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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ETA: The call to delete the page was withdrawn.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 05:04 pm (UTC)

Interestingly, Russ says that at least some of the "wizard-rock" filkers (and they ARE filkers, dammit!) have exactly the same look-down-their-noses attitude about us. He got the Frigid Glare from 2 different ones at NASFIC for daring to suggest that they might show up at the filk; one of them dismissed us with, "They don't have a stage." Excuse me, lukeski gets stage performances, and HE isn't above hanging out at the open filk! What's with these Special Snowflakes?

(And yes, I've seen those "No Filking Allowed" signs too. That's one reason I don't buy Steve Brust's books.)

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)

I will point out that I performed on a stage twice this past NASFiC. A whole bunch of other filkers did as well.