Response sent12:56, 13 Sep 2004 (UTC) To be published: Sat, 18 Sep 2004
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Article: Spreading Knowledge, The Wiki Way, 2004-09-09, page E01 (front page of section E?!) Author: Leslie Walker, The Washington Post
From the article:
- Britannica's editors are among those who take a skeptical view, noting that Wikipedia publishes a disclaimer stating that it does not vouch for its own validity. "We very much take responsibility for all the content we include in any of our products," said Britannica editor in chief Dale Hoiberg.
- He added that Britannica subjects its articles to an editorial review process with at least six stages and works to ensure the content is accurate, comprehensive, balanced, consistent and full of context.
From the Britannica website :
- /THE SITE AND ALL INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND OTHER CONTENT (INCLUDING THIRD-PARTY INFORMATION, PRODUCTS, AND CONTENT) INCLUDED IN OR ACCESSIBLE FROM THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND (EXPRESS, IMPLIED, AND STATUTORY, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF TITLE AND NONINFRINGEMENT AND THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE), ALL OF WHICH BRITANNICA EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW./
- /*YOUR USE OF BRITANNICA.COM IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.*/
To the editors of the Washington Post,
In regards to Leslie Walker's September 9 article on Wikipedia, Spreading Knowledge, The Wiki Way, you quote Britannica's editor-in-chief Dale Hoiberg as saying that Britannica "take[s] responsibility for all the content we include in any of our products," implicitly scoffing at Wikipedia's disclaimer.
Wikipedia takes great pride in all of its content, and as much responsibility for it as is legally tenable. Online, Britannica appears to do the same.
[sj], Wikipedia editor.
- Wikipedia General disclaimer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia%3AGeneral_disclaimer
Who to contact
Web editors : firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Editorial department publishes the editorials, letters to the editor and opinion pages. So as not to compromise the objectivity of the news department, the editorial staff operates independently; its editor, Fred Hiatt, reports directly to The Post's chairman, Donald Graham.
Submit letters to the editor to: email@example.com
For the original, see the Red Herring article. (may be updated by now)
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 08:02:30 -0400 (EDT) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: "Wiki wars" corrections Dear Red Herring editors, I was pleased to see an article about wikis, "Wiki wars", on your site today. However, it contains a few small mistakes. You state that "Since May, Wikipedia's Mr. Kerry entry has been frozen at least seven times, while its Mr. Bush page has been locked down almost as often." In fact, the article on Kerry has been protected 8 times since May, and that on Bush 10 times. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia%3AProtection_log Later, you mention the "Wikipedia Foundation", an organization which does not exist; the foundation is Wikimedia, with an 'm', and supports a number of projects aside from Wikipedia. http://www.wikimediafoundation.org Now if only your site had a content management system that allowed visitors to edit a version of it directly, these statements would have been corrected a bit faster...
See also the Press kit for pressworthy quotes.
My question, to this esteemed Wiki community, is this: Do you think that a Wiki could successfully generate a useful encyclopedia? --JimboWales
Yes, but in the end it wouldn't be an encyclopedia. It would be a wiki.
The big secret of course is that Wikipedia is not really about an encyclopedia, it's just a big game of nomic. ;-) --JimboWales
- (Jimmy Wales said he would view the World Book and Britannica as competitors, but thinks they will be) "crushed out of existence within five years".
- "There's no cost to switching from an outdated old encyclopedia to Wikipedia -- just click and learn, and there you go. You can switch before your friends switch, but the knowledge you learn will be perfectly compatible," he said.
"Personally, I think [Wales] is a kook-and-a-half on toast. Wikipedia is really cool, though." -- Prof. Nim Chimpsky, 2022 (hasn't yet occurred )
Here is a draft letter requesting permission to translate a published article and publicly reproduce the translations (on meta).
Dear [DE.bug], I enjoyed [Mario Sixtus|Michael Kurzidim]'s recent [article about Wikipedia|review of encyclopedieas] (''[Wissen-der-Welt.org|Multimedia-Enzyklopädien]'', [September 2004|October 2004]). I would like your permission to translate it into English and other languages, and to make the translations available on my own website, with a link to your site as the original source. Please let me know whether this could be arranged. Sincerely, [author], Wikipedia editor
(with the parts in [brackets] changing depending on the article in question)
Should this mention the foundation? Be written officially on behalf of the foundation? How should this be addressed -- to the editor of the publication in question, its publisher, or someone else?
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, [if the editor is unknown] OR Sehr geehrter Herr [name, male] OR Sehr geehrte Frau [name, female]
Mit Vergnügen habe ich den Artikel über wikipedia mit dem Titel [title] gelesen, der am [date] in [publication] erschien. Herzlichen Glückwunsch für die gute Arbeit. Mit Ihrer Erlaubnis würde ich gerne diesen Artikel ins Englische übersetzen und die Übersetzung den anderen Wikipedianern zugäglichen machen, die kein deutsch sprechen. Auf jeden Fall würde auf ihre website ein link gesetzt werden.
Bitte schreiben Sie mir, wenn Sie sich diese Übersetzung vorstellen können, ich würde mich sehr freuen, wenn Sie es erlauben könnten. Mit freundlichen Grüßen [wikipedian], Wikipedianer