Talk:The Newsroom (U.S. TV series)

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Copyright concerns[edit]

Were the concerns that led to the copyright tag regarding the long quote from the first episode? I have trimmed that down and to me the page looks OK now. Or do you deem further trimming to be necessary? ~ UDScott (talk) 16:45, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

Actually, upon further review - maybe the Valentine's Day dialogue piece from episode 5 could be removed - it is a bit long too. ~ UDScott (talk) 16:47, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
The length of dialogue in that episode, and a speech longer than the Gettysburg Address, is what first caught my eye. I decided to tag it when I saw that more than one episode had lenghthy dialog.

My concern is really more about quality than copyright violation. (Cf. my remark at Template talk:Checkcopyright that we should avoid giving the impression that copyright is the only reason to tag an article for trimming.)

In general, I am dissatisfied with what looks like a trend at Wikiquote toward including longer and longer dialogues from television and film. WQ:LOQ suggests ten lines of dialogue for a single "quote" is reasonable, but this is unheard of in other compendia of quotations. Compare this to the way other dramatic media are treated here and in the wider world, for example with the widely quoted plays of Shakespeare:  It is very common to quote a single character line (which may be more than one pentameter line of poetry), and it is not too uncommon to quote two lines together, but it is extremely rare to quote more than three lines except in a work of literary criticism/appreciation.

Lengthy dialogues (not to say entire scenes) seem more appropriate for a fan appreciation site than for a compendium of quotations. I think that the trend hurts the quality of Wikiquote, and that WQ:LOQ inadvertently invites contributors to focus on light drama and extended repartee rather than brilliant quotes. ~ Ningauble (talk) 18:52, 24 July 2012 (UTC)