Template talk:Viral systemic diseases
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Viral diseases, viruses, or both
This template started out listing diseases only. It now seems to becoming a mix of diseases, and the viruses involved. (especially now that GrahamColm added viral gastroenteritis as a subhead.) Should we have a consensus whether this should be viral diseases (as the template name suggests), viruses, or both? Do we care? Regards—G716 <T·C> 18:56, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
- It might be better called Viruses and Disease, perhaps??? But hey, what do I know, I'm a newbie.User:GrahamColm —Preceding comment was added at 19:20, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
- The scope appears to be limited to medicine, so perhaps the title should be viruses infecting humans. In that context, organization by disease makes sense, since often the infectious disease is identfied but the infecting agent is not. --Una Smith 05:22, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
This is supposed to be a diseases template (per name, title, category, etc.), but lately the emphasis seems to have shifted away from diseases to virology.
I think we should move it back to dealing with diseases (i.e. disease first), group items by disease characteristics, and remove taxonomic information on the causative organism - template is becoming too large/complex.
If want to keep the focus on viruses, then the name, title, category, color scheme, etc. should be changed to make it a virology template (e.g. Viruses that affect humans.)
- Since there are several templates with similar issues, posted at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Medicine#Disease navigation templates - emphasise disease vs. causative agent, please discuss there. Thanks. Zodon (talk) 02:51, 22 January 2009 (UTC)