[WikiEN-l] Defeat: Notability is Policy

Charlotte Webb charlottethewebb at gmail.com
Mon Feb 4 19:46:14 UTC 2008

On 2/3/08, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 03/02/2008, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
> > The hypothesis can be verifiable.
> In which case, we're talking about the notability of a hypothesis, not
> of a galaxy or an ETI. The hypothesis could have an article, but would
> a galaxy that's only claim to notability is being mentioned in this
> hypothesis warrant anything more than a redirect to the ariticle on
> the hypothesis?

Rather than "notable" or "verifiable", which obviously don't apply to
hypothetics, "attributable" is the word you gentlemen are looking for.
If we have an article about a hypothetical galaxy, it is (a)
garden-variety sci-fi, or (b) the pipe dream of a leading

In neither case would said galaxy necessarily exist, nor would it be
worth mentioning if not directly attributed to somebody who might know
what the fuck they're talking about.

In no case should it be presented "in-universe" (haha, sorry) as an actual fact.

> Well, we need to stick to the observable universe, certainly -
> anything outside the observable universe is causally disconnected from
> us, so is certainly not notable.

Well, that's a bloody arbitrary place to draw the line. ;D

> The total number of galaxies in the observable universe is in
> the billions, certainly.

Carl Sagan would have gotten a right chuckle out of Wikipedia if only
he'd lived to see it.


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