What To Know About Wikipedia Eligibility

by Melissa Norman
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Are you thinking about how to create a Wikipedia page? Since every brand and business knows about its benefits, more and more B2B and B2C are focusing on having their own Wikipedia page. Well, it’s not rocket science. For a page, the first thing you need is Notability. This is the first thing you need to “qualify” before taking further steps to own a Wikipedia page.

WHAT IS NOTABILITY?

“Notability” is significant when a new Wikipedia page is developed. Without Notability, a new page will be deleted on the spot.

Multiple businesses and individuals qualify however do not have a page. Once an entity qualifies for owning enough Notability, the next step is to develop the page. But how do you reach a Wikipedia page? Let us guide you and take you through the four essential steps.

  • Notability Test
  • Multiple References
  • References have a Wikipedia Page
  • Bad Wikipedia Sources

We’ve offered references for further reading at the bottom. Wikipedia takes around 1,000 pages regularly. Who has the authority to remove Wikipedia Pages? It’s the bots and people. The bots have familiar names as ClueBot and Huggle. But why do pages get removed frequently? It is because editors make unintentional mistakes, mainly that focus the notability requirements and spamming. Our blog is not an answerable paragraph to detailed questions, but instead, we will give you a clear story about qualifications for a Wikipedia page that won’t be deleted (Probably).

1) IS YOUR BRAND NOTABLE ENOUGH FOR THE WIKIPEDIA INCLUSION?

On this core, Wikipedia aims for reliability. A Wikipedia Page is written on a person that needs to be notable. Multiple brands think they are notable, but they are not. Should there be articles written about your business or you? Well, an article that has your name is not good enough. These articles need to be “about” you as its core subject. These types of articles are known as “Interviews,” or a “Biography,” or an article written by a less famous author.

So, consider these two things,

  • Does it have your name or your brand in the title of the article?
  • Are the article on a website that is famous and most people have heard about it?

Wikipedia has its way:

“If a topic has received a massive coverage in the authentic and reliable sources that are independent in the subject, it is presumed to be approved for a stand-alone article or a list.”

Some subjects in Wikipedia have their guidelines. They are called “Subject-specific notability guidelines.”

2) ARE THERE NUMEROUS FAMOUS REFERENCES AVAILABLE ONLINE?

The quality is important, and so is the quantity.

For a Wikipedia page, you need more than a single reference to create a page. Far more, for instance, a biography of an existing person (We assume that if you are reading this, you are alive) demands web references for most but not for all. Wikipedia editors are very selective about this.

For instance, a statement stated as “Vanessa Smith is the CEO of Flower & Décor and was born in Texas on December 30th.” Would demand one or single strong and verified references on those facts.

The acceptable references can be the genuine public birth records on an official or government website or an article about Vanessa smith as a well-known and respected publication, stuff like this, etc.

An example of this can be Elon Musk’s page, which has multiple references. One of the references is from “Wired.com, which is a well-known tech publication.

> THE PRIMARY VS. RELIABLE SOURCES

What Is A Primary Wikipedia Source?
The primary sources cannot be taken for the new Wikipedia page. As per Wikipedia, a primary source is an original material near to an event and is often about an account written by people who are directly involved with the subject. A self-published website which is about you or the desired brand is not acceptable by Wikipedia as a reference.”

One of the example of a primary source is the subject’s website. It could be a paid press release or proxy statements along with the patents, etc.

> WHAT IS A RELIABLE WIKIPEDIA SOURCE?

A genuine source acts like a third-party, moreover, published source that holds a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy. These are usually known as the “Secondary sources.” The examples are “Reliable Wikipedia sources that include the reasonable and well-known and reliable news websites.” The scholarly articles hold value. However, articles that cite scholarly articles are better.

> IS THE WIKIPEDIA A RELIABLE SOURCE FOR THE WIKIPEDIA?

The answer is no. Wikipedia itself stated, “That Wikipedia is not a reliable source.” It also stated the following, “Wikipedia is not a reliable source for citations elsewhere on Wikipedia. Because anyone can edit it at any time, any information it contains at a particular time could be vandalism, a work in progress, or just plain wrong.”

3) DOES THE REFERENCES NEED TO HAVE A WIKIPEDIA PAGE?

If you want to have your own Wikipedia Page, you should have Notability, as discussed before. To have the Notability, you need to have references, ideally, for those websites used as references and have their own Wikipedia articles. When the publications used for references already have their own Wikipedia page editors, they are more likely to see reliable references. Also, keep in mind that a mere mention of the business in a referenced publication with its own Wikipedia article is not strong enough – the referenced article should be “About” the subject and not just a running event.

A publication that is on it’s own Wikipedia page is reliable but it is not always the same case. Let’s take a practical example of Fox News. In August 2020, Wikipedia stopped calling Fox News a reliable and authentic source.

In its quote words, it said, “A panel of Wikipedia administrators in July declared that Fox News would no longer be considered “generally reliable” in its reporting on politics and science, and in those areas “should be used with caution to verify contentious claims.

Throughout many circumstances, however, the existence of a Wikipedia page for a publication indicates that it is authentic and credible.

4) THE REFERENCES NEED TO HAVE A WIKIPEDIA PAGE?

You cannot be weak or “Bad” references sources for the Wikipedia you wish to develop. The bad references have the following:

  • The self-published materials on your own website
  • The Fox News
  • All websites with user-generated content
  • Tabloid Journalism
  • Amazon Reviews
  • Reddit
  • The Blogging websites
  • Answers.com
  • International Business Times
  • IMDB
  • WikiLeaks
  • ResearchGate
  • Occupy Democrats
  • Medium.com
  • Quora
  • PR newswire

more exhaustive list….

> SHOULD YOU DEVELOP YOUR OWN WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE?

The Wikipedia rules, most importantly say, that you should not develop your own page. This would be taken as a “Conflict of interest”. It is practically difficult to write your own page, and this is because it’s difficult to be objective about your own self. There is a certain “Smell” in self-written pages that makes the pages unusable.

However, here is one big reason why you should not write your own page as maybe they’ll remove it, and creating a Wikipedia page for the second time is very difficult.

Wikipedia is not easy as it looks. The persons or people who took it down will be watching. So even if you are worried about false information on an existing article, think before doing it to yourself. Hire professionals who know how to create a page since that won’t be taken down or if taken down, it will be back without letting you be flagged.

WIKIPEDIA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q1: Are you eligible for a Wikipedia page?

There are four things to remember when you are evaluating Wikipedia eligibility. One of the most important is, “Are you notable.”? Are there multiple references about your brand or you online? Do the references themselves own have a Wikipedia page? Lastly, are the references from notable sources? If No is the answer to all these four questions, you are not eligible for a Wikipedia page.

Q2: Can I make a Wikipedia page about myself?

You can own a Wikipedia page about yourself, but you shouldn’t. Wikipedia rules state you should not create your own page. As a result, doing this would bring a conflict of interest. If you decide to write on anyway, it gets taken, and creating another one is difficult because your name will be flagged.

Q3: Why Wikipedia remove the pages?

Wikipedia editors and bots every day take down about 1,000 pages. They remove pages because they are not well-sourced, are mainly biased, or have promotional content.

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