The Wikipedia page on President Jacob Zuma’s infamous Firepool has been flagged for deletion, and may be removed from the service if there is consensus among users that the article must be deleted.
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopaedia that anyone can edit, but since its inception in 2001 the community has implemented guidelines to ensure that articles are accurate and of high quality.
When an article does not comply with the guidelines, members of the community take steps to inform readers of potential problems with it while corrective action is taken.
If an article lacks the proper citations, for example, its page may be flagged as requiring more reputable sources to back up statements made therein.
Similarly, should an article be inappropriate for Wikipedia, it can be flagged for deletion and administrators will handle the request in accordance with community consensus.
The Wikipedia deletion policy outlines 14 reasons for deletion, among them is when an article fails to meet the relevant notability guideline, or is content not suitable for an encyclopedia.
At the time of publication, community feedback on whether the Firepool article on Wikipedia should be deleted was split as follows:
- Delete. It is a parody and doesn’t belong on Wikipedia.
- Keep. It is factually accurate and should be on Wikipedia.
- Merge and redirect. A separate article for Firepool is unnecessary, as the issue can be covered on the Wikipedia page for Zuma’s Nkandla Homestead.
South African Wikipedia users interested in the topic can weigh in on the discussion or help edit the Firepool article to improve its quality.