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melloden
post Mon 19th March 2012, 9:09pm
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Look what popped up when I went to read the New York Times today:

A Librarian’s Less-Wholesome, and False, Biography

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Mistaken identity is an occupational hazard for people who are mentioned even fleetingly on the Internet. Still, consider Peter Agree’s shock when he searched the Web for references to his late mother.

“The references I turned up were to ‘Rose Agree, geriatric porn star,’” said Mr. Agree, the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Press. “Wikipedia had a biographical entry for this person, and to my horror it fused elements of my mother’s biography, including her having been a librarian on Long Island.”

Mr. Agree’s wife, Kathy Peiss, who headed the history department at Penn, contacted Wikipedia, the self-policing open source encyclopedia, which dutifully removed the entry along with a photograph. But it was too late. The Long Island librarian and the geriatric porn star had been irretrievably conflated. The librarian turned pornographic movie star took on a life of her own.


Rose Agree (T-H-L-K-D)

Any admin want to tell us what's hidden in that history?
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post Mon 19th March 2012, 9:24pm
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I just wish I knew how a supposedly respectable operation like the New York Times could get the idea that Wikipedia is "self-policing," unless they're referring to a police department similar to the ones portrayed in, say, Boardwalk Empire, or Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, or a Jim Thompson novel.
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post Mon 19th March 2012, 9:48pm
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QUOTE(Somey @ Mon 19th March 2012, 9:24pm) *

I just wish I knew how a supposedly respectable operation like the New York Times could get the idea that Wikipedia is "self-policing," unless they're referring to a police department similar to the ones portrayed in, say, Boardwalk Empire, or Dashiell Hammett's Red Harvest, or a Jim Thompson novel.


Or Police Academy.
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I think this one's got legs. I can't imagine that someone like Silver Seren would miss the chance to resurrect that article. 90 year-old porn performer! What's not to like?
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post Mon 19th March 2012, 10:38pm
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QUOTE(carbuncle @ Mon 19th March 2012, 5:52pm) *

I think this one's got legs. I can't imagine that someone like Silver Seren would miss the chance to resurrect that article. 90 year-old porn performer! What's not to like?


Silver Seren likes geriatric female porn stars? ermm.gif
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QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Mon 19th March 2012, 10:38pm) *

QUOTE(carbuncle @ Mon 19th March 2012, 5:52pm) *

I think this one's got legs. I can't imagine that someone like Silver Seren would miss the chance to resurrect that article. 90 year-old porn performer! What's not to like?


Silver Seren likes geriatric female porn stars? ermm.gif


Wrap it in furry material and I reckon he'd nail anything.
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post Tue 20th March 2012, 3:07am
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I wonder how many more instances of mixed-up biographies there are on Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia That Confuses Your Mother With An Elderly Porn Star.
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post Tue 20th March 2012, 2:34pm
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QUOTE(melloden @ Mon 19th March 2012, 5:09pm) *

Rose Agree (T-H-L-K-D)

Any admin want to tell us what's hidden in that history?


From just looking at the public deletion logs, apparently this all happened in 2007. There was an AfD, the article was deleted, and has never been recreated.

The NYT gives the impression this was a recent discovery, but nope, this happened 5 years ago.

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QUOTE(Cunningly Linguistic @ Mon 19th March 2012, 6:49pm) *

QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Mon 19th March 2012, 10:38pm) *

QUOTE(carbuncle @ Mon 19th March 2012, 5:52pm) *

I think this one's got legs. I can't imagine that someone like Silver Seren would miss the chance to resurrect that article. 90 year-old porn performer! What's not to like?


Silver Seren likes geriatric female porn stars? ermm.gif


Wrap it in furry material and I reckon he'd nail anything.


It seem that you would have no qualms about riding the other side of the Granny Train, either...

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=...oldid=155092262
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QUOTE(Tarc @ Tue 20th March 2012, 4:35pm) *

QUOTE(Cunningly Linguistic @ Mon 19th March 2012, 6:49pm) *

QUOTE(A Horse With No Name @ Mon 19th March 2012, 10:38pm) *

QUOTE(carbuncle @ Mon 19th March 2012, 5:52pm) *

I think this one's got legs. I can't imagine that someone like Silver Seren would miss the chance to resurrect that article. 90 year-old porn performer! What's not to like?


Silver Seren likes geriatric female porn stars? ermm.gif


Wrap it in furry material and I reckon he'd nail anything.


It seem that you would have no qualms about riding the other side of the Granny Train, either...

http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=...oldid=155092262


Being a grandfather myself I reserve the right to nail whoever is available to be nailed.
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post Wed 21st March 2012, 5:00am
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QUOTE(Mooby @ Tue 20th March 2012, 2:34pm) *

QUOTE(melloden @ Mon 19th March 2012, 5:09pm) *

Rose Agree (T-H-L-K-D)

Any admin want to tell us what's hidden in that history?


From just looking at the public deletion logs, apparently this all happened in 2007. There was an AfD, the article was deleted, and has never been recreated.

The NYT gives the impression this was a recent discovery, but nope, this happened 5 years ago.

-Mooby

It was translated into Spanish and Persian
https://fa.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?oldid=6401531
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Agree (deleted August 2010)
And then after the English article was deleted, from Spanish to Catalan
https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Agree
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QUOTE(jayvdb @ Wed 21st March 2012, 1:00am) *

It was translated into Spanish and Persian
https://fa.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?oldid=6401531
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Agree (deleted August 2010)
And then after the English article was deleted, from Spanish to Catalan
https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Agree


I stand corrected! I admit, I would not have expected a Farsi article.

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QUOTE(jayvdb @ Wed 21st March 2012, 1:00am) *

And then after the English article was deleted, from Spanish to Catalan
https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Agree


And apparently she is one of the four people named as "examples of porn stars" in the Catalan "porn star" article: https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pornostar

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post Mon 26th March 2012, 8:20pm
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so far Rose is faring pretty well in her AFD on the Farsi wikipedia.

http://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%DB%8C%...%AF%D8%B1%DB%8C

(blue checks are keep votes).
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post Mon 26th March 2012, 9:06pm
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QUOTE(milowent @ Mon 26th March 2012, 9:20pm) *

so far Rose is faring pretty well in her AFD on the Farsi wikipedia.

http://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%DB%8C%...%AF%D8%B1%DB%8C

(blue checks are keep votes).


I wonder if the guy who first started writing in Farsi was left handed?
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post Thu 29th March 2012, 7:53pm
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QUOTE(Web Fred @ Mon 26th March 2012, 10:06pm) *

I wonder if the guy who first started writing in Farsi was left handed?

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No, Farsi was originally carved into rock with a hammer and chisel. If you hold your hammer in your right hand as right handed people do, it is easier to carve from right to left than from left to right.
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QUOTE(Fusion @ Thu 29th March 2012, 8:53pm) *

QUOTE(Web Fred @ Mon 26th March 2012, 10:06pm) *

I wonder if the guy who first started writing in Farsi was left handed?

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No, Farsi was originally carved into rock with a hammer and chisel. If you hold your hammer in your right hand as right handed people do, it is easier to carve from right to left than from left to right.


Is that on WP? If it isn't it should be.

Speaking as a trivia nut, that's cool smile.gif
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