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Within the scope of speedy deletion criterion A7, an article can be deleted if it's about a real person, an individual animal, a group or corporation, event, or Web content, and it does not contain a credible claim of significance or importance. This essay strives to provide a comprehensive overview of common such claims, similar to Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Common outcomes.

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Common claims of significance or importanceEdit

The following is a list of common claims of significance or importance that, if credible, may be sufficient to pass this threshold. Note that "significance or importance" is intentionally a lower criterion than "notability", and that "credible" does not mean "proven".

All subjectsEdit

  • Article contains an assertion of coverage of any kind in at least one independent reliable source.[1] This includes bare assertions of offline sources, e.g. books, magazines etc. (use Special:BookSources to verify the existence of books). If the reliability of a source is unclear, erring on the side of caution may be preferable.
  • Has multiple Google News hits that cover this subject explicitly for the reasoning above. (An article that only passes this kind of test might meet A7's wording, although not its spirit, since per WP:FIXTHEPROBLEM it's preferable to add the source one can find easily rather than to delete the article).
  • Has multiple Google Books hits that cover this subject explicitly and where the publisher is unambiguously independent and not self-published (this weeds out self-promotional articles that cite books published on vanity presses such as iUniverse and Lulu)
  • Claims winning one or multiple potentially notable awards or titles or participated in a notable competition in a noteworthy way

PeopleEdit

All peopleEdit

  • Has a strong association with a notable individual, such as a close relative or colleague.[2][3]
Notes:
Simply being associated with someone notable is not necessarily sufficient, however. A sufficient claim of significance/importance generally exists if a casual reader can expect to find some information about the subject somewhere on Wikipedia, albeit not necessarily in a stand-alone article. In such cases alternatives to deletion such as redirecting and/or merging the information to the article about the notable individual may be preferable to deletion, and discussion of the subject at articles for deletion is preferred to speedy deletion.
As usual, especially when it comes to articles about living people, editors should utilize common sense in determining if a relationship meets the A7 bar, while remembering that erring on the side of caution and inviting a wider discussion is preferable in most cases.
  • Any claim listed at WP:BIO[a]
  • While not strictly a claim of significance or importance itself, biographies of people who died >100 years ago are likely the result of some coverage in reliable sources somewhere. As such, articles about ancient Romans, Japanese samurai or similar subjects usually should not be tagged for A7 speedy deletion.

ActorsEdit

  • Played a major role in a notable film or TV programme or series
    If, per WP:NACTOR #1, notability is presumed if the subject has played major roles in multiple notable films or TV programmes, it follows logically that the lower standard of significance is met if the subject has done so in one.
  • Any claim listed at WP:NACTOR[a]

JournalistsEdit

AthletesEdit

  • Played for a well-known notable team[3]
  • Has won a championship or taken part in a notable championship in a noteworthy way
  • Any claim listed at WP:ATHLETE[a]

MusiciansEdit

  • Is or was part of a notable band
    If per WP:MUSICBIO #6 notability is presumed if the subject has been a member of two notable ensembles, the lower standard of significance is certainly met if they have been a member of one such band. Also, even if they are not notable, per WP:ATD-R and WP:FAILN there is a valid target for redirecting to. Even WP:MUSICBIO says that members of a notable band are redirected to the band article if not independently notable.
  • Is or was associated with a notable musician[4]
  • Is or was signed to a label with a Wikipedia entry or to a label that is part of such a label[4]
  • Claims to have charted in national charts, no matter which country[4]
  • Has received airplay on larger radio stations
  • Has been a featured act at a notable event[5]
  • Has won a notable award[3]
  • Has a musical recording that was certified "gold" or similar
  • Any claim listed at WP:MUSICBIO[a]

BusinessEdit

  • Is CEO or another high ranking employee of a notable company[3]
  • Founded or otherwise helped start a notable company[3]
  • Invented or pioneered a notable product / method[3]

PoliticiansEdit

  • Holds (possibly) notable office and/or position
    In this day and age, there is unlikely to be any elected politician who has not been covered in reliable sources, even if only on a local level. As such, those articles should not be speedy-deleted.[6] If the person is non-notable, oftentimes the article can be redirected to the one about their position.
  • Any claim listed at WP:POLITICIAN[a]

Computers and WebsitesEdit

  • Created notable webpage[3]
  • Created notable webcomic[3]
  • Develops or has developed notable software by themselves or has been a major contributor to such software[3]

ArtistsEdit

AcademicsEdit

  • Is a professor at a notable university or a teacher at an institute of higher learning with an reputation in excellence
    In most countries, professorships are only awarded to the most deserving academics,. This is the reason why articles for deletion discussions about such biographies have a 50-50 chance of ending in keep. As such, current consensus[7] is that being a professor at any notable university indicates significance. This does not apply to professors at universities known to have very low standards although the burden of proof is on the tagging user. Similarly, being a non-professor teacher at Harvard, Cambridge etc. usually indicates significance since those institutions are not known for employing sub-par academics.
  • Claims to be an expert in a particular field of study
  • Any claim listed at WP:NACADEMIC[a]

Royalty and nobilityEdit

  • Has a credible assertion of being a Duke, Marquess, Earl, Viscount, or Baron or other equivalent titles on the Peer of the Realm (ideally the title should appear in a Google search; this excludes obviously made-up titles such as Screaming Lord Sutch, 3rd Earl of Harrow)
  • Has a plausible claim to the throne of an existent monarchy

OrganizationsEdit

BandsEdit

  • Has a notable band member
    If per WP:MUSICBIO #6 notability exists if the ensemble has two notable members, the lower standard of significance is certainly met if it only has one. Also, even if they are not notable, per WP:ATD-R and WP:FAILN there is a valid target for redirecting to.
  • Is support band for a notable musician or otherwise associated with them[4]
  • Is signed to a label with a Wikipedia entry or to a label that is part of such a label[4]
  • Claims to have charted in national charts, no matter which country[4]
  • Has received airplay on larger radio stations
  • Has or claims to have won one or more notable awards[4][3]
  • Has been a featured act at a notable event[5]
  • Has a musical recording that was certified "gold" or similar
  • Any claim listed at WP:BAND[a]

CompaniesEdit

  • Has a notable founder or CEO (or equivalent title, such as Managing Director)[3]
  • Produces one or more notable product(s)[3]
  • Is subsidiary or other child/family company to a notable company
    While WP:NOTINHERITED, WP:INHERITORG, and WP:INHERITWEB are useful arguments in a deletion discussion determining the subject's notability, consensus has so far been that they do not apply to A7.[8][3] In most cases such articles can be redirected or merged per WP:ATD and WP:FAILN if the subject is itself not notable.

Sport clubs and teamsEdit

  • Has played in a notable league (any sport)[3]
  • Won notable trophy (any sport)[3]
  • Any claim listed at WP:CLUB

Other organizationsEdit

Web contentEdit

EventsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Per discussions at WT:CSD (see Archive 38, Archive 44, Archive 45, Archive 52) any article that contains at least a link to coverage in non-local newspapers is usually exempt from A7, unless it's crystal-clear that there won't be more coverage than that.
  2. ^ Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2017 August 10
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Per this RfC, a strong connection with a notable entity indicates significance. The RfC urged editors to apply commonsense when considering whether a connection implied significance.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g See lengthy discussion at WT:CSD, Archive 43.
  5. ^ a b See discussion at WT:CSD, Archive 42.
  6. ^ See discussion at WT:CSD, Archive 36.
  7. ^ See discussions at WT:CSD Archive 37, Archive 39 and Archive 42.
  8. ^ See discussion at WT:CSD, Archive 43.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k These are claims of the higher standard of notability, and therefore exceed the significance standard needed to survive A7 deletion.

See alsoEdit