On 2/8/06, Ray Saintonge <saintonge(a)telus.net> wrote:
Jay Converse wrote:
On 2/8/06, Ray Saintonge
>Alphax (Wikipedia email) wrote:
>>>If you'd like to be reminded, here's an exchange I had in mind, from
>>>December 16, 2005:
>>>1. Jimbo says that he thinks anyone who saw the Seigenthaler article
>>>should've seen that the mistakes were "blatantly obvious" and
>>>2. Anthony DiPierro replies that they were not obvious to him.
>>>3. Jimbo replies: "Anthony, I'm not normally one to state harsh
>>>opinions. But frankly, if you don't find those errors to be
>>>obvious, you need to find another
hobby. Writing an encyclopedia is
>>>quite frankly beyond you."
>>>Note that several other of us had also expressed agreement with
>>>Anthony's point in #2, so Jimbo explicitly and publicly flamed a
>of dedicated and long-time Wikipedia contributors.
Also, I think you are being a little harsh - I mean, he was only on the
verge of being sued, having the site shut down, press attacking on all
Sounds like a normal day on a mega-site.
I don't think that's the point, though. Wouldn't you be just a little
if the site you'd poured your entire existence
into for the past 5 years
threatening to get shut down in 5 seconds?
(Yes, this is an exaggeration, but 5 to 5 sounds better.)
But your first analysis was a little paranoid. Shutting down the site
was not seriously mentioned; press attacks are sexy in the media, and
unfounded lawsuits can be a fact of life for a big enough organization.
Well, that was Alphax's analysis, not mine. I do realize that shutting the
site down never was a possibility, but you still have to admit that media
attention on the scale that Wikipedia, and by extension Jimbo, are getting
is enough to try anyone's patience when they're trying to fix what the
media's yelling at them for.
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