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I'd like to suggest creating a template flagging articles that are overly long, similar if not identical to Wikipedia's {{Verylong}}. Many articles on Wowwiki nowadays could be written much more concisely, contain redundant information, or IMO are better off broken into sub-pages.

On a similar topic, has anyone considered implementing a "theory" tab to contain speculation, as Lostpedia does? -- Tyrsenus t c 22:33, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

I would support such a designation. IMO, there are 3 categories of long articles:
  1. Listing based, which can be managed with {{ajaxtables}} to improve usefulness and load time
  2. Wordy articles, just need skilled editing to be more concise
  3. Information overkill, for a lack terminology, like Northrend gems table. I'm sure the intentions were good, but this article is way past useful, in my opinion. I doubt it is the only one.
-Howbizr (talk) 15:55, 20 April 2009 (UTC)
I made a copy of Wikipedia:Article size at WoWWiki:Article size as a start for a guideline proposal. I fixed most of the links and made it a little more WoWWiki friendly, but it could use tons of editing and chopping down before it goes to a vote. --Gengar orange 22x22Beware the sneaky smile! Fandyllic (talk · contr) 11:08 AM PST 20 Apr 2009
The irony... The WoWWiki:Article size might be a candidate for being downsized. Smiley Thanks for the import! -Howbizr (talk) 20:39, 20 April 2009 (UTC)
Thanks, I'm glad I'm not the only one that sees a need for this. It looks like a rainbow threw up on that gem page. --Tyrsenus t c 21:00, 20 April 2009 (UTC)
I too have referenced barf when viewing this page. Grin There is a very lengthy discussion (again, the irony, "too long, didn't read") about the fate of the plethora of jewelcrafting articles, if you want to dive in. -Howbizr (talk) 21:18, 20 April 2009 (UTC)
LOL it does. I do not disagree, but I would like to know more examples of what Tyrsenus thinks is too long.--SWM2448 21:23, 20 April 2009 (UTC)
History of the Horde is a good example, and I suspect there's some Fair Use issues with that article as well. --Tyrsenus t c 03:59, 21 April 2009 (UTC)
Just thought I would throw this out there. There is a special page that lists long articles based on file size, Special:LongPages. This might give a good starting point for finding candidates for shortening. --Wige (T - C) 14:44, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

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