Death by Stoat

Elevated from a comment by Tom Rude.

Chronicle of an announced death, Wikipedia style.

I had not posted on this road movie for a while but the occasion is too good to resist.

In the Wikipedia world there are crimes that deserve harsh punishment. Yet those appear magnified when “the Cause” could be threatened by the presence of “Global Warming Deniers” in the vicinity of Climate Change greatness.

The late French climatologist Professor Marcel Leroux (d.2008) experienced a second death at the hands of William M. Connolley and his acolytes. In “Death of a Salesman” the renowned software engineer goes full steam ahead in justifying his execution to the outside world:

http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2012/10/04/death-of-a-salesman/

From the height of his pretentious bumptiousness, he dismisses the condemned scientist’s life and work and goes on indulging in conspiracy theory about some honorific title the long serving professor received ten years ago. That Connolley is now chasing ambulances should elicit a smile since having been restricted in his editorial prerogatives following a scandal; his wings appear to have been clipped, only dead climate scientists beware! Or so you may think…

But living scientists too should be on the lookout for Connolley’s grim ripping endeavour!

Professor Gerhard Kramm is about to experience it first hand if Connolley and Eli Rabett get their way. Check Eli & W’s dialogue on the Connolley’s STOAT blog link above.

In Wikipedia vocabulary this is called “canvassing” and quoting from one of Connolley’s “friendlies” admonishing a much too vocal pro-Leroux editor about the crime: “…off-wiki canvassing of the worst type (canvassing people of a specific viewpoint in order to stack a discussion).” Repent sinner!

Yet when it comes to Wikipedia royalty Dr. William M. Connolley, all is clear. So clear, they did not bother to sub-contract rolling the ball against Kramm two days after WMC asked him to “Well don’t just complain about it, do something about it! –W”?

The Good Samaritan Joshua Halpern a.k.a Eli Rabett himself took on the job! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Gerhard_Kramm

And the boys are following the same, true and proven script than for the Leroux deletion, starting by questioning the victim’s “notability” and stacking up the deck against the poor professor’s unorthodox position on Climate Change during a likely one sided discussion.

Who will be expurgated next? If history repeats itself, let’s recall that Robespierre too was guillotined and with him, “his brother Augustin, Couthon, Saint-Just, Hanriot and twelve other followers, among them the cobbler Simon, were also executed”. It must be true: it is in Wikipedia!

Update 10/10/12 @6:32 am (GMT – 8): Rescued bio deleted by Connolley, h/t Lucy Skywalker & Mike Jonas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Lucy_Skywalker/Marcel_Leroux

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Connolley is embarrassing to the real scientists. But that is the price we pay for free speech.

corio37

Wikipedia touts for donations: I think a few comments from WUWT followers about the unlikelihood of their contributing while this kind of thing is allowed to happen might have a salutary effect.
From the Donations page: “We are trying to make it easy for people in every country to donate. Please let us know how we could make it easier for you. Send your suggestions to: problemsdonating@wikimedia.org.”
It’s almost begging for a response.

Berényi Péter

«All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. ‘Reality control’, they called it: in Newspeak, ‘doublethink’.»
«'”Who controls the present controls the past,”‘ said O’Brien, nodding his head with slow approval. ‘Is it your opinion, Winston, that the past has real existence?’
Again the feeling of helplessness descended upon Winston. His eyes flitted towards the dial. He not only did not know whether ‘yes’ or ‘no’ was the answer that would save him from pain; he did not even know which answer he believed to be the true one.»

Sean

[snip – I don’t like Connolley’s tactics but this is OTT – Anthony]

The games people play …

jjfox

Why would anyone pay any attention to Wikipedia? That is a waste of time.

Jay Dunnell

When Wikipedia realizes they have become irrelevant it, will be too late. They are already a non-authoritative source for research papers.

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
For everything else there is Connolley and his merry band of mental midgets editing wikipedia?.
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RoyFOMR

Hysteria is a syndrome, fairly or unfairly, associated predominantly with hormone-battling ladies.
As much as I can sympathise with such unfortunates, I find it really difficult to understand this condition as it relates to Eli (aka Joshua^3rd Person) and William Connolly (self-annointed Wikki custodian)
It’s not their intellect that is lacking, I suspect that they are both ‘wise-savants’ and with certificates to that effect, but their CSQ (common-sense quotient) and SOD (sense of decency) are both highly undeveloped!
A word of advice guys. Attacking the deceased? RIP before letting rip!

Otter

He’s an insult to mustelids. I should know, I have had the honor of working with them http://kajm.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=otter#/dha1on

beesaman

Making someone a non-person is such an odious thing, done only by communist and fascist diktats and immature people…

Andrew30

corio37 says: October 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm
“Wikipedia touts for donations:”
It is a ruse, check out their IRS Charity filings. Most of the cash comes from a few very large donors. If you map it all out it is interesting, map the inputs and the output and you will find that encompanses the parent of Real Climate. That and the six figure saleries of the ‘thought leaders’ of this ‘charity’ indicates a typical warmist organization.
What the atomic weight of Boron use wiki, want the radiative spectum of the Earth pay for Britanica.

Professor Gerhard Kramm is about to experience it first hand if Connolley and Eli Rabett get their way. Check Eli & W’s dialogue on the Connolley’s STOAT blog link above.”
Are they writing in some sort of code? I found the discussion hard to follow … kinda like when two 3-year old twin brother talk between themselves and use inside-family ‘code talk’ …
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Scott

Is it possible to sue wiki for defamation?

The Iconoclast

The question is, does he meet the wikipedia standards of notability “Wikipedia:Notability (academics)” and “WP:BIO” or not? From reading the page it’s a pretty close call, although one could argue that he squeaks in based on being “lead instructor of the Science Teacher Education Program (STEP) 2007 on Global Climate Change”, being on the “Editorial Board of the Datasets Papers in Atmospheric Sciences” and the “U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works :: Minority Page” thing. It would be best to find some more press mentions consistent with “WP:BIO”.
I’m hardly in the AGW camp, but if you don’t like how WP is going, read the docs, register, learn the ropes, and start editing. That is how you affect change on wikipedia. I realize in the AGW realm it will be an uphill struggle but where isn’t it?
For the part I actually have the technical chops to have an informed opinion about, computer science, wikipedia is spot on.

PaulR

This is too ‘inside baseball’ to understand.

TomRude

Woaw! Thanks Anthony.

Jimmy Haigh

The Rabbett and The Stoat – strange bedfellows. And very strange people.

Gunga Din

Isn’t a stoat some kind of weasle? At least Connolley got that right.
(Better watch your back, Eli!)

Lew Skannen

Well well well! It turns out that William M Connolley himself IS a notable person!!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Connolley

The Iconoclast says October 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm

For the part I actually have the technical chops to have an informed opinion about, computer science, wikipedia is spot on.

I haven’t found any errors on the Arduino uP board and associated IDE material either, but, that is an objective area rather than a subjective kind of evaluation as shown being discussed on Stoat.
BTW, wikipedia ‘blows the theory’ on such obscure topics as super-regen receivers however (unless the article has been re-written), missing the quantum-level level/internal device noise initiation of the ‘oscillation’ as modified by a weak incoming RF-signal (and at a sample rate which works to demodulate the received signal as determined by the ‘quench’ rate) …
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corio37 said (October 9, 2012 at 4:20 pm
“…Wikipedia touts for donations: I think a few comments from WUWT followers about the unlikelihood of their contributing while this kind of thing is allowed to happen might have a salutary effect.
From the Donations page: “We are trying to make it easy for people in every country to donate. Please let us know how we could make it easier for you. Send your suggestions to: problemsdonating@wikimedia.org.”…”
You mean comments like “I don’t have problemsdonating AT wikimedia.org, I have problemsdonating TO wikimedia.org”?
Besides, I thought that William M. Connolley was banned from editing Climate Change articles – looks like he found another mindless minion to do his unquestioned bidding.
Just waiting to see how creative editing will be used to boost up the career of the esteemed bunny.
Problem is, as of now, “Eli Rabett” does not exist on wikipedia. Neither does “Josh Halpern”. Even his blog “Rabett Run” does not exist.
Must make him angry that according to Wikipedia, he does not exist.
For now, anyway…

I’m not up to speed on Wikipedia abuse by some of it’s users, but I have seen some bad examples over the years, even to a degree where the Guardian news paper and George Monbiot have been used as a reliable source of information on a persons life as a sort of effort to undermine the persons credibility or expertise on a subject/issue. I’ve noticed George Monbiot and co. have it nailed down to an art-form, they seem to raise a subject in a Guardian article a (British news paper), then bizarrely and somewhat coincidentally wikipedia reflects these views as fact.
have a look at this Wikipedia entry on David Bellamy and especially how his Views on global warming are refuted by alarmists for example. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bellamy

I muddled my way though some of the “backstage” Wiki pages and found myself on Connelley’s talk page. A couple things worth sharing, I’m not sure why he does:
After he and 14 others were banned from editing climate change pages:

I wish you could take a step back and realize that if favor this is, it would be entirely to your benefit. You’re no longer a scientist when you write about CC on Wikipedia, Dr. Connolley, you are a participant. That’s as unhealthy for you as it is disruptive to Wikipedia; and we are hoping a brief vacation entirely away from the topic will allow you to disengage enough to help return with objectivity. Your idea of User:WMC that does not share your watchlist was excellent – avail yourself of it. – Coren (talk) 11:19, 22 October 2010 (UTC)

From a discussion about a one week block for being uncivil:

[Incivility redacted – WMC], whilst I appreciate you’re upset and that this is a big step to take, but I’ve looked into this for the past few hours and I’m convinced that this is the best solution. I have pointed to you calling other users incompetent, calling other users twats, and I could now point to you calling other users idiots. Your doing this is not conducive to a pleasant atmosphere for editing; it drives other users away, which in turn disrupts the project. I don’t often put my foot down, and I hardly ever comment on user conduct in a public forum such as this: but this is one of the few cases where I don’t honestly believe you’re willing to work with other people in a friendly atmosphere. You might be a good article writer, you’re no doubt a perfectly amiable chap in real life: but Wikipedia is more than being a good article writer. Wikipedia is a community, and if you can’t bring yourself to the same level of pleasant, polite discourse as other users – however wrong, stupid, twattish or incompetent they might be – then you need to consider whether Wikipedia is a community you’re happy to be a part of. Chase me ladies, I’m the Cavalry (talk) 23:45, 24 December 2010 (UTC)

Owen in Ga

I got tired of the politics on wikipedia a long time ago and configured my google account to block it. I use academic search through the local university when I want to know something. Too much BS on wikipedia. Though I did enjoy a few years ago when someone kept editing the bio of a 60s rocker to say he was dead. The rocker put in the comments section something to the effect of “look bloke, I am me and very much still kicking. now [snip] off.” I had to clean my monitor after that one.

NikFromNYC

Ah, I neglected to include the Wikipedia axis of “geek culture” in my suddenly composed recent essay about the sociology of anti-science socialism, here:
Oily warmista blogs focus not on ice but your own imponderably cold
heart, skeptic. McIntyre is a meanie! They overlap with the dork squad
on highly censored hipster blog BoingBoing.net and especially
Reddit.com, a community of witty Mensa atheists that has recently
started to gather in mass in person via Meetup.com and in person they
exchange insider jokes about weird crap they posted online about
melted ice cream cones. In Scientology some sort of alien particles
control our lives whereas in Climatology, oil money particles have
infested a group of evil zombies named Watts and Goddard and Nova.
Back in the day it was cathartic for me to collect their nonsense in
single poster format:
http://oi54.tinypic.com/es5gev.jpg
BoingBoing is most influenced by founder Cory Doctorow, a sci-fi
author (and thus millionaire) who is selling a textbook Marxist
fantasy about how corporations are obsolete due to a few Lego level
toys called 3D printers that spit out bright plastic trinkets. If you
want your trinket to have truly smooth surfaces you must slow it down
by a factor of 10 since you must make 10X as small of scanning passes,
and due to simple laws of geometry, this is required in all three
dimensions so the math is 10X10X10 = 1000 times as slow, meaning
instead of two hours to make a prototype, it takes 83 days. It’s all
“open source” design, meaning any new idea is immediately copyable by
Chinese factories. Every city with a tech crowd now have huge coop
“hacker spaces” where these losers vie for online attention by making,
drum roll…little battery operated LED bulbs with magnets on them
that they can toss in the air that then stick to subway stop girders.
Doctorow is telling these recent grads that they shall inherit the
Earth and create a “singularity” in which money no longer exists since
everything is free via Star Trek replicators that operate by solar
energy.
The Museum of Modern Art has a gal who takes seriously these scruffy
weirdos and cock teasing “cosplay” (they wear sci-fi movie costumes as
an excuse to show cleavage in more than one place) chicks, a crowd
that overlaps too with the embarrassingly tacky “Reality Is Obsolete”
MIT Media Lab. In Brooklyn there’s GenSpace, a genetics “hackerspace”
with trust fund “artists” on the faculty who have created a MoMA
installation of entire buildings made of fungus. Lots of spores in the
air that way, I nervously note.
-=NikFromNYC=- Ph.D. in Carbon Chemistry (Columbia/Harvard)

RoyFOMR says October 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm
Hysteria is a syndrome, fairly or unfairly, associated predominantly with hormone-battling ladies.
As much as I can sympathise with such unfortunates, I find it really difficult to understand this condition as it relates to Eli (aka Joshua^3rd Person) and William Connolly (self-annointed Wikki custodian) …

To date, I know of no DNA analysis (XX or XY chromosome determination) that has been made on either of those two individuals nor has any result ever been made public, therefore, it may be too early to rule out any particular biological or physiological root cause or reason, including bona fide case(s) of classical ‘hysteria’ …
Make no assumption before its time.
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Dang, quote WMC’s talk page, wind up in the WordPress spam bin. Sigh. Mods, please fish it out….

pat

some info:
Wikimedia Foundation: Benefactors 2011
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Benefactors
Wikimedia Foundation: Benefactors 2010
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Benefactors/2010%E2%80%932011
Wikimedia Foundation: Benefactors
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Benefactors/2009-2010

Ooops – (or Hmmm … thread must be under heavy moderation b/c of subject) got one in the spam filt again! TIA _Jim

eric

Well I guess you have to speak French
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Leroux

wayne

“Connolley is embarrassing to the real scientists.
But that is the price we pay for free speech.”
Conolley’s free speech — and a free but often wrong or incomplete encyclopedia !! No wonder good universities ban Wikipedia from being used by students. It has been deemed mostly trash but sometimes it does have correct physical constants ☺ (seems they do know how to copy and paste from the proper sources)

eric says October 9, 2012 at 6:56 pm
Well I guess you have to speak French
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Leroux

The nice thing about Google Chrome (yes, I’ve got it installed on one computer in lieu of Opera) it offers an ‘instant translation’ option; the first two sections of that page xlated below:
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Marcel Leroux
Marcel Leroux , born 27 August 1938 and died 12 August 2008 , is a climatologist French. Emeritus professor of climatology at the University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 , he was director of Laboratory of Climatology, Risks and Environment.
He was knighted in the Order of Academic Palms October 31, 2002 ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Leroux_2002_Palmes.jpg ).
Marcel Leroux is known one for its original and controversial scientific concepts such as the polar anticyclones mobile (AMP), and challenged concepts of climatic non-consensual , such as global warming .
Theses and contribution
In his doctoral thesis, which was published by the World Meteorological Organization , it has been shown by the analysis of synoptic charts, satellite imagery, meteorological data and paleoenvironmental tropical Africa and the seasonal migration of paleoclimatic meteorological equator is a reliable indicator of the evolution of Earth’s climate.
This migration and the geographic extent of the meteorological equator are the result of exchanges meridians in the lower layers of the atmosphere denser, whose distribution is governed by the ballet of polar anticyclones mobile , 1.5 km high , 3 000 km in diameter discoidal, lenticular masses of cold air from the poles, the power and the frequency depends directly on the thermal deficit polar. Cooling results in an accelerated circulation while a warming will slow the circulation and exchange.
Aerological spaces, circulation areas continues the pole to the equator are defined by the reliefs of over 2000 m and the current position of the continents. Based on direct observations, the reconstruction of Leroux seeks to demonstrate inconsistencies GCMs previous indications of oscillations and those schools frontologique dynamic, reductionist and diagnostic meteorology. His positions made ​​him a controversial figure. In doing so, Leroux rejects the artificial separation between it considers meteorology and climatology and, through the concept of AMP proposes a redefinition of both disciplines. By reconstructing the geometry of general circulation in the troposphere, it has sought to show the reduced share of randomness and chaos in climate: for him there is no climate change, but variations in the intensity of the sum of meteorological processes that constitute the climate.
His research, in particular on the evolution of atmospheric pressure, concluded that the observed climate change since the 1970s is the installation of an accelerated traffic, always linked to cooling during evolution paleoclimatic the recent Quaternary, and its consequences meteorological time contrast, stronger mid-latitude storms, increased water vapor in the troposphere at midlatitudes and impermanent anticyclonic stability on the continent, leading to periods of vigorous cold winter and heat waves in summer 5 . It should be noted that recent developments in his favor: eg agglutination anticyclonic responsible for the heatwave of summer 2010 in Russia occurred again during the winter 2010/2011, with the capital Moscow, his winter the coldest for 100 years.
Accordingly, its results oppose the idea of a global average temperature curve as an indicator major climate reliable (in this he is joined by Roger Pielke Sr. , Judith Curry and Vincent Courtillot among others) and are disagree with the assumption that the weather changes observed in the second half of the xx th century were the result of global warming by anthropogenic release of greenhouse gases due to human and industrial activities.
In addition, his work provides a mechanism weather for the last glaciation and deglaciation, and claims to significantly improve weather forecasting models and the accuracy of climate simulations to include in the binding geometry of the atmospheric circulation, its discontinuities, energy exchange and clouds associated with them.
His latest book summarizes his scientific conclusions. The two English edition of The Dynamics of Time and Climate: Atmospheric circulation, disturbance, climate change was completed in 2008, two months before his death and published in January 2010.
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Note: Footnote numbers removed b/c of the distracting effect they have in an excerpted page.
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Fred from Canuckustan.

Kinda the digital version of book burning.

Dale

Didn’t wikipedia become totally irrelevant as a source of information years ago?

Francisco

The French and Spanish Wikipedia pages for Leroux (which are still there and not marked for deletion) offer a link to the English version, which link simply leads to a page saying the article has been deleted, but does not offer any links to the still existing pages in the other two languages.

The deleted Marcel Leroux entry is preserved by Lucy Skywalker at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Lucy_Skywalker/Marcel_Leroux
(maybe this could be added into the post?)

DirkH

When one reads that insider talk of the wikipedia fanatics it’s quite clear these people have no life, are a cult, and are about as far away from ANY objectivity you can just treat the wikipedia as another propaganda source.
I noticed pages concerning topics controversial to Chicoms are basically blank in the English wikipedia while they still contain information in other languages. Some heavy editing going on there. The jackboots are trampling the truth not only in the warmist arena.
And that’s to be expected. Probably a majority of wikipedians belong to PsyOps of the various power blocs. Warmism, any ole dictator or current totalitarian exploitation regime, you name it. It must be a madhouse.

ckb42

I’d like to thank the contributors who attempted to save the page in the deletion discussion. They went above and beyond and twice made Connelly (and his cohort) look foolish. He was doing that pretty well on his own, but supplying direct evidence of the WMO distribution of his thesis and apparently contacting the Leroux family to gather evidence of his knight award was something else.
Connelly really shows his stripes in his Oct 2 comment where a link to a Senate report mentioning Leroux is provided and he states something like “that’s not a senate report, it’s lying”. This is supposed to be someone who look at things objectively? It’s a farce. Sorry Mr. Connelly, they could produce a Senate report saying your brilliance was beyond reproach and it would still be a Senate report. A lying Senate report, but one nonetheless.

cgh

Speaking as an historian, there’s nothing really new in this. History has been and is being constantly rewritten, generally by those who win political or military conflicts. It’s only with great difficulty that professionals can sort through the lies and distortions of the past to approach the truth of what actually happened. You would be astonished how much of the history we are all taught in high schools is either misleading or a complete travesty.

Mike Jonas says October 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm
The deleted Marcel Leroux entry is preserved by Lucy Skywalker at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Lucy_Skywalker/Marcel_Leroux
(maybe this could be added into the post?)

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcel_Leroux
Well, to be complete, the French page (above) lists several articles he authored plus the books he (Marcel Leroux) authored and also describes him as professor emeritus (again, none of these items appear in the en language version page).
What I don’t understand is, why did ‘the Stoat’ et al _not_ scrub the French page … is there a ‘French Connection’ (French mob) they are afraid of? As it is, they only scrubbed the English version from ‘history’ … I think the French page is a little more complete overall, Stoat and gang probably never touched that page (I didn’t see WMC on the change/talk page for the fr version for instance.)
Stoat and gang are just burned that he authored and proposed so many theories countering CAGW that they are burned-up about this that Marcel must be erased!
Bring out the old Soviet-style air-brush artists! We have to ‘erase’ a non-conformist from the picture!
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jorgekafkazar

Owen in Ga says: “I got tired of the politics on wikipedia a long time ago and configured my google account to block it.”
Is there a way to block Wankerpedia for other search engines?

Chuck Bradley

There is no reason for wikipedia to have a limit on how prominent a person should be to allow
an entry about that person. For a print encyclopedia that has to be paid for by the publisher, the publisher should ask if the entry is worth the paper and ink. For wikipedia, the electrons are free, and disk space drops in cost faster than it can be wasted. A biography of a nobody hurts nobody. Not having information about an almost nobody hurts the very few that sought some information about that person. If the value of wikipedia is increased, even a tiny bit, the entry should stay. The same criteria says lies should be eliminated.

I’ve said it before and at the risk of boring you I’ll say it again.
If Wikipedia was made of paper, I wouldn’t wipe my arse with it.

P. Solar

“If you map it all out it is interesting, map the inputs and the output and you will find that encompanses the parent of Real Climate. ”
Well that would go a long way to explaining why it took years for even the slightest action to be taken against Connely.
It’s also worth digging out his papers. He cliams to be a “real” climate scientist and indeed he did do some work on computer modelling of ocean currents around Antarctica.
The interesting thing is that if you read his papers they are all documenting their failure to reproduce anything even resembling that actual ocean currents.
Connelly is a FAILED climate scientist. Having failed in his scientific work he has turned his attention to propaganda, politics and wikipedia editing, where FACTS do not matter.

It would be an interesting exercise to do a cross-wiki analysis to see how often this circumstance happens, one language wiki deletes an article while other languages retain it.

DirkH

tmlutasTMLutas says:
October 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm
“It would be an interesting exercise to do a cross-wiki analysis to see how often this circumstance happens, one language wiki deletes an article while other languages retain it.”
You would see the differing book burning hotspots in the different cultures. There’s not much skeptic book burning in Germany going on, for instance, simply because the Warmists have an absolute stranglehold over German political parties, public opinion and tax payer money. Only in the Anglo Saxon sphere is that war still raging.

Merovign

Wikipedia is possibly the greatest impediment to finding accurate information in the history of mankind. A source of information that changes constantly, and is driven by intensely political and ideological contrary personalities, and open to almost anyone to edit is so much worse than useless that we may need to invent a new word to describe the condition. It’s like the Tragedy of the Commons on meth.
Traditional histories may not be very reliable, but when you do find a reliable source it’s not going to suddenly change tomorrow because a professor at Bleeding Brain University got 500 students to attack the source with the threat of grade penalties.

DesertYote

鼬の最後っぺ(Itachi no saigoppe)! A Japanese weasel themed saying referring to a final desperate action.

DaveA

And this guy gets a page!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mashey
Dude held job in early days of IT industry, famous.