Talk:List of predicted dates for the end of the world
Major and minor predictions
Not all predictions are equal. There ought to be some way of distinguishing widely-reported or -believed predictions (like Harold Camping's), from the rantings of some disregarded street preacher. Perhaps a star before the date or something? Anyone got any suggestions? --Arensb 11:58, 18 February 2012 (CST)
- I'd suggest sectioning this page by the church / religious group that the prediction was under the banner of, thus pretty much cutting out the lone wolf predictions that barely anyone knew about. And I suspect the majority of people reading and editing the list are only really interested in one particular religious group anyway, so that'd be easier to follow. --jaban 17:28, 21 May 2012 (CDT)
- IMHO the value of this page (if it's properly fleshed out) would be to be show it to the next person who says the world is about to end, and say "look, all of these people sincerely believed that the end of the world was just around the corner, and they were all wrong. Why should I believe that your sincere belief is any different?"
- So while it might make sense to split the list up by Christian Rapture vs. Aliens vs. Mayan calendar or some such, I wouldn't further subdivide by denomination or anything like that. --Arensb 11:25, 22 May 2012 (CDT)
Ideally, all of these predictions should be accompanied by references. --Arensb 15:05, 18 May 2012 (CDT)