Specifications for Warranting a Page/Standard of proof

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When considering if somebody should be added, remember: no suspects no matter how strong the evidence appears! Convictions must come before we can add somebody. The conviction can be anywhere so long as there is no massive condemnation of the court process. For example, if a corrupt regime seeks to frame a pesky journalist for terrorism, human rights groups will make clear the whole thing is a farce. Failing outcry or other evidence of wrongdoing at the court level, convictions are the proof we need before adding pages.


  1. The person is unidentified. If you are sure an unidentified or pseudonymous person committed a crime it is on rare occasions appropriate to make a page on that basis. A good and famous example is D. B. Cooper.
  2. The person died before being brought to justice. It's impossible to fully know what the result of a trial might be here because every so often an open and shut case turns out to be anything but. For example, there might have been a sudden insanity. Nonetheless, with official accounts of what happened and release of evidence showing the deceased was responsible, we can use common sense and add these after weighing that evidence in our own minds. There are many examples of these, often through perpetrator suicide. One example is Pekka-Eric Auvinen.
  3. The actions aren't illegal where the villain is. This must be considered EXTREMELY CAREFULLY. If in even the tiniest bit of doubt, don't post it. However, hatemongering can be legal in places such as America depending on how free speech is balanced. Top-level officials who abuse their power can avoid breaking the law because they control it.
  4. All evidence points to the villain's guilt. Again, this must be considered carefully. Consensus must be reached on these cases before anything can be done (either on this site or, better, by experts or general majority opinion), and evidence must be scrutinized. For example, Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder because the coroner couldn't determine exactly how her daughter died so murder couldn't be proved, however it is judged that her inconsistent defence and the fact that this was the only reason she got acquitted is enough for her to have a page.
  5. The villain was not convicted but confessed. This is fairly self-explanatory. If a villain was not convicted of their crimes but did confess, then the fact that they were not convicted is immaterial provided the confession was reliable. For example, Roy Bryant confessed to the murder of Emmett Till after being acquitted.