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Date: 2005-11-04 (22:24)
From: Alex Goldman <alex.gman@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Wikipedia
On 11/4/05, Gerd Stolpmann <> wrote:
> 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
> etc.).

Do the authors of said scientific sites (Harrop's isn't one of them)
spam Wikipedia with links to their sites, while hiding behind
anonymous IPs (until they are discovered that is)?

The point is, if Harrop doesn't have megalomania, he sure acts like he
does. Look at some earlier versions of the Wikipedia article. He
spammed every section with a blatant link to his "ffconsultancy".

"Uses of Ocaml: 1. Something 2. Visualization {{link to
ffconsultancy}}. (No more uses) "
C'mon, Ocaml is a general purpose language.

He also diluted his spamming with "useful" info that incidentally
betrayed his less than stellar knowledge of the subject in the first

The bad benchmark page is just an ad, really, a pretext to link-spam.

Look at his constant USENET spamming and trolling, if you don't see a
very old pattern here.