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Submissions/BLP update on EN Wiki (from deletion sprees to sticky prods)

From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010


This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.

Title of the submission
deletion sprees to sticky prods - What has been happening to Biographies of Living People on EN wiki, and what can be learned from it?
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Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

The last year on EN wiki has seen a lot of focus on Biographies of Living People, especially the tens of thousands in en:wiki/Category:All_unreferenced_BLPs. We've had admins deleting hundreds of articles out of process, an amnesty, a three layer RFC, a major drive to delete or reference thousands of articles, and the new sticky prod deletion process - as EN wiki no longer allows the creation of new unreferenced BLPs.

This panel will bring together several different perspectives on this, panellists will make short positioning statements followed by a panel discussion responding to questions from the audience.

Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)


Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?

Very probably

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Panel Chair:

James Forrester

Panel members:

Hopefully a full range from someone who participated in or endorsed the January deletion spree to a member of the Article Rescue Squadron and of Unreferenced Biographies of Living Persons

  1. WereSpielChequers
  2. Kim Bruning
  3. TBC
  4. Coren

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  1. --Church of emacs 16:32, 17 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  2. guillom 21:21, 17 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Headbomb 05:05, 18 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Eloquence 02:17, 21 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Jodi.a.schneider 02:46, 21 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Aphaia 04:07, 21 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  7. --DR 11:32, 25 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Kocio 11:41, 2 June 2010 (UTC)[reply]