Smaller web encyclopedias can be more authoritative than Wikipedia

By Chris Meadows
September 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Quartz has an article about a relatively small on-line encyclopedia of philosophy at Stanford that manages to accomplish the complete trinity of being authoritative, comprehensive, and up to date. Other on-line knowledge sources only manage to hit one or two of those. Wikipedia, for example, is [...]

Elsevier offer to Wikipedia editors raises hackles

By Chris Meadows
September 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

Academic publisher Elsevier has been involved in a number of controversies over the last few years, and they seem to have just touched off another one. Ars Technica reports that the controversy concerns a program in which Elsevier provided 45 top Wikipedia editors with free Science Direct accounts [...]

Wikimedia discusses Stephen Colbert

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Stephen Colbert has had a lot to say about Wikipedia over the years, coining the term “wikiality” to suggest that viewers could change “truth” by changing the content of Wikipedia. It seems fair that the Wikimedia Foundation in turn gets to have its say about Stephen Colbert. As Stephen [...]

381 accounts banned in Wikipedia paid editing scandal

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve covered paid-editing scandals on Wikipedia before, but a new one has popped up that might be even larger. Motherboard reports that Wikipedia editors banned 381 accounts that were creating articles and “protecting” them against edits in return for money. Wikimedia wrote: Most of these [...]

Wikipedia may not be trustworthy on controversial topics, research paper warns

By Chris Meadows
August 21, 2015 // 2 Comments

As a community-edited encyclopedia, Wikipedia has some pretty big strengths and weaknesses. A strength is, it’s rare not to be able to find any information about any given subject you want to research. But a weakness, as we’ve mentioned here before, is that you can’t be sure that information [...]

Simple English Wikipedia keeps it simple

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Have you ever looked at a Wikipedia article and noticed the opening paragraph looks like it was written for somebody who knows a lot more than you do? Look up something like Planck’s Constant and you’ll see the opening paragraph of the Wikipedia version looks like it was intended for a physics [...]

Morning Links: Cheerios ebook code. Goodreads spam?

By Joanna Cabot
April 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Publishers Finally Taking the Reins on Web Marketing (Digital Book World) I’ve noticed that for the first time there is nearly universal agreement on the following five things… *** Cheerios Box Prize: An eBook Code (GalleyCat) General Mills is bringing the cereal box prize into the 21st [...]

Morning Links: Intellectual property myths. Wikipedia expands auto-translation

By Joanna Cabot
January 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Loving the Library While Building Your Own (Book Riot) So what happened to transform me from an avid library-goer to someone who doesn’t even know where her library card is? *** 10 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Intellectual Property Law (Lifehacker) How well do you understand copyright and [...]

Successful TVTropes Kickstarter to fund site revamp enters final hours

By Chris Meadows
December 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

I noticed this very late—there are only about five hours remaining on the Kickstarter—but I’ve learned that TVTropes is running a modest Kickstarter to get funding to revamp its site and become even better. The Kickstarter has surpassed its $50,000 goal, and is just a few hundred dollars away [...]

Wikipedia tightens its terms of use to prohibit unobvious payola editing

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Over the last few years, a number of minor scandals have come to light concerning wiki editors who were paid by publicity firms to edit articles in Wikipedia. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports, the Wikimedia Foundation has changed the encyclopedia’s terms of use to require that anyone paid to [...]

In Wikipedia, notability is a notable problem

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2013 // 4 Comments

The other day, I was contacted by novelist Jess C. Scott, whose e-book Wicked Lovely was removed in the Amazon incest cull we covered in 2010. Scott can’t seem to catch a break, as now her page on Wikipedia is under discussion for deletion. Scott is up in arms over this, and has posted a brief [...]

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