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January 03, 2007

Blogosphere Gets It Wrong Again With Wikipedia

By Li Evans

Wikipedia Jimbo Wales from Wikipedia is disspelling reports yet again, because the blogosphere - namely TechCrunch and Slashdot didn't bother to confirm things with him.  At issue is the banning of an ISP from the country of Qatar because of spam. 

Michael Arrington posted about it and it was picked up by TechmemeSlashdot also was reporting about this, along with a few others.  According to Mr. Wales, all accounts are wrong (both sites are now showing "updates").  See below images of the two "Attention" posts on Wikipedia about the subject.

Wikiattention1_1
Wikiattention2

Mr. Wales states that he has a cellphone with voicemail and an email both of which he usually answers within 24 hours if you leave a message.  Maybe instead of trying to "scoop" a story and ending up with wrong information (for TechCrunch this is twice now - remember the exclusive Wikiasari screen shot?), they should confirm things first?  Especially if the website/company/person they are writing/scooping about is willing to confirm or deny things. 

Just a thought, is it more important to scoop a story with wrong information at its heart, or to get the story right and be a little later with the news?

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Don't hold back, Li. Say what's on your mind! :).

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