Talk:Patri Friedman

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Notability[edit]

The original Patri Friedman page was deleted in July 2006 due to vanity article concerns. This new version is meant to focus primarily on those items which truly are notable and verifiable. When in 2008 "seasteading" went from a goofy libertarian science-fiction-y idea to a goofy libertarian science-fiction-y idea with billionaire funding, Patri became a minor celebrity. Mentioned in Wired, Gizmodo, NPR, named one of the "sexiest geeks alive", etcetera. Real media coverage of Patri and his project is now present, undeniable, and likely to increase. That makes him notable.

In creating this new version of the page, I stripped everything that seemed frothy and irrelevant in the prior one. For example, it didn't seem to me that having recorded a single song on a single to-be-published album really justified adding a "nerdcore artist" category tag. There's lots of room for expansion, but let's try to keep it all as wiki-worthy as possible as we go. --Blogjack (talk) 03:14, 2 July 2008 (UTC)

Here's a graph of blogs mentioning Patri Friedman; also the basic criterium is: "a person is presumed to be notable if he or she has been the subject of published secondary source material which is reliable, intellectually independent, and independent of the subject.". Joepnl (talk) 17:10, 3 July 2008 (UTC)

Personal History[edit]

Would a little bit of personal history be appropriate? He's a graduate of Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, PA. Physicsman1965 (talk) 18:58, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

I guess it would, be bold! Joepnl (talk) 02:37, 21 January 2009 (UTC)
Fine as long as you have a reputable source for that. Skomorokh 07:10, 21 January 2009 (UTC)
I was one of his teachers. It's on his home page: patrifriedman.com/aboutme/academics.html, as well as his LiveJournal: http://patrissimo.livejournal.com/profile. I could also scan his yearbook photo... or does that violate copyright? Physicsman1965 (talk) 02:57, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
Getting a picture on Wikipedia is almost impossible, but this article deserves one. There's nothing wrong with adding factual info from his own homepage of course. Joepnl (talk) 03:07, 22 January 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the guidance. I created the section, and am awaiting a reply on the Wikipedia:Media copyright questions page concerning scanned yearbook photos. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Physicsman1965 (talkcontribs) 03:51, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

I uploaded the picture with the rationale that no other publicly available data (other than school records which are privileged under US federal law) show that he went by a hyphenated name in high school. I'm hoping that this is a good enough rationale. Physicsman1965 (talk) 04:47, 22 January 2009 (UTC)


Deleting poker information - the results are not noteworthy, do not relate to anything that would distinguish the results from an average casual poker player, and I have found no precedent for including results like his in a person's wiki page. ~Michael —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.2.28.194 (talk) 18:59, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

How in the world is 4 cashes in the WSOP not noteworthy, or distinguished from an average casual poker player? Lots of poker players who are known for something else have their poker results included in their Wikipedia pages, for example Ben Affleck and Gabe Kaplan. 68.45.109.136 (talk) 12:09, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

Name[edit]

Patri is an odd name. Any info on its origin?Lestrade (talk) 23:49, 2 July 2010 (UTC)Lestrade