[clug] Wikipedia and Deletionism
u2552331 at anu.edu.au
Thu Mar 25 02:42:00 MDT 2010
Wikipedia is a strange beast; notability therein even more-so.
An easy example.. Poke'mon. Back in the day, each individual Poke'mon
had their own wiki page- these pages were filled with a vast, staggering
amount of information, including species information, every single
appearance in every form of media ever, fan speculation, breeding
strategies... the works. It was often remarked that there was more
information regarding Poke'mon on Wikipedia than there was information
on the Second World War; I am very much inclined to agree.
The articles were eventually merged into 'grouped' articles
with an index being held at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pok%C3%A9mon . It is interesting to
note that both the index article and the article on the first 20
Poke'mon on the list are, each, longer than the article on Adolph Hitler
(especially if one removes the sources text). There are 493 Poke'mon on
the list, with each individual creature having approximately two to four
paragraphs of information. Some (such as Pikachu) have much, much more
than this (or articles in their own right).
There's even an summerised article on this problem; the Poke'mon Test
(as it became to be known) located here:
So, essentially, notability on Wikipedia is an extremely fluid, personal
subject. I personally think that the whole Poke'mon articles could be
merged into one modest article, with perhaps four or five subarticles
regarding the TV show, video games, Pikachu (the series mascot) and
other media appearances. Hardcore Poke'fans will almost certainly object.
Just some food for thought...
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