The problem with Wikipedia is that it is infested with Wikipedians

The problem with Wikipedia is that it is infested with Wikipedians. In normal times, external pressure on a cult would be a corrective for a situation such as this. But the current web bubble mentality, and the easy money behind it, simply reinforces this runaway Wikipedia behavior. Wikipedia has to be dismantled and reconstructed. If there were smart people at Wikipedia, they'd already be forking off the best articles that are totally noncontroversial (such as technical articles or trivia articles), in anticipation of a collapse of the current Wikipedia. - "Danile Brandt" (wikipediareview forum)-

A vintage archived proboards wikipedia review's fair dealing recirculation for updated wikipedia criticism and review. (The original authors are presently anonymous).

Re: So what should we DO about Wikipedia?


caldecott « Reply #8 on Dec 31, 2005, 12:28pm

It's not just Wikipedia, although they're at the top Kether position of a triangulated crossfire of web-lousey:

  1. Wikipedia.
  2. Google.
  3. Scraper-spammers.

These three entities, acting in tandem, have a synergetic effect on the web in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And not just because it makes search engines cluttered.

Misinformation and disinformation are being amplified and scattered to such a high degree on the web nowadays, it's like the pink stuff in "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back" that gets so disseminated that there's no way to get rid of it all, short of the explosion contained under the hat of little cat Z.

Wikipedia is the biggest force for misinformation and disinformation on the web today. The scrapers copy it and create an army of clones of it, and Google spreads it high and low. The false information ends up in news stories, magazines, college papers, gossip, other web sites, wherever. The much-vaunted "Collective Intelligence" we're hearing so much about lately is just another way of saying "lowest common denominator". It is literally dumbing down the human race, and the WWW in the bargain.


Danile Brandt « Reply #10 on Jan 1, 2006, 1:15pm »
An American soldier in the 1960s said about a Vietnamese village, "We had to destroy it in order to save it." He presumed that the village was infested with commies instead of populated by peasants.

The problem with Wikipedia is that it is infested with Wikipedians. In normal times, external pressure on a cult would be a corrective for a situation such as this. But the current web bubble mentality, and the easy money behind it, simply reinforces this runaway Wikipedia behavior.

Wikipedia has to be dismantled and reconstructed. If there were smart people at Wikipedia, they'd already be forking off the best articles that are totally noncontroversial (such as technical articles or trivia articles), in anticipation of a collapse of the current Wikipedia. But I don't think there are any smart people at Wikipedia.


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