[Wikipedia-l] Sanger/Wales wars continued

Phil Sandifer sandifer at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 19 22:09:59 UTC 2005

Perhaps people began questioning it when they notice that he only uses  
the honorific to get press for his criticisms of a project that he does  
not contribute to, and in fact seems to have only contributed to when  
it was financially useful to him to do so.


On Apr 19, 2005, at 5:14 PM, Pete/Pcb21 wrote:

> Larry Sanger has again written at length about the history of  
> Wikipedia in two articles posted on Slashdot.
> Part I :  
> http://features.slashdot.org/features/05/04/18/164213.shtml?tid=95
> Part II :
> http://features.slashdot.org/features/05/04/19/1746205.shtml? 
> tid=95&tid=149&tid=9
> Some blogworld commentary is at  
> http://www.corante.com/many/archives/2005/04/18/ 
> sanger_on_wikipedia.php
> - including a follow-up by Sanger, giving his take on the "was he or  
> wasn't he the co-founder" debate, in particular
> "I was virtually always referred to as a co-founder until last year.  
> What has changed?
> Wikipedia was my idea (in the very robust sense explained in my  
> memoir), its main founding principles were in large part mine and  
> enforced by me, and I did more than anyone to organize it. It simply  
> would not have existed if I had started it, indeed while being  
> employed by Jimmy. It was on that basis that I was for several years  
> credibly and repeatedly called "co-founder" of the project.
> The fact that I was Jimmy's employee, which I freely admit, does not  
> mean I was not also a co-founder of the project.
> Until last year, again, this was my honorific, and until this year,  
> nobody has bothered questioning it. I wonder why."
> Pete
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