Follow Up: Adamn Curry AND Jimmy Wales Like Themselves, What a Shocker

December 20th, 2005 | by Mike |

This is a follow up on a piece a wrote on December 1st, 2005 entitled “Adam Curry Likes Himself, What a Shocker”

I told you. I thought it was no secret that most people like themselves, but when I told that shocking truth on this very site not long ago, people responded with “I see your point” and nothing further. People were amazed and shocked that Adam Curry would have the gall to go and edit his own entry in Wikipedia. Here’s what I said before:

So you make a encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Very hippie, very peace and love, very cool…and also very dumb if you can honestly tell me that you never thought this would happen. Of course this is going to happen! This isn’t the first time, this won’t be the last time, and in fact, its probably happening right now. People are going to want to get themselves in the world-renowned Wikipedia, what a shocker, and if they are already in it, people will want to get a bigger piece of the pie. I thought this was known, I thought this was assumed, but for some reason, someone busted Curry editing the Podcast article a few times and now people are whining and making lame titled blog posts about it.

That part about how “it happens all the time” and “its probably happening right now”? It turns our that was more right that I, and my detractors, thought. It just so happened that the next person with their “caught” editing a editable encyclopedia was the founder himself Jimmy Wales. This according to Wired News:

Public edit logs reveal that Wales has changed his own Wikipedia bio 18 times, deleting phrases describing former Wikipedia employee Larry Sanger as a co-founder of the site.

Hmm. Interesting. To this I once again say: Who cares? Its an editable dictionary people! If it can be edited, it will be edited…and if there is an entry about you, you are probably going to want to go in and tweak it to your liking. No big surprise, no big deal. I don’t want to write my last article over again, but really. Why is everyone getting all pissed off about nothing? Anyone can edit it the thing…if its not what the community believes to be true, its changed back or to something else. Rinse. Repeat.

I’ll leave you with one last quote from the Wired Article:

While he said that Wikipedia generally frowns on people editing entries about themselves, there is no hard and fast rule against it.

Wired | Wikipedia Founder Edits Own Bio
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