Ah yes, the infobox. I am a big fan. These boxes come in handy when I only have seven seconds to read an article. My absolute favorite parts of the infobox are the amazing parameters that can be included. For once, I would like to see each parameter filled in with each tiny fragment of information. So I made one about myself.
You are probably familiar with the infoboxes for entertainers, gaming, movies, cities, et cetera et cetera.
But DYK....that there are infoboxes for:
- CHERUB, a series of young adult spy novels by author Robert Muchamore, about how the British Security Service employs children, predominantly orphans, under the age of 17, as secret agents? There are actually 14 different infoboxes for this one author.[attention spam hunters]
- Four different Dungeons & Dragons infoboxes for the classes of characters? (But what template do you use if an entity is a deity and a creature?)
- Hill of Rome used 15 times, but I thought there were only seven hills of Rome...?
- Heteroisoform? Which probably needs an article so we all can know what it might be.
- Yoga schools?
- Water buffalo breed?
- Craters on Venus?
- Volcanic hotspot?
- Artificial fly (not a fake bug)?
- Telephone area code?
- ...that the baseball biography infobox is used over 22,000 times?
- ...that the football (soccer) biography infobox is used over 100,000 times?
- ...that the cricketter biography infobox is used over 16,000 times?
I think infoboxes have a firm future because of our ever decreasing attention span. And it would take little effort to commercialize infoboxes by transforming them into trading cards. Instead of detailed arguments about pogs, we will hear: "I'll give you one Joe Negri for a Phil Ochs, a Melissa Greener and Caroll Spinney". I already have mine in a binder and inserted into those dandy plastic sleeves. I anticipate forming a massive collection. I can see my children at the estate sale after my death trying to unload my infobox/biography trading cards off on some clueless investor who trades in infobox futures.