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Blog entry by Rob McCune posted 03-21-2007 06:07 AM 2122 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Apparently Wikipedia doesn’t feel our whisperer deserves their attention. It would appear that because Marc is not known to them, he is not wiki-worthy. You guys can go to the page on him and try to argue with the wiki-lords but I don’t know if it would help. I feel pretty let down, they accused me of just being his advertiser.

-- Rob McCune



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#1 posted 03-21-2007 11:56 AM

little do they know
I guess none of them have found their life balance in woodworking!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 03-21-2007 12:23 PM

does it really matter…it’s wiki…the majority of what’s on there is malarky anyways…I’m 26 and I just said malarky…sad

-- Cheers

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#3 posted 03-21-2007 12:32 PM

it must be because it is March, Shawn

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#4 posted 03-21-2007 02:25 PM

what is wikipedia?

-- Phil, Chattanooga,TN

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#5 posted 03-21-2007 03:09 PM

Wiki pedia is like an encyclopedia only some wik-idiots make it up as they go along.

But I’m up for an argument this morning.

Rob, it isn’t worth the effort. It’s like a bunch of real idiots got together over espresso and biscotti and said “Let’s make up our own encyclopedia and put it on the internet.”.

I found no place to inform them on how to update their information.

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#6 posted 03-21-2007 03:16 PM

Wikipedia is one of the new attempts at making information to all people without the concern for copyright issues. The goal is to build on each other’s knowledge rather than hoarding information and restricting our knowledge, wisdom, evolution.

This new direction (of open sourced material rather than copyright) can be seen in a number of differnt venues and it quite exciting, really, to watch it develop and iron out the kinks.

We have recently had a big discussion about copyright of things we have found in magazines. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone would say, “Here’s my information – take it and make it better/different. Enjoy.”

And, although we may not like their response to The WoodWhisperer’s information it does show that there are processes in place that try to keep the information correct and appropriate.

Having said that, I don’t use Wikipedia a lot but it is a good starting place for information. You do have to (as with any information) continue to do your research to ensure that what you have read is valid.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 03-21-2007 03:41 PM

It’s only a matter of time. Marc (TWW) will be world-wide household name and then the wik-idiots (I liked that Obi) will ask Marc to write something up for their website.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#8 posted 03-21-2007 03:45 PM

There comes a point when people call “Opinion” information, and ideas as fact… and next thing you know we’ll all have come from a monkey…

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#9 posted 03-21-2007 04:02 PM

The stuff they are missing is that his podcast is #1 for the hobby Category according to iTunes, he has been on TV in Canada on a how that features podcasts, he made the list of best of podcasting 2006 put together by iTunes staffers, he is already sponsored by Festools, Powermatic and Finewoodworking.com. I think he is in the top 5 most well known names of woodworkers among those woodworkers who are online.

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#10 posted 03-21-2007 04:05 PM

someone needs to make a list of these appearances and add them to the Wiki page.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#11 posted 03-21-2007 04:27 PM

That’s our Marc… The Spagman

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#12 posted 03-21-2007 04:33 PM

The process is what is pissing me off, Debbie. Instead of trying to promote the dissemination of information, which is wikipedia’s main goal, they assume we are full of crap and simply trying to advertise some nobody into existence.

-- Rob McCune

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#13 posted 03-21-2007 06:14 PM

I hear you. And your plan is a good one—come here and have other people post some more info so that they’ll see that it is not just advertising.

I also agree that TWW needs to be recognized. Drew has a great list of credits there. If the “facts” about these appearances can be identified, I think that Wiki will add him to their list without further question.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 03-21-2007 08:35 PM

Let keep things in perspective…Wikipedia is not known for its factual content. just ask Simbad, (the comic, not the sailor.) Their open sourse approach has lead to many factual errors in the content that they present. I as a rule no longer let my son use them as a reference sourse in any of his school papers, unless he is writing fiction. If the staff has such an elitest attitude twards woodworking, why bother. They probably don’t approve of NASCAR, Cracker Barrel or anything else that one might be pictured as “country.” I feel sorry for them if that is the case.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#15 posted 03-21-2007 09:03 PM

LOL I never considered woodworking to be “country!” That’s what I liked about Marc, he took it mainstream to be a woodworker. He “rolls” with a Sponge Bob pencil after all. :D Maybe I should listen to more country music now.

-- Rob McCune

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