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

David Goodman dgoodmanny at gmail.com
Thu Jul 19 06:03:24 UTC 2007

As you say, this sort of problem is already covered by existed policy
and established practice, and does not need the policy. But the
proposed policy will remove the positive material as well.

>  > 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?
> --
> - Andrew Gray
>   andrew.gray at dunelm.org.uk
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David Goodman, Ph.D, M.L.S.

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