Comments: Jimmy Wales Reverses On New Yorker False Credentials, Asks Resignation

You think Jimmy Wales wasn't fully informed (didn't have enough of a clue) and committed an egregious failure to distinguish pseudonimity from fraud?


a) he didn't know that pseudonimity does not (by itself) constitute fraud, whereas lieing is fraudulent (when truth rather than fiction is expected), and we can forgive him.

b) he knows full well (and gambled the public didn't), and this is simple PR damage control (as you suggest).

Posted by Crosbie Fitch at March 3, 2007 10:12 AM


Posted by Crosbie Fitch at March 3, 2007 10:17 AM

Whether Wales did the right thing for the right reasons or not, you still ought to acknowledge that it was the right decision.

Wikipedia's clearly a trainwreck -- I've stopped claiming otherwise. But in Jordan's specific case, assuming he's really out, Wales undid a really bad decision to keep a fabulist in its management.

Posted by Rogers Cadenhead at March 3, 2007 11:20 AM

Rogers, I'm not a very forgiving person. Perhaps a flaw in my nature. I find it hard to be generous when a statement still has a lot of falseness in it, even if that's a political necessity. I'm bad at politics.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at March 3, 2007 11:39 AM