[AstroPy] volunteers sought for astropy wikipedia entry

Ries, Paul A (3265-Affiliate) Paul.A.Ries at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Nov 4 13:47:42 EST 2013

And unfortunately, after a mere 12 minutes of existence, the astropy wikipedia article has been nominated for deletion by a new page patroller:

For better or for worse, the key to a page surviving its first few days on wikipedia is establishing notability.  So the key to getting the page kept is adding references that establish notability.

The "official" guideline for notability:

An essay (i.e. less official, but still useful) regarding notability for software:

I think that pretty much the best way to achieve inclusion on wiki would be to establish that it's widely used in the astronomical community.  The best way I can think of is if there exist course pages from universities about using the software for astronomical purposes.  Those should be added as references.  Without those, though or something like them, it's likely the article will be deleted.... basically, the sources have to be independent of the astropy project pages and major contributors.  If you can find such sources, they can be added to the article using <ref>[http://www.university.edu/the/page.html]</ref>....

Source: experienced wiki editor with votes in over 80 deletion discussions


On Nov 4, 2013, at 9:46 AM, RayS wrote:

At 08:12 AM 11/4/2013, Perry Greenfield wrote:
Is someone out there willing to take up the task of creating a wikipedia entry for astropy?

You really don't need to worry about editing as a main contributor; it is only the content (and importantly, supporting links and references) that matter. Further discussion of the entry could mainly be on the Talk Page https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Astropy&action=edit&redlink=1

>From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Introduction
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