Wikipedia:WikiProject Trivia Cleanup

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This project deals with trivia sections on articles, and cleaning them up. Many articles on Wikipedia have too much trivia, and need to be shortened (or just removed altogether). This project focuses on finding, tagging and cleaning articles with too much trivia. Trivia sections shouldn't always be removed altogether - they may just require shortening, or rewriting and incorporation into the article.

As a note, trivia isn't always just in trivia sections. It can also be found in notes, miscellanea; it is increasingly found in "cultural references" "pop culture" and other sections. If it's just a list of random things: it's probably trivia.

Goals[edit]

  1. Clean up trivia sections that contain inconsequential material.
  2. Integrate useful trivia from sections into the article, then remove the trivia section altogether (when appropriate).

History and current status[edit]

In June 2007, the trivia template was modified to be broken down by month of tagging, and tagged articles tracked and sorted by a bot. Through at least 2011, the number of articles tagged as containing trivia sections grew enormously, numbering in the thousands at any given time, with many months containing one- or two-hundred such articles. See this page's talk page for background on the problem, and several proposed solutions.

Members of this project, and quite likely some unaffiliated Wikipedians, have removed material that does not add to a given article's utility, integrated material into articles, and otherwise cleared trivia sections from many articles during this project's existence. In 2011, the 'fancruft' tag was decoupled from this project and, between this and steady work by members, the number of articles under this project's responsibility plunged.

There has been occasional discussion on ways to discourage trivia sections from being added to articles in the first place.

Tagging and improving articles[edit]

When you see an article or section with too much trivia, please tag it with this tag: {{trivia}}. You can also help improve categorization by including the current month and year: {{trivia|date=April 2014}}. Any new tags without a datestamp are automatically tagged by bot, beginning in May 2007.

There is also {{fictionrefs}} for articles and sections that contain too many minor or trivial fictional references.

For helpful background on avoiding trivia sections in articles, visit WP:TRIVIA.

Members[edit]

Feel free to add your name to the bottom of this list.

  1. RobJ1981
  2. rehanisl
  3. --Nishkid64 23:54, 8 October 2006 (UTC)
  4. Zepheus <ツィフィアス> 05:37, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
  5. Mackensen (talk) 18:37, 12 October 2006 (UTC)
  6. l0b0t
  7. Recury
  8. Dragosian
  9. ReviewDude
  10. Ejvyas
  11. Icseaturtles
  12. The Way
  13. Whispering
  14. Pax:Vobiscum
  15. Willie the Walrein
  16. Malach
  17. Seong0980
  18. SusannaSusie
  19. CheeseChive
  20. Ckessler
  21. ˉˉanetode╦╩ 00:26, 6 November 2006 (UTC)
  22. SkierRMH
  23. bulletproof 3:16
  24. Bwithh
  25. KLT2007
  26. Madjohnflint
  27. SUIT
  28. Sofeil
  29. Walterk29
  30. Yonatanh
  31. Mangojuicetalk
  32. Maungkaungmyat
  33. Future Fun Jumper (TIC) 11:35, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
  34. Loren
  35. Anna512 (talk)
  36. --DJH47 20:10, 9 March 2007 (UTC)
  37. AW - I've been doing this, didn't know there was a project!
  38. --Paradox CT 00:24, 20 March 2007 (UTC)
  39. --User:Dave1213 20:54, 28 March 2007 (UTC)
  40. Dr bab 10:56, 2 April 2007 (UTC)
  41. Guylikeu 14:41, 5 April 2007 (UTC)
  42. Callum J. Stewart (Callum J. Stewart 14:00, 17 April 2007 (UTC))
  43. Strangepalefighter 00:22, 22 April 2007 (UTC)
  44. SelfStudyBuddy 08:06, April 30 2007 (UTC)
  45. Vikrant Phadkay 11:44, 30 April 2007 (UTC)
  46. Politics rule i love wikipedia 8 May 2007
  47. Nikki311 07:46, 14 May 2007 (UTC)
  48. Android Mouse and my bot Android Mouse Bot 3 18:28, 20 May 2007 (UTC)
  49. Hydrogen Iodide 06:15, 21 May 2007 (UTC)
  50. Myselfalso I'm willing to help wherever I can. --myselfalso 22:46, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
  51. Jim Stewart Yay! Down with trivia sections. James A. Stewart 23:17, 25 May 2007 (UTC)
  52. Gavia immer (talk) 13:39, 26 May 2007 (UTC)
  53. --Trampton 07:15, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
  54. Will (We're flying the flag all over the world) 13:12, 31 May 2007 (UTC)
  55. Tikal-chan (Pls note: I will NOT remove the trivia tag no matter how much trivia points I have integrated into any article)
  56. A Raider Like Indiana 15:05, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
  57. Sjones23 20:18, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
  58. Pomte 00:27, 8 June 2007 (UTC)
  59. Valusa 06:26, 8 June 2007 (UTC)
  60. Belvyzep 15:00, 9 June 2007 (UTC)
  61. Squalk25 14:30, 10 June 2007 (UTC)
  62. The Menace 12:35, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  63. David Spalding (  ) 17:24, 18 June 2007 (UTC)
  64. Amadscientist
  65. Soyseñorsnibbles
  66. Ipstenu (talkcontribs) 23:21, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
  67. RegainTheTruth
  68. Sebi [talk] 06:18, 23 July 2007 (UTC)
  69. GhostPirate 23:33, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
  70. SteelersFan UK06 05:17, 25 July 2007 (UTC) (talk\contribs)- after HATING this concept for so long, I've realised its actually a pretty good project. count me in.
  71. Soysauce357
  72. Freak104
  73. wpktsfs 23:51, 7 August 2007 (UTC)
  74. TheBilly - 11:13, 11 August, 2007
  75. Famguy3
  76. SilkTork *** SilkyTalk 14:30, 29 August 2007 (UTC) I thought I was already in.
  77. DGG (talk) 19:56, 2 September 2007 (UTC) a good idea, if done appropriately. Will need some changes to meet that standard.
  78. NickPenguin 21:08, 13 September 2007 (UTC)
  79. Gary2863
  80. Ta bu shi da yu
  81. *Vendetta* (whois talk edits) 18:07, 22 September 2007 (UTC)
  82. DanielCD We need some reform in this area to keep articles from becoming link + list farms.
  83. TJ Reyes
  84. Johnred32 I'll get right to work!
  85. TheNextOneAcross I'm determined to fix all such problems!
  86. Mastrchf91
  87. Doc Rocktopus
  88. Kalindoscopy
  89. Basketball110 21:15, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  90. JackAgain 00:08, 28 January 2008 (UTC)
  91. Velvetron
  92. User:Triona
  93. Found Missing (talk) 02:32, 5 February 2008 (UTC)
  94. User:Jh553738
  95. IwilledituTalk :)Contributions 03:50, 30 March 2008 (UTC)
  96. CattleGirl
  97. TheGoodLocust (talk) 19:11, 4 April 2008 (UTC)
  98. Redfive05 (talk) 14:37, 7 July 2008 (UTC)
  99. K. Lásztocskatalk 01:22, 26 July 2008 (UTC)
  100. Walkeraj 16:47, 28 August 2008 (UTC)
  101. Andrewrp (talk) 22:07, 10 September 2008 (UTC)
  102. Themfromspace (talk) 11:35, 27 January 2009 (UTC)
  103. Hk37
  104. Magnum Serpentine (With drew from project)
  105. MarshalN20
  106. Webmaster G
  107. Dr Motley
  108. I Feel Tired
  109. Unionhawk Talk E-mail 04:08, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
  110. Cactusjump (talk) 22:48, 4 June 2009 (UTC)
  111. J Milburn (talk)
  112. Ohconfucius (talk)
  113. Ten Pound Hammer, his otters and a clue-bat • (Many ottersOne batOne hammer) 01:22, 26 February 2010 (UTC)
  114. Denisarona
  115. gz33 (talk) 07:18, 20 June 2010 (UTC)
  116. DFS
  117. Pereirab04
  118. P.SRINIVAS (TALK)
  119. vimalmaster
  120. --Mr.Magik-Pants (talk) 15:02, 11 August 2012 (UTC)
  121. GenQuest "Talk to Me" 17:58, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
  122. Laurenthian (talk) 03:41, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
  123. XXSNUGGUMSXX


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