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The disappearing red links!

SteveHFisyh September 25, 2015 User blog:SteveHFisyh

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For those who haven't guessed by now, since I have access to a special page that shows me where the missing articles are (the "red links"), I progressively worked on this wiki by starting with articles that linked to as many pages as possible. Soon, there were no red links that apppeared more than three times. After a little while more, I got rid of all the red links that appeared on two pages and vanquished most of those.

However, for the past several months (don't ask how many), most of the articles I have been working on are "orphans" - those where there is only a single missing link. For the most part, I just added a link to Wikipedia or IMDB, although I filled out an infobox for characters. There used to be well over a thousand of these, but since I can display up to 500 at a time, a few days ago, I decided to see how many were left.

I am pleased to report that the answer is 386. Many of those are 'dead' - they are deleted articles, or links on personal pages, or ones that are just plain misspelled. 

However, the remaining ones are getting harder to fill in. They are often articles that don't exist at all on Wikipedia so I will have to do some real editing instead of linking. 

The upshot of this is that this Wiki will probably top out at about 7,000 articles, more or less. I also won't be concentrating on empty links so much and instead will concentrate on about 1,700 stubs. 

Does that mean we're finished? Not at all! We're still going to upgrade one article a month (I'm most proud of MRI), and a surprising number of episode articles don't have a cast list. As always, feel free to help out to the best of your ability. You don't have to be House, but at least be Chase!

SteveHFisyh (talk) 02:07, September 25, 2015 (UTC)

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