Talk:Capital punishment

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Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment[edit]

This article is or was the subject of a Wiki Education Foundation-supported course assignment. Further details are available on the course page. Peer reviewers: Amurph1997.

Above undated message substituted from assignment by PrimeBOT (talk) 16:42, 16 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Requested move 10 January 2022[edit]

The following is a closed discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review after discussing it on the closer's talk page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

The result of the move request was: Not moved. Sceptre (talk) 11:05, 17 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Capital punishmentDeath penalty – By far most commonly used name. A lot has changed since and death penalty seems the most appropriate title. Jishiboka1 (talk) 01:59, 10 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Why? Oppose The article has had this name for over 20 years. What's your evidence for what the "by far most commonly used name" is? What do you mean by "a lot has changed since"? None of this is clear to me. NightHeron (talk) 02:39, 10 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose per Britannica per what Necrothesp said last time. Crouch, Swale (talk) 09:14, 10 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose This article takes a historical standpoint on the topic, and "capital punishment" more accurately applies to all forms of historical executions.ZXCVBNM (TALK) 14:45, 10 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose the nominator has offered any evidence for the claim that a lot has changed from what I’m assuming is the 2019 move request which resulted in a consensus to reject moving the page to the proposed title.-- (talk) 03:48, 11 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support per WP:COMMONNAME. The Google Ngrams shows a clear preference for "death penalty", in both American English and British English sources. Rreagan007 (talk) 05:26, 11 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support. Call a spade a spade. Showiecz (talk) 10:09, 11 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Opposed per pervious talk ""Death penalty" applies to a prisoner who has been sentenced to die, but has not yet been executed; "capital punishment" refers to his actual execution." The death penalty is a sentence capital punishment is the execution of that sentence..Banu Bargu (2014). Starve and Immolate: The Politics of Human Weapons. Columbia University Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-231-53811-4..Moxy- 11:36, 11 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Even assuming that is true, this article covers both terms. But the two terms are used interchangeably. "death penalty, noun, 1 capital punishment."[1] Rreagan007 (talk) 23:25, 11 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Problem is that these are two different statistics in the academic world..... many people received the death penalty..... but the capital punishment part is not fulfilled community to life in prison. Many more people received the death penalty then is fulfilled by the state committee capital punishment Moxy- 01:45, 12 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Wikipedia is a general use encyclopedia, not a specialize academic text. And are you saying that the two terms are distinct enough to merit an article split? Rreagan007 (talk) 23:17, 12 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


Needs a section. (talk) 20:56, 14 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Punishment for sinking of the land[edit]

What kind of punishment is there for sinking of the land 2001:8F8:1737:B4B:5D25:2755:3E66:180D (talk) 19:56, 9 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. Madeline (part of me) 09:23, 29 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 28 August 2022[edit]

The sentence, "During the reign of King Henry VIII of England, as many as 72,000 people are estimated to have been executed in the country" should be removed from this page.

The cited source for that 72k figure is this PBS Frontline article: Which cites this 1932 book by John Laurens (incorrectly spelled as "Laurence" in the PBS citations) that itself has absolutely ZERO citations or bibliography:

The number comes from a 16th century chronicle by William Harrison, part of Hollinshed's Chronicles, a version of which can be found here:

The quote from the chronicle reads, "It appeareth by Cardan (who writeth it upon the report of the bishop of Lexovia), in the geniture of King Edward the Sixth, how Henry the Eighth, executing his laws very severely against such idle persons, I mean great thieves, petty thieves, and rogues, did hang up threescore and twelve thousand of them in his time," which does give the 72k figure, but medieval chronicles are NOT a reliable source of numbers whatsoever. Chucklehammer (talk) 21:21, 28 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done : You can edit as you are autoconfirmed now, but I did it for you. @CLYDEFRANKLIN 23:14, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Forgot to ping: @Chucklehammer @CLYDEFRANKLIN 23:19, 31 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Ghana should be removed from the list about:

Hirabah; brigandage; armed or aggravated robbery

as they have abolished death penalty:

-- (talk) 20:09, 26 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Done, thanks for the source. CMD (talk) 01:15, 27 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]