Monday, February 9, 2009

Wiki didn't watch the Grammys

Posted By on Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM

It's official: Wikipedia is on crack. How else do you explain that the online reference authority by, for and of the people has the wrong Grammy winner listed for last night's Album of the Year Award. Here's what Wiki's got:

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Well, of course, that's just wrong. The actual winner, as everyone knows — whether they pay any attention to the painfully irrelevant awards show or not — was Raising Sand by Plant and Krause.

Frankly, I'm a little surprised. It's not that I consider Wikipedia a completely reliable source of information, but I've always been amazed with the speed that Wiki-geeks continually update each and every tidbit of news on the site, from celebrity deaths to sports scores. So here's a case where somebody took the time to update the site — and screwed it up royally. And, apparently no one else cares enough about the Grammys to have corrected the mistake a full 12 hours later.

UPDATE: Mere minutes after I posted this, Wiki corrected itself. I was also reminded that my colleague Andisheh Nouraee once changed the Wiki bio for James Garfield to read that he was the namesake for Garfield the Cat because he was the first president to eat lasagna in the White House. That piece of ersatz trivia remained uncorrected for months.

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