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WikiProject Countering systemic bias
WikiProject icon This page is supported by the Countering systemic bias WikiProject, which provides a central location to counter systemic bias on Wikipedia. Please participate by editing the article, and help us improve articles to good and 1.0 standards, or visit the wikiproject page for more details.

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Please read the associated WikiProject Page before posting here. If you notify the project, please be prepared to show how any potential bias could be resulting in a lack of balanced coverage, or some other omission, as described on the WikiProject Page.

Expansion of article[edit]

Hey, requesting people who know about Pregnancy in art to edit this newly created page and add information about it. (talk) 15:19, 17 April 2017 (UTC)

Introducing the Community health initiative on English Wikipedia[edit]

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Community health initiative
Helping the Wikimedia volunteer community to reduce the level of harassment and disruptive behavior on our projects.

Hello! Today we'd like to introduce the new Community health initiative, the people who will be working on it, and most importantly how you can get involved. See the post at Village pump (miscellaneous), Cheers, Caroline, Sydney, & Trevor of the Anti-Harassment Tools team. (delivered by SPoore (WMF) (talk) , Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 02:20, 3 May 2017 (UTC))

Reporting cases of bias[edit]

As far as I can tell, there seems no proposal on the table for editors who may be experiencing bias and inappropriate counter-productive efforts to build an encyclopedia. Where do I ask for someone to address this issue on my behalf? Best Regards,

Barbara (WVS)   20:32, 20 May 2017 (UTC)
You can see by reading this project subject page that this is a collaboration of editors who deal with systemic bias in Wikipedia articles. Sorry you are experiencing any kind of bias and inappropriate counter-productive efforts here. If you are not satisfied by the editors at the Community health initiative, where tools are being developed for your specific use, then there is always the traditional Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents, where you should be able to report any specific case of other editors mistreating you or your work here. There is no excuse for such bias, no place for it on this encyclopedia project! These incidents are best handled by the editor who has been victimized.  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  20:36, 18 June 2017 (UTC)
Adding to that, if you are facing impolite unbecoming behavior, you can ask for a WP:Third opinion on whether the conduct is acceptable. WP:Dispute resolution may also be useful. Harassment and threats of violence, outing or legal action are never tolerated on Wikipedia. If you receive any kinds of threats (even off wiki), immediately report them to WP:AN/I or by e-mail to the Wikimedia Foundation at, and appropriate action will be taken. LK (talk) 04:26, 5 July 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for that! and I am taking the liberty of pinging the user to make sure the message gets to them.  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  16:57, 6 July 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for your reply. Best Regards,
Barbara (WVS)   16:52, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Discrepancy in AfD results and bias towards keeping US/Europe/Australia transport articles[edit]

I have been trying to contribute for a week and I feel there is a certain amount of discrepancy in AfD results. This has been extremely discouraging, particularly because my second article was nominated for deletion within a few hours (despite similar articles in Europe/US existing for years). I have been contributing broadly about transport and places and I can't help but feel that articles about US/Europe/Australia tend to be kept while similar articles about India (and other Asian countries) are quite easily deleted. There is a requirement of WP:BEFORE but editors seem to ignore it and just vote for delete without even attempting to find sources. There is also a lack of will to WP:PRESERVE information. In cases of US/Europe/Australia, often editors ask for a merge to preserve information. However the same courtesy is not extended to other articles. Here are some examples to illustrate my point

I would be happy to know if there is any way to address this. I understand that there are fewer editors from India and other Asian countries, which creates a problem. But I also feel editors could be a bit more aware and at least attempt to search for sources. I try hard to find references, and it is extremely discouraging if articles are going to be deleted simply because a number of editors vote delete (perhaps without attempting to search for sources). It takes a lot of time to find sources, add citations and copy-edit the articles. If Wikipedia will delete contributions so easily, I might as well not contribute.--DreamLinker (talk) 19:15, 14 July 2017 (UTC)