On 29/04/07, William Pietri <william(a)scissor.com> wrote:
A question interesting enough for it to get covered on
one of the most-read Silicon Valley sites:
Dear SEO spammers and Googlemancers: go away. We actively don't care
about your page rank.
(That TechCrunch article is really special: make several errors of
fact, assume they come from malice and start a conspiracy theory.)
Our responsibility as a top 10 site is to our readers. Our
responsibility is not to a third party (search engine optimisers) to
make them look good to a fourth party (Google). People whose interest
in Wikipedia is page rank are in no way, shape or form our
constituency. Because their interest is, fundamentally, spamming.
Pagerank is not a consideration for Wikipedia - it contributes nothing
to the project of writing an encyclopedia. This is why SEOs and
Googlemancers find it so hard to find anyone at Wikipedia or Wikimedia
The interwiki map is for the convenience of the projects. Not for the