Utterly Meaningless » Blog Archive » UNBELIEVABLE!

UNBELIEVABLE!

Filed at 9:52 am under by dcobranchi

Literally. Thanks, Jeanne.

20 Responses to “UNBELIEVABLE!”


Comment by
sam
October 3rd, 2006
at 10:15 am

Who is this person? Did she confuse wikipedia for wikiadvertisia? And if she is such a big part of homeschooling, why have I never heard of her? I’m guessing that most of the claims are not as true as she’d like them to be.


Comment by
Heather
October 3rd, 2006
at 10:26 am

..hmm. I’m thinking of adding an entry for myself. You know, something like “single-handedly changed the world by adding brown sugar to her meatloaf. Heather’s sweet meatloaf inspired others to treat each other with respect and compassion..” Sounds good to me. :)


Comment by
Christine G
October 3rd, 2006
at 10:43 am

“families are offered an array of educational services including a 180-week lesson plan”
Wow. They really work those kids there.:)


Comment by
anonymous
October 3rd, 2006
at 11:22 am

Given that it is a blatant advertisement, and a whois search on the author leads to learningbygrace.org (one of Mimi’s companies) the entry violates Wikipedia standards on several fronts. Not to mention that in no universe is Mimi important enough to rate wikipedia entry.


Comment by
Nance Confer
October 3rd, 2006
at 11:38 am

Well, I sent an email to Wikipedia asking if this sort of advertising is allowed. We’ll see what they say.

Nance


Comment by
Ulrike
October 3rd, 2006
at 11:54 am

Nance, Wikipedia has a strict policy against editing entries about yourself. IIRC, there was a big controversy a few months back, because someone from a politician’s office edited that politician’s entry.

Speaking of politicians and advertising, Merle Johnson’s merlej...n.com/ radio commercials are “paid for by People for Johnson.” I’m glad my kids weren’t in the room when I heard that. I was laughing too hard to explain why!


Comment by
Nance Confer
October 3rd, 2006
at 12:41 pm

Next?

The extremely prompt response I just got from Wikipedia.

*********

Dear Nance Confer,

Thank you for your mail.

You’re correct, deleted (lack of sources / dubious notability /
advertisement).

Yours sincerely,
David Monniaux


Wikipedia – en.wik...ia.org

Disclaimer: all mail to this address is answered by volunteers, and responses
are not to be considered an official statement of the Wikimedia Foundation.
For official correspondence, you may contact the site operators at
.

**********


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
October 3rd, 2006
at 12:50 pm

Wow! Feel the wrath of the HE&OSers! (Pronounced “hosers”)

That was almost too fast. I was looking forward to some creative editing. :-)

Anyone want to run the pool predicting the date I receive a lawsuit threat for this episode? I’m in for November 15th.


Comment by
Scott W. Somerville
October 3rd, 2006
at 12:53 pm

Shucks, and I was just limbering up to start annotating that entry with useful references to court cases on record. If you have access to Westlaw or Lexis, try searching for “Mimi Rothschild a/k/a Mimi Roth, Miriam Roth, Miriam Rothchild, etc, etc,” sometime.


Comment by
COD
October 3rd, 2006
at 12:59 pm

Ah, the power of distributed editing.

I’m going to guess that somebody from HSB will notify Mimi of this thread before the end of day – so you will probably here from her tomorrow :)


Comment by
Sarah
October 3rd, 2006
at 1:00 pm

It’s already gone.

en.wik...schild

15:50, 3 October 2006 David.Monniaux (Talk | contribs) deleted “Mimi Rothschild” (self-promotional bio without sources)


Comment by
COD
October 3rd, 2006
at 1:00 pm

You’ll probably “hear” from her too. I’m still waiting for that spell check that knows what mean, not just what I typed.


Comment by
Nance Confer
October 3rd, 2006
at 1:43 pm

Hear, here! :)

Daryl, I’m sure Mimi et al will re-read the rules of Wikipedia and come to realize that advertising, even in the guise of bios, is not acceptable there.

OTOH, if there was some useful-to-hsers information that anyone wanted to add to the existing homeschooling page at Wikipedia — say, referencing those court cases, Scott — it seems to me that might fit within the guidelines. . . en.wik...ooling

Nance


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
October 3rd, 2006
at 1:56 pm

Daryl, I’m sure Mimi et al will re-read the rules of Wikipedia and come to realize that advertising, even in the guise of bios, is not acceptable there.

Considering that I’ve been threatened on two different occasions, I assume nothing.


Comment by
Nance Confer
October 3rd, 2006
at 3:01 pm

Well, all you did was point the page out to us. If they want to know who wrote to Wikipedia asking if the entry was a violation of Wikipedia’s guidelines, that would be me. Nance Confer, marbleface@bellsouth.net

All they have to do is figure out how to make an entry that is acceptable to Wikipedia. It can’t be that hard. Lots of people do it. :)

Nance


Comment by
Mary
October 4th, 2006
at 12:33 pm

the cached version:

72.14....8;cd=5


Comment by
Helen
October 8th, 2006
at 4:31 pm

It’s still there:

en.wik...schild

Or back. Or something…


Comment by
COD
October 8th, 2006
at 6:25 pm

The current article was submitted today, so it’s new. Complain again I guess – or do we let Daryl edit this time? Can Scott provide some links that would be relevant to a more accurate history of her role in homeschooling?


Comment by
Daryl Cobranchi
October 8th, 2006
at 9:21 pm

Edited.


Pingback from
Array | HEM Editor’s Blog
February 10th, 2012
at 3:55 pm

[…] Education & Other Stuff Unbelieveable! This is the previously mentioned Daryl Cobranchi’s blog, and his post is a link to a […]