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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wacky Wiki (UPDATE!)

Have any of you noticed that at the top of virtually every article in Wikipedia, it says "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."

May I hear a "Well, f***in' DUH!" from the congregation, brothers and sisters?

I haven't seen expository dialogue like that since the days when Mort Weisinger was editing the Superman titles!

Now, it's one thing if a radio or TV announcer tells you who he or she is... For example, "This is Don Wilson saying... " But going to Wikipedia and being told by Wikipedia that you're reading something from Wiki-freakin'-pedia is like visiting at me at my home, and listening to me beginning every single sentence with "This is David, saying... " as I look you in the eye!

Okay. I'm done. [inhales, exhales]

Thanks for your time.

P.S. ~~ One of my readers -- and a mean blogger in his own write... I mean, right* -- is a feller named Shrek, who wrote "Those Wiki pages are mirrored on other sites... "

So, Shrek, are you suggesting that Wikipedia does it to remind people who "borrow" from them that they are in fact borrowing from Wikipedia? So many people on the World Wide Net -- a/k/a the interweb -- just steal stuff lately, it'd be nice if you could find some way to insure that you give credit where credit is due....

Hm.

The following entry is -- you guessed it! -- "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," but naturally, I had to play with it. The crap in italics is all mine. And if Wikipedia would do what I did, they'd be certain to get credit!

"Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. [This sentence, and no doubt several to follow, came from Wikipedia.] He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. [Didn't wanna bother to put this in your own words, didja, pal?] As the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated. [Just did the ol' copy-and-paste, huh, you lazy bastard?] Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate. [Well, we're gonna find a way to charge you mofos, just you wait'n'see!]"

That'd work, wouldn't it?

(Hm. Just like me to write a "P.S." that's as long as the main post which it follows!)

*I should point out here that Shrek shares the blogging chores with his lady, Fiona, hence the blog's name of "The Ramblings of a Couple Ogres." Her stuff is equally entertaining.
**Obscure John Lennon reference. Sorry... I just woke up.

6 comments:

Ishat's Fire and Ice said...

Maybe they think you forget where you are.

That would be funny if you randomly did that to a friend while at your house. Just to see how long it took for them to say something.

I do silly things like that sometimes.

BTW, I finished the last chapter for your reading pleasure.

David'Z RantZ said...

"Maybe they think you forget where you are."

Well, I have had nights -- and a few days -- like that...

"I finished the last chapter for your reading pleasure."

Did you mean "last" or "latest?" I read chapter 7 last night and enjoyed it, but was too tired to write a coherent comment.

subtorp77 said...

Maybe if it said "Brought to you by Wikipedia"? Nah. That might imply too much commercialism. Can't have that if it's supposed to "free", now can we?

Ishat's Fire and Ice said...

Latest.

1969 was suppose to be one chapter but, like other things, it grew out it's confines and needs to be a few. I worry about writing them too long as to tire the reader. Most blogs are of a certain length.

Bathroom reading length.

I forgot the comedian who referred to the length of an article in people or other magazines that were just the right length to read while in the bathroom. Or maybe it was from a movie.

Shrek and Fiona said...

Those Wiki pages are mirrored on other sites..the "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" appears on those pages too.

David'Z RantZ said...

"Those Wiki pages are mirrored on other sites... "

So, are you suggesting that they do it to remind people who "borrow" from them that they are in fact borrowing from Wikipedia? So many people just steal stuff lately, it'd be nice if you could find some way to insure that you give credit where credit is due....

Hm.

The following entry is -- you guessed it! -- "From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia," but naturally, I had to play with it. The crap in italics is all mine. And if they'd do what I did, they'd be certain to get credit!

"Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States. [This sentence, and no doubt several to follow, came from Wikipedia.] He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union and ending slavery. [Didn't wanna bother to put this in your own words, didja, pal?] As the war was drawing to a close, Lincoln became the first American president to be assassinated. [Just did the ol' copy-and-paste, huh, you lazy bastard?] Before his election in 1860 as the first Republican president, Lincoln had been a lawyer, an Illinois state legislator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, and twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Senate. [Well, we're gonna find a way to charge you mofos, just you wait'n'see!]"

That'd work, wouldn't it?

Hey, I liked that enough to edit it into my main post!

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