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January 2015[edit]

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Disclosing a COI isn't a carte blanche. Until someone has had time to verify that the content is suitable and verifiable, the {{coi}} tag should remain. As the person with a COI, you really, really, shouldn't be removing it. Thanks SmartSE (talk) 16:10, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Alright, fair enough. I appreciate the explanation here. I realize you are the editor who nominated him for deletion last August. I really feel that my entry is neutral and proves his notability, and I have to say I think the tags are unfair. Hopefully someone will come along and properly verify the entry's contents.--Bernie44 (talk) 16:19, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
Unless I'm mistaken, this is the only new source to directly address the subject in which case notability is still not certain per WP:42 and I think another AFD is probably necessary. I also think that while the content is reasonably neutral, there is a great deal of superfluous detail that is unrelated to the subject e.g. the current ref 11 which barely even mentions him. Similarly, why include the "In August 2014, Lee flew to Kansas City ..." This is the kind of thing that makes the coi tag necessary. I'd prefer to be certain of notability prior to trying to clean it up though. SmartSE (talk) 16:59, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
I can't see what was in the versions that were deleted, so I'm not sure what was in there or the tone of those entries, etc. But since it was deleted in August, there has been some significant new press - along with the Variety article you point out, there was also this piece in The New Yorker and this from the Kansas City Star, among others. Those articles may not be profiles on Swade, but it seems to me there has been regular coverage of Swade's activities since 2012. And as for what you say is superfluous detail, I was attempting to describe what the documentaries are about. I know I'm probably not going to change your opinion, but I have to disagree with such tight scrutiny on an entry about a filmmaker who has made a feature and several shorts that have gained decent coverage, and is now heading the video arm of Rolling Stone. --Bernie44 (talk) 17:30, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

@Smartse: I have revised Swade's entry to make it more concise and neutral - can you please take a look and remove the tags if you agree with me that they are no longer necessary? I see too many entries with notability tags undeservedly sitting there for years, so I don't feel comfortable just waiting around for another user to happen upon the entry and remove the tags. As I said above, we are talking about a filmmaker who has co-directed and starred in one feature for ESPN, is working on another, has directed or produced several short docs, and heads the video division for Rolling Stone, all of which have received coverage in well-known press. Thanks.--Bernie44 (talk) 15:38, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Sorry for the delay. I still don't think there are any sources providing in-depth biographical content nor anything spectacular like a reputable award. This is the only good new source since the last AFD and while it's an improvement, I'm not sure it's enough to push over WP:GNG. It's definitely on the edge of notability and others may disagree, so I think in the circumstances another AFD is the best option. SmartSE (talk) 21:26, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

Transparency as a COI editor[edit]

Hi! Disclosing your COI isn't the only think you need to do as a COI editor. Among other several things, you need to be transparent to other editors. You could start by answering some simple questions at Talk:Perforce Software#Paid editing disclosure that I pinged at you some time ago.

You need to understand that while you reap the profits for writing the articles, you also induce a cost to the volunteer community of Wikipedia, to review, maintain and potentially fix up your work. Thus volunteers will expect you to be forthcoming and go the extra mile. -- intgr [talk] 09:01, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi intgr [talk]. First off, I'm sorry, I somehow missed responding to your previous questions. I'm responding to them here so there's not a back and forth in multiple places. A few years ago I received some press for writing Wikipedia articles, so people generally find me that way. I have an interest in technology and tech companies, which is why I enjoy working on those types of entries. As for my writing background, I'd sum it up as a serious hobby I guess. I mostly work on films. Overall I feel like I am being transparent to other editors, by disclosing when I'm paid to work on an entry. In general I try to create and revise entries, paid or not, that don't need "fixing up". I understand that other users will at times feel otherwise. I feel like the tag you put atop the Perforce Software page is unnecessary, since I disclosed my COI and you already revised the entry as you see fit. But I hear what you're saying about going the extra mile, and I'll make a stronger effort to do that from here on out. --Bernie44 (talk) 11:45, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Nomination of Josh Swade for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Josh Swade is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Josh Swade (3rd nomination) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. SmartSE (talk) 21:37, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

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Removing coi templates[edit]

I see that at Ben's Garden, you've once again removed {{coi}}. Your disclosure on the talk page does not mean that there are no neutrality issues that need reviewing. Please do not do this again and if you would like a tag to be reviewed, post at WP:COIN and ask for uninvolved editors to take a look. Thanks SmartSE (talk) 13:02, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

Alright, I'll look into taking it to WP:COIN - I didn't know I could do that. Thanks for letting me know. Hopefully that will help get the page a proper review to determine if other users consider it neutral.--Bernie44 (talk) 22:55, 12 July 2015 (UTC)
Looking back I was a little blunt before. Sorry about that. Unfortunately it can be difficult to distinguish between ignorance and deception with paid editors and I appreciate you are trying to do the right thing by disclosing your COI which I'm grateful of. You'll notice that I've edited Ben's Garden further to remove the promotional tone, which I hope will guide you in writing neutrally. The product part of Perforce Software needs further editing to make it suitable. Try to briefly summarise what the software is used for, rather than listing all the features and advantages. Language like "integrate their entire" and "expanding Perforce's range by offering new" doesn't belong here. The "In (date)" use in Helix Versioning Engine is rather clumsy. I'd also greatly reduce the last two products in the list as the sources don't look great to me. Note that Forbes contributors are not generally considered reliable sources for content like this. A more compliant section would be a lot shorter than it is currently and would also be chronological starting with their earliest products rather than one released this year. "Customers" sections are also best avoided if at all possible as they are blatantly promotional. I hope this helps. SmartSE (talk) 22:56, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for this encouraging note and for your thoughtful edits. I hear you on the Perforce Software products section, when I have some time I'll go in there and make it more concise and remove unnecessary detail. And I will take note of the lack of reliability of Forbes bloggers.--Bernie44 (talk) 02:52, 19 July 2015 (UTC)

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