June 14, 2007

My Long Wikipedia Nightmare Is Over

Due to recent changes in Wikipedia policy allowing some consideration of a living person's requests to opt-out of a biography page, I have now been allowed to escape from the burden of having a Wikipedia article. Kudos to Wikipedia administrator Durova for the sensitive effort on behalf of many people.

I didn't do it lightly, or without a lot of thought. But abilities of such an article to serve as an "attractive nuisance" were determinative.

Sometimes the dragon wins [sad face image]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in wikipedia | on June 14, 2007 02:24 PM (Infothought permalink)
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Oh, Seth, I'm so sorry. But I'm sure you'll find some other intractable nuisance to rail against. ;-)

Posted by: Anon at June 14, 2007 09:39 PM

Congratulations. I thought you had increased your profile to Wikipedians too much to be judged non-notable, and were thus fated to be included forever.

Wikipedia should release the traffic stats or search query stats for all pages and use them as a metric for notability.

Posted by: Rogers Cadenhead at June 17, 2007 11:33 AM

Anon: nuisances aren't in short supply :-)

Rogers: Apparently there's been some sort of sea-change in the attitudes of the Wikipolitbureau, they're willing to let some of the unhappy campers leave from the glorious Motherland.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at June 17, 2007 11:50 PM


Posted by: Jason Scott at June 23, 2007 01:07 AM