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Citizendium is still doomed

More than a year ago, I thought Citizendium was cr*p. And it still is: see its GW article. The top bit is a fairly sane cp of wiki; the bottom half is a fairly insane mix of septic tripe. If you know what you’re doing, you can separate out the two. But as a resource…

Wikipedia: get off your arse

Atmoz complains about this version of the WAIS article. As he says, it was full of cr*p. So why didn’t he just fix it? I have now. Sadly, that article comes into the not-very-prominent article class, which means few people watch it, and no-one competent was writing it. It even features Rappers “slumbering giant” sound…

Wikisuicide

A fine, although minor, example of wikisuicide comes from discourseur. Be sure to check the talk page and contributions if interested in the details. Oh, and Abd has done the same, but at truely interminable length. Read it and… weep? Laugh? Recoil in astonishment at the mindboggling waste of electrons?

Wiki fun!

As an antidote to recent postings, I shall point out that wiki is also fun. There must be a site devoted to inspired wikipedia vandalism. But I don’t know where it is. In the meantime, you can make do with my own modest contribution (and I forgot this one, thanks M), or (thanks to Paul)…

More wiki madness

Gosh, you wait for one piece of insanity and then two come along at once. But this time its personal. So those interested in wiki’s inards can wade through the gore at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration#Wheelwar regarding User:Giano_II. If you need a user guide to the process, I’m sure I can provide more details. [Update: now…

Have a look at this edit, where Lumidek loses his rag. Slightly less wacko, but not losing touch with the septic, the AAPG seems to be coming closer to reality whilst being careful not to get there. Meanwhile someone calling themselves SFredSinger, who may or may not actually be Singer, tried this on for size…

From The Onion, Hard To Tell If Wikipedia Entry On Dada Has Been Vandalized Or Not. Sadly the actual article is boringly factual (or it was; I’ve had a go at improving it but I doubt it will last. I like the way my version ends with an impassioned yes yes). My first go didn’t…

Great wikipedia edit comments

Coming back from the pub, I find the edit comment Someone added a bunch of none sence. First of all, it’s not a giant beaver the creates the wind. Second, it’s impossible that the people you mentioned knew about beavers. If that makes no sense (and should it?) this is the edit in question. Kind…

I’m an expert (on wiki)

Why is a Stoat like a Bus? Because you wait days for a post and then 3 come along at once :-) Its been ages since I’ve posted any wiki stuff (ahem: apart from Citizendium, tangenitally). Mostly because the climate side of wiki is very quiet and I spend my time merrily blocking people for…

And you can read about it at http://citizendium.org/. Predicatably enough, wikipedia already has an article on it. Will it fly? Who knows… [Update: Nature has an article on this, featuring a brief appearence by yours truely… I don’t get to say anything exciting though. Or perhaps more precisely, I *didn’t* say anything very exciting]