Like the book, the presentation featured several quotes from Raul's laws and Wikipedia:WikiSpeak. Opening the discussion after the talk, Charles Nesson asked Reagle about his reaction to the (thus far only) customer review of the book on Amazon.com, by indefinitely blocked Wikipedian User:Thekohser (owner of MyWikiBiz), who admitted not having read it beyond the freely available first chapter, but nevertheless recommended against buying because "the entire work regurgitates the tired old public relations pablum that the Wikipedia organization sputters forth on the Internet and on the increasingly uncritical media". Nesson called this a "bullying tactic" and an example of bad faith that stood in contrast to the good faith culture of Wikipedia postulated by the book. In response to a question by Clay Shirky, Reagle mentioned the recently concluded Climate change arbitration case. He answered a question from User:SB Johnny (relayed by indefinitely blocked User:Moulton) about how communities like Wikimedia projects could overcome a "founder effect" with regard to Jimmy Wales. On October 21, Reagle gave another presentation about the book in the form of a webcast on Red Hat's site Opensource.com (recap and slides).
But Connolley was only one of many users topic-banned from climate-change articles, several of whom had been engaged on the other side of the "battlefield" to advocate a global warming skeptic viewpoint. On his "The Wikipedian" blog, William Beutler (User:WWB) discussed the focus on Connolley in the coverage, noting that "he is among the most carefully-scrutinized Wikipedia editors – the discussion page associated with his account is the 11th-most 'watchlisted' Talk page outside of a couple technical pages and those belonging to Wikipedia’s best-known contributors."
Indian Supreme Court and US court base judgments on information from Wikipedia
"Necropants" win "weirdest medieval fact on Wikipedia" contest
As reported in the Signpost, the blog "Got Medieval" recently announced a humorous contest to find "the weirdest claim about the Middle Ages on Wikipedia", with both true and false statements eligible, selected by a jury of bloggers and rewarded with a $75 gift certificate to Costumes, Inc. The winning statement, announced last week, comes from the article about Icelandic magical staves (rune-like symbols), explaining one such symbol, the "Nábrókarstafur", as "Necropants, a pair of pants made from the skin of a dead man that are capable of producing an endless supply of money". It is sourced from galdrasyning.is, which describes itself as the website of the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft, whose extended description of the necropants adds the caution that one has to get permission to use the man's skin before his death in order for the magic to work, and further explains that "a coin must be stolen from a poor widow and placed in the scrotum along with the magical sign, nábrókarstafur, written on a piece of paper" to activate the garment's revenue-generating functionality.
School principal rounded on for mentioning Wikipedia: Andrew Buck, the principal of The Middle School for Art and Philosophy in Brooklyn, New York, has been criticized for saying students can learn without necessarily having textbooks available. He recommended his critics view Wikipedia to find educational theorists whose work, he says, will back up this claim. Press reporting has distorted this to imply he is saying his pupils can use Wikipedia as a textbook: Head teacher says schoolchildren do not need books and recommends Wikipedia in the British Daily Telegraph. The story was also reported in New York Daily News
Illustration of the Mandelbrot set used by the NYT
Wikipedia "godsend to journalists": A comment in Scottish newspaper The Herald (In praise of ... Wikipedia., by Robert McNeil) called Wikipedia "a godsend to journalists who, like everyone else, affect to despise it. ... That it can make journalists look clever – reader: 'I see no evidence of that' – makes it a Wonderful Thing."