Notability is not policy. It is said to exist to "determine whether a topic merits its own article." But this is unnecessary since the core policies of WP:V, WP:NPOV, and WP:NOR suffice to regulate content. Jimbo Wales himself cited these reasons when he spoke against notability fore-runners "fame and importance" as reasons to delete an article. Debate has raged since then, but despite a lack of concensus, its creeping bureaucracy has a long history of expanding.
The first sentence of Wikipedia's main page for policies and guidelines contends that the two exist to further our goal of creating...the largest encyclopedia in history, both in terms of breadth and in terms of depth. Notability defeats this goal. It hinders the addition of articles that would broaden our scope. Once deleted, those articles cannot be deepend to provide greater quality.
The longer notability is tolerated, the more entrenched it will become in editors' minds and the very culture of Wikipedia. Editors will be reluctant to reconsider. Already, many editors quote notability as if it were policy. It has become a blunt instrument to rationalize deletionism on AfD. Newcomers and bold editors who attempt to ignore the rule are beaten into submission by the sprawling pages of notability guidelines and bureaucracy of editors (and even admins) who have been conditioned to accept notability. This situation must be righted.
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