I learned today that the Wikipedia administrators decided to “keep” the page, because, and I quote:
The result was keep. There are obvious WP:COI issues in play here, but that is a reason to edit the article, not to delete it. There was also off-site canvassing, but that does not necessarily invalidate the positions of those canvassed. On the whole I would say consensus is (weakly) leaning towards keep. Beeblebrox (talk) 16:16, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
That being said, it was a pretty heated debate going on in that deletion nomination page. Specifically a lot of flak from User:Cantaloupe2.
Anyway, it honestly does make me feel happy, on some level, to have the page. It shows my contributions to the SEO industry are seen to be somewhat valuable and that helps me keep doing what I really love to do.
It is kind of funny, it all started back when I wrote I wish I had a Wikipedia entry and then wrote one myself, which was a big time no-no. I didn’t know that then, but I learned quickly it was a mistake to write your own entry.
So that started a debate but Wikipedia decided to keep it then. Then the debate came back up again 4 years later and the result was again a “keep.”
In fact, earlier this year, they made the barry schwartz page a landing page to three different Barry Schwartz individuals, which was also cool.
Anyway, it really isn’t about ego – really. It is more about feeling like the work I’ve been doing in the SEO space for almost ten years is somewhat validated by independent sources outside of the SEO space. Not sure if that makes any sense?