I don't like reporting unpleasant Greta Van Fleet news, but in this instance you can do something about it.
Here is how the top of the Wikipedia article about Josh Kiszka looks today:
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And here is a close-up of the deletion notice:
Why would Wikipedia delete its article about Josh Kiszka? I will explain, but first here are a few important facts you should know:
* Wikipedia is not a big impersonal corporation trying to make money online. Wikipedia is:
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* The Wikipedia community does not tolerate people with an agenda, such as:
* Naturally, Wikipedia is not perfect and you will sometimes encounter snarky editors who will blast you for a beginner's mistake.
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* According to both Alexa and SimilarWeb, Wikipedia ranks #5 out of the 180,998,238 active websites worldwide, which means that Wikipedia receives more traffic than 99.99999% of all active sites.
Because an article about Josh Kiszka does not meet Wikipedia's notability guideline for biographies."
More specifically, "Mr. Kiszka doesn't have notability on his own outside of the band Greta van Fleet and these sources don't substantiate his own notability."
The second quote is from the editor who proposed deleting the article. When he or she refers to "these sources" they mean the citations (references) currently provided in the article.
I initially objected to the proposed removal, but after discussing the proposal with the other editor and reviewing the "notability guideline for biographies", I realized that he or she iscorrect to propose deletion.
This is one of the big reasons in my list of 7 ways you can support the band, I listed as #6: Help Improve Wikipedia Articles about Greta Van Fleet.
I explained that when people search for:
* "Greta Van Fleet"
* "Danny Wager"
* "Sam Kiszka"
* "Jake Kiszka" or
* "Josh Kiszka"
on any major search engine, Wikipedia is usually the second or third result. In addition, both Google and Bing pull from Wikipedia articles for their information boxes that appear with many search results.
Consequently, tens of thousands of people searching for information about Greta Van Fleet or its individual members will click through to the Wikipedia article.
You can make a difference! Draw on your expertise about the band and your writing skills to improve Wikipedia articles about the band and its members.
It's probably too late to prevent the Josh Kiszka article from being deleted, but if enough people jump on board as Wikipedia volunteer editors, we can write a good draft article that will meet the notability and citation requirements.
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