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

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 01:03:49 UTC 2009

2009/3/4 Fred Bauder <fredbaud at fairpoint.net>:

> How about something a little more helpful?

Uh, I think pointing out obvious problems counts, particularly when
the solution offered is to do the same things that are already
problematic twice as hard.

The hard part is to lead the community to a standard of living bio
that is suitable.

* What makes a valid research source is not something teenagers on a
website can make up off the top of their heads and expect to get
right, but that's what WP:RS is. See the talk page if you don't
believe me. Hubris and enthusiasm don't make competence,
* No guideline or policy will protect against stupidity or malice, and
those that try to will be a millstone for good faith editors. But time
and time again, the community reaction has been to add more policies
and guidelines in the hope these will protect against stupidity or
malice, and blame the good faith editors for not following the bad
guidelines hard enough. See the current arbitration case on the

- d.

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