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Thursday, 29 October 2009

The Caroline Righton smear campaign moves onto Wikipedia

On Sunday both myself and Councillor Matt Davies blogged about Caroline Righton's smear campaign of the Lib Dems candidate for St. Austell & Newquay, Steve Gilbert.

Then yesterday there was a series of postings across a range of blogs about how one week on neither Caroline Righton or the local Conservatives had had the decency to apologise and advise the same voters of the mistake as the week before, so the local Liberal Democrats have now written a letter to David Cameron and Eric Pickles seeking an answer.

When you visit Caroline Righton's page on Wikipedia it appears that all is not well there either.

It appears a member of Caroline Righton's staff has blanked the page at least twice and seems very determined to take it down, much to the annoyance of Wikipedia. Here is the conversation from the discussion page on Caroline Righton's wikipedia page between a member of her staff and Wikipedia staff.

Caroline Righton Does not want to have a Wikipedia Page
—Preceding unsigned comment added by Cabkol (talkcontribs) 00:24, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
It's not up to her. Wikipedia has strong policies about the content of biographies of living persons, so please do feel free to correct any factual inaccuracies or any lack of neutrality of its presentation. But blanking the article is not an option. She is a notable person. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 00:36, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

How can it not be up to her? surely she can choose what on here? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cabkol (talkcontribs) 00:48, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

She has more control about what appears on here than she does over the news, but she does not control whether or not information appears at all. She is a notable public figure. She does, however, have control over the accuracy of the information presented, if anything in the article is inaccurate. I mention the news comparison in my first sentence to make my basic point -- no, she cannot choose whether or not she has an article on here, just as she cannot choose whether or not the news, or any other public source, releases information on her. Ginsengbomb (talk) 00:52, 11 October 2009 (UTC)
Are you the Anon editor who blanked the page on 1st October? As users Escape Orbit and Ginsengbomb have pointed out, she passes the criteria for WP:notability. However, be aware that: (1) continually blanking the page will get you banned, (2) As you claim to work for Caroline Righton, you may be blocked from editing this page through rules on WP:BIAS. As has been pointed out, you or Caroline Righton can point out issues of inaccuracy which can be quickly modified. I would also advise, having been involved with other pages where users where concerned about content inclusion or editing by those with an agenda, that there are other rules and outlined ways of dealing with concerns of those who have articles at Wikipedia. If you could communicate here or to one of us on our talk pages what these concerns are, perhaps we could address these directly. Not having a page is not an option, but making sure it is accurate and managing it carefully are all covered within our rules. If you have any questions, happy to chat. Rgds, --Trident13 (talk) 10:02, 11 October 2009 (UTC).


Rankersbo said...

The other think the meber of Caroline's staff who blanked the page did was to delete metric measurements from articles about the river clyde and atlantic ocean. The articles already had imperial alternatives!

Anonymous said...

Interestingly Cabkol claims the LibDem candidate Stephen Gilbert has deleted their own page
"So you're telling me that a person has no right to control his/her information what so ever.
Oh and by the way if she can't delete her page howcome her opponent Stephen Gilbert was able to delete his a few months ago?"

In fact the link on the St Austell and Newquay page was to Stephen Gilbert Artist (died 2007) not the candidate who has never had a wikipedia page.

(cur) (prev) 20:28, 2 February 2009 Saalstin (talk | contribs) m (3,185 bytes) (delinking as this Stephen Gilbert does not have an article) (undo)

Cabkol appears to have a problem getting their basic information correct and back checking their claims, as well as understanding what wikipedia actually is!

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