[WikiEN-l] Trivial categories
saintonge at telus.net
Sat Oct 14 20:11:45 UTC 2006
Alphax (Wikipedia email) wrote:
>charles.r.matthews at ntlworld.com wrote:
>>>On 10/14/06, Bogdan Giusca <liste at dapyx.com> wrote:
>>>>Should we have a category which says that the subject of the
>>>>article (a mathematician) collaborated with another mathematician
>>>>who collaborated with another mathematician who collaborated with
>>>> with another mathematician who collaborated with Hungarian
>>>>mathematician Paul Erd?s?
>>>>Well, according to the apparent CfD result, we should.
>>>False the existance of a category does not mean that we should have
>>> articles on everything that could fall within that category.
>>That's a misapprehension of what this is about.
>>I'd have voted for deletion myself. This is about as pop-cultural as
>>mathmos get (I danced with a man who danced with a girl who danced
>>with the Prince of Wales).
>Not so. It's a lot like actor's Bacon numbers: Meeting someone is one
>thing, but co-author a mathematical paper or acting alongside them is
>slightly less trivial than that.
It's important to put the emphasis on the word "slightly" in that last
comment. I have a priestly cousin who likes to hand out pictures of
himself shaking hands with the late pope. He gave me one of those
pictures. This would give me a degree of separation from JP2 of 2.
Speaking as a person who usually favours inclusionist policies, could we
consolidate these templates into one about degrees of triviality?
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