Learning patterns/Local standards of notability

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Local standards of notability
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problemNew articles written by students or educators are being deleted.
solutionCreate a worklist with the help of an experienced Wikimedian.
creatorKHarold (WMF)
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created on3 January, 2015



What problem does this solve?[edit]

One common reason why new articles written by students or educators may be deleted because they do not meet standards for notability. This can either mean that a topic does not have sufficient coverage from reliable, independent sources over a sustained period of time, or does not meet standards for inclusion in Wikipedia. Sometimes, a topic might have sufficient notability to be included on Wikipedia, but only as a section within another article.[1]


What is the solution?[edit]

Before the beginning of the term
It is recommended that educators work with an experienced Wikimedian to create a worklist of articles for students to choose from that meet local standards for notability.
  • The educator should start by making a list of articles, images or other content that is missing from Wikipedia on the subject that their class will be studying.
  • An experienced Wikimedia volunteer can review this list and give advice on which topics are suitable for students to start or expand.
  • Students may need assistance naming articles appropriately.
  • Post the worklist on the course page.

Hot Tip: Many educators and program leaders have found that academic topics have fewer notability challenges than cultural topics.

What to do if your article has been deleted
Post a message on the talk page of the user who deleted the article.
  • Ask for an explanation of why the article was deleted.
  • If the topic was not notable enough for its own article, ask whether the topic can be included as a section in a larger article.

General considerations[edit]

  • It is important to note that standards for notability can sometimes differ by Wikipedia. If you do not have a strong understanding of rules around notability in the community where students will be contributing work, try to find someone from that community who can review a proposed work list before the course begins.
  • There are a variety of other reasons why new articles may be deleted that you can learn about by reading the deletion policies for English Wikipedia.

When to use[edit]

See also[edit]

Education Toolkit Learning Pattern
This learning pattern is part of the Education Program Toolkit.
Go to the toolkit.

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