Metrobloggers Unite

FULL DISCLOSURE: This post is a cross-post of something from my personal blog, but I think it needs a wider audience.

Metrobloggers of the internets, our founding father, Sean Bonner, is being targetted by Wikipedia ne’er-do-wells as a shameless self-promoter and general bad guy. As such, they’ve scheduled the Wikipedia article on Metroblogging for deletion.

Now this isn’t one of those Arthur Dent-style situations where we can’t do anything about the situation; far from it. Register for a user account on Wikipedia and join the throng of supporters shouting “Keep”, at least virtually. Better yet, be a good Wikipedian and write some more content for the article.

Here’s the text of my comment to the powers-that-be:

I’m a Metroblogging author and I think that information about this blogging community should be available on the Wikipedia. Weblogs, Inc. and Gawker Media have Wikipedia pages, and the Metroblogging concept is similar, so why delete this article?

I make some good points, mainly that the two other large players in the for-profit blogosphere, Weblogs, Inc. and Gawker Media both have Wikipedia entries. Choosing to delete Metroblogging is nothing short of discrimination.

Fight on Sean!

UPDATE: It looks like the Metroblogging article will be kept! I’m off to make some edits right now.

4 Comments so far

  1. Tony Simon (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 8:03 pm

    It seems as though the wikipedia editors are hot on the trail of people who sign up for a wikipedia account solely to advocate the keeping/deleting of a specific article. Are there any other ways we can help?

    I use wikipedia all the time and I had no idea there was such an elitist goon undercurrent. That sucks. Also, if Metroblogging does get deleted, it seems like wikipedia will be the incomplete resource, not the other way around. Their loss. Eff ’em.

  2. Greg (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 8:12 pm

    Yeah Tony, there is a bunch of people in there who just have a hatred for listing blogs, they tried to delete Anil Dahs and Jason Kottke’s entries not so long ago too

  3. sean bonner (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 9:09 pm

    Tony is right, setting up an account just to vote is a bad idea. If you already are active on Wikipedia then pleace vote, but if you’ve never used it before it’s best to avoid the mess. Votes by brand new users aren’t counted and just seem to piss off more active contributors who would be open to the idea of keeping it otherwise.

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