Keep on top of things with the Wikipedia 5000

The wikipedia 5000 list gives you the most popular wikipedia articles of the past week.

What purpose could it be for you?

  1. post about a topic on your blog or on your social network for attention (clicks = hits= money)
  2. do not post about any of these topics because they are cliche and everyone posts about it
  3. find out what currently people find interesting enough to dive into somewhat more
  4. find out about all this stuff because you can use it at the coffee machine or at clients because chance is high this is “the talk of the week”
  5. find out which series to watch
  6. find out which music to listen to
  7. find out which movies to watch
  8. just read all of it to know everything and show off at the bar
  9. get dissapointed because the thing you thought was special apparently everyone reads
  10. get excited because the thing you find interesting apparently many people find interesting

bonus: make it a game: for each article explain why that article is in the top 5000 this week.

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Wikpedia Sucks

I finally have to agree with the many Internet Posts carrying the same name.

I once thought it was a great initiative, unfortunately… it has become for a large part a very weird place. A lot of bad information. Any changes that are valid are removed for weird reasons or because someone with enough time wants to promote his own stuff or alternative stuff, definitions in many places are more like personal dont-have clue-but-I-have-an-opinion like pieces of text.

And so on and so on.I’ve went back to many changes I contributed but I see most have been removed, complete paragraphs of writing all wasted time to be replaced with either nonsense or very biased information by persons who really don’t have a clue on a certain topic. It is like that some fool with a geocities page on topic X rules topic X, if then a professor on topic X makes a contribution it is removed because it is either against the belief of an editor or he pretty much doesn’t have a clue.

I could give hundreds of examples but in general it feels like the man in the bar with an opinion on whatever topic, grumpy, not really well informed rules this place.

I really hope we get some kind of replacement.

Very good examples can be found on topics which have a niche amount of followers meaning: religious topics, paranormal hocus pocus topics, open source fascists topics, specific areas which attract a lot of hobbyists who then claim to be the world expert, areas with emotional feelings for one person or a little group of persons, and so on.

Whatever effort you make to improve pages, it is pretty much useless since contributions get either deleted (no longer recoverable) or changed in such a way that they again nonsense, biased or pretty much non professional.

Proposal for TAG handling in WordPress for TAGs that mean different things

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As inspired by the Wikipedia Handling.

mother tags for tags that have multiple meanings

The big difference between the TERMS in wikipedia and the TAGS in WordPress is that a tag in itself is a word that is unique. However, you may find that a certain tag actually is used in the same way in your weblog. If you write a lot about science and have given lots of posts the tag “science”. you may one day buy a magazine called “science” and start writing about it. In that case you will have to label these posts with “science-magazine” or something alike.

However, for YOU that may seem a good solution, for your user (both a human and aggregators) that is not a good solution. If you are the editor of that magazine I may expect when I clicks in your tagcloud on “science” that I get information about your magazine, not on science in general!

That’s where the disambiguation starts.

A much better solution would be to make “science” your “mother tag” with the sole purpose of being the group under which the different tags “humanities.science” and “magazine.science” fall. When that is the case WordPress is able to handle these ambiguous tags with either referring to a primary tag page or by giving the user a choice on which tag page he wants to see.

(mother tags are not the same as related tags, related tags are simply tags which you have defined as being related).

redirect tags for alternative names

Another thing that can happen is if a user expects a certain word but your posts are actually tagged under another word. E.g. maybe a user expect to see a tag page “risk” on a site on the game of risk. However all these posts are tagged “game”, in that case the user might want to redirect the user automatically to the correct tag page.

Next part: how to implement this in the datamodel and tag page handling within WordPress:

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Above you see how tags are part of the broader TERM taxonomy within the WordPress datamodel along with relationships between the tags. A quick look reveals that it should be possible, at least on database level, to define the type of things we need.

The trouble may start at the “relationship” since we might require TYPES of relationships…

.. to be continued …

Heavy Weather!

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There is heavy rain, Lightning and the wind rushing by, 7 on the scale of Beaufort, which is a pretty normal storm, but still it’s heavy WHHOOOOEIE around the house!

I can’t even imagine a Typhoon with 17 on the scale of Beaufort (we only measure until 12). Basically everything below 10 is safe (on the mainland), so no worries.

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Let’s lookup a picture of Super Typhoon Chancu, which was 17 on the scale of Beaufort for comparison (you can click it and enlarge it to get scared). The winds gained speeds up to 250km/h! (nature still cant beat the Bugatti Veyron at 408km/h though…). This was a real monster and caused more than 100 deaths and billions of dollars of damage.

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