Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Too "Trivial" for Wikipedia?
Jul 16, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
You know that thing, Wikipedia? The one-stop shop for knowledge about anything and pretty much everything, otherwise known as the reason why you'll never go to the library again? Well, turns out there are somethings that even Wikipedia won't touch and the Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress was almost one of them.
Over the weekend at Wikimania 2012, an international Wikimedia conference, Wiki co-founder Jimmy Wales addressed an audience member's question about the site's supposed gender gap by using the iconic Alexander McQueen gown created by Sarah Burton as an example.
The day of the Royal Wedding, the page for "Wedding dress of Kate Middleton" was flagged for deletion, with a number of comments regarding its relevance, or lack thereof. To wit, one user claimed, This is frankly trivial, and surely isn't notable enough to be on wikipedia."
Another unsatisfied customer: "I've seen some pretty retarded articles around here over the years, from Michelle Obama's arms to Yul Brynner's bald pate [sadly couldn't find either of those] but this tripe gives them a run for their money. Simply being 'in the news' is not the only criteria to create a wikipedia article."
When Wikipedia got so exclusive and high-brow I'll never know, but at least there's a reliable source for Chuck Norris facts.
Wales disagreed with the deletion proposal and the day after the wedding he contended to keep the article due to its prospective impact on fashion, later citing the "over 100 articles on different Linux distributions" that have "virtually no impact on the broader culture."
Obviously the wedding dress of Kate Middleton has considerable cultural significance in not only fashion, but British history and the general zeitgeist. However, it's not a particularly effective way to even out the site's gender divide. Hell, I'm a dude -- and a lady, thank you -- but I care more about Kate Middleton's wedding dress than pretty much anything else on Wikipedia.