A note about Fabrice Florin and NewsTrust

A note about Fabrice Florin and NewsTrust.


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Florin's long professional friendship with two well-known Internet evangelists, Howard Rheingold (also a neighbor of his in Mill Valley), and former journalist turned industry insider Dan Gillmor. All three of these "old hippies" have written screeds venerating Wikipedia and Jimbo as if they were the Second Coming.

Florin used to be the WMF "Product Manager for New Editor Engagement", started working for them in 2012. And left the WMF completely in June 2015. I suspect he was another side-effect of Lila's attempt to remove the office "deadweight" that did little or nothing. Since Florin has been keeping a VERY low profile since then, I presume he does not wish to discuss it.

One thing that I just ran across: the website he started in 2005-06, newstrust.net, was popular with working journalists for some years. Now quoting from the book-wiki article:

Even stranger: Florin's "great creation" Newstrust.net completely disappeared from the Web, with no warning and no discussion, shortly after he resigned from the WMF. The final archive.org capture was on 29 June 2015. As of 2016 the URL is blank, without even an error message. Florin had turned it over to the Poynter journalism organization when he resigned in 2012, and they evidently did very little with it. But the custom-written Wikipedia article about Newstrust remains, and says nothing about its demise. The principal author of this article, in March 2010, was a little-noticed anonymous editor called Apostle12. Likely to be a sockpuppet of Florin or one of his old hippie friends. Apostle12 was quite fond of editing the "Hippie" article, and fighting with other Wikipedians over its content; as well as editing subjects only an aging Marinite ex-hippie would find important, such as 1960s political scandals. He quit editing in 2013 but his talkpage is full of examples -- including two arbitrations Apostle12 was named in as a "combatant"; the September 11 conspiracy-theories request of 2008 and the "Franklin child prostitution ring allegations" squabble of 2011.

Also deserving of a mention: Florin's long professional friendship with two well-known Internet evangelists, Howard Rheingold (also a neighbor of his in Mill Valley), and former journalist turned industry insider Dan Gillmor. All three of these "old hippies" have written screeds venerating Wikipedia and Jimbo as if they were the Second Coming. Google it if you don't believe me. (Good luck; like most Wikipedians, these guys have gone around and destroyed webpages they wrote or were quoted on. which later turned out to be "embarrassing".)

www.b2bmemes.com/2011/11/13/wikipedia-is-no-authority-by-design/

"Wikipedia is a miracle"

wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Presenters/Dan_Gillmor