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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

sparkydevil It's the wiki software stupid (571 comments)

But for Wikipedia to actually become a platform fully embraced by women, it would have to change its culture in fundamental ways, reducing its emphasis on anonymity and providing more opportunities for meaningful companionship and satisfying social relationships between its contributors. Failing that, women will simply continue to vote with their feet, and find their enjoyment and altruistic fulfilment elsewhere.

Most of the reasons for the lack of female participation in Wikipedia, including those above, are false. On Newslines, my crowdsourced content site that aims to replace Wikipedia's biographies and news-based events, 80% of our contributors are women and minorities. See our leaderboard

Wikipedia can never work for minorities and women because its software and policies are specifically designed to exclude them. The reason we get more women posting is because Newslines is created specifically to allow users to add content without the conflicts that are inherent in a wiki-based system. Wikis are built through conflict. Wikipedia's conflict-driven software and policies attract ego-driven white males eager to gain power through the display of their knowledge. The intensity of this conflict excludes other groups.

I go further into this in this post, but the gist of it is that 1) we pay our writers to contribute 2) we have system that allows people to add information with no conflict -- so far over 11,000 posts with no trouble 3) posts are assessed on the quality of the post, not on who made them -- no conflicts of interest or harassment possible 4) and we don't allow editors ownership of the page -- denying powerful groups the ability to censor people and text.

The real crime though, is to blame the people who are excluded for the failings of the system. How many times do we have to hear -- by the people who created the system that excludes them -- that women and minorities are not interested, they don't have enough time, they don't know enough, they can't use the interface, they prefer fluffy stuff, and that they are are lazy? It's time to move past these old arguments and see Wikipedia's dysfunction for what it is - a software, policy and leadership failure.

3 days ago
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The Internet's Own Boy

sparkydevil Swartz timeline (194 comments)

I made this news timeline of Swartz a while back. If you see anything missing drop me a note.

about 2 months ago
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Mt. Gox Knew It Was Selling Phantom Bitcoin 2 Weeks Before Collapse

sparkydevil Mt Gox Timeline (263 comments)

Confused? Feel free to check out my Mt Gox timeline

about 6 months ago
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Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles

sparkydevil Re:Where is the big problem? (125 comments)

FALSE: Any other editor who sees you editing your own article will slap you with a ban for COI. It's a standard part of wikilawyering.

about 6 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

sparkydevil Re:With oversight like this... (191 comments)

I interviewed Mark Karpeles in May 2013. The first thing I did after I left the meeting was tell my friend, a guy who has worked for big banks all his life, that he should apply for a job at Mt Gox because it was very obvious they had no oversight whatsoever and needed someone like him to make sure they complied with basic financial software standards.

about 6 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

sparkydevil Mt Gox Timeline (191 comments)

For those who need an overview of the rise and fall of Mt Gox, I made a handy timeline

about 6 months ago
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Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

sparkydevil Politics of envy (1216 comments)

This is just typical anti-capitalist politics-of-envy bollocks. "Democracy starts to unravel"? Really? Getting paid the going rate *is* the sign of a free society. Attracting the best talent cost real money. I bet most of the commenters here don't complain when their favorite sportsperson gets paid millions.

about 9 months ago
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One Year Since John McAfee Fled Belize

sparkydevil McAfee Timeline (66 comments)

A while back I made this handy dandy timeline of McAfee's exploits: http://newslines.org/wiki/category/computer-people/john-mcafee/

about 10 months ago
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NOAA: Arctic Likely Free Of Summer Ice By 2050 — Possibly Much Sooner

sparkydevil Melting ice does not change sea levels (335 comments)

Put an icecube in a glass of water. As it melts the water level will not change because the ice cube displaces the same volume of water as the amount that melts. In In the same way, sea levels will not rise even if all the ice on the sea melts. Check this video for an example. Nothing to see here, move along and thank you science!

about a year ago
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McAfee Was Not Captured

sparkydevil McAfee Timeline (150 comments)

I made this handy timeline so you can follow events: http://wecheck.org/wiki/John_McAfee

about a year and a half ago
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What to do when your page gets nuked by Google Search

sparkydevil Re:Bug? (5 comments)

WeCheck is not a news organization so it doesn't appear in Google News. The main page is completely missing on a web search, but the page's talk page is still on the tenth page of results.

Where is the best place to read about these recent Google search bugs?

about 2 years ago
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What to do when your page gets nuked by Google Search

sparkydevil Re:well, here's the problem (5 comments)

How would Google inform me? I didn't receive any messages from them.

about 2 years ago
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How Long Before the Kickstarter Bubble Bursts?

sparkydevil Before the bubble bursts... (192 comments)

...donate $10 to my project! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1630450133/crisscross-social-search-engine

more than 2 years ago

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Scandalous Wiki Timelines

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  about 2 years ago

sparkydevil writes "WeCheck, the people's fact check, is generating a new kind of wiki page — the scandal timeline. So far the site is getting success with its Benghazi Attack Timeline and it has just launched the David Petraeus Scandal Timeline

As new data comes in the page can be instantly updated with new sources, giving an up-to-date overview of the situation. Take that traditional media!"

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What to do when your page gets nuked by Google Search

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  about 2 years ago

sparkydevil writes "Over the past few weeks I've been building up a wiki timeline of the attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, which is now the most comprehensive on the web. As the page grew and more blogs and sites linked to the page it moved up Google's search pages for the search term "Benghazi Attack Timeline" until it was the second listing on the first page. I had a few days of steady traffic (and pride) and then the page just completely disappeared from the search results. Completely gone without a trace. I didn't use any SEO tricks and the page has no ads, so I don't think it could be counted as spam. I don't think it's any kind of conspiracy. Has this happened to anyone else and how did you fix it?"
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Help crowdsource the authoritative Benghazi Attack Timeline

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  about 2 years ago

sparkydevil writes "WeCheck, a collaborative wiki-based fact check that I set up a month ago, is attempting to crowdsource the authoritative timeline of the Benghazi attacks with some success — the page is already much larger than any other comparable timeline. I hope this could be a model of how to deal with a large amount of complex, time-sensitive information."
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WeCheck.org - world's first wiki fact check

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  about 2 years ago

sparkydevil (261897) writes "How can you trust the media when they write the articles AND fact check them? WeCheck, the first wiki fact check system, uses Wikipedia-like collaborative editing to help contributors with varied political views work together to fact check speeches and articles in an independent, non-partisan system. It works by allowing users to tags and link text to create Fact Check pages. There are also over 40 tags including [[STRAW MAN]], [[CIRCULAR]], [[AD HOMINEM]], [[CORRELATION]], [[MORAL EQUIVALENCE]], [[NAZI]], [[RACE CARD]] etc. which editors use to alert reader to the speechwriter's techniques The site is currently looking for volunteer fact checkers."
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Facebook systematically restricting access to fans unless you pay up

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sparkydevil (261897) writes "Today I wanted to post an update to ALL of my 3800 Facebook fans telling them that I had just updated my karaoke business website when I saw the Promote button: For $5 I can increase the "reach" of my posts to 1100 fans, for $10 FB would increase the reach to 2200 fans, for $15 it would increase the reach to 3300 and for $20 I would have the benefit of being able to reach all of my fans. This essentialy confirms what many fan page owners have suspected — that FB has been systematically restricting reach over the past year so that they could "fix" the problem by introducing the promote feature.

This is a slap in the face to people like me who have spent many thousands of dollars getting those fans to sign up to their page — Facebook is effectively restricting access to my own fans unless I pay up. Basically Facebook is saying those fans don't belong to me, but belong to them."

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My Kickstarter Project Sucks, Send me Money!

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sparkydevil (261897) writes "Some say that kickstarter is the gateway to a beautiful world full of puppy dogs and kids' smiles, but despite much gnashing of teeth, beating of breasts, rolling in dirt, and rending of garments, after four whole days slog I’ve managed to raise a meagre $1 for my project. My project looks suspiciously like a dead parrot — it has ceased to be. This is the story of how I made it so far, so soon and got so little!"
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How to recover/track stolen wi-fi iPod

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sparkydevil (261897) writes "Hi, In September my 7-year old daughter's iPod touch was stolen from her school bag while at school here in Sarasota, Florida. At that time nothing came up on Track My iPhone. 30 minutes ago I got an email saying the iPod had been located to a Day's Inn hotel in Talahasee. I called the police who said I should contact the hotel to find out the room but the hotel said they couldn't do it as their wi-fi is open. Are there any other options to track it?"
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Climategate spreads to Wikipedia

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sparkydevil (261897) writes "Some catnip to those who have long argued about administrator bias and groupthink in Wikipedia.

Canada's National Post reports here and here that one of the objectives of those promoting Climate alarm was to control Wikipedia. Starting in February 2003 U.K. scientist and Green Party activist William Connolley, one of nine Realclimate.org team members, rewrote Wikipedia'½Â½Â(TM)s articles on global warming, on the greenhouse effect, on the instrumental temperature record, on the urban heat island, on climate models, on global cooling as well as working to erase the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warm Period and infamous hockey stick graph. He rewrote articles on the politics of global warming and on the scientists who were skeptical of the team.

According to the article Connolly created or rewrote 5,428 unique Wikipedia articles, removed more than 500 articles as an administrator and barred over 2000 Wikipedia contributors while rewarding those who supported his views. "In these ways, Connolley turned Wikipedia into the missionary wing of the global warming movement.""

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Obama speech to kids pro-Apple, anti-MS?

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sparkydevil (261897) writes "The Prez's speech to kids was just released. In it he says "I've talked about your parents' responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and get your homework done, and don't spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with that Xbox." and a few sentences later, "Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor — maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone".

XBox bad, iPhone Good?"
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How to convert social network to open source?

sparkydevil sparkydevil writes  |  more than 5 years ago

sparkydevil writes "A few years ago I started a social network called Crisscross that, amongst other things, interlinks users' likes and dislikes about anything. Our main feature is a cool drill-down people search interface. Due to other commitments I wasn't able to keep funding it with cash, so I made an agreement with some programmers to work for equity. Now those programmers are busy with their own work and I still don't have extra cash so I'm thinking about converting the project to open source. There doesn't seem to be an open source social network so perhaps it could be interesting. The project needs around 200 hours work to get it up to production level, mainly to fix interface bugs, and improve the core date storage system. It's a long story but the beta version I had was deleted by accident so the current site is more of an alpha level and has many annoying minor bugs, but you should be able to see what we are trying to do. Questions: 1) how do I go about making the project open source legally and technically 2) is it possible to keep some elements proprietary (for example the search interface code?) 3) how much management work it would take on my part to oversee the project compared with working with a couple of programmers 4) is it possible to retain some ownership or interest for existing shareholders (about 10%). Thank you for your comments and advice."

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