Wikipedia Doesn’t Want Victoria’s Secret Model Elena Matei, but We Do

Wikipedia is a weird website. It’s one of the most visited websites in the world, but it’s mostly run by unpaid volunteers, and that means people who are willing to do a lot of work for nothing but a tiny amount of power to lord over other people. What could go wrong?

One of the things that went wrong is that Elena Matei’s Wikipedia entry was denied because she’s not “notable” enough, despite appearing in Russell James’ book Angels. Here’s how Wikipedia put it:

This submission’s references do not show that the subject qualifies for a Wikipedia article—that is, they do not show significant coverage (not just passing mentions) about the subject in published, reliable, secondary sources that are independent of the subject (see the guidelines on the notability of people). Before any resubmission, additional references meeting these criteria should be added (see technical help). If no additional references exist, the subject is not suitable for Wikipedia.

The rejected article has 24 sources, many of which are interviews with Matei, and the user who declined the article claims to be part of a project to turn “red links” about women into “blue links,” which means making Wikipedia pages about women who don’t have them but are mentioned in other articles. Women like Elena Matei, who has a red link on the List of Victoria’s Secret Models page.

Wikipedia may not want Elena, but we do.

I don’t know about you, but I’d give her a Wikipedia page if she asked.

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