On 5/26/06, Delirium <delirium(a)hackish.org>
When we choose to publish facts on private people
versus public people, for example, is a judgment call about how
"notable" they are---not anything to do with verifiability, as many
private/non-notable people have information about them verifiable from
e.g. phone books.
Actually, I'd dispute that a phone book is a reliable source. It's
pretty easy to get fake information into a phone book. Also I'd say
there usually isn't enough information in a phone book to uniquely
identify a person anyway.
I'd go so far as to say phone books are completely excludable as
Wikipedia sources, regardless of whether the information is on a
public or private person, famous or average, "notable" or
While I acknowledge that most phone book information has very limited
value, but it is easy to imagine situations where that would not be the