[WikiEN-l] "Trivia" sections in articles

Steve Summit scs at eskimo.com
Thu Feb 23 13:48:30 UTC 2006

> They look ugly and unprofessional.

I must also disagree.  I find them neither ugly nor unprofessional.
People are interested in trivia, it adds spice, and more
importantly it can usefully spark connection-making and deep learning.

Do we have a {WP:NOT} for "stuffy, conventional, dry, humorless,
or bend-over-backwardsly professional"?  Perhaps we should.

Certainly any listed trivia must be *interesting*, and that's
obviously an endlessly subjective judgment, but one we can work
on without exorcising all trivia.

> And while we're at it, can we get rid of "{{PAGENAME}} in popular
> culture" sections?

Those bug me more than Trivia, and I've seen many more of them
that are completely out of hand.  But there was just a discussion
(here, or on one of the Village Pumps, or somewhere, I forget)
about developing policies to keep them trimmed to a reasonable
and relevant length.

I'd say, when people come across bits of trivia or popular
culture references that obviously aren't interesting, they should
be bold and just delete them.

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