Talk:J. C. R. Licklider

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The page on "Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider" cannot be found when you search "Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider" for reasons I do not fully understand and so cannot correct - I think it may be that the title of the page does not use his full name. It finds the page correctly only with "J. C. R. Licklider" and you can get a listing with the page as the top hit using only the surname "Licklider". If someone who knows more about editing a Wikipedia page than I could make an intelligent change so that the Wiki search function picks up this obvious search that would be a great service - or if someone could tell me how to accomplish that goal I will make he change needed. I am a total novice at Wikipedia, not an expert at this topic and probably should not be let loose editing pages... Ionlycametosay (talk) 22:57, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

I made a new redirect from the full name. Dicklyon (talk) 00:39, 9 January 2008 (UTC)


Project MAC[edit]

The section on Project MAC refers to "his two-year term of office in 1962". Term of office where? ARPA? I can't find any place earlier in the article that says he was at some place for two years, and even if I've overlooked it, it would be good to clarify it in this section.Mcswell (talk) 16:00, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

The context was screwed up in this edit by User:Mdd. Maybe you can work on straigtening it out. Dicklyon (talk) 17:37, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
I will take a look here, and will try to fix this. -- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 18:18, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
I think I fixed it. -- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 18:23, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
P.S. Dicklyon suggested I screwed up the context, what doesn't sound very nice. I call it wikification. I rearranged the whole article in an other format, as I have done this with over 1.000 other biographical articles. I haven't had much complains yet, but I did have my share of disagrement with mister Dicklyon. Now this format I use makes it easier to further extent the article in two directions: biographical and work (science & technology) related. I for example noticed the information about his publications and awards seemed to fail. I added some info there.
Agreed, I could use nicer phrasing sometimes. Thanks for the fix. Dicklyon (talk) 21:29, 23 October 2008 (UTC)
Thank you. -- Marcel Douwe Dekker (talk) 22:00, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

Infocom?[edit]

I was disappointed to see that this article makes no mention of Licklider's role in Infocom. Not serious enough to put here? Mopalia (talk) 17:28, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

Not much there, as far as I can see, but a brief mention should be OK. Dicklyon (talk) 04:12, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

long quote[edit]

i removed the very long quote from the beginning because it is a. way too long and b. not given any context. when i was reading this article for the first time i did not know where this quote came from or why i should care about it, so the article's readability was hindered. if anyone feels like this quote deserves to stay in the article, consider putting it in a separate section (e.g. "quotes about. . .") and consider giving the quote an attribution within the article proper. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 220.245.107.17 (talk) 13:14, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

I added that (admittedly long) quotation because I found it a good indicator of the sheer magnitude of Lick's influence on the world. For someone who's less than, say, roughly thirty, how different today's computerized world is from the world of 1960 is probably hard to grasp. But the intellectual root of all of those changes is with Lick and the people he encouraged.
I could just say that, but the standard for Wikipedia now is that one can't originate anything, one has to have a verifiable source for and statement or assertion. So I used that. I'll put it back, with a bit of context.
PS: As to did not know where this quote came from, it was properly sourced, so you must not be very familiar with Wikipedia article conventions. Noel (talk) 16:51, 13 January 2013 (UTC)