[WikiEN-l] "Trivia" sections in articles

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Sun Feb 26 05:50:30 UTC 2006

Alphax (Wikipedia email) wrote:

>Ben Yates wrote:
>>Wikipedia is not paper -- in a print encyclopedia, there's a limit on
>>the total information volume, so any trivia would push out something
>>more important; here, the contraints are easy navigability,
>>readability, etc.  I'm afraid I'm a bit baffled as to why /additional/
>>information at the end of an article upsets people so much, as long as
>>it doesn't make the rest of the article less useful.  If you don't
>>like trivia sections, don't read them.
>The problem is not so much the fact that they exist as that the name
>"trivia" is meaningless. I mean, if this information is so "trivial",
>why bother including it? It should be "miscellaneous information".
So now you would distill the issue from a question of content to a 
question of subject headings.  That IS trivial. :-)


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