Inclusion into Wikipedia


Congratulations to Will Dockery Carpenter for being accepted for inclusion in Wikipedia. Although Dr. Carpenter’s “article” or “list” in Wikipedia was submitted a year-and-a-half ago, it had to go through a verifiable phase and a period during which time it could be challenged for legitimacy. Since the “article” and the author have met the qualifications for inclusion, further “verifiable” information can be added.

Below are some of the basic Wikipedia guidelines and requirements for inclusion:

“Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, encyclopedia.” It is the twenty-first century’s version of printed sources such as Encyclopedia Britannica. “Each entry in Wikipedia must be about a topic that is encyclopedic.”

“A topic should meet Wikipedia’s standards of ‘notability,’ which generally means that the topic must have been covered in mainstream media or major academic journal sources that are independent of the article’s subject.”

“Wikipedia intends to convey only knowledge that is already established and recognized. A claim that is likely to be challenged requires a reference to a ‘reliable source.’ All articles must strive for verifiable accuracy, citing reliable, authoritative sources, especially when the topic is on living persons.” Unverifiable or improperly sourced content may result in the removal of an article.

“If a topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to be suitable for a stand-alone article or list. An article may be proposed for deletion months or even years after its creation or recreated whenever new evidence supports its existence as a stand-alone article.”

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