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

Fred Bauder fredbaud at fairpoint.net
Tue Mar 3 22:39:38 UTC 2009

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> Fred Bauder wrote:
>>> I asked whether raising the notability bar would improve the
>>> overall quality of BLPs. Do we have other ideas for preventative
>>> measures?
>> The start of a poor biography is good news coverage of some
>> incident that occurred to a person, their 15 minutes of fame, or
>> infamy. Any other information about the person is not available, at
>> least not from any reliable published source. To avoid this would
>> require exclusion of biographies regarding persons about whom
>> information about their life, apart from an incident, is
>> unavailable.
> This would exclude a great deal of pornographic actresses and actors.
> Which I don't think is a bad thing, in fact. I'm far from a prude,
> but someone who is solely notable for appearing in a few pornographic
> films seems to contradict what our policy is regarding other inclusion
> categories; and these articles seem to have a higher-than-average
> incident of compliant rate, notably when personal information begins
> to appear on their articles.
> Cary

That would not preclude an article about the movie, if notable, although
only a few films spring to mind. And the name of the actor can be
mentioned but ought not be a redlink, unless the person's private life is
notable and the subject of substantial information published in reliable


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