Talk:Google Sidewiki

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No comments?[edit]

Did the comments get deleted, or has no one done anything but template this page yet? Mathiastck (talk) 15:33, 12 March 2010 (UTC)

Comments? Yes.[edit]

I don't like the idea one bit. There. I said it. Don't everybody start throwing rocks all at once now. Aftermath (68.224.178.2 (talk) 09:51, 26 March 2010 (UTC))

Speaking of Rocks, a few need to be thrown at Google for once again raizing us (in restriction of a word I WILL not use) of the ability to customize our own browsing experience, and reminding US exactly who's "in charge".

Unbalanced opinion[edit]

The article effectively criticises Sidewiki for not being controllable by the site owner, ignoring the view that this may actually be a good thing.

It seems to me the whole point is to enable visitors to a website to post comments, be they positive or negative, as long as they aren't abusive. If webmasters could disable it, it would be the dream of dodgy dealers and those with an agenda to spread lies, among others.

Of course, this is just my view. But there must be arguments out there that we can cite as sources in favour of Sidewiki being this way. -- Smjg (talk) 00:26, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Alternatives to Sidewiki?[edit]

Are there any good alternatives? The Foresight Institute used to run Crit.org, but that died years ago. The current website is totally unrelated.108.23.147.17 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 23:30, 2 November 2011 (UTC).

Sidewiki was not like StumbleUpon and Delicious[edit]

I have removed a phrase which said that StumbleUpon and Delicious are just like Sidewiki. It was as follows:

though that ability was already provided by StumbleUpon and Delicious (Bernoff, Josh (September 30, 2009). "Google's SideWiki: Don't Say We Didn't Warn You". Digital Next. Advertising Age. Retrieved September 9, 2010. )

First of all, for a source to be a reliable source, it needs to be a “published sources with a reputation for fact-checking and accuracy.” The linked article claims that “Will [Sidewiki] catch on? Yes.” — something that never happened. Side Wiki languished and was dead within two years. The linked article is not reliable because it was ultimately inaccurate.

Second of all, neither StumbleUpon or Delicious have Sidewiki-style commenting. With StumbleUpon, finding the comments for an article using their toolbar requires making two or three clicks, and takes you to a separate web page, instead of showing the comments next to the webpage in question (the way Sidewiki did). I could not find any way to find comments for an article with Delicious, much less have them appear next to a web page. Perhaps they had this functionality back in 2009, but the inaccurate linked article only mentions it as an aside; its entire mention of the matter is that “This is quite similar to what StumbleUpon and Delicious enable” without going in to any detail about how those commenting systems worked at the time.

This in mind, I have removed this phrase. It is not from a reliable source, and treating an aside in an opinion piece as a fact violates WP:UNDUE. If anyone wants to restore it, please find an article from a reliable source which contrasts and compares Side Wiki’s commenting with the website commenting StumbleUpon and/or Delicious had. Samboy (talk) 15:04, 8 May 2015 (UTC)