Talk:Don Hassler

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This article was accepted on 21 September 2013 by reviewer EagerToddler39 (talk · contribs).

Article about Don Hassler[edit]

How can I improve my article about Don Hassler? I would have welcomed more feedback before the article was approved for publication. Nmuster (talk) 02:26, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Notability and citations[edit]

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Unfortunately, the article does not establish notability in accordance with any of these guidelines. I understand that you wrote this article to honor your stepfather, but we cannot use the project as a memorial site. I made some extensive edits to the article to help out. I then added the maintenance templates to identify some specific issues that we need help with. In essence, we need to establish notability through significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject. The citations used do not yet meet this threshold. Of the 17 citations used, eight are self-published, i.e., written by the subject or individuals closely associated with the subject. Specifically, the sources are written by Don and his family (you). While primary sources can be used to support content in an article, they cannot be used to establish the notability of a subject.

Let's take a look at the other citations:

  • Citation #2: (Armypubs.army.mil) fails verification and does not mention Don;
  • Citation #4: Supports that the subject was a librarian; does not offer significant coverage about Don;
  • Citation #6: Supports that the subject was promotion manager of the LA branch of Capitol Records; does not offer significant coverage about Don;
  • Citation #8: Supports that the subject was the sales manager; does not offer significant coverage about Don;
  • Citation #9: Duplicate of Citation #6;
  • Citation #10: Supports that the subject was "special products national sales manager" of Capitol Records, but fails verification of the content in the article; again, does not offer significant coverage about Don;
  • Citation #11: Supports that the subject was the sales manager for special markets; does not offer significant coverage about Don;
  • Citation #12: Supports that the subject was the special products national sales manager; does not offer significant coverage about Don;
  • Citation #13: Offers several quotes by Don, but the subject of the Billboard article is Concord Electronics, rather than Hassler; does not offer significant coverage about Don;

At this point, we have an individual who primarily worked in sales management throughout his career at a notable company. While Capitol Records is indeed a notable company, individuals do not inherit notability through their employment with the organization. While we may personally find his professional background and career path impressive, unfortunately, we are not yet able to establish notability for him in accordance with Wikipedia guidelines. In order to retain the article, we need to do some research and find out if anyone has ever written about Don. We're not looking for brief mentions of him or locating his name in a list of other individuals. We need to show that others have noticed Don and his life and background. So again, we need significant coverage in reliable and independent sources. Hope this answers your questions. I'll add this page to my watch list. I'm here if you need help. Cindy(talk) 22:40, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

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