Wikipedia talk:Patent nonsense

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Renaming: patent nonsense -> obvious nonsense[edit]

I really know what is meant, but due to nonsense patents being around so much I always get it wrong at first each single encounter of the term ... Are there others with the same sentiment? -- Tomdo08 (talk) 14:25, 24 October 2010 (UTC)

Oppose. For historical reasons, I oppose moving the page; this is a reference to one of the earliest edits to Wikipedia, especially because the term "patent nonsense" is used together with "brilliant prose." In fact, it appears that the term "brilliant prose" refered to what are now featured articles; see historical revisions of the Featured articles page. DRAGON 280 (TALK/CONTRIBS) 07:44, 15 January 2011 (UTC)
I agree with Tomdo08. We shouldn't keep an ambiguous term for purely historical reasons. WP:PATENT really shouldn't redirect here, but changing it, e.g., to Wikipedia:Verifiability#Self-published_sources would break existing uses. (Although, since there only appear to be eight such links, they could feasibly be changed.) Feezo (send a signal | watch the sky) 18:51, 10 August 2012 (UTC)


The WP:PATENT short-cut links here. I want to put a hatnote on this page to disambiguate with patent (legal) meaning help i.e. link to the essay Wikipedia:Reliable_source_examples#Are_patents_reliable_sources.3F . Any objections? Widefox; talk 13:04, 18 October 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. It should also help disambiguate the subcase of the nonsense patents above. Widefox; talk 12:29, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Adding PN to existing articles.[edit]

The way that this page is currently written excludes instructions on what to do if a user adds patent nonsense to an existing article. I would think that in such cases the user should be warned with the uw-test series of templates and that such instances should be reverted (undone or rolled back). Could someone add this to this guideline with easy to read and understand language? I'm not as good at wording things like this as I thought I was based on my experiences attempting to modify wordings on other guidelines. Thanks. Technical 13 (talk) 14:09, 7 June 2013 (UTC)

Adding random characters to the middle of an article is just garden-variety vandalism. You handle it like you would any other edit. The only time patent nonsense requires special handling is when the whole page needs to be deleted. WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:30, 12 June 2013 (UTC)