[WikiEN-l] Proposed {{prod}} for articles with no sources

David Goodman dgoodmanny at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 04:26:11 UTC 2007

A friend who supports that proposal defended it to me earlier today,
saying, that WP will be better for it 4 or 5 years down the road,
after all the deleted articles have been rewritten and restored. My
view remains that there are other encyclopedia to work on more suited
to that attitude.

Anyone can mark more unsourced articles in 30 minutes than a hundred
people  could source properly in 30 days. (Of course, it is possible
to put some sort of source into an article rather fast, if one accepts
the outdated and the over-general.)  There is a great deal of
questionable material in WP -- perhaps it would be wiser to source it
first  --properly and carefully, article by article -- before entering
into large scale campaigns to redo the whole thing.

On 7/18/07, Jossi Fresco <jossifresco at mac.com> wrote:
> Please see:
> [[Wikipedia:Requests for verification]]
> http://tinyurl.com/ypmy36
> A proposal designed as a process similar to {{prod}} to delete
> articles without sources if no sources are provided in 30 days.
> It reads:
> " It has been suggested that this article might not meet Wikipedias's
> core content policies Verifiability and/or No original research. If
> references are not cited within a month, the disputed information
> will be removed.
> If you can address this concern by sourcing please edit this page and
> do so. You may remove this message if you reference the article.
> The article may be deleted if this message remains in place for 30
> days. (This template was added: XXX XX 2007.)
> If you created the article, please don't take offense. Instead,
> improve the article so that it is acceptable according to
> Verifiability and/or No original research."
> Some editors see this as necessary to improve Wikipedia as a whole
> and assert that this idea is supported by policy, and others ( me
> included) see this as a negative thing for the project with the
> potential of loss of articles that could be easily sourced.
> I would encourage your comments in that page's talk.
> -- Jossi
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David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.

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