Hmolpedia: Naming articles

The Hmolpedia: Naming articles page gives an outline of the protocol used for naming Hmolpedia articles.

One general standing rule that take precedence, in regards to how articles are titled, is hyperlink facility, i.e. articles should aim to be titled as they tend to be cited and discussed in the text body of Hmolpedia articles, so that when the "Suggest Links" button is clicked, in the EasyEdit Toobar, the needed hyperlinks will be "recognized" by the EasyEdit tool, and thereby linked and saved, facilitatively.

Names | First and last only
The basic rule is that names of people are truncated to first and last, e.g. Johann Goethe (or Goethe) vs. Johann von Goethe (not used here).

The naming of some names (e.g. J.J. Thomson, J. Willard Gibbs, C.P. Snow), however, becomes more more complicated; particularly so when namesake assigned laws are involved (e.g. van der Waals force). The general rule here will be to fall back to most common usage; although this is not an exact method, and in some instances, this becomes a case-by-case determination. The following are a few solidified (and not yet solidified examples):

Commonly cited
TestedHmolpedia articleRelated articles
J.J. Thomson



J. Willard Gibbs
Willard Gibbs

M. Scott Peck

Morgan Peck

C.P. Snow
Charles Snow

P.W. Bridgman
Percy Bridgman

John Q. Stewart (physicist)

John Q. Stewart

John Stewart (philosopher)

John Stewart

Johannes van der Waals


Van der Waals force
Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen
Nicholas Georgescu


Henry Le Chatelier

Henry Le Chatelier Le Chatelier’s principle
Pope Pius XII

Pope Pius XII

Lord Kelvin
William Thomson














Some attempts at truncation (e.g. Georgescu-Roegen) are more complicated. For some time, the Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen article (a person highly-cited in economic thermodynamics circles) was titled as "Nicholas Georgescu". This prompted objection. Japanese researcher Kozo Mayumi, a former student of Nicholas Georgescu, e.g., greatly objected to this shortened truncation of the longer more cumbersome name "Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen", commented in threads about change this frequently. It took several years of discussion and research to find that the appended surname "Roegen", according to several sources, is an attached reverse anagram, done so for distinguisability (in Romania) purposes (from another Romanian mathematician known in his day); see his article for more on this.

Other names such as: Etienne Saint-Hilaire, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, etc., involved a little more prolonged digestion, finalizing only following repetitive senses of unnecessary irritation in usage.

Generally naming is done so according to the fact that Hmolopedia is a working encyclopedia, meaning that in some cases names of certain people are cited in literally 100s of articles and it becomes tedious to type out extended last names, e.g. those with foreign titles, e.g. von, van, de, Lord, or paternal-maternal conjunctions, e.g. Georgescu-Roegen. The lay-public common name "Lord Kevin", for example, is listed as William Thomson, as this is the way a thermodynamicist would discuss him and his work.

A rare few exceptions exist, owing to strong ingrained historical precedence, or if one has a law or principle or force named after them, as Johannes van der Waals has Van der Waals force named in his honor; or Henry Le Chatelier (who has a popular law named after him); or Pope Pius XII, which seems difficult to change.

Two last names
Some individuals, particularly of Spanish decent or origin, have two last names by tradition. The most common last name is to be used in these instances. Some names, e.g. Stefan Pohl-Valero, it is difficult to decide which surname to use;?

No letter accents
A second rule is that no letter accents are used.

This is done on account of the fact that (a) no English speaking reader knows what these mean and (b) the URL for such accented names becomes overly complicated and decreases the search engine capability to find the article by the reader.

A few exceptions exist. The Erwin Schrödinger article was one of the first articles in the EoHT, but it soon became apparent that the letter accent hindered the ability of the internal site search engine and easy edit “suggest links” button from finding the articles. Beyond this, when citing his name, standard English keyboards do not have letter accent buttons, hence the copy and paste method becomes tedious and unwarranted.

Complications | Objections
Some active researchers have adversely objected to some of these truncations, which are done solely in the name of hyperlink functionality, search engine facilitation, and overall citation and name mention in article usability.

American philosopher Christian de Quincey greatly objected to his article being shortened to "Christian Quincey", as the de is simply a French title of sorts, and sent a number of angry emails to Libb Thims about this.

External links
‚óŹ Wikipedia: Article titles

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