Monday, May 15, 2006

Since I Began Wiki Watchdog (5/15/06)

I thought it might be interesting to review some of the events of my days since I began Wiki Watchdog, on April 22, 2006, and strongly advised readers not to donate to Wikipedia until it institutes key changes to reduce the effects of Wikibullying, Wikiwolfpacking, Wikimobbing, Wikistalking, Wikietcetera. (see: Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands?):

  1. My Palm Beaches Review first lost Google search engine coverage for the pages in it linked from Wikipedia. The site has since disappeared entirely from the Google search engine. It has not had a hit from any search engine for approximately two days: see (site URL) and site: (Google listing of site pages being indexed);
  2. The Google coverage for my Virtual Grub Street Front Page site has been reduced to a handful of pages: see (site URL) and site: (Google listing of site pages being indexed);
  3. A number of the longtime first page Google listings associated with the original Virtual Grub Street blog have slipped to lower search pages. The total listing of pages has gone down from above 140 to 97. Site traffic has correspondingly gone down by over 30% as a result: see (Google listing of site pages being indexed);
  4. The most recent Google search engine index for the Wiki Watchdog blog has retained the main blog page and the three individual pages indexed during the previous crawling-cycle. None of the new individual pages has been indexed: see (site URL) site: (Google listing of site pages being indexed);
  5. The Google listings for "Gilbert Wesley Purdy" have gone down to 707 from above 980 pages;
  6. The Google cache page for QLRS - Criticism : AT'ang Canon Vol. 3 No. 4 Jul 2004 (my book review / essay "A T'ang Canon") has disappeared. Because this has not been done by Google (nor, apparently, a legitimate administrator of QLRS's server), the following default listing appears:
    Welcome to my Website! - 1k - May 11, 2006 -
    Cached - Similar pages

    (see: page 1 of Google search)

  7. My sonnet sequence "On First Reading Lowell's Notebooks" and essay "The Enigma of W. D. Snodgrass" are no longer being indexed: see "limestone magazine" "Gilbert Wesley Purdy";
  8. My poems "55 Madonna", "A Meeting of the Garden Club", and my reviews "Brisk Leaps the Heart" and "The Reconstruction of John Willis Menard" are no longer being indexed: see "Gilbert Wesley Purdy".
  9. The claim that I vandalized User:Prometheuspan's talk page has been removed and the message supporting him in his struggle has been returned to the page: see "...pack psychology driven anarchy...";
  10. Donald Albury "is taking a moderate wikibreak and will be back on Wikipedia at the end of May": see User talk:Dalbury and Wiki Watchdog's article Is Wikipedia Handing Out Your Browsing Information to Thousands?.

Can an Al Qaida cell really have infiltrated Wikipedia? Somehow I suspect we'll all have to decide for ourselves.

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