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Amidst the relentless shambolic occurrences at Wikipedia, recent news to digest for those Kremlinologists of the Court Of The Jimbo King are the revelations that 28 year old Berliner Erik Moeller has resigned his board membership in order to take up the role of “deputy director” of the Wikimedia Foundation. Erik Moeller is notable to us watchers for going by the name of Eloquence, having no sideburns, and being the former boyfriend of Wikia, Inc. co-founder Angela Beesley.
No wonder relations became strained between the wiki-couple. While Fraulein Angela was trying to remove her Wiki-bio from Der Jimbo’s inhumane Database Of You, after complaining that it had “become filled with lies and nonsense,” the sensitive boyfriend was lecturing us with Stasi-esque lines like the following:
Giving such an individual the choice not to have an article written about them is an obscene suggestion if your goal is to build a general reference work.
On 31st August 2007, Wikipedia Review discussion forums welcomed a new member, ColScott, who began by writing a post about his own personal experiences on Wikipedia, titled “ColScott says Hola“. As at the time of my writing this blog post, the thread was on its 14th page, with 262 replies and 4,395 views, and whilst it did go slightly off topic a few times, it is generally speaking pretty much on track.
As we discovered, ColScott is Don Murphy, who is a film producer with his own studio house called Angry Films, with a modest entry in the Internet Movie Database, and his own Wikipedia article. This issue is a similar one to Daniel Brandt’s, that inspired Wikipedia Watch, and is also similar to many other Biographies of Living Persons issues. But what does it all mean? Read the rest of this entry »
Truth and fact are at the core of an encyclopedia, be it “user-edited” or otherwise. Wikipedia is hollow at the core, because it subordinates truth to consensus and a passive compliance that it calls “civility.” This flaw has crippled its credibility, and will continue to do so as time marches on.
A thicket of Wikipedia “pillars,” “policies,” and guidelines give lip service to the truth, but the reality is different: Wikipedia’s users routinely remove verified facts from articles, and their actions are routinely upheld by administrators. As a result, no Wikipedia article can be considered reliable by its reader.
This is increasingly apparent in colleges, which have begun to forbid students from citing Wikipedia in their research. The general public is catching on as well, as a consequence of a series of revelations including a senior Wikipedia administrator’s fabrication of academic credentials (with the knowledge of Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales) and the revision of encyclopedia entries by corporations and government entities… Read the rest of this entry »