[squeak-dev] Re: Newly created Wikipedia article on Andreas Raab is

Frank Shearar frank.shearar at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 17:03:10 UTC 2013

On 18 January 2013 16:39, Joseph J Alotta <joseph.alotta at gmail.com> wrote:
> About a year ago I wrote a long article for Wikipedia.  I corrected some of the misinformation about Steve Fossett and his business interests.  I also added a lot more detail and color to the entry having worked with Steve for five years as his technology director.
> Well, someone 22 years old deleted everything I wrote and said it did not have enough citations.  As if a personal relationship was not enough.  I fear that a lot of the Wikipedia entries are like that.

I'm afraid you misunderstand the nature of Wikipedia. It's not an
encyclopedia, which uses primary sources and subject experts. It's
more a "meta-encyclopedia", which uses secondary sources. If there are
no citations, as far as WP is concerned _it does not exist_.

Think of it this way: if you say something about someone you know
personally, how can a random stranger possibly verify your claim? But
if something's published in the New York Times, presumably someone
reputable has fact-checked the article. (Yeah, right.)


> Do you remember the scene in Sleeper where Woody Allen answers questions about history?
> Sincerely,
> Joe.

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