Talk:Elon Musk

Latest comment: 20 hours ago by QRep2020 in topic My suggestion for the infobox
Former featured article candidateElon Musk is a former featured article candidate. Please view the links under Article milestones below to see why the nomination failed. For older candidates, please check the archive.
Good articleElon Musk has been listed as one of the Social sciences and society good articles under the good article criteria. If you can improve it further, please do so. If it no longer meets these criteria, you can reassess it.
Did You Know Article milestones
June 4, 2021Good article nomineeListed
July 24, 2021Peer reviewNot reviewed
August 23, 2022Featured article candidateNot promoted
November 1, 2022Good article reassessmentKept
Did You Know A fact from this article appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the "Did you know?" column on June 15, 2021.
The text of the entry was: Did you know ... that Elon Musk lost $16.3 billion in a single day, the largest in the history of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index?
Current status: Former featured article candidate, current good article

Frequently asked questionsEdit

Q1: Can you change "business magnate" to "business magnet"? (No.)
A1: No. Press reports and other published sources have identified Musk as a business magnate and this Wikipedia article reflects that usage. Musk once suggested in an interview that it be changed to "magnet." The tone of that interview was not very serious; he also claimed to be an alien.[1] Wikipedia doesn't have to do what Musk says, and this request has been made and declined dozens of times already. New requests may be removed without a response so that other discussions are not disrupted.
Q2: Can I write a message to Elon Musk here? (No.)
A2: No. The "Talk:Elon Musk" page is not for writing messages to Musk. It is only for discussing changes to the Wikipedia article about him. Writing a message to Musk here is pointless and disruptive, and such messages will be removed as an improper use of the page.
Q3: Should Musk be identified as South African in the opening sentence?
A3: Musk is a US citizen (since 2002) born and raised in South Africa, and also acquired Canadian citizenship via his mother. Including these nationalities in the opening sentence in a balanced way would be complex, and the consensus is that they should instead be explained later in the lead.
Q4: Can you change "Tesla CEO" to "Tesla Technoking"?
A4: No, because he is still CEO according to company records and that is a common corporate title that readers will understand, while "Technoking" is a vanity term. The goal of the article is to inform people, and not to raise a technicality that would confuse them.
Q5: Should "Bachelor of Arts in Physics" be "Bachelor of Science" instead?
A5: No. Although it may seem counterintuitive, "Bachelor of Arts in Physics" is the degree that the University of Pennsylvania (among other schools) awards.
Q6: Should the article acknowledge doubts about Musk's academic record?
A6: Wikipedia policy on biographies of living persons requires that negative information about a person must be attributed to reliable published sources, and excludes both self-published sources (e.g. Twitter threads) and court trial records. The article states that sources disagree about when Musk obtained bachelor degrees, and that he did not attend Stanford for any significant amount of time. Any doubts beyond this require appropriate sources.
Q7: Is Musk an engineer?
A7: Musk is chief engineer of SpaceX, a title that applies within the company and that the press regularly mentions. He is not a professional engineer, a distinction within engineering that carries certain legal privileges in the United States, nor has he completed an engineering training program, nor has he ever been hired as an engineer. The article therefore does not include any of these claims. It does note that, from time to time, Musk has made initial product proposals at his companies that his trained engineers then research and develop. He does hold IEEE Honorary Membership.
Q8: Why doesn't the article identify Musk as co-founder of PayPal?
A8: Because that could mislead readers that Musk was involved in the creation of the PayPal service and brand, when he was not. Instead, as the article states, he co-founded a company ( Corporation) that acquired the company that had developed PayPal (Confinity Inc.) and then renamed itself as PayPal, Inc.
Q9: Why does this page include criticism of Musk's actions and stances?
A9: Elon is criticized/praised a lot in many reliable sources, and as such we need to talk about these criticisms and praise. To quote from Wikipedia's policy on a neutral point of view, articles must represent "fairly, proportionately, and, as far as possible, without editorial bias, all the significant views that have been published by reliable sources on a topic."
Q10: Why is this a "good article" when some people consider Musk a bad person?
A10: "Good article" on Wikipedia refers to the way the article is written, not what kind of person Musk is. Good articles have been found to satisfy Wikipedia editorial standards for accuracy, verifiability and balanced presentation.
Q11: Why doesn't this page call Musk African American?
A11: African Americans are an ethnic group of Americans with total or partial ancestry from any of the Black racial groups of Africa. Musk does not have ancestry from the Black racial groups of Africa; his ancestry is European.
  1. ^ Joe Rogan Experience #1169 - Elon Musk. The Joe Rogan Experience. 6 September 2018. Event occurs at 9:53. Retrieved 2 October 2020 – via YouTube.

My suggestion for the infoboxEdit

Transvaal no longer exists so I don't think MOS:GEOLINK applies to it. Anyway, not a good idea to de-link it. Thedarkknightli (talk) 15:42, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Subject has been broached here before, though it may be time to revisit. Reverted to stable version for the moment. QRep2020 (talk) 04:35, 21 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]