Skip to comments.Wikipedia overtaking major news sites
Posted on 09/11/2005 12:10:56 PM PDT by CreviceTool
Wikipedia overtaking major news sites Traffic to the multilingual network of sites has grown 154 percent over the past year. September 6, 2005: 5:21 PM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Wikipedia, which has surged this year to become the most popular reference site on the Web, is fast overtaking several major news sites as the place where people swarm for context on breaking events. Traffic to the multilingual network of sites has grown 154 percent over the past year, according to research firm Hitwise. At current growth rates, it is set to overtake The New York Times on the Web, the Drudge Report and other news sites. But the rising status of the site as the Web's intellectual demilitarized zone, the favored place people look for background on an issue or to settle a polemical dispute, also poses challenges for the volunteer ethic that gave it rise. "We are growing from a cheerful small town where everyone waves off their front porch to the subway of New York City where everyone rushes by," said Jimmy Wales, the founder of the volunteer encyclopedia. "How do you preserve the culture that has worked so well?" p>
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Well, if it's like that, then I guess I can understand how you could get frustrated. As The Beev has pointed out we're all biased toward our own POV. The article about the guy that made up the new definition of the word "santorum" seemed to me as if he had written it himself.
"Though Savage encourages sexual experimentation, he does not encourage carelessness. He frequently makes use of his position that of a columnist with a large and loyal audience to spread AIDS awareness and to promote safe sex."
To my thinking, the idea that promoting safe sex is a way to paint yourself a goody-good is a stupefied lefty poser meme. So, I can see some bias there, yes.
But I still think it's the best first stop when looking up something noncontroversial, like a medical term or an electrical device or a mountain range or a species of animal. You get a good overview of the topic and some very content-rich related links.
The Tang. Freepers drank the Tang.
The manipulation of online polls by Free Republic has not been without controversy. The practice involves making a post directing members to vote en masse in an online poll, particularly those on television network or newspaper websites, with the intended goal of significantly affecting the final outcome. Known on the Free Republic as "freeping" a poll, the practice is not unique to the Free Republic forums and is employed by many other activist websites of all political stripes.
I was unaware that FR was the only or primary website biasing the outcome of online polls.
The leftists do it every hour to news articles and photos on Yahoo.
Here are some confessed examples of DUping/DUmping and even ISLAMming of polls.
Post #1 "Should We Report Freepers Whenever they try "Freeping" polls? Why should we let Freepers vote up to 10 times on the same poll. We should report "Freeps" to the webmasters of the sites conducting the polls. I remember a few months ago we got a poll shut down because it was being Freeped."
Post #2 "Sure, why not... And yes we should continue DUing polls. There is a need to help people from making stupid mistakes and if a poll result might influence even one person from supporting these idiots in charge then I have no qualms with it."
Here is an MSNBC poll that was ISLAMmed yet there was no outing of this scampaign to push the numbers:
http://www.students.missouri.edu/lists/muslim-l/0787.html (note, this is now a dead link)
Re: Fwd: Fw: Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
Omer Choudhary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 20:15:25 -0600 (CST)
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Seriously, everone go to this website Milia sent and vote for the Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him. I just went and voted and apparently, Alhumdullilah the most votes are for the Prophet (PBUH) right now, at 20,352. Second place is Jesus, with 5,026. So we're way ahead but the more the better. I also want to point out a very important thing. Many of you will think that we don't need to worry about some stupid vote to prove or show anyone that Prophet Muhammad, Peace Be Upon Him is really "Number One". Agreed. However, stop and think for a minute that the amount of people around the world that are influenced by these same magazines, programs, and surveys will also think that "Hey, how did this person win? What's so special about them...etc etc". So the idea is that this is also a way, (a big way), to attract people's attention to Islam and to what the religion is all about, rather than them being bogged down by stereotypes they hear from the media, etc. So please go and vote at this website:
"Life Is Goooooood!"
-Omer J. Choudhary
If Mr. Choudhary's name seems familiar, it is because he was one of the 3 Missouri college students stopped about a suspected terrorist threat made in Georgia (these were the kids stopped in Florida on the toll road).
Seems that I found this evidence of ISLAMming polls when I googled his name the day that story broke.
Updated: 5:27 p.m. ET Feb. 12, 2004 Editor's Note: This week, the online version of the Newsweek poll received an unusually high rate of response, with the clear majority of participants casting uniform votes. For these reasons, we believe the poll is being intentionally manipulated. In addition, we received an e-mail alert suggesting that the campaign is being coordinated by at least one special-interest group.
Who do you suppose it was that tupped off MS-NBC/Newsweek?
Could it have been the same people who were biasing the other side of the poll?
Free Republic in the national spotlight
Free Republic in the national spotlight In August 2004 Jerome Corsi, co-author of the controversial and influential book Unfit for Command, apologized in the national media for racist, homophobic, and anti-Islam comments, as well as slurs made against liberal political figures, that he made on Free Republic under the user name "jrlc." The posts were discovered and made public by Media Matters for America, a liberal website . Concerning the remarks, Corsi said, "I don't stand by any of those comments and I apologize if they offended anybody," and, "...the politically incorrect humor I posted on this site is evidently not funny to everyone. Detractors should have interviewed my dog. No matter how I frame a comment, "Chico" has yet to laugh." Subsequently, John O'Neill, the book's other co-author, attempted to distance himself from Corsi and attempted to downplay Corsi's involvement in the writing of the book.
Free Republic also made news during "Rathergate", the controversy surrounding CBS News' use of allegedly forged documents during the 2004 US presidential campaign. Nineteen minutes after its broadcast began, Free Republic poster TankerKC questioned the documents on-line, stating they were "not in the style that we used when I came into the USAF." Another poster, Buckhead (who himself received national media attention), made an on-line observation that the documents were in a proportionally spaced font, and stated, "these documents are forgeries," less than four hours after CBS broke the story. By the following morning, the discussion at Free Republic quickly spread to the Internet blog Power Line, and eventually to the Drudge Report and the Associated Press. (disputed see talk page)
Does this seem like a fair assessment of what goes on here? "Alledgedly forged"??? Is there still any doubt????
Would you want family and friends to use this to judge where you spend your online hours?
Heh. Thank you, weegee; I missed that -- at the DU article, the closest comparable entry I can find is:
DUers are active in US politics in many ways. Sometimes DUers in different parts of the country meet at DU gatherings in certain cities. DUers have also been known to attend political protests and rallies, volunteer for campaigns, and write letters to editors of newspapers and members of Congress.
One of the newest ways in which DUers are involved is called the DU Activist Corps. Founded on July 1, 2005, the Activist Corps is a group of over 1,000 DUers who are committed to taking action on a certain issue whenever an official Activist Corps activity is posted.
The first Activist Corps action was posted on July 12; members wrote letters to the editors of local newspapers regarding Karl Rove's role in the leaking of CIA agent Valerie Plame's name. More than 70 letters were published in newspapers throughout the country. Other Corps activities have included signing onlinepetitions to U.S. Senators asking them to reject Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts, Jr., and to write letters of support Cindy Sheehan."
Ayep, I'd call that further evidence of leftist bias by omission. . .while the "National Spotlight" section pins it for the win in terms of bias by misrepresentation.
Now, that being said, I do consider the citation of Corsi's admission of wrongdoing to actually be a positive, in how it implies a certain superior regard for accountability on his part, and by extension, FR. And while I would agree with you 100% that "allegedly" is a shameful example of purely dishonest or deranged spin, the citation of FR's part in exposing the forgery and CBS' gross error I also consider to be favorable overall.
As to your last question, well. . .my family and friends have long since been taught better than to question, let alone "judge", where I spend my online hours.
Or pretty much anything else I do.
You didn't even read your own excerpt. No wonder you think they're biased:
"Known on the Free Republic as "freeping" a poll, the practice is not unique to the Free Republic forums and is employed by many other activist websites of all political stripes."
Victimhood is evidently not unique to liberals.
Funny. There is NO such discussion of the practice in the DU listing.
No mention on the DU listing about the hateful threads they pull when they appear in print in the Wall Street Journal (i.e. DU in the News).
Again, would you feel comfortable trying to explain to someone about your posting at a site such as FR if that is what forms their perception of the site?
Dude, we pioneered "Freeping" polls. The other organizations simply followed our example.
FReeping is activity like standing outside the VP's place telling Mr. Gore "Get Out Of Cheney's House!"
Not just an online action.
Women with blue dresses and kneepads following Bill Clinton around.
Somehow I seriously doubt that Omer got his idea to ISLAM the MS-NBC poll from Free Republic back in the 1990s.
I'm feeling pretty prescient right now...
In the September issued of "Wired" Magazine, I read an article about countries that censor certain websites. Wikipedia.org is banned in China.
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