[WikiEN-l] deletionism in popular culture

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 14:07:33 UTC 2009

On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 9:21 AM, Steve Summit <scs at eskimo.com> wrote:
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/wikipedia/6250515/Wikipedia-20-articles-earmarked-for-deletion.html
> When a friend forwarded this I assumed it was going to be a
> depressing read, filled with useful gems which had been lost due
> to the cruel symbiosis between processmongering and deletionism,
> but you know, in these 20 cases at least, I think we got it right.

Actually, there is one in there that strikes me as valid: the shield-mate one. I know I've read about the idea before in multiple contexts, and there's the obvious historical example of the Sacred Band. I don't know if it's *correct*, and it looks like no one has ventured into academia for some sources so deletion is likely, but that's far from a clear case.

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