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Nathan Cofnas | Result: ?[edit]

Nathan Cofnas (edit|talk|history|protect|delete|links|watch|logs) โ€“ (View AfD)


  1. Well this was fun.-Flandres (talk) 15:14, 17 April 2021 (UTC) Flandres (talk) 15:14, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
  2. I was the original creator of the deletion request. Unfortunately my comment was deleted where I explained why in detail but to summarise: nearly all the article is off-mission to this wiki and documents Cofnas's legal threats and online feuds on Twitter. Many people agree Cofnas is a nasty person but it seems totally irrelevent to this wiki he's an arsehole who sits on Twitter threatening to sue people every 5 minutes to his lawyers. The remaining sections of his article only cover his global warming denial and misinformation he promotes about plant-based diets, but note for the former there are virtually no sources aside from a single tweet Cofnas made.Oenophyta (talk) 15:29, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
    The original comment:
    Nathan Cofnas holds some controversial views but is not noticeable and Wikipedia deleted his page because he's basically a nobody. His publications are rather unimpressive. Most the article consists of documenting Cofnas' legal threats and feuds which seems off-mission for this wiki. Many will agree Cofnas is an unpleasant person but documenting his legal threats and feuds or spats on Twitter doesn't seem to fall within the scope of this wiki. The rest of the article consists of criticising Cofnas for climate-change denialism and his writings on anti-veganism. While accurate, Cofnas has hardly written anything on the former topic and the main source appears to be a single tweet he's made about climate change which he says he been misunderstood or quoted out of context (disputable). Concerning the latter topic (veganism and vegetarianism) he has been criticised for promoting misinformation about plant-based diets but that section only covers one paragraph of the article and cites a couple of vegan blogs that rebut him. The page seems to also be a magnet for Michael Coombs to troll who regularly vandalises it.
    Christopher (talk) 15:33, 17 April 2021 (UTC)


  1. I would say remove all the internet drama stuff and keep the 20% or so which is on-mission.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 17:40, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
  2. Highly relevant, as shown by Mikey constantly bitching about it.๐”–๐”ฒ๐”ช๐”ช๐”ž ๐”„๐”ฑ๐”ฅ๐”ข๐”ฌ๐”ฉ๐”ฌ๐”ค๐”ฆ๐” ๐”ž (๐”ฎ๐”ฒ๐”ข๐”ฏ๐”ข๐”ฉ๐”ฆ๐”ฐ) (๐”ฐ๐” ๐”ฏ๐”ฆ๐”ญ๐”ฑ๐”ฒ๐”ฏ๐”ž) 18:46, 17 April 2021 (UTC)



  1. @Oenophyta I fixed the AfD for you.-Flandres (talk) 15:17, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
  2. Non-notability in and of itself is not a valid reason to request that an article be vaporized. We are not Wikipedia. โ€”cosmikdebris talk stalk 15:49, 17 April 2021 (UTC)
Yes. Historically we regarded importance to the mission to be more important than high notability. Though within limits obviously.Bob"Life is short and (insert adjective)" 08:11, 18 April 2021 (UTC)