[WikiEN-l] Defeat: Notability is Policy

Philip Sandifer snowspinner at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 23:30:14 UTC 2008

Those of you who have been following the strange life of "notability"  
on Wikipedia as it evolved from a series of debates on VfD about  
deletion philosophy to an ill-defined word used to bite newbies, and  
then to a series of ill-defined guidelines used to bite newbies will  
be saddened to know that the last firewall on this issue has now been  
breached, and notability has been enshrined at the level of policy  
instead of guideline.

Despite a number of objections, consensus seems to be forming on WP:V  
to include the line "If no reliable, third-party sources can be found  
for an article topic, Wikipedia should not have an article on it." in  
the policy. This line may be familiar in its more-cited form, "A topic  
is presumed to be notable if it has received significant coverage in  
reliable sources that are independent of the subject," from WP:N.

So there you go. The process that is most often used to generate bad  
press, hurt feelings, and upset newbie contributors is now enshrined  
as policy.

Go us?


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