Talk:William Gibson

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Bold[edit]

Why are some of these in bold?!? Shouldn't they all be in the same style? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 203.217.74.64 (talk) 28 October 2006

removed the bolding. Wasn't NPOV. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 203.217.74.64 (talk) 2 November 2006
Greetings from the distant future (2021). Someone must have restored that NPOV bolding, but I re-removed it last week (unless it was different bolding)Bridgman (talk) 21:28, 3 March 2021 (UTC)
However, I noticed that the Wikiquote formatting guide had a brief mention of boldface, noting that editors will set a widely known short quote in boldface if it is embedded in a longer quote. (I think we're talking "saw it on a T-shirt" widely known). Beyond that, the only other thing the Boldface section mentioned was that there is no consensus on its use in Wikiquote.Bridgman (talk) 20:58, 5 March 2021 (UTC)
Borrowing from a practice in Wikipedia articles of boldfacing the title of the article where it first appears in the body text (usually the first word or words in the article), I'm going to bf the first instance of a Gibson novel's title in the text, or one of the informal trilogies' titles in the text. I think that is useful information for the reader, to know where the titles came from, and Gibson's titles appear in almost every novel's text.Bridgman (talk) 20:58, 5 March 2021 (UTC)


Correction[edit]

Quote

The future is already here - it is just unevenly distributed.

wasn't it like this in the book?:

The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet

80.176.209.6 09:28, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

The Miracle Worker[edit]

Why is there a big chunk of The Miracle Worker in the middle of the article?

Terrorism and the media gestalt quote[edit]

This quote, attributed to his blog in 2004, occurs first in Neuromancer (1984), Ch. 4.

Page Numbers?[edit]

The inclusion of page numbers for some of the novels was a helpful gesture, but they only correlate with the page numbers of a specific print edition. Anyone wanting to add more quotes to that section will not be able to add the page numbers unless they have the same edition of the book, thereby giving the quotes an inconsistent format. I propose that the page numbers be removed. Bridgman (talk) 23:26, 4 March 2021 (UTC)

@Bridgman: Your comment probably applies to other pages on wikiquote. 23:45, 4 March 2021 (UTC)

Big change: I split this page into 5 pages[edit]

On the advice of admin UDScott, who helped me out 12 years ago with the bloated (by me) Neal Stephenson page, I have created 4 separate WQ pages for Gibson's 4 (for now) trilogies of novels and moved all that content from here to there. Bridgman (talk) 21:03, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Another question for UDScott. In the secondary headings of the various Gibson trilogy pages (== ==) that display the title of each novel, we have been setting the novel titles as inter-wiki links to each novel's Wikipedia page. This setup is intuitive when using a computer, but not when viewing Wikiquote pages on a phone. On a phone, the sections are collapsed, and you have to tap the little down-caret to expand the section. But with those interwiki links next to the carets, it's basically a coin-toss as to which link my thumb will actually tap (un-collapse or Wikipedia). And for folks who have the Wikipedia app, missing the down-caret and tapping the header-link takes you to a different app. And since the first few lines of -pedia and -quote pages' text look the same (basic intro info), it takes a few beats to even realize you're not on a quote page any more. I helped set these pages up and I still fell for it. I propose un-linking these subheads and adding a line of hypertext below it, e.g. "About All Tomorrow's Parties" Bridgman (talk) 15:29, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

Yeah, I get it. I frequently get frustrated trying to use the site on my phone, and this is just another way for that to happen. I find it very difficult to edit pages on my phone, so I usually stick to the computer. Your proposal makes sense to me - hopefully that will make it easier to avoid this issue. ~ UDScott (talk) 15:33, 10 June 2021 (UTC)
Completed. Bridgman (talk) 15:31, 14 June 2021 (UTC)