User talk:John from Idegon
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I was looking at the article for James M. Bennett High School... With the exception of a few edits made in the past few days, why are the claims of achievement which you have deleted unencyclopedic, if sources are provided? Why must an achievement be a state championship? Who made these rules John, and where can I find them? Jangodom (talk) 16:36, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
- Hi, Jangodom. Welcome to Wikipedia. I will leave you some new user instructions on your talk page. If you have questions after studying them, feel free to come ask them.
- Unencyclopedic means the content is not appropriate for an encyclopedia, not that it isn't true. Articles are not written to include every fact about the subject, only the most important facts. Other than completely mundane things, all information must be verifiable to reliable sources independent of the subject. We have no interest in what the school says about itself. This is one of the 10 most viewed websites in the entire world. We routinely omit names of people, as their privacy is more valuable than assigning a name to something that the understanding of does not require a name. If you were to read a school article about a school in Nevada, would your understanding of the school be increased by knowing the name of the football coach? Or a kid that won something in 1987? Now if those people were already notable enough that we have a biography on them, then yes, it would and we would use their name. Otherwise, no. In general, all articles in the encyclopedia are to be written to a potential audience of the entire English speaking world. Britain, India, Australia, Canada....the list goes on. Almost half the countries in the world list English as one of their official languages. Articles are not written to promote. They are not written to be a repository of facts primarily of interest to people already knowledgable about the subject or people who are associated with it. Content of articles is decided by consensus. For broad categories of articles such as schools, there are guidelines that represent long term consensus on what should and shouldn't be there. Content on individual articles is decided by consensus building discussions on the particular article's talk page. These discussions are based on good sources and policy.
- Hope this addresses your concerns. If not, feel free to come back with more specific questions. Happy editing. John from Idegon (talk) 17:59, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
You may be interested in a message I have posted at User talk:Magnolia677#Fairview Alpha, Louisiana again. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 18:50, 5 February 2016 (UTC)
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