Talk:Jimmy Wales

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Former good article nominee Jimmy Wales was a Social sciences and society good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
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The soundclip of Jimbo's voice[edit]

It has him saying "I am the founder of Wikipedia" rather than "I am the Co-founder" of Wikipedia. Is this a sneaky way of getting in Jimbo's POV? Solntsa90 (talk) 14:24, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

I wouldn't include that sound bite since it is contentious material. It also doesn't reflect well on the subject of the article to maintain the falsehood of being "founder", imho of course. --Malerooster (talk) 12:34, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Note fashionable whiskers. Martinevans123 (talk) 13:38, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Original research[edit]

After reading this article and the history of Wikipedia I am wondering what did Wales do to create Wikipedia. Almost nothing because there is almost nothing he did to create Wikipedia according to Wikipedia articles. It is a stretch to claim in the lede he is a "promoter of Wikipedia". The source used in the lede says no such thing. What does it say? See "Wikipedia belongs to a non-profit foundation and, being an exercise in collaboration among volunteers, it has no boss. But Mr Wales, with his scruffy beard, piercing blue eyes, black mock-turtleneck and velvet coat, has become the public face of Wikipedia by default. He is the closest thing it has to a spokesman, the occasional monarch who intervenes in editing disputes, and the ambassador—both inspiring and controversial—of the Wikipedian idea."[1]

The part "and promoter of the online non-profit encyclopedia, Wikipedia" failed verification and the part "he became the project's promoter" is unsourced. QuackGuru (talk) 18:24, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

I'd keep "scruffy beard, piercing blue eyes and black mock-turtleneck". But "velvet coat"...! who is this, ffs, the Scarlet Pimpernel, or something? Martinevans123 (talk) 21:11, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Zero editors have checked every sentence in this article to ensure the text is sourced. There is more unsourced text. See " Wikipedia's public profile grew, he became the project's promoter and spokesman." QuackGuru (talk) 00:40, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
I suppose it was only a matter of time before your "not my interpretation therefore blatant OR" bullshit made it to this page. Guy (Help!) 01:09, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
The text is unsourced. See WP:V. QuackGuru (talk) 02:27, 4 November 2016 (UTC)
See "He is the co-founder of the online non-profit encyclopedia, Wikipedia,[5] and the for-profit Wikia web hosting company.[6]" I placed the refs where they verify the claim and removed the unsourced part. The sky is not blue. QuackGuru (talk) 19:45, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
AAWWWK! Original Research! AAWWWK! QuackGuru's parrot cry of boredom. Guy (Help!) 21:40, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Give it a rest QG! It was fun arguing about Jimmy's date of birth but debating how many reliable sources fit on the head of a pin regarding obvious obvious OBVIOUS stuff is ridiculous. By all means hunt around for sources but removing known-good text is a waste of everyone's time. For anyone who doesn't know who Jimmy Wales is, you might browse the archives of User talk:Jimbo Wales and check the sources given when people either congratulate him for delivering yet another great promotional talk, or abuse him for delivering yet another great promotional talk. Johnuniq (talk) 22:22, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 9 November 2016[edit]

Broken link in External links for Charlie Rose appearances should be

2600:1008:B124:FADD:A4D6:BA74:B69E:A12E (talk) 18:10, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done  Paine  u/c 13:14, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

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Britannica and the birth date[edit]

The Britannica article used as a reference for the birth date now says August 8th, as opposed to August 7th, and the research note also used as a reference no longer exists at the given link. An updated research note now says that Britannica's opinion is that it should be August 8th. Does this mean that the birth date on here should be updated? Younotmenotyou (talk) 12:52, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

I think Jimbo Wales would say no. If you go into this talk pages archives and type in "date of birth" this has already been discussed many times before.--5 albert square (talk) 13:38, 11 February 2017 (UTC)