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

White Cat wikipedia.kawaii.neko at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 12:17:44 UTC 2007

On 7/18/07, John Lee <johnleemk at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7/18/07, Andrew Gray <shimgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > There are at least two librarians posting to this list, and both have
> > > supported cautious and informed views about handling these issues.
> >
> > I'm a third one, and for what it's worth I support the use of "cite
> > this *now* or it dies a flaming flaming death" in appropriate cases.
> > [[Demographics of Latvia]] is not an appropriate case. [[Notorious
> > rapists]] is!
> >
> > There are some articles that basically consist of nasty claims, yet
> > have no sources. If we remove all the unsourced and potentially
> > defamatory claims, we get "Joe Smith (b. 1964) is a Canadian" rather
> > than "Joe Smith (b. 1964) is a Canadian criminal best known for
> > molesting several young moose over a seven-year period in 1992", and
> > at that point the article is pretty much worth quietly losing.
> >
> > So I take out the claims, slap a prod tag on it, and let it be. To my
> > delight, this has been mostly successful - only two or three got
> > reverted with whiny edit summaries, and one of them got taken to AFD
> > and deleted anyway (on the grounds that we really, really aren't a sex
> > offenders registry). I strongly feel the encyclopedia was
> > substantially better for doing this, and isn't that the point?
> Absolutely. What I'm afraid of is that this process/PROD will end up being
> used on articles like [[Demographics of Latvia]] simply because there are
> far too many idiot gold farmers out there.
> Johnleemk
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If something is garbage, it should be {{prod}}'ed for being garbage not
because it isn't sourced. Sourced garbage is still garbage.

   - White Cat

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