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Expression talk:methane

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The "definition" given now is quite weird. I can think of much more reactions with methane, why mentioning these in the definition? It seems more obvious to mention the molecular formula :S (CH4) Should I change the definition? The used definition has a source, but does it make it actually more valuable? Effeietsanders 11:07, 23 October 2006 (CEST)

Given what a DefinedMeaning is, changing the definition is not something that should be lightly undertaken. Having a source for a definition makes a difference in that it often makes it relevant to a specific domain. This defintion is from the GEMET thesaurus and it may indicate a bias to an environmental outlook. GerardM 12:34, 23 October 2006 (CEST)
I know it shouldn't be changed lightly, that's why I started this talkpage :). But I want to point out that in the first place there is some information in the definition that is somehow doubtfull whether that should be in the definition. First of all it is not per se that methane always reacts violently. Violently is of course POV, but it might not react at all or very slow under different then standard conditions. Further I am missing the imho most important part of the definition, the stucture of it's atoms. How does it look like? Of course a picture would be nice, but adding the molecular formula is a need imo as well. now, with methane, it is still quite simple, but in some more difficult chemicals, I think it is very much needed to add the molecular formula. An easy one is Decane. It is so easy to say it is C10H22 Best would of course be to say CH3CH2...CH2CH3. And it makes it much easier to understand. And of course I don't have to tell you there are numerous of "defintions" of methane in the worlds books :) So I would like to propose:
A colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas, lighter than air, with the molecular formula of CH4; used as a source of methanol, acetylene, and carbon monoxide. Also known as methyl hydride.

Effeietsanders 18:50, 24 October 2006 (CEST)

I am happy with a better definition.. For your information the inclusion of information about what an molecule of a substance looks like is likely to be included.. There is a plug in that is prepared for inclusion by Tim Starling in MediaWiki that does exactly that.. :) GerardM 18:58, 24 October 2006 (CEST)