285: Wikipedian Protester
Title text: SEMI-PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION
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 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.)
- [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:]
- [CITATION NEEDED]
- 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.
- Here on explain xkcd there is now a a template called Citation needed that makes this blue  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  and its light illuminates the Earth." Such statements would be considered general knowledge and would not require citations.
- "Semi-protection", as mentioned in the mouse-over text, is the weakest form 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.
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