Talk:Biographies of living people

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Failed proposal?[edit]

One may infer, from the fact that all discussion of this proposal has been removed (archived), that the proposal has failed. It may be noted that Meta itself does not ordinarily have the type of content pages that raise issues addressed by the board's resolution on writing about living people, and that Meta does not seem, in practice, to be in a position to interpret or enforce the resolution for the other Wikimedia projects. Perhaps it is time to move this proposal to Category:Archived policy proposals. ~ Ningauble 16:25, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Commons flap[edit]

In reference to arguments currently taking place at w:User talk:Jimbo Wales and Commons:Commons:Village pump, I should note that this proposal (though I still oppose it) at least does not apply to Commons.

"Any inaccuracies presented as proven fact about a living person which cannot be verified must quickly be corrected or immediately removed unless a suitably identified and reliable source can be found." -- the author of an uploaded PDF or other text-containing document is the source

"Suitability for the purpose of this policy is judged according to each project's local standards. This does not prevent editors from reporting inaccuracies by a third party; whether or not such reporting is itself a misrepresentation of facts depends on how it is presented by editors." -- in other words, the very most that would ever be required is a disclaimer.

To repeat what I said in the former discussion: The Obama Nation, once #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, has been described as "a political 'attack book' containing smears, falsehoods, and innuendo". Against a living person. But if someone decided to remove it from the shelves of the local public library, would you describe that as an act of maturity? Commons has a similar mission: to archive material, not to judge it. Wnt 05:21, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

I agree with this comment by Wnt. Comparing this to the example of proposing to steal books from a library, is particularly striking. -- Cirt (talk) 06:22, 28 May 2011 (UTC)