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John Byrne
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Posted: 14 September 2005 at 10:19am | IP Logged | 1  

Does anyone know how to contact whatever Powers may Be at this online "encyclopedia"? For a couple of days now, between other, more important concerns, I have been trying to delete from the entry about me all the nonsense that goes beyond encyclopdic reference and enters the realms of opinion, rumor and borderline libel, and the result is that the page has been "locked" against my editing, on that grounds that my attempts to delete lies and troll-fodder constitute "vandalism". To add insult to injury, I have even been sent a little "message" from someone calling herself{?) DragonflySixtyseven, telling me I should not be trying to delete "actual fact"! "Actual fact" is what I am trying to get the "entry" to actually contain!

I have made several attempts to find my way thru the labyrinthian coils of the administrative section of Wikipedia, but to no result. (And how about that ability they have to send the users "messages" to which the users cannot directly respond? Makes AOL seem like a bastion of sanity and decorum!)

Any ideas?

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Brian Miller
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Posted: 14 September 2005 at 10:32am | IP Logged | 2  

I was thinking Joe Z had gotten somewhere with this. Joe?
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Bill Lukash
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I cringe anytime anyone brings up Wikipedia.  Their motto should be "Where your opinion become fact."   Sheesh!
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Jacob P Secrest
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I found out that Tennessee Williams's mum was a hooker on Wikipedia.
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Joe Smith
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They should have to change the name or change the content.

I was thinking, 'HTMLosers'
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Carl Dompok
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Posted: 14 September 2005 at 11:19am | IP Logged | 6  

Perhaps if someone else would edit on JB's behalf maybe that'll work. I suppose when JB tried to delete some of the entries, they saw this as being bias as the entry was about him. I dunno. Just guessing.
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Jacob P Secrest
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I tried that, it's been blocked to all editing.
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Todd Hembrough
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Posted: 14 September 2005 at 11:49am | IP Logged | 8  

Wikipedia is owned and operated by the Wikimedia Foundation.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home

Contact information for the principals is below.  Seems like a lawyerly letter to the Board of Trustees might get someones attention.

Good Luck JB,

Todd

Wikimedia Foundation

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Wikimedia Foundation Inc.
204 37th Ave N, #330
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Phone: +1(310)474-3223

email addresses

The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation can be contacted by email at board@wikimedia.org.
Wikimedia's founder Jimmy Wales can be contacted at jwales@wikia.com


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Brian Miller
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Way Ta Go, Todd!
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Todd Hembrough
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Thanks Brian.  Hope it all works out for the Chief.

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John Byrne
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I have sent an email to Jimmy Wales at the above
address. Let's see what happens.
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Brian Miller
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Good luck, JB.
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