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Wikipedia on the bookshelf

Posted by mikedaum on August 29th, 2007

Here’s a cute analysis which shows just how large Wikipedia has become.  The authors made some simple assumptions about volume size and figured out how many volumes it would take to print out the entire English Wikipedia.  The answer is 750, which is quite a lot as you can see in the image above.

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Ah well

Posted by mikedaum on June 29th, 2007

At least according to Boing Boing, the whole Chris Benoit/Wikipedia thing was an unfortunate coincidence. A vandal has come forward and described his acts as a joke with poor timing and bad taste:

Nonetheless, I feel incredibly bad for all the attention this got because of the fact that what I said turned out to be the truth. Like I said it was just a major coincidence, and I will never vandalize anything on wikipedia or post wrongful information. I’ve learned from this experience. I just can’t believe what I wrote was actually the case, I’ve remained stunned and saddened over it.

I wish not to reveal my identity so I can keep me and my family out of this since they have nothing to do with anything. I am not connected to WWE or Benoit at all in anyway. I am from Stamford as the IP address shows, and I am just an everyday individual who posted a wrongful remark at the time that received so much attention because it turned out to actually happen. I will say again I didn’t know anything about the Benoit tragedy, it was a terrible coincidence that I never saw coming.

Read more about it on BoingBoing and wikinews.

Wikipedia Confessions

Posted by mikedaum on June 28th, 2007

Chris BenoitI heard about the story of the murder-suicide of wrestler Chris Benoit and his wife recently. I mainly paid interest because my paper included a nice graphic of every pro wrestler who’d died in recent years…and it’s a big number…which made for top quality reading.

Now the story gets very interesting though. Seems Benoit’s Wikipedia entry was edited to include his wife’s death 14 hours before the police found her body. The first edit included text saying she was dead. This was subsequently removed. The text was re-added, this time quoting “pro wrestling websites” as a source. The reference was again deleted,  but was reinserted  as a “family emergency“.  It remained in this form until the after the police found the body.

Interesting.  Were these posts inserted by Benoit himself as a sort of public confession?  What are these “pro wrestling websites” and how did the information get to them…if it did?  I don’t know.  What I do know is that this story is moving forward…and now I’m paying attention.

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