I recently blogged with excitement about posting a lengthy Pride & Prejudice piece on Wikipedia. Sadly, I received notice today from Wiki’s Ruby2010 that the post had been taken down. The notice read as follows:
- Hello, Mkueber744, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Unfortunately, one or more of your edits to the page Pride & Prejudice (2005 film) have not conformed to Wikipedia’s verifiability policy, and may be removed if they have not yet been. Wikipedia articles should refer only to facts and interpretations that have been stated in print or on reputable websites or other forms of media. Always remember to provide a reliable source for quotations and for any material that is likely to be challenged, or it may be removed. Wikipedia also has a related policy against including original research in articles. Additionally, all new biographies of living people must contain at least one reliable source.
Based on this boilerplate verbiage, I have discerned that the problem with my entry was that the material was not footnoted to a reference source. Apparently, Wikipedia wants only factual information from journalists, not opinion or research from its volunteer editors. When I reviewed the pre-existing P&P entry on Conception and Adaptation, I found every sentence footnoted.
My only safe haven for editing seems to be the Plot, which is not footnoted, and that explains why my entry on the Californication plot summary has survived. But I have no interest in editing other people’s writing, so my Wiki days will be severely limited in the future.