[WikiEN-l] Trivia and popular culture sections

Guy Chapman aka JzG guy.chapman at spamcop.net
Sun Feb 26 23:16:24 UTC 2006

On Sun, 26 Feb 2006 21:24:33 +0000, you wrote:

>The thing is, if we have seven hundred pieces like that it's "an
>article in immense detail". If what we have is simply one line,
>"* On [[14 January]] [[1687]], Hooke recieved a letter from Humphrey
>Grafton of Cambridgeshire, enquiring after the 7s. 4d which he had
>sent for a copy of Hooke's treatise on optics"
>added because someone's great-to-the-n-grandfather was an
>astonishingly uninteresting gentleman of Ely who occasionally wrote to
>scientists, well, then it's trivia. If the writer was Newton or Pepys
>and Hooke wrote a blistering reply, it might even be vaguely
>interesting trivia.
>A lot of these trivia entries would be perfectly fitted into a
>comprehensive biography of the subject, or a book-length study... but
>they don't neccessarily belong in an article which should, at most, be
>a few thousand words.

Thank you for coming up with an example so much better than my own.
Guy (JzG)

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