This is an essay on notability.
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|This page in a nutshell: Notability requires significant coverage by reliable sources. Trivial mentions are not enough.|
The general notability guideline clearly states that sources that only contain a "trivial mention" of a topic are insufficient to establish that topic's notability.
Wikipedia articles need to include verifiable evidence of the topic's notability from reliable independent sources. The guideline states that these sources need to provide "significant coverage" of the topic, and this coverage must consist of more than a "trivial mention".
The general notability guideline states that:
- "If a topic has received significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to satisfy the inclusion criteria for a stand-alone article or stand-alone list."
The meaning of significant coverage is explained:
- "'Significant coverage' means that sources address the subject directly in detail, so no original research is needed to extract the content. Significant coverage is more than a trivial mention but it need not be the main topic of the source material."
A footnote indicates the meaning of trivial mention using an example:
- "Martin Walker's statement, in a newspaper article about Bill Clinton, that 'In high school, he was part of a jazz band called Three Blind Mice' is plainly a trivial mention of that band."