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Guilt by Wikipedia: how lazy journalists made Joe Streater a basketball villain

Gregory Kohs Find Streater (2 comments)

It would be a coup if someone could actually track down Joe Streater and ask him about this.

about 2 months ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Gregory Kohs Re:Read the article, it's nonsense (113 comments)

> "What I learned: wikipediocracy is a nonsense website." Sounds like someone's jealous that Wikipediocracy will one day overtake FSF.org in website popularity. (According to Alexa, Wikipediocracy is definitely trending up, while FSF.org is taking a nosedive.)

about 4 months ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Gregory Kohs Re: Quit whaling on Jimmy (113 comments)

For a long period of time, yes -- most of the links from Wikipedia to Wikia were exempted from the "nofollow" rule that Wales imposed personally on all of the other links found in Wikipedia. So, Wikia got a special and important boost from Wikipedia between about 2007 and 2009. And guess what? At that time, 60% of the board of directors of the Wikimedia Foundation were Wikia principals. Wikipedia editors: You scratch Jimbo's back, and he'll scratch his own, too.

about 4 months ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Gregory Kohs Re:Quit whaling on Jimmy (113 comments)

I feel sorry for your apparent lack of success in life.

about 4 months ago
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Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014

Gregory Kohs Re:Quit whaling on Jimmy (113 comments)

Amusing mischaracterization of the 2006 version of MyWikiBiz. By the way, Wikipediocracy has its own Wikipedia article, too... and it fairly clearly shows that Wikipediocracy has repeatedly broken and/or influenced internationally-covered stories about Wikipedia. The site is very successfully reaching the goals of its mission statement, no matter how badly you wish to paint the site's leadership as "unsavory".

about 4 months ago
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"I accidentally started a Wikipedia hoax"

Gregory Kohs Never-ending (5 comments)

What is really amazing, and most people don't know about, is that there is a software extension called "Pending Changes" that could be installed in a few minutes on Wikipedia. This requires an established editor to "approve" any new edits to articles before the edit goes "live" on the article page. It would snuff out at least 90% of the silly hoaxes, by my guess. The English Wikipedia actually voted *for* Pending Changes, but because the minority was so antagonistic, the Wikimedia Foundation retreated back to their money-collecting and didn't install it. The German Wikipedia has it installed, and you rarely hear about hoaxes on that language's Wikipedia.

about 5 months ago

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