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Wikipedia: when know nothing people have power (Foo Camp)

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 5-Feb-2007 20:09

There's something going on at Wikipedia at the moment that makes me very sad. You see, we have just finished attending the Kiwi Foo Camp (a.k.a. Baa Camp), organised by O'Reilly's Nat Torkington with help from Kiwi Russell Brown and thought it was an event worth of being in that knowledge repository.

It was the first Foo Camp event outside the U.S. and Europe, and we had the privilege of having together Open Source gurus, technology enthusiasts, entrepeneurs, inventors, hackers and even two New Zealand ministers in attendance. People from New Zealand, Australia, U.S., the UK, Denmark got together to create this wonderful knowledge event that happened for three days in Warkworth.

Attendance is the wrong word, because being a non-structured, flat hierachy conference the content is created on the fly, by all participants. We have various accounts here on Geekzone (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) and I am sure you will find other blogs (1) about this.

Now a group decided to post a page on Wikipedia, to record the event. Being an offspring of the original Foo Camp, of course a link from the original entry was placed.

Here comes the thing: someone decided to delete the entry, saying it's not worthy. Not only that, but this person is now posting in the talk page that even the original Foo Camp entry was spam and should be deleted as well.

How ridiculous. This person obviously know nothing about the conference, and is not even interested to know.

It just shows that the power of censoring something has shifted. And again, censoring has been placed in the wrong hands. In one of the sessions, Russell Brown compared the government managed Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand with the public managed Wikipedia. What's happening now just goes to show that while one will be maintaned by officials, albeit with limited number of articles, the other one will be censored by people hiding behind aliases and impossible to argue with.

More on this story from Juha's request for attendees to fill the page.

Some pdfs for your reading pleasure:

Foo Camp on Wikipedia
Kiwi Foo Camp on Wikipedia
Talk page for Kiwi Foo Camp on Wikipedia




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