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New pages patrol editors should use this protocol if you feel that a new article fails WP:PROF, or if you plan to apply a {{Prod}} to an article and generate the concern:

It is an article about an academic that does not indicate the importance or significance of the subject.

  1. Put {{Flag-article}} on the Discussion page.
  2. Put {{Flag-editor}} on the author's Talk page.
  3. Put {{Prod}} on the Article.
  4. MOVE ON.

If you are an inclusionist, then you can use this protocol to flag articles and editors for cleanups during some future session, in which case the 3rd Step becomes, "Put some lipstick on this pig" :-)

It is the author's responsibility to find reliable source references, but just because there are none currently in the article does not mean that none can be found by a simple Google search … if you do not have time to look for them at the moment, then flag the article for further review later.

See: WP:FLAG-BIO for additional boiler plates.

1st Step: Flag the article[edit]

Place the following {{Flag-article}} on the article's Discussion page. (If it already has messages, you may omit the {{Talk header}} template.)

{{Talk header}}
{{subst:Flag-article|EditorName|Academics|header=1}} — ~~~~

Don't forget the edit summary:

"Talk header – 1st contact"

2nd Step: Alert the author[edit]

Place the following {{Flag-editor}} on the author's Talk page. (If they already have messages, you may omit the {{Welcome}} template, or substitute another one if you prefer, like {{Nn-welcome}}.)

{{subst:Flag-editor|ArticleName|Academics|header=1}} — ~~~~

Provide an edit summary:

"Flagging [[ArticleName]] for further review"

3rd Step: Tag the article[edit]

{{subst:Prod|Article lacks sufficient [[WP:Attribution|]] for
[[WP:Verifiability|]] of the [[WP:PROF]] notability criteria}}

Edit summary:

"{{Prod}} – see Discussion page"

And don't forget to notify the author on their Talk page:

"{{subst:Proposed deletion notify|ArticleName}}"

4th Step: MOVE ON[edit]

If a Discussion page still has not gone redlink after a week, then you may assume that:

  • it's already been revisited at least once already, and
  • Some Other Editor has declined it since your last visit, but they neglected to ping you.

This means it's time to either:

(a) consider whether you want to try to improve the article by searching for evidence of notability,
(b) involve the rest of the community with an AfD, or else
(c) delete it from your watchlist and MOVE ON.