Friday, March 17, 2006

Vanity Wikipedia

I was looking at the Wikipedia entry for the Open Rights Group, and I was surprised at how many people have entries on Wikipedia. I'm not implying that the people listed do not deserve entries, but reading so many interesting bios got me thinking as to how many people are entering their own personal details into the free encyclopedia. Is there any qualification of who should be listed? What qualifies a person for Wikipedia fame? Do you just post your own small blurb with links? Is it ethical to list yourself on Wikipedia? Can you just get a friend to create your entry?

4 comments:

Lilian Edwards said...

yeh, I found JOnathan Zittrain there yesterday!

Andres Guadamuz said...

We have to face it, we're just not famous enough :)

Ilanah said...

QMIPRI has a wiki entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Mary_Intellectual_Property_Research_Institute (which, before you ask, I found by accident). Our librarian/webmaster tells me it wasn't his doing, so it's all a bit of a mystery...

Andres Guadamuz said...

Hello Ilanah,

The great thing about Wikipedia is that you can trace the history of each entry. The QMIPRI entry was created in July 2004 by Matthew Gream, one of your former students:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Mgream