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  • Wikigroaning

    Now that's a word that's gives you 161,000 Google hits but that apparently never has previously appeared on these Boards. Until two days ago, when the Wall Street Journal had a short feature on wikigroaning, I had never heard of it.

    Wikigroaning is comparing two Wikipedia articles by length (and by content quality if you wish) to see how Wiki deals with classical learning as compared with pop culture.

    The examples cited by the WSJ included these:

    John Locke (the 17th century philosopher) - 3,800 words
    John Locke (the character on TV's 'Lost') - 7,400 words

    Constantine (Roman emperor) - 4,900 words
    Palpatine ('Star Wars' emperor) - 8,500 words

    Gray's Anatomy (the medical textbook) - 1,000 words
    Grey's Anatomy (the TV medical drama) - 6,900 words

    Raphael (the Renaessance artist) - 2,700 words
    Raphael (the teenage mutant ninja turtle) - 2,800 words

    Using some of the pairs suggested by first link shown by Google, I found the following amusing pairs:

    Archaeology - 5,200 words
    Indiana Jones - 5,800 words

    The Latin language - 2,000 words
    The Klingon language - 4,800 words

    Enjoy your Wikigroaning!

  • #2
    I hate being ignorant. Where do you find word counts on Wiki articles?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by bad hammy
      I hate being ignorant. Where do you find word counts on Wiki articles?
      I expect they cut and paste them into a word processing programme.

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      • #4
        Doh, so close!

        Track - 398
        Field - 386

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        • #5
          That seems sort of painful. There is a real easy way to find the number of bytes, which sort of equates to the number of characters. This is viewed on the History page for each article. But I've not seen word counts.

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          • #6
            uh oh

            tafnut - 0
            squackee - 0
            gh - 99!

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            • #7
              J.J. Johnson - Be Bob Jazz Trombone Master: 2,675
              J.J. Johnson - U.S. Sprinter: 0

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tafnut
                uh oh

                tafnut - 0
                squackee - 0
                gh - 99!
                Not sure how you did it but this is what I get.

                pc - 709
                gh - 86

                Now we are in more familiar territory.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tafnut
                  uh oh

                  tafnut - 0
                  squackee - 0
                  gh - 99!
                  Garry Hill the soccer guy?? Looks like more than 99 words: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Hill

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bad hammy
                    J.J. Johnson - Be Bob Jazz Trombone Master: 2,675
                    J.J. Johnson - U.S. Sprinter: 0
                    Jimmy Johnson NASCAR 2783

                    Jimmy Johnson American football coach 2326

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bad hammy
                      Originally posted by tafnut
                      uh oh

                      tafnut - 0
                      squackee - 0
                      gh - 99!
                      Garry Hill the soccer guy?? Looks like more than 99 words: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garry_Hill
                      No, literally: tafnut, squackee, and gh.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bad hammy
                        I hate being ignorant. Where do you find word counts on Wiki articles?
                        I did it the way Daisy suggested. Copied the article into a blank doc in Word, then did the word count function in Word (under Tools).

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                        • #13
                          That's what I did for the J.J. Johnson post, but that is too many steps!! (Life in an ADD world!)

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tandfman
                            Originally posted by bad hammy
                            I hate being ignorant. Where do you find word counts on Wiki articles?
                            I did it the way Daisy suggested. Copied the article into a blank doc in Word, then did the word count function in Word (under Tools).
                            you have waaaaaaay too much time on your hands :P

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by eldrick
                              you have waaaaaaay too much time on your hands :P
                              says the guy who can throw up 12 different mathematical equations to prove 1+1 = 2 (sometimes)

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