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[News] Wikipedia and Free Software Foundation Make Progress and Gain Credibility

  • Subject: [News] Wikipedia and Free Software Foundation Make Progress and Gain Credibility
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2007 21:06:23 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Wikipedia and Creative Commons next steps

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| Last week the Wikimedia Foundation board took an important step toward giving 
| Wikipedia the right to choose to migrate to a Creative Commons 
| Attribution-ShareAlike license. Credit goes to the Wikimedia Foundation and 
| Free Software Foundation for having the wisdom and foresight to enable this 
| progress.    


Here’s why teachers who ban Wikipedia are misguided

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| “You can ban kids from listening to rock ‘n’ roll music, but they’re going to 
| anyway,” the BBC website quoted Wales as saying. “It’s the same with 
| information, and it’s a bad educator that bans their students from reading 
| Wikipedia.”   
| [...]
| Teachers wedded to textbooks and more standard encyclopedia entries need to 
| understand that Wikipedia’s subject depth as well as speed-to-entry are not  
| minuses but pluses. 


It's the likes of Microsoft which corrupt and FUD Wikipedia (see below).


Wikipedia becomes a class assignment

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| University of Washington-Bothell professor Martha Groom has more of an "If 
| you can't beat 'em, join 'em" response to the online encyclopedia that anyone 
| can write or edit.  


Microsoft Hires Programmer to edit Wikipedia Entry For OOXML


Seeing Corporate Fingerprints in Wikipedia Edits

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| The SCO Group, a software maker in Salt Lake City, made changes to product 
| information in its own entry this year. The company has been involved in 
| legal disputes over the rights to some open-source software.  


Cjhebgen re-writing SCO's history on Wikipedia

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| It's very interesting what changes they try and make. Like they've
| removed the link to Groklaw


Microsoft Program Manager: Wikipedia is a Giant Joke

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| I am especially amused by all the bits in red font since they are
| either borderline libel or just straight up hilarious.


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