As the person who got the Timelines page deleted, I'd like to say some things.
I always saw Timelines as an "exclusive" thing, meaning that fewer people will be familiar with it, compared to other Transformers toylines. It's not like you can expect to simply pick up any Timelines figure at your local Toys r Us. Plus, the only non-Benson Yee review for a Timelines comic (well, the only one that was used for the article) mentioned that non transfans should not even bother with Timelines. So, all in all, it does seem terribly unsuitable for a general purpose
encyclopedia. By the way, why would anybody use WP for Transformers research anyway? It seems that Wikipedia's TF project isn't something people should take seriously.
Also, the page was frequently sabotaged and harassed by tfwiki and Allspark member Blackout, who runs a series of sock puppet accounts on Wikipedia.
No, the page wasn't "frequently sabotaged and harassed" by Blackout/Editor XXV/Divebomb/whatever. He did do some stuff, but I don't recall him attacking the Timelines page. In fact, if you look at the first "Articles for Deletion" page for Timelines, he voted to "keep" the article. If he just stayed out of it, the article would have been deleted even more quickly.
Also, I don't see where someone would get the impression that Shattered Glass has "become a pop culture staple". There doesn't seem to be any Shattered Glass memes on Knowyourmeme.com, and the TV Tropes page does mention that most people aren't even aware that some of the stories on the fan club website are set in the SG universe.
One thing that needs to be recognized. Wikipedia is a generic encyclopedia. To non-Transformers fans, is a character like Slag notable? I'm not going to say that it's not, but I can easily see why most character-specific entries are being considered "not notable enough" for such a generic site.
That's how it works. As Khajidha explained it over at WP. Although it seems that Khajidha wasn't even sure that Optimus Prime was notable
Also, back on the Timelines topic, see this
. Seriously, the fact that there are many, many, many things that Wikipedia won't cover is one of the main reasons other wikis exist. If not the biggest reason.
Edited by Item42, 07 January 2011 - 04:26 PM.