Talk:Mindwipe (Transformers)

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  • Mindwipe (Transformers)Mindwipe — It's the only article with that name.[1]Korg (talk) 00:15, 3 April 2009 (UTC)
  • It's a link to the wiktionary definition of the word, which I think is a likely search term. TJ Spyke 02:32, 3 April 2009 (UTC)
  • Page Mindwipe currently is an attempted cross-wiki redirect to Wiktionary. It has 22 deleted edits describing the science-fiction concept of mind-wiping, which were deleted after a non-unanimous (7 delete / 3 keep) AfD Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Mindwipe (2nd nomination). Mind wiping under various names is a significant concept in science-fiction. For information, the significant text of its last deleted edit was:

    A mindwipe is an alternative to capital punishment in various works of science fiction. The host personality is erased or suppressed leaving a living person that can be put to a new purpose. This blank person can be programmed with a new personality and put to work as a harmless, productive member of society or have a pre-existing personality installed. Mindwipe is also the name of the Transformers character. [[Category:Science fiction]] [[Category:Execution methods]] {{scifi-stub}} {{crime-stub}} {{law-stub}}

  • This is a stub, but longer than most dictdefs. Its last edit had the edit comment "salvageable". (Presumably its last sentence can be changed into a proper hatlink.)
  • Page Mindwipe also had 8 deleted edits about the Transformer; I histmerged them to Mindwipe (Transformers).
  • One argument raised in that AfD was "not referenced", but the stories that use mindwiping are the references, and a web search would likely find plenty.
  • This is a go at editing it:

    A mindwipe is a technique used in some science fiction scenarios, where the subject's memories and personality are erased and replaced by new memories and personality more useful to those who are carrying out the mindwiping, or to their area's authorities. It is a more thorough form of real-world brainwashing. It is sometimes used as an alternative to capital punishment, or to make the subject more useful to the system. One well-known example is Borg assimilation in Star Trek. Mind-wiping is mentioned in Identity Crisis (comics)#Plot summary. In Blake's 7 Blake had been mind-wiped before the story starts, but his memory returned later.

  • Thanks for having recreated the article. I tried to find sources, but all I could find were only mentions of the phenomenon, which are not sufficient to be used as references. Korg (talk) 18:40, 4 April 2009 (UTC)
  • Oppose a dab page should sit there if no article is created. Most people would not expect a Transformers character to sit there no matter what they were looking for. (talk) 00:41, 4 April 2009 (UTC)