[Foundation-l] Has Wikipedia changed since 2005?

John Vandenberg jayvdb at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 00:52:55 UTC 2010

On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 11:17 AM,  <wiki-list at phizz.demon.co.uk> wrote:
> On 04/10/2010 19:43, geni wrote:
>> The Wikipedia that went from nothing to top ten site was never built
>> on  verifiable knowledge. It was built on what people happened to have
>> in their heads. The whole citation thing outside the more
>> controversial areas came later. Don't believe me? This was a featured
>> article:
>> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Murder_of_James_Bulger&oldid=3191413
> Have you looked at the current version of that page? Every sentence has
> at least one ref, it looks like a spider has fallen into an ink well and
> then run backwards and forwards across the page. Typographically the
> result is a mess and almost unreadable with great gaps between one word
> and the next. I'd be amazed if there weren't less than a dozen sources
> that cover the entire sorry affair and each paragraph covered by 1
> reference. 100 different references smacks of OCD.

Inline references can be very distracting when reading.  Here is a quick fix


The IE workaround "filter: alpha(opacity=50);" isn't working for me.

John Vandenberg

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