mohenjo-Daro circa 2800 BC > to > Mohenjo-Daro circa 2600 BC, (because the founding of the city is 2600-2500 BCE and no evidence of toilets before this date)

Please change: Around the 18th century BC, toilets started to appear in Minoan Crete, Pharaonic Egypt, and ancient Persia. > to > "They also appear in Knossos and Akrotiri of the ancient Minoan civilization from the 2nd millennium BC.[31][32]". (Because Minoan palaces where build around 2000 BCE onwards) Daruman (talk) 08:31, 29 March 2017 (UTC)

Not done, please provide reliable sources for the proposed changes. ~ GB fan 13:17, 25 May 2017 (UTC)

Is "comfort room" used in Indian English?[edit]

I had the feeling it was used, but I'm not Indian so it's just a guess. Can someone confirm either way, please? Spacecowboy420 (talk) 08:55, 6 April 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 16 August 2017[edit]

One side of the U channel is arranged as a siphon tube longer than the water in the bowl is high.

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One side of the U channel is arranged as a siphon tube longer than the water in the bowl is high. Cyrilauburtin (talk) 17:53, 16 August 2017 (UTC)