[WikiEN-l] Trivia and popular culture sections

John Lee johnleemk at gawab.com
Sun Feb 26 14:34:10 UTC 2006

The Cunctator wrote:

>During a guest appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992),
>Jay Leno asked him where his name came from, and he replied that he
>was named after the Beatles song "Hey Jude." [15 June 2001]
>What makes Wikipedia great is that it doesn't make the arbitrary and
>elitist distinction between high and low culture, but democratically
>includes information that its audience thinks is of interest.
>People should be *VERY HESITANT* about removing information that
>others have added. Editing for style, content, readability, utility,
>grammar, flow, etc. are all critical but taking knowledge out of
>Wikipedia just because you find it uninteresting or unimportant is
>arrogant, rude, and destructive to the project.
>I love the Wikipedia trivia sections and I love the attitude that says
>"if it can be integrated into the text, it doesn't need to be
>mentioned as trivia", which I don't even see as a compromise.
>Sourcing is critical but the "I'm going to kill it if it isn't
>sourced" is a philosophy that should be wielded with UTMOST care.
Because when you're reading [[The Beatles]], you absolutely have to know 
how much Paul McCartney bought one of his houses for.


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