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Avoid creating lists of miscellaneous facts. A number of articles contain lists of isolated facts, which are often grouped into their own section labeled "Trivia," "Facts," "Miscellanea," "[Subject] in popular culture," "Other information," etc. This policy deals with the way in which these facts are represented in an article—not with whether or not the information contained within them is actually trivia, or if trivia belongs in Gearspedia.

Trivia sections should be avoided, but if they must exist, they should in most cases be considered temporary, until a better method of presentation can be determined. Lists of miscellaneous information can be useful for developing a new article, as it sets a low bar for novice contributors to add information without having to keep in mind article organization or presentation—they can just add a new fact to the list. However, as articles grow, these lists become increasingly disorganized and difficult to read. A better way to organize an article is to provide a logical grouping and ordering of facts that gives an integrated presentation, providing context and smooth transitions, as appropriate in text, list or table.

GuidanceEdit

Such sections should not be categorically removed: it may be possible to integrate some items into the article text. Some facts may belong in existing sections; others can be grouped into a new section of related material. Convert bullet points to prose or narrowly-focused lists as seems most appropriate.

It may be necessary to perform research to give each fact some context, or to add references where appropriate. Some entries may be speculative, or factually incorrect, and should be removed; others, such as "how-to" material, may fall outside Gearspedia's content scope. Some entries may be more specific to other subjects, and should be moved into articles covering those subjects. Some trivia is especially tangential or irrelevant, and may not warrant inclusion at all.

What this policy is notEdit

  • This guideline does not suggest removing trivia sections, or moving them to the talk page. If information is otherwise suitable, it is better that it be poorly presented than not presented at all.
  • This guideline does not suggest avoiding lists in favor of prose. Some information is better presented in a list format.
  • This guideline does not suggest omitting unimportant material. This guideline does not attempt to address the issue of what information is included or not—only how it is organized.

Not all lists are trivia sectionsEdit

In this policy, when we refer to a trivia section, we are referring to its content, not its section name. A trivia section is one that contains a disorganized and unselective list. These disorganized items are in need of cleanup, either by incorporating them into the prose of another section, or by filtering the list to be more selective. A selectively populated list with a narrow theme is not necessarily trivia, and can be the best way to present some types of information.

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