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Wikipedia fanboys gunning for Google
Inquirer, UK
By Nick Farrell IT SEEMS that the blame for Jimmy Wales' decision to pull the plug on Wikia.com, his daft idea to allow his crack team of fake penis experts to tell punters if their search was relevant or not, is being laid squarely at the feet of ...


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GlassBeadGame
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...daft idea to allow his crack team of fake penis experts to tell punters if their search was relevant or not


"A" for attitude but little else of value.
Son of a Yeti
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Wikipedia: a crack team of fake penis experts


Yes. This is definitely a high quality sig file stuff laugh.gif
dtobias
QUOTE(Newsfeed @ Tue 7th April 2009, 7:00am) *

By Nick Farrell IT SEEMS that the blame for Jimmy Wales' decision to pull the plug on Wikia.com,


A lot of these news stories are sloppily reporting that Wikia itself is dead, not just its attempt at a search engine; this must be distressing to those involved with that site/company. It's similar to how, a few months ago, the demise of one of the amusement parks at Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY) was reported as if it was all of Coney Island that was defunct, when in fact there are a number of other amusements and famous landmarks still operating there including the Cyclone roller coaster and Nathan's hot-dog restaurant, which have always been completely independent of the defunct Astroland park.
UseOnceAndDestroy
QUOTE(dtobias @ Tue 7th April 2009, 6:38pm) *
A lot of these news stories are sloppily reporting that Wikia itself is dead, not just its attempt at a search engine; this must be distressing to those involved with that site/company.

Though probably not as distressing as actually watching, from the inside, Wikia go all pale and sickly.

Apart from any angelic benefactors, Wikia will depend on ad revenue, and that follows page views. Looking at one of its fatter cows, the warcraft wiki, the traffic chart for content pages (after a brief post-release bounce) is not going in any direction they'd like:

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Meanwhile, I'm reminded of the incredible morphing axed-staff number. The staff page on the wikia site has since been edited by Beesley to radically slash the listed faces, butchering the history of the "technical team" section and reducing its usefulness in verifying how many are left.

Before.

After.

Definitely twitching, not quite dead.
Noroton
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Wikia.com, his daft idea to allow his crack team of fake penis experts to tell punters if their search was relevant or not,

Who is Jimbo's crack team of fake penis experts?
If you get on the team, do you put one of those little boxes on your user page?
Are they fake experts about penises or experts about fake penises?
Whichever one of those is correct, what the hell does that refer to?
How do you get to be either? No, wait -- I don't want the answer to that one.
And what's a "punter"?
LessHorrid vanU
QUOTE(Noroton @ Fri 10th April 2009, 12:57am) *

QUOTE(Newsfeed @ Tue 7th April 2009, 7:00am) *

Wikia.com, his daft idea to allow his crack team of fake penis experts to tell punters if their search was relevant or not,

Who is Jimbo's crack team of fake penis experts?
If you get on the team, do you put one of those little boxes on your user page?
Are they fake experts about penises or experts about fake penises?
Whichever one of those is correct, what the hell does that refer to?
How do you get to be either? No, wait -- I don't want the answer to that one.
And what's a "punter"?


Something to do with the American version of rounders, I believe.
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