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Within [[LifeWiki:About|LifeWiki]], '''notability''' refers to whether or not a topic or [[pattern]] merits its own article. Article topics need to be notable, or "worthy of notice." It is important to note that topic notability on LifeWiki is ''not'' necessarily dependent on things like fame, importance, or the popularity of a topic — although those may contribute.  
 
Within [[LifeWiki:About|LifeWiki]], '''notability''' refers to whether or not a topic or [[pattern]] merits its own article. Article topics need to be notable, or "worthy of notice." It is important to note that topic notability on LifeWiki is ''not'' necessarily dependent on things like fame, importance, or the popularity of a topic — although those may contribute.  
  
A topic is presumed to be notable enough to merit an article if it meets the general notability guidelines below. A pattern is considered notable if it meets the [[#Pattern notability guideline|pattern notability guidelines]] below.
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A topic is presumed to be notable enough to merit an article if it meets the general notability guidelines below. A pattern is considered notable if it meets the [[#Pattern notability guideline|pattern notability guidelines]] below. These notability guidelines only outline how suitable a topic or pattern is for '''its own article'''. They ''don't'' directly limit the ''content'' of articles.
  
These notability guidelines only outline how suitable a topic or pattern is for '''its own article'''. They '''don't''' directly limit the '''content''' of articles.
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==General notability guideline==
 
 
== General notability guideline ==
 
 
If a '''topic''' has received coverage in external sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to satisfy the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article. Verifiability is expected for all topics added to LifeWiki.
 
If a '''topic''' has received coverage in external sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to satisfy the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article. Verifiability is expected for all topics added to LifeWiki.
  
 
A topic for which this criterion is deemed to have been met by consensus is usually worthy of notice. Verifiable facts and content that are not deemed notable may be appropriate for inclusion in a separate article.
 
A topic for which this criterion is deemed to have been met by consensus is usually worthy of notice. Verifiable facts and content that are not deemed notable may be appropriate for inclusion in a separate article.
  
== Pattern notability guideline ==
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To prevent overenthusiastic edits and conflicts of interest, a commonly accepted rule is that the discoverer of a pattern, or the inventor of new terminology, should not be the one to document that pattern or term on the LifeWiki. An exception to that rule is that if a discovery makes an existing statement in a LifeWiki article untrue, then by definition there's no question about the notability of the discovery. The discoverer probably has a good command of the relevant details, and might as well do the editing in that case.
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==Pattern notability guideline==
 
A '''pattern''' may or may not require coverage in external sources that are independent of the subject in order to warrant mention on LifeWiki and/or its own page. It is important to note that LifeWiki should ''not'' be used to catalog all patterns that could be constructed, since computer searches can be used to find and catalog millions of small patterns in a much more effective way than LifeWiki ever could.
 
A '''pattern''' may or may not require coverage in external sources that are independent of the subject in order to warrant mention on LifeWiki and/or its own page. It is important to note that LifeWiki should ''not'' be used to catalog all patterns that could be constructed, since computer searches can be used to find and catalog millions of small patterns in a much more effective way than LifeWiki ever could.
  
 
If a pattern satisfies one of the following properties, then it is assumed that it warrants its own page. Many of the following notability criteria may overlap for certain patterns; a pattern only needs to satisfy '''one''' to warrant its own page.
 
If a pattern satisfies one of the following properties, then it is assumed that it warrants its own page. Many of the following notability criteria may overlap for certain patterns; a pattern only needs to satisfy '''one''' to warrant its own page.
  
* It is historically important. Examples include [[glider]] and [[R-pentomino]].  
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* It is historically important. Examples include [[295P5H1V1]] and [[R-pentomino]].  
* It is a fundamental or well-known pattern. Examples include [[block]], glider and [[toad]].
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* It is a fundamental or extremely well-known pattern. Examples include [[block]], [[glider]] and [[toad]].
 
* Its discovery answered an open question about [[Conway's Game of Life|Life]] or a similar [[cellular automaton]]. Examples include [[Gosper glider gun]] and [[sawtooth 1212]].
 
* Its discovery answered an open question about [[Conway's Game of Life|Life]] or a similar [[cellular automaton]]. Examples include [[Gosper glider gun]] and [[sawtooth 1212]].
* It currently holds, or at one point held, a record of some kind. Examples include [[acorn]], [[dragon]] and [[sawtooth 262]].
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* It currently holds, or at one point held, a record of some kind. Examples include [[acorn]], [[dragon]] and [[sawtooth 260]].
 
* It was the first of its kind in that it did something notable that no known earlier-discovered pattern had done. Examples include [[moving sawtooth]] and [[parabolic sawtooth]].
 
* It was the first of its kind in that it did something notable that no known earlier-discovered pattern had done. Examples include [[moving sawtooth]] and [[parabolic sawtooth]].
 
* It has received significant coverage in an external, independent source.
 
* It has received significant coverage in an external, independent source.
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* It is similar to another pattern that already has its own page in LifeWiki, and at least one of the following two conditions hold:
 
* It is similar to another pattern that already has its own page in LifeWiki, and at least one of the following two conditions hold:
** It does something different or has some different property that is relevant to the usefulness of the pattern (such as a smaller [[bounding box]]. Generally, a ''less'' useful version of a pattern should not be mentioned unless the following property applies to it.
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** It does something different or has some different property that is relevant to the usefulness of the pattern (such as a smaller [[bounding box]]). Generally, a ''less'' useful version of a pattern should not be mentioned unless the following property applies to it.
 
** It is historically significant or relevant to the given pattern (such as being the original form in which the listed pattern was found).
 
** It is historically significant or relevant to the given pattern (such as being the original form in which the listed pattern was found).
 
* It, along with one or more other patterns, as a group constitute what would be considered a notable topic.
 
* It, along with one or more other patterns, as a group constitute what would be considered a notable topic.
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==Person notability guideline==
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A '''person''' should only have a page about them created in the wiki if they satisfy at least one of the following criteria.
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* They discovered an extremely [[LifeWiki:Notability|notable]] pattern.
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* There are at least three red links within the wiki pointing to their name, excluding links created by that person (if applicable).
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* Their contributions to [[cellular automaton|cellular automata]] are described by an independent, third-party source such as the [http://pentadecathlon.com/lifeNews/ Game of Life News].
  
 
==Topics not satisfying the notability guidelines==
 
==Topics not satisfying the notability guidelines==
Although articles should demonstrate the notability of their topics, and articles on topics that do not meet this criterion are generally deleted, it is important to not just consider whether notability is established by the article, but whether it readily could be.
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Although articles should demonstrate the notability of their topics, and articles on topics that do not meet this criterion are generally deleted, it is important to not just consider whether notability is established by the article, but whether it readily ''could'' be.
  
If appropriate sources ''cannot be found'' after a good-faith search for them, consider [[Help:Merging and moving pages|merging]] the article's content into a broader article providing context.
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If appropriate sources ''cannot be found'' after a good-faith search for them, consider merging the article's content into a broader article providing context.
*If the article meets our [[LifeWiki:Criteria for speedy deletion|criteria for speedy deletion]], one can use a criterion-specific deletion tag listed on that page.
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* If the article meets our [[LifeWiki:Deletion policy#Criteria for speedy deletion|criteria for speedy deletion]], one can add the speedy deletion tag listed on that page.
*The article does not meet the criteria for speedy deletion, see [[LifeWiki:Deletion policy]].
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* If the article could potentially be considered notable, add the {{[[Template:Notability|notability]]}} tag to the top of the page.
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* If the article is clearly non-notable and does not meet the criteria for speedy deletion, see [[LifeWiki:Deletion policy]].
  
== Notability guidelines do not directly limit article content ==
 
The notability guidelines determine whether a topic or pattern is notable enough to be a ''separate article'' in LifeWiki. They do not regulate the ''content of articles''.
 
  
==See also==
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* [[LifeWiki:Deletion policy]]
 
* [[LifeWiki:Protection policy]]
 

Latest revision as of 02:48, 3 July 2019

"LW:NOTABILITY" and "LW:NB" redirect here.

Within LifeWiki, notability refers to whether or not a topic or pattern merits its own article. Article topics need to be notable, or "worthy of notice." It is important to note that topic notability on LifeWiki is not necessarily dependent on things like fame, importance, or the popularity of a topic — although those may contribute.

A topic is presumed to be notable enough to merit an article if it meets the general notability guidelines below. A pattern is considered notable if it meets the pattern notability guidelines below. These notability guidelines only outline how suitable a topic or pattern is for its own article. They don't directly limit the content of articles.

General notability guideline

If a topic has received coverage in external sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to satisfy the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article. Verifiability is expected for all topics added to LifeWiki.

A topic for which this criterion is deemed to have been met by consensus is usually worthy of notice. Verifiable facts and content that are not deemed notable may be appropriate for inclusion in a separate article.

To prevent overenthusiastic edits and conflicts of interest, a commonly accepted rule is that the discoverer of a pattern, or the inventor of new terminology, should not be the one to document that pattern or term on the LifeWiki. An exception to that rule is that if a discovery makes an existing statement in a LifeWiki article untrue, then by definition there's no question about the notability of the discovery. The discoverer probably has a good command of the relevant details, and might as well do the editing in that case.

Pattern notability guideline

A pattern may or may not require coverage in external sources that are independent of the subject in order to warrant mention on LifeWiki and/or its own page. It is important to note that LifeWiki should not be used to catalog all patterns that could be constructed, since computer searches can be used to find and catalog millions of small patterns in a much more effective way than LifeWiki ever could.

If a pattern satisfies one of the following properties, then it is assumed that it warrants its own page. Many of the following notability criteria may overlap for certain patterns; a pattern only needs to satisfy one to warrant its own page.

Patterns not warranting their own page

Even if a pattern does not warrant its own page, it may warrant mention in LifeWiki. If a pattern meets at least one of the following criteria but does not meet any of the criteria for having its own page, then it warrants mention on another page.

  • It is similar to another pattern that already has its own page in LifeWiki, and at least one of the following two conditions hold:
    • It does something different or has some different property that is relevant to the usefulness of the pattern (such as a smaller bounding box). Generally, a less useful version of a pattern should not be mentioned unless the following property applies to it.
    • It is historically significant or relevant to the given pattern (such as being the original form in which the listed pattern was found).
  • It, along with one or more other patterns, as a group constitute what would be considered a notable topic.

Person notability guideline

A person should only have a page about them created in the wiki if they satisfy at least one of the following criteria.

  • They discovered an extremely notable pattern.
  • There are at least three red links within the wiki pointing to their name, excluding links created by that person (if applicable).
  • Their contributions to cellular automata are described by an independent, third-party source such as the Game of Life News.

Topics not satisfying the notability guidelines

Although articles should demonstrate the notability of their topics, and articles on topics that do not meet this criterion are generally deleted, it is important to not just consider whether notability is established by the article, but whether it readily could be.

If appropriate sources cannot be found after a good-faith search for them, consider merging the article's content into a broader article providing context.

  • If the article meets our criteria for speedy deletion, one can add the speedy deletion tag listed on that page.
  • If the article could potentially be considered notable, add the {{notability}} tag to the top of the page.
  • If the article is clearly non-notable and does not meet the criteria for speedy deletion, see LifeWiki:Deletion policy.