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October 22nd, 2007
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A stray thought upon reading a lengthy Wikipedia comment thread at 2 AM
Welcome to Web 2.0, where history is written by the whiners.

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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
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Completely off topic, this reminds me of a tasteless one-liner I saw a few days ago:

If Russia invaded Turkey from the rear, would Greece help?
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2007 12:57 am (UTC)
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To be honest, specifying the article itself seems almost counterproductive to the bon mot.

But just so I can say I was honest for posterity: The two Talk pages that spawned this -- that I stumbled across separately, within 12 hours of each other -- were Talk:Otherkin and a lengthy, creepy discussion of whether Piers Anthony is a pedophile.
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From:arethinn
Date:October 22nd, 2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
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hee hee hee!
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From:krinndnz
Date:October 22nd, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Among the many flaws of Wikipedia. Annoying. Needs to be solved, for more reasons than just them.
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From:arethinn
Date:October 23rd, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
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Also:

I would like some history written by the wineries, please.


(I would say "winers", but that sounds like I'm referring to "winos" rather than "vintners"...)
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 23rd, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
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Me, I just want some history written by character actor George Wyner.
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
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But NOT history written by the Winters.*

DEAR GOD, NO!

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* Footnote: I actually own this album. At the time I bought it, the tape cost 50 cents, and I had never heard of Scientology. Nevertheless, I am ashamed.
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From:joysweeper
Date:October 23rd, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
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*sigh*

Yep. Made-up history too. Some of the Wookieepedia edit wars...

*shakes head*

There are times when I love being a nerd, and there are times when I wish I was a soccer player or a marathon runner instead.
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From:krinndnz
Date:October 23rd, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
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In order to preserve your state of mind, please never go to the meetings in which the FIFA Rules of the Game are debated.
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From:kistaro
Date:October 23rd, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
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My favorite part of Wikipedia is the Requests for Arbitration. I don't stir up trouble or anything- actually, I don't really participate at all- but I find their legalistic process endlessly fascinating. I'm not sure why.
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From:baxil
Date:October 24th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
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If I had to guess, I'd probably mumble something about the raw, public glimpse into human nature.
From:premchai21
Date:October 27th, 2007 04:45 pm (UTC)
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… okay, now that I realize what that was supposed to reference—does that mean you don't make the wine-whine distinction in English?

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From:baxil
Date:October 31st, 2007 09:44 am (UTC)
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Yeah, "whine" has a silent h. "Winners" and "winers/whiners" are pronounced differently, though.
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