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Rationale for this essay[edit]

Personally, I feel that "Famous Residents" sections are pure braggadocio - just a way for people of a certain location to tag their moniker to someone else's fame. However, as I realize most people do not share my view on this subject, I have written this essay in a spirit of compromise.

This is in response to the often lengthy lists of "famous residents" listed in articles about certain cities or locations. I have found that the very notability of some people included in these lists is questionable at best. I feel the criteria listed in the essay are valid, reasonable, and beneficial to Wikipedia. Perhaps through dialog and revision, this essay can eventually become a Wikipedia guideline or policy. ++Arx Fortis (talk) 02:31, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

I heartily approve. Dlabtot (talk) 03:45, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
There's some good stuff here, but I disagree with excluding seasonal residents. In some settlements, almost all of the notable residents are seasonal, particularly places visited by the wealthy like Aspen, Colorado, or Palm Beach, Florida. These "dilatory domiciles" may cost $20 million yet only be occupied a few months a year (or less). Since the people have a substantial investment in the community, it seems worthwhile adding them. By comparison, a totally different problem are communities with prominent hospitals. Santa Monica, California, a small city in a major metropolitan area, has two major hospitals. People are born there who have no other connection to the community beyond parents who live nearby. I think that's an insoluble issue, but it shows why it's inappropriate to delete folks who may cumulatively spend dozens of months in a place while keeping people whose only residency in a place was in the maternity ward. ·:· Will Beback ·:· 00:36, 23 November 2008 (UTC)