Talk:Frederic Abbott

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Comment from Joanne Abbott[edit]

Comment below originally posted at User talk:BrownHairedGirl, and copied here to centralise discussion

Hello I am Fredric Abbott's widow and earlier today I returned my previous edits to his page - I see they were removed and your name is given as the editor. I am 77 yoa and not au fait with Wikipedia except to repeat my corrections over the last 18 months. I'm not sure how you locate your information or the grounds on which you delete information given to you. Perhaps you could advise and allow me to (talk) 02:35, 14 September 2013 (UTC)verify my bona fides. Joanne Abbott

Hi Joanne
Thanks for taking the time to leave a note.
The issue here is that Wikipedia is based on verifiability, and on reliable sources. That means that first-hand commentary is not an acceptable source: it is counted at original research, which is not acceptable.
In some cases, there is very little published material about a topic, in which case we say that it is not notable, so can't have an article about it. In other cases, it means that an article on the topic has to be quite short.
I am sure that it must be frustrating for you to know that so much more could be said about your late husband, and to find that your attempts to add it are removed, as I did yesterday. I hope that if you read some of the policies I liked to above, you may e able to accept that this is nothing personal against you or your family; it's just a function of Wikipedia's editorial policies.
I think we can both agree that the article as it stands is lamentably short, and that it would be much better if it could be expanded to provide a fuller picture of Frederic's long career. As above, that has to be based on published reliable sources ... and you may be able to help. Do you have any newspaper articles or reviews which could be used as sources for expanding the article? --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 09:30, 14 September 2013 (UTC)