[Wikipedia-l] A new idea: a Wiki-based TV episode guide

James R. Johnson modean52 at comcast.net
Sun Aug 29 17:17:51 UTC 2004

Sounds cool to me.  I don't know how it would work within the Wikipedia, but
I know of at least one person who will rail you for proposing 'forks'
because 'forks' are bad.  But I think it would be a great way to increase
the range of knowledge of the Wikipedia, by having the TV Show guides, then
links to the wikipedia from within that guide to the stars, the show's
encyclopedic entries, directors, producers, guest stars, etc.  
	As for regional differences, I'd say to keep it in the original
language's name, but translate it across wikis.  So that Star Trek, an
originally English show, has "Star Trek" as its English title, "Star Trek"
for German, and so on, but with a line saying "Original Title: Star Trek,"
or "Premiere Title: Star Trek" or "Erste Titel: Star Trek."  And as for
portions of the show in regions, simply say in the French, German, Japanese,
or whatever that "This show did not air on Japanese television due to
excessive violence." or something like that, but continue to have the
regional versions.


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Subject: [Wikipedia-l] A new idea: a Wiki-based TV episode guide

Maybe it's OT for this list (if it is, then I forget which list is
appropriate), but I thought of a new Wiki proposal people might like and
could be implemented if people were up to it:

Seeing that there seems to be articles on individual episodes of certain TV
shows in Wikipedia that some might argue is unencyclopedic (due to the fact
that they contribute little other than an episode summary), how about a
television episode guide based on the Wiki philosophy (a "Wikivision"

The idea was inspired largely by Wikibooks and their management of
individual "books", followed by individual articles within each "book". 
  Likewise, this Wiki-based TV Guide would have major sections for an
individual TV series, and each article would represent one show in one
particular series.  The goal of such a Wiki would be to essentially provide
summaries to as many episodes for as many TV series as possible, in as many
different languages as we can.

A potential obstacle to this idea (not a technical obstacle, but rather a
policy obstacle) would be the regional differences that may exist within the
same show.  For example, edit wars may occur over whether to use the titles
and names that are used for the English or French, German, Japanese, or
other regional version, and whether or not to include episodes that aired in
one region but not another (and if so, which title is the article with the
content and which ones are redirects to that article).

What do you all think of the idea?

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