Well, the “kirkyan” entry that was submitted to Wikipedia (not by me, btw) has been deleted. For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, you might want to first read this post (reLink), and perhaps surf over to WorldChanging where the issue came up on an entry regarding the Metaverse Roadmap Conference (Link).
After you’ve done that, take a look at the Wikipedia page that was deleted (I saved it – Link). After you’ve read it, I should mention that the director of a simulation company, Stirling Reid Ltd, considered the idea entirely plausible and the concept worthy of its own entry. Unfortunately that comment was lost with the deletion. However, what’s nice is that if you test the links I still have, you’ll find that my saved Wikipedia page takes you to the original site and the people who sat in judgement over a concept that didn’t benefit from having a famous science fiction author give it a name … like “spime” (Link).
Here’s a list of the judges (Link) calling for deletion:
If you do a little research on these individuals as I did last night, you’ll find some interesting things. One claims to have been born in 1991 (that’s right, he’s 14 or 15 years old). One, by his own admission (though not through any apparent credentials) “is a Self-proclaimed Genius” who claims no expertise in any of what I’m presenting. One believes that blogs are “just outpourings of the chattering classes”. But what’s really interesting to me is this:
Unlike User:Pumpie who seems to want to be top editor in several different languages, I have no ambition to figure high up the Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of edits. But I would like to be somewhere…
People who edit the Wikipedia have ambitions and aspirations within the Wikipedia system? Sure seems that way. There’s even some kind of score card (Link) … I guess. Some of these people claim to make over a thousand edits in one day. Why? Is it to be elected (i.e. Level Up) to “Wikipedia Editor”? Is it to get one of those Wiki-award things; a “Barnstar”? And if they’re busy Wikipharming, how do they do any real research into a topic? or even give it any real thought and consideration? Seems to me that might be difficult. There sure weren’t enough hits on the original kirkyan post to cover all these players.
So, has the Wikipedia been turned into a kind of ego-stroking RPG? And if it has, what does that say about its future accuracy?