There is a discussion going on at Wikipedia regarding certain facets of the on-line encyclopedia’s controversial notability policy. At heart, it’s about where the line should be drawn between notable subjects (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and non-notable ones (Shitty Arnie, my wife’s cat), articles about which should be deleted.
There are two main issues with WP:Notability that need clarification by the community.
- Does every article need reliable third-party sources to prove it is notable, or can notability be inherited from another article?
- To what extent can the General Notability Guideline be overridden by specific notability guidelines such as WP:Notability (music) and WP:Notability (people)?
My utilitarian perspective on Wikipedia makes me an inclusionist: I don’t think notability should be a central concern for Wikipedia. There is no harm in having articles about topics that few readers are interested in: they take up very little storage space each. As for Wikipedia’s “image”, the encyclopedia is far too established to have to worry about that sort of thing.
Dear Reader, if you’re a Wikipedia contributor, why not check out the discussion and make your opinion known?