Wikipedia:BrilliantProse

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drawing on John M Wolfson's page "Pre-June 2003 Brilliant Prose"


The "modern" (so to speak) process of Featured Article candidacy was created on 24 June 2003 by User:Eloquence. Prior to that time Wikipedia had a system known as Brilliant Prose to recognize its best content, which was an ad hoc collection of articles added to the Brilliant prose page by various editors.

Starting in November 2001 these additions are readily available in the [merged] page history of Wikipedia:Featured articles. This page commemorates the earlier process and contains history up to 17 August 2001. There are some missing edits from August to November 2001 which have as yet not been found.[2]

First light[edit]

This was the initial revision of BrilliantProse from 23:53, 21 January 2001:[3]

Somebody thinks the following WikiPedia pages are "brilliant prose" or at least pretty damn good:

TheCanonofScripture -- MathematicalGrouP -- NewZealand --

And the following are looking very promising:

BallroomDance -- ChristianIty -- DirectRealism -- EuroCurrency -- OpenContent --

and this is the revision from 00:02, 22 January 2001, which was current when the first Wikipedia-l email referencing "14 not-bad articles so far" was sent:[4]

Somebody thinks the following WikiPedia pages are "brilliant prose" or at least pretty damn good:

TheCanonofScripture -- MathematicalGrouP -- NewZealand -- PythagoreanTheorem -- SabBath -- TaoTehChing -- TheMostRemarkableFormulaInTheWorld -- TheRecorder

And the following are looking very promising:

BallroomDance -- ChristianIty -- DirectRealism -- EuroCurrency -- OpenContent -- PrettyGoodPrivacy

Well, whatever these articles are, they sure aren't PatentNonsense!

First criteria for inclusion (May 2001)[edit]

(1) copious original content;
(2) good writing;
(3) clarity for the person who doesn't know what the topic is about 
    (after all, this is an encyclopedia!);
(4) whimsy. --Larry Sanger[5]

Articles listed as Brilliant Prose before June 2001[edit]

music
disco
Freestyle music
Hammond organ
hip hop
jazz
Mozart
musical instrument
punk rock
The Recorder
saxophone
art
Baroque/Art
Mannerism/Art
Renaissance Classicism
mythology
Achilles
Perseus
religion
The Book of Mormon
The Canon of Scripture
Catholicism
Christianity
Protestantism
Sabbath
Scientology
Tao Teh Ching
literature
science fiction
Ernest Hemingway
H. G. Wells
Stephen King
film and television
film theory "some good articles in this area"
Paramount
Star Trek
Walt Disney
animals
bulldogging
horse-breaking
horseshoe
computing and technology
ASCII
code
Computer Security
computer system
Echelon
information theory "probably others about Computing"
Linux
markup language
Search Engine
The Singularity
World Wide Web
law and copyright
copyright "and related pages"
intellectual property
Law "bunches of good brief articles"
trade secret
language
Japanese Language
Language "some of the individual language pages are excellent"
politics and economics
Anarchism
Capitalism
Economics
market forms "and related pages"
sociology + society
Disabilities/Disability Etiquette
Hate Crime
Milgram experiment
negligence
political correctness
geography
City "a few of the city articles are good"
countries of the world "the CIA pages, anyway; hey, the CIA did a great job!"
Earth
Gladstone Oregon
New Zealand
history
Alexander the Great
Byzantine Empire
East Germany
History of Germany
History of England
History of Levant
Netherlands/History
History of Science and Technology
United States/History
World War I
mathematics
Mathematical Group
The Most Remarkable Formula In The World[note 1]
Pythagorean Theorem
statistics "the whole area"
science & engineering
Alchemy
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Biology "many excellent pages here, and a good start generally"
carbon
cladistics
Classical Mechanics
DNA
geologic ages "and related pages"
Paleontology
periodic table
protista
Quantum Mechanics
Road Transport
Spacecraft Propulsion
games
Bridge
Game (this whole area is excellent)
game theory
Go
Poker (amazing!)
Sheepshead
Stone, Paper, Scissors
video game (a great start)
Wikipedia
Wikipedia FAQ

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