Grants:IdeaLab/Depoliticize historical pages

Depoliticize historical pages
Identify specific historical pages that contain information relevant to today's political discourse and ensure their verity and eliminate single author bias in favor of historical fact
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created on19:20, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

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What Wikimedia project(s) and specific areas will you be evaluating? edit

Is this project measuring a specific space on a project (e.g. deletion discussions), or the project as a whole?
Project as a whole I suppose?

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I consider verity of content to be paramount in any quasi-open forum medium, and far too often pages that should be dealing only with historical fact are diluted with discussion of modern politics or content added by individuals with the intent of furthering their own political ends in the modern world. Pages of countless figures of history are marred with instances of individual contributors imprinting their own political views on what ought be purely historical fact (from both sides of the aisle!). In today's climate of fake news, the truth should be placed front and center on every wikipedia page. Thus, I suggest isolating specific instances of politically motivated additions and either labelling them as such or simple deletion. Certainly such scale seems vast, but I doubt it would be in any capacity unmanageable given adequate time and effort. It's worth it for the name of Wikipedia.

Are there experienced Wikimedians who can help implement this project? edit

If applicable, please list groups or usernames of individuals who you can work with on this project, and what kind of work they will do.
Nobody yet it's just me for now :( I don't use this forum a lot but I love seeing Wikipedia advertising projects like this and love that we are making this community a better place :)

How will you know if this project is successful? What are some outcomes that you can share after the project is completed? edit

I am fluent in excel and would be more than willing to personally quantify findings and results in a relatively concise document

How would your measurement idea help your community make better decisions? edit

After you are finished measuring or evaluating your Wikimedia project, how do you expect that information to be used to benefit the project?
Better implementation of community guidelines within the community itself

Do you think you can implement this idea? What support do you need? edit

Do you need people with specific skills to complete this idea? Are there any financial needs for this project? If you can’t implement this project, can you scale down your project so it is doable?
As many people that have Wikipedia's best interest at heart would be more than welcome to help, I'm just tossing this idea out there to see if anyone else has shared my experience and wants to ameliorate the situation to whatever extent possible.

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Student, Historian, anything that interests me

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  • I agree there should be no place for revisionist history at Wikipedia. This must be of paramount importance to everyone both within the wiki organization and the public at large. BilltheCatACK (talk) 19:59, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

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