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July 28, 2007

Proto-poema visual

Canned messages, is this Web 2.0?

July 28, 2007

The other day I added a link to a Wikipedia article anonymously.
A few days later while browsing the place, I “got a message” from a wikipedian. It was one of those bureaucratic canned messages the wikipedians love to use like Magic the Gathering cards:

“Welcome to Wikipedia. We invite everyone to contribute constructively to the encyclopedia.[Say two positive things, before the negative thing. Have these people been taking hints from those CEO-Howtos so popular nowadays?] However, the external links you added to the page Constructionism (learning theory) do not comply with our guidelines for external links. Wikipedia is not a mere directory of links; nor should it be used for advertising or promotion. Since Wikipedia uses nofollow tags, external links do not alter search engine rankings. If you feel the link should be added to the article, then please discuss it on the article’s talk page before reinserting it. Please take a look at the welcome page to learn more about contributing to this encyclopedia. Thank you”

So I wanted to write this on the talk page, but I removed parts of it, toning it down (this would only aggravate the poor guys), so I’m placing it here to fully vent out.

“Concerning the [http://pienetwork.com pienetwork link] that I added the other day, in its about page says:
“PIE (Playful Invention and Exploration) is an approach to using new technologies that integrates art, science, music, and engineering.
The main goal of PIE is to enable and inspire more people to create, invent, and explore — using a combination of traditional craft materials and new digital technologies.

PIE projects and workshops make use of Crickets, small programmable devices you can use to create your own musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, communicating creatures, and other playful inventions.

The PIE approach was developed through a collaboration of six museums with MIT Media Lab, with support from the National Science Foundation. (For background on the project, see the PIE Network grant proposal.)”
I understand that Wikipedia pages should not become an ever-increasing list of links, but just some small research, it would be easy to see the real ties this project has with Constructionism pratice, Mitchel Resnick and the MIT media labs.
I added it in a hurry, and would mean the same to me if it stayed or removed, with the assumption that a human being minimally knowledgeable on the matter was involved in that decision. But getting a canned message referring to my small contribution as advertising, seemed to make me ask “why do I care for wikipedia?”.
So I’m dropping the link for some wikipedian to pick it up and store in it’s proper shelf.

P.S.-I am not nor have ever been part of the MIT media labs.”