Top 10 Wikipedia Pages to Hate for Being Unnecessarily Lengthy

12:00 pm 4 Apr, 2013


An excessively long article may not necessarily be a good one. Brevity and conciseness are actually some of the foundation stones of good repositories of knowledge and information. While an article might try to inculcate everything possible about a topic, it might not be able to help a reader extract the necessary information. Wikipedia is perhaps the first place you look for information these days, and it is thus imperative that its articles are concise and make sense as well. Well sometimes, it just doesn’t. Read below to know more about the top 10 Wikipedia pages you could dislike for being unnecessarily lengthy.

10. List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition monsters:

This Wikipedia page is about the list of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition monsters in role playing games. This page is so lengthy that you would fail to see the utility of this article. Perhaps if separate pages were built and links to for every subtopic were provided in the piece, it would make some sense. It is highly doubtful that anybody would have the endurance to go through this entire article.

List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 2nd edition monsters

9. Wikipedia page for 4 (Beyoncé Knowles album):

This Wikipedia page is about Beyoncé Knowles album called 4. Believe it or not, it has over 20,000 words! It certainly is strange to have an article about an album which is longer than the Wikipedia page on the artist herself. Perhaps the Wikipedia team needs to do a better job at reviewing and optimizing these articles.

Wikipedia page for 4 (Beyoncé Knowles album)

8. Wikipedia page for List of Honorverse characters:

This Wikipedia page gives the list of fictional characters appearing in the stories set in the Honor Harrington universe or Honorverse. These stories appear in over twenty military science fiction novels and anthologies invented and written by David Weber. The page certainly is excessively long and it is highly doubtful that anyone would have the patience at all to actually go through it.

Wikipedia page for List of Honorverse characters

7. Wikipedia page for Deepwater Horizon oil spill:

This page is related to the 2010 BP Oil Spill also known as the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout. One look at the article and you would realize that it is too long to be termed a good article. While it might encompass all the information pertaining to the spill, it is definitely not well articulated and presented in an optimal manner.

Wikipedia page for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

6. Tennis performance timeline comparison (women):

This Wikipedia page pertains to the individual career tennis results of every woman who has reached singles final of at least one Grand Slam, World Hard Court Championships or Olympic tournament (OLY) during her career. The article is certainly not one that could be termed as easily intelligible and decent length. Hence, it figures in this list.

Tennis performance timeline comparison (women)

5. Joachim von Ribbentrop:

Joachim von Ribbentrop was the foreign minister of Nazi Germany from 1938 until 1945. The Wikipedia page on him is so lengthy that it makes you wonder for a moment if this is a biography or an informative article. It could have been written in a crispier manner. It is not surprising though that it is one of the top 100 lengthiest pages on Wikipedia.

Joachim von Ribbentrop und Ante Pavelic

4. List of 7th Heaven episodes:

7th Heaven was an American television drama series that ran for 11 seasons from 1996 to 2007. With a rating of just 4.7/10 in IMDB, it makes you wonder how this series ever ran for 11 long years. That apart, the length of the article in Wikipedia would make you woozy. This page certainly is one of those needlessly detailed and long Wikipedia pages.

List of 7th Heaven episodes

3. Wikipedia page for History of Role-playing video game:

This Wikipedia page is about the history of role playing video games and does not qualify as one of those articles that present information in an easily decipherable manner. Better way to have presented this article would have been by having pages with information on topics pertaining to this and providing all the relevant links in this particular page instead of cluttering the entire article.

Wikipedia page for History of Role-playing video game

2. The Shining (Film):

This page is regarding the 1980 psychological horror film, The Shining. It was produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. But that doesn’t really tell you the reason for it being so long. The page again is definitely not concise. Instead it is yet again excessively lengthy, which is not really a great way to write an article.

The Shining

1. Wikipedia Page for Glossary of cue sports terms:

This page regarding Glossary of cue sports terms in Wikipedia is so long that makes you wonder if you are reading a Wikipedia article or a book. Indeed this is the Wikipedia article which could have been shortened to make it better. How many words this article has? Take a wild guess and you wouldn’t be able to conjecture that there are over 37,000 words in it.

Glossary of cue sports terms