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Errors

A lot of non-fiction books have factual errors, so I was wondering what you all would think about putting in an "errors" section for these books, listing factual errors as well as errors in captions for pictures (this occassionally happens... For example, The Story of Jim Henson features a picture of Jim Henson with Junior Gorg, but the caption refers to the gorg as a Fraggle). I don't know if we need to bother with spelling and grammar errors, and it might be best not to consider something incomplete as an error (for example, if a book has biographies on various performers but leaves any out, for the timeline section of Jim Henson: The Works, which is comprehensive but isn't actually a complete listing of productions). What do you think? --Minor muppetz 05:42, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

I'm not really comfortable with the idea on the book pages themselves. The only page where we do that is The Value of Imagination, and that's an exception since it's a children's narrative biography, and most of the errors appear to be the author's exercising "creative license" (i.e. just making things up). This could theoretically be useful, but I'd prefer it if they were on a seperate page. An example on format might be to follow this Errata model, as used by several other film/media critics and authors on websites, a seperate annotation of mistakes, in addition to whatever page they have on the book itself. Spelling and grammar errors generally shouldn't be noted, unless they occur in names or show titles, or possibly if there's a sentence or two that just doesn't make sense and needs clarification. And omissions should never be considered errors; they're generally oversights or the result of space limitations, but not being all inclusive isn't the same as perpetuating falsehoods. -- Andrew Leal (talk) 12:21, 11 March 2007 (UTC)

Splitting up

The items in this category don't really fit the description of "books about Jim Henson and the Muppets." They also include:

Should we make a separate category? If so, what would it be? -- Danny (talk) 23:39, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Probably easier to adjust the description. I don't see how all those would fit in together, and I'm not a fan of the "one article in a category" idea. — Scott (talk) 01:35, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
They could all go in a "How To Books" category. -- Danny (talk) 01:39, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
That specificity implies that we could do the same with the other books in the category. Do we really need a whole bunch of sub-categories for non-fiction books? — Scott (talk) 01:42, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
No, I'm saying take those out of Non-Fiction Books, and have How-To Books be a separate subcat of Books. -- Danny (talk) 01:53, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
I see. That could probably work. — Scott (talk) 01:55, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
Then I'm doin' it. -- Danny (talk) 01:55, 23 December 2006 (UTC)
You work it. — Scott (talk) 02:00, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

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