Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Why You Should be Paying Attention to the "Wikipedia Sucks" Messageboard: the "Crap or Questionable Articles" and the "Articles Wikipedia should have -- but doesn't" Threads

 Yes, this is another promotional article of sorts, to try to attract more users for the Wikipedia Sucks! messageboard. Eric Barbour has been running two threads, "Crap or Questionable Articles" and "Articles Wikipedia should have -- but doesn't" on the board since 2017. Here are some of them:

Articles Wikipedia should have--but doesn't.

by ericbarbour » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:30 pm

I start with Peggy Jo Tallas aka "Cowboy Bob", one of the most famous bank robbers in Texas history




She is famous enough that a play about her was staged in 2014


And an episode of the TV series Forbidden


And a song


And there is currently a movie about her in development




But there is NOTHING about her on Wikipedia. Zero.

Re: Articles Wikipedia should have--but doesn't.

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Post by ericbarbour » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:55 pm

If Wikipedia skeptics and the RationalWiki nut squad hate crackpot gurus so much......

....where's the coverage of Bentinho Massaro?

https://medium.com/@bescofield/tech-bro ... 6314f830ef
It’s clear that Bentinho has achieved many of the goals of a new startup: successful branding, passive income, social media reach, great design and platform creation. Bentinho has mastered the game. No, he became the game and upgraded it. Cosmic domination. He wants your soul. And his followers are the pawns of his delusional, tragic vision of an enlightened society.

https://tealswanblog.wordpress.com/2017 ... teal-swan/
https://peacenowflower.com/2015/01/31/c ... o-massaro/
http://chi-ting.blogspot.com/2013/01/ba ... story.html
http://thebrayingjackass.blogspot.com/2 ... e-lie.html

Yes, most of those are blog posts. Since when has that ever stopped the "guerilla skeptics" from taking a dump on a guru? He's just another Werner Erhard ripoff anyway.

Metafilter had time and space to screech about him. https://www.metafilter.com/171035/Cult-20-is-upon-us
I have never heard of this person before, and he does indeed sound like just another shitty cult leader to me. This is only reinforced by the vast flood of sycophants showing up in the comments on the Medium article to tell the author how wrong she is and how awesome he is and how obviously she just needs to understand his teachings better and she will see how wrong she is. Nothing says "not a cult" like vast floods of defensive sycophants.
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Sunday, August 22, 2021

Raw Data: Wikipedians Editing the "War in Afghanistan (2001-2021)" Article

 The US war in Afghanistan is over (allegedly) and we decided to look at who is editing the "War in Afghanistan" article during the month of August, so we could see the edits unfolding in real time, and that's what he reader is looking at below.

We were shocked at how few 'bots were used.....some interesting editors here are WikiCleanerMan, whose userpage says outright "Wikipedia needs a massive cleanup" as the first sentence. The trick is, he will only clean up war and foreign policy articles, and we have no idea if the "cleaning" is a cover for editwarring. JackinthetheBox is a Malaysian rollbacker with a bizarre userpage written in this pseudo-middle English style. Smeagol 17 has been on Wikipedia since 2009, no userpage, just a user talk page with all his issues. I dare the reader to go through all of these entries to find odder stuff. This is Wikipedia in 2021, an odds-and-sods collection of hard-core editors, each with their own issues. Until Wikipedia is edited by actual professionals it will never rise to the level of a real encyclopedia.