John Scalzi has added his two-cents to the on-going Articles for Deletion discussion at Wikipedia:
“Strong keep – Folks, Mr. Williamson has been regularly publishing commercial science fiction with a major publishing house for over a decade and a half, has been nominated for major awards (not without controversy BUT also not in violation of the rules that existed at the time, for better or worse) and has been an active member of science fiction’s fandom for at least as long as he’s been a published author. If he doesn’t qualify as notable enough for a Wikipedia article, then you’re going to have be deleting the articles of dozens of other science fiction authors of similar notability. Don’t delete them, and don’t delete Mr. Williamson’s entry, either. On the basis of his work, he very well deserves inclusion on Wikipedia. Edit the article so it maintains Wikipedia standards, obviously. But let it stand. —Scalzi (talk) 01:05, 24 July 2019 (UTC)”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Michael_Z.Williamson(2nd_nomination)
Wait, how can I be sure that’s actually John Scalzi? Well, the sentiment is repeated at his blog (and he confirms it in a comment):
“Looking at the disposition of this particular set of nonsense, it does seem like Williamson and Hoyt were targeted for deletion on the basis of their politics and/or association with the Puppy bullshit, and this is, well, silly. Wikipedia isn’t the place to settle this particular set of scores, and honestly, at this point there shouldn’t be any further scores to settle on that incident.”https://whatever.scalzi.com/2019/07/24/a-couple-of-bits-on-hugo-award-proposals-and-attempted-wikipedia-deletions/
I’m not sure he is correct about the motives and to some extent motive is secondary as to whether the articles are on notable subjects or not. He’s right though, that across the spectrum there are a lot of author profiles of authors on Wikipedia that are equally weak on establishing notability.
Back on Wikipedia, John S has another comment:
“To be clear, there’s nothing charitable about my assessment of Mr. Williamson’s notability. It’s doubtful he’d want my assessment because as far as I know, he kind of hates my guts at the moment. Nevertheless, there’s textual support for his notability as a writer, starting with his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, which in its print and online versions is a highly reputable source. His actual and substantial bibliography is not in dispute, nor is his Hugo nomination, in a category that has been deemed acceptable for Wikipedia’s purposes in the articles of other science fiction authors (ask me how I know). Now, I do understand that as the former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a New York Times bestseller and a three-time Hugo Award winner, including Best Novel, I may not be considered a good assessor of who is notable in the field that I’ve been working in actively for fifteen years. But to the extent that this track record is acceptable to you as sufficient perspective, I would say there’s enough to Mr. Williamson’s career to keep him in Wikipedia. —Scalzi (talk) 15:52, 24 July 2019 (UTC)”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Michael_Z.Williamson(2nd_nomination)
Essentially John S is arguing for a different standard of notability. As I sad yesterday, I’m sympathetic to that and ‘published a lot of books by a trad publisher strikes me as a reasonable criteria for inclusion [that’s not a dig at Indie published authors — it’s just that they need different ways of establishing notability].