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So, a little over a month ago netmouse posted about being involved with a Wikipedia task force that hoped to encourage more people to be editors, and got an earful about how the Notability policy effectively discourages anyone with any respect for their own input.

Earlier today takhisis posts about renewed attempts to have the Two Lumps article deleted. It was mid-Decmeber the last time this happened too, which makes me wonder a bit about the schedule that the webcomic-haters seem to be on.

For Two Lumps there was a happy resolution. An experienced Wikipedia editor took it on, along with help from several readers, and they got everything tweaked to fit the standards.

Not twelve hours later, I was looking for some character information from Dominic Deegan, and landed up on the Wikipedia page where, as you might guess, someone has posted the article for deletion.

Curiosity led me to looking at the tagger's history, where even a brief sampling shows a driving passion to remove content or mark for deletion a truly amazing amount of other people's work. We're talking edits every minute for major chunks of time.

I am not, myself, willing to wage info war with people like that, especially since their behavior seems to be supported, nay - encouraged, by the powers that be at Wikipedia.

I know that much of the information is being saved over at Comixpedia, and I'm glad it's somewhere, but it's sad to see Wikipedia come so far so fast, and then fall so very flat on their face.

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bedii
Dec. 5th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
I remember when Wikipedia's editing system first swam into my view: it was when Making Light repoted on the Kathryn Cramer mess. Then, around the time of the "Wil Beback" vs. Making Light mess it became clear that a few folks that did edits at Wikipedia hated webcomics and even more were editing out items to match their personal biases so I decided to give up on Wikipedia as a reliable primary source. Your comments show that, sadly, the situation hasn't changed.
jeff_duntemann
Dec. 6th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
This is the reason I don't write for Wikipedia. Quite apart from the crazy obsession with "notability," there are too many people with too much power to get rid of whatever they don't (for whatever reason) like.

I've heard many other writers feel the same way.
guyfie
Dec. 9th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
This is Michi, Guy's girlfriend, and I just wanted to say that your avatar with Ichigo in it is adorable. :3
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