Internet Annoyances

by admin on July 29, 2009

First of all, it was another killer, hot, humid day in Vancouver. Thirty-three plus humidity. Many years ago, I did a Prinergy upgrade in a little Australian town called Dubbo near the outback. It hit 40 there. But it was more comfortable there, I kid you not.

So I edited the Wikipedia entry for prepress and the changes seemed to stick. Then the next day the changes were gone. Whaaaa? So I checked the deletion log and nothing. No Wikipedia editor wagging their finger at any of my entries. The Wikipedia robot deleted one of my external links (to Gordo's blog) because its hosted on blogger, but thats it. And oh yeah, one hour of my life is gone forever. Thanks Wikipedia.

I did some minor edits tonight, let's see if they stick. Or maybe I should just stick to Printwiki, as Laurens advises.

Jamie gives me a heads-up on my about me page that Prepress Pilgrim is now being officially blocked by WebSense. Thank you, thank you, thank you. They have me as a "social networking site." Well, we are sort of networking here. Somewhat.

And so it goes...


Tele2002 July 30, 2009 at 12:16 am

I wonder if Wikipedia every entry has a human eye cast over it. I modified the entry last night for the Karawanken Tunnel in Slovenia after I noticed that the had mixed miles and kilometres and that has suck, but I tried to create an whole new entry for pre-media and got the big finger wagging stating that it must bear some relevance to the population (or some rubbish like that!)

Seems to me that you have a community driven site that is policed a little to much!

Jeff Lazerus July 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

I started editing wikipedia’s entry for direct mail about a year ago. The original authors (?) were trying to define the term “direct mail” as “junk mail”, which is not only perjorative but wrong. I went back and forth for about 3 months with them on this, but they kept revising my corrections. The problem is, although it would be great to avoid wikipedia, that is where most of the general public would see definitions of prepress, or premedia, or whatever. Perhaps we could outsource this job to the same people from India who are commenting on my blog for linkbait. They could hover over the wikipedia entry and police it so that what we (the experts!) always get the last and most authoritative word.

Tele2002 July 30, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Ah yes linkbiat, well I can handle linkbait ‘if’ what they contribute is relevant, but the one that is getting me at the moment is the site aggregator blogs, RSS aggregators I can understand, and really promote as they serve a purpose (like GraphicStart or the soon to be launch Pre-Media News) but I can’t stand those blogs that don’t contribute themselves and just use others!

I was flicking through Colorwiki the other day and figured that it was so out of date as it was created by CHROMiX, Inc and thus had some restrictions on what could be modified, much like the new CrossRoads forum for Esko…. not very independant when you slap your own advertising all over what is meant to be a full community site!

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