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Vanispamcruftisement (IPA: /væ.nə.spæm.kɹəf.ʼtaɪz.mənt/; sometimes abbreviated as vanispamcruft or VSCA) is a portmanteau comprising several editorial faults which some Wikipedians see as cardinal sins: vanity (i.e., conflict of interest), spam, cruft, and advertisement.
The term was coined by User:Freakofnurture to describe an article nominated for deletion which exhibited all the above properties, being an article apparently created by the owner of a small company, about that company, name-checking the owner of the firm with a brief resume of his skills, and in respect of a company whose products appeared on the face of it to be of strictly limited appeal outside the world of geekdom.
These faults all regard poor neutrality, and any one of them inherently violates Wikipedia's policy on bias.
- Criteria for Speedy Deletion
- Conflicts of interest
- Inclusion guidelines
- Guidelines on external linking
Other bad ideas
- Wikipedia:Complete bollocks
- Wikipedia:I wouldn't know him from a hole in the ground
- Wikipedia:List of really, really, really stupid article ideas that you really, really, really should not create
- Wikipedia:Spam event horizon
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not for things made up in school one day
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not Google
- Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not the place to post your résumé
- User:Durova/The dark side