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This page is about a proposed policy.

See Ballotpedia:WikiProject Original Content for a statement of the current guidelines and objectives of this project as it moves forward.


I'm proposing a new policy on Ballotpedia that will allow contributors to add original content. (January, June 22, 2009)

The original content I have in mind is interviews with people who are associated with or knowledgeable about ballot measures, recall campaigns, state legislators and other associated topics that we write about.

This idea came about after User:Johnwynnejr conducted an original interview with someone associated with the Ohio Casino Initiative (2009):

Reasons to do this

  • It allows us to provide enriched content on Ballotpedia to the extent that people feel motivated to go out and perform interviews and other forms of original research with people associated with our main topics.
  • It allows us to cover stories about ballot measures that are not being covered elsewhere, to the extent that a Ballotpedia volunteer wants to do the original research and interviews to produce that story.


  • It will be important to distinguish original content from regular content, perhaps with a banner on original content pages.
  • We will have to have a system that allows us to determine whether an interview actually took place. I propose that we only accept original contributions from writers and volunteers who provide their real names and a means of contacting them (email/phone) on their talk page, so that we can verify if necessary that the interview and other research they are reporting on actually did take place.
In addition to verifying interviews by speaking with the content provider, I would suggest that the interviewee provide their contact information for verification purposes. Gardengnome 16:26, 22 June 2009 (CDT)
So, you're saying that the name and contact information of the person who is the subject of the interview should be included in the interview when it is submitted here so anyone who wants can verify that the interview, in fact, took place.January 16:32, 22 June 2009 (CDT)

I think it would be inappropriate to publicly post the contact info of the interviewee. Although, maybe the contact info could be emailed to a BallotPedia email address for verification. Everything else I agree wtih.--Johnwynnejr 21:58, 22 June 2009 (CDT)

I agree - I think that, as long as Ballotpedia staff can speak with all the parties involved and verify the information, it'll work really well. --Swad 10:01, 23 June 2009 (CDT)
Agreed - I was not clear previously. I think that Ballotpedia should be able to verify with the interviewee, not that that information ought to be posted on the wiki. Gardengnome 17:05, 23 June 2009 (CDT)

One more comment: Landing an interview with an extreme elitest (like a billionaire casino owner) is the hardest thing to do. In this situation, the contact info for verification needs to be for a secretary or staff person.--Johnwynnejr 20:59, 23 June 2009 (CDT)

  • I just realized that I haven't provided Bob Tenebaum's contact info.

I would first like to say that I think it is a bit invasive to give the contact info of the interviewee to anyone. I am against that part of it, but I'll go with the consensus of the group, Have we decided we want it mandatory to provide the contact info of the interviewee? If yes, where do we send the info. Thanks --Johnwynnejr 02:38, 1 July 2009 (CDT)

I think this is a great idea. I do not think the interviews should have to include the contact information of the interviewee. I do think that in order for this interview program to work, the interviewer needs to be identified on Ballotpedia by his or her real name. In other words, I don't think BP should publish original content/interviews from anonymous contributors. Perhaps a system could be devised that would allow BP's staff to check that someone who wants to contribute original content/interviews really is who they say they are. Polycal 06:30, 1 July 2009 (CDT)
That is fine. I'll send Tenebaum's info to the appropriate address.

So where do we send or post the interviewees' contact info?--Johnwynnejr 23:13, 3 July 2009 (CDT)

WikiProject/current status

See Ballotpedia:WikiProject Original Content for a statement of the current guidelines and objectives of this project as it moves forward.