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Saving Geek Lore and Other Wikipedia Castoffs
9/18/2008

Ian Lamont notes an crowd yardstick feature on Deletionpedia — a gathering of 63,559 deleted Wikipedia pages that range from "vanity entries" or obscure points of testimonial to heavily edited topics that Wikipedia editors eventually deemed fan fiction, inadequately sourced, or if not lacking. Looking through the amassing of removed articles, it's apparent that 1995 by houghton mifflin harcourt publishing company. published by houghton mifflin harcourt publishing company. all rights reserved.view results from: dictionary | thesaurus | encyclopedia | all reference | the web
share this: minutiae are often the target of Wikipedia editors: "Geek lore seems to be a fastidious target for deletion, with the deleted page of the month a extensive guide to 'Weapons of the Imperium (Warhammer 40,000)'. Deletionpedia provides links back to the Wikipedia deletion discussions, which are a lesson in magnification of minutiae; the Warhammer page was removed due to philosophical disagreements over what can be considered reliable source material, while a page listing every chalkboard gag in The Simpsons opening credits spent 691 days on the site before being deleted as 'fancruft.'" Note that while Deletionpedia uses MediaWiki, it doesn't have wiki functionality — readers can't alter or update archived entries.

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