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Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007, 10:39 am
The Black Hole Of Wikipedia

shsilver informs me that the Wikipedia page about me is under discussion for deletion.

This amuses me to no end.

It was under discussion for deletion in 2004, y'know. I didn't even know I had a Wikipedia page until sarekofvulcan told me it was under the gun.

I say now what I said then: I don't need a Wikipedia page. I mean, I like having it, and if I think about it I suppose I can justify to myself that I might deserve one. I have done a few things of some note.

But for all that I love and support Wikipedia, there is one thing about it that makes me crazy (and if you really want a rant on this topic, just wind up partiallyclips): the notion that someone can decide you're not worthy of inclusion on the apparent basis of their likes and dislikes.

The guy who's trying to get me deleted seems to have a problem with my existing on Wikipedia because I'm not notable enough, or something. His own page lists him as "a comics/SF fan with a background in mathematics, living in the Greater Manchester area (that's in England, folks)". It mentions his Doctor Who fandom, and hints that there's a story behind his nickname. And, apparently, he comments on his own page.

I'm not calling for the deletion of his page.

ETA: The call to delete the page was withdrawn. Many thanks for the yeoman work, gang. I am flattered by and grateful for your efforts to prove that I'm Somebody.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)

Heh - mine was deleted a week or so back because "no one's heard of my comic."

Yeah. It's just read by more than a quarter of a million people.

Wikipolitics are weird.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)

Like I said, talk to Rob. Apparently there's some admin or other who doesn't like web comics, or thinks they have no audience or importance, or something -- a matter easily disproved with a single T-shirt.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)

Oh, tell me about it. My entry for chaypeta's Terinu has been up for deletion twice, and squeaked by with No Consensus each time.

Fri, Aug. 24th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)

Like I said, talk to Rob.

Oh please don't get him started! I've heard that rant so many times I can recite it in full (minus the swearing) if you really want to hear it.

He put this strip into public domain in response to his strip getting dinged last week, so his true feelings on the matter could be spread around more easily.

You know, for something that is very much "new media" they seem to have a real issue with there being any other "notable" new media that's not them...

And there's several admins who actively dislike webcomics, not just one.

Fri, Aug. 24th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)

Last week? Did that crap start up all over again? (If so, I missed it, and I did an update edit on the "plot summary" section of the Erfworld entry just the other day.)