Wikipedia, the online dictionary and research web site utilized by millions of people every day, is considering deleting the entry associated with Kermit Gosnell, the infamous abortion practitioner on trial for murder.
“This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia’s deletion policy,” a Wikipedia headline reads in red at the top of the Gosnell entry. “Please share your thoughts on the matter at this article’s entry on the Articles for deletion page.”
The Wikipedia note instructs its web site editors, “Feel free to edit the article, but the article must not be blanked, and this notice must not be removed, until the discussion is closed.”
Wikipedia’s deletion policy includes 14 reasons for deletion ranging from “2.Copyright violations and other material violating Wikipedia’s non-free content criteria” to “9.Articles that breach Wikipedia’s policy on biographies of living persons” to articles about hoaxes.
One of the reasons “this article is being considered for deletion?”
According to one Wikipedia editor, “His case has not received national attention. It is a local multiple-murder story in Pennsylvania, nothing more.”
“I think this page should be deleted for several reasons. First, it is about a living, alleged perpetrator. Per WP:BIO, “Editors must give serious consideration to not creating an article on an alleged perpetrator when no conviction is yet secured.” Second, this person does not meet other notability criteria. His case has not received national attention. It is a local multiple-murder story in Pennsylvania, nothing more,” the editor writes.
To potential that Wikipedia might delete the Gosnell entry created quite a stir on Twitter today.
“Huh. The Kermit Gosnell’s Wikipedia has been “considered for deletion”. Odd for one of the biggest mass murderers in US history,” wrote @PoliticalMath….
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