Tom Parmenter wrote:
Should be linked:
-- birth and death dates
-- major connections with the subject of the article, that is, if it's
an article about, say, B. B. King, there should be links on
-- [[blues]], [[guitar]], and [[singer]]
-- significant names mentioned in the article, defining significant to
mean people who deserve an article. Opening for the [[Rolling
Stones]] had a big effect on B.B. King's career, but that doesn't
mean B.B.'s bass player should get a link.
-- Anything you think there *should* be an article about. Linking
gets it on the Most Wanted list.
Should not be linked:
-- dates of marriage, book publication, and other dates between the
big two unless they bear some kind of significant connection with
the date. That Charles Reich's "Greening of America" was published
in [] is significant because it was a zeitgeist book.
-- Every song on a record album. "[[Helter Skelter]]" deserves an
article, "Back in the U.S.S.R." doesn't.
-- Likewise, every book and short story by an author, unless you're
prepared to back it up by writing all the articles, as some Robert
Heinlein enthusiast did. Otherwise, leave the various works
unlinked until you get around to writing an article.
Although I would disagree in a few of the details, I think this list is
a good starting rule of thumb. I would add to the should not be linked
-- up-links that are not germane to the article. Thus, a link in
saying that B. B. King was born in the [[United States]] is not helpful
because the reader is not likely to be interested at this time in a
general discussion about the United States. Another way of saying this
might be "Avoid uplinking to an article where you would not reasonably
expect a down link back.