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Wikipedia already has articles about the most important topics? Edit

I found the introduction fascinating, but I wonder about the sentence "Wikipedia already has articles about the most important topics" at the end of the about section. Since it is well known that demographics of editors here are not representative of the demographics of the world outside Wikipedia, I was wondering if the sentenece is based on unbiased research, or is it purely the opinion of the authors? XOttawahitech (talk) 01:20, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Opinion of the original author, I think. I've changed "the most" to "many". – PartTimeGnome (talk | contribs) 19:38, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
@Ottawahitech and PartTimeGnome: Certainly my personal opinion, rather than something validated by "unbiased research". For such research, how would one define "most important"?
The English Wikipedia does, in fact, define "important": see WP:V and WP:N. Basically, the greater the coverage in books, newspapers, magazines, and other reliable sources, the more important a topic is. And, I think it's reasonable to conclude, the more likely it is to have a Wikipedia article, in some language version of Wikipedia, even if not the English one. There is one clear exception to that positive conclusion: the lack of interest in well-documented historical subjects that occurred prior to the 20th Century (see WP:Recentism.
As for the non-representativeness of the editors here, I really don't think that impacts, much if at all, whether or not Wikipedia has articles about the most important topics. It certainly impacts whether less important articles (the vast majority) are created where justified - women writers, for example. And it certainly impacts the length and completeness of some articles (hence articles about television shows are much better than articles about large businesses). But it doesn't much, if at all, impact whether or not an article exists. (For more on this issue, see Wikipedia:Systemic bias). -- John Broughton (♫♫) 20:07, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
@John Broughton, In regards to: There is one clear exception to that positive conclusion: the lack of interest in well-documented historical subjects that occurred prior to the 20th Century: I believe that, in general, older people have more interest in history , but older editors are not a common demographic at Wikipedia. XOttawahitech (talk) 16:00, 27 July 2013 (UTC)

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