I have observed in the past moderators closing the question because it is not notable enough, specifically posted on blog/social media that doesn't show much viewership.

However, others seem to be considered perfectly OK. Recent example:

Was Walt Disney a Freemason?

The claim is sourced in a blog that, at first glance, strikes me as not quite notable or believed by tons of people.

What exactly is the rule for showing notability, in quantifiable terms?

To clarify: I'm not asking how the side decides notability (by having a moderating users VTC, duh). I'm asking what are the qualitative rules that a moderating user is supposed to use as a guideline for yes/no call on whether to close as non-notable.

Side question: Are those rules enforced consistently?

  • there are 43 links to the page from Google search, some or even most seem to be SEO scrapers at first glance.
    – user5341
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 13:52
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    Side answer: there is no need for them to be enforced consistently, only that this works "well enough".
    – Sklivvz
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 23:21

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The general notability standard is whether many people believe the claim.

As a person with the privilege of voting to close or re-open, how are you to judge that?

It is judged as a matter of first impression, and we are encouraged to do some work to try to determine if a claim may be notable before voting to close.

Admittedly, "many" is vague, but it seems to me that most people that have gained the experience needed to earn the vote-to-close privilege have learned to interpret that word fairly consistently.

Also, as far as I can tell, this site hasn't established any per se rules that would make a claim notable or non-notable if it were found on site X or said by person Y. Each claim is assessed case-by-case.

Some cues that the community has looked to include:

These (and many other claim-specific factors), taken together, inform my vote as to whether a claim is notable or not. If I'm on the fence, I give notability the benefit of the doubt.

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