|This page documents a proposed guideline of RITpedia. Discussion about the development of the guideline (including opposition to it) and comments should be made on its talk page.|
When writing articles that fall within our scope, it is important to consider whether or not the subject is notable.
At RITpedia, any subject that falls within our scope and which enough can be written about to produce an article of reasonable length is permitted to have its own article. However, some subjects are not really notable or important enough to justify an article right now, when many much more notable subjects do not have articles written yet.
In general, if a large number of people in the RIT community, or a subsection of the community, are familiar with a subject and it impacts or has impacted many people, then it may deserve an article.
For articles about people, notability has particular importance. There are hundreds of thousands of people associated with RIT, and it's impractical to have an article about every single one when we still have many student organizations, departments, and more noteworthy people to write about.
As a general guideline, if you cannot locate at least three news articles (from the Democrat & Chronicle, Reporter, University News, academic journals, etc.) that mention a particular person, writing an article about them probably should not be a high priority. This includes articles written by that person, such as a professor publishing their research or the editor-in-chief of Reporter.
Note that this does not include staff biographies, phone books, directories, etc.; only print publications, web sites, television programs, etc. whose goal is to report news or disperse research count for the purposes of this guideline.
In most cases all majors, departments and colleges meet RITpedia's notability guidelines.
All current student organizations recognized by RIT are considered notable. Past student organizations (that no longer exist) may be notable if they have had any form of lasting impact on the university.
An event should have lasting effects, meaning it should have some sort of effect on people before and after the event. A one-time event where attendees stop by and forget about it the next week probably isn't notable, but a one-time event that raised a significant amount of money for a charitable cause is.
Alternatively, an event should be regular, meaning it has occurred more than once. Major events that occur annually are usually notable if they are open to the public and typically attract more than just the host group's own members.
Events should have more press coverage than a few listings on websites, for example Reporter Magazine or another news source.