Jimmy Wales wrote:
Samuel Kennedy wrote:
So, I can't help but wonder, *is* Bomis
somehow associated with the
United States Marine Corps?
Not in any way at all that I can think of, no.
The accusation seems to run as follows...
Jerk Sauce, which is a blog written by Tim Shell, who manages the
content of Bomis, links to the blogs Command Post and Tim Blair.
Those blogs, in turn, run advertisements from the blogsads.com
syndication agency. One advertiser for blogads.com
is Spirit of
Spirit of America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which raises
money which is used to assist members of the military channel goods to
help local people where they are serving. A typical example would be
baseball and school supplies for a village in Iraq.
Baseball in Iraq????
I fail to see how this set of facts could possibly
warrant any sort of
disclaimer. Bomis hosts a blog which links to other blogs, which run
ads for a charity, which assists members of the military. Even if the
Bomis blog itself directly raised money for the military, which it
absolutely does not, even then no disclosure would be warranted on the
My own philosophical and political convictions are well-known. Many
Wikipedians will disagree with me on political issues, but no rational
person could conclude that I have in any way sought to impose my POV
on the Wikipedia in anyway. Indeed, one of the reasons that I so
seldom edit is precisely to eliminate even any appearance of
impropriety in that regard.
Speaking from the left, I've always respected the effort that Jimbo has
made to avoid being drawn into these edit conflicts. Without that the
entire project would have deteriorated into chaos a long time ago..
I haven't tooked at the Fallujah article, though it is probably already
getting more than its share of attention. Trying to rein in highly POV
positions across a broad range of articles, and a broad range of issues
is ultimately a non-productive endeavour. I've chosen to limit that
kind of activity to a few articles of my own selection; that's as much
high blood pressure as I can take. There is always plenty of work to be
done in less conflicted topics.
The difficulty with Jimbo editing articles is not with his opinions, but
the gospel-like quality that some Wikipedians tend to attach to them.