Monday, January 23, 2017


My other major internet interest is Wikipedia, which I find complements FITK.

Here are some Wiki pages (and my role in them) to which I have made significant contributions :

Halldór Laxness—about half the content and most of the structure and references.

Wanda Gág—most of the content and references and about half of the structure.

Pascal Pinon—most of the content, structure, and references.

Frank Lloyd Wright—a tiny amount of content, significant work on structure.

Working on Wikipedia has helped my discipline as a writer, especially in referencing.  I haven’t had too many problems with edit wars, most of my subjects of interests are pretty low in importance to trolls. It is a pretty nerdy pursuit, but does give me some satisfaction to see a page grow from a disjointed mess into something better than what a “regular” encyclopedia would produce: compare the Britannica articles on Laxness and Gág to the above-linked Wikipedia entries for two examples.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Jono said...


Blogger oroboros said...

Very admirable, Prof!

Blogger Professor Batty said...

I figure that this accomplishment and $3 will buy me a cup of coffee…

Blogger Shoshanah Lee Marohn said...

I read the Wanda Gaag before with no idea that you had written it! Good work!

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Wanda was the toughest Wikipedia entry, there was a lot of information on there that was just plain wrong: most notably her wedding date! That was one of the reasons I started going to her archives and began referencing nearly every single sentence in the entry.

Blogger Shoshanah Lee Marohn said...

sounds like you had your work cut out for you!

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