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thekohser

Member since: Feb 16th, 2010

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Wikipedia Beautifier makes the encyclopedia more readable, removes clutter (Download Squad)

Mar 25th 2011 3:16PM Is there an extension that would just make a Wikipedia page fade to white if the page is not accurate or reliable?

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Wonders if You Can Spot Him $16 Million (Switched)

Nov 19th 2010 3:21PM It is very sad to see Jimmy Wales and the leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) abusing Wikipedia as a financial confidence game. Auditing firm KPMG reviewed the WMF and determined that it takes about $2.5 million annually to run Wikipedia and related projects (servers, bandwidth, programming personnel). Why, then, is the WMF asking for $20 million this year, after collecting $11 million last year?

The organization gets ONE STAR (out of four) from Charity Navigator, in terms of organizational efficiency, because the WMF is only spending 41 cents of every revenue dollar on program services that support the charitable mission.

Why is this shell game a tax-exempt charity? In 2009, they paid rental monies (many thousands of dollars) to Jimmy Wales' private, for-profit corporation -- a deal that was wired in BEFORE they even sought competitive bids to make it look clean. In 2010, the WMF ran a huge research study of past donors, but instead of putting the project to competitive bid, guess who won the work? A tiny firm in Oklahoma that was the previous employer of the WMF staff member who coordinated the project!

I think people are foolish to listen to this man who is milking a one-star charity as a means of putting money in the bank.

'Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia' - The Documentary Reviewed (Urlesque)

Nov 2nd 2010 10:28AM I thought the most useful component of the movie was its ability to not-so-subtly point out how Jimmy Wales has essentially lied about his role and impact in the creation of Wikipedia. Larry Sanger (the real founder) is presented in a much more hospitable light. It was delightful seeing Sanger joyfully playing the violin, while Wales wanders the cold streets of New York, alone and over a thousand miles from his ex-wife and his daughter.

Reap, sow, and all that.

The 12 Most Amazing (and Useless) Wikipedia Pages (Asylum)

Oct 22nd 2010 3:13PM This sounds like it was written in 2006, when people still thought Wikipedia was cool and useful. It's pretty well established now that it's just a pathetic collection of factoids that may or may not be true, incoherently cobbled together by conjunctions and semicolons.

I stopped reading when you said that Wikipedia "documents everything". Where's the article about Carolyn Doran?

Wikipedia to Undergo a Casual, Calm Facelift Slated for April 5th (Switched)

Mar 29th 2010 11:55PM Wow. So this half-assed Band-Aid is what $10.4 million in 2009 donations to the Wikimedia Foundation buys? Now I can see why they tried to hide the usability team over at Jimmy Wales' FOR-PROFIT company, Wikia, Inc.

In case you don't know what a "wired deal" looks like:

http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2009-January/049340.html

Macworld 2010: Violet Blue (TUAW.com)

Feb 16th 2010 9:23PM Wyrding? Aren't you the libel-hound who initially wrote:

"The publicity-seeking Violet Blue who slept with Jimmy Wales so that her wikipedia entry could be cleaned up? That's the lady you're interviewing. The one who is now creating a fake controversy about Steve Jobs to increase her name"...

then you changed your mind about publishing that? That's what my Google News Alert showed me before you thought better of your baseless words. What is it about anonymity and the Internet that leads people to think it's okay to spew groundless defamatory attacks?