Ah, not knowing what a wiki is

Peter May, whose work underpins the Progressive Pulse blog, and I were talking yesterday about the need to bring together a whole host of posts on this site, Progressive Pulse and other sites in a place where they could be more easily found under topic themes.

This reminded that three or so years ago I was keen to build a wiki for this site but it did not happen, I have no doubt for very good reason (like a lack of time). However, the software was created and it occurred to me that it could be very easily adapted for this purpose.

What’s the defining detail of a wiki? The wisdom of the crowds, that the general public out here gets to edit.

What’s the one thing that Ely Sagacity isn’t going to survive? The wisdom of the crowds…..

Be hellishly fun to see the re-edits though…..

12 thoughts on “Ah, not knowing what a wiki is”

  1. Ritchie is a genius compared to Peter May, but I suspect May has a more affable, less thin-skinned personality.

    There is juvenile fun to be had at Progressive Pulse by commenting using a direct Ritchie quote and see what they say.

  2. If he did do this I Imagine he’d claim it was open to all to freely edit, then instigate a fiendish membership approval process that wouldn’t allow anyone other than his approved chums to participate. He’d get to be administrator and dictator over something at last, but it would be a genuine echo chamber.

  3. I see he has an actual Wikipedia entry, although it’s well out of date. Last edited in April 2020, but contains this:

    Personal life

    Murphy is a Quaker.[32][49] He lives with his wife, a GP, and two children in Downham Market.[3]

    I’ve never contributed to any Wikis so I don’t know how easy it is to edit, but I’d be tempted to try to insert something like:

    Murphy is an admirer of the philosophy of Amon Göth.

  4. There’s no reason you can’t have them as private, invite only.

    The problem with the average lefty is that they don’t have the initiative. And I mean, this is easy stuff to install now. Time? I can set up a wiki in about 10 minutes. But for a lefty, they’d have to go and research this.

  5. @bravefart – wikipedia would want you to show a link demonstrating the fact otherwise it could be deleted. Probably better to list all the drivel he has published on his blog (with links) As we know it’s so contradictory it would demonstrate to the world what an idiot and fool he is. The downside is that you’d have to trawl through his blog and suffer the consequences of losing millions of braincells or rapidly rising blood pressure. It’s not a job I would wish on anyone. Perhaps an entry saying something like – Tim Worstall has refuted most of Richard murphys assertions /theories in his blog under the heading “ragging on ritchie ” -after asking Tim beforehand of course.

  6. This reminded that three or so years ago I was keen to build a wiki for this site but it did not happen, I have no doubt for very good reason (like a lack of time). However, the software was created and it occurred to me that it could be very easily adapted for this purpose.

    He doesn’t know how a wiki works?

    ‘The software was created’? No shit. Like a decade ago. So long ago that the number of free wikis has proliferated like weeds – there’s one for pretty much any computer game or fictional IP you can think of. You can do it for free through Google even.

    ‘I have no doubt for a very good reason’ – yes, the reason is that you’re too lazy to do the work and you know that allowing community editing will fill it full of pages and references showing your idiocy, hypocrisy, and the constant contradicting of yourself.

  7. BraveFart
    May 12, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve never contributed to any Wikis so I don’t know how easy it is to edit, but I’d be tempted to try to insert something like

    They’re really easy to edit – just hit the ‘Edit’ tab up on the right top. The only catch is how often someone is paying attention to the page. If its not often then the edit might stay up for a while.

  8. Its funny to read the Talk page. Someone removed a version of Murphy’s bio from the Wiki page for – get this – copyright violation. Because it was copy-pasted from Murphy’s own ‘about’ page on his website. From a section called ‘share this’.

  9. @bravefart, as a Wikipedian editing almost daily for the last fifteen years, I can advise that you’d differently need to provide a citation for that. Wikipedia can turn into a war zone over controversial topics, but spectating the shouting matches can be quite amusing.

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