Wikiliaty – Hello

For any of you Colbert Report fans out there you’ll be well familiar with Colbert mentions them on nearly every show and they have their URL in the credits at the end of the show. Not bad. As an SEO/Viral Marketer that’s the kind of thing I dream of. Tho I suppose I’d actually have to get off my ass and build a real website about something first…

Anyhow…I stop by on a fairly regular basis and I definitly wanted to see what they had to say about the whole Wikipedia battle that’s been raging and I was disappointed to see that the site hasn’t been updated since July 28. Where’s the dedication? the love? It seems Avery and Bert missed out covering the best thing Stephen’s done yet. It’s all over the forums but not on the blog. I’d much rather read the blog than wade the ALL CAPS postings of rabid Colbert fans.
That said I will grant that perhaps they are busy with the new forums at Roughly 2 weeks old and already 3329 registered users and over 30K posts. Nicely done.

Somebody mention this blog on a TV show please.

Wikiality Part Deux

Well, Colbert did it again. Just a couple minutes ago he suggested someone make some changes to the entry on wikipedia for latchkey kids. I grabbed my laptop, fired it up, typed in and already the page had been locked. Check out the discussion.

Just in case anyone was wondering, it took approximately 13 seconds from the point when Colbert made his statement for the site to be “protected.” User:Dragonstrider 04:05, 3 August 2006 (UTC)

Why can’t Colbert’s opinion on laychkey’s be voiced?

Cause the moderators here suck. ( 03:59, 3 August 2006 (UTC))

So now we have 2 groups; those that watch The Colbert Report with a wikipedia window open waiting for Colbert to tell them what to new fact to spread and another group that waits to find out what pages they need to lock. For reference I’m in the former group. Death to Wikipedia!! 😉

Somebody give Colbert a sainthood or knight him or just buy him a beer. This is too much fun.

Colbert Picks on Wikipedia

So last night I stayed up late to watch two of my favorite shows; The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. I was well rewarded for fighting off the sandman and staying awake that extra hour. Steven Colbert made a nice mockery of Wikipedia:

Shortly after he told everyone to head over to Wikipedia and change the African elephants page I grabbed the laptop and went elephant hunting and found this message on the top of the African elephants page:

This page has been temporarily protected from editing to deal with vandalism. Please discuss changes on the talk page or request unprotection. You may use {{editprotected}} on the talk page to ask for an administrator to make an edit for you.

Here’s a screenshot:
Wikipedia African Elephant

So I logged in (yes I have an account simply to see how fast stuff gets changed back when I add accuracy to a story – hehe) and here’s a screen shot of the changelog. Can you guess about what time Steven told people to change the page?
Wikipedia African Elephant Edits

All Hail to Wikipedia were truth is simply determined by majority vote or the the local sysop.