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Back to the Future timeline on Wikipedia

Have ever sat around with friends and discussed the Back to the Future films? When you get past which one is best, conversation usually turns to the impressively complicated logic that underpins the plot of the entire trilogy.

If you need to refresh your memory there is a terrific explanation of the timeline currently on Wikipedia. But as Cinematical have reported, it does beg the question of whether or not it should actually be there:

There is a massive and mind-bogglingly complete Back to the Future timeline on Wikipedia that is the effort of some seriously fanatical fans. It details events that were cut from the original scripts (for instance, did you know that Doc Brown and Marty met in 1983 when Marty showed up to sweep the Doc’s garage?), the animated series, and meticulous picking apart of the films themselves. It’s a real labor of love, and it’s in danger.

Wikipedia has some pretty strict policies regarding verifiability, and that leaves the BTTF timeline somewhere between limbo and a hard place. Check out the discussion page where people are chiming in on whether to keep the article or not. So far is a resounding “keep it!” but if you want to give your own opinion on the matter, roll up your sleeves and dive right in. Wikipedia is by the people, for the people.

I think I’m in agreement with my Cinematical brethren. It should stay, just because it adds to our knowledge of the film (one of the biggest films of the 80s) even though, on the surface, it may seem trivial. And surely knowledge is what the online encyclopedia is all about?

> The Back to the Future timeline on Wikipedia
> Discuss the issue on the relvant Wikipedia talk page
> Cinematical’s take on ths issue