Wikipedia:Press coverage 2010

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January[edit]

  • Waters, Richard (January 2 2010). "Fact and friction". Financial Times (London). "Among the members of this emerging online oligopoly, none is more intriguing than Wikipedia. An outlandish experiment in communitarian action when it was launched in 2001, the user-generated encyclopaedia has become the world's fifth most visited website and the first reference source for schoolchildren and adults alike - even if most swear a half-hearted oath to double-check anything they read there." 
    Describes Wikipedia's various quality issues, including the possibility of flagged revisions, the potential decline in editorship, and ways to detect the quality of articles.
  • Hefflinger, Mark (January 5, 2010). "Annual Wikipedia Fundraiser Nets $8 Million". Digital Media Wire. "The Wikimedia Foundation announced on Tuesday that its annual fundraiser this year raised just over $8 million, exceeding its goal of $7.5 million, with a record more than 230,000 individuals giving donations, up from 125,000 a year ago." 
    Report on the closure of the 2009/2010 fund raiser.
  • Zetlin, Minda (January 8, 2010). "Use Wikipedia as a Marketing Tool". INC. Retrieved January 8, 2010. "In the age of social media, you can use Wikipedia -- the world's online encyclopedia –- as a marketing tool. Small businesses are find that getting a listing in Wikipedia can help validate their existence and more." 
    Advises companies how to get listed in Wikipedia and what to expect of it. The company giving the advices has actually managed to get their own wikipedia article: PacketTrap.
  • Paton, Graeme (06 Jan 2010). "Schoolchildren told to avoid Wikipedia". UK: Daily Telegraph. "Ofqual said putting keywords into internet search engines was a “good starting point” when researching pieces of coursework and dissertations. But guidance sent out to schoolchildren in England warns pupils to be extremely wary when using other websites such as Wikipedia. The on-line encyclopaedia – created using contributions from readers – was not “authoritative or accurate” and in some cases “may be completely untrue”, said Ofqual." 
    UK governments's Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (OFQUAL) warns students not to trust Wikipedia.
  • Kellogg, Carolyn (January 15, 2010). "When scholarship meets Wikipedia". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 17, 2010. "And there it is, Bix Beiderbecke explained in great detail on Wikipedia. Perhaps, as Wolfe hopes, it will spark interest in the musician that might lead people to his forthcoming book. Equally likely, sadly, is that it will scare other scholars off from investing their time in creating well-rounded Wikipedia entries." 
    A Wikipedian's unfortunate experience during WP:GAC. Happy ending - The article is now GA-class.
  • Cohen, Noam (January 15, 2010). "Wikipedia". The New York Times. Retrieved January 16, 2010. "The overarching question for Wikipedia - its central riddle, really - is this: How can a source be reliable when anyone can edit it? One favorite answer from Wikipedia's defenders is, "The problem with Wikipedia is that it only works in practice. In theory, it can never work."" 
    Review of the Wikipedia project at 9 years of age.
  • Kurup, Deepa (Jan 17, 2010). "Can Wikipedia fuel growth of vernacular content online?". Bangalore: The Hindu. "So can a vibrant vernacular Wikipedia transform the language of the Web in India? Given the resounding success of this collective, and an army of Indian wiki foot soldiers to back it, it is indeed possible." 
    Looks at the way Wikipedia is embracing Indian languages and hopes that it will fuel the growth of vernacular content online.
  • Dixon, Chris (January 17, 2010). "Should The Government Be More Like Google And Wikipedia?". The Business Insider. "The second most successful collective knowledge system is Wikipedia. Back in 2001, most people thought Wikipedia was a wacky project that would at best end up being a quirky “toy” encyclopedia. Instead it has become a remarkably comprehensive and accurate resource that most internet users access every day." 
    The author suggests U.S. government operations might improve if it incorporates some practices by "collective knowledge systems", such as Wikipedia and Google.
  • Schachter, Harvey (20 January 2010). "Carrots and sticks have deadly flaws". CTV News Channel (Canada). "But last October, Microsoft pulled the plug on Encarta. Wikipedia, meanwhile, flourishes. The economic incentives may have favoured Encarta, but when it comes to motivation, as Wikipedia's success demonstrates, other factors - such as autonomy, a feeling of mastery in our work, and meaning - can be even more important." 
    Review of the book 'Drive' By Daniel Pink which uses Wikipedia as one example of how monetary rewards do not necessarily produce creative or motivated work.
  • Cohen, Noam (January 24, 2010). "Hungry for New Content, Google Tries to Grow Its Own in Africa". New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2010. 
    "Google...is sponsoring a contest to encourage students in Tanzania and Kenya to create articles for the Swahili version of Wikipedia, mainly by translating them from the English Wikipedia. The winners are to be announced Friday, with prizes including a laptop, a wireless modem, cellphones and Google gear. So far the contest, Google says, has added more than 900 articles from more than 800 contributors."

February[edit]

  • "Is Wikipedia good for the Jews?" (in English). Jerusalem Post. 02/02/2010. "A number of Israel’s leading “Wikipedes” came to the Knesset on Tuesday, where they reaped the laurels of their efforts, but also leveled a certain amount of criticism toward a lack of government cooperation with their efforts to compile a free online Hebrew-language encyclopedia." 
    Hebrew Wikipedia passed its 100,000th article and The Knesset’s Science and Technology Committee invited Wikipedia contributors and users to join in a meeting at which the project received praise and some criticism. At the meeting Dr. Gilad Raviv, from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, said that use of Wikipedia was not problematic in academia, and that "the solution is to teach students the proper ways to engage in critical reading of Wikipedia entries."
  • ET Bureau (2 Feb 2010). "Wikipedia may soon open its India chapter". NEW DELHI, India: The Economic Times. "The World’s largest online encyclopedia Wikipedia plans to launch an Indian edition of the website as part of its strategy to expand its footprint in the lucrative internet markets of India and China. The non-profit foundation is considering a proposal to launch Wikipedia.in, a local India chapter, similar to its country-specific portals in China, Germany, US and UK" 
    Wikipedia's plan to open a chapter in India reported there.
  • "BBC top for attracting ABC1 website users". Bluhalo (part of the GyroHSR network). 11-02-10. "A study looking into which UK websites attract the highest proportion of ABC1 consumers has ranked the BBC top in this regard. The UK Online Measurement Company (UKOM) and Nielsen examined the ten top online brands in Britain and found that 64 per cent of the BBC's unique visitors could be classed as falling into this demographic. Other top sites for this metric included Amazon and Wikipedia at 62 per cent and Google at 60 per cent." 
    British market research survey finds that Wikipedia is close behind the BBC in attracting users from the top ABC1 demographic .
  • Janes, Joseph (02/12/2010). "Whither Wikipedia?". American Libraries Magazine. "Wikipedia, like any socially or collaboratively structured entity, requires a virtuous spiral to thrive. People have to enjoy and value working on it, which makes a good product that people like working on, which attracts more people who like it, which makes it better, and so on." 
    Joseph Janes speculates on the future of Wikipedia in an article at the American Library Association online magazine.
  • Ali, Sarmad (Feb 18, 2010). "Google Gives to Wikipedia". Wall Street Journal. "Google co-founder Sergey Brin, in a statement, called Wikipedia "one of the greatest triumphs of the Internet…this vast repository of community-generated content is an invaluable resource to anyone who is online."" 
    Google is giving $2 million to support Wikipedia.
  • Whitehead, Peter (17 February 2010). "Companies must play by the Wikipedia rules:". Digital Business (Financial Times). "Wikipedia has become an important part of a company’s profile: the Wikipedia website regularly appears second or third in a list of search engine results and for many people will be the most accessible way of learning about a business. Yet companies fight shy of interfering with what is said about them on Wikipedia – a global online encyclopedia written and edited by its users – following high-profile incidents in which organisations have amended their entries to be more favourable. Reputations were damaged once the changes were discovered and made public." 
    Report on how Lundquist, an Italian communications consultancy, advices companies on how to tactfully amend the Wikipedia article about themselves.

March[edit]

  • "Quality of Wikipedia entries depends on authors' collaboration". Sify News (India: Sify). 12 March 2010. "We found that all-round contributors dominated the best-quality entries. In the entries with the lowest quality, starters and casual contributors dominated." 
    Research by Sudha Ram, an Arizona University Professor, has found that the quality of entries in Wikipedia depends on how authors collaborate.
  • Miller, Mary Helen (March 16, 2010). "Students Use Wikipedia Early and Often, Study Shows". The Chronicle of Higher Education. "More than half of college students frequently or always consult Wikipedia for course-related research, according to a report published in First Monday, an online, peer-reviewed journal. Only 22 percent of respondents to the survey said they rarely or never use Wikipedia. The study is based on responses from 2,318 students and qualitative data from 86 who participated in focus groups." 
    A study shows students mostly use Wikipedia to gain an introduction to a subject at the beginning of their research.
  • "Wikipedia goes down" (in English). Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved March 24 2010. 
    A DNS failure prevented access to Wikipedia.

April[edit]

  • Miller, Mary Helen (April 4, 2010). "Scholars Use Wikipedia to Save Public Art From the Dustbin of History". The Chronicle of Higher Education. "Much public art is done as temporary installations, and when they are gone there is little for scholars to work with. To solve this problem, Ms. Mikulay, an assistant professor and public scholar of visual culture at Indiana-Purdue, started the project, Wikipedia Saves Public Art, with Richard S. McCoy, an associate conservator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art." 
    A project at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis that promotes documenting the world's public art, i.e. statues etc, on Wikipedia.
  • Black, Edwin (2010-04-12). "Wikipedia — The Dumbing Down of World Knowledge" (online). The Cutting Edge (in English). Retrieved 2010-04-13. "If Wikipedia's almost unstoppable momentum continues, critics say, it threatens to quickly reverse centuries of progress in the sharing of verifiable knowledge with its highest aspiration being genuine fact. In its place would be a constant cacophony of fact and falsity that Wikipedia's critics call a "law of the jungle."" 
    A response by an author to issues regarding the Wikipedia articles about him and his works.
  • "Wikipedia voted best site of the noughties by Netimperative readers". Netimperative. April 12, 2010. "Wikipedia has beaten YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to be voted the best website launched in the last decade, according to a poll of Netimperative readers." 
    An online poll of readers put Wikipedia at the top of the list. Netimperative's audience is largely people in the media and marketing.
  • Mathieu, von Rohr (2010-04-23). "Inner Workings of Global Encyclopedia 'Better than a Soap Opera'". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
    Description of the inner working of the German Wikipedia and conflicts between editors. As a particular example it uses an edit war over the Donauturm article in the German Wikipedia, that triggered an excessive lengthy discussion over a rather minor naming issue (view tower versus tv tower).
  • Wickham-Jones, Caroline (11 April 2010). "What you get is what you give". British Archaeology (York, England: Council for British Archaeology). "...the web is dominated by the original, all-purpose Wikipedia...Perhaps the key constraint of Wikipedia is the time (and inclination) of those of us who "know": we...should be the ones filling in the gaps." 
  • Appraisal of various on-line Wikis, tending to the favorable.
  • Winter, Jana (April 27, 2010). "Wikipedia Distributing Child Porn, Co-Founder Tells FBI". Fox News. "The parent company of Wikipedia is knowingly distributing child pornography, the co-founder of the online encyclopedia says, and he's imploring the FBI to investigate." 
    Fox News reporting Larry Sanger's accusations about Wikipedia and child pornography. Includes later additional rebuttals by the Wikimedia Foundation and Erik Moeller .
  • Comerford, Mary (27 April 2010). "Interview Extra: Kevin Whately, Lewis". TV Choice. Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2010. 
    British actor Laurence Fox expresses amusement at a quote by him on his Wikipedia page: "[M]y Wikipedia page is the most horrific thing in the world. It quotes me as saying, 'There ain't no method to my acting' or something like that!"
  • Dalby, Andrew (April/May 2010). "Worldwide Wikipedia". The Linguist (Chartered Institute of Linguists). pp. 16–17. "Anyone can post or edit an entry, but that doesn't stop it being a great source for fact checking and an excellent teaching resource, argues Andrew Dalby" 
    Emphasizes importance of Wikipedia as a multilingual resource for teachers and translators. The article Translation, in its various language versions, is used as an example. "For minority languages ... Wikipedia is likely to be one of the best teaching resources available ... It tempts any observant reader to correct errors, both linguistic and factual, to add material from one language to another, to translate and to create."

May[edit]

  • Hymes, Tom (2010-05-07). "Porn Purge at Wikipedia". Adult Video News. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
    Details the removal of some of the sexual content material from Wikimedia Commons.
News This article has been mentioned by multiple media organizations:
  • Brulliard, Karin (May 21, 2010). "Pakistan blocks YouTube a day after shutdown of Facebook over Muhammad issue". Washington Post. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
    "A simmering clash between free speech and religious sensibilities in Pakistan burst from the streets onto the Internet on Thursday, as the government blocked the video-sharing site YouTube and other pages it deemed 'sacrilegious' to the nation's Muslim majority. The move followed a similar shutdown Wednesday of the social-networking site Facebook, which had drawn the ire of Islamist activists over a page inviting people to post drawings of the prophet Muhammad. At least 450 sites, including Wikipedia, were also cut off by midday Thursday, and the government said more blockages could come as its newly created 'crisis cell' scoured the Web for inflammatory content."

June[edit]

  • TechNewsDaily Staff (2010-06-02). "Study: Wikipedia Pretty Accurate, But Hard to Read" (HTML). Live Science. 
    "Researchers found that cancer information on Wikipedia was similar in accuracy and depth to the information on a professionally peer-reviewed, patient-oriented cancer web site, the National Cancer Institute's Physician Data Query (PDQ). But the latter was written in plainer English."
  • Sorkin, Justin (2010-06-03). "Wikipedia: Passes Cancer Test". Top News. 
  • Liz, Puranam (3 June 2010). "Anika Moa back on the road with new album". 3 News. Retrieved 4 June 2010. "Apparently we've got our own Wikipedia page..." 
  • Jarrod Booker (8 June 2010). "Lecturer relents on students' use of Wikipedia for research". New Zealand Herald. 
  • Alexis, Cai; Toh, Mavis (11 June 2010). "JC students branded 'dogs' on Wikipedia: Remarks posted in entry about TPJC; one student has filed police report". The Straits Times (Singapore). p. A3. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
    "Derogatory remarks about two Tampines Junior College (TPJC) students in a Wikipedia entry prompted one of them to file a police report. The remarks, which bordered on racist, were posted on Sunday in an entry about TPJC in the popular online encyclopedia, which attracts billions of page views annually. Among other things, the two students were called 'dogs'. When contacted, the junior college said it was unaware of the incident and said it would look into the matter. ... [T]he remarks about the two first-year students – a Singaporean and a South Korean – were inserted under various sections of TPJC's page, including its motto, anthem, list of subjects offered and special programmes. Nineteen-year-old Srinivas Naidu, one of the two who bore the brunt of the remarks, told The Straits Times yesterday that he had been alerted to the posts by a schoolmate on Sunday and had reported it to the police three days later. 'I cannot tell whether those comments were personal attacks or whether there was a racist agenda,' he said. He added that he was on good terms with his schoolmates and had no idea who would do such a thing. 'I don't think I have done anything bad. There was no provocation on my part, so it was quite shocking.' A police spokesman said yesterday that he had been advised of his legal recourse. The other student, a 19-year-old South Korean who has been studying here for close to eight years, declined to be interviewed."
  • George, Cherian (14 June 2010). "Online racism: Self-help instead of relying on police [letter]". The Straits Times (Singapore). p. A20. 
    "The recent vandalism of Tampines Junior College's Wikipedia page was designed to offend, and offend it did. However, reactions should be proportionate. ... Singaporeans seem to be turning to the police as an automatic response to offensive speech. While this is their right, the cumulative effect is surely unsustainable. Better to rely on the police only against hate speech that instigates imminent violence. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, so netizens who spot offensive or inaccurate content should simply clean it up themselves."
  • Johnson, Ryan (16 June 2010). "Grand Forks nabs Wiki spotlight". Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, North Dakota). 
  • Johnson, Ryan (18 June 2010). "Wikipedia spotlight draws about 20,000 to article about Grand Forks". Grand Forks Herald (Grand Forks, North Dakota). 
  • Thompson, Bill (25 June 2010). "What to do on the web when you are dead". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 
    "If you happened to visit my Wikipedia entry last weekend then you might be somewhat surprised to see this article, because you probably think I'm dead."..." I'd much rather have a Wikipedia that tells people I'm dead when I'm not than no Wikipedia at all."

July[edit]

  • Leach, Ben; Lefort, Rebecca (10 July 2010). "MPs' scandals covered up on Wikipedia". Telegraph.co.uk (London: Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 10 July 2010. 
    "An investigation has uncovered dozens of cases where MPs' biographical pages on Wikipedia were altered to remove details of past humiliations which had been added by members of the public. Embarrassments which have been deleted include an MP who employed a male escort, an MP who lost his front bench job in a row over racist language, and a female MP whose ex-husband was arrested and deported. On every occasion, the change was made either by someone working within the parliamentary estate or by a user who appeared to have links to the MP."
  • Cohen, Noam (July 11, 2010). "How Can Wikipedia Grow? Maybe in Bengali". New York Times. "After years of spectacular growth, frequent derision and bitter controversy, Wikipedia may have found its ultimate challenge: success and public acceptance." 
    Report on the Wikimania conference in Gdansk, Poland, and the challenges facing Wikipedia in the future.
  • Haines, Lester (16th July 2010). "Reg hack gives forth in Wikipedia doco". The Register. Retrieved 19 July 2010. "The film's central question, Glosserman explained, is this: “Should you and I be charged with canonizing the sum of human knowledge for everyone, or should we be leaving that to the experts?”" 
  • "MediaGuardian 100 2010 1-100" (Series). The Guardian. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. "Jimmy Wales is the co-founder and driving force behind Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that is edited by everyone. Well, potentially everyone, and only if you have an internet connection....Wikipedia democratised [sic] knowledge like nothing before it, creating an organic Encyclopedia Britannica." 
    "Jimmy Wales joins the MediaGuardian 100 as founder of Wikipedia, 'one of the greatest triumphs of the internet'".
  • Barnes, Eddie (25 July 2010). "Aides caught airbrushing MPs' and MSPs' biographies on Wikipedia". scotsman.com (Edinburgh: The Scotsman). Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
    "POLITICAL parties in Scotland are routinely altering the biographical details of their MPs and MSPs on Wikipedia to remove any entries that may damage their reputations, a new survey has revealed. Among items removed or changed were references to last year's expenses scandal, involvement in bitter party spats, and even accusations that they failed to pull their weight in parliament. Those found to be having their reputations airbrushed included former First Minister Lord McConnell, former leader of the Labour party in Scotland Wendy Alexander and Michael Moore, the new Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Scotland."
  • Schulz, Kathryn (July 26, 2010). "This Interview Is A Stub: Wikipedia Co-Founder Larry Sanger on Being Wrong". Slate. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
    [Sanger:] "When I was getting Wikipedia started, I didn't realize just how deeply important matters of governance were going to be. I wasn't thinking about the problem we would face if we were truly successful. I think there's a lot of things I could done in the first few months that would have allowed the project to take off the way it did and yet avoided some of the long-term governance issues."
  • Angwin, Julia (July 30, 2010). "The Web's New Gold Mine: Your Secrets". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 30, 2010. 
    [WSJ:] "• The study found that the nation's 50 top websites on average installed 64 pieces of tracking technology onto the computers of visitors, usually with no warning. A dozen sites each installed more than a hundred. The nonprofit Wikipedia installed none.."

August[edit]

  • Page, Lewis (2 August 2010). "Stealth fighter in Canadian Wikipedia brouhaha". The Register (London: Situation Publishing Limited). Retrieved 2 August 2010. 
    "... The Wikipedia aspect of the row rose to prominence last month when criticism of the Canadian F-35 [stealth fighter] buy was repeatedly removed from the jet's wiki page and insulting remarks about Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff added – apparently from IP addresses registered to Canada's Department of National Defence. Addresses registered to Defence Research Development Canada (DRDC) computers in Ottawa and at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake in Alberta appear in the Wiki edit trail. One edit suggested that a Canadian critic of the F-35 is 'an idiot ... must be a socialist', another that Ignatieff is 'referred to affectionately as ... Icky'. Wikipedia also at one stage stated that Ignatieff 'has six toes on each foot'. The Wikipedia F-35 saga popped up in the mainstream Canadian media last week, with Ignatieff and other F-35 critics saying that it offered cast-iron evidence that the government was attempting to suppress free debate. Meanwhile the pro-stealthfighter Wikipedians were ruthlessly suppressed by keen fellow-fiddlers, with the page locked down to unregistered editing at one point." [URLs in original article amended to link directly to diffs]
  • John, Schwartz (2010-08-02). "F.B.I., Challenging Use of Seal, Gets Back a Primer on the Law". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-03. "The bureau wrote a letter in July to the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent organization of Wikipedia, demanding that it take down an image of the F.B.I. seal accompanying an article on the bureau, and threatened litigation: 'Failure to comply may result in further legal action. We appreciate your timely attention to this matter.'" 
    Details a dust-up between the FBI and Wikipedia over the use of the FBI seal.
  • Kreisman, Polly (2010-08-30). "Skip-ipedia". Lost Remote. Retrieved 2010-08-30. "My small-time, local, perhaps pathetic story has me wondering where else in our universe 0f information other more important holes exist." 
  • Dizon, Nikko (2010-08-29). "Gov’t loses case for citing Wikipedia". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
    Story details how the prosecutor's office in the Phillipine city of Quezon lost an appeal of a case to the Court of Appeals due to a reference to an article in Wikipedia. The prosecutor had tried to impeach the credibility of a witness apparently by referring to the article on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders DSM-IV-TR . The opposition noted that Wikipedia carries a disclaimer stating that it "makes no guarantee of validity".
The court found in its decision that it found “incredible ... if not a haphazard attempt, on the part of the [OSG] to impeach an expert witness, with, as pointed out by [the ex-wife], unreliable information. This is certainly unacceptable evidence, nothing short of a mere allegation totally unsupported by authority.”

September[edit]

  • Bilton, Nick (2010-09-09). "The Story behind a Wikipedia Entry". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
    About the comments by James Bridle of booktwo.org on the editorial process, specifically the process of editing the article Iraq War. Bridle turned the set of edits into a book, and is quoted as saying: "This particular book — or rather, set of books — is every edit made to a single Wikipedia article, The Iraq War, during the five years between the article’s inception in December 2004 and November 2009, a total of 12,000 changes and almost 7,000 pages."
  • Nabili, Teymoor (11/9/2010). "The Cyrus Cylinder, Wikipedia and Iran conspiracies". Aljazeera. "Of course, it's perfectly possible that I'm seeing a conspiracy where there really is none. The language and actions of people who lived two and a half thousand years ago are always going to be open to differing interpretations, and every Wikipedia page is a haphazard jumble of diverse thoughts from unconnected people, isn't it? But how to explain the sudden and radical reversal in the consensus of Wikipedia editors? I can't help but wonder whether, just maybe, this could be the much more deliberate product of a specific interest group attempting to denigrate all things Iranian, however tangential their relationship to the present Islamic Republic." 
    The author believes he detects a growing anti Iranian bias in the Wikipedia article on the Cyrus Cylinder. 11-9-10
  • Sack, Kevin (September 15, 2010). "Limbaugh Taken In: The Judge Was Not Loaded for Bear". New York Times. "On Sunday night, and again Monday morning, someone identified only as “Pensacolian” edited Judge Vinson’s Wikipedia entry to include the invented material. The prankster footnoted the entry to a supposed story in The Pensacola News Journal. The article — like its stated publication date of June 31, 2003 — does not exist. The same person who posted the information removed it on Tuesday afternoon, Wikipedia logs show." 
    See also Diffs and Gawker. User:Pensacolian now blocked indefinitely.
  • Harford, Tim (September 17, 2010). "Why does anyone bother contributing to Wikipedia?". London: Financial Times. "“Public good provision” is the economists’ name for installing a solar hot water system for the sake of the planet, or endowing a library, or contributing a paragraph to Wikipedia. The trouble is not that economics has no explanation for such contributions, but that it has too many." 
    Reports research by two economists, Xiaoquan Zhang and Feng Zhu on why people volunteer their time in public good projects. Their answer is that they are seeking a public audience.
  • Dimacali, TJ (September 18, 2010). "Wikimedia launches Philippine arm". GMA News. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
    The news article covers how Wikipedia is being used in the Philippines and how reliable Wikipedia is. It presents views from various online Filipino users and Wikimedia Philippines, including Jojit Ballesteros (User:Jojit fb), Vice President of Wikimedia Philippines.
  • The Economist staff (2010-09-23). "Schumpeter: The wiki way". London, England, United Kingdom: The Economist. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
    "Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams coined the term 'wikinomics' in their 2006 tome of that name. Their central insight was that collaboration is getting rapidly cheaper and easier. The web gives amateurs access to world-class communications tools and worldwide markets. It makes it easy for large groups of people who have never met to work together. And it super-charges innovation: crowds of people can develop new ideas faster than isolated geniuses and disseminate them even faster."

October[edit]

  • The Anwar al-Awlaki article, and whether it should be relied on to determine whether the decision of the U.S. government to subject Anwar al-Awlaki to targeted killing is appropriate, is discussed at length.
  • Ruth Allen (16 October 2010). "Copy on demand: Words from Wikipedia: Publishers are selling words that are free online [print version: Books on demand] [letter]". The Daily Telegraph (London). p. 25. "There has recently been concern expressed by booksellers in both the new and secondhand fields regarding print on demand (POD) books. ... I discovered this week that a POD publisher in the United States was offering for about $15 a book that appears to be copied from four articles on Wikipedia which are largely my work, and which I contributed to the website so readers could use them without charge. When I signed up to the Wikipedia copyright agreement, I did not envisage my altruism stretching as far as other people making a profit from my work. The firm offers other POD 'study guides', which may also be lifted from Wikipedia or other free sources." 
  • Swaine, Jon (22 October 2010). "Head teacher says schoolchildren do not need books and recommends Wikipedia". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 23 October 2010. "The head teacher of a school in New York is facing calls to resign after he sent out an error-strewn letter claiming that children did not need books, while he also recommended Wikipedia." 
    Andrew Buck, the principal of The Middle School for Art and Philosophy, Brooklyn, New York, draws criticism for saying students can learn without necessarily having textbooks available. He recommends viewing Wikipedia to find educational theorists whose work, he says, will back up his claim, and not as a substitute for textbooks as the headline implies.
  • Mahapatra, Dhananjay (25 October 2010). "Can Wikipedia be the basis of SC ruling?". Times of India (in English) (New Delhi). Retrieved 25 October 2010. "Traditionally, the Supreme Court has been very sensitive in placing its reliance on jurisprudence created outside the Indian legal system. Its judgments and their core values are a reflection of either the author judge's original thinking or his effort to improve upon an earlier precedent to bring it in sync with the social dynamics. In contrast, Justice Markandey Katju created history on Thursday in his judgment in the case D Velusamy vs D Patchaimmal. He made information available on Wikipedia the basis for formulating a four-point guideline and ruled that a live-in relationships must satisfy this to be categorized as relationship in the nature of marriage under the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, 2005." 
    The Indian Supreme court bases a judgment on information taken from the "Common-law marriage" Wikipedia article and shocked the orthodox among the judicial community. Also reported by The Hindu.
  • Rice, Xan (26 October 2010). "Kenyan aviation enthusiast builds aeroplane in front yard". The Guardian (in English) (London). Retrieved 26 October 2010. "I read up on the mechanics and science of flight on the internet, downloading about 2GB of information. Mostly I used Wikipedia – it gives you all the specs, that's the good thing." 
    A Kenyan man, Gabriel Nderitu, has built a full size aircraft in his front yard, mostly from car spares, although it has yet to fly. He claims his principal source of information was Wikipedia.

November[edit]

  • Bosker, Bianca (10 November 2010). "Wikipedia Fundraising Begins: $16 Million Needed To Stay Free". Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 November 2010. "Wikimedia, the non-profit that runs the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia as well as a number of sister sites, has kicked off its 2010 "contribution campaign" and aims to raise double what it did last year." 
    Press reporting of the 2010 Wikimedia funraiser:-
  • Callaway, Ewen (15 November 2010). "No rest for the bio-wikis". Nature. Retrieved 17 November 2010. "Most Tuesdays, a group of scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, UK, meets over lunch to edit Wikipedia pages. But there is no obsessing over the minutiae of Britney Spears's career to be found here — instead, they are building the next generation of global biological databases."  doi:10.1038/468359a
  • Moore, Michael (19 November 2010). "How Corporate America Is Pushing Us All Off a Cliff". Huffington Post. Retrieved 22 November 2010. "I'm asking everyone interested to write something up that meets Wikipedia's guidelines and help bring the APCO Worldwide entry up to date." 
    Michael Moore reports how the health insurance industry's PR firm, APCO Worldwide, discussed their Plan B: "Pushing Michael Moore off a cliff" when his film "Sicko" was being released in 2007. He asks his readers to include this in APCOs Wikipedia page in a way that meets Wikipedia's guidelines.
  • Prathap, Madana (24 November 2010). "Unofficial Chrome Extension for Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales". PC World (India). Retrieved 25 November 2010. "Seeing Jimmy Wales makes people donate more to Wikipedia, which he co-founded. .... Now the concept is ostensibly being taken to its logical conclusion by a Chrome browser extension - a Jimmy Wales banner upon every single page you visit!" 
    A Google Chrome extension displays the fundraising banners with Jimmy Wales pictures on every webpage accessed. Its author suggests it might be added to public computers, like a college lab PC.

December[edit]

  • McCarthy, Caroline (1 December 2010). "Amazon adds Wikipedia to book-shopping pages" (in English). CNET.com. Retrieved 4 December 2010. "Shopping-enabled Wikipedia pages are a new introduction on Amazon.com," Amazon spokeswoman Anya Waring told CNET when asked via e-mail. "As of November, we have rolled [the feature] out in the books category; however, [it] will be expanding to new categories in 2011."  Also at Znet
  • Grondahl, Paul (2010-12-04). "City of Albany is this Wikipedian's beat". Times Union (Albany) (Hearst Newspapers). p. A1. Retrieved 2010-12-04. "To thousands of Wikipedia users, he is an unnamed and unpaid volunteer scribe whose voluminous articles on Capital Region history are credited only to his Internet handle: UpstateNYer." 
    Profile of Wikipedian Matt Wade, otherwise known as User:UpstateNYer.
  • Curwen, Lesley (3 December 2010). "Business Daily - Wikipedia". BBC News World Service. Retrieved 4 December 2010. "How Wikipedia spots vandalism on its pages by looking for dirty words inserted by teenagers." 
    Audio interview with Sue Gardner, executive director of the The Wikimedia Foundation by BBC News World Service. The interview touches on Wikipedia's need to attract more women editors. Video version here.
  • Barrett, Debré (14 December 2010). "Why Wikipedia’s appeal for money is in the wrong place". Memeburn. Retrieved 15 December 2010. "You’ll have noticed Jimmy Wales looking ruggedly handsome at the top of every Wikipedia page. But have you clicked? Probably not, because the promo is in the wrong place." 
    Argues that Wikimedia fund raising would be more successful if the banner was at the foot of pages and more targeted to users.
  • Ko, Christina. "Safe Misconduct". Prestige Hong Kong. Retrieved 15 December 2010. "“I think journalists should be banned from checking Wikipedia,” he [Taio Cruz] says, referring to a host of inaccuracies that have now been corrected." 
  • Burrell, Ian (20 December 2010). "Jimmy Wales: 'It's not about how many pages. It's about how good they are'". The Independent (London). Retrieved 10 October 2010 or 10 October 2010. "If Wikipedia – which some estimates have valued at $5 billion - were not a non-profit venture, shunning advertisers and overseen by a charitable foundation (of which he is emeritus chairman), Wales would possess unimaginable wealth. He is making his annual appeal to Wikipedia users for added funding, this year seeking $16m, in order to maintain independence by avoiding dependence on major benefactors." 
    Interview with Jimmy Wales on his arrival in London , where it is revealed, he intends to settle in the future.
  • Staff (28 December 2010). "Canadians most web savvy in the world". News1130. Retrieved 28 December 2010. "We also read 16 Wikipedia pages every month, which are tops in the world and only one more than German users." 
    Vancouver's all news radio, News1130, reports a comScore survey in which Canadians are reckoned to be the heaviest web users in the world , viewing more YouTube videos and more Wikipedia pages than any other nation.
  • Trunell, Adam (26 December 2010). "TakePart's List of Amazing Wikipedia Lists". TakePart. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 
    "While Wikipedia is far from the final word on information, the ad-free, user-generated reference library is the closest thing the Internet has to a living catalogue of human record."