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-SA 3.0 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.