Frankly, all these vehicle articles (and especially this particular one) seem to me to be somewhat pointless. There's almost nothing to write about them that's relevant to the Half-Life world, so they'll be stubs forever.
As an example: the F-16 is a "bit player" that shows up in the game... what, twice? It's just scenery, a special effect... Gameplay-wise there's nothing to write about it, because the player never directly interacts with it. If you were to make mention of the aircraft in any Half-Life related context (like a chapter walkthrough), a short sentence describing the jet would be most likely be sufficient, we don't need a whole article for it. And in the rare event you did feel it necessary to link the reader to another page which describes the F-16 in more detail, linking to the Wikipedia article on the it would be a far better bet.
Anyway, I'm not saying we delete them. These pages are reasonably well written and still serve a documentary purpose but (by my standards, anyway) aren't significant enough to deserve their own articles, so perhaps we should combine them all into one, titled List of HECU Vehicles or something similar?
While I'm on this subject I think we should establish some kind of notability criteria to deal with issues like this:
- Pages like this one, which are short, are of limited relevance, and which are unlikely to grow, should be combined with other similar articles (if any) to make a list. If any of these list items see sufficient growth (longer than one paragraph, maybe?), they will then be given their own article, which will be linked to from the list. In this instance the Apache is the only HECU Vehicle article long enough that to deserve it's own article under such rules, so under the "Apache" heading in the list one would put this template:
I'd like to make a policy regarding this to prevent disputes over what exactly is and is not notable enough to have it's own article, but before I do so I'd like to hear what you all have to say. So, thoughts? --MattyDienhoff 04:42, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
- I agree it would probably be best to combine all these articles into one. One day I just had the feeling that I'd like to write about some HECU vehicles, so I did. On a second thought, I could had just made a list about them. Tavisman 08:10, 16 July 2008 (UTC)
- Fair enough, which is why I think creating a policy about things like this would be beneficial in the future. :) --MattyDienhoff 10:15, 16 July 2008 (UTC)