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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

King Jimbo Wales has the nerve to ask librarians to help improve Wickedpedia

A news article says,

"Librarians are not engaging with the academies," said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. "If libraries throughout the world formed regional groups and made an effort, they would be playing a positive role within Wikipedia. The job of the librarian is about highlighting the weaknesses and strengths of information."

Jimmy Wales, one of the founders of online encyclopedia phenomenon Wikipedia, has called on librarians to become deeply involved in the Web-based communities that surround his products.

One professional librarian who specializes in the field of electronic publications responded on his blog,
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According to Jimmy Wales, the quality of the Wikipedia would be improved if only librarians 'engaged' with the encyclopedia. He wants information professionals to form and join Wikipedia Academies to create a generation of editors who will drive the standards upward. The job of a librarian, you may be interested to learn is 'about highlighting the weaknesses and strengths of information'.

. . . Now, perhaps I'm reading this incorrectly, but is he actually trying to shift the responsibility for ensuring the quality of content over to information professionals? When exactly are we supposed to be doing this? I'm all in favour of fixing and improving things, but I think it's a stretch to try and put responsibility onto the profession.

And fatheaded King Jimbo doesn't seem to understand that a lot of people have simply lost interest in trying to improve Wickedpedia. Wickedpedia is a lost cause. Trying to improve Wickedpedia is like trying to make the proverbial silk purse out of a sow's ear. One school district has even gone so far as to block Wickedpedia on all of the school district's computers, with the result that students cannot even use Wickedpedia to find other sources. That is some testimonial for Wickedpedia.
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Anonymous Cabal Counter Intelligence Unit said...

This is the most popular web page at wikipedia: List of sex positions

and a great reason to not let your children visit.

Fellatio is illustrated in graphic detail, man on man.

Cunnilingus is also illustrated graphically—you guessed it—woman on woman.

Group sex is graphically illustrated using muti-racial models: double penetration (two men, one light skinned, the other darker, penetrating one wonman).

Their official policy is: "Wikipedia is not censored."

Librarians would do well to add wikipedia to their blocked site list.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

That is the least of reasons to block Wikipedia on library computers.

Also, individual Wikipedia pages can be blocked -- it is not necessary to block all of Wikipedia.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> And fatheaded King Jimbo doesn't seem to understand that a lot of people have simply lost interest in trying to improve Wickedpedia. <

But fatheaded dunghill Larry Fafarman doesn't seem to understand that Wickipedia is better off without those people.

> One school district has even gone so far as to block Wickedpedia on all of the school district's computers, with the result that students cannot even use Wickedpedia to find other sources. <

That says nothing about Wikipedia and a great deal about the school district.

> That is the least of reasons to block Wikipedia on library computers.

Also, individual Wikipedia pages can be blocked -- it is not necessary to block all of Wikipedia.<

This is the first intelligent post by Larry in several years of this blog. It is probably someone else using his name. Look for it to be censored soon.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 2:55:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>>> Wickipedia is better off without those people.

That says nothing about Wikipedia and a great deal about the school district. <<<<<<

You can praise Wickedpedia all you want, jerko, but it is not going to do it any good. Wickedpedia's day has passed. There is hardly anyone on the Internet who is not aware by now about Wickedpedia's bad reputation. King Jimbo's appeal to librarians for help with Wickedpedia is a sign of his growing desperation.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 9:39:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

"Highlighting the weaknesses and strengths of information?" What does that mean? Assessing the validity of this or that idea? The job of a librarian is primarily to make many different books and articles etc. available, at least when they are widely discussed.

If any librarians become associated with the Wackypedia, they will lose all credibility.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> Wickedpedia's day has passed. <

I suppose that is why they are the most viewed non-pay site and their readership is increasing, unlike this crappy non-notable blog which only draws people who want a good laugh.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this column serves to point out is that Larry is still very, very bitter over being banned from Wikipedia, nothing more.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 3:10:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Voice in the Urbanness said...

>>>>> Wickedpedia's day has passed. <

I suppose that is why they are the most viewed non-pay site and their readership is increasing <<<<<<

Wickedpedia is still used a lot as a reference on non-controversial subjects, but Wickedpedia is losing a very important segment of the market for encyclopedias: students.

Anonymous driveled,
>>>>> Larry is still very, very bitter over being banned from Wikipedia <<<<<<

No, dunghill, I am not "bitter." I could ask to be reinstated but I have not. I now see trying to edit Wickedpedia as a waste of time.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 3:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> Wickedpedia is losing a very important segment of the market for encyclopedias: students. <

Because a few insignificant school districts blocked them and a few others followed like sheep, I don't think they are being hurt too much. The controversy probably added to their readership and serious researchers don't care what is banned by a few nuts.

> No, dunghill, I am not "bitter." <

Yes, Cretin, it is quite obvious that you are. You are starved for the attention that they are getting constantly.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 6:50:00 AM  

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