Talk:Paul Allen

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Paul Allen was one of the Social sciences and society good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
Article milestones
April 7, 2008Good article nomineeListed
September 22, 2008Good topic candidateNot promoted
April 18, 2018Good article reassessmentDelisted
Current status: Delisted good article

GAR requestEdit

Responding to the {{GAR request}}. A quick look at the article shows that the prose is not up to standard. A lot of WP:Proseline, one sentence paragraphs, etc. A little worried it might be overly promotional. Half the article is under philanthropy. Nothing negative is presented, which may be justified. There is this, this, this, and this. None of it is bad, but it just makes me wonder. Also things like Luckily for Allen, he refused and the slightly excessive use of lists are not really encyclopedic. Overall I don't think it is terribly far away. A good copyedit, trim or split of the Philanthrophy section and a few other fixes and it might be alright. Maybe a bit of COI editing (which would explain some of this) given this. @Jordanatvulcan, Jordansocial, and Gary:. AIRcorn (talk) 21:09, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

Science fiction fanEdit

No mention that he was a collector of Star Trek and other science fiction memorabilia. He owned, among other things, the captain's chair from the original Star Trek series.[1][2] (talk) 23:07, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Vulcan Inc.Edit

With his death, the prospects/viability/future of his endeavors and company should be updated. Like StratoLaunch, Mojave Aerospace Ventures, Vulcan Aerospace... -- (talk) 05:53, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Experience music projectEdit

I think someone should edit the article to mention the previous name of the popular culture museum as the Experience Music Project. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:56, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Weasely reportingEdit

This is in reaction to this edit by an IP with an edit summary saying: (→‎Aerospace: WP:weasel wording. That something has been reported is almost always off topic & unnotable. Everything included has been "reported" because that's what's required to be includable. If we said "it was reported" for every purport, most of the page would be filled with "it was reported"s. If a source is reliable and it words something as a true fact, then we paraphrase that and also word it as a true fact, without resorting to WP:weaselly "a (particular) source said X".) I'm commenting here rather than on an IP talk page. The edit reverts an earlier edit I made.

The source cited ([3]) is Reuters; generally a reliable source. The relevant assertion by that cited source reads: "Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, the space company founded by late billionaire and Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, is closing operations, cutting short ambitious plans to challenge traditional aerospace companies in a new 'space race,' four people familiar with the matter said on Friday." I took that as a report as a fact that four unnamed people made a statement that Stratolaunch is closing operations. I have no reason to doubt those four unnamed people, but I didn't think the Reuters report of their assertion provided sufficient reason for Wikipedia to assert that what they asserted was factual.

I have not unreverted that edit. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 06:12, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

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