[Former Novell chief scientist] Jeff Merkey,... claims [Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy] Wales told him in 2006 that in exchange for a substantial donation from Merkey, he would edit his uncomplimentary Wikipedia entry to make it more favourable. Merkey made a $US5000 ([AU]$5455) donation in 2006... around the same time, Wales personally made changes to [Merkey's Wikipedia] entry after wiping it out completely and ordering editors to start over.
But it's all in a good cause, to keep Wikipedia ad-free, right? Well, no, according to Danny Wool
, Wales's former "right-hand man" at Wikipedia: Wool says Wales used the contributions to pay for, among other things, Russian massages and as much as $650 on wine for a dinner for four, while Wales traveled at Wikipedia's expense.
And though Wikipedia paid his expenses, Wool claims that Wales kept the proceeds: "At one point [Wales] owed the Foundation some $30,000 in receipts, and this while we were preparing for the audit. Not a bad sum, considering that many of those trips had fat honoraria, which Jimbeau kept for himself."
posted by orthogonality
on Mar 11, 2008 -
It was revealed last week that former Wikipedia Chief Operating Officer Carolyn Doran was a convicted felon
, her prior record includes four convictions for driving under the influence, two of check fraud and petty larceny, one hit and run with fatality, one unlawful wounding for shooting a former boyfriend, suspect in a murder case, and some suspicion surrounding the drowning death of her newlywed husband. Senior Wikipedians are "shocked"
, and the waves are still reverberating as apparently something totally secret and big
is going down at the Foundation (that runs Wikipedia) that may radically alter the board for better or worse.
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 19, 2007 -
Wikipedia/Essjay/‘New Yorker’ updates
The New Yorker
denies ever offering to pay the expenses of “Essjay” (“Ryan Jordan”), the Wikipedia administrator with the fraudulent credentials. The Wikipedia Weekly podcast
, Episode 14 (not transcribed yet
), at about 12:30, reports:
I actually did correspond with the deputy editor of the New Yorker... and I asked them specifically: Did Miss Schiff ever ask Essjay for his real full name during the course of reporting? [...] They came out with this, which I don’t think has been published anywhere yet...: “I think that between our Editors’ Note and the Times story, it’s clear what happened. The only thing that hasn’t come up before is the question of expenses. So, for the record, Stacy Schiff never offered to reimburse Essjay for his telephone expenses or anything else. [And] Essjay did tell her that if she wanted to cover them, she could send a cheque to the Wikipedia Foundation, which she did not.”
posted by joeclark
on Mar 17, 2007 -
"Tired of the LIBERAL BIAS
every time you search on Google and a Wikipedia page appears?" At Conservapedia
, a "conservative encyclopedia you can trust," you can learn that "faith" is a concept "exclusive to Christianity,"
and about how Wikipedia is biased
in matters such as its description of the Bell Trade Act of 1946, its gossipy treatment of the private life of NPR reporter Nina Totenberg, and its seeming acceptance of evolution. The Wikipedia bias entry also complains of a "rant" against the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a group for which Conservapedia founder (and son of conservative gadfly Phyllis Schafly
) Andrew Schlafly
has worked. Signups are here
; its take on evolution is criticized here
posted by ibmcginty
on Feb 23, 2007 -
The Wikipedia List of Unusual Articles.
Including popular favorites such as Raining Animals
, Penis Panic
, The Utah Teapot
, The Jesus Nut
, The Mexican Perforation
, and The Liver-Eating Johnson
. But wait, there's more! Sweater Curse! Turtles All The Way Down! Acoustic Kitty! (Seriously, WTF CIA?)
The Ding Hai Effect
. Blue Peacock, the Chicken Powered Nuclear Bomb. Chess-Related Deaths
, ETAOIN SHRDLU
, Alien Hand Syndrome
, Colors of Noise
, Drake's Plate of Brass
, and Mole Day
. Click now and they'll also include List of Songs in English Labled the Worst Ever
and the List of Songs Whose Title Constitutes The Entire Lyrics
free of charge!! Had enough? Succumb to the Flynn Effect
but watch out for Exploding Head Syndrome
posted by loquacious
on Jan 29, 2007 -
Wikiasari search engine.
Wikipedia founder plans to offer a new search engine using "the same network of followers" for the process. “Essentially, if you consider one of the basic tasks of a search engine, it is to make a decision: ‘this page is good, this page sucks’,” Mr Wales said. “Computers are notoriously bad at making such judgments, so algorithmic search has to go about it in a roundabout way. But we have a really great method for doing that ourselves,” he added. “We just look at the page. It usually only takes a second to figure out if the page is good, so the key here is building a community of trust that can do that.”
posted by Brian B.
on Dec 24, 2006 -
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales asks: Imagine there existed a budget of $100 million to purchase copyrights to be made available under a free license. What would you like to see purchased and released under a free license? Photos libraries? textbooks? newspaper archives? Be bold, be specific,
be general, brainstorm, have fun with it. And they do.
posted by divabat
on Oct 22, 2006 -
ABC Australia reports
on plagiarism of Wikipedia by traditional media.
posted by jedro
on Oct 9, 2006 -
Websites that changed the world? This Observer
piece lists fifteen websites that aught to be considered the best of the web. It's a bold claim and although the potted histories are excellent, I'm wondering the extent to which it mostly includes website that have broken the public recognition barrier in the uk rather than changing the world
. How many are simply pioneers in their field? Where for example is flickr
posted by feelinglistless
on Aug 13, 2006 -
the reality that the majority of people agree upon. Stephen Colbert is at it again, provoking some chaos in his segment, "The Word
," by asking viewers to change the Wikipedia entry on elephants
to say that the population has tripled in the last three months. How can Wikipedia deal with the problem of vandalism? Here's an interesting article
from the New Yorker about "the world’s most ambitious vanity press."
posted by farishta
on Aug 1, 2006 -
What is a wikipedian?
Every so often a Wikipedian comes to their senses, sees a problem with the way things are operating, and tries to do something about it. Tired of seeing articles carelessly deleted, censored, and then cherry picked as to what is "encyclopedic enough", several Wikipedia members formed "Wikipedians against censorship".
posted by PeterMcDermott
on Apr 17, 2006 -
The Great Failure of Wikipedia.
Audio of a fascinating and at times hilarious 45-minute presentation by Jason Scott of textfiles.com
on the politics and culture of Wikipedia, including tales of The Ninja, The Sex Offender and the Publisher, and the ongoing battle between the Inclusionists and the Deletionists. Will the Wikipedia become "an untenable Katamari-Damacy-like ball out of shit that rolls through the Internet"? (some language NSFW)
posted by Armitage Shanks
on Apr 13, 2006 -