[Wikimedia-l] Longest living hoax?

Nathan nawrich at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 17:21:27 UTC 2013

I can't see the deleted article, but I bet it was basically orphaned.
Make up a fake name and don't link to it from anywhere or in it to
anywhere, and if it escapes NPP it'll stick around a long time. So I
guess there are two categories (at least) for things "ripe for hoaxes"
- technical or esoteric subject matter, or articles of any type that
are systematically obscured from the network of content.

On Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo)
<nemowiki at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nathan, 05/03/2013 18:00:
>> Anything that is obscure is going to take a long time to discover. I
>> don't think history is special in that regard; problem is one of
>> having it come to the attention of someone sufficiently expert enough
>> to know for sure it's fake. If it seems technical and esoteric, most
>> people will assume its true or be skeptical but not sure enough to
>> challenge.
> Come on, seriously? I'd agree in general, but "Gaius Flavius Antoninus,
> supposed assassin of Julius Caesar" is definitely not something technical
> and esoteric... It's one of the most famous events in (western) human
> history, Dante's Inferno is read in USA perhaps even more than in Italy etc.
> Nemo
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