[WikiEN-l] NPOV majorities/minorities

Fred Bauder fredbaud at ctelco.net
Tue May 2 20:42:49 UTC 2006

On May 2, 2006, at 10:25 AM, Cheney Shill wrote:

> This regards Undue weight part of NPOV:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ 
> Wikipedia:Neutral_point_of_view#Undue_weight
> There still seems to be a great deal of ambiguity, even among  
> admins, as to what qualifies as a majority.  So here's a simple  
> example to evaluate as a starting point.
> *View Moo has 3 sources that support it.
> *View Bark has 15 sources that support it.
> Which has the majority?  Should either be be dropped completely?   
> Should either be reduced to a footnote or an "other views" section  
> deeper within the article? Again, for simplicity, all the sources  
> are equally reliable, reputable, and prominent.
> Other than all or most of the sources of either being non-notable  
> or biased, are there any circumstances in which you would reverse  
> the majority/minority or consider Moo and Bark equal?

Sometimes the quality of the sources may differ substantially with  
one source representing scholarly opinion, the other reflecting  
popular culture.


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