Talk:Greenfield, Wisconsin

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Notable residents[edit]

Traditionally, names listed in "notable residents" are people who qualify to have articles written about them in Wikipedia. In practice, this means either 1) an article exists AND the article has been around long enough (at least a few days) without being deleted, proposed for deletion (via WP:PROD), or nominated for deletion (via WP:AFD), 2) the article exists and its notability is clear enough that it's not reasonable that an article would be deleted because the person lacked notability (e.g. a brand new article about a nearly-forgotten-by-history member of Congress or a national Parliament), or 3) no article exists, but the person clearly qualifies under Wikipedia's notability guidelines to have an article (see #2 for examples).

Recently, a person was added and removed multiple times whose only "claim" of notability was that he was a candidate for a local office. If the "most notable" thing about a person is that they are running for a local office, they will rarely meet any of the relevant Wikipedia notability guidelines (such as WP:GNG, WP:BIO, WP:POLITICIAN) to qualify for a stand-alone article, and should not be listed in the "notable residents" section. Yes, there are exceptions - sometimes a city council-person or even a school-board member will say or do something that gets them enough non-local press that they meet Wikipedia's notability guidelines, but if you ignore "negative news" (like getting arrested) this is rare. Also, sometimes a person who runs for a minor political office will be known for something else. One-time San Francisco city-council candidate George Takei was better known as an actor than as a politician, and the article about him reflects this. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 02:58, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Articles about this same individual have been created repeatedly, publicizing his various activities, from anti-bullying to something incomprehensible with Justin Bieber fandom to his blog to his run(s) for local political office. --Orange Mike | Talk 07:20, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
According to this note by User:Slon02, the previous articles were about a different person with the same name. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 19:39, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm willing to assume good faith, but the fluffy tone of the prior articles was such a close match that like User:DGG I certainly assumed that most or all of them were about the same guy. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:57, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
I remain so convinced, but there is no reason to go into it here, since it wouldn't matter to the inclusion of the name here., The general principles given by davidwr for inclusion of people in lists of this sort are the ones I too follow, and think we follow by general consensus. DGG ( talk ) 23:47, 7 January 2014 (UTC)
I didn't make up those general principles, they are how I interpret existing Wikipedia consensus. I'm glad I'm not alone in seeing things this way. davidwr/(talk)/(contribs) 04:50, 8 January 2014 (UTC)