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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ETA: The call to delete the page was withdrawn.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 05:18 pm (UTC)

They do exist in America, and a lot of them (though not all) are indeed remnants of the days when "fandom" meant "fanzines ONLY". Like fandom as a whole isn't marginalized enough, that these people have to find subgroups within it for THEM to marginalize... sheesh.

Thu, Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)

Not as if it hasn't been done before. Some people need other people to feel superior to.

Fri, Aug. 24th, 2007 06:46 am (UTC)

Leastwise the geek chart did have the effect of inspiring this, which won the filk contest at ConFurence 2002 (I sang it, the author having not been able to make it to the con.) So I guess there's a use for everything. :)