Wikipedia:WikiProject China/Chinese-language entertainment
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Welcome to WikiProject Chinese-language entertainment, a WikiProject that aims to improve articles related to the entertainment industry in the Sinosphere by normalizing standards for, and expanding Wikipedia's coverage of, such articles. This project is an expansion of the former Modern Chinese music workgroup of WikiProject China.
WikiProject Chinese-language entertainment covers Chinese language singers, actors, music, films and TV shows that originate from People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, the Republic of China, and Southeast Asia (including Singapore and Malaysia), as well as other countries.
- To bring articles from B to GA status on a collaboration basis. Current candidates for this include A-mei, Faye Wong, and Lee-Hom Wang.
- To find 5–10 references per article for a few artist stubs (4–5 articles every time).
- To bring articles from Start status to B status on a collaboration basis.
Because the group will likely be very small, it is important that we pool our efforts into working on a single article. If we each do one article at any given time on an assignment basis (i.e. User A will work on article X), it will be rather intimidating to make an article into a GA on one's own. Division of labour is where it's at. It's obviously fine to touch up other articles as well when you have time, but as the WikiProject runs, we should set aside our differences and pool some nice info to write better articles.
Stub expanding is placed at a higher priority than expanding Starts because it is much easier to find sources for small amounts of text. B articles are pretty much well on their way to GA anyway, so finding sources for those articles would likely be the final step before achieving GA status.
The following articles reached featured article (FA) status and should be used as references for work on other articles in order to bring them up to FA level.
The following articles reached good article (GA) status and should be used as references for work on other articles in order to bring them up to GA level. A-Class articles are more complete than the minimum required for GA, and a comprehensive Good Article may be considered equal to A-Class.
Reliable sources are those by notable editorial agencies, including those by the editorial staff of a news/magazine agency, or a reviews writer from a notable publication (e.g. Rolling Stone). Information databases that are open to public editing (e.g. Wikipedia, Baidu Baike) are not reliable sources.
News from an Internet forum should always be traced back to the article's original news source. A translated version of the text will not suffice. If the page is no longer available, check the Internet Archive to see if an older version of the page was archived. Most, if not all, Mainland-based sites will have archivable pages.
Magazines and newspapers
While some people may feel that the paparazzi are unreliable to begin with, not all entertainment news is bad. However, caution must be used in differentiating fact from rumor or gossip. Here's a way to determine what is good and what is bad coming out of a publication:
- "Sales exceeded 500,000 within the first five months of the album's release."
- "The song "Song" is rather popular with the kids lately. Karaoke bars were blasting "Song" 's catchy melodies all week. The Bureau for Music-related things estimated that the song was requested over 50,000 times this past month alone."
- "Joe might be dating Jane, but Jane was last spotted with Paul in Sacramento."
- "Is Group breaking up? Some sources say that John Doe is increasingly unhappy with his role, but the claim was vehemently denied by the label. Doe later called the statement 'ludicrous'."
Wikipedia is not the place for forum links UNLESS they provide a source of information that is otherwise unavailable from major news outlets (e.g. lyrics and English translations of news). Lyrics sites may be included as long as romanized lyrics are available, but list these sites sparingly. There are literally thousands of lyrics sites out there, so please pick and choose. External sites should not have a message board. K for TVB is an example of a site that's acceptable to use as an external link. Sites like AsianFanatics and Popularasians are not acceptable to use as external links. News articles on these sites are written by forum members, and as such, are not appropriate external links.
Always include official sites and official blogs. Official blogs, unlike personal blogs, will contain images of the artist that are otherwise unavailable on the Internet. These are usually pictures of things like family events or shots of the recording studio. If you see an external link that is a forum, a personal blog, or a fan site, revert them on sight. A personal blog is a blog that posts about things other than entertainment news, such as the author's personal life. If there are doubts about the site's "official" status, you can always take a look. For example, the S.H.E Daybook is an outright blog. Heck, it's hosted on Blogspot. But if you look carefully at the site's mission, it states:
|“||Our main purpose we wish to acheive [sic] is to pass S.H.E's blog messages to all non-chinese speaking fans. On occasions when time allows, S.H.E related news would be translated. [...] Please be assured that all messages translated by us are 100% original messages posted by S.H.E. S.H.E Daybook will never provide faux messages or information.||”|
The site is providing a service (translation) that is otherwise unavailable (S.H.E doesn't post in English).
Please don't abuse the fair use tag. Do not use copyrighed images just to make the article look pretty. Fair use tags are for pictures that you cannot otherwise get for free (for example, a screenshot of a television show). Do not copy pictures directly from a news site. If you want a profile pic, scrounge around photo sites like Flickr to get a free photo. Make sure to ask the image owner if they are willing to release the photo under a GFDL license. The formal procedure can be read at the WikiMedia Commons Open-source Ticket Request System.
Frequently asked questions
These are questions that either I or workgroup members will inevitably encounter from uber-fans or uber-antifans.
- Q: Why aren't you working on my favourite artist? This is so biased!
- A: First off, calm down. There are so many Chinese pop artists that it's nearly impossible for our workgroup to work on all of your favourite artists at once. For the moment, take the time to improve another artist's page, and fine-tune those research skills. The more experienced you get, the easier it is to improve your own favourite artists' pages.
- Q: Why is my favourite artist listed as Low priority? I'll have you know that he/she is the best singer ever, and he/she has sooo much talent, and you're just being mean!
- A: I am not being mean. The priorities are based on an artist's popularity on a grander scale i.e. within their own music industry. Whether you like them or not is personal taste, but the amount of news coverage and promotions that an artist is generally an objective measure when compared with other (usually bigger-name) artists. If you would like to dispute a priority listing, feel free to provide evidence that goes against priority guidelines. Priority assessments act first and foremost as a heuristic, and are not totally set in stone.
- Q: What's this "Republic of China" ? Taiwan's not part of China!!!!
- A: As with other Taiwan-related pages on Wikipedia, we should be as sensitive as possible to the political status of Taiwan. That being said, if you look at our main objective, our goal is not to spawn political edit wars on what is Taiwan and what is China, but to cover information on singers. The Republic of China is the government that currently administers an area that includes the island of Taiwan. The name "Republic of China" appears on all official documents in the region. Also, if you had read the locale conventions, you would see that, more often than not, our use of Taiwan/China/Hong Kong refers to the music industries there. Unless, of course, you'd like to retype Republic of China every other sentence.
- Q: Why on Earth is the grammar so bad in this article? Who wrote this?
- A: Ah. Something I forgot to mention. C-pop articles, especially Mandopop ones, are notorious for their defiance of basic grammatical conventions. The prose is likely just as awful, so in addition to doing research, you're probably going to be fixing up every other sentence in the article as well.
- Q: Do you know if my favourite artists are still single? PLEASE LET ME KNOW THIS IS URGENT!
- A: No, we don't know.