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Date: 2005-11-04 (21:53)
From: Gerd Stolpmann <info@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Wikipedia
Am Freitag, den 04.11.2005, 13:05 -0800 schrieb Alex Goldman:
> On 11/4/05, Thomas Fischbacher
> <> wrote:
> > "most of my links" = "most of the links I set to my own pages".
> > Wikipedia is not for self-promotion. At least, it *does* smell a bit
> > strange if there are far more links to ffconsultancy on the Wikipeda
> > page than to INRIA pages, don't you agree?
> The title of his user page alone will leave you speechless: Dr. Jon D.
> Harrop BA MSci PhD. I've never met anyone who used both Dr. and Ph.D.
> at the same time, and that includes very accomplished people.

Come on, this is not fair.

> Wikipedia has a policy against self-promotion and link spam. The
> purpose of Wikipedia is to disseminate generally useful and objective
> encyclopedic knowledge. Instead, Harrop uses it to make
> self-aggrandizing claims and increase the Google ranking of and
> traffic to his "company" to sell his book.

This is not fair, too. The links to his own pages can nevertheless be
objective. Actually, there are lots of scientific sites where very
well-known authors also sell their books (by including links to Amazon

The point is that Wikipedia has no idea what quality is, and falls back
to a half-baked idea of "being objective = I must not advertise myself".
Very poor.

> Leave his spam all over Wikipedia, and soon anyone searching for
> "OCaml" on Google will be directed to Harrop's unscientific BS.

If his site has top-quality I don't have a problem with that.

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