[WikiEN-l] BLP messiness

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 17:36:08 UTC 2007

> For example, a lot of people get knowledge of things from television,
> friends, parents, family, local newspapers, blogs, teachers, etc., all
> of which are unacceptable or difficult to reference.
> Maybe you only learn things from proper sources, but if so, you would
> be the exception.

I know plenty of things that I haven't got from reliable sources. I
don't use that knowledge to write Wikipedia articles, though. Writing
an article based on personal knowledge violates our policy of only
using reliable sources.

We didn't used to worry about sources, which is why we have a large
number of unsourced articles. For those, we have no choice but to find
sources after the fact and add them in. Newly written articles (and
information added to existing articles) should come directly from a
reliable source and that source should be cited at the time the
information is added. We need to stop being so tolerant of people
adding information without citing sources.

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