Re: Wikipedia:Verifiability - Mailing lists as sources
|From:||Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 0:41|
On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 5:31 PM, David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...> wrote:
> No doubt it was the same desire for attention/participants that
> prompted one person to
> use a bot to generate 100,000 article stubs in the Volapuek
> Wikipedia. This raised the
> Volapuek Wikipedia's position in the list of Wikipedias sorted by
> number of articles,
> attracting a lot of attention, not all of it favorable. (One response
> was a proposal to
> delete the entire Volapuek Wikipedia.)
> Whoa... A generator was good enough to do *all* those articles?!
> Why don't they do them for natlangs, too? Are they accurate?
They do use them for natlangs. Back around 2001 or 2002 there
was some controversy about someone using a bot to generate a huge
number of articles about U.S. cities and counties based on census
data. At that time, if you clicked the "random article" link in the English
Wikipedia, you would get a bot-generated census data article about a
third of the time, if I remember right.