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thekohser
post Fri 21st December 2007, 6:57pm
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It's later than I had promised, but it's finally here.

Felon became COO of Wikipedia foundation

by BRIAN BERGSTEIN, of the Associated Press



I wonder how those "The Register is just a tabloid. This is a non-event." people on Wikien-l mailing list will still be singing that tune, as this story gets picked up by (I predict) 200+ mainstream media newspapers.

Greg
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:04pm
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Woot.


Submit it to Slashdot, that's the only thing that's left to do now.

Besides sitting back and watching the show, that is.
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:13pm
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Oh, dear. We're 30 minutes since this hit the wire, and already 37 publications have re-printed it on their websites.

Should we add to the BADSITES list, the following?
  • San Diego Union Tribune
  • CBS-4 Denver
  • Brisbane Times, Australia
  • Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
  • Houston Chronicle
  • Miami Herald
  • The News & Observer (Raleigh-Durham, NC)
  • Denver Post
  • Newsday (New York)
  • Orlando Sentinel
  • Forbes
  • International Herald Tribune (France)
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune

Oh dear, oh dear. This doesn't look like a "non-story" any more, does it?

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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:15pm
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Watch for other skeletons to come tumbling out the closet, too.
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:22pm
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Hole in one. Ouch.

FORUM Image

How long until people begin attacking "BRIAN BERGSTEIN, AP Technology Writer"?
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:23pm
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QUOTE(thekohser @ Fri 21st December 2007, 1:57pm) *

It's later than I had promised, but it's finally here.

Felon became COO of Wikipedia foundation

by BRIAN BERGSTEIN, of the Associated Press



I wonder how those "The Register is just a tabloid. This is a non-event." people on Wikien-l mailing list will still be singing that tune, as this story gets picked up by (I predict) 200+ mainstream media newspapers.

Greg


Oh my. That mug shot bears more than a passing resemblance to Nick Nolte.
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:28pm
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oh my....to further inflame the cia thing, she didn't just marry for a few days a CIA man, her daddy was CIA. jeez, brandt is going to have a field day with that ;-)
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:31pm
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And her husband died of drowning. (Not surf-boarding or water-boarding.)

Now Wikimedia is drowning in bad publicity. (Not chat-boarding.)

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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:34pm
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Who will be the first to post this on wikien-l or foundation-l, I wonder.
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:40pm
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QUOTE(Rootology @ Fri 21st December 2007, 7:34pm) *

Who will be the first to post this on wikien-l or foundation-l, I wonder.


wales's official teenage-mindset opinion is that he "doesn't talk to the Register".
I wonder how that translates to the Associated Press.

Maybe he should get gerard to send over a UK-flavoured "Fukoffffff !!" [said with 2 fingers up, slurred, after a few pints] to the AP.

this is worse than the essjay scandal, in that WP has no idea how to handle PR dirtsturms
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:43pm
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QUOTE(Piperdown @ Fri 21st December 2007, 11:40am) *

this is worse than the essjay scandal, in that WP has no idea how to handle PR dirtsturms


I think I'll give you the understatement of the day award. The bigger problem is that when something bad happens with WP, there is NO contrition. Half the time they (WP, Jimmy et al) simply attack whomever isn't them. It's childish. Jimmy Wales is a poor manager.
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:45pm
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http://www.namebase.org/cgi-bin/nb01?_BOTHWELL_JAMES_L
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:52pm
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Submitted to Slashdot. Anyone Digg it yet?
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:56pm
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It's been about an hour, and we're up to 61 re-prints in various mainstream media.

I wonder why these esteemed journalistic publications and TV stations would be so quick to re-print something that is clearly a "tempest in a teapot" and really a "non-story"?

Too funny. Although, I do fear for Brian Bergstein's Wikipedia article now.

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post Fri 21st December 2007, 7:58pm
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QUOTE(Rootology @ Fri 21st December 2007, 2:34pm) *
Who will be the first to post this on wikien-l or foundation-l, I wonder.

Especially in the wake of this recent post from Jimbo...

QUOTE(Jimbo Wales on foundation-l @ Dec 21, 2007, 8:02 AM)
I am unsure what we should do about foundation-l. It has become a sewer. It is difficult to balance our very strong desire for an unmoderated forum where people can feel comfortable making strong criticisms (nothing wrong with that!) with a forum where trolls are exhausting a lot of good people and spreading misinformation due to the inability of others to keep up with the sheer volume of malice.

--Jimbo
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QUOTE(thekohser @ Fri 21st December 2007, 7:56pm) *

It's been about an hour, and we're up to 61 re-prints in various mainstream media.

I wonder why these esteemed journalistic publications and TV stations would be so quick to re-print something that is clearly a "tempest in a teapot" and really a "non-story"?

Too funny. Although, I do fear for Brian Bergstein's Wikipedia article now.

Greg


mantanmoreland can't be happy. a fellow Northwestern journalism grad diggs hard at WP.
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 8:11pm
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QUOTE(Moulton @ Fri 21st December 2007, 2:58pm) *

QUOTE(Rootology @ Fri 21st December 2007, 2:34pm) *
Who will be the first to post this on wikien-l or foundation-l, I wonder.

Especially in the wake of this recent post from Jimbo...

QUOTE(Jimbo Wales on foundation-l @ Dec 21, 2007, 8:02 AM)
I am unsure what we should do about foundation-l. It has become a sewer. It is difficult to balance our very strong desire for an unmoderated forum where people can feel comfortable making strong criticisms (nothing wrong with that!) with a forum where trolls are exhausting a lot of good people and spreading misinformation due to the inability of others to keep up with the sheer volume of malice.

--Jimbo



Ermm, Jimbo... I'd say that it's merely a forum where critics are getting exhausted due to their inability to keep up with the sheer volume of your idiotic management decisions and lack of any sign of contrition after you make them.

I have to say, Bergstein really did nail the lead sentence:

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The foundation that runs — and accepts donations for — the online encyclopedia Wikipedia neglected to do a basic background check before hiring a chief operating officer who had been convicted of theft, drunken driving and fleeing a car accident.


From the get-go, he casts doubt for all of the people who have ever contributed money to this corrupt monarchy that keeps feeding them the lie to just "trust us, trust us, trust us".

Greg

P.S. For how much longer will this protection be the status quo?

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QUOTE(thekohser @ Fri 21st December 2007, 12:11pm) *

From the get-go, he casts doubt for all of the people who have ever contributed money to this corrupt monarchy that keeps feeding them the lie to just "trust us, trust us, trust us".


How long until Jimmy or Godwin is on the phone bitching to the AP? How long until secret emails about harassment float around, with all fingers pointing here? Because, y'know, WR put the gun in Doran's hand and said "Go free, be a fugitive."

QUOTE(thekohser @ Fri 21st December 2007, 12:11pm) *

P.S. For how much longer will this protection be the status quo?


They'll try to call out BLP1E. Except, er, she's shot people, had famous family, been arrested, been COO of a major organization... they're screwed. She's fully notable.
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 8:36pm
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Hello.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=4039600

On a major news network site now! I wonder when CNN, FOX, and BBC News will pick this up?
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post Fri 21st December 2007, 8:42pm
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QUOTE(The Joy @ Fri 21st December 2007, 3:36pm) *

Hello.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=4039600

On a major news network site now! I wonder when CNN, FOX, and BBC News will pick this up?


Fox already did, at least the text report.

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