Wikipedia: World's Largest Link Scam

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Techcrunch takes a look at how nofollow on all outbound Wikipedia links is being selectively applied, noting that the for profit Wikia sites are given direct links.

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Wah Wah Wah Wah!!!!!!

Wah Wah Wah Wah!!!!!! But teacher, jimmy got a better grade because his dad loves him and helped tutor him, wah wah wah wah.

So?

After giving the world Wikipedia I think Jimmy Wales is entitled to a few links to his new project don't you?

It is also worth noting that

It is also worth noting that the use of nofollow was against the vote inside Wikipedia.

Give us your content and give us your links. We will give you ____.

After giving the world Wikipedia I think Jimmy Wales is entitled to a few links to his new project don't you?

Well, I guess it depends on what you think of Wikipedia content quality and accuracy.

I like wikipedia

Not perfect but it's ok. And it was a success and full of content too before the SEO spammers found it. I Don't think they need interested parties writing for them. Those are the very people who deface it to serve their own needs.

junk

Well, I guess it depends on what you think of Wikipedia content quality and accuracy

It's crap.

Pfft

Sour grapes

Quality

In my experience quite often the person who wins an editing war isn't the one with the most knowledge, expertness, or quality of information. It quite often ends up being the person who is able to dedicate the most time keeping the information they want preserved in the latest version.

In some cases yes

Usually where commercial, religious or political interests are at play. But for "flax seed nutritional value" Wikipedia is fine.

a scam? really?

i have no issue with wikipedia's links, as they deliver me sweet sweet traffic day and night.

for "flax seed nutritional

for "flax seed nutritional value" Wikipedia cites the USDA. Many of their citations are not as authoritative.

USDA

The USDA may have political authority, but it lacks credibility on nutrition in many many ways.

By the way that is a core issue with "institutionalized" society. It tries to standardize on things like "notability" and "authority" without acknowledging that those systems are already gamed.

In case you don't know the game, it's delay delay delay innovation until BigBusiness is ready to capitalize on the New Stuff, and then "accept it, embrace it, promote it and protect it at taxpayer expense".

Independent media that promotes transparency is good. Nofollow is part of the scam.

In case you don't know the

In case you don't know the game, it's delay delay delay innovation until BigBusiness is ready to capitalize on the New Stuff, and then "accept it, embrace it, promote it and protect it at taxpayer expense".

online gaming is bad and illegal...and then wow magically it is moral again when certain businesses are ready to take a chunk of the market

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