Are free-space profiles limited in their word spacing?

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I recently created a Free-space profile for the noble Trissino family that I have been working on and am looking through the example profiles and find that most of what is written is short and to the point.


Would I be able to add a narrative about centuries worth of feuds to these pages or should I simply link to better explanations for them?


asked in Policy and Style by Michael Hruska G2G6 Mach 5 (50.5k points)

2 Answers

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I have a Free-space page with a number of fairly lengthy biographies, each one linking back to the individual's profile. Is this the sort of thing you are looking for?
answered by Peter Knowles G2G6 Mach 6 (65.5k points)
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Hi Mike,

You can certainly add any amount of original content (within technical limits) to a freespace page, but I would suggest that there is also value in brevity.

Technically, there is an article size limit on all wikis - the default is about 2MB which is quite a bit of text (without considering formatting overhead it is extremely roughly 1000 letter sized pages of typed content) - I am not sure if that default was edited here on Wikitree.

With that said, for those few people still using low-speed connections (or some mobile devices that have a harder time with large pages) loading a 2MB page can be a painful experience. On Wikipedia the guideline is that articles larger than 200kb should be split into sub-articles if possible.

Interaction wise, consider that many people on average visit a webpage for less than a minute, skim, and move on. I imagine pages on Wikitree get a more time per visit than the average webpage, but there is still a limit on how much info most people will read through, of course also depending on why they arrived at the page, the layout, 'readability', and writing style of the content, etc.

All this said, I do think a well written narrative is generally more valuable than just linking to other sites; for example, a freespace page can be linked to the profile of each individual mentioned, which in addition to allowing you to find out more about the individuals also helps keep of track of which people mentioned do not have profiles yet.
answered by Rob Ton G2G6 Pilot (272k points)

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