Sunday, December 27, 2015

Even a random blogger's individual - and shallow - thought or opinion can sometimes be presented as a fact in a Wikipedia article

Example of this are the following two statements in Wikipedia article on Predator 2 [permanent link]:
  • " It has since become a cult film among fans."
  • "Although it had negative reviews, Predator 2 is seen as a cult classic among fans."

The source of this significant information is a blog post titled "Danny Glover: Action Movie Star Opportunity Missed?", dated 29-Apr-2015 by some random guy named Tambay A. Obenson. He says this:
  • "I rewatched "Predator 2," after stumbling upon it while flipping through cable TV channels a couple of days ago... But I'm inclined to believe that it's had a much more successful life on the home video market (DVD/VOD) than it did in theaters, even becoming something of a cult favorite with some."
And the words cult film make it to an encyclopedia article on Predator 2. This is surely not right, and exposes a major weakness in the way Wikipedia content is created. A movie is a cult film if many people think of it that way [and at least some of those many people should be noteworthy]. A random's dude personal blog entry entering Predator 2 into the coveted club of cult films shows that Wikipedia's content addition/creation methods need major revision.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Country-specific events or topics require country-specific articles

Salman Khan's famous-infamous hit-and-run case is known to everyone in India, and it has been in the news in India for over a decade. Yet this case doesn't have a dedicated Wikipedia page, only getting a paragraph in the main article on Salman Khan. This is because this case isn't noteworthy on a worldwide basis, and likely also because Salman Khan himself is largely a celebrity of either the Indian subcontinent or the Indian diaspora abroad. Herein lies a shortcoming of Wikipedia - admitting only globally-relevant events/people/topics.

This shortcoming can be solved by allowing nation-specific articles that pertain only to the people of that nation. This way Wikipedia can both address the country-specific information needs of people in various countries, yet not unnecessarily flood irrelevant information to others.