You must know Wikipedia — it’s the online encyclopedia that people used to be so excited about because “everyone” can contribute to it. And I say, “everyone” because while — technically — anyone can still open an entry and make edits, the chance of those edits remaining are getting increasingly slim. I mean, have you actually tried to add something to Wikipedia in the last year or two? It’s getting borderline impossible, even if you have top information to share.
And why is this? Simple. Wikipedia has become a haven for all those dickless wonders you can find all over the Internet in online communities, email groups, forums, USENET groups and basically anywhere that people can post an opinion about something — preferably with the fuckwit in question having the ability to edit and/or delete the opinions of those they disagree with as it seems to give them a sense of power they are missing in their “real” lives.
Yep, like moths to the flame, the fuckwits have descended on Wikipedia to edit, criticise, nitpick — and often talk about things they’ve actually got no fucking clue about. But hey, when did that stop cunts like this?
I’ve come across this several times in the last couple of years, to the extent that I’ve actually given up trying to add information to Wikipedia — even on subjects I have an intimate knowledge of — as it’s only going to get deleted by some fucking moron who has appointed himself “guardian” of some random, esoteric entry and this self-appointment seems to include the self-belief that no one else in the entire world can possibly add facts to the subject except themselves.
Does Wikipedia care? Does it fuck. It seems quite happy that it has this army of fuckwits keeping the site up-to-date. What it doesn’t perhaps realise, however, is what’s being LOST to sheer fuckwittery and editing by these morons.
Here’s a good example. When I was growing up, I knew a local band. That band never went on to be famous, but large enough to have a “cult” following and release some CDs on a minor label. One day I noticed this band has a Wikipedia entry and, when I read it, noticed some glaring errors. And how did I know they were errors? Easy. Unlike people who might have read a book on this band, or heard about them through fanzine articles and the like, I had actually lived it. I knew the band. I’d been to their houses. Bought rounds with them at the local university bar. All of that. So I went into the entry and corrected a few things. They weren’t even big changes, simply corrections, creating a much more reliable Wikipedia entry, to my way of understanding the site’s goals.
Within a day, however, some dickless fuckwit had swooped in and changed all the details back to what they were. Huh? I went into the notes for the page, and made a complaint that what I was saying was actually spot-on and what credentials did this joker have for changing it? All bravado, out Internet fuckwit replied that he was a fan, and he was “in charge” of the page (NB: no one is “in charge” of Wikipedia pages so this guy was a pure power-tripper), and what I had said was wrong to his understanding of the band’s background story.
I looked up this guys profile and not only was he about 30 years older than me (and thus the band members under debate), he also lived in another country to boot. So here we had some pension-aged foreigner telling me about a band of my contemporaries, from my home town, who I was mates with? What a fucking goose. Seriously, what a dumb cunt! And he reckoned he was right!
At that moment I thought about fighting on, because I was totally correct in what I’d said, and I suddenly had visions of appealing to someone higher up in Wikipedia and getting this idiot stripped of his ability to make people’s lives a misery by editing their well-meant (not to mention, factual), comments, but then I decided not to waste time and energy on it. As I mentioned earlier, this has happened to me more than once and, if this is what Wikipedia’s to become, it’s welcome to it. The result is that it will always be a semi-decent source of information, but while ever these self-appointed fuckwits patrol its pages, it will never be truly great. They’re morons who can’t see the wood for the trees.