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If text on an article was originally copied from Wikipedia, and has since been removed from Wikipedia, should the {{Wikipedia}} notice still be used? "The original article was at..." links in some articles (such as game characters) no longer link to their original articles or anything resembling them, so it seems redundant. Or should these articles still be considered as up for tagging and rewriting?
— BadCatMan (talk) 01:28, July 24, 2020 (UTC)

The main purpose of that template is attribution—making sure we properly acknowledge the various editors who have contributed to the article back when it was at Wikipedia. However, if the link we're providing to Wikipedia leads to a dead (or in the case of article histories, inaccessible) page, there really isn't much value. The only two benefits I see are a) {{Wikipedia}} functions as a sort of {{Cleanup}} for our editors, and b) it might be morally more correct to give attribution to Wikipedia as a whole even when the page history is gone.
With that said, I am sure we could rewrite the articles currently tagged with {{Wikipedia}} so as to eliminate the issue altogether. Wikipedia's style is not our style, after all.
Ir'revrykal (talk) 09:39, July 24, 2020 (UTC)

I agree with Ir'revrykal.
Regis87 (talk) 17:42, July 24, 2020 (UTC)

Yeah, I'd like the {{Wikipedia}} notice to go away altogether.
~ Lhynard (talk) 18:52, August 9, 2020 (UTC)

Me too. Honestly, I thought we were already doing this.
Ruf (talk) 19:16, August 9, 2020 (UTC)
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