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Any chance one of you Latin buffs (or at least someone who knows more than me) could add the correct pronunciation of "Ars Technica" to the article? Thanks! Dylanmcd 18:13, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

It's exactly like it looks it should be, ɑɹz tɛknɪkə. But you're right, since it is a foreign term it should have a pronunciation. I'll add it. Hemidemisemiquaver 02:38, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

RfC about Tatsuma's Reverts[edit]

I wasn't sure how to proceed, so I filed this RfC: Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Tatsuma. I would appreciate any comments, especially from people willing to endorse the basis for the dispute so we can try to get some resolution about the revert warring. Reverts by people who aren't even willing to discuss content on the Talk page are unhelpful to everyone. Thanks. - Debuskjt 03:58, 31 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for doing that. Tsetna 17:19, 4 September 2006 (UTC)
I saw your alert and agree that this looks like the right move. Please keep discussion civil. Also you might want to request a checkuser on the suspected sockpuppets. Durova 14:28, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

wow, the Criticism disappeared[edit]

Look at that, all the criticism disappeared. that is certainly convenient. understandable, almost, especially for a website that generates as much money as ars does. ($50,000 a month) it makes sense that tsetna would want to protect his income. El jefe04 17:47, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

I moved the criticism into the article. It was not removed, but put into proper context, and was clearly documented in the edit history of the page. If you oppose that WP:Bold edit, you can discuss it in the section directly below this one, as Tsetna also disagrees with my removal of the Criticism section. - Debuskjt 17:54, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
for the record, i removed the criticism of the forum search, as the reference was from the forum. this is what we agreed on, right? El jefe04 21:11, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

I just read some info regarding claims of plagiarism and content lifting by Ars Technica. When I come here, there is no mention of it, yet it is in the archives. I don't have the energy to read through all the archives. I read through some, but I cannot find where it was decided to remove this. Are these accusations not relevant?--Lfarmingham (talk) 17:42, 27 June 2010 (UTC)

Location of Criticisms[edit]

I vote that the criticisms have their own section. This [1] isn’t a guideline, is it? Mixing it into the article raises serious POV issues in my opinion. Tsetna 15:55, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

I think it's fine the way it is. Agree with Debuskjt.El jefe04 07:20, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
It's not policy, but I think it still stands as a good guideline when discussing criticism. Doesn't keeping it separate also raise POV issues? If anything, I'd think a separate ==Criticism== section would probably provide undue weight to minority criticism, which is undesirable per WP:NPOV#Undue weight. In fact, I'd argue that it's a means of POV forking without actually creating a separate article, and provides a magnet for non-notable, biased viewpoints. And I have a hard time understanding how almost the exact same verbage within the text of the article proper raises any POV issue that is avoided by shunting it elsewhere. An entire subsection devoted to what essentially amounts to a handful of user gripes seems a bit much. - Debuskjt 17:18, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
Just wanted to add, these are all attributable criticisms, too. Hannibal acknowledges the political content and moves to justify it against criticism, Caesar says himself that the Ars search performs badly, Cynthia Brumfield calls into question the editorial process at Ars, which is all in line with WP:NPOV#Attributing and substantiating biased statements. Better attribution to Hannibal and Caesar would help, and they could probably all be rephrased to better avoid POV, particularly "...the dissatisfaction of some readers," but that issue exists regardless of where the criticism is housed and won't change by moving it back to ==Criticism==. I hope that what I'm saying makes sense. - Debuskjt 17:31, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
A separate criticism section does draw more attention to the criticisms, but that’s fine if the criticisms are accurate! The POV problems relate to the weight they are given when they are worked into the text. The first paragraph about the Ars Front Page has four sentences, three of them criticism. Tsetna 18:39, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
Once again, I just don't agree. It makes sense to me that criticism of the News section of Ars belongs in the context of a discussion of the News section. It just makes sense to me. AFAIK, Wiki has never endorsed any kind of ratio WRT criticism to non-criticism per paragraph, and the labeling of individual sentences as entirely criticism is misleading (in fact, I'd say that the defense of political coverage on Ars doesn't read like criticism at all anymore, and works quite well in the Front Page section). I still fail to see why giving specific "criticisms" even 2 out of 3 sentences in a paragraph concerning news on Ars Technica gives said criticism anymore undue weight when compared to giving it an entire subsection on the page. You can't pick and choose the content of the article like that. It all must be considered as a whole, or it's meaningless. But anyway, the answer to me seems to be to rework the article. To add and edit content until a favorable balance is met. Not to strip out "negative" statements altogether and shunt them to the bottom of the page so we can all pretend as if that changes anything. Obviously, if the consensus is against me on this, I'll yield, but I'm definitely interested to hear what others have to say. - Debuskjt 22:09, 8 September 2006 (UTC)
I am confused. First you suggest that having a separate section is undue weight, but now you are suggesting that a criticism section is just the opposite, a way to bury criticism? Maybe I am missing the point. Looking at Digg, Slashdot, Microsoft, Engadget, and many others, they all have criticism sections. Read the Talk page on the Criticism article, this is an unsettled and controversial issue. To clarify, I did not say that the criticism does not belong. What I object to is its position ino that section which gives it IMHO undue weight. Tomorrow I will try to integrate it a different way and you and others can perhaps tell me if it works or not. Tsetna 00:31, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
I suppose the issue is now moot, since El jefe04 has now forced the point by removing all content cited by forum postings (regardless of the poster or if the post is a poll), and if it follows if the letter of policy is to be followed to that extreme, the IP Democracy blog citation also has to go. - Debuskjt 20:24, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
All of those articles have criticism sections, yes, but there is more widespread, published criticism of Digg, Slashdot, and Microsoft than there is of Ars Technica (or Engadget; the Criticism section in that article is miniscule and barely worth keeping as a separate section). Let's consider what is said in WP:NPOV#Undue_weight, especially what is said about "tiny-minority" views; is criticism of Ars Technica really that significant in scope? The answer to that is what should be informing the decision to have a separate criticism section or not.
I'm taking a position of neutrality on the integration issue, though I will continue to revert attempts to inject tiny-minority views or factual errors by single-purpose accounts like El Jefe04 if there is no consensus to do so. -/- Warren 00:51, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Adding uncited information[edit]

I don't see how adding information with an uncited tag is acceptable. i see that everyone seems to agree that information that references the ars forum should not be included (WP:RS). Now, this strips out a lot of the back and forth about moderation and this and that which is fine with me, but you guys need to understand that it also applies to the rest of the article, not the criticism section. removing only criticism that is cited in the forum (even if the forum post is by a site administrator), but then leaving other information in that relies on citations on the forum is not a consistent approach. either remove both, or leave both, there is no room in the middle. El jefe04 21:09, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

That's fine. And I added back nothing that referenced a forum post. Citing forum guidelines, Terms of Service agreements, FAQs, etc. isn't a violation of WP:RS since the prohibition is on posts to the forum, specifically: "posts to bulletin boards, Usenet, and wikis, or messages left on blogs, should not be used as primary or secondary sources." A lot of what you removed weren't references to forum posts. Also, while it is not okay to add content without a source, since you or I didn't add it originally, it is generally considered polite to add {{uncited}} tags to content per Wikipedia:Citing sources#How to ask for citations to draw attention to the error and give editors time to fix them. Also, it is not okay to remove verifiable information or information that has been added back with proper citation under the guise of WP:CITE, which you just did. For instance, the writing staff is easily verifiable from Ars, all moderators are listed on the forum front page, since all the forum names and titles are references to Latin, the list of them in the Posting Guidelines verifies that. If you had clicked on the link to the Columns and the Articles, you would have seen that they do contain overlapping articles.
if you look at the history, i did not remove FAQs or guidelines, I removed unverified information, uncited information, or information that relies on forum postings as a reference. just like has been done by others on the article. you can't just add whatever you want with an {{uncited}} tag, and expect someone else to source it for you. if any of the criticism were added with an {{uncited}} tag, it would be immediately deleted. NPOV would mean that the same standard applies to all information in the article. El jefe04 21:45, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
if the information you are adding is so easily verifiable, then you should not have a problem finding valid, non-forum citations for it. El jefe04 21:53, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
And Ars is not a blog. Aggregate news sites and blogs are not the same thing, and posting material in similar fashion to a blog doesn't a blog make. Unless you are going to introduce evidence to the contrary, I ask that you do not state it again. - Debuskjt 21:31, 9 September 2006 (UTC)
honestly, I don't see how ars is not a blog. simply aggregating news would not be a blog, you are right, but but ars isn't just an rss feed. they post blog-style news posts, and write comments on them. just like slashdot, just like a million other blogs on the internet. slashdot does the same thing ars does, and slashdot proudly states is is a blog. El jefe04 21:48, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Recent edits[edit]

Making continual extlinks to the same domain in one article in the body of the text looks like advertising. I don't see why every section needs to be directly linked from the article body. We're talking about over ten links here.

The article isn't currently very good as regards sourcing. Adding a real references section encourages people to add real references. Chris Cunningham 00:10, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

The alternative is to have them clogging up the External links section. That's where they were originally moved from.
The better alternative is to not link them in the first place. Reference links should be for actual references; the old layout looked like a site map more than an encyclopedia article. Had I assumed this was in any way controversail I'd have gone that route. Chris Cunningham 19:14, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
Linking to something being discussed isn't in itself advertising. The solution to sourcing issues would be to add uncites, I'd think, so that areas you feel are problematic can be identified and discussed.A "real" references section is no better than in-text references, and it shouldn't be classified as "wiking." That's preposterous. See WP:CITE#Citation styles. The first line in the list for acceptable citation styles is "embedded HTML links." If you're not going to make an effort to provide FULL citations (author, publication date, etc.), there's no point in having a references section. - Debuskjt 15:01, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
Full citations can be added later. It seems like a bit of a waste of electrons to convert a bunch of links which probably aren't of any real value to the article into proper cites. The next time I pass through I'll have a look at expanding the most useful refs into full cites. Chris Cunningham 19:14, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
Is this going to be done? If not, it was a waste of electrons to remove in-line citations for footnotes. - Debuskjt 15:10, 27 September 2006 (UTC)
And your italics are inconsistent. That is distracting and detracts from the article. It should be either made consistent or reverted. - Debuskjt 15:06, 22 September 2006 (UTC)
I'll tidy them just now then, thanks. Chris Cunningham 19:14, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Chronological order for talk[edit]

This talk page is far too long. I'm planning on reorganising it in order to archive another two or three chunks. Anyone is free to help of course. Chris Cunningham 00:10, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

I've shuffled the old talk into archive pages. A better way of presenting these would be nice. Chris Cunningham 19:44, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

Removal of ownership information and other site information[edit]

I would appreciate a valid reason for the persistent removal of this information, other than the ambiguous "it's not notable". This sort of information is clearly notable enough to be included in a range of other website articles. In addition, the terms of service is referenced in a number of places in the article already, other than the portions I added. Please provide a valid reason for your actions before removing this information. Seragenn 00:05, 15 December 2006 (UTC)

The terms of use of a web site is not worthy of inclusion in an encyclopedia. How Ars Technica makes money is not that interesting. The fact that Ars Technica outsources their subscriber billing is also not that interesting. Wikipedia doesn't exist to replicate all the information on the Internet. If someone wants to see what the terms of use or how subscriptions work on Ars Technica, they can read it on the web site. A single external link will suffice for explaining that level of detail. A good example of what en encyclopedic article about a web site should look like is LiveJournal; notice the lack of emphasis given to minute details about billing systems.
Look, it's clear that your purpose here on Wikipedia is singular -- to repeatedly push asinine and irrelevant information into this article. It's not the first time we've had someone attempt this, and I assure you that you're wasting your time. -/- Warren 23:10, 16 December 2006 (UTC)
What's your damage, private? If you could explain what is asinine and irrelvant about the information that would be terrific. The information is useful enough to be referenced in other parts of the article, and this type of information is useful enough to be included in other articles. The CNET page has company ownership information. I see no reason why this article should not either. Give me a reason why neither article should have it, and I'll go with your version. Seragenn 09:54, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
First of all, we don't need to say that "LLC" means "Limited Liability Company" in the lead sentence of the article. Come on, man we're an encyclopedia -- our goal is to define what "Ars Technica" IS, not who owns it.
People reading the article really, honestly don't care that the web site is owned by a company with the same name as the web site. We also don't need to describe minute details of subscriptions or renewals; again, terms of use do not hold much in the way of encyclopedic value. Always bear this in mind: WIKIPEDIA IS NOT THE INTERNET -- we don't need to collate every possible little piece of information, if it's readily available on the public web site the article talks about. This saves us the rather onerous responsibility of updating the article when some of these minute details change.
People do care about the information. That exact information is included on plenty of other articles. You have not addressed this point, except to say that you don't LIKE the information I'm including. Which is a personal preference.

Your argument as to why this information should not be included is nonsensical, as you're basically saying "Don't include verifiable, referenced information." That is ridiculous. Seragenn 05:47, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

When something is interesting, and has high informative value, it belongs in Wikipedia. For example, the article on Starbucks devotes some space to their non-smoking policy because it has been controversial in some countries with a strong smoking culture... however, we don't report on what kind of cash registers Starbucks uses in their stores, because it is of low informative value.
And the other references to the TOS are included why? Again, your logic is flawed. Seragenn 05:47, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Anyways, if you need more examples of how Wikipedia deals with tech sites, Have a look at AnandTech, Tom's Hardware Guide, HardOCP, Blue's News, Penny Arcade (webcomic), Experts-Exchange, or any number of Ars Technica's peers.
Ok, I looked. The Slashdot article includes the following:

"Created in September 1997 by Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda, Slashdot is now owned by the Open Source Technology Group, part of VA Software."

The CNET article includes the following: "CNET Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNET) is an Internet-based American media company based in San Francisco, California co-founded in 1993 by Halsey Minor and Shelby Bonnie. A publicly held company, its stock trades on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol CNET."


There's a further problem in that you are adding factually incorrect information, which Clintology noted below and removed. If you expect your contributions to be taken seriously, you'll have to do better than this. -/- Warren 23:17, 19 December 2006 (UTC)
This is false. Consider the reference added. Seragenn 05:47, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
Also, new conversion topics go at the bottom of the talk page. Don't move your pet subject to the top. -/- Warren 23:19, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

I've removed the information about "* Affiliate sales commissions." I could not find any reference to this on the site. Could someone back it up with some proof? --clintology 22:20, 19 December 2006 (UTC)

I figured you guys were in cahoots. I smell a case of someone editing the article about their own website. I would have thought higher of Ars than stooping to vandalize wikipedia. Seragenn 05:47, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
Huh? I'm not sure what you're implying here. You didn't add any sort of reference to the claim about "Affiliate Sales", so I'm going to re-remove it until you can provide some sort of proof. (See below) Please provide a link to the page where something is mentioned about affiliate sales. -- 14:00, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
I just saw the link you provided. It doesn't say anything about Affiliate sales. Nor are there any "Sale" notices posted under the news section. The post you reference seems to just be a post about some deals someone found at This doesn't add up to "Affiliate sales" and I'm not sure how you got to that conclusion. I'm leaving it as removed. -- 14:05, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
Oops didn't notice I wasn't logged in on this computer. The above two comments and the edit are mine. --clintology 14:06, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
Actually, now that I sit here and think about it, I realize you're right, you just don't provide the correct reference and don't explain what you're meaning very well. Assuming that this content belongs on this page, Ars does make some money from Dealpost affiliate sales. Check out for a proper reference. I'm still not sure what you mean by "Sale" links under the news section though. --clintology 14:08, 20 December 2006 (UTC)
It does discuss affiliate sales, that entire "news" post is an advertisement for Dell computer equipment, linked to Dell product pages, and those links include what is commonly referred to on the INTERNET as an AFFILIATE ID. When someone clicks on that LINK with the AFFILIATE ID and BUYS SOMETHING, Ars Technica makes money. Is that clear? It's pretty crystal to me. I would hope your difficulty with this is not an intentional misunderstanding. Seragenn 02:02, 21 December 2006 (UTC)


As I've stated in my edit summaries, this Seragenn user continues to have a fascination with degrading the quality of the article by adding information that doesn't belong here. My reasons for continuing to remove this material are as follows:

One: Usually when I see someone come to Wikipedia and jump right into arguments over what should be included in an article, and get extremely insistent that their specific details are important -- especially if those details don't cast the subject in a good light -- they're usually doing so to promote an agenda or to vent frustration. This isn't a useful or productive way to improve an encyclopedia, and almost never results in things going the way the new user wants. Wikipedia's policy on Neutral point of view is required reading here. More specifically, the section on "undue weight", which states: "An article should not give undue weight to any aspects of the subject, but should strive to treat each aspect with a weight appropriate to its significance to the subject. Note that undue weight can be given in several ways, including, but not limited to, depth of detail, quantity of text, prominence of placement, and juxtaposition of statements." In our particular case here, all of Seragenn's edits revolve around very specific monetary aspects of Ars Technica's subscriber model; subscriptions are otherwise completely unmentioned in the article, so if any coverage of this subject is going to be added, it must be done in a neutral and even fashion -- and that means, at minimum, saying that they... you know... exist?

Two: We are not the Internet. This is part of the "Wiki is not paper" guidelines we're expected to follow in the process of creating better encyclopedia articles. Minor implementation details about Ars Technica's subscription model is not encyclopedia-worthy material, unless it's somehow especially notable or has generated controversy. I mean, come on, "Ars Technica reserves the right to restrict subscriber access from the site for any reason, without notice"? So? Why does Seragenn feel this is vitally important information to repeatedly ram into the article, when the article doesn't even mention that Ars Technica offers subscriptions? I've written a lot of Wikipedia articles in my time here, and I've seen text I've written appear on Wikipedia's front page as the blurb for an article of the day, so I'm pretty sure I'm a reasonably good judge of what's encyclopedia-worthy, and what's not. Again, if we're going to include information about Ars Technica offering subscriptions, then let's at least start by saying that they offer them?

Three: Regarding the lead sentence. We are -not- going to beat our readers into a bloody pulp with "LLC" and its expansion a total of three times in the space of one sentence. That's horrible English. Stating the words "Ars Technica" more than once in any short sentence should also be avoided for the same reason. We can formulate sentences better than this. A simple rule of thumb: Read a sentence aloud, with full expansions -- if it sounds bad, it's bad. -/- Warren 12:29, 25 December 2006 (UTC)

So how is removing those facts (and they are facts) a neutral edit to the article? I don't understand why you seem to think that is negative information. They are verifiable facts, and documented. What's your damage, private? Seragenn 08:28, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
If that's your reasoning, that's fine with me. We should just be sure the rest of the article holds up to it. Seragenn 08:28, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
Again, fine with me, even though that goes against the example set in other articles. Seragenn 08:28, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
Your behaviour is becoming disruptive -- don't remove large swaths of an article to make a point. See WP:POINT. Also, for the sake of readability, don't intersperse your comments in the middle of others'. -/- Warren 08:45, 28 December 2006 (UTC)
Warrens said: "I mean, come on, "Ars Technica reserves the right to restrict subscriber access from the site for any reason, without notice"? So? Why does Seragenn feel this is vitally important information to repeatedly ram into the article". The point is a sound one. An encyclopedia does not need information like this. Check out the entry for a great example of an article that is constantly being updated with information that doesn't belong there. Encyclopedia readers do not need to know the day-to-day status of how to refill a balance on just as they don't need to know the minutiae of Ars Technica's subscription terms. -- Hux 13:30, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Notability (web)[edit]

People interested in thie article might want to check out the guidelines on Notability (web). This article currently doesn't appear to establish that Ars Technica meets the guidelines for notability. To avoid potential future deletion this should be rectified Nil Einne 06:57, 16 March 2007 (UTC)

I recommend following the format used by Slashdot, Engadget, and other large tech sites. Seansquared 17:57, 16 March 2007

I've taken a look at slashdot and it appears to me to be a good example of what NOT to follow. While there are some good things and it's probably in a better state then this article, it seems to be especially bad at establishing it's noteability. For example, there are very few inline citations or citations of any sort to sources outside of slashdot. While sections like the 'slashdot effect' does establish it's noteability, as does the notable contributors and the number of comments etc to some extent it really needs to go further then that. A fair amount of stuff which helps estabish it's noteability is not in the article. For example it's won multiple? webby awards but the only way you will know is from the external links. Similarly slashdot has obviously been referred to a lot by external reliable sources. There doesn't appear to be any real mention of this, apart from a link to a paper which mentions slashdot in the citations (but there is no use or mention of this reference in the article from what I can tell) and several external links with external sources which mention slashdot, like CNN. Nil Einne 14:49, 18 March 2007 (UTC)

tech report[edit]

should a note on the tech report be added? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Flyingember (talkcontribs) 01:54, 17 March 2007 (UTC). reference[edit]

Shii keeps deleting the reference to Ars Technica's ranking on, arguing that "this is not a reliable source. it purposefully excludes forums such as 2ch". There are two problems with this outlook:

  • One editor's opinion of what does or does not constitute a reliable source does not justify repeated deletion of information.
  • I can't find a better source to provide this information on where Ars ranks versus other boards, information that is surely notable for this article.

Imo, even if this source is not the best that it could be, it's adequate for now and should remain in the article until a better one can be found. I'm putting the info back in at this time and soliciting opinions from anyone else who is reading this so that we can hopefully reach a consensus and stop this silly reverting of what is, let's face it, a pretty minor issue. -- Hux 09:31, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

"One editor's opinion of what does or does not constitute a reliable source does not justify repeated deletion of information." Big-boards does not rank all boards, just a selection which they have chosen. This is a fact, not an opinion.
"I can't find a better source to provide this information on where Ars ranks versus other boards, information that is surely notable for this article." Then you can't include the information at all. Tough cookies. :( Shii (tock) formerly Ashibaka 16:39, 27 May 2007 (UTC)
"Big-boards does not rank all boards, just a selection which they have chosen. This is a fact, not an opinion." The opinion I'm referring to is your opinion that this makes it unworthy for use as a source. I'm not disputing that Big-Boards is not perfectly accurate. I'm simply arguing that it appears to be the most accurate forum ranking source and, as such, it is appropriate to include it as a reference. If perfection is judged to be required for Wikipedia sources then we wouldn't have any sources at all. For example, if we use your logic then we can't cite any song as attaining the #1 position on the British charts, since those charts are calculated based only on singles sales from major outlets and don't take into account any sales from independent music stores (or any airplay statistics, for that matter).
If it's a really big deal then I suppose, for the sake of complete accuracy, we could include a caveat in the text noting Big-Boards' imperfect nature, but that seems pretty nitpicky to me. -- Hux 19:40, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

That's what the two other articles I found have opted to do, and if you insist you can do that here as well. It's just wrong to say "this is definitely the 66th largest forum on the entire Internets" when it's probably more like the 150th, when you count all the forums big-boards excludes. Shii (tock) formerly Ashibaka 22:59, 27 May 2007 (UTC)

Fair enough, plus the actual rank is subject to regular change anyway so "66th out of 2000" is always going to be inaccurate on that basis as well. FWIW, I think that your most recent change to the article works best. -- Hux 06:07, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

If you wish to include this reference, please explain why you consider big-boards to be reliable. I don't agree that it is the "most accurate" forum ranking source. It is not accurate at all. Just because they are the only well-known site to rank forums doesn't mean they are accurate. They aren't. --- RockMFR 21:13, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

We've already gone through this. While it isn't a perfect source (because it doesn't include some notably popular boards) BigBoards is a good enough source to illustrate the basic fact that the Ars OpenForum is a very popular one. To draw an analogy, look around at the thousands of articles and web pages that talk about the popularity of a song based on its position on, say, the Billboard R&B chart. Is that not a reliable source because it excludes non-R&B songs? Of course not, so using it to back up a basic claim about popularity is perfectly fine, even if that source is not as good as citing its position on the Billboard Hot 100, which does not discriminate on the basis of genre. Based on this reasoning, I'm reverting your change. -- Hux (talk) 00:01, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
Why do you think this is "good enough"? The site has no credibility at all. Reliability is not something that is assumed. It needs to be proven. --- RockMFR 00:56, 19 May 2008 (UTC)
I think it's good enough because it ranks a very large number of boards and, to date, the only criticisms seem to be (paraphrased), "it doesn't rank [one really popular board], so it's not accurate", and your opinion that it has "no credibility at all", neither of which are very compelling on their own. If you have stronger evidence then let's hear it. Or better yet, if its presence on this rather innocuous page offends you that much then why not attempt to improve it by finding a higher quality reference? -- Hux (talk) 05:41, 23 May 2008 (UTC)
It is up to you to show that this source is reliable. --- RockMFR 21:24, 13 July 2008 (UTC)
I already have, sufficient for the general claim it is supporting. If the source was being used to support a claim of a specific rank then it would not be reliable enough, but since it's only there to support a rough claim of popularity it's fine as is. Once again, please read the discussion above; we've already been through this. -- Hux (talk) 07:52, 15 July 2008 (UTC)

It doesn't matter what sort of claim you are trying to make with the reference. If the source is not reliable to make that claim, then it cannot be used. --- RockMFR 18:33, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

As I already established, it is reliable enough for the claim that's being made. If you'd like to take this further then feel free to make use of the dispute resolution process and I'll be happy to take part, but don't just keep deleting stuff just because you disagree. -- Hux (talk) 08:03, 24 November 2008 (UTC)


I wish to re-nominate this article to be deleted. It is a marketing ploy with no useful information pertinent to Wikipedia —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Kashk5 (talkcontribs).

What's your evidence for it being a marketing ploy? I vote that it should stay: it's one of the most well-known, tech-related sites on the Internet so it's notable enough on that basis, imo. -- Hux 13:36, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
Marketing ploy? - It's just general information about a popular tech website. — Wackymacs 14:36, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
This user left exactly the same comment on the talk pages for other major technology news web sites.[2], and they have no other contributions to the encyclopedia. -/- Warren 15:31, 2 June 2007 (UTC)
For what it's worth, I don't think the lack of other contributions or that the user has put a similar message on similar article talk pages should be considered a black mark. Personally, I think all the sites being complained about should stay and I've posted replies stating that to each of the requests for deletion. If anyone else agrees I suggest they do likewise. -- Hux 15:18, 3 June 2007 (UTC)


What is the significance of the word Ars? What does it mean? In the UK it has, erm, another meaning. (talk) 14:29, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

The meaning is explained in the first paragraph of the article. Also, you're thinking of "arse". ;) -- Hux (talk) 19:07, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
From their web site About Us (both current as well as archived used for reference): At Ars Technica—the name is Latin-derived for the "art of technology"— Petersam (talk) 19:32, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Is a reliable source?[edit]

This is a dispute regarding the usage of as a reliable source. I believe it is not, for the following reasons:

  • The information on the site is not peer-reviewed.
  • The site is not used as a source by any other reputable sources.
  • Submissions to the site essentially require a $20 payment in order to be processed (see [3]).
  • The site does not appear to verify submitted statistics.
  • It is not even technically possible for the site to verify most submitted statistics.
  • Many of the stats listed on the site are clearly incorrect and/or outdated. For example, it lists as having 28848500 posts, while the true number is currently over 500 million.

--- RockMFR 21:20, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

A random website on the Internet requires some proof before it can be treated as a reliable source. I ask anyone who wants it to be included in any article on Wikipedia to provide proof that its statistics can be considered reliable for academic purposes. Shii (tock) 00:47, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
Given the points above, some of which I hadn't seen before, I'm changing my mind and will support the deletion. -- Hux (talk) 04:57, 6 January 2009 (UTC)
Due to the lack of peer review or fact-checking on forums, it is not practical to consider any forum a source of reliable information. Any person can pose as an expert and post using false credentials. Stick to reputable academic, print or news sources. Spidern 13:20, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
Big Boards isn't a forum; it's a web site that does statistical analysis on forums. We consider the research done by Netcraft and a variety of other statistical analysis companies for web browser / computer marketshare / etc. usage; Big Boards is similarly suitable for research and statistical analysis done on Internet forums. The work they do qualifies them as a secondary source under Wikipedia's policies. Warren -talk- 00:09, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

I see no reason why an internet site should automatically not be considered reliable within its domain of expertise. Martin Hogbin (talk)

Sweet! *runs off to found* Shii (tock) 02:43, 2 February 2009 (UTC)


It's kinda silly to keep updating the tagline about Ars age. I was wondering if it's possible to get MediaWiki to calculate it. I tried finding out the original foundation date they base the number on, but I think it's pretty inaccurate:

echo date("c",(date("U")-(((pow(10,-1)*1.0789)*100)*365*24*60*60)));

-- (talk) 22:58, 19 April 2009 (UTC)

It styles itself as "Serving the technologist for 1.0912 × 10-1 centuries." (This translates into 10.912 years, or 1.0912 decades)[edit]

I removed the last 'graph of the lead secn, for reworking:

It styles itself as "Serving the technologist for 1.0912 × 10-1 centuries." (This translates into 10.912 years, or 1.0912 decades)
  1. The 2nd sent is patronizing and annoyingly redundant.
  2. The verb "style" is not what's needed, since it suggests a name rather than a slogan.
  3. "Styles" also suggests more prominence than it really has, apparently only near the bottom of the home page.
  4. It's hard to believe this info is significant enuf for the lead.
  5. If it's significant enuf for inclusion in the article at all, that significance needs to be explained: Who thinks it's cool, or that its obnoxiousness rises above unremarkablly pointless obnoxiousness?
  6. If adequate answers to each of the above are provided, a reasonable treatment of it would start with
    The page bears a slogan suggesting a precision of a fraction of a day, "Serving the technologist for 1.0912 × 10-1 centuries." (The not quite 11-year figure is not in accord with the site's age.)

--Jerzyt 19:19, 8 June 2009 (UTC)

  • Ah! I did look for a section abt this, but missed it, probably bcz it is in the form of the silly formula in the section that now encloses this one. That's an even worse idea than what i removed. All right, the discussion should be more like
    The page bears a closing slogan expressing the age of the site (since a point in 1998), implying a precision of a fraction of day, with centuries as the unit, and expressed in scientific notation.
Bear in mind that WP is NOT Ars Technica's bitch.
--Jerzyt 19:39, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
It's a given that the exact figure stated by the site should not be in the article for the simple reason that it changes on (as far as I can tell) a daily basis and therefore the Wikipedia figure would always be out of date. But I don't think that your argument above holds much water. It's a tag line - the equivalent of "All the news that's fit to print" - and on that basis alone some kind of description of it is noteworthy enough for inclusion. Also, the verb, "to style", does not imply what you think it implies. "It styles itself as", is simply another way of saying, "It describes itself as". You're reading way too much into it. -- Hux (talk) 05:17, 10 June 2009 (UTC)
I just noticed the post by the poster at above. I'd say that if there is a way to get MediaWiki to auto-calculate the correct value for the tag line on the site then we should just use that and be done with it - no complicated explanation required. -- Hux (talk) 05:20, 10 June 2009 (UTC)

  • I was the one who first added the translation for how many years/decades the value translated to. I do not believe this to be patronizing as not everyone who would read this article would understand scientific notation. I simply added it to be thorough. As per the styling of the line in question, it could be rewritten and as per having to update it a simple example given on a date would probably suffice. In other words, give a static tagline with a statement of what date that tag line was relevant.
As per point number 5: The significance of the line involves the point that it is their signature as it is their tagline. For a comparison, not including some reference to this would be like an article on Homer (Simpson that is) that didn't include anything about the word "'DOH".
-- (talk) 09:22, 14 June 2009 (UTC)

attribution criticisms[edit]

I'm going to remove two of the three criticisms in the article about attributing bloggers. The first has a semi-reliable source mentioning it[4], but here's why I'm removing the last two (other than no reliable sources mentioning them):

  • ""[5]: The claim here wasn't plagiarism, it was that Ars reported on a patent they they didn't "discover", in other words they "stole" someone's idea for an article. Microsoft filed a patent, a blogger wrote about it, then the next day Ars wrote about it.
  • "parislemon"[6]: dead link, couldn't find any other RS on this.

Sebquantic (talk) 19:53, 9 April 2010 (UTC)


I'm planning on doing a copy-edit and WP:MOS check in a day or two, but I'm basically done expanding the article for now. If you have an issue with something I removed, please let me know why here. For example, the mention of Ars's forums was reduced from one paragraph to one sentence. It's not the oldest or largest forum by far, so I didn't think it needed its own section.

Oh yeah, I wanted to put the "Serving the technologist for 1.0912 × 10-1 centuries." thing back in, but couldn't think of where it would smoothly fit. Anybody have an idea on that? —Sebquantic (talk) 20:13, 10 April 2010 (UTC)

Is mentioning their Mac OS X reviews worth doing? Maybe instead of the iPad review? (talk) 20:06, 17 April 2010 (UTC)
Don't see why not. Some of the sources do hint that they're known for their OSX reviews. —Sebquantic (talk) 04:18, 18 April 2010 (UTC)

Where's the logic?[edit]

From the article: ""Adblock Plus developer Wladimir Palant responded, stating that blocking advertisements in general is justified because websites receive revenue from them regardless of whether they are seen or ignored by readers:[28]"

"Only an ad that generates a sale (either directly because the user clicked it or indirectly via brand awareness and similar) provides value. If you see yourself being paid without providing a value than [sic] you either tricked whoever is paying you [...] or it is a temporary state where whoever is paying you didn’t adjust to the new realities yet.""

This doesn't make any sense. Has it been edited until it lost all logic, or what? First, it is wrong. Websites do not receive income if the ads are not seen, that was the point of the ban. Then, the quote that supports that wrong position has nothing to do with the position, if anything it argues against it. He makes an argument against blocking ads, because then the ads owner will stop paying.WTF?TheThomas (talk) 01:47, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

A technology news and information website is no longer true[edit]

The website seems to have changed and now it covers politics, including elections and voting rights, and also abortion debate matters. I suggest to change the definition to is a website covering technology, politics, and society news. Yurivict (talk) 21:49, 7 December 2016 (UTC)