One of the angry claims swirling around Puppy-Facebook groups is that Wikipedia is targetting Baen authors in general. To add to that claim Sharon Lee did have a notability tag added to her page on July 22 2019 [https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sharon_Lee_(writer)&oldid=907340785 ] which has since been removed. I’ve since seen it claimed that over half or most of the authors listed on Baen’s Wikipedia page have various warnings added to them.
Is this true? As of about 10:30 am July 26 Sydney time when I visited each and every author’s page listed on the Baen page, no, it isn’t. There are 42 authors listed. 41 have Wikipedia pages (Andrew Dennis links to a page about a book series). Of those 15 have warning boxes of one kind or another at the start of their page — mainly “This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification.” Note that among the people listed are very notable authors who aren’t specifically associated with Baen more generally e.g. Andre Norton whose page warns us:
This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. The specific problem is: Remove unreferenced text, original research, etc. (November 2014) This article is written like a personal reflection, personal essay, or argumentative essay that states a Wikipedia editor’s personal feelings or presents an original argument about a topic. (March 2013)This article may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards. The specific problem is: Remove unreferenced text, original research, etc. (November 2014)
That’s the thing about Wikipedia: you get the page that your fans write for you but with edits by passers by.
The mean year of a warning is 2015. Some pages have had unresolved issues since 2008. I don’t know the politics of every author listed on that page but I couldn’t see any particular political pattern.
Of course that doesn’t exclude there being some specific campaign going on right now but in general, warnings etc on books by Baen authors are just the usual stuff you’ll find on Wikipedia with no particular pattern
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