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What is a defining characteristic? Does it matter that en.Wikipedia editors write and mark as the “best of Wikipedia” articles that are about organisms, but the editors don’t know what a defining characteristic is?

An apple is round and red.

Does it matter that I have not said it is a fruit? What about pome? What about the rose family?

A cherry is round and red.

Does it matter that I have not said it is a fruit? What about drupe? What about the rose family?

A strawberry is a red berry.

Does it matter that I have not said it is a fruit? What about berry? What about the rose family?

A raspberry is a red berry.

Does it matter that I have not said it is a fruit? What about berry? What about the rose family?

Defining characteristics make it clear to you and to others exactly what red fruit you are talking about. Shipwreck island, scurvy: You are allergic to apples. Our source of vitamin C is strawberries. But you can’t eat round and red fruit.

Scurvy is nasty stuff.

The very best of en.Wikipedia is apparently being written and certified by a group of editors who don’t fundamentally understand how to write about what they are writing about.

But an organism is not defined by a random collection of facts. Taxa are distinguished from other taxa when scientists decide that some characteristics uniquely define them as separate from other closely related taxa. Then enough scientists agree and the taxon is distinguished from other taxa. Sometimes the scientists almost agree. These defining characteristics then follow this taxon around everywhere, until any one creates an en.Wikipedia article about the taxon and redefines it as a random collection of facts. And, often, factoids. Then the organism is redefined, courtesy of en.Wikipedia, as some vague assortment of facts and factoids that may or may not distinguish it from other organisms and may or may not gather it with similar organisms.

The very best of en.Wikipedia does include an original and unique method of describing taxa. Any one can and does edit and create a taxon defined by whatever random facts can be gathered together and posted to an article.

i am going to aggregate me some fruit

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