The insanity of Wikipedia a.k.a Wackypedia
I have always thought the policies of Wikipedia were a bit strange. But having seen this ‘Editgate’ saga unfold, they seem unworkable.
They want people with no bias on a topic to write it, the reality is almost everyone has a bias (opinion) on almost anything they know enough about . So effectively no-one is qualified to write anything.
In editing they prefer people with no knowledge of the topic to edit it. So effectively only the clueless are qualified to edit the articles that no-one is properly qualified to write, because they are biased.
In any inevitable dispute about the article, the knowledgeable are attacked for bias, by the impartial who know nothing. So effectively the truth becomes a popularity contest between idiots.
Potential Wikipedia article on the number 4:
4 is a number.
2+2 = 4
No source that 4 exists, recommend deletion of all instances of 4.
2+2 =5 to replace 2+2 =4, reached by consensus amongst editors.
[removed, no source]
2+2 = 5
Worst of all these Wikipedia editors seem to be horrified by the idea that there could be real world consequences for the information they alter. It is almost as if they think they are living in a parallel universe and the information they edit applies to a world they don’t live in. While in most cases the information is so removed from their personal lives they alter data without consequence, but ultimately someone is affected. They are just horrified when it come back to them. “How dare someone make me accountable for what I do!”
A thing like Wikipedia could be a good thing but the mindset of the editors is critical. What kind person wants to read through page after page of text on a computer just to find a correction and score a brownie point? I’d bet not the typical person, I’d hazard a guess not an overly social person in many instances.
Wikipedia is starting to sound like an Orwellian book burning organization with strong Marxist overtones. It was Marxists that caused problems at Occupy Melbourne, just wanting to criticize with no knowledge, criticism about everything except their own Marxist ideology.
Ever notice how many Wikipedia article pages are getting smaller?
The modern day book burning is happening online one word at a time, changing the context of everything.
Wikipedia the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, but some animals are more equal than others.