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Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars

Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes | about 4 months ago

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Who says Wikipedians don't have a sense of humor? While perusing Wikipedia I recently came across an article documenting the lamest examples of wikipedia edit wars over the most trivial things. As one wikipedian says: "Some discussions are born lame; some achieve lameness; some have lameness thrust upon them." A few of the most amusing examples include: Was Chopin Polish, French, Polish–French, or French–Polish? Can you emigrate from a country of which you are not a citizen? Can you receive citizenship if you already have it? The possibilities for intensive study are endless. Next up, Are U2 an "Irish band" or simply a band that happen to be from Ireland, since two of their members were born in the UK? A heated discussion took place for over two-and-a-half weeks that resulted in at least one editor getting blocked and many more getting warnings. Next, should members of the Beatles be listed in the "traditional" order or in alphabetical order? Another edit war which flares up continuously in The Beatles involves whether to identify the band as "The Beatles" with a capital T or "the Beatles" with a lower case t. The issue became so contentious it merited an article in the Wall Street Journal. One such installment of this saga was brought before the arbitration committee (by an administrator, no less) where it was quickly declared "silly." Next, Is J. K. Rowling's name pronounced like "rolling" or to rhyme with "howling"? Rowling is on record claiming she pronounces her name like "rolling". An irate editor argues that this is a "British" pronunciation and the "American" pronunciation of her name should also be noted. "This is slightly ridiculous as she is English, and therefore of course will pronounce it in an English manner. Perhaps it rhymes with "Trolling"?" Finally did Jimmy Wales found Wikipedia or co-found it? "Not surprisingly, those who actually were around at the time and know the answer stayed far away from this one. The casualty list has yet to be compiled, but no doubt editor egos will be among the worst hit.""

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It's all good. (1)

dpbsmith (263124) | about 4 months ago | (#45671843)

This sort of dispute ends up in many cases with very judiciously-phrased final, stable wordings. And it's no sillier than academic disputes, which often involve the deployment of ego and reputation to decide things like whether Pluto is a planet.

"Odium ignorantum
Est odium infantum;
Sed odium doctorum
Est odium ferorum."

(The ignorant fight like children, Ph.Ds like wild animals).

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