March 12, 2008

Do it yourself you lazy sod

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7291382.stm

I've just come across this BBC News article which says that apparently Wikipedia creator Jimmy Wales has been accused of agreeing to edit a page on the online encyclopaedia in exchange for a donation.

Obviously he denies it, and I wholeheartedly believe him; he of all people should know that the lazy donor could just edit the damn thing himself.


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    The edit history of the page does show changes made by Jimmy Wales and that the page was “protected”, so that no further edits can be made by the public.

    If the page is protected then it can’t be edited by newly registered users or members of the public, and it also comes under massive scrutiny from those monitoring the page. I dare say that there isn’t anyone on wikipedia who would revert edits made by Jimmy Wales.

    12 Mar 2008, 15:56

  2. True, but there’s still the fact that Wikipedia has processes in place to improve bad articles (i.e. a majority of its users aren’t dicks who enjoy vandalising articles) so you don’t have to pay to get it fixed.

    I see it as more damaging to the donor’s reputation than to Wales’; it’s like saying “I paid Wikipedia $5,455 to do something I could have done myself for free.”

    12 Mar 2008, 16:10


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