Talk:Andy Carvin

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Correcting Errors[edit]

While I understand that Wikipedians are generally discouraged from editing entries about themselves, I was just reading the entry about me and discovered two errors which I plan to correct. One is simply a bad link - the link to the entry for Mobcasting isn't working properly. The other is somewhat more significant: the article implies that the website Helping.org later became the Digital Divide Network. That's not correct. The Digital Divide Network is a spinoff of Helping.org; Helping.org existed for several years in parallel with the existence of DDN, which I imagine anyone could verify if they went to archive.org and used the Wayback Machine for looking at the history of each website.

So the correction I plan to make will state two things: - that DDN is a spinoff of Helping.org; - that Helping.org later changed its name to Networkforgood.org

I know these may seem like minor issues, but I would hate for people who were involved in either helping.org or networkforgood.org to assume that this article was trying to suggest that their site somehow became DDN, when that is not the case.

That's all I'm going to do on the page; I'll leave any other changes up to others. Thanks.... Acarvin 21:14, 1 March 2006 (UTC)

Sounds fine to me, thank you for noting this on the talk page first Andy :-) Ta bu shi da yu 13:29, 29 March 2006 (UTC)
image added, as Andy pointed me to.--TaranRampersad 14:23, 29 March 2006 (UTC)

Comment about this article[edit]

by it's subject.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus Talk 03:30, 10 April 2006 (UTC)

Often quoted?[edit]

Carvin is often quoted in the news media on issues related to the digital divide

Says who? Something like "often quoted" sounds meaningless to me unless I can see it backed up. Perhaps he is often quoted in the media on issues related to the digital divide in north America, but I have never actually seen him quoted in the media on such issues in Australia. Some qualification or backing up of this sentence from the previous authors of this article would be appreciated. Cheers! — Донама 06:33, 8 May 2006 (UTC)


Hi Donama... I think that's a fair assessment, because most of the press coverage about me has been in the North American press - CNN, NY Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, Associated Press, etc. I probably do three or four press interviews a month, sometimes more when the digital divide and/or education technology are in the news for one reason or another. I have appeared occasionally in European press, like BBC Radio, as well as news outlets in Africa and South Asia, but not very often. The last time I was an Australian paper as far as I know was in the Sydney Morning Herald last autumn. If you have access to the news database Lexis-Nexis, you can generate a list of my major news contributions over the last decade or so. Acarvin 12:42, 8 May 2006 (UTC)
since it seems no one ever was able to find a way to cite this in a satisfactory way, I went ahead and removed the sentence in question. Acarvin 22:53, 3 October 2006 (UTC)

Rocketboom citations[edit]

I see that someone requested a citation for me being a part of the rocketboom team. Here are some links to some of my contributions to the video blog: immigration protests, carpet waxing, $100 laptop Acarvin 12:52, 8 May 2006 (UTC)

No, I put the 'citation needed' there with reference to being often quoted in the media.— Донама 13:38, 8 May 2006 (UTC)


You may want to edit it so that the citation request appears after the first sentence. Since it doesn't come until the rocketboom sentence, it might be confusing to some people. Does wikipedia have a working definition of what "often" might mean anyway? It seems like it would be in the eye of the beholder, so it should probably be rephrased anyway. I probably get quoted in the media a couple of times a month. I have no idea if that counts as often or not. Acarvin 14:15, 8 May 2006 (UTC)


Removal of link to blog essay[edit]

I'm rather puzzled why someone removed the citation to my blog essay, When Mobile Podcasting Leads to Mobcasting. They said it was removed merely because it came from a blog. That's seems really odd, since the idea of mobcasting was first discussed in that blog entry. It was an editorial essay, not a citation of facts - does Wikipedia not allow references to editorial commentary when that commentary is what spurs a notable discussion? Just because it was written within the context of a blog doesn't change the fact that was the time and place I first published it. I won't change the entry, but I just wanted to raise the question to understand why linking to a blog is unacceptable. Acarvin 00:41, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

According to Wiki policy at WP:VERIFY blogs are not acceptable citation material. You may however, have the article in an External Links section or perhaps under a section titled Further Reading. That would perfectly acceptable. The fact remains that anyone has the ability to write a blog and thus blogs are not verifiable, reliable sources just like Wiki isn't really a reliable source (although it attempts to be) but is a useful tool for novices and people just wanting generalized info who hopefully realize that everyone is allowed to contribute. --Strothra 14:13, 8 June 2006 (UTC)


New job, new city[edit]

Just wanted to pass along the word that I'm leaving Boston for Washington DC on September 30. I've just accepted a job at National Public Radio. [1] I'll continue to work with Rocketboom and the PBS learning.now blog. Acarvin 22:04, 23 August 2006 (UTC)


Notability[edit]

I removed the notability template from within the article because of the subject being so frequently quoted at NPR. I personally feel the subject meets the criteria for a stand alone article based on: "The person has made a widely recognized contribution that is part of the enduring historical record in his or her specific field" (see Wikipedia:Notability (people)#Additional criteria. The subject seems like an expert, as recognized by NPR, within the field of social media. Pknkly (talk) 02:28, 18 April 2009 (UTC)

Dead links[edit]

Clinton on bridging...[edit]

Old - <ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.clintonfoundation.org/legacy/120999-remarks-by-president-on-bridging-the-digital-divide.htm|title=Remarks by former President Clinton on bridging the digital divide|date=1999-09-12|accessdate=2006-05-07}}</ref>{{deadlink}}


New - <ref name="Clinton Remarks">{{cite web |title=Remarks By The President On Bridging the Digital Divide| url=http://archives.clintonpresidentialcenter.org/?u=120999-remarks-by-president-on-bridging-the-digital-divide.htm | work= Archived Presidential Press Releases| publisher=William J. Clinton Presidential Center | date=For Immediate Release December 9, 1999 | accessdate=2009-04-18}}</ref>

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This reads like a PR puff piece[edit]

How does such 'soft' ads for someone get in an 'encyclopedia'? (oh wait, Carvin wrote most of it himself!) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 146.90.55.240 (talk) 16:08, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

Opening paragraph is out of date[edit]

I just wanted to point out some things that are out of date in the opening paragraph. My title hasn't been senior product manager for five years; I'm senior strategist at NPR. (Also, NPR doesn't go by National Public Radio anymore, fwiw.) I haven't worked with Rocketboom in five or six years either, and I'm more active as a journalist on Twitter rather than a blogger. I can make these changes myself but I'd prefer to give someone else the chance to make these updates. Thanks... Acarvin (talk) 16:58, 21 July 2013 (UTC)

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