Wikipedia:Criteria for notoriety


May 29, 2022

The notoriety criteria, also called notability criteria or even relevance criteria, are recommendations approved by the community and aimed at establishing which types of articles should be considered relevant, in order to guide further discussions on article elimination. is that a topic is presumed to be notable if it has received significant coverage from reputable sources independent of the subject matter. However, it is also assumed to be notable if it meets some criteria for thematic notoriety. The set of criteria is defined as sufficient: if one of them is fulfilled and the existence of quality secondary sources that allow the writing of a complete article, guaranteeing the requirement of verifiability, there is a presumption about the encyclopedic pertinence of the subject. notoriety is different from the concept of fame, importance or popularity, although these may have a positive correlation with notoriety.

General Criterion of Notoriety

A topic is presumed to be notable if it has received significant coverage from reputable sources independent of the subject matter. "presumed notable": the existence of substantive coverage in independent secondary sources is a criterion for presumption of notoriety, although it is not a guarantee of it. The presumption of notoriety does not imply acceptance of the inclusion of the topic on Wikipedia, when it violates any other official policy, such as What Wikipedia is not, Wikipedia:No unpublished research, Wikipedia:Verifiability, Wikipedia:Stylebook /Cite sources or Wikipedia:Principle of impartiality. The existence of sources in sufficient quantity is still, normally, a necessary condition for it to be possible to write an article that is not just an outline. "significant coverage": the cited sources cover the topic of the article directly and in detail, and that unpublished research is not required to extract information from the sources for the article. Significant coverage implies that the source cites the topic in a more than trivial way, but does not oblige you to focus on it exclusively. For example, the mere mention of a pop band in the biography of a politician cannot be considered substantive coverage, but an article in a newspaper about a pop festival where, among others, several paragraphs are devoted to a pop band, can be accepted as contributing to the notoriety of this band, and hence, for their encyclopedic aptitude. Likewise, mentioning the topic in a directory or in a list is not enough for it to be considered notoriety to have an article on Wikipedia. "sources": as it is a plural word, it is understood to be more than one source, that is, at least two different sources. Multiple sources from the same author or organization are considered as one source for establishing notoriety. "reputable": the sources used must be editorially honest and honest in order to allow compliance with the policies of reliable sources, verifiability and no unpublished research. Sources may include material published in all types of media (paper, TV, radio, internet, etc.), and the existence of a large number of secondary sources referring to the topic of the article is a good indicator of notoriety. "independent": the sources cited are not directly related to the subject of the article, that is, that it is a "third party" to write, allowing to fully respect the impartiality policy. Independent sources, for example, autobiographies, advertising, press releases, or others written by the manufacturer, creator, author, inventor, or seller of a product or service are not considered independent sources. The best barometer to gauge the notoriety of a topic is the existence of independent people who considered it so important that they invested in it.