Aren't you on Wikipedia?

Discussion in 'Writing' started by bzipitidoo, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. bzipitidoo

    bzipitidoo Full Member

    Hey folks. Popped back onto this website today, and am feeling my way around.

    So it seems a fair number of the members here are SF authors? If that is so, I thought I might try to find out a little more about you, and turned to Wikipedia for info. So far, I've batted 0 out of 6 at finding any Wikipedia articles about anyone here:

    Jo Zebedee
    Jack Brewhouse
    Ian Martyn
    Robert Eggleston (there's an artist who does SF/Fantasy, Bob Eggleston)
    Nick Edwards Nixon (there's a photographer named Nicholas Nixon)
    Royce Sears

    Well then, you're aspiring authors? At least some of you have your own websites.

    Maybe getting on Wikipedia has gotten harder? It has been 15 years since I last contributed anything, and I don't know what may have changed in that regard.
     
  2. jo zebedee

    jo zebedee Well-Known Member

    It's actually very hard getting on it and if they think you try to fake your way onto it they'll boot you off forever ;) That's all I know, really :)
     
  3. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    I'm guessing you require some minimum measure of success in terms of public awareness of your person, or some requisite accomplishments in the field or endeavour you profess to belong to. I don't exactly know what that would entail for self-published writers. Having published at least one book through Amazon? More than one? Some particular sales ranking and positive reviews? Reviews or interviews by better known publications of the field?

    I would have thought that anyone could make up their own page on Wikipedia, but I now see the absurdity of that, especially after what Jo's said.
     
  4. jo zebedee

    jo zebedee Well-Known Member

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    A friend of mine, a well regarded and critically acclaimed writer of several books inc some with the big publishers (Stephen Palmer) can't get listed despite others trying to list him. So, I think the criteria must be substantive.

    For now, I'll content myself with this :D (it's a map of the uk made up of sff writers - I'm the posh Co Down coast allegedly)
     
  5. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

  6. jo zebedee

    jo zebedee Well-Known Member

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  7. kenubrion

    kenubrion Well-Known Member

    What's the title of your Wikipedia article?
     
  8. DavidCyryl

    DavidCyryl New Member

  9. Boreas

    Boreas n log(log n) Staff Member

    Spambots have limited intelligence, so I can understand why you don't understand.
     
  10. AndrewMills

    AndrewMills New Member

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  11. alanmorris

    alanmorris New Member

    I was interested in Parkland High School's boys basketball team. I want to write an article about her, send her to a sports magazine and get the publication. I'm a freelance writer for Essayshark service. I need more information and facts, that the article would be interesting and complete. How will be better to start writing this article??
     
  12. Tiran

    Tiran Well-Known Member

    I realize this is just more spambot, but there is a certain hilarity in "freelance writers" that don't manage basic grammar.


    Wikipedia is a reference library that pulls together information from disparate sources. I can see why the biographical information of an author (or anyone else) with limited cultural impact would fail to meet minimum standards. Lots of people might seem fairly interesting, but they have to have effect outside their sphere. Otherwise Wikipedia just becomes Myspace.

    A good place for information about an author is the author's website or their publisher's.
     
  13. Jim Johanson

    Jim Johanson Full Member

    A lot of people seem to have the same sort of trouble in being "verified" on Twitter. There don't seem to be any hard and fast rules for who gets accepted. Best option is probably working on your own blog or website and building notoriety through that.
     

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