Comments: Sex, Lies, And Wikipedia Scandals Of Jimmy Wales

Resurrection by blogospheric elucidation?

Posted by Crosbie Fitch at March 11, 2008 03:31 AM

Seth is trying on a principled approach to how the issue is being reported.

But does Jimmy Wales, or Wikipedia for that matter actually deserve such even-handedness?

Wikipedia editors play dirty; and the techno-utopianism Wales peddles is either snake oil, or the sugary veneer on digital share-cropping, depending on how you look at it.

On the other hand, if you deplore the "cult of the amateur" and the "four legs good, two legs better" hypocrisy Wikipedia embodies, maybe a little street-fighting is necessary to push the pendulum back towards sanity.

Though it lookes like the rotten edifice may soon collapse of its own accord.

Posted by anon at March 11, 2008 05:28 AM

Too bad for Jimbo that karma is a real bitch. Looks as if everything he and Wikipedia have always done to other people is now coming all the way back around and biting him in the ass.

The gist of what Valleywag said is bang-on though. He was editing her article, through his proxies, while he was involved with her (as evidenced that he was talking about "fucking her brains out" while discussing proposed edits). So essentially he's getting sex for edits, that's the net effect.

Posted by Yeptomundo at March 11, 2008 06:19 AM