|Many of these questions arise frequently on the talk page concerning Michael Jackson.
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Q1: Should the article mention reports that Michael Jackson was Muslim? (No.)
: No. The article should not mention reports that Michael Jackson was Muslim. Jackson had not publicly spoken about his exact religion in a number of years and only spoke about spirituality in general terms. The specific reports of a conversion ceremony for Jackson have been denied by his New York lawyer Londell McMillan.
They were also denied by Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens
and Dawud Wharnsby
who were allegedly present at the ceremony. The Michael Jackson memorial service did not involve any Islamic rites. Without further details from his family or representatives, it will not be included in the article.
Q2: Should we shorten this long article? (No.)
A2: No. This article should not be shortened. Efforts have already been made to keep article length to a minimum, a number of sections have been merged out to other articles but some sections have been brought in through consensus. At one stage the article was 125kb so improvements have been made. The article is sourced over 200 times which is the main reason for the article's size, but this is essential when dealing with a figure such as Jackson.
Q3: Should the "Jacko" nickname be mentioned in the lead? (No.)
A3: No. The "Jacko" nickname should not be mentioned in the lead. Past consensus goes against such inclusion. The name is a derogatory term used primarily by US/UK/Australian tabloids. The slogan is discussed in the relevant section of the article.
Q4: Should recent pictures of Jackson be added to the article? (Yes.)
: Recent pictures of Jackson should only be added to the article if they are specifically released as copyright free. Wikipedia has strict rules regarding the use of pictures. Pictures must be "free" or have a sufficient Fair Use Rationale
for their inclusion in the article. Please note, you cannot simply take "Fair Use" pictures from other articles and bring them here. A new "Fair Use Rationale" must be provided for every article a picture is used on. Because of this rule we made as long as we have a free image fair-use images cannot be used, even if would be more appropriate.
Q5: Should the article mention that Jackson made up the "King of Pop" nickname himself? (No.)
A5: No. Reports started referring to the nickname as "self-proclaimed" after a controversy over the marketing of the "Black or White" video in 1991. References to Jackson as a king of pop, or other music, appeared up to 7 years before that in non-promotional articles. You would need to come up with a reference (such as an admission from one of Jackson's publicists) that he requested the use of the nickname before reporters are known to have started using it.
Q6: Should the article mention that Jackson reportedly had cancer/blindness/liver disease/AIDS, etc.? (No.)
A6: No. The article should not mention that Jackson reportedly had cancer, blindness, liver disease, AIDS, etc. Until such claims are confirmed by a Jackson representative it will not go in the article at all. These claims are largely fabricated by tabloids.
Q7: Should the article mention that Jackson reportedly had a secret child called Omer Bhatti? (No.)
: No. This claim was denied by Bhatti 
and only a DNA test would resolve the matter.
Q8: Isn't Jackson the seventh child of the Jackson family, not the eighth? (No.)
A8: No. Marlon had a twin, Brandon, who died shortly after birth. This makes Michael the eighth child.