As a general rule, if I can avoid it, I do not link to Wikipedia from this site. I sometimes use it as a launching-point for my actual, in-depth research into a topic, but I try my damnest to avoid linking to it as a primary or sole source of a piece of information.
Why? Because of things like this :
Wikipedia has decided to delete the page titled ‘Forward (generic name of socialist publications.)’
Wikipedia wrote this morning that after reading many comments and “various good points made on either side,” they deemed that there is “little or no connection between the disparate publications of the same or similar name other than similar ideological outlooks.”
That seems awfully peculiar that this happens right now, just weeks after Obama’s campaign announced their slogan would be ‘Forward.’ The page has been up for almost a year and a half, so why now?
Crowd-sourcing facts can be useful, but has all the potential in the world of going sideways – it does not matter how many people agree that 2+2=5, they are all wrong, but in a world like Wikipedia, they may not be the ones who lose the edit-wars. In this specific case, the staff of Wikipedia (whatever the hell that means) are claiming that socialistic publications of the same name – “Forward” – have no “unity between them”, so there is no point in keeping a page listing and documenting all of them. Which would be fine, except, as the article indicated, that page has existed for a year and a half now, and Our Glorious President just a few weeks ago decided that “Forward” was going to be his new campaign slogan.
I guess “hope and change” rings kind of hollow these days.
Like the author of the article, I sincerely doubt that President Obama and his campaign staff were attempting to make an overt, or even covert, reference to socialism*, but I do think destroying a historical reference simply because a political entity decided to hijack the word smells suspiciously like the actions of the politburos of countries that used to be socialistic. He who controls the present, and all that…
(* – Me, I hear “forward” and immediately think of Pickett’s Charge, the Battle of Crecy, lemmings jumping off a cliff, or other… appropriate… events.)
(Courtesy of Snarky Bytes.)