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Fri, Feb. 17th, 2012, 11:32 am
six_crazy_guys: How wikipedia turned a man into a zombie

So, Edward Groesbeck Voss recently died. This was reported on important mailing lists and on blogs. But we can't say it in his Wikipedia article! After all, these are not reliable!

Then comes along a helpful gnome, who adds Persondata and the Category "Living people". Wait! We can't have that either! That's uncited too!

So basically we have a guy and we are not allowed to state either that he is alive OR that he is dead. What are we to do? Describe him as a Zombie? Schrödinger would be proud.

Sat, Feb. 18th, 2012 10:40 am (UTC)
george1001

I love the comment from yesterday - "Schrödinger would have been proud."

Sat, Feb. 18th, 2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
lots42

How many timeshas Justin Bieber been reported dead on blogs?

Sat, Feb. 18th, 2012 12:59 pm (UTC)
lots42

The article currently has his death date

Sat, Feb. 18th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
six_crazy_guys

Yeah, I came a cross a source after submitting this to the comm.
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Sat, Feb. 18th, 2012 06:08 pm (UTC)
six_crazy_guys

I know. I'm the first to normally agree that RS is one of key policy, but the resulting sequence of event here gets pretty ridiculous: "He's dead!" "Nope, you can't reliably prove that." "He's alive!" "Nope, you can't reliably prove that."

Sat, Feb. 18th, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
infrogmation

Another bit of bureaucracy that became necessary because of the #$^%! asshats who think it's oh so hilarious to vandalize articles to put in false death reports.

Any published obituary notice will do fine. I see the article already has that now and the problem has been resolved.

Death is important. That's why getting it RIGHT is more important than being the first on the web to announce it.

Sun, Feb. 19th, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
zanuda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Possibly_living_people is probably suitable here