On 9/28/06, David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com> wrote:
My phone number and email are publicly available for
purposes. This means, of course, I get emails and calls about
A common call is "How do I get an article about me/my book/my
Now. What's a helpful answer to this? Better than "You don't, someone
else has to write one," because you *know* they'll just write a
bad one themselves and it'll all end in a tearful
AFD entry and
someone hating or fearing Wikipedia henceforth.
Assume that referring them to a web page or policy page is less good
than being able to answer on the phone right there.
In this regard, one-time editors at Wikipedia have the same problem as single-use
sellers at eBay: they have no established reputation. Yet, building a reputation at
Wikipedia can take months once you understand the system, and years to grok the politics
of the Wiki world. A person who wants to contribute something noteworthy about themselves,
or make a one-time contribution on another subject, does not have the time or resources to
learn the procedures or establish their reputation. There is also the problem of
maintenance on a good article to make sure that it isn't vandalized or dumbed down.
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