40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists

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1. An editor, usually a woman or a minority group member, writes a stub for a requested article, including references and assertion of notability.
2. That editor leaves the project, typically because of harassment or because someone deleted one of their articles.
3. A deletionist marks the article for deletion.
4. With no one left to get notifications and defend the stub, it gets railroaded through deletion, or worse, speedy deletion.
5. All edit history about the article is removed, a violation of Wikipedia’s transparency mandate.
6. Repeat two million times.

Scary stuff

One thought on “40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists

  1. “All edit history about the article is removed, a violation of Wikipedia’s transparency mandate.” This is the oddest part. Is it just the usual policy to remove edit history along with unnotable articles or whatever? (I guess so servers aren’t clogged with actual bad stuff) and the author thinks that goes against transparency? Or is there some special case?

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