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Oh Wikipedia, you never cease to amuse me. Being an "inclusionist", I really dislike all this wikilawyering lately where all the "deletionists" say that this and that article harms Wikipedia's respectability and reputation, so they keep taking down all sorts of articles. Personally, I think there's no such thing as "too much information". It's not like Wikipedia is going into print NOW and the information represented there has to outlast the next twenty years. So what if someone adds some article about some shortlived internet phenomenon? While it's hot, people will look it up. Eventually, nobody will care anymore and then you can either purge it or just let it sit there. The more info, the better. Just my opinion.

Anyway, as I was snooping around old W I noticed that the list of POTUS (that's Presidents of the United States for ya) was locked for editing. Weird, I thought. What's there to argue? Apparently quite a lot. Check this out. Apparently people are having a major disagreement over whether to include Obama already or not. Some (read: butthurt Republicans) insist that he's not yet President, in fact, he's not even President Elect yet as the Electorial College hasn't voted yet. Since the list clearly states POTUS and there's only one POTUS at a time, Obama shouldn't be on the list. Others (read: joygasming Democrats) believe this is just wikilawyering and he should at least be mentioned, and if it's just as "President Elect". Also, there should be a prettier picture of him.

Ah, hours of fun.

Also, this.

Date: 2008-11-09 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol internets. it's a great source for depicting butthurt everywhere. this whole election has caused more internet wank than 4chan, i think. that's like a world record.

Date: 2008-11-09 10:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Isn't that the truth. And that's with 4chan already generating a whole lot of wankery over the election itself!

Date: 2008-11-09 09:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Okay, I checked it out, and I must agree with those who argue that he shouldn't be on the list yet.

Date: 2008-11-09 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sure, but in the end I don't really care that much. It doesn't hurt anyone to add the info as "President Elect", in case somebody didn't get the news >.>;. And if, Lord forbid, something was to happen to the President Elect you can bet your ass someone would edit this within a matter of seconds, so what's the deal? It's not like it's going into print today and can't be altered anymore. IMO they're all being sticklers to the letter of the wikilaw at this point.

Date: 2008-11-09 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, that's a good point. I am especially amused by the suggestion that GWB might die and Cheney be sworn in. ^^

Date: 2008-11-09 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow, I always suspected it, but was never sure...apparently, yes Wikipedia is also land o' wank :O


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