If someone questions the notability of a claim, or the claimant, and someone else wishes to assert the notability of the claim/claimant, should they avoid adding a comment, and instead edit the question?

In the question Does Female Circumcision reduce urinary tract infections? , the OP provided information about the notability of the claimant in a comment (I think he indicated that the author of the quoted claim was notable, and had an English-language Wikipedia article about the author). However, the comment has since been deleted, and a user is currently questioning the notability of the claim. Should the OP have provided the information about the claimant in the question instead?

I understand that claims have to be notable, but I am concerned that providing too much information about the notability of a claim may be distracting.

Note: I'm not saying that the person who deleted the comment is the same person who is questioning the notability of the claim.

  • I have recently edited the question. I hope this clears up the misunderstanding about notability. I am hesitant to answer this question until it is clear it has, so we aren't discussing the same thing in two places.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    May 9, 2017 at 4:02

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I think there was some honest mistake in there.

Our notability policy requires fixing the question if notability is disputed:

If one person shows up, searches for evidence that the claim is notable, and then disputes the [notability of the] claim (leaves a comment, or flags for moderator attention) - then it's the responsibility of the asker (or your friendly neighborhood editor) to dig up a real, verifiable source.

-FAQ: Must all questions be notable?

Clearly this was not done. Clarifications were left in comments. Comments were deleted. A question whose notability was in doubt was not originally fixed.

All is sorted now, though.


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