Friday, August 05, 2011

Dead or Alive at #Wikimania

With Wikimania in full swing, with parties private or otherwise every night, it sometimes feels that you are more dead then alive. The "death anomalies" presentation is therefore hard to resist.

Death anomalies raises a serious question; should a person alive in one Wikipedia be dead when another Wikipedia suggests the demise of that person?

The Neutral Point Of View is obvious; have a source and the result is death declared. The reward; not $4000 but death established in linked Wikipedias.

The question whether someone is "dead or alive" is from an easy category, it is just about establishing a binary state. Consider what it takes to establishing a NPOV when the question is more complex.

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