Thursday, April 9, 2009

who found wikipedia?

and where?

Further to the Jimbo theme of my last post, there's a continuing broo ha ha about the status of the founders of wikipedia, Jimbo Wales and Larry Sanger. Turns out Jimbo has been a bit 'economic with the actualite' since his change of heart a while back over Larry's role - and Larry is now sick of it to the point of making a bit of a fuss.

Larry's caught somewhat between a rock and a hard place in trying to confront Jimbo on this one, and the tension between the 'nobody cares' defense and the 'I'm definitely the founder' position is difficult to communicate.

It's a little unedifying, I reckon, but amusing to see chaps like dear old Shankers coming out of the woodwork... my tuppence on the best way forward would be for Jimbo to acknowledge that both he and Larry have played a role significant enough in the creation of Wikipedia to warrant the title 'founder' - I reckon that's a win-win for him.......

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