Sometimes I evaluate how Wikipedia is faring by playing a little game. You like games, don’t you? Let’s play a game…
Go to Wikipedia and just click on the ‘Random Article’ link—it’s on the left side of the page.
Following the links, it’s difficult to tell if this office even existed. The actual State Department office on Iran (which really is influential) is a redlink). [Editor’s note: a redlink on Wikipedia is a link that leads to page that is deceased or non-existent.]
“This was the only battle ever fought in the sea nowadays belonging to Slovenia.”
The battle occurred in 1812. Slovenia did not exist until 1918.
Tagged for sounding like an advertisement and for having poor references for more than a year, uncorrected by anyone.
It’s a puff piece about a third-tier clothing designer, mostly referenced by the subject’s own book.
External links are to the subject’s website and to the Home Shopping Network.
“The Das Antas River (Tibagi River) is a river of Paraná state in southern Brazil.”
That’s the whole body text of the article.
Narcisse Fournier (T–H–L)
A single-sentence lede, a single-paragraph section titled, ‘Life’ and the only source the Internet Archive. Oh well, it could have been worse, he could have been lost on the Das Antas River (Tibagi River).
A tidy box with links inside: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender rights by time period
Like many parts of Wikipedia, not an article, but one of the bolts showing.
It’s a Neil Simon Play! I know this one, I can even identify with one of the protagonists!
Hrmf. No playbill picture. No infobox. No pictures at all?
May contain sentence fragment: “Until Ben goes to follow his wife to Miami.”
From Wikipedia, the free atlas, er I mean encyclopedia
Just a little slice of home, if your home is in western Macedonia.
A short, detailed entry about the location of what is undoubtedly a nice part of the Southwestern Statistical Region.
My favorite parts:
- “For other people named Angus McDonald, see Angus Macdonald.” It’s important to remain disambiguated when you exercise.
- “Even though McDonald was primarily a farmer, he engaged in a number of other business and leisure pursuits.” You know, stuff… and things.
Infobox, no picture, not even of Glengarry in Virginia. That estate will probably hold still long enough for you to take a pic.
A nice external link would have been the family history cited in the article…link
If you think I actually clicked on the ‘Random Article’ link a few hundred times, and then cherry-picked the worst articles, think again, and then try ‘the game’ yourself.
There were only two articles of any length in that selection. For an encyclopedia that is supposed to strive towards containing the “sum of human knowledge,” there are a lot of incomplete articles often many years old. There is ‘no deadline’ to finish Wikipedia, but perhaps there should be for individual articles.
Don’t play Wikipedia Roulette… you will surely lose.