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Wikipedian Protester
SEMI-PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION
Title text: SEMI-PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION

[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, 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.

Randall re-licensed this comic under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 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.)

[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]
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