> Yesterday was my 4 0 t h b i r t h d a y.
Happy birthday. I get to put that one off for another
year (actually a year and two days: I turn 39 Wednesday).
I'm a fan of Adler too, which is why I made sure there
was a decent bio of him here after he died. But the primary
criticism of him--that his choice of books is outdated--is
entirely fair, I think. For example, I cannot imagine any
list of the greatest books in history without Dawkins "The
Selfish Gene", or Hofstadter's "Godel, Escher, Bach".
For the first month or so that I was involved with wikipedia, I found it great fun and very rewarding. Then the response problems started, and the enjoyment I get from it has gradually waned until I am now wondering why I even bother to try and log on. Today, for example, I have attempted to access wikipedia at regular intervals and have never managed to get further than "Recent Changes". Yesterday was the same.
I realise that the software is maintained on a voluntary basis. However, if we can't do any better than this, I think we may as well throw in the towel. What is the point of an encyclopedia that no one is able to read?
There might be a half-automatic solution to the problem:
1. We agree that all DPs link to [[wikipedia:Disambiguation page]] or something.
This needs to be done by whomever generates a new DP.
2. It would then be easy to find all DPs by their link to [[wikipedia:Disambiguation
3. Then, a special page could list all pages that link to these DPs (for
example, all links to [[virus]]). These would be the pages that need to
be "fixed" manually.
4. In a next step, there could be a list of all links from the DP (in this
case, all the pages that [[virus]] links to) as a list next to each page
that needs to be fixed. Choosing one could automagically fix the link.
Note that point 4 is a thing for the far future;)
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I'm seeing the same problems -- Wikipedia is locked up most of the time,
only responding occasionally at random, making it effectively unusable.
Netcraft reports that is is running Apache/1.3.23 (Unix) PHP/4.0.6
mod_fastcgi/2.2.12 on Linux.
There is now a severe Apache security vulnerability that affects
Apache 1.3 all versions including 1.3.24;
Apache 2.0 all versions up to 2.0.36;
Apache 1.2 all versions.
This looks like something that should be fixed ASAP. And it just might explain some of the problems seen.