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 -
once more: the entire German edition was shut down
this week over the contents of a single entry
. The parents of the article's subject, a German hacker who died in 1998 under mysterious circumstances
, are displeased with his real name being disclosed in the encyclopedia. It is now back online; however, the future of the family's efforts is currently unclear, not only due to the German order's debatable validity in the US - but also because the order was, initially at least, mistakenly addressed
to St. Petersburg, Russia, instead of St. Petersburg, Florida.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Jan 20, 2006 -
I dont know about you but I dont think enough has been said about Ska.
Sure, theres guys like Reel Big Fish and Sublime who try to claim the bragging rights for making Ska what it is today, however, many people dont know the real origins
of this movement. More inside:
posted by wheelieman
on Nov 11, 2005 -
Words invented by the Simpsons
, as found on Wikipedia. Some soul with too much time on their hands has taken up the task of listing all the nonsense words invented on the Simpsons. The number of words from this list that I use on a daily basis is ASTOUNDING.
posted by antifuse
on Oct 18, 2005 -
, featuring articles on sports
, popular culture
(may be NSFW), and a host of other topics. See also: Uncyclopedia's Wikipedia entry
, Wikipedia's Uncyclopedia entry
, this page of templates
, and Uncyclopedia's Metafilter entry
posted by alphanerd
on Aug 5, 2005 -
is a thesis project
created by Limor Garcia (NYU). It's a cell phone application that allows to send and receive encyclopedia-type inquiries through Text messaging. A user will be able to get all the information they need – from “how old is the queen of England?” to “how many miles is the Brooklyn Bridge?” – through a real-time social network, while walking in the street.
posted by stbalbach
on May 3, 2005 -
"Wikinews is a proposed project with the goal to collaboratively report and summarize news on all subjects from a neutral point of view." It looks like MoJo lives
, kind of, but we weren't the ones who ended up building it. Bummer. [via]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Oct 25, 2004 -
Wikipedia has reinvented itself.
It now supports discussions about any article, and provices an easy way for users to look at previous article versions. Maybe it could do this before -- but my memory and the Google cache lead me to think not. To the jaded eye, this looks like just a software upgrade. But the implications are greater than that. Wikipedia is the great white hope for free (as in freedom) information on the web, and this ups the ante. My big questions: Can they handle the load? And how long before anyone notices?
posted by lodurr
on May 31, 2004 -
Heres an intresting entry from the Wikipedia
The link points to a short article on the AIDS "patient Zero" Gaëtan Dugas. hopefully this should serve as a good starting point for research or discussion. Although in the new millennium I wonder what sort of civil liberty issues this type of of research might have.
posted by hoopyfrood
on Dec 1, 2003 -
Is Grub out of control? Barely more than a week old
, the distributed search engine is already causing headaches. It does not properly follow the Robot Exclusion Standard
and thus spiders sites against their owners' wishes. Because it is a distributed client run by thousands of volunteers (and therefore connects from many different IP addresses), it is non-trivial to block. The Wikipedia project, for example, is experiencing slowdowns
because of it. Let's hope they can solve these problems, as the idea seems to be quite cool.
posted by Eloquence
on Apr 23, 2003 -
is a free on-line encyclopedia that allows users to write entries about nearly any topic. MSNBC's take on it can be found here
posted by ttrendel
on Sep 29, 2001 -