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Wikipedia corrects serious error after 12 years

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Filed under: cars, culture, internet, publishing—Jack Yan @ 09.30

7 Responses to ‘Wikipedia corrects serious error after 12 years’

  1. Ben. says:

    Hi, I’m the (former) Wikipedia editor who went by ApolloBoy and I just so happened to find this while looking up some automotive history stuff. I was kind of amused to see my old Wiki screenname here, and I guess I should clarify why I originally made the article the way it was years ago. It wasn’t at all my intention to make stuff up, there wasn’t much information on old Ford platforms at the time (this would be c. 2005/2006 when I was an active editor) and I was simply going with what I knew based on some now defunct websites. Didn’t really help that I was a teenager at the time, haha.

    I am glad that the article is correct now and that you chewed my ass out for it after the fact. ;)
    Hopefully now everyone else can play catchup, if they ever do that is.

  2. Jack Yan says:

    I appreciate your popping by, Ben, and clearing up how that page came to be. You’re not solely responsible: Wikipedia has a lot to answer for. Had I gone in to delete that page, for example, I would have been branded a vandal. The site is inherently anti-expert, and there are signs that some senior editors gamed the system to get where they did (as noted in my earlier post). The CE14 page was a major bugbear, but looking back, if Wikipedia were more appreciative of experts, I might never have created Autocade, which turns 10 in a matter of days. So some good has come of it.

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