Monday, February 26, 2007

For some Wikipedia fun watch the Timothy Noah article grow and shrink at the press of refresh button

I'm an unabashed fan of Wikipedia. I go there for constant talk on science, technology, and all things pop-culture. Todays pop-culture fun can be found at the Timothy Noah article. On Slate, he recently posted this article: "Evicted From Wikipedia, Why the online encyclopedia won't let just anyone in", which, of course, has sparked a flood of discussion on his Wikipedia article. A couple of times today, if hit the refresh button and new sections have come into and gone out of existence. Most recently, this has popped up (lets see if it stays there):

In a February 2007 article in Slate, "Evicted from Wikipedia"[6] Noah opened a small can of worms by discussing the Wikipedia Notability Guideline. Noah's entry had been flagged for deletion review. His entry's re-instatement seems to be purely as a result of writing the article thereby raising questions about the fairness of the policy and the consistency of its implementation.

Here's a proposal (though this is off-the-cuff and I've haven't thought through it at all): Develop a sister project were there is no notability requirement that can then function as a repository for:

1. Non-encyclopedia notable entries - where, among other things, deleted entries can live on. (At present, the closest thing I've found to this is Wikidumper).
2. For personal entries, geneologies, tidbits, and so on.

In this way, it could function as, in a sense, the most detailed record of world history and be produced in real time. Ah, I've spoken too soon, a quick Google search yields The Genealogy of the World and (maybe?) Wikipeople.

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