QUOTE(Milton Roe @ Mon 11th October 2010, 9:12pm)
Now srsly, NewYorkBrad. Does this mean WP has no accepted a new standard of notability? MR. McMahan is a very rich philanthropist who had a affair with his daughter and then married her in Westminster Abbey (or so I heard), and now is being sued by her in a somewhat...um... sordid case (DNA from vibrators
-- am I mixed up again?). If he isn't notable enough for a WP BLP, then why is the goalie for every city soccer team in the U.K.? Or the professors at our local university, just by virtue of being professors (even if their teaching sucks and there's nothing else interesting about them).
I think the incontinence of Wikipedia is summed up by the Goalie Test.
It is common practice for the world and his
son to make lists of team members over time, American sport especially is dominated by statistics. So from that perspective having an entry
about a player is perfectly reasonable. Where it crosses the line is having personal information.
To a sports almanac, there would be no issue - they determine the format of appropriate information, the fact that David Beckham is married to a supposedly fit bird, has no concept of how to appropriately name his kids, is reputed to have strayed from his marriage vows is not appropriate.
In Wikipedia, it is impossible to enforce a style guide so it is absolutely inevitable that what may start out as a genuine attempt at a worthy goal, a comprehensive sporting guide must degenerate into an opportunistic coat-rack for any gossip that happens to float by in the media.
It is a bit like sticks in a river, the media put out a here today gone tomorrow story and 10 years ago, though embarrassing, the story would fade, now we have Wikipedia being the overgrowths at the side of the river, gathering up every little stick. The difference is that in the real world, eventually it rots and gets washed away and is ignored or is removed by the council or volunteers if it is unsightly, in Wikipedia, it is the first thing you find on an Internet search, and volunteers protect it from washing away or degrading over time.