[Foundation-l] Request for your input: biographies of living people

Cary Bass cary at wikimedia.org
Tue Mar 3 18:33:57 UTC 2009

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Ray Saintonge wrote:
>> The English Wikipedia is probably the worst offender.  Until that
>> is sorted out a Wikipedia wide policy is premature.  The
>> qualities at the beginning of you paragraph are important, but a
>> level of common sense also needs to be applied.  In unbalanced
>> criticism any individual comment may be perfectly valid when
>> viewed in isolation.  The problem is with the effect of restating
>> details, or the injudicious use of adjectives in places where
>> they don't enlighten.
I would venture to say that some of our smaller Wikipedias in the
range of 1000 to 10000 articles may be worse offenders, on a
per-biography basis, than the English Wikipedia; given that the
community standards of inclusion are highly varied.  The complaints I
used to receive about the Yiddish Wikipedia, to just cite one example,
were varied, and always involved biographies of people who would fail
inclusion rather well on the English, and most other larger Wikipedias.

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