The Wikipedia Blackout is Dumb: Community Nonsense #1

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Social Media | 2 Comments

It’s one of the things about online communities – we all love them, but we’ve got to remember some of it just don’t make sense. So much, in fact, that I thought I’d do a roundup just before bed time. Maybe it’ll be a regular thing, maybe next week there’ll be less nonsense – unlikely. So here’s the first of many Community Nonsense top five roundups.

#5. Code Year

Code Year sounds like most New Year’s resolutions. A load of people got excited about how 2012 was gonna be so big. Then they went back to their normal lives, where they went to the same job, drank too much, continued to smoke, didn’t exercise and didn’t learn anything that seemed too hard. So Code Year signed up 97,000 people? Even the mayor of NYC got involved. I wonder how many people are genuinely taking the lessons when that email arrives on a Monday. I made the pledge, I didn’t follow it up. I also had a beer last weekend. If you don’t know how to code, keep calm and carry on.

#4. People answering for Jimmy Wales’ position on SOPA, when I clearly haven’t asked them, or care about their opinion

I asked Jimmy Wales, I didn’t ask anyone else. Please don’t give me your opinion on SOPA if I ask him, even if it is a public question – I see so many other people’s view about it every time I look at my timeline. I asked Jimmy Wales because I genuinely want to know what he thinks.

I didn't get an answer from Jimmy himself, only his minions - it's a good question though! Please don't answer it - you are not Jimmy Wales. Unless you really are Jimmy Wales of course. Jimmy? Jimmy?! JIMMY?!!

To be fair to Jimmy Righteous, his actions have got onto the front page of The Metro this morning, which is nice. They’ve also broken Wikipedia’s stance of political neutrality, which is a dumb precedent.

#3. SOPA

Now maybe this will annoy people who do care, but I really don’t care about SOPA that much. It’s a dumb law and I doubt it will get through or be workable. Saying that, I did see ‘Rupert Murdoch doesn’t understand how the internet works’ on The Guardian. I really liked this quote:

He cannot see past old models of owning content and selling it and cannot see new ways to make money through using content to generate signals about people and built relationships with them to target higher-value, relevant content, services, and advertising.

I agree, but I also loathe the seeming failure of the anti-SOPA movement to properly acknowledge copyright theft as a virulent problem. Basically the response seems to be ‘the entertainment industry are all douches.’ I am pretty neutral – if this makes you angry, please right an offensive comment.
Toilet Talks about SOPA

 

NOTE: Can we also stop using the ‘X doesn’t understand how the Internet works’ or other bollocks for titles? Thank you.

#2. People claiming they have loads of work to do via Twitter

Do some work then. Stop tweeting about it.

#1. People commenting on articles they haven’t read

This really annoys me, but it’s becoming completely obvious that it happens more than we’d like to think. I write a blog, people often tweet me or leave comments repeating what I’ve said in the post in a ‘yeah but…’ kind of way, or arguing against me with a statement I have made in the post. Wow that’s dumb. It’s like people read the headline, look at a picture of a toilet and then write a comment. Oh…

  • 52kitkat

    You’re dumb. Jimmy Wales created a whole new way to share knowledge. What had you achieved so far?

    • James Carson

      LOL