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March 12, 2008

Do it yourself you lazy sod

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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.

July 24, 2007

TROTT's 101 Ways to Pass the Time: #93 Wikipedia Whispers

Similar to Chinese Whispers, but using Wikipedia. To play, one chooses a page on Wikipedia (any page will do - even a random one - but choosing a "larger" topic will likely increase the number of links), then you just follow links and see how quickly you can reach a page the seems totally unrelated to the original article. For example:

  1. I started with San Fransisco.
  2. I noticed that it was named for St. Francis of Assisi.
  3. He was a friar.
  4. A friar is a member of one of the mendicant orders.
  5. These religious orders depended on begging for their livelihood.
  6. In India it is considered dharma to give to beggers.
  7. Dharma is quite similar to Taoism.

So there we are, San Fransisco to Taoism in 6 clicks.

I must admit, however, that xkcd thought of it first...

January 02, 2007

Wikipedia 'doesn't ban Quatar net users'

Writing about web page

It’s true, despite what you might have read, for example, in the BBC article I’ve linked to. As it says on the relevant talk page at Wikipedia:

If you came here from a news headline saying that Wikipedia has banned all of Qatar, please pop right back over there and post in the comments that the story is not true. This IP number was temporarily blocked for less than 12 hours, and a block of an entire nation would go absolutely against Wikipedia policy.

(Alright, so technically they did ban what appears to be the entire nation for a month, but only until a few hours later when another admin discovered the 1 month ban and removed it because it was blocking the whole country…)

Update: The BBC have noticed this (well, not this – they’ve noticed the comment I’m talking about…) and have updated the article.

August 23, 2005

I didn't do nuffin', and anyone what says I did is a liar…

Follow-up to The chicken or the egg from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I've just found an article on Wikipedia on the Chicken or the Egg that predates mine by quite some time and is basically identical to my argument, but a lot better written.
I'm pretty certain that, in this case, theirs came first, and I promise I didn't copy…

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