I had a glance at the history on [[Short story]] and couldn't spot the
alleged edits. Anyone else got any ideas? A public call to vandalism
deserves a reply.
Sunday Times (London) June 10, 2007
WICKEDLY INACCURATE? As a member of the Society of Authors, I felt it
my duty to correct Wikipedia creative-writing articles which stated "a
short story can be anywhere between 5,000 and 50,000 words" or had
grammatical errors, such as "Mary laid on her bed". The originator had
included the following invitation: "I hope someone would (sic) feel
free to add concepts and examples." I took him at his word, and
edited. The next day all my edits had been reversed.
Anyone dismayed by this "dictatorship of idiots" should not waste time
on futile attempts to turn Wikipedia into a reliable source. Instead,
help it to self-destruct by adding misinformation. Wikipedia has no
mechanism to deal with this other than the army of itchy-fingered
know-it-alls who know nothing.
Margret Geraghty Chandlers Ford, Hampshire
On 6/29/07, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com> wrote:
> I don't get it.
> There is no need to disclose your online identity when registering as
> a member of the charity (a company limited by guarantee).
> So me [User:LoopZilla] and me "Gordon Joly" are distinct. I have
> chosen to link them up, but I didn't need to.
> Companies House has no idea that the person who is a director of two
> companies (one is a charity) is also [User:LoopZilla] on several
We've set things up with exactly this in mind Gordon - to become a
member of the company (to vote at general meetings, become a board
member, pay a pound to any creditors if we are wound up, etc.) you
will need to provide your identity but not any on-line personality. In
the case where you cannot join the company (if you are too young,
won't provide a real identity etc.) you can still be considered a
member of the chapter (and a supporter of WER). It's not necessary to
provide any information about any on-line pseudonyms in either case.
I think the suggestion on this thread is to attempt to find a way for
people to influence the company by having a vote at general meetings
without providing any identity. This is what Alison is discussing.
I am interested in becoming a member of the Wikimedia UK chapter, I am
unable to find any information regarding becoming a member (except the
discussion regarding the cost). Also is there any age limit to
becoming a member? Thanks.
Call from a local paper, the Tameside Reporter, about edits to an
article about a local council member and about a motorway bypass:
The article about the councillor has been locked (by Doc glasgow)
since late April. The bypass article is being heavily edited.
* It's an encyclopedia, not investigative journalism.
* With biographies of living people, we have to really consider what's
important to put in them. We don't want a hatchet job or just praise.
If they died tomorrow, what would be important enough to put in their
biography? That sort of thing.
* Living biographies are about 90% of our biographies, which are 35%
of the one and a half milliion articles." (Numbers from a quick count
by Danny a while ago; may be completely wrong now.)
* Contentious current issues are difficult. We don't want to be an
activist platform or an anti-activist platform.
* It's a live working draft of an encyclopedia, not so much a finished
product. Always check the history tab when looking at an article.
So if we ever see the article, I've given him lots to go on :-)
Does anyone on this list live in the area, and would you be able to
get hold of a copy? Should be appearing soonish.
I saw this post this evening in archives. The whole thing was a crazy idea
from some kid and he really had me convinced for a few hours that it was
real. (Two other articles have since been deleted relating to this
The Tameside Reporters article is still online, but doesn't seem to be
indexed by google
http://www.tamesidereporter.com/fullstory.php?ID297 CYBERSPACE OF WORDS
The Tameside Observer (Guardian Media Grp) is the pay for newspaper in the
area, the reporter being an old family concern.
I doubt you'd find a copy the newspaper lads dump them on the wasteland
thats gonna be a bypass. or something like that.
Hello all UK dwellers in beautiful and rainy London,
I'm in London today (Thursday) and thought it'd be cool if those who
can make it on short notice could meet somewhere for a beer this
I'll let James make the arrangements, because I don't really know my
way around and I'll be offline all day!
Hope to see you later,
NB. This address is used for mailing lists. Personal emails sent to
this address will probably get lost.
On 13/06/07, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com> wrote:
> The home page of T-Mobile (the Web and Walk service for mobile phones
> AKA cell phones) features an animated graphic of Wikipedia, just
> below Google!
> This should appear on http://www.t-mobile-favourites.co.uk/ if your
> connected via T-mobile GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and HTTP
> There is a link to http://wapedia.mobi/ and hence http://wapedia.mobi/en/
> Why WAPedia? Works well on my main browser too!
There is a Wikipedia-proper wap interface, but I don't know if it's
fully functional (or intended for the public) yet...
- Andrew Gray
Just to let you folks know I did an email interview with Rich Knight
of SMITH Magazine a few days back. Nothing out of the ordinary I
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