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December 4th, 2009

Posting

Every day, often several times a day, I catch up on LiveJournal, make a quick pass at FaceBook, sometimes even cruise Twitter when I'm not at a convention (the main time I use Twitter). I love the way this lets me know how (some of) my friends are doing, what they're up to, what's happening in their worlds.

And yet, I am very rarely inspired to add in my own posts. I'll comment far more often than I'll initiate. And I'm not sure just why that is. I know if you were all here with me, if this was some sort of tangible gathering, I would be busy showing you this clever webcomic update, enthusing about which of two major projects to choose for my graduate school Capstone, and wistfully hoping for the best as I send off yet another promising job application.

But the truth is, posting here is not at all the same, and only the fact that I really need to get going on that sensitivity analysis for my group report gives me the impetus to not delete this, but hit ... send
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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