285: Wikipedian Protester

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Wikipedian Protester

[edit] Explanation

Cueball holds up a sign showing Citation needed during a political speech. The sign text is a Wikipedia template placed next to a statement that needs a citation[citation needed], usually because of questionable validity. Cueball is obviously using this template to challenge the politician's speech.

The title text references semi-protection, a protection measure typical of Wikipedia, which basically protects some content from being anonymously edited.

You may also notice that all [citation needed] links, assuming they do not actually lead to a citation, redirect back here.

[edit] Transcript

[There is a politician speaking at a podium, which sports an American flag.]
[In front of the speaker there is a crowd of people listening. In the middle of the crowd a man is standing up holding a sign reading "[CITATION NEEDED]" in blue underlined text, as in Wikipedia articles.]

[edit] Trivia

  • The xkcd store sells a sticker pack of "Citation Needed" stickers.
  • Protestors in real life have made "Citation Needed" signs for the last few years.[citation needed]
  • Here on explain xkcd there is now a template called Citation needed that makes this blue [citation needed] sign and links to this page.
  • It is a running joke in the what if? series to put Citation Needed after statements which are trivial or patently obvious. For example, "The Sun is really bright [citation needed] and its light illuminates the Earth.[citation needed]" Such statements would be considered general knowledge and would not require citations. Also, some [citation needed] links to Wikipedia articles that have "Citation" in their name
  • "Semi-protection", as mentioned in the mouse-over text, is one of the weakest forms of page protection on Wikipedia. It protects the page from unregistered users and from users with very young accounts or very few edits. Semi-protection is also known as "the grey padlock".
    • Funnily enough, the US constitution is now a semi-protected article on Wikipedia.
  • Randall re-licensed this comic under the CC-BY 2.5 license so that it could be used on Wikipedia. (By default, xkcd is licensed under CC-BY-NC 2.5, which is considered too restrictive for Wikimedia content.)

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Does this need a citation? --Dalonacueball (talk) 16:30, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

No.[citation needed] Just some random derp 03:54, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

My favorite [citation needed] joke was the fact that the Wikipedia article for "List of Whales" use to have "Cetacean Needed" if it was missing an image or scale diagram of the creature in question. -Pennpenn 05:11, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Still does! Thanks for pointing that out. Zeusfaber (talk) 18:41, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

Is it just me or does the politician in this comic (from almost nine years ago) look suspiciously like Mr. Trump?-- 22:09, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

Nah, this one has better hair. 00:25, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
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