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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wikipedia Editors Have Discovered Girls

Posted by on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Gawker says Wikipedia is losing editors:

[Wikipedia founder Jimmy] Wales told the AP that the number of Wikipedia editors is slowly dwindling. "We are not replenishing our ranks," he said, "it is not a crisis, but I consider it to be important." According to Wales a lot of the core Wikipedians have simply aged out, got married and found that they have better things to do with their time. Previous rumors of Wikipedias demise have focused on a lack of any new stuff to add; but this seems like a real existential threat.

I have noticed that Wikipedia pages have lost their religious fervor for updates; just last night, I thought to myself that The Thing's Wikipedia page doesn't display the same obsessive-compulsive editing tendencies of the superhero Wikipedia pages I've read in the past.


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Fnarf 1
I used to be a moderately active casual editor, but was driven out by (a) aggressive, insane kooks, who glommed onto me like moths on a porch light, and (b) aggressive rules-bound editors who start shouting acronyms at you before you've hit the enter key. "Not notable!" Wikipedia's a closed, insular boy's club, and there really isn't room for casual editors anymore.

My favorite kook was the guy who insisted that the article on "Red Hair" should include an extensive section on the "fact" that the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, Ireland is the source of the word "gay" meaning "homosexual". I ended up in arbitration over that guy. He had a number of other obsessions, including inserting pictures of young Japanese girls covered with food into articles containing the word "messy".

I also had fun with the guy in Wigan who vociferously denied that the 1974 English county and postal-code reorganization had taken place. "There's no such bloody place as Greater Manchester, you fucking bastard!". Also, the fellow who liked to go through various artworks and change the artist's name to one he preferred. I got a barnstar out of that one. There's only so much of that a person can put up with.
Posted by Fnarf on August 4, 2011 at 3:41 PM · Report this
Wicked Virgin 2
Unfortunately, the super-obsessive pendants and "ultimate authorities" will still be there, ruining Wikipedia.
Posted by Wicked Virgin on August 4, 2011 at 3:41 PM · Report this
Liface 3
I don't see this as a problem. Part of the fun of Wikipedia was getting the chance to write new articles about topics. Now that pretty much everything has an article, only the hardcore editors will remain. I'm sure enough people will stick around to make sure that Wikipedia remains a viable project.
Posted by Liface on August 4, 2011 at 3:49 PM · Report this
The Wretched Harmony 4
Wikipedia is losing editors because Wikipedia is getting harder to edit. A more difficult job means fewer people are qualified to do it. It's getting harder to edit because it's getting better. In the past you could get away with crap that you can't any more. There are more rules and the the rules are more complex. These complicated rules define the difference between quality and crap.

But bitch and moan all you want and list all the knocks against Wikipedia you like. Constant's, uh, insight? about The Thing is certainly... interesting? But the bottom line is that if you really didn't think Wikipedia was any good, you'd stop relying on it and use something else.

If you have an SPL card you can use the Encyclopedia Brittanica, Grolier, Encyclopedia Americana, the New Book of Popular Science and the New Book of Knowledge. A KCLS card adds the World Book Online. All for free, all on the web.

You have no reason to ever use Wikipedia. So quit using it if you mean what you say, and STFU.
Posted by The Wretched Harmony on August 4, 2011 at 3:53 PM · Report this
Wicked Virgin 5
Where's the undo button on this thing? I want to revert #4 back to Fnarf's comment.
Posted by Wicked Virgin on August 4, 2011 at 4:35 PM · Report this
I'm down to occasionally fixing grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Anything beyond that's is too much aggravation.
Posted by ryanmm on August 4, 2011 at 4:43 PM · Report this
sigh...can someone edit
Posted by ryanmm on August 4, 2011 at 4:44 PM · Report this
Great headine for this post, Paul.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on August 4, 2011 at 5:01 PM · Report this
Fnarf 9
Ahhh. Just spent a few minutes revisiting the wonders of "Akidd Dublin", who wrote things like
I believe many people relate queer to gai, but it is not very related (if at all). My interpretation was "looks ginger", in a meaning of way of "unserious and queer". For instance, striptease is completely gai (by the word meaning), see It is not much used that way. People who produce edits here should really get encouraged to use a dictionary.
as a defense for adding this to [[Red Hair]]:
*[[Cockney rhyming slang]] uses the term Ginger to refer to [[Gaiety_Theatre|gaiety]] people - Ginger is short for Ginger Beer, a slang term for "queer".
. And hundreds more. Maybe you had to be there.
Posted by Fnarf on August 4, 2011 at 5:11 PM · Report this
Oh, Fnarf, you were NOT kidding! I looked up your user talk page, as I'm always up for some good internet kookery. My favorite part:

"How many times people wrote this un-word? A 'special population group' was that sentence of a boygroup representative, giving an interview answer 'Our products are not designed for special population groups'. It is not really required to state the preceeding question, is it?"
Posted by constant lurker on August 4, 2011 at 6:03 PM · Report this
Not to mention:
"I do not deserve this discussion, neither do articles like [Red_hair] do deserve defame composed of ghey things. It would make more sense to link to skeletor and the hulk. Even if it does not annoy, it really would be non-sense. They plan to coca-colonize everything. Some countries do not do ghey' topics in their internet, and that's where i am relating from."
Posted by constant lurker on August 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM · Report this
Fnarf 12
@10, @11, he had fits every time he came across the word "gay" -- he would always, always change it to "ghey" or "gai", even in references to the Wikipedia article for "gay", which broke them. Hmm. "Special population group" was one of his catch-phrases.

In the "Red Hair" article, he also tried to insert a link to, on the grounds that "tomato" is a common nickname for a redhead. Which...wha...I mean...where do you even start?

And when you corrected his spelling or grammar he would say things like "I am normal, nike, skeletor". I never got involved in his "work" on some computer topics, like "SDRAM", where he repeatedly fucked the article so hard you couldn't tell what it was supposed to be about. Those are fun to look at too.

The weird thing is, I saw a picture of him once, and although his English sounds like he might be Japanese, and he was obsessed with Japanese topics, he was white, with a normal-sounding (for Ireland) name, Alex something. Fun times.

Oh! Another one: he wanted to change the page for "Deschutes River" in Oregon to "Chutes River", because "Des-" just means "the".
Posted by Fnarf on August 4, 2011 at 7:00 PM · Report this
in-frequent 13
I guess it's nice to have someone(s) to moderate a dispute with a person like that, as such are so out there that you can never use reason to demonstrate who is right and who is wrong.
Posted by in-frequent on August 4, 2011 at 9:55 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 14
I'm so glad I gave up on editing. I look back at the old nooks and crannies a couple times a year and it's just gotten ever more absurd.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on August 5, 2011 at 8:12 AM · Report this

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