维基百科:一段句子不是一篇條目

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一朵花,无论多么美丽,都不能成为花园。同样,单个句子也不能成为维基百科的条目或论述。

一段句子不是一篇條目字典里面定义词条的一句话,并不能向读者提供什么有意义且有用的信息,因为字典和百科全书之间有很大的区别。

例子[编辑]

As an example of a sentence, take "Harold Blowman (1957–1994) was an American actor best known for his performance as 'Billy' in the movie Don't Shoot the Monkey." This single sentence actually states more about the subject of the article than many stub articles of thrice the length which are "padded" with unsourced POV adjectives ("renown","gifted","highly-acclaimed", etc.) and dubious attempts at "notability through association" ("Blowman was part of the social circle that included [famous person A], [famous person B] and [celebrity C]").[1]

But what does this sentence really say about Harold Blowman? Not much. It doesn't state who he was or establish whether he merits an article under Wikipedia's notability guidelines. Was his portrayal of 'Billy' commented on by film critics? Did he do other acting on stage or on the screen that garnered the attention of reviewers? Did his acting influence other actors? Was he associated with a particular notable director? Why did the editor spend a significant amount of his (or her) time to write this one sentence definition, and was that time well spent?

The last question can be answered definitively: NO. If an editor cannot find enough information on a subject to be able to write at least four non-repetitive sentences about him/her/it, then the article should not be started until there is sufficient information to "do it justice." If there is not enough information for at least four sentences of writing, it is most likely that the subject of the proposed article doesn't merit one in the first place under the notability guidelines.

结论[编辑]

“一句话条目”散步在维基百科的各个角落。其中很多条目还插入了并没有什么蓝色链接,弄的好像条目或者论述已经大功告成了似的,其实里面没有任何可供读者吸收的养分。这些碎片好像散落在地板上的灰尘,为了提升维基百科的质量必须清理。一个没有指向任何文章的红色链接也比一个欺骗读者感情的蓝色链接好不知道哪里去了。

因此:所有只有一两句话的条目必须在扩充和删除之间二选一。维基百科的决策者应该尽快把“一句话条目”提报快速删除,因为它们的存在毫无意义。因为一句话可以成为一篇优秀的总结,但它真的不是百科条目。同理,凑成两句话也不行。

对,您没看错: 两句话也不是百科条目,所以应该和前者一样处理。

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
Minds innocent and quiet take
That for an hermitage

Richard Lovelace, To Althea, From Prison, 1642

Note[编辑]

This is an application of the Reasonability Rule: is it reasonable to expect that a single sentence is worth the time and effort to write and read with an expectation of being "illuminated" with encyclopedic information? Since it is not, one sentence articles (and, by a similar argument, two sentence articles) violate the Reasonability Rule in the context of an encyclopedia.

See also[编辑]

  1. ^ That Blowman hung out with these people does not, in itself, give him notability. Of course, if [famous person B]'s biography states that "Blowman was a crucial artistic influence on [famous person B]'s acting style", then it may help the case of establishing his notability.