to email me, google y23 email, duh!
y23 was chosen because of it's brevity and the fact that the author is a male and therefore his twentythird chromosome is a Y_chromosome.
He started the Wikipedia Product Database to provide a space for information on commercial products. More information than the manufacturer can (or wants to ;-) print on the package, but 5 minutes later... it was deleted.. aaargh. The original teaser was: Here is hoping you all like the idea and help making the Wikipedia Product Database a success and I think it has great potential. I chose barcode######## in the hope that it will work with the most common barcodes UPC and EAN. If there are duplicate numbers, there could be a chooser-page. The Page and entry are dead links now :-(
But don't despair!! The project was allowed on http://barcode.wikia.com/ YEY!! .. please go there and help adding barcodes and data!!