I keep feeling the need to quote Jon Awbrey's statement below from time to time (formerly known here as Jonny Cache). So I traced the original, and have extracted it here for reference purposes. It is a really pertinent quote, and something everyone should think about before commenting on BLPs. (Click on the small arrow at the top of the quote to go to the original thread).
QUOTE(Jonny Cache @ Sun 2nd September 2007, 7:52pm)
Some people are still operating on the Premiss — let's call it P0 — that Wikipedia As We Know It (WAWKI) is a legitimate source of information, or that it could become one with a few fixes here and there.
I no longer share that assumption.
If you believe P0, then you probably buy the Proposition — let's call it P1 — that Wikipedia has a legitimate reason to be keeping open internet files on people and calling them Biographies or whatever else it wants to call them.
Since I don't buy P0 I don't buy P1.
If it was Wikipedia.gov instead of Wikipedia.org keeping open internet files on people, we'd all be in the streets till we brought it crashing down.
And I mean both Liberals and Libertarians.
To me, there is not the slightest diff between Big Brother and Little Brother — they are both a couple of privacy-raping intrusive snitches that need to be shut down, like yesterday.
"Giving such an individual the choice not to have an article written about them is an obscene suggestion if your goal is to build a general reference work." Erik Moeller
(username Eloquence), Deputy Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.