Minh’s Notes

Human-readable chicken scratch

Minh Nguyễn
June 6th, 2005


Keeping up with the Panthers

Here’s a task for my readers: let’s keep up with the Joneses. Elder currently has a longer entry on Wikipedia than St. X does. On top of that, St. X’s article doesn’t contain anything other than a trite introduction to the school.

Articles on high schools are typically deleted if they don’t include enough verifiable information, or if they don’t include anything that tells the reader why the school is signficant enough to be included at Wikipedia. Take this for example: Elder’s article would’ve been deleted had no one added in a comprehensively negative section on Elder’s various abuse scandals.

Hopefully we can come up with something more positive and meaningful to keep our school a part of this project. If we can’t, I’m afraid I’ll have to nominate the article for deletion, so that the Elder guys can laugh at us.


  1. Peter pointed out my worst habit: I’m too verbose.


  1. Albert Trinh

    Sorry to turn it back on you, but if you're complaining about it (or at least bringing it up), how about actually doing something about it? Add some statistics, or an article from the Backside. At least you know more than I do.

  2. Actually, Albert, I’ve done about all I can for now. If you take a look through the page’s history (History tab up top), you’ll see that I’ve contributed significantly to the article. But the thing about wikis is, it can’t be a one-man show. Everyone has to pitch in. Sure, the English Wikipedia may have over half a million articles – that’s great – but the real achievement is that it has more than a quarter million registered users, plus an innumerable crowd of anonymous contributors.

    I brought up the topic here because 1) we need to get the word out about this wonderful project, and 2) even regular Wikipedia contributors from our school aren’t aware that an article exists about it. This is a chance for people to add all kinds of information, not for just one person’s limited knowledge.