1. Wikipedia and Astroturfing

    Clay Shirky notes a cycle of references created by a few people with the effect of promotion: a Wikipedia article for Symphony OS is referenced in a Slashdot article, which is then noted in the Wikipedia article:

    This is an interesting kind of spam, or maybe we could call it …

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  2. Pruning

    The Professional Lurker notes an article by the FreeRange Librarian which identifies the important role of deleting/removing material of dubious quality. This function, too, exists in the Wikipedia: Votes for Deletion. Otherwise, this argument simply reduces to the one of authority which the Librarian has raised in the past …

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  3. NYU's Information Services Suck

    An example of how frustrating reliance on bad technology can be consider the following. NYU publishes a course catalog for the subsequent semester. However, NYU often does not publish enough such that I get a copy. The standard rejoinder is to use the web site. While I would object in …

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  4. Epistemic stances

    When it comes to making claims, about reality or anything else really, a number of different stances might be adopted by the speaker:

    • Objectivity: the claims have a correspondence to reality; they are typically embedded in a framework by which their validity is affirmed. For example, the scientific method posits …
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  5. Lost Minorities

    In a discussion on the possibility of limiting anonymous edits to the Wikipedia -- resulting from the mad dash of unwelcome activity during April Fool's day -- a participant replied "This one comes up again and again, and the consensus has always been 'nope, anon edits will continue thanks.'" I am always …

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