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Surhone, L. M. (2009), Wicked problem: C. West Churchman, Horst Rittel, Melvin M. Webber, business decision mapping, critical thinking;, Betascript Publishing
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Could you check the style guide, bound to be something in there about which convention to use (to dot or not to dot, that is the question). It is not a controversial proposal, so if the style guide supports your view (as I suspect it does), you can just go ahead and do the move (using the move tab at the top of the page). --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 17:56, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
WP:NCP, scroll down a bit to Every abbreviation is generally followed by a point (period), unless when that is demonstrably not the way that name is written most often. If there is to be an M in the middle it should be written as M. However, use of <first name> <last name> is encouraged. A Google search indicates more hits for Melvin Webber, although it's not entirely conclusive. In which case, I support the standard use of <first name> <last name> i.e. Melvin Webber. Thoughts? SeveroTC 21:30, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
I prefer "Melvin Webber", but it seems to be American usage always to use middle initials? --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 13:30, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
I'm not so sure of that. If you search "Melvin Webber" on Google, a good number of the top 20 are US sites. However, most journal articles that Webber wrote are down as "MM Webber" or "Melvin M Webber" (see Google Scholar). For me, as it's unlikely that "Melvin M. Webber" is used more than "Melvin Webber" so it should probably be at the latter, as <first name> <last name>. SeveroTC 17:36, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
For info, the Worldcat record for the book containing the duplication says "All parts of this book are extracted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." So the prior art is here. However, our sourcing could be more explicit that just a reading list. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 19:06, 28 June 2011 (UTC)