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Comment Re:Daily Mail (Score 1) 70

However, Wikipedia policy doesn't say, "No citations to unreliable sources allowed anywhere" It's more "mark it as unreliable if you really need to use it".

I think the expectation is that people use "this has sat in the article for a month without a reliable citation" as an excuse to remove a contentious claim from an article.

Comment Re: the aim is to reach consensus of opinion (Score 1) 70

By teaching the controversy. If one set of reliable sources says one thing, but another set of sources of comparable reliability says something else, the article can mention disagreement on facts. But editors must be assess "comparable reliability" carefully to avoid giving undue weight to fringe viewpoints.

Comment Paragraph-by-paragraph verifiability (Score 1) 70

There are other guidelines dealing with material within an article

Very true. But each paragraph of an article also has to be verifiable. Otherwise, a paragraph supported solely by unreliable sources should be removed. This goes double if the subject is a living person. As Wikipedia:Verifiability puts it: "Any material that needs a source but does not have one may be removed. Please immediately remove contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced."

Comment Notability would ban that subject in the 1st place (Score 4, Informative) 70

An editor I met at a recent London "Wikimeet" said he'd used the Daily Mail as a source in the last week, as it was the only source available for the subject he was writing about.

According to Wikipedia's notability guideline, if no reliable sources can be found about a subject, any article about it would fail Wikipedia's verifiability policy. For this reason, the subject shouldn't have an article in the first place. That's what Wikipedia means by "non-notable": there is no way to make a verifiable article about the subject.

Comment Merchantability: goods fit for intended purpose (Score 1) 204

So any company that's selling things needs to first verify from its customers whether they can properly use it or not, failing which, they should refuse to sell.

Correct. A merchant can't fulfill the implied warranty of merchantability without understanding its market to some extent.

I don't. I use my laptop or tablet and watch YouTube live.

Doing without a living-room-sized monitor might work for the use case of someone who lives alone, doesn't often entertain visiting friends and family, and doesn't play (genuine copies of) retro video games.

Comment Re:Brick by design (Score 1) 204

Subnotebooks that "just work" with GNU/Linux used to be easy to find until the end of 2012

I have a subnotebook (Acer Aspire One) that "just works" with Linux and has for a long time

From Wikipedia's article:

In January 2013, Acer officially ended production of their Aspire One series due to declining sales as a result of consumers favoring tablets and Ultrabooks over netbooks.

I guess my user story differs from that of most such "consumers".

I now use an Asus Zenbook which runs Linux perfectly.

I have no experience with that make and model, but its official web site looks clunky and pretentious. It opens with an automatically playing video larger than the window, it isn't obvious how to proceed, and the layout doesn't fit in a web browser window that's been snapped to fit half the width of a 1920x1080 pixel monitor. Finally at the top left, "ASUS recommends Windows".

For the type of work I need to get done, I don't really want a subnotebook

Then your user story differs from mine. I want a subnotebook because I use commute time on public transit to and from my first job to make additional time to work on my second job, which is from home. And if I'm carrying a laptop everywhere I go, I find it more convenient to carry a smaller one. I currently use a Dell Inspiron mini 1012 and worry about what will be available for me to use once it finally bites the dust.

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