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Wikidata: Is Jimbo More Popular Than Jesus?

By Mason

The new Wikimedia project Wikidata is set to become the latest battleground over who controls what is and is not considered part of the “sum of human knowledge” that the Wikimedia Foundation is keen to collect and present.

The idea behind Wikidata is a simple one: to classify and categorize essentially everything in the universe. Well, not everything: with a few exceptions, it must be “notable” according to one or more of the Wikipedias (English Wikipedia, of course, being its biggest – but not exclusive – source.) Don’t expect your plumber or mechanic to become a data point on Wikidata… at least not in Phase 1. The front page of the site describes Wikidata as “a free knowledge base that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike.”

Unlike Wikipedia, where prose rules and nuances can be explored if the writers choose to explore them, Wikidata is structured in a colder, more robotic fashion: there is either a “statement” (such as “sex = male”) or there is not. There’s little room for nuance on Wikidata.

Wikidata articles are called “queries” or “items”, and each one has a Q number. The “number of the beast”, fittingly, is listed at Q666, although in general the Q numbers bear no relation to the item itself. But let’s move away from the devil and take a look at Jesus. Here is how Wikidata’s “item” on Jesus appears:

label: Jesus description: central figure of Christianity Also known as: Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus Christ, Christ, Yeshua, Yehoshua, The Messiah, God the Son, Son of God mother: Mary main type (GND): person sex: male place of birth: Judea place of death: Judea father: Saint Joseph VIAF identifier: 38323081 Library of Congress Control Number: n79084784 image: Christ oriental.jpg …continue reading Wikidata: Is Jimbo More Popular Than Jesus?

Why doesn’t Wikipedia have an article about Denise Milani?

by E. A. Barbour

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Despite being a world-famous bosomy lad-magazine model, Ms. Milani is not permitted to have a Wikipedia biography. Formerly from the Czech Republic and currently residing in Los Angeles, she is unquestionably notable. Typing Milani’s name into Google gives 10,300,000 results, including links to her personal website and her fan-saturated Facebook with 309,000 followers, as well as thousands of photos of her “assets” online. Yet Wikipedia has declared her a “non-person”. For the manchild-dominated Wikipedia, the contempt for a famous pinup model is inexplicable. Evidently her articles were created by either lovestruck fanboys or by paid editors, thus making them appear to be advertisements, and thus “evil”. Even a beautiful face and a magnificent pair of breasts, plus massive media coverage, is not sufficient to keep Ms. Milani from being consigned to the seekret Paid-Editor Dungeon. Thus making her Wikinvisible. Articles about Milani can be found in the Czech Wikipedia, Spanish Wikipedia, French Wikipedia, Italian Wikipedia, and Portuguese Wikipedia — but not English.

*Every attempt to create an article about Ms. Milani has resulted in an ugly battle. The record shows seventeen deletions, to date. Putting her on a par with Wiki-Enemies like Daniel Brandt, Rachel Marsden, Allison Stokke, Brian Peppers and many others. There may be other deletions/recreations of Milani’s article, not documented due to oversighting. An example of what the article may have looked like is saved in this 2009 personal copy. Compare that to the fr-WP version.

**A September 2007 AFD was extremely hostile.

**A second attempt in December. with a slightly different name, was “speedy-deleted”.

**A third attempt in August 2010 gave similar results.

*Every attempt results in noticeboard posts, usually by the same deletionists. ””Given the highly intrusive personal/private information included in some

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