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08/03/2006 Meeting Notes

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  • AS: Alex Schenk
  • CT: Carl Tashian
  • RF: Randy Fenstermacher
  • Apple: Kyle
  • AR: Arnold Reinhold
  • JB: Jonah Boswitch
  • I: Improv
  • j
  • Introductions
  • Wikimania on the brain still
    • Anyone from Wikimania who’s in town with nothing better to do should come meet some bloggers.

      I asked about citations in articles, which is something many of you are concerned about. They’re beginning to allow and encourage them. One of the men here is responsible for selecting featured articles. He says he tries not to include articles with no sources.

      We talked a bit about the anonymity of Wikipedia authors. One participant gave the example of an author of a book about weapons who won an esteemed prize for his work, which later evidence showed he fabricated. Because his name is publicly attached to that book, people know he was the one responsible for the book. Because his name is known, he won’t be able to get certain jobs in academia because of what happened and because he’s now known for fabricating scholarship. How does anonymous writing in Wikipedia relate to this story?

      We also talked about the “It’s a wiki. Fix it yourself.” issue. If people are unhappy or unsatisfied with something, they often don’t take the initiative to change or improve the article.

    • Maybe some Hacking Days participants can tell us what life’s about.
    • Find out how you can participate!
    • Hacking Days
    • Citizen journanlism day
  • Anyone from BlogHer want to tell us how it was?
  • BarCamp Earth
  • RedLine for a special party from 9 to 11 pm
  • Upcoming events of interest:
  • Various upcoming & potential stuff on our schedule:
    • Get Colin Rhinesmith to report-back to us on the Media Giraffe conference, Democracy and Independence: Sharing News and Politics in a Connected World
    • Zach would like to present on a new project he is affiliated with, Others Online
    • We’re percolating at least one something to do with Second Life
    • Dan Bricklin, known for his work on VisiCalc and wikiCalc
    • Someone who can fill us in on what’s happening with China and the Internet –> Rebecca MacKinnon will be speaking with us sometime after she gets back from her current summer trip to China and other parts of Asia.
    • Ben Sheldon and something about maps
    • Adam and something about maps
    • Brett on Ubuntu
    • If you want to help shepherd a potential future topic or if you have ideas of your own, please talk to Erica or j. We’d love – and could really use – your help!
    • Eat:
      • This week: RedLine
      • Last week: Redbones
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