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On Monday, 13 March, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales were the joint keynote speakers at the South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin, Texas. Newmark did most of the talking and received most of the news coverage ("Craigslist, Wikipedia founders chat at SXSW",, but Jimmy later took the microphone at the "20x2" event at an Austin nightclub to discuss his personal reasons for launching Wikipedia. ("The Secret of Wikipedia", San Francisco Chronicle).

Harvard debate

On Wednesday, 15 March, David D. Weinberger, a fellow at the Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet and Society, discussed “The Authority of Wikipedia”[1] with Wikipedia steward Samuel J. Klein in front of about 25 people; the exchange was reported in "Fellow: Is Wikipedia Legit?" in The Harvard Crimson.

Economist and open source

On Thursday, 16 March, The Economist took a look at the open-source business model in "Open-source business: Open, but not as usual". Some quotes regarding Wikipedia:

Further explanations of Wikipedia's processes were slightly skewed: like many others, the reporter interpreted daily business-as-usual against vandals and trolls as an increasing attack, and the tools Wikipedia uses against them as desperate last-ditch defenses; graphs accompanying the story unaccountably showed the number of articles and contributors falling in early 2006; Don't be a dick was mentioned as a new policy (despite being first created by Phil Sandifer over a year ago, on 27 January 2005); and it was stated (incorrectly) that only registered users are able to edit existing articles (although the article correctly mentioned that new contributors must wait several days before being able to create new articles).

Encyclopedia comparison

"Wikipedia and Britannica: The Kid’s All Right (And So’s the Old Man)" is an in-depth feature article in Information Today that analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia and Encyclopaedia Britannica. It includes an overview of the editorial processes of each, and extended excerpts of interviews with Jimmy Wales and Tom Panelas, director of corporate communications at Britannica.


A student reporter at Weber State University in Utah was fired after a story submitted to the school newspaper was found to be heavily plagiarized from Wikipedia articles. A review of the reporter's previous work found further plagiarism. His dismissal was mentioned in a broader article on plagiarism in The WSU Signpost ("University to monitor plagiarism"). Earlier this year, a professional reporter at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin was also fired for plagiarizing from Wikipedia (see archived story).

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We seem to have a case where The Doctors Lounge Artificial Pacemaker article has been copied/edited from the WP article Artificial pacemaker on multiple occasions. See Talk:Artificial pacemaker for details. That site does not appear to acknowledge WP as a source. linas 04:16, 22 March 2006 (UTC)[reply]

New articles by new users

(although the article correctly mentioned that new contributors must wait several days before being able to create new articles).
I think this is wrong. New user accounts do not have to wait several days before being able to create new articles. A new user can create a new article right away. You may be thinking of semi-protection where a user can't edit a semi-protected page unless their account is several days old. --Pmsyyz 06:50, 25 March 2006 (UTC)[reply]


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