Weak Defense of Article's Existence
I came across this page because it was in Category:Digital typography, and I wondered what an inauthentic font was—but it turned out to be a totally different topic. At first I thought it must be a redundant article, but then I realized that although WP has many articles on various kinds of spamming it really doesn't have a good focus point to overview the good, the bad, and the humorous uses of inauthentic text. The term "Inauthentic text" doesn't seem terribly established but at least a couple of academic sources use it...so maybe it's as good as anywhere to put this information. Either way, I took it out of typography and made a reference to it from spam blogs...so it's at least categorized better and people can improve it or merge it elsewhere. Metaeducation 01:17, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
[Response from one of the authors of the paper] We chose the name carefully and, for obvious purposes, wanted not to overlap with existing terminology. There is a serious problem with computer generated information meant only to appear to have meaning. The point is that search is based on structure (or syntax) that cannot, by its very nature, into account meaning (semantics). This search is deleteriously affected by the presence of the noise, typically in rank. Most users confer significance with rank; further, there is no feasible way to visit 100K pages, let alone 1K for relevance. Respectfully, M.M. Dalkilic, PhD, Indiana University.
- The little bit of self-promotion in the last paragraph is, I think, conceptually worth keeping, but the style should be cleaned up and the reference made a footnote (not "found below" as an external reference). I can't remember the syntax for that, but maybe someone else could do the honors.
- Alternatively, I agree that this is a pretty weak article and would support its going away or being merged into a more appropriate one, if there is one. · rodii · 18:13, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
I'm removing this article from the category of Internet Fraud. While inauthentic text can be used on the Internet, it is not necessarily fraudulent. This isn't at all referenced in the internet fraud article. Jcc1 (talk) 20:57, 28 February 2008 (UTC)