Monday, September 19, 2011

Help Save the ASMR Wikipedia Page!

I went over to the ASMR Wikipedia page the other day and noticed that there is a notice on top of the page stating that the article is facing deletion:

“This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy.
Please share your thoughts on the matter at this article's entry on the Articles for deletion page.
Feel free to edit the article, but the article must not be blanked, and this notice must not be removed, until the discussion is closed. For more information, particularly on merging or moving the article during the discussion, read the Guide to deletion.”

I hate to admit it, but I knew that this would happen sooner or later. Call me cynical, but it’s why I didn’t start the page myself, despite urging from the community, because I was aware that Wikipedia and its administrators would eventually shut it down. Looking under the discussion page at recent arguments, reasons why it’s being considered for deletion include that there’s no scientific evidence that this is a “real” condition of any sort, and there’s no satisfactory references, studies, etc.

Envelope has defended the article, giving plenty of reasons why it should stay, and claims that just because some don’t believe it’s a real thing doesn’t mean that it should be deleted.

So what can we do? We could just sit there and wait for the page to be deleted, or we can try and do something about it. Envelope posted on the Facebook wall, and has given us all some pointers on what to do if we want a chance at seeing the page remain online. If you would like to see the page stay up, you need to log in to your Wikipedia account (or create one first), and add an entry here, defending the page and opting to keep it.

“When you edit the entry, you'll need to add your own comment/vote at the bottom, starting with a *, with your personal reasons or opinion why they should keep the article, and making sure you a) bold the work "keep" by typing it like this: '''keep''' (add three single quotes around it), and add your signature by ending your entry with four tildes: ~~~~”

But before you do this, make sure you read through several recommended pages on Wikipedia that explain why the page is being considered for deletion, and become familiar with Wikipedia’s guidelines. You can’t just log in and say “keep it, or else”. You have to have valid arguments as to why this should be done, and you need to have done your research first. Think before you act. Mobbing the page will probably just hasten the deletion process.

Otherwise, the page could be put back up at some point, but in a different category. Right now it’s classed under symptoms and signs (medical), and that might not be the best place for it.

We could even start a petition online which might be addressed to Jimmy Wales himself, or to whom it may concern, urging Wikipedia to keep the article up. Sounds like fun. :)

If all else fails and the page is blanked partially, or completely, all might not be lost. We could start our own wiki somewhere (perhaps host it next to We could make it even more in-depth, with many pages, instead of just one. I think it might be a good idea to do this anyway. That way even if Wikipedia and the sceptics “win”, we have a backup plan.

Useful links (visit them in the prescribed order):

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Talk: Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:Deletion policy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:No original research - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:General notability guideline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion:Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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