The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

27 June 2007

Fame and other vapors

If Andy Warhol were still around, he'd probably say something to the effect that in the future, everyone will have a Wikipedia entry for fifteen minutes.

And then, of course, it will be deleted.

Jane Galt wonders:

I've been deleted from Wikipedia for not being famous enough.

It's not a devastating blow or anything, but why does Wikipedia care how famous you are? Are they worried the volumes won't fit in people's basements?

Jane is certainly more notable than I, but who isn't? (Let's not always see the same hands.)

There are about half a dozen people in Wikipedia with some version of my name, which surprises me not in the least. I suppose, were I to take this personally, I could add myself to the disambiguation page and hope that no one ever gets around to deleting me — I've written stuff for Wikipedia before and know the drill — but what would be the point? I'm about as famous as I'm ever going to get, which is not very; in fact, I suspect I've probably stretched Warhol's standard, if not his patience, to the limit already.

Posted at 10:50 AM to Almost Yogurt


I was deleted for "self-promotion" when I created an article about director Larry Weinstein. I happened to mention that I was in "Mozartballs". Go figure.

Posted by: Incurable Insomniac at 12:00 PM on 27 June 2007

My only connection to Wikipedia is a link on an article about a well-known SF/F editor. I didn't put it there, but I'm still debating in whether or not that is a good thing.

Posted by: sya at 1:05 PM on 27 June 2007

Geez. And Weinstein has something like twenty entries in the IMDb, too; you'd think he'd be "notable" to some extent.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:05 PM on 27 June 2007

I have five or six Wikipedia links, none of which I supplied.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:07 PM on 27 June 2007

There's a Wikipedia page about state highways in Alaska. A road-geek page I have on my site is one of the external links -- and I'm not the one who put that link there.

I think the fact I've become an occasional editor at Wikipedia is because of that one dang link...

Posted by: McGehee at 11:18 PM on 27 June 2007