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[[Cueball]] holds up a sign reading "Citation Needed" during a political speech. The sign text is based on the {{w|Wikipedia:Citation needed|Wikipedia template}} that can be placed next to statements that need citations, usually because of questionable validity. Cueball is obviously using this template to challenge the politician's speech.
 
[[Cueball]] holds up a sign reading "Citation Needed" during a political speech. The sign text is based on the {{w|Wikipedia:Citation needed|Wikipedia template}} that can be placed next to statements that need citations, usually because of questionable validity. Cueball is obviously using this template to challenge the politician's speech.
  
The title text below the comic references {{w|Wikipedia:Semi-protection policy|semi-protection}}, a protection measure typical of Wikipedia, which basically protects some content from being edited anonymously.
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The title text below the comic references {{w|Wikipedia:Semi-protection policy|semi-protection}}, a protection measure typical of Wikipedia, which basically protects some content from being edited anonymously. Constitution amendments cannot usually be propoposed anonymously, in effect, all articles of constitution is semi-protected.
  
 
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Revision as of 10:50, 25 February 2017

Wikipedian Protester
SEMI-PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION
Title text: SEMI-PROTECT THE CONSTITUTION

Explanation

Cueball holds up a sign reading "Citation Needed" during a political speech. The sign text is based on the Wikipedia template that can be placed next to statements that need citations, usually because of questionable validity. Cueball is obviously using this template to challenge the politician's speech.

The title text below the comic references semi-protection, a protection measure typical of Wikipedia, which basically protects some content from being edited anonymously. Constitution amendments cannot usually be propoposed anonymously, in effect, all articles of constitution is semi-protected.

Transcript

[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 reading "[CITATION NEEDED]" in blue underlined text, as in Wikipedia articles.]

Trivia

  • 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.[citation needed]
  • It is a running joke in the what if? series to put [citation needed] after statements which are trivial or patently obvious. For example, "The Sun is really bright and its light illuminates the Earth.[citation needed]" Such statements are considered general knowledge and do not require citations.[citation needed]
  • All [citation needed] links on explain xkcd redirect back here.
  • "Semi-protection", as mentioned in the title text, is one of the lowest forms of page protection on Wikipedia. It protects the page from being edited by unregistered users and users with very new accounts or very few edits. Semi-protection is also known as "the grey padlock".
    • Funnily enough, the US Constitution is now a semi-protected article on Wikipedia due to excessive vandalism.
  • Randall re-licensed this comic under the CC-BY 2.5 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.)


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Discussion

link titleI wanna sneakily add [citation needed] to EVERYTHING on the article -- Citation Needed on Wheels

Does this need a citation? --Dalonacueball (talk) 16:30, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

No.[citation needed] Just some random derp 03:54, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

My favorite [citation needed] joke was the fact that the Wikipedia article for "List of Whales" used to have "Cetacean Needed" if it was missing an image or scale diagram of the creature in question. -Pennpenn 108.162.250.162 05:11, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Still does! Thanks for pointing that out. Zeusfaber (talk) 18:41, 9 July 2016 (UTC)
Checked last week, there's still a cetacean needed for the page to be complete. ChessCake (talk) 22:20, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Some anonymous wikipedia editor was enjoying themselves far too much when writing that wiki. Its so genius that no-one has changed it yet! Wikipedia is normally maintained pretty well for the big pages[citation needed]. sam0fc 14:49, 2 May 2019 (UTC)
Amazingly, it's still there! There's 12 of them still! aoijgpisbHtejsykl7ekderhtsjk6r64os4kys\\\[]jsrtjgdrghtvgwrhtejyku5dli6;78t7l6rk5j4h|||||#Rty-----WWWWWWfflfllfllfllfeogk0q9wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww4-cv;c;;c;c[;]z\]d;v[\]????????OH GOD IT'S CRASIHNG MY PC����������������������������������������������� (talk) 12:22, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Is it just me or does the politician in this comic (from almost nine years ago) look suspiciously like Mr. Trump?--162.158.85.129 22:09, 18 May 2016 (UTC)

Nah, this one has better hair.173.245.56.29 00:25, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
Plus, this came out a long time before he became...big.[citation needed] Dontknow (talk) 19:42, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
Don't know how you define "big," but by most definitions Trump has in fact been "big" since *long* before this comic. [citation needed] Abcasada (talk) 22:20, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

Huh, in my memory, this comic specifically included the phrase "We hold these truths to be self-evident". I guess not - but I wonder if some Wikipedians would consider a [citation needed] for that one? Cosmogoblin (talk) 19:42, 30 January 2017 (UTC)

[citation needed]. AnonymousSub61 (talk) 15:32, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Does this mean you can play SMBC's game using this website? 162.158.89.250 15:00, 30 September 2021 (UTC)

I had the same idea! 108.162.221.193 14:31, 8 May 2022 (UTC)

Funtime Activity: Create citations for all pages with [citation needed] in them. 172.69.68.88 02:35, 8 May 2022 (UTC)