[Foundation-l] Wikipedia ideology

Phil Nash phnash at blueyonder.co.uk
Mon Oct 24 00:32:55 UTC 2011

I'm assuming that this is the Peter Damian who is also


since he signs as "Edward", rather than a troll seeking to impersonate the 
banned Wikipedia editor of the same name, for nefarious purposes. In either 
case, I have little confidence that this book would achieve an audience 
sufficient to make the effort worthwhile, except on an extremely personal 
basis. Sometimes it's good to write things down if only to let off steam, 
but to expect an audience in this case seems to be a triumph of hope over 

By all means, write your book. But don't expect Wikipedia to crash to the 
ground as a result of your revelations. I, for one, have no interest in 
participating, not least because the OP wasn't to wp-en-l but to the 
Foundation list, and that smacks of a desperate, if limp, attempt at  some 
sort of improper meta-leverage.

KillerChihuahua wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "geni" <geniice at gmail.com>
> On 23 October 2011 09:16, Peter Damian <peter.damian at btinternet.com>
> wrote:
>> Greetings,
>> I am writing a book on the history of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
>> movement, focusing on its 'history of ideas'. Would any Wikipedians
>> be prepared to be interviewed for this? Obviously long-standing
>> Wikipedians would be a focus but I am interested in anyone who is
>> involved in the movement because of passionately held convictions or
>> 'ideology'.
> You know it would in most cases have been considered an act of good
> faith to mention your long standing antipathy to wikipedia. But
> perhaps I'm just old fashioned. 

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