Talk:Paul Singer (businessman)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
          This article is of interest to the following WikiProjects:
WikiProject Biography / Arts and Entertainment (Rated C-class)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Biography, a collaborative effort to create, develop and organize Wikipedia's articles about people. All interested editors are invited to join the project and contribute to the discussion. For instructions on how to use this banner, please refer to the documentation.
C-Class article C  This article has been rated as C-Class on the project's quality scale.
Taskforce icon
This article is supported by the arts and entertainment work group.
Note icon
It is requested that a photograph or picture of this person be included in this article to improve its quality.
Note: Wikipedia's non-free content use policy almost never permits the use of non-free images (such as promotional photos, press photos, screenshots, book covers and similar) to merely show what a living person looks like. Efforts should be made to take a free licensed photo (for example, during a public appearance), or obtaining a free content release of an existing photo instead. The Free Image Search Tool may be able to locate suitable images on Flickr and other web sites.
WikiProject Business (Rated C-class, Mid-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject Business, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of business articles on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
C-Class article C  This article has been rated as C-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Mid  This article has been rated as Mid-importance on the project's importance scale.
WikiProject United States (Rated C-class, Low-importance)
WikiProject icon This article is within the scope of WikiProject United States, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of topics relating to the United States of America on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the ongoing discussions.
C-Class article C  This article has been rated as C-Class on the project's quality scale.
 Low  This article has been rated as Low-importance on the project's importance scale.

Can we identify Paul Singer as a Donors Trust account holder?[edit]

The following discussion is an archived record of a request for comment. Please do not modify it. No further edits should be made to this discussion. A summary of the conclusions reached follows.
Counting hands, we have seven editors supporting and fifteen opposing inclusion. More important, however, are the arguments made and our relevant policies, such as the argument made by SilkTork and others that this is a passing mention, and WP:BLP which is clear that contentious material about living persons must have both have the highest quality sources, and must be important to our article. That 22 editors are are arguing about this makes it clear that this is contentious; a passing mention in a source not primarily about the person is not the highest quality source; and a sentence mentioning that he has an account in a conservative political fund is not that important to our article which already has a large section about his notable activity in Republican party politics. Editor consensus and policy agree, leave it out. GRuban (talk) 15:32, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

The Question

Should this article contain the following line or a similar piece of information under the Political Activity subsection;

Singer has an account with Donors Trust, a conservative donor advised fund.(ref)


Abowd, Paul (February 14, 2013). "Koch-funded charity passes money to free-market think tanks in states". NBC News. Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved March 10, 2015.

Source reliable as per consensus at RSN discussion. Source stable at target article and in other articles.

Background and Summary of Arguments

There has been an extended debate regarding the appropriateness of including the line above in this article. Former conversations on this topic can be found at: Talk:Paul_Singer_(businessman)#Donors_Trust and Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard#Column_on_Donors_Trust_on_.28but_not_by.29_NBC.

The main arguments which support inclusion have been;

  1. The information is verifiable
  2. The information is relevant to Singer's political activities

The main arguments which oppose inclusion have been;

  1. Having "an account" is ambiguous, and it's impossible to know if it's relevant to political activities
  2. The information simply isn't notable and shouldn't be included

Format of Responses

Please format your responses as follow -

Standard RfC Disclaimer - This RfC should not be construed as a vote rather than an attempt to measure consensus. As always let's keep the conversations civil. Thank you in advance for your feedback!


  • Support Inclusion - As nominator; the standard for inclusion is typically only that something be verifiable and not obviously in contravention with some other policy on WP. No one seems to disagree that this is tidbit is verifiable, and I haven't heard a good policy-based argument for exclusion. NickCT (talk) 17:47, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Inclusion - Paul Singer is noteworthy. Donors Trust is noteworthy. The relationship between Paul Singer and Donors Trust is noteworthy. Neutral, verifiable, reliable sources NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity agree the relationship between Paul Singer and Donors Trust is noteworthy. Hugh (talk) 16:05, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion. Another requirement for inclusion is relevance. CPI thinks it important in their article on Donors Trust (not on Singer), and NBC thought the entire CPI article was worthy of inclusion, which does not imply that specific sections would have been included if they had edited the article. I'm not sure we should trust CPI's opinion as to what is relevant; after all, legitimate newspaper articles on living persons include information which we would not include. For example, we don't include "favorite color" (except, perhaps, for an interior designer). WP:INDISCRIMINATE comes to mind. I haven't checked the specific guidelines recently, but the general rule is that, for something to be listed, it should be of interest to readers. Ideally, it should have sufficient context to indicate why it should be of interest to readers. I see no explanation as to why "having an account" at Donors Trust should be of interest to readers. Making a donation to/through Donors Trust might be of interest, although probably not, unless it is a significant part of his total donations, or a significant part of donations to Donors Trust. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 17:39, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion. There's no inherent notability in "holding an account." The source doesn't say that means that he made a donation to the group. We don't need this in the article to establish Singer's political activity or donations. There are plenty of sources here pointing to his affiliations, donations, political views and activities, etc., in meaningful and robust ways. The fact that he "holds an account" at a donor advised fund does not seem particularly notable. What does it mean to hold an account? Does that mean he gave a donations? How much? When? To what? If the original source had found these questions to be notable or interesting, perhaps they would have included that information in their reporting. Champaign Supernova (talk) 18:04, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion. Summoned by bot. I don't see why it is "noteworthy" in any way. He probably also has an account with Netflix (Netflix is a noteworthy company!), a subscription to the Wall Street Journal (that publication is noteworthy!), and American flag lapel pins (American flags are noteworthy!). Do you get my point here? As said above, just because two things are noteworthy and intersect does not make that fact RELEVANT. Donors Trust is not a criminal organization and having an account there is not illegal. We know he's mostly conservative and he's a significant donor; Donors Trust is for conservative donors; tells us nothing. It seems to me that some people are obsessed with this idea likely because they think Donors Trust is shady (I'm guessing based on my two minutes of research into the group, am I right?) and they are eager to see people associated with the group smeared somehow. МандичкаYO 😜 00:32, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Information that is briefly mentioned in passing, or in a long list, generally falls under being an indiscriminate collection of information. Also, the source is not clear as to whether it meant those listed were donors AND, or, OR members. Finally, although it's on NBC News, it appears to be written by The Center for Public Integrity. Its editorial mission appears to be "To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism."[1]. This is obviously not a neutral editorial agenda and the source is not even reliable, especially for potentially contentious material about a living person. These types of advocacy sources tend to promote themselves as impartial journalists, but in actuality spin and mis-represent information to support whatever their editorial agenda is. CorporateM (Talk) 08:41, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Some guidelines we have on these matters are: Wikipedia:Relevance, WP:TOPIC, Wikipedia:Out of scope, WP:WEIGHT, and Wikipedia:Relevance of content. On doing a Google search for "Paul SInger" and "Donors Trust", I did come upon mentions, but none by what we would term a reliable source, and all the comments were in passing, and essentially about Donors Trust rather than Paul Singer. It appears to be a verifiable fact, but no reliable source has commented upon it in relation to Paul Singer. At this point WP:No original research and WP:Reliable sources and Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons come into consideration. Without a reliable source discussing Paul Singer in relation to Donors Trust, it would be inappropriate to use that information in the Paul Singer article. However, it would be acceptable to use the information in the Donors Trust article with the same weight and context as the original reliable source, that he, along with some others, has a Donors Trust account. (I note that the information is included in that article, but tagged as questionable.) For this article we have very little reliable information and no details other than he has an account, and even with stronger sources one would still question the relevance of inclusion. The arguments above for inclusion do not take into account that we are not the internet, we are an encyclopedia, so we select information carefully to avoid being indiscriminate. SilkTork ✔Tea time 10:46, 21 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion. This relies for its significance on implication. What does Singer do with Donor's Trust? How does he use his account? We don't know. We only know he "has an account". No source is fleshing out that piece of information. It is fragmentary in the context of an article that is trying to report responsibly on the man. Bus stop (talk) 12:35, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Inclusion. His notability stems in part from his status as a '...investor, philanthropist, and political activist'; this would make his donations (and the way he makes them) seem obviously relevant to me as long as we can cite them to a WP:RS. Since we can do that in this case, I don't see the argument not to include. Yes, it's only mentioned in passing; but it's mentioned clearly enough to use as a source, and given that touches on part of Singer's core notability I don't see how its inclusion here (in passing, with similar weight to in the source) could possibly be considered indiscriminate. --Aquillion (talk) 06:33, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion I cann't see how this is "noteworthy." The wealthy generally donate to countless political campaigns and organizations, so to make an attempt to include a single group he holds an account with is absurd. If we go down this road we will need to include all of the organizations he has donated to and I doubt people will find that noteworthy. Fraulein451 (talk) 17:41, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Strongly Support Typically, this kind of information is not appropriate for inclusion, on account of a number of Wikipedia rules and guidelines, especially those protecting the privacy of living persons. But the businessman Paul Singer, the subject of this Wikipedia entry, has been involved in a major economic and political issue, and in the most notable manner possible. The notability rule reigns supreme here. It is impossible not to include any and all significant information related to the subject's political ideology and affiliations. -The Gnome (talk) 09:21, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Alternative opinion There's nothing relevant here to Singer's political activities. This only shows that he uses the donor's trust. This could suggest that he doesn't support any liberal causes. However this doesn't show that and if we don't have any sources to suggest that we shouldn't have this effort here to make this implication. To answer the blind question, is it acceptable in the article, it is acceptable in the article, however I wouldn't see it as acceptable if you were to put it in the political activity section. Perhaps it would be acceptable in the philanthropic section. The donors trust is considered is a philanthropic charity it seems. This reference should not be used in any way to suggest anything other than what the source says, specifically that he gives them money. We have no clue where his money is going there. It could only be going to "Foundation for Jewish Camp". We have no clue. We aren't trying to politicize his financial contributions in regards to Gay rights and there's more information there. He donates to the Donor trust, be careful how this is used.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 02:50, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
Oppose The reliability of the source is questionable when it comes to the proposed content. This is the original version of the source[1]. On the version chosen for use here some of the information in the original is missing. Reviewing both it seems that Paul Singer doesn't have an account with Donor's Trust, Paul Singers Family foundation does. The source does not support the information being proposed for inclusion in the article.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 01:49, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
This has been covered in this thread already, but once more: the reliability of the source is not at issue here. The reliablity of the soruce has been litigated at WP:RSN here. The source was found by consensus to be reliable; the news agency is the Center for Public Integrity, and the publisher is NBC News. The reliability is that of NBC News. Vote however you like but maybe you don't want to vote one way for the wrong reason. 05:32, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
Unnamed editor, NBC is republishing this. It was first published here. I'm not suggesting that the source isn't reliable, just that it isn't reliable for the information that is being proposed by this RFC. Your RSN by the way "litigated" the source in relation to the DT article not on the basis of BLP criteria. Criteria that would be important to follow with the subject of a BLP such as Paul Singer. Seems like a damn good reason to me.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 06:43, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion The point of Donor's Trust is that it cloaks how much money is being used for what, and it explicitly says it will only be used to support conservative causes, which is deeply relevant to his political activities. BurritoSlayer (talk) 20:53, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Welcome! Say, your edit summary says one thing and your response says another. Please clarify. Thanks! Hugh (talk) 22:40, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
@BurritoSlayer: ping Hugh (talk) 17:27, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion - it is irrelevant. Unless the source specifically states the amount of his financial contribution and exactly what it is used for, it is SYNTH. X pays into Y. Y pays into Z therefore X pays into Z?? Nope - SYNTH AtsmeConsult 07:04, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose inclusion per SilkTorc. Capitalismojo (talk) 21:46, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Support inclusion I don't see a good reason presented for excluding this. Think of the reader. - Cwobeel (talk) 03:35, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose inclusion. Here is the relevant quote from the source in question:

    Several wealthy conservatives who have attended Koch fundraising parties have Donors Trust accounts, including Amway co-founder and longtime booster of conservative causes Richard DeVos; hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer; and Philip Anschutz, owner of the conservative Examiner newspapers.

It only mentions the subject of this article in passing. As stated by Atsme the conclusion raised would be WP:SYNTH, and would more context about other political activity of the subject it appears to be fall under WP:INDISCRIMINATE. As for WP:BLP is the donor list of Donor Trust public available knowledge; as it is not, we should not advance it here. Do a search on "Donor Trust" and "Paul Singer", less than 100 hits on google, and many are from non-reliable sources. Therefore, zero weight should be given.
FYI came here via a RfC.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 11:43, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose inclusion. Not clear what having an account is supposed to mean; surely not WEIGHT-y to take this datapoint and place it into a BLP. Agree with SilkTork, among others. Cool Hand Luke 21:50, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose inclusion - no inherent notability, its not clear what the imputation is, and its generally not noteworthy. Flat Out talk to me 00:05, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
  • Support We want to have as much relevant information provided to researches as possible, and the proposed test is highly relevant and informative. There is no good reason not to include the information, and it is too informative to not include. Also you should explain briefly why this is even a question in your RFC. If there are editors suggesting the text should not be included, you should explain why in the RFC so that people being called by the bot can quickly review what their issues are. As it is, the text should be offered to researchers, it is relevant and there are no reasons not to include it. TrainsOnTime (talk) 15:55, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Inclusion Yes it is relevant. People who look for information on this politician should know that he's part of an anti-American corporate agenda, and not providing such information leans toward violating WP:NPOV if the issue to not include is politically motivated. The information is real, valid, legitimate and will alter people's voting behavior so it should be included. BiologistBabe (talk) 16:04, 6 May 2015 (UTC)
  • Oppose Inclusion. The article is about Donors Trust, not about Singer. Singer is mentioned only in passing - he doesn't even get his own sentence. The article also doesn't say how much he donated to it, or whether he even donated anything at all. This feels like WP:SYNTH. Faceless Enemy (talk) 14:01, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Threaded Discussion[edit]

Re: applicability of WP:INDISCRIMINATE to current discussion. The proposed content is discriminant; it discriminates between all Donors Trust account holders, and the Donors Trust account holders identified as of interest to their readers by NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity.

Re: what "holds an account" means. All the proposed content says is what the source says. It is plain English. Content at Donors Trust and donor advised fund may help clarify the meaning for those who might be unsure, from which we could perhaps lift a few words to Paul Singer if you feel it is necessary. Hugh (talk) 21:26, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

That would be synthesis, if NBC says Singer holds an account, and some other source says what "holding an account" means, we cannot combine them. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 23:43, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
No one is combining anything. Again, all the proposed content says is what the ONE source says. It is plain English. It is noteworthy. Hugh (talk) 05:48, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
True, it says he has an account. What is "an account"? Why should I care? And, if you add a reason (from a different source), why does the explanation of what an account is not constitute synthesis. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 18:52, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
"Account" is an English word, and the source is in English, and the proposed content is in English. Are you confused about what an account is, or are you worried someone else might be? The sources NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity thought they were being clear to their readers. Does context offer you and our readers any clues, a fund with minimum deposit requirements for clients? Any attempt toward consensus here by elaborating to clarify you will rebuff as SYNTH? Hugh (talk) 19:13, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
Even if "account" meant "financial account", the statement that Singer made donations to/through Donors Trust doesn't strike me as interesting, nor would a statement that Obama donated (personal funds) to a similar liberal charity. — Arthur Rubin (talk) 20:00, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for sharing that you don't think it's interesting. It does strike me as interesting. Also, and perhaps more relevant, noteworthy reliable sources NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity thought it was interesting to their readers. Not sure what this has to do with Obama. Thanks again. Hugh (talk) 23:07, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
May I ask after the basis in policy or guideline for this criteria of striking oneself as interesting? Where does WP:UNDUE mention interesting to editors? All I find is proportion to reliable sources. May I respectfully remind participants that their reasons for their position is more important than their vote. Hugh (talk) 02:30, 17 March 2015 (UTC)
FYI @HughD: at this point, once something has been removed, the impetus is on you to to prove why it is relevant and belongs rather than the other way around. That you think it's interesting does not mean it is to other people. МандичкаYO 😜 17:36, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your comment. Sure, but can we please bound our discussion within policy and guidelines, or must I overcome any old objection you might have? I would like to learn more about this criteria you cite of individual interest. Where can I read more about it? Thank you again. Hugh (talk) 18:26, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
@HughD: please see WP:IINFO. As has been said, not every single piece of sourced information is worthy of inclusion in an encyclopedic article. МандичкаYO 😜 19:44, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your commitment to dialog informed by policy and guideline. May I ask, which subsection of WP:IINFO do you feel is applicable here? Thanks again. Hugh (talk) 15:06, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity reviewed federal filings with hundreds of charitable contributions and identified a few as worthy of bringing to the attention of their readers. Why else did they do that? Hugh (talk) 02:30, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

A "mention in passing" in a noteworthy, reliable source is a mention in a noteworthy, reliable source. The proposed content is not drawn from a list, it is in the text of the body of the source. (In any case FYI lists and graphics in reliable sources are reliable sources.) The source of the proposed content is NBC News, a highly reliable, highly noteworthy source if there is one. The proposed content was published by Center for Public Integrity after an investigation of hundreds of contributions in many federal disclosure documents. This is exactly what "discriminate" looks like. The proposed content was published by Center for Public Integrity because Center for Public Integrity thought the proposed content was important to their readers. The proposed content was published by NBC News because NBC News thought the proposed content was important to their readers. This is exactly what "due weight" looks like. Hugh (talk) 15:34, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

No one is mis-representing anything. All the source says is that Singer holds a Donors Trust account, and all the proposed content says is that Singer holds a Donors Trust account. This one is easy, guys. Hugh (talk) 15:38, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

The proposed content is neutral. Hugh (talk) 15:45, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

@Wikimandia: -
re "He probably also has an account with Netflix" - Straw man argument. Having a Netflix account isn't relevant to your politics. Having an account with Donors Trust is.
re "and they are eager to see people associated with the group smeared somehow." - I don't see how this would count as smearing. If I mentioned that Al Gore held a Greenpeace membership under Gore's "Environmentalism" subsection, would I be smearing him? It's simply a factoid relevant to Gore's Environmentalism.
@CorporateM: -
re "mentioned in passing, or in a long list, generally falls under being an indiscriminate" - Reference please?
re "these types of advocacy sources tend to promote themselves as impartial journalists" - Maybe. But the fact remains that the particular sentence we're inserting can be backed by other sources. This RfC isn't about the reference. That's been discussed and determined to be reliable. NickCT (talk) 16:55, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
If anyone brings forth a really compelling source, I would be open to changing my mind. However, doing a quick Google search, all that came up were similar sources with brief mentions and advocacy sources, Sourcewatch and similar riff-raff. CorporateM (Talk) 17:07, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Gosh, what would compel you? I mean, beyond NBC News? New York Times? Washington Post? And may I ask, what is your basis in policy or guideline for this personally compelling source criteria? Thanks. Hugh (talk) 17:16, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
@NickCT: - How exactly is it relevant to his politics? It's trivial, equivalent to being on a mailing list of a PAC. There is no information that he's ever used the account or that he himself even registered the account or is aware of it (one of his gazillions accountants could have registered it). And AGAIN, Donors Trust is not illegal, it's not a hate group, it's not particularly notable. There is nothing particularly interesting about a person being associated with it. Until there is some kind of relevant attached information (eg actual donations—like the other donations listed) then the fact that he has an account with Donors Trust definitely does not belong in WP:BLP. As pointed out, WP is not a compilation of every possible sourced factoid you can find about someone. МандичкаYO 😜 17:52, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
@CorporateM: -
Would Singer's public record tax filings be a "compelling source"? Did see my comments above regarding Singer's PF 990 filing?
re "How exactly is it relevant to his politics?" - Is that a serious question? Donors Trust's stated purpose is to support conservate political advocacy groups. How is being involved with them not relevant to your politics?
re "Donors Trust is not illegal, it's not a hate group, it's not particularly notable" - Neither is Green Peace. But if Gore belonged to Green Peace, it still might be worth mentioning it under his "Environmentalism" section. It's relevant and verifiable, and that's all that matters at the end of the day. NickCT (talk) 18:25, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
@NickCT: As far as I know, this is not a group that has "membership" like Greenpeace, NRA, ACLU etc. It's more like a having a Charles Schwab account, except with the purpose of getting money from rich people to conservative causes. That's what donor-advised funds do. If he were on the board of directors, then yes, that would be relevant. They could have signed him up as a promotion for all we know. We have NO information about how much money he has donated or where it has gone. I'm sure there are donor-advised funds for liberal causes too; please find me a Wikipedia BLP that mentions someone "has an account" with one of them and I will be happy to go delete that line. As has been explained ad nauseum, simply having an account somewhere is not notable. МандичкаYO 😜 20:03, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── No public tax records would be the opposite of a compelling source. Secondary sources are the primary basis for building an article. A profile story where this BLP is the subject of the article, which includes it, would most likely suffice. In a case like that, we would defer to the judgement of the source. If they felt it was worth including in a biography, than we should as well. CorporateM (Talk) 18:36, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

The source for the proposed content IS a secondary source, a highly reliable, very noteworthy secondary source, NBC News. Singer IS the subject of the source to the extent that the source is an investigation of the donors and account holders of Donors Trust. Singer is one of the account holders considered noteworthy by NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity. Hugh (talk) 18:59, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
A BLP source need not be a profile. Most of the content of this article is drawn from sources which are not specifically profiles of the subject. Hugh (talk) 19:02, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
NickCT, could you point me to where on the Donors Trust website it says that "Donors Trust's stated purpose is to support conservative political advocacy groups"? Champaign Supernova (talk) 19:10, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Most of the content in this article has one ref. One ref, broken link. Who would support deleting this sentence?

Singer sponsors the University of Rochester Singer Prize for Excellence in Secondary Teaching, the Harlem Children's Zone, the Success Charter Network, and the Police Athletic League NYC.

Hugh (talk) 19:28, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
I don't think this is really the appropriate place to be discussing other content issues. You can start a new discussion topic with its own subheading, but this area is reserved for discussion of the ongoing RFC. Champaign Supernova (talk) 19:41, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
@Champaign Supernova: -
re "could you point me to where on" - See here. Specifically line reading "donors who are dedicated to the ideals of limited government, personal responsibility, and free enterprise".
That doesn't come remotely close to saying the group's "purpose it to support conservative political advocacy groups." You're taking generous poetic license. It doesn't say "conservative," "political," or "advocacy." Champaign Supernova (talk) 01:38, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
Do you plan to re-litigate our Donors Trust talk page discussions of the lede here in this RfC? Donors Trust is not conservative? You want to get lawyerly and settle on non-liberal? How about non-liberal, I think that would be mean to our readers, but that would be an improvement to you? The article says "Donors Trust assures clients that their contributions will never be used to support liberal causes" and it's been stable by Donors Trust standards. Hugh (talk)
Your use of the term "re-litigate" comes across as a bad faith accusation of wikilawyering. Was that your intention? And no, I don't plan to "re-litigate" anything here. My point is that it's a bit hard to take arguments seriously when sources are being misrepresented. When someone says a source says something, and then none of those words are in the source, it's a bit baffling. Champaign Supernova (talk) 14:57, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
A question is not an accusation. Hugh (talk) 15:03, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
And you didn't answer mine. I'll chalk it up to your evident frustration that your plan for this RFC backfired. Champaign Supernova (talk) 16:00, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
@Wikimandia: -
re "Charles Schwab" - Nice parallel, but again I'm going to have to call straw man here. Virtually any type of person can have an account with Charles Schwabb. Only one type of person has money with an entity whose purpose is getting money from rich people to donate to conservative causes. That one type of person is conservatives. Being conservative is relevant to "Politics" subsection on a BLP.
re "how much money " - We do actually know how much money from primary sources, and from the fact that the minimum donation is 10k.
re "simply having an account" - I sorta take your point that just "having an account" is not usually in and of itself notable. I think you gotta admit though that there is a fundamental and rather important difference between having a generic bank account and having an account at Donors Trust.
@CorporateM: -
re "No public tax records would be the opposite of a compelling source" - I take your point that primary sources aren't ideal, but you are casting doubt on the secondary source. I'm saying since we can verify that secondary source with a solid primary source, why would you doubt the secondary? NickCT (talk) 20:46, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
@NickCT: It's not a straw-man fallacy. Anyone can have an account with Donors Trust or Charles Schwab if they wanted to - they just have to a) want to and b) have money. As has been said, over and over and over, having an account is just not notable. Until there is confirmation he actually made a donation (minimum standard for every other donation), it's not going in the article. This has nothing to do with supporting Donors Trust or conservative causes, btw. I'll delete any trivia that someone has a donor-advised account out of any article on here ... if you could possibly find one. МандичкаYO 😜 21:10, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
Sorry to inform, it's not up to you, this is not an area where personal preferences or personal interests come into play. There's really no need for us to argue about whether or not this is notable. An extremely noteworthy, reliable source, NBC News, decided for us. This is very easy, very straightforward. WP:DUE is very clear, coverage in WP is proportional to reliable source. Leaving this fact out is only proportional to it not being in RS. Inclusion is forced by policy. We are obligated to fairly summarize RS. Hugh (talk) 21:21, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

"none by what we would term a reliable source...Without a reliable source discussing Paul Singer in relation to Donors Trust, it would be inappropriate to use that information in the Paul Singer article." The reliability of referenced sources NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity is not at issue. NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity ARE reliable sources that discusses Paul Singer in relation to Donors Trust. The referenced source is specifically about identifying the donors and account holders of Donors Trust. Singer IS the subject of the source to the extent that Singer is one of the account holders considered noteworthy by NBC News and the Center for Public Integrity. Hugh (talk) 22:24, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

"mentions...all the comments were in passing" Thank you for your expressed commitment to discussion based on policy and guideline. Your characterizations of the source are personal judgements without basis in policy or guideline. Mention in a highly noteworthy reliable source is exactly what noteworthiness looks like. Not every sentence in Wikipedia article space need be a summary. We don't need to find a hundred words in a noteworthy reliable source before we can put one sentence in WP, we just need to find that one sentence. Hugh (talk) 22:24, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

"On doing a Google search..." This technique of using Google search results to settle weight issues is not mentioned in WP:DUE. Hugh (talk) 22:28, 21 March 2015 (UTC)

@SilkTork: - re "no reliable source has commented upon it in relation to Paul Singer" - That comment confuses me. Have the seen the NBC article the factoid was initially cited to? Few people seem to be debating the availability of a reliable source to verify this thing. re "we select information carefully " - That's sorta a shenenigans argument. Lots of information goes into BLPs with weaker sourcing than this. NickCT (talk) 00:41, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

@Serialjoepsycho: Yes, of course, be careful how this is used; the proposed content at the head of this thread makes no claims beyond what you suggest. Yes, Donors Trust is technically a public charity and the ultimate recipients are required to be public charities, so this content is more appropriate under the existing "Philanthropy" section. Thank you for your response. Hugh (talk) 06:16, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

But you have to consider the language being used in the RFC. The background summary argument, "The information is relevant to Singer's political activities." It's not. This provides no relevant information to his political activities. It doesn't even suggest that he doesn't support liberal causes. It says that he donates money this group. This argument is bunk. If the consensus is that this should be in the article the position that it is relevant to his political activities should be given no credence. It should not be reflected in the consensus that this is relevant to his political activities because this position is completely bunk. -Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 06:35, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
@Serialjoepsycho: - re "The donors trust is considered is a philanthropic charity it seems." - I'm sorry, but did you ready any sources on this entity before making this comment. No body refers to it as a "philanthropic charity", everybody refers to it as a group support conservative political activities. The fact that its 501c status makes it "technically a charity" is moot. WP works by characterizing things/people as majority of reliable sources characterize them. It doesn't matter what a thing's "technical" status is. NickCT (talk) 12:04, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
Well yes I did. One source in particularly, the Donors Trust. However if you don't like the word then change the damn thing to charity. Not all of the donor's trust activities are political, and we do not know where singers money in the Donor's trust went as far as can tell. None of it may have went to a political cause. All of it may have went to a political cause. Foundation for Jewish Camp has received funding from Donor's Trust. Interesting political organization there in that they aren't a political organization. Coming from a jewish family he might have donated to them. The source does not say where Singer channeled his money thru this trust. There's nothing here in to show any political standing. He uses this service. This is all this says.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 13:10, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
@Serialjoepsycho: - re "One source in particularly, the Donors Trust." - Are familiar with WP:SELFPUB, WP:COI, WP:AUTOBIO? Using Donors Trust as a source about Donors Trust is really bad practice, and advised against by any number of WP policies. Generally on WP we try to find neutral 3rd party sources.
If you do look at those 3rd party sources, you generally find terms like "secretive funding organization". Not "philanthropic charity". NickCT (talk) 14:25, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
I'm very aware of those policies. I don't see their claim of being philanthropic to be an exceptional claim. I don't see that COI would apply in any obvious manner or autobiography. I am the one who forwarded that source. I do not work for donor's trust and I have no links to donor's trust. I don't use their service. There isn't a prohibition on the use of self published sources, only a set criteria on how and when they can be used. But this is all of course meaningless. If you do not like Philanthropic choose another damn word that fits. The greater point here that you are missing and you in no way cover is simply that this in no way shows any information that is relevant to Singer's political activities. While yes Donor's Trust is involved in funding political activities, there is the more and obvious, striking, glaring, and in your face fact that they also fund non-political activities. The source being discussed shows that Singer has an account with Donors trust. It does not show that he likes to wear pink socks with red shoes, it does not show that he prefers star shaped sun glasses, it doesn't show that he drinks Dr Pepper, and it does not show any information that is relevant to his political activity. As a person with a jewish background he could support Foundation for Jewish Camp. The Donors Trust, like Paul Singer, support the New York City Police Foundation, and so he could now use the Donors Trust to donate to them. He could support the Boycott's thru them, Juilliard School, Arts institute of Chicago, St Judes Research hospital, or The New York historical society. We don't know. Your source only mentions that he has a donor's trust account. While it could be political, it could be completely and absolutely political, we have no clue because the source doesn't cover this. This is not viable for the political activity subsection because it doesn't show any actual political activity. -Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 21:25, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
@Serialjoepsycho: - Sure DT may also fund "non-political activities". That doesn't change the fact that they are solely notable for funding political activities. Can you find a single RS covering DT's funding of a non-political activity (other than a self published source)?
You're basically arguing that someone with a gym membership might not be using their membership for exercising; hence, mentioning gym membership under "Exercise habits" in a BLP, would be inappropriate.
Sure. You might be right. I'm sure there is someone out there who has a gym membership and isn't using it for exercising. But that's clearly fallacious reasoning.
Gyms are notable as places of exercise. They are not notable for other activities. DT is notable as a place that funds conservative political action groups. It is not notable for other activities.
If you're really going to argue that a membership to a group whose purpose is funding political action groups, isn't inherently a political thing, I think the onus is really on you to demonstrate that Singer is using his membership for something other than its usual use. NickCT (talk) 01:00, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
I see your insistence that I find more than a self published source for the non-political groups that they donate to but this is not actually reflected in Wikipedia policy. [2] This stands as a reliable source to show that they donate to Julliard. WP:ABOUTSELF.
Most of the rest of what you have to say is largely irrelevant. DT may be notable for its donation to conservative political causes but again this is irrelevant. While they may not be notable for donating to non political causes like Julliard, they still do. WP:NNC Notability criteria does not apply to content within an article.
To steal your example, Gym Membership, A source saying that an individual has a gym membership doesn't prove that an individual uses a treadmill. That's original research. Unsourced speculation. There's no reasonable basis for your position that the onus is on me to prove that he doesn't do something. You suggest that it is political, the onus is on you to prove it is political. Your source here does not prove this. It only proves membership. Selectively cherry picking wikipedia policy, misapplying wikipedia policy, and ignoring the principles of wikipedia policy do not make for much of an argument. This is what you are doing. Hell you even call out policy that doesn't apply. wp:coi and wp:autobio? Now notability criteria? It's simple, the source, what does it prove? That he has a membership. What else does it prove? Nothing. He may very well use DT to fund conservative causes. This is unknown. Your source does not show this. I'm not going to prove a negative or a position that is not my own. It is not my position that he does not use DT to channel money to conservative political causes. It is my position that the sources provided here do not show that he does. It's unknown currently. Provide a source that shows he does. Your misapplication of notability criteria does nothing for your case. Quit trying to make a false dichotomy here. Also, quit pinging me.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 02:29, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
@Serialjoepsycho: - re "WP:NNC Notability criteria does not apply to content within an article." - I'm confused. This seems to support my point. Remember, the folks here are arguing to exclude b/c they don't feel this fact is notable.
re "A source saying that an individual has a gym membership doesn't prove that an individual uses a treadmill." - Good work carrying the analogy. But a treadmill is a particular type of exercise in the same way neoconservatism is a particular type of politics. We are not saying "Singer is a member at DT, so he must be a neoconservative". There's a difference between saying that "someone is going to a gym, so they are probably exercising" and "someone is going to a gym, so they are probably using a treadmill". One of those comments is fair and reasonable. Singer has an account at DT, and that's probably relevant to his political behavior.
WP:DUE tells us that we should present information "in proportion to the prominence of each viewpoint in the published, reliable sources." You seem to be holding a single self published source over all the third party RS that exists. Clearly UNDUE. NickCT (talk) 11:39, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps the most spirited defense of the view that not all Donors Trust activities are political is in the National Review ref: (Zeiser, Bill (September 24, 2014). "Dark Money". National Review. Retrieved February 7, 2015. ) It is a somewhat weak example of a 3rd party, non-SPS source in that it relies on an interview with Donors Trust's founder/president/board chair. I think Donors Trusts location on the political spectrum might be best described as "non-liberal," or "neutral to conservative," in that they explicitly state they will not work with "liberal" causes. Hugh (talk) 15:32, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
"What else does it prove? Nothing." I don't agree that the proposed content is so devoid of information as to be useless to our readers. The subject of this article has his own foundation. He could give to a grantee directly, and we would never know about it, but it might cause problems for the grantee, which needs a wide base of support to show it is a public charity, as opposed to a private foundation, in order to maintain the deductibility of donations, which is an important development tool. Donors Trust and other donor advised funds leverage IRS rulings that as a sort of pool of donors, a grant from a donor advised fund to a charity does not jeopardize its status, even if the original source of the cash is an individual. He could give through his foundation, but that would leave breadcrumbs in the foundation's mandated disclosures. Also, intermediating a grant through Donors Trust rather than his own foundation has advantageous tax treatment as Donors Trust is itself a charity as opposed to a foundation; he can deduct more and offset his considerable income. I agree we don't know from RS the magnitude of his largess to Donors Trust or the identities of the ultimate beneficiaries, let alone their political activity. Yet the key notability of Donors Trust is its ability to intermediate large donations anonymously. Hospitals and schools, sure, but another key aspect of the notability of Donors Trust is the copious RS on its predilection for organizations that are pushing the envelope of political activity by charities. Noting when RS is contradictory or unclear on a question is something we do on WP when necessary. This article includes highly noteworthy sections on both his philanthropy and political activity. In part the proposed content serves our readers, who take the time to understand Donors Trust a bit, to inform them that we do not have a complete accounting of the subject of this article's philanthropic and/or political activities, that we probably never will, and that it is by his choice/design. Hugh (talk) 16:11, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
@Serialjoepsycho: Would you agree to include the proposed content in the existing philanthropy section? Do I understand from your comments that you support the proposed content, in general, but you feel you cannot support the RfC without implicitly endorsing the view that contributions to Donors Trust are political? Hugh (talk) 15:24, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @NickCT:, Stop pinging me. WP:NNC does not support you and you do not understand the principles of due weight. WP:NNC posits that notability criteria applies to the creation and retention of an article and that it does not apply to the content of an article. To explain this to you, To write an article about Robert Singer and keep it from being deleted, Singer would have to be notable. This is not the content of the article but the subject of the article that has to be notable. In short and simple terms, Notability criteria does not apply here unless you are suggesting that Singer is not notable. It does not matter if DT is notable for donating to conservative causes.

WP:DUE does tell us to present information "in proportion to the prominence of each viewpoint in the published, reliable sources." This article is about Singer, the source says Singer has an account with DT, The source does not say that Singer has an account with DT that he uses to fund conservative political causes. You are applying undue weight to his status as an account holder to say that he undertakes an activity that isn't supported by the sources provided. Just because he eats a McDoanlds doesn't mean he eats a Big Mac. With Chicken McNuggets on the menu its better not to speculate. You can not verify the Big Mac here.

@HughD: What does it prove besides he is an account holder? Nothing this the correct answer. He could be this, he could be that, he could wear blue socks today. This is all speculation. We do not know. It's not devoid of information it provides information. It provides information, information that he is an account holder.

I can not endorse this RFC, because I do not support this RFC. This RFC asks, "Can we put this in the political activity section because it is relevant to Singer's political activities?" The source does not support this notion. Nick CT brings up a question of whether we should consider DT a philanthropic organization. The only source I've seen to suggest that they are is [3] this self published source.The question would be if we give weight to the position that they are. The way to answer this question would be to follow WP:SELFPUB 5 questions. To me all of the questions suggest that we can reliably consider DT philanthropic. I'm not opposed to putting, "Singer has an account with Donors Trust." in the philanthropy section. I don't like the tone of a conservative donor advised fund.I don't consider that this leads to an impartial tone. This could be amended to something along the lines of, a nonprofit donor advised fund that does not support liberal causes. Except for the fact that they don't support liberal causes the organization seems apolitical.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 21:38, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your continued engagement. "It provides information, information that he is an account holder." Thanks, we are substantially in agreement, and of course that's all the proposed content claims, but as I explained above, I think it conveys a bit more than that, although yeah it proves nothing. Beyond their own website, another important source for Donors Trust's status is the US IRS, which considers Donors Trust a 501(c)(3) public charity: as a condition of the tax deductibility of donations, while they are not strictly prohibited from any involvement in politics, politics cannot be their main mission, they are expected to be nonpartisan, and they cannot endorse or material participate in political campaigns. Though, again, Donors Trust is notable for funding orgs that noodle up to those limitations. Also I agree you suggest a more accurate improvement to the brief description here (as well as the lede of Donors Trust), but I'm not sure our readers would say we are doing them a favor, a nonprofit donor advised fund that does not support liberal causes is kind of a mouthful, and I think many readers and fellow editors upon seeing it and will wonder WTF, you mean conservative? Hugh (talk) 22:32, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
That is more of a philosophical discussion if it conveys more or not. It's not overtly relevant to the actual discussion here. It not directly or overtly convey anything but that he has a membership. We can't use the source to say anything but. Basically we either need a better source or we need to quit trying to lead the readers to a conclusion. Ok IRS, so then it seems fine to post it in the philanthropy. Yes that is long winded, but it is accurate and impartial, and it doesn't attempt to lead the reader to any unsourced notion about Singer. The Donors Trust is not a conservative donor advised fund, but instead it's a nonprofit donor advised fund for conservatives. While it is for conservatives, it doesn't exclusively support conservative nonprofit charities. It specifically doesn't support liberal causes. Something along the lines of nonprofit donor advised fund would perhaps be better.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 23:50, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
re "WP:NNC does not support you" - Perhaps you haven't read the discussion above. A number of folks are opposing inclusion on the basis that the information simply isn't notable. You've just argued that inclusion in the body of article isn't dictated by the information's notability.
re "The source does not say that Singer has an account with DT that he uses to fund conservative political causes." - Again, you seem to be focusing on a single source. There are lots of sources available saying that DT funds political causes. No 3rd party sources which say it funds something else. To go back to the gym analogy, you seem be arguing that since a reference doesn't explicitly say someone is using a gym for exercise, we can't know having a gym membership is relevant to someone's exercise routine. That's a weird "double think" argument. If we have a source saying he has a gym membership, and lots of sources saying gyms are for excercise, isn't it just a reasonable assumption to assume gym memberships are linked to exercise?
Your McDonalds analogy doesn't hold, b/c McDonalds is notable for serving much more than big Macs. DT is only notable for funding political efforts. NickCT (talk) 02:15, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
The majority of what you have to say is irrelevant. Yes I said Notability guidelines do not dictate the content of the article. I also linked the policy said this. WP:NNC again is this policy. What is the relevance of, "A number of folks are opposing inclusion on the basis that the information simply isn't notable."? So what if they do? How is that relevent to this discussion? Notability guidelines do not apply, wp:nnc. wp:nnc is a shortcut to a section of wp:n which are the notability guidelines. They explain everything in a very clear and easy to understand manner.
I seem be focusing on one source because I am. If you brought 50 sources that said, "DT funds political causes", I would point out to you that are all completely irrelevant to the discussion and then I would ignore them and continue focusing on the one source available. It doesn't matter if you have a source that says that DT funds political causes. We are not talking about DT. We are talking about Singer. Dt does fund political causes. They also fund nonpolitical causes. DT's website shows this. You don't like that DT website shows this. It is actually irrelevant if you like that or not. While under your personal policy you do not find this to be acceptable, It is acceptable under wikipedia policy. Your policy is not applicable here, wikipedia policy is. The policy is wp:aboutself. However just to go ahead and state the obvious, Hugh has linked a 3rd party source that shows that DT supports nonpolitical causes. Two reliable sources. One a self published source and the other a 3rd party source.You shouldn't do analogies.
To further waste my time with your analogy, Singer has a membership to a gym (donors trust). At this Gym he exercises (donates money). We do not know if he uses a treadmill (donates to conservative causes) there or use a stationary bike (donates to nonpolitical causes). You're not saying that he exercises. You're saying that he uses a treadmill. You have no evidence, no source, nothing to make this claim. While I am sorry that the McDonalds analogy was not written delicately enough for you to understand, but is still holds. Your argument is again that because he uses a certain company he must use a specific product, ignoring that they have other products that he can use instead. This is all based on your intuition and not any evidence. It's original research. What you are trying to promote is original research.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 04:28, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
@Serialjoepsycho: - re "Notability guidelines do not dictate the content of the article" - Right. So whether we feel the information is notable or not, it can go into the body of a article.
You keep pushing this idea that DT does more than fund political causes. You are doing this on the basis of a single self-published source, and basically ignoring that the overwhelming number of sources stating that DT funds political activities. If you're failing to see how this WP:UNDUE, you're simply trying to ignore the point.
If the KKK put on their website, "We fund animal hospitals", you would essentially argue that we couldn't know KKK membership was relevant to someone's position on race, because they may just be in the KKK to help animals.
That's willful foolishness. NickCT (talk) 11:28, 17 April 2015 (UTC)
Again, Do not ping me. Understand?
I'm pushing no ideas. I am pointing out the verifiable fact that DT does fund more than political causes. I have provided a source for verification that meets wikipedia standards. You don't hear that. Though there is no need for it, Hugh has provided a 3rd party source that verifies this. You don't hear that. You keep spouting policy alphabet soup in lieu of an argument. You quote wp:coi above. It does not apply. You quote wp:autobio above. It does not apply. You misapply wp:aboutself above. wp:undue This again is a policy that you do not understand. You are advocating synth and trying to exclude reliable sources without a reasonable policy justification. Your synth, as with all original research is prohibited. This article is about Paul Singer. This article is not about Donors trust. Putting this information in the article under the political activity section does not make a statement about Donors Trust. This makes a statement about Paul Singer. You do not have a reliable source to verify this statement about Singer. You have not tried to provide such a source. You have focused on filling this conversation with irrelevant and useless information. Malformed analogies.. Your KKK analogy is malformed. It borders closely to being an association fallacy. I don't know that you could actually call it an association fallacy as it isn't competently written. Are you going to insert Nazi's in the conversation next? DT does have the option for donors to donate to nonpolitical causes. Again this has been verified. Donors Trust is a Donor Advised Fund. Paul Singer the account holder decides which organization that the funds he gives to Donors trust will go to. Paul Singer could possibly give it all to conservative political organizations. But this is speculation, because we don't know. Wikipedia is not a WP:CRYSTALBALL. Get a source or drop the stick.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 00:57, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

@Atsme: Thanks for your response. The proposed content at the head of this thread seems to me a very straightforward paraphrase of the source. One source. How is it WP:SYNTH? Thanks. Hugh (talk) 16:18, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

You are quite welcome, HughD. The passage cited in the source: Several wealthy conservatives who have attended Koch fundraising parties have Donors Trust accounts includes a short list of some of the donors naming Paul Singer as one. It doesn't categorize the fund as a conservative donor advised fund which is the topic of this RfC. I didn't quite understand the relevance of such an insignificant passing mention or what the inclusion of such a statement attempts to relay to the reader. Another statement in the cited source suggests: Conservative foundations and individuals use Donors Trust to pass money to a vast network of think tanks and media outlets that push free-market ideology in the states which also doesn't support the RfC topic statement, "conservative donor advised fund", so SYNTH must be used to draw the conclusion that Donors Trust is a conservative donor advised fund because the source doesn't support that statement. Singer is a conservative who donates to a charity believed to pass money to a vast network of yada yada yada. And? Is there not a better source than passing mention in a Koch-funded charity article? Paul Singer donates to many different charities so is the plan to list all the charities to which he donates in this BLP or just the ones believed to have a political slant? If the latter, we get into BALANCE, UNDUE and NPOV issues. Hope that explanation helps. Happy editing! AtsmeConsult 17:37, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. That is helpful. Yes, the term "conservative" is part of a brief definition of a new term, Donors Trust, on first mention in this article, in conformance with WP:LINKSYTLE and is drawn from the lede of Donors Trust's wp article, not necessarily from the refs cited here. How would you feel if the proposed content above wer amended to strike "conservative?" Thanks. In conjunction with the idea from above of adding the content to the philanthropy section? Thanks. Hugh (talk) 21:59, 18 April 2015 (UTC)
You're welcome. My recommendation would be to cite the source with in-text attribution, Wikipedia:Citing_sources#In-text_attribution. Community consensus will determine inclusion of a passage based on WP:WEIGHT, WP:BALANCE and of course, relevance. In this situation, is it [Wikipedia:Trivial_mentions|trivial]] noteworthy? The notability guidelines do not apply to article or list content (with the exception that some lists restrict inclusion to notable items or people). Content coverage within a given article or list (i.e., whether something is noteworthy enough to be mentioned in the article or list) is governed by the principle of due weight and other content policies. because the article actually isn't about the BLP and only involves his name in a list. Good luck. AtsmeConsult 00:01, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
WP:TRIVIALMENTION is an inapplicable essay here. WP:NNC Notability guidelines do not apply to content with in an article.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 01:30, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I meant noteworthy. Btw, even though notability guidelines do not apply to article content, there is mention that explains how content coverage (noteworthiness) is governed by WP:WEIGHT and other content policies. One other such content policy is WP:NPOV which states: ...discussion of isolated events, criticisms, or news reports about a subject may be verifiable and impartial, but still disproportionate to their overall significance to the article topic. There are parallels. Call it what you will, but having Singer's name in a list in an article about Koch is hardly noteworthy. AtsmeConsult 03:32, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Noteworthy may be the word you were looking for it's just not a word used by wp:weight. WP:weight would keep us from saying, Singer has an account with Donors Trust, a conservative donor advised fund. under the political activity section. The reason for this is because including it under the political activities section and with the word conservative makes unsubstantiated claims against Singer. Making such unsubstantiated claims detracts from the NPOV. Mentioning that Singer has an account with Donors Trust, a nonprofit donor advised fund. or Singer has an account with Donors Trust, a donor advised fund. or Singer has an account with Donors Trust. is different. These claims have been substantiated. It wouldn't meaningfully affect the balance of the article included in the philanthropy section. If you wanted to exclude that you'd need another basis than weight.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 04:25, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────I wouldn't state it as fact in Wiki voice. As I said earlier, inline citation with in-text and so included Singer on a list with other conservatives as having an account with Donors Trust. But again, so what? Who cares? While mention of his views is appropriate, we don't need to dissect every nook and cranny of his personal finances. A little privacy please per BLP policy. More attention needs to focus on the format and MOS of this BLP because it leaves a lot to be desired. It reads more like a hybrid list than a BLP. See examples of GAs on BLPs: Stanley Marcus, Charles Keating, and Joe Biden for starters. AtsmeConsult 23:12, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

You would not present this as fact and I would not eat bubble gum off of the ground. Both are irrelevant. Paul Singer gives money to Donors Trust. The source validates this. Your argument based on inline citation with in text attribution? You'd have to be more specific as They plan on using intext attribution it seems. They provide the source they plan on using. Your argument isn't that the source is unreliable. Privacy per BLP? Could you link the portion of the policy that you are referring to? The rest of it's a bit of a rant that doesn't have an application to this conversation. Strive for coherence. I mean you linked wp:NNC to the word noteworthy. This is not applying a policy, just applying a blue link. The policy would be wp:undue and the other policies related to what is noteworthy. Apply those policies instead of applying blue links to the page. You just don't like it and that's fine. You don't have to. There is no requirement that you like things on wikipedia. Instead of telling me you don't like it, go ahead apply policy to your conversation and explain why this should no way be in the article based on policy. -Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 01:36, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
SJP, please restrict your comments to content when addressing me. AtsmeConsult 02:50, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Atsme, if you feel the above is a personal attack, here is a convenient link to WP:ANI. -Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 04:12, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
re "Do not ping me" - Hmmm... Little touchy about the pings, huh? Well I'm sorry. It's not meant to be harassing.
You seem to be a little touchy about a lot of stuff. I think I'd echo Atsme's comments in asking that you try to focus on the argument rather than the arguer.
re "being an association fallacy" - Listen, if you don't like the KKK example point to any other group which is notable for one thing. Say he was a member of the of the ACLU. I'm sure there are people who hold membership in the ACLU for reasons other than supporting civil liberties. But if Singer had a "Position on Civil Liberties" section, it would be entirely apt to mention membership in the ACLU even if we didn't know exactly what he was doing with his membership. The ACLU if chiefly notable as an organization that tackles civil liberty issues. DT is chiefly notable as an organization that funds political advocacy. You can't point to the ACLU's website, note that they arrange bake sales, and say "Oh. Maybe Singer is a ACLU member b/c he likes bake sales". That's simply an unreasonable inference. NickCT (talk) 13:51, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Touchy about pings? Not at all. I am perhaps a little touchy about having to indicate to you 3 times that I don't wish you to ping me. Well since you wish to echo Atsme, Let me direct you up to my response. There's a convenient link directly to ANI. If you feel personally attacked or that I have attacked anyone then by all means use that convenient link and report it.

I don't like your KKK example because not only is it bad it's nonsensical. If you would like to switch it to the ACLU then by all means do, however it's still bad and nonsensical. The only difference now is it doesn't seem like you are trying to insert bias. The KKK is a hate group. It's very likely that people get membership to do something related to hate. The ACLU is ect and the primary purpose of a membership is ect. The Donors Trust is a donor advised fund. It is a charity that administers charitable donations on behalf of an individual, group or ect. It's only stated purpose is to insure that it won't go to liberal causes. They have available the option for the donors to direct their fund to some conservative causes and some non-political causes. If you would like to suggest that Singer directs his donations to conservative causes all you have to do is provide a reliable source for this. The ball is in and has long been in your court. Provide the source. If not then drop the stick. There's need for any more nonsensical and convoluted arguments.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 15:20, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

re "The ACLU is ect" - what is "ect"?
re "They have available the option for the donors to direct their fund to some conservative causes and some non-political causes" - Again, the only reference you have the "non-political causes" is DT itself. The way you're stating it, it seems like you are applying equal weight to DT's self-stated purpose, and the purpose a dozen independent 3rd party RS's say about it. Clearly undue.
re "If you would like to suggest that Singer directs his donations to conservative" - I think the onus is on you to provide a source that says that Singers membership at an organization, which almost exclusively funds political groups, is being used to fund something other than political groups.
re "There's need for any more nonsensical and convoluted arguments" - Agreed. Please stop offering them. NickCT (talk) 15:48, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
Pardon, Etc... The only reference I have is a reliable source by wikipedia policy. If you don't not like this policy start an RFC or take some action to get it changed. And while this reliable source is the only I provided (to repeat this for again) Hugh provided a third party source above. But I don't expect that you hear any of this. While you "think" the onus is on me, it's more than clear under the BLP that the onus is on you. Any material challenged or likely to be challenged must be explicitly attributed to a reliable, published source. Even with your original research your case fails to meet this simple standard. Btw, I'm not posting your comments and appending your signature to them. Your not the first editor to post nonsensical and convoluted arguments. No need to try to pass the buck.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 21:24, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

@RightCowLeftCoast: Regarding your opinion that WP should respect the anonymity, may I ask for the basis in policy or guideline? All of investigative journalism is publishing facts that someone does not want to be made public, is it your opinion that all results of investigative journalism are prohibited? Hugh (talk) 15:01, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Can you please be more specific about which clause under WP:INDISCRIMINATE you feel applies here? The proposed content is not "indiscriminate." The proposed content was published by Center for Public Integrity after an investigation of hundreds of contributions in many federal disclosure documents. This is exactly what "discriminate" looks like. The source of the proposed content is NBC News, a highly reliable, highly noteworthy source; sufficiently noteworthy that multiple references are not necessary for inclusion. The proposed content was published by NBC News because NBC News thought the proposed content was important to their readers. This is exactly what "due weight" looks like. Hugh (talk) 14:54, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Honestly, @HughD:, you don't make a case that this is not indiscriminate. You make a case that it is verifiable. Verifiability does not suggest that something is "discriminate". WP:INDISCRIMINATE points out that verifiability is not enough in itself for encyclopedic inclusion.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 14:59, 2 May 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your comment. We agree, the proposed content is verifiable. We agree, verifiability is not everything. I will attempt to re-paraphrase the above stated reasons why this content is discriminate. Recognize the content is the result of investigative journalism. Although Donors Trust does not divulge its account holders, contributions to the fund may be included in the IRS filings of the donors themselves. The investigative journalists poured over many, many federal disclosures. Of all the contributors to Donors Trust, NBC News considered a few to be significantly noteworthy to share with their readers. Neither the NBC News source, nor the proposed content here, is an indiscriminate list of all donors, or of all donors they found. In short, the proposed content is discriminate for Wikipedia for the same reason it was discriminate for NBC News. No offense, but to me frankly this is pretty straightforward. If it is not to you, please ask for further clarification and I will try again. WP:INDISCRIMINATE lists 4 sub-cases, it might help me understand your issue if you could please identify which sub-case you feel is most applicable here toward demonstrating the proposed content is indiscriminant. Thanks again. Hugh (talk)
It may very well be "discriminate" at the DT article (note of course that I'm not saying it is or isn't), however this again is the Paul Singer article. One detail is provide by this source about Paul Singer. No actual context is provided. Now at the end you leave it to me to pick one of the four examples it would fall into. This tactic is faulty. There are no hard and fast rules at wikipedia. Not every possible example of indiscrimination is provided. You're trying to argue the letter of policy, but in application of wikipedia policies its well known that the actual spirit of the policy is more important than the letter.
Of course I'm just pointing out that your argument does nothing to show this is not indisciminate. However I just noted that this is a reprint of a CPI story and not an NBC story. I notice in the original printing more information is provided. Graphs and such. [4] Looking at the original print I do have to ask if Paul Singer actually has an account at all or if the Paul Singer family foundation is who has the account. Well it's actually clear that the Paul Singer Family Foundation has an account, but does Paul Singer actually have an account?-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 23:16, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

@BiologistBabe:, Can you show that Singer having a Donor's Trust Account, "will alter people's voting behavior"? Do you know of an election, Political Action Committee, or the like that his money that he has given to DT has went to? The sources under discussion do not show this information. There is no evidence that here taht Singers patronage of Donor's Trust will alter people's voting behavior.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 18:09, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the debate. Please do not modify it. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


Asbestos and vulture capitalism[edit]

This link has serious allegations about the subject's involvement as a vulture capitalist in asbestos compensation claims; should we summarize this someplace in the article, assuming we can find a non-self-published source? Finding such shouldn't be too hard since the relevant transactions are a matter of public record. --I A Huasca (talk) 04:09, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

Probably, but Palast has been deemed non-noteworthy for this article for reasons unknown, even though doing a quick search he's been used as a source multiple times on other pages. Also, your user page which consists of "sock of longtime user for certain topics" might cause problems here. Nonetheless, I for one would like to see these relevant transactions if you come across them since leaving something like that out of an article would be bordering on absurd. SegataSanshiro1 (talk) 05:18, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
So Palast is verboten here even if non-selfpub? Interesting; might be worth taking that up more widely. Still, I doubt he's the only one to report on this. (My sock is perfectly acceptable for privacy reasons, per WP:SOCK#LEGIT; thanks, and I'll add that to my user page.) --I A Huasca (talk) 06:25, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
You couldn't possibly source anything to that page, which is clearly self-published. If Palast has made equivalent statements elsewhere you might be able to source something to those. If you want to enquire about the reliability of a possible source then start at Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard. Jonathan A Jones (talk) 07:29, 3 February 2016 (UTC)
Palast has written for The Guarian and BBC, but those sources have also been deemed unusable here in the past for reasons, even when naming Palast in the article as the person making the statements. There's a hefty list of sources which were also ignored here. SegataSanshiro1 (talk) 17:42, 3 February 2016 (UTC)