Talk:Slinky

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Former good article nominee Slinky was a Sports and recreation 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.
February 26, 2009 Good article nominee Not listed

Ondomania?[edit]

It seems like to a number of countries (or regions) this toy was known as 'Ondamania'. Anybody heard that name? http://www.google.kz/images?um=1&hl=ru&tbs=isch:1&ei=qMzuS-WaEILDsAa7xfSaBQ&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=ondamania&spell=1 —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ilya-42 (talkcontribs) 16:33, 15 May 2010 (UTC)

I took a few minutes to Google the word "ondomania" and found about 800 references on what appear to be French-language sites (like this and this). My best guess is that "slinky" didn't translate very well into French, so "ondomania" was substituted. Of course, my knowledge of la langue Français is très atroces, so we'd need a francophone to take a look and let us know if my guess is right or not. If you can find something in English about it, then please feel free to update the article. Cheers! -- Bgpaulus (talk) 22:58, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
I am French.… « Ondomania » has been a name given in the 80s for a time to Slinky for a question of trademark. Forget it. But I will update the article--Jean-Louis Swiners (talk) 16:09, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Does the Slinky work anymore ?[edit]

I am writing the story of the Slinky on my web site devoted to accidental discoveries ( made by serendipity) :

http://www.serendipite-strategique.com/exemples/slinky.html

To be complete, I have buy the best Slinky I could find (©2006 Poof-Slinky, Plymouth) and I test it. IT DON'T WALK, IT DON'T GO DOWNSTAIRS.

I have been, to have a look, on Amazon. The customer reviews confirm it.

My model is 5,5 cm x diam. 6,8 cm

The model which was (or is always) exposed in the MOMA was given as 2 3/8 x diam. 2 7/8 i.e. 6 cm x diam. 7,3 cm.

Have some of you tested it recentely ?

Can we write in the article that the Slinky sold to-day by Amazon and I think Toys R' Us don't work anymore ?--Jean-Louis Swiners (talk) 16:37, 30 May 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia requires a reliable source for any statement it makes, and neither Amazon user reviews nor editors' personal observations are reliable sources. If the 2006 redesign of the Slinky genuinely stopped it from functioning as designed, I'd imagine that we'd be able to find some coverage in newspaper articles, magazine reviews or the toy industry press. From a skim of Google News, though, I can't find anything. --McGeddon (talk) 08:30, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
Dear McGeddon,
I confirm my point of view. I have seen the issue with the french distributor (Buki France). He admits that the quality of the steel is not so good than before and told me he has discontinued importation, selling only the Slinkies he has in stock.
He give me a trick. Extend it before use. I have done it, to maximum. The Slinky works a little bit better. but with no comparison with the real emblematic Slinky. See :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIu0sQIUQHs
Buki France and myself we have mailed to Poof-Slinky USA. No answer.
Could you see the problem, so I can include some conclusions in the french Wikipédia ? I thank you very much in advance --Jean-Louis Swiners (talk) 03:30, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
Private correspondence with somebody at a French distributor is not a reliable source either. Wikipedia can only claim that "Slinkies don't work", "Buki France has discontinued importation" or "modern Slinkies work better if you stretch them" if we have a reliable, published source that states this. --McGeddon (talk) 07:58, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
Dear McGeddon, I understand very well.
Nevermind, It seems it is only a french problem. In France, Amazon sells the NO. 100 © 2011 Poof-Slinky. I have buy one and have tested it. IT WORKS. The model sold by Buki I tested is a N° 101 ©2006. IT DON'T WORK. It is our problem. Thanks for your attention. --Jean-Louis Swiners (talk) 08:27, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

Uncredited copy[edit]

There's an uncredited copy of part of this article, at [1]. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:51, 17 July 2016 (UTC)