I doubt the usefulness of the Islands part of this page if it means listing every single island or island group. D.D. 13:26, 9 Aug 2003 (PDT)
- The idea wasn't to list every island anywhere in the world. It was to catch all the countries that aren't on one of the other 7 continents. A better name may be in order. "Island Nations"? -- Evan 15:58, 9 Aug 2003 (PDT)
- I'd list all the MAJOR island groups and islands that people are likely to want to visit for tourism... the way I see it, these pages are purely indexes and a little redundancy doesn't hurt - they should be as comprehensive and logical as possible. No need to list Fred Nerk Island (size 5 acres) here, but I'd list places like Fraser Island (in Queensland) because it's a world heritage area...
- No, no, no, please don't. I've changed the name of this article to "Island Nations" so we get away from that idea. We don't need a list of all lakes in the world, all statues in the world, all Irish pubs in the world, and we don't really need a list of all oceans and islands mixed up together. -- Evan 06:52, 11 Aug 2003 (PDT)
I'd like to restructure the "islands" hierarchy somewhat. In particular, the North Atlantic islands and South Atlantic islands division doesn't work for me. Why subtropical Cape Verde should be grouped with Iceland, but nigh-equatorial Ascension with frigid South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands escapes me. There's also some annoying overlap involving the Southern Ocean. I'd like to adjust the categories a bit, the main difference being to shift the fringe Atlantic islands into the Arctic/Southern/Caribbean groups and combine the rest of the Atlantic into a single group. So we'd have:
- Arctic - as it is now, plus Iceland: all the non-continental islands in/near the Arctic Circle.
- Southern - expanded to about 45°S: every island that's closer to the South Pole than New Zealand or the tip of South America is (it already pretty much does this, but some of these are also classified as South-Atlantic or Indian).
- Atlantic Ocean - everything from the Azores to Gough Island: the Atlantic islands near(ish) Africa.
- Oceania - as it is now: every speck of coral or lava in the Pacific between the 45th and 45th parallels.
- Indian - pretty much as it now, but without the near-Antarctic islands: all the places that were briefly underwater on Boxing Day 2004.
This would put all the icy-cold islands in their own two groups, and the sunny-warm islands in groups based on which ocean (and perhaps geocultural group) they're in. - Todd VerBeek 22:52, 1 June 2006 (EDT)
I have removed the oceania sub-categories from the Oceania (Pacific) grouping, due to the fact that the sub-categories are moving to Oceania. This doesn't really appear to be a significant change to this article. --Inas 02:03, 18 November 2008 (EST)