Talk:Daniel Terdiman

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References to this article[edit]

Why would this pagearticle be referenced in Wikipedia#_note-33, Wikipedia:Press coverage 2005, and Virtual Air Traffic Flight Simulation Network if it didn't exist? -- Jeff G. 09:29, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Clearly the page exists, but why on earth would you need to create a Wikipedia article with information about itself? Seems like some sort of mind-blowing recursive exercise. Anyway, just because something is linked to, doesn't make it a viable topic. Wickethewok 09:51, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

In Use[edit]

We should be using {{inuse}} while we're editing. I'm just as guilty as the next guy. :) -- Jeff G. 00:53, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

To Do[edit]

  • Reorder the media list per his resume.
  • Research and document references for the media list.
  • Consolidate info about Wired.

-- Jeff G. 00:54, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

I would hold off on the micro-tuning until the fate is decided by AfD. I think that developing content and references should be Job One.
--Kevin Murray 06:02, 8 January 2007 (UTC)

Never heard of him?[edit]

I didn't realize wikipedia was so hard up? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 214.16.12.66 (talk) 15:30, 11 January 2007 (UTC).

If, in making a determination as to the validity of a biographical article, Wikipedia uses a notoriety test (i.e, how many times someone's name appears in Google or Yahoo), then it is overlooking its fundamental responsibility as an open-ended encylopedia. It is not the quantity of contributions Mr Terdiman has made to the world's knowledge that are important, nor the number of times others have mentioned his name; it is the quality of his contributions, and whether his work has broadened the world's understanding of what he has written about.
I've not read his story for Time on Wikipedia; I did read his article on Second Life, and found it at least compelling enough to make me look at the site more closely. By his own admission, he has not received the Pulitzer prize yet; I've been writing for newspapers and magazines for over 40 years, and haven't received one either. But that doesn't mean he won't, and it would be a sad commentary on Wikipedia if it missed the chance to develop his biography as it happened, rather than depending on what others wrote about him after the fact.
Netminder 16:01, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia asks that the subject be notable only, not important. If people are discusssing someone, then it makes sense to offer further information from reliable sources, presented from a neutral standpoint, or offering a balance of opinions where diverse views exist. Without the physical limitations of a printed format, Wikipedia can be a bit more liberal in determining the importance of its content.
--Kevin Murray 17:06, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
The {{importance}} tag notwithstanding. ;) -- OlEnglish (Talk) 03:33, 11 May 2009 (UTC)

Footnotes[edit]

In order to reduce the clutter of footnotes in the first paragraph, we created a section which displays links and references regarding the subject's works. We have one note from the text to a comment referring readers to that section. This was a compromise reached during an AfD process, where the inclusion of too many links to his work made the other references to article about the subject more difficult to evaluate. Clearly this is a compromise between standard style and practicality, but I think that it works in this case.

--Kevin Murray 17:18, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Log/2007 January 7#Daniel_Terdiman[edit]

This article Daniel Terdiman was subjected to AfD a mere three minutes after I created it. Thankfully, it was kept. I don't know how long the link the former debate will continue to work, but the AfD Log should be around much longer.

As Serpent's Choice astutely guessed (preserved in the AfD Log), I did in fact "[decide] none of the authorlinks in the Wikipedia notes should be redlinks, and so created this [article] in an effort to fill the gap" after reading "Can German engineering fix Wikipedia?" Frankly, it was the first red authorlink I saw in Wikipedia#References, and now there are none.

If I had to do it all over again, I'd do much more research before actually posting a bio. Yes, I have learned from this experience.

Thank you to Daniel Terdiman for many notable contributions. Thank you to Kevin Murray for taking on the heavy lifting, shepherding this article through the AfD process, and involving the article's subject in the necessary research. And finally, thank you to everyone who contributed to the former debate which is now archived in the AfD Log.

-- Jeff G. 18:18, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Criticism from The Register[edit]

12.25.211.1 posted a reference to critical article The Register(online), October 19, 2006, CNET hack severs ties with Second Life, by Ashlee Vance (staff writer). I'm not sure it belongs in the article. The critical article also references a Google search which is no longer relevant. Should criticism from such a tabloid as The Register be in any bio on Wikipedia? -- Jeff G. 20:11, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Jeff,
I would say that if the source is not considered valid for praise, then it's not valid for critisism either.
Kevin -- The preceding comment was posted unsigned by Kevin Murray at 23:27, 11 January 2007 (UTC).
I agree, thanks, I'm leaving it out. -- Jeff G. 17:47, 14 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree, too. 88.80.28.56 (talk) 15:01, 7 August 2011 (UTC)