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I'd like to start a discussion on the correct spelling of the word. I've heard it used in both 'doxxing' and 'doxing'. Though I suppose it's arbitrary, I think it's valuable to try to settle the ambiguous spelling.
I've removed it. The two sources in the lead make no mention of the variant. Ging287 (talk) 21:45, 23 March 2014 (UTC)
And I've put it back in. BBC News (a fairly major source) has published at least one article using the 'xx' spelling (link) so there is clearly an issue here. Mrstonky (talk) 13:40, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
I've personally never seen it spelled with "xx" in its natural context (by someone who might be seeking/posting such information) and it were just the BBC article, I don't think that would be sufficient (just like if a single source called it "ddox1ngz0r" that wouldn't be worth bolding in the lead). Regardless, it's certainly been spelled that way enough in the media to merit the alternative spelling: On the Media (NPR), Daily Beast, Aljazeera, Poynter. --— Rhododendritestalk | 13:55, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
I feel like I've seen "doxxing" at least as frequently as "doxing" but don't prefer either spelling as long as the use is consistent. FWIW, Google has "doxxing" with 1,080,000 hits and "doxing" with 408,000. However, consulting Google Trends, the first blip appears for "doxing" in May 2010 and "doxxing" doesn't appear until July 2012, over two years later.-Ich(talk) 02:58, 26 August 2015 (UTC)
This has come up before. There are sources for "document tracing" (despite them not being cited here), but I think those are a minority and may have a single origin that isn't at all connected to those who first began using the term. I think we can all agree "doxing" involves some version of "documents" ("docs"), but everything beyond that seems like speculation. Until we can figure out if there's an intelligible origin or consensus emerges about what the body of reliable sources say, I've just gone ahead and cut it out. The version I removed also included the part of speech (that it's "the verb form..."), which might be appropriate as part of an etymology section, but not the lead because Wikipedia is about concepts not, as a general principle, words. --— Rhododendritestalk \\ 23:09, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Doxing: An Etymology has relevant information, including the verb form. The Atlantic is an RS. The article claims information was gleaned from Know Your Meme, which I consider pretty reliable but is maybe not a reliable source by WP. There is also an On the Media article THE PROBLEM WITH "DOXXING" that has useful information. --Mark viking (talk) 23:33, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
I've added a reference that is vetted by Oxford University Press, so no need to depend upon KnowYourMeme. The Atlantic an On the Media sources could be used for a short WP:WORDISSUBJECT etymology section that expanded on that aspect of the topic, though; those references show that there's some encyclopedic "social or historical significance" for the word itself. Diego (talk) 17:05, 22 October 2014 (UTC)
Some moron added a false claim that Gamergate harasses its opponents and cited The Guardian as proof. Notably absent is any of the thousands of times that social justice nazis have harassed and doxxed anyone who questioned their monstrous ideology. 220.127.116.11 (talk) 23:45, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
For the benefit of editors who are actually WP:HERE:
Be WP:CIVIL and avoid name-calling (such as 'moron').
Relatedly we have a policy of WP:No personal attacks which specifically deems it unacceptable to refer to others as 'nazis'.