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Wikipedia: Attempt to delete all content from "Humanism" article underway

If any of you have an account for editing Wikipedia, you may be interested in an attempt to delete all content from the "Humanism" article and forward the link instead to the "Humanism (disambiguation)" page.

Right now there is currently a fair amount of description of humanism, most specifically the philosophy that is shared by secular humanists, "life stance" humanists (like the International Humanist and Ethical Union), and religious humanists (like the hUUmanists). One commenter on the talk page likens it to there being a top-level article on "Islam," even though there are also articles on "Shia Islam" and "Sunni Islam:" the article called just "Islam" describes what the various subgroups have in common. The proposal is to remove all that summary material in favor of pointing to a disambiguation page that includes links to "Renaissance humanism" and "Christian humanism" in greater prominence.

The wikipedia policy page that governs this decision is at WP:PRIMARYTOPIC:

When there is a well-known primary topic for an ambiguous term, name or phrase, much more used than any other topic covered in Wikipedia to which the same word(s) may also refer, then that term or phrase should either be used for the title of the article on that topic or redirect to that article. If the primary topic for a term is titled something else by the naming conventions, then a redirect for the term is used. Any article which has primary usage for its title and has other uses should have a disambiguation link at the top, and the disambiguation page should link back to the primary topic.

The Wikipedia policy page goes on to list a number of ways one might be able to tell if there is a primary topic, including Wikipedia's own page visitation statistics, book searches, Google searches, news searches, etc. Even though results of such searches look heavily skewed in favor of humanism as a human-centered philosophy, a few editors are still seeking greater prominence for historical usages of the term, seemingly in an attempt to mask what the most common use of the term is.

The WP:UNDUE Wikipedia policy also seems to describe the redirection that's being proposed:

Neutrality requires that the article should fairly represent all significant viewpoints that have been published by a reliable source, and should do so in proportion to the prominence of each. Now an important qualification: In general, articles should not give minority views as much or as detailed a description as more popular views; generally, the views of tiny minorities should not be included at all. For example, the article on the Earth does not mention modern support for the Flat Earth concept, the view of a distinct minority.

In my view, the books, articles, magazines, news stories, and web searches that have been done to solve this argument are sufficient to show that other uses of the term "humanism" are in fact a minority. Although "Renaissance humanism" has its own article and "Humanities" has its own article, and they are on the disambiguation page, the article is correct not to focus on them as the primary uses of the term.

If you have a Wikipedia account and would like to prevent the deletion of the entire "Humanism" article, please see the discussion and cast your vote to "oppose" the redirection at this link:


Thank you!

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