DO is well-known on HN, but I don't know anyone else who's heard of it. The deletion reason was "A7: No explanation of significance", which requires "a credible claim of significance or importance" to have a page on wikipedia. Merely being popular among entrepreneurs, or having some number of customers, doesn't make a company significant in the encyclopedic sense.
It was deleted again for "G11: Unambiguous advertising or promotion", and the five sentence article about their "fast, low cost options" does in fact read like an ad. It wasn't fact-checked, either, since DO is not larger than Amazon nor does it operate its own data centers.
IMHO that's a pretty good reason to give them an article. I've heard the name, but I don't know what they do or what's their specialty. If I wanted to get information on them I would be looking on Wikipedia (besides their website, but companies' websites are often full of marketing speak so I usually go to a third party).
ah, no, that's a growth rate of 7,000 a month.
They have grown quite a bit since then, but still nowhere near the millions of customers large hosting companies have.
Meanwhile, this article has no problem surviving on Wikipedia:
DigitalOcean is a [[virtual private server]] provider based in Manhattan. They provide fast, low cost options attractive to entrepreneurial, experimental, and hobbyist developers. Their focus has raised them to prominence, having recently surpassed [[Amazon AWS]] in the number of web-facing computers, according to Netcraft <ref>http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2013/12/11/digitalocean-no.... The company operates datacenters in [[New York]], [[Amsterdam]], [[San Francisco]], and [[Singapore]].
They recently closed a funding round with $37.2 million from Andreessen Horowitz.<ref>Alden W, Andreessen Horowitz Backs DigitalOcean, a Cloud Computing Start-Up. 6 March 2014. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/03/06/andreessen-horowitz-b...
== References ==
Now that is not very interesting. "Growing faster than Amazon" could become interesting if it is sustained, hut as pointed out elsewhere they are tiny. Wikipedia is not a cloud server hosting comparison site, there are plenty of those that can be much more useful. They have not produced any interesting software or anything else innovative, and their only point of note is being cheap and advertising a lot on twitter. There are vast numbers of cloud provision companies, and this article has not convinced me that right now this one is sufficiently interesting that anything else other than what is written above could ever be written, unless something else happens. Certainly the VCs no doubt hope they will become more interesting over time.
The main criticism I see is that the suggested article sounded like advertisement with links that only serve PR.
I don't expect an encyclopedia to include everything that ever existed, but the mere facts that people from across the world are googling Digital Ocean and discussing DO on more than just HN should necessitate an ENTRY into a free online encyclopedia. Why capture the history of a company when we can just edit/delete it? There are more important revisions going on.
Cynically but realistically, who is getting paid (or getting donations) to keep DO down?
Is the purpose of Wikipedia to educate and inform or retardedly (not my word) not have facts of the existence of a company that is a competitor to their fund contributors? DO is just a flash in the pan, like the DODO bird, but people still want to know what a dodo bird was.
Alternatively, if you would like to help buff up the article before it goes live again, I sandboxed it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Niels_Olson/DigitalOcean
You misread that article. They had a larger single-month gain than AWS in web-facing computers. They are not larger than Amazon.
> The company operates datacenters in New York, Amsterdam, San Francisco, and Singapore.
They do not operate any data centers. They have servers in other companies' data centers in those locations.
The rest of the article is written like an ad. It's missing any claim of significance -- what makes DO different from the other hundreds of small VPS providers? Wikipedia isn't a company directory, significance is a requirement for having its own page.
Suggestion: Cut out all the adjectives and stick to a 'just the facts' style. Find an article that isn't about DO's finances but instead just lists it aside other major cloud/VPS providers.