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Jason Scott on Wikipedia Editor Essjay

Jason Scott has written a great article on Wikipedia’s latest controversy.

A popular editor of Wikipedia was hired by the Wikia company and in doing so revealed that he wasn’t a guy with some college degrees but in fact was a 24-year old kid from Kentucky. This made a lot of people unhappy, and in the ensuing discussions, Jimbo Wales and strongly alleganced Wikipedians have tried to downplay it, mostly because that position’s always worked before. It’s not working as well this time.

As an aside, I should mention that Jason’s site, ascii.textfiles.com has become a favorite of mine lately and I enjoy pretty much everything about it.

Update: Jimbo Wales has asked Essjay to step down. Jason Scott has a great follow-up.

Link rot. Here is the post from the Wayback Machine.

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