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all said, this article needs a major cleanup. COFS 23:16, 25 April 2007 (UTC)
As there seems to be some confusion on what that means, here is the relevant paragraph of WP:ATTRIB.
- Wikipedia articles must be based on reliable sources
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Wikipedia does not publish original research or original thought
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The only way to demonstrate that material is not original research is to cite reliable sources that provide information directly related to the topic of the article, and to adhere to what those sources say. COFS 21:47, 26 April 2007 (UTC)
- If you would indicate *where* you think that reliable sources are missing, I might be able to provide them. I think that the joined autors have managed to write a fairly accurate description of parts of my activities, although - of course - not of all. For instance, my work with/for digital civil rights organisations is missing. Karin Spaink 22:09, 26 June 2007 (UTC)
I romoved the References-needed tag that was inserted in May 2008. Again, I consider this a fair article, and I have offered to provide references where needed. But _when_ you want them, please be specific about _where_ you want them. Karin Spaink (talk) 06:11, 18 July 2008 (UTC)
- User:Karin Spaink, I do not agree with the Wikipedia:original research claims but the article does lack references. The article Wikipedia:When to cite may give a good impression of when and where citiations are needed. Some examples:
- Quotations, for instance in the part about New Age there is a claim that Spaink invented neologism, these would be quotes, needing sources
- Contentious statements about living people: If I would have written the bio, I would provide a reference for every sentence or at least make clear where I found the information. The claim that Spaink suffers from specific diseases would need referencing for instance. The same is true for the court case(s).
- Other: I would have, if possible, provided a reference to an (internet) archive of the columns Spaink wrote,
- Moreover I advise you to conservative in editing Karin Spaink page. Wikipedia:Autobiography states "Avoid writing or editing an article about yourself, other than to correct unambiguous errors of fact." Providing (reliable, external, third party) references would be fine however.
- - C mon (talk) 11:06, 18 July 2008 (UTC)