Wikipedia talk:Blanking sections sometimes violates policies
Hmmm. Having just discovered this essay, I consider it incorrect. Blanking sections is potentially justified under two policies: WP:BOLD and WP:IAR (and sometimes a third, WP:BLP). While it's not a great approach to editing, I would say that if you see a section which is seriously problematic (beyond your ability to edit it into accordance with our policies), blanking it is better than doing nothing. If someone else reverts and restores the section, no harm done (and then you should take it up with them); if not, presumably other editors agreed with your decision to remove it (see WP:Silence and consensus). Bold action like that is how most progress on Wikipedia gets made (see WP:BRD). Discussing a potential removal first is preferable, but not always necessary.
Additionally, I have to object to the suggestion that blanking part of an article is equivalent to deleting it (or nominating it for deletion). The major difference is that blanking is easily reversible by anybody, whereas deletion is not. For that reason, blanking is far less serious than deletion, and it is not necessary to always inform an editor before you remove their edits from an article.
Finally, I just want to make the point that an action taken in good faith with the intention of improving the encyclopaedia is not vandalism, although if it is not adequately explained it may well appear as such to others. Robofish (talk) 00:45, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
- I understand your point-of-view, in wanting to emphasize the rare exceptions when instant blanking would be allowed. However, many WP policies clearly state that blanking (or wholesale rewriting) of sections is an extremely rare situation. If that rarity is not noted as being "very, very rare" then the door is opened to simply claim WP:IAR and then violate every policy, every second of the day, which is, in effect, what has been happening. I would amend WP:IAR to warn it should be used no more than "3 times per article" or "5 times per day" by a single person. The result has been severe chaos in hacking numerous articles, while claiming self-righteous justifications. -Wikid77 (talk) 01:17, 17 August 2010 (UTC)
- Addendum: For further issues, it is misleading to claim that blanking is easily reversible by anybody while deletion is not; instead, they are both easily reversed, by editing. I have recreated numerous deleted articles, and the resistance depends on what is in the new page, as well as people violently opposed to an article's title as a separate page. Blanking sections is akin to deleting whole articles, because if all sections are blanked, then the article becomes empty, thus effectively deleting the article (except for the title) without WP:AfD consensus. -Wikid77 01:43, 1 April 2011 (UTC)
- In any case, per The policy on biographies of living persons,
Remove immediately any contentious material about a living person that is unsourced or poorly sourced
- I agree with Robofish. This is a highly problematic essay which was encouraging violations several core pillars, WP:V, WP:NOR and WP:NPOV. I've deleted those passages. I really wonder if this even belongs in project space being obviously designed as an essay arguing for extreme inclusionism. Tijfo098 (talk) 05:58, 24 November 2012 (UTC)