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Old 02-15-2010, 02:34 AM   #1
Jim Brikman
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What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

Crossfit Wikipedia Entry (w/f/s)

Anyone look at it recently? It seems like there was an editing battle and now the page is locked down. Lots of disputes of the factual accuracy and ad-like nature of the entry, as well as some interesting recent additions:

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"Although Gym Jones is harder, CrossFit maintains that proficiency..."

"On diet, CrossFit advocates eating large quantities of fast food, beer and eating meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and sugar at levels that support exercise but and lots of body fat."

"CrossFit says it is building a technology of human performance through careful definition of terms, constant experimentation and precise measurement by using a force, distance and time approach, rather than a molecular one. What does that even mean?"
 
Old 02-15-2010, 03:40 AM   #2
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

Pretty obvious, some people that don't like Crossfit and/or Glassman are having some fun. Things like this is why I don't trust Wikipedia as a primary source of information.
 
Old 02-15-2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

It's locked down due to an edit war. There was a time where it read like CF was the epitome of fitness, excersize, and would soon end poverty and war which makes it read like an ad, which violates wikipedia regulations. Then the ***ers got a hold of it and made it look like CF was out to destroy mankind through rhabadosis and annoying S&C experts. Add to that, some copyright issues on some photos, and the page is locked.

There is currently an effort to edit the article into what is hoped to be a fair article.
 
Old 02-15-2010, 12:09 PM   #4
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

There are some hot button topics which get vandalized and locked on a regular basis. CrossFit is one of them.
 
Old 02-16-2010, 10:40 AM   #5
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

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It's locked down due to an edit war. There was a time where it read like CF was the epitome of fitness, excersize, and would soon end poverty and war which makes it read like an ad, which violates wikipedia regulations. Then the ***ers got a hold of it and made it look like CF was out to destroy mankind through rhabadosis and annoying S&C experts. Add to that, some copyright issues on some photos, and the page is locked.

There is currently an effort to edit the article into what is hoped to be a fair article.
Wait. You're telling me CF cannot end poverty and war? . I'll admit, there are some very entertaining articles on Wikipedia, and useful as it may be, it is very much prone to quality issues.
 
Old 02-16-2010, 11:29 AM   #6
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

I think the problem is when you have something that is new, influx or is controversial. There are a legion of people who HATE CF. Not just dislike, question or think it's lacking, but full on hate, that has been focus with a clarity seen only in yogi's and ancient warriors. On the other side, you have the kool aid drinkers, to whom CF and HQ can do no wrong. Add in people who make a living of being trainers (this article becomes research for prospective clients) and mix that all in the internet and you an endless source of entertainment.
 
Old 02-16-2010, 11:44 AM   #7
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

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I think the problem is when you have something that is new, influx or is controversial. There are a legion of people who HATE CF. Not just dislike, question or think it's lacking, but full on hate, that has been focus with a clarity seen only in yogi's and ancient warriors. On the other side, you have the kool aid drinkers, to whom CF and HQ can do no wrong. Add in people who make a living of being trainers (this article becomes research for prospective clients) and mix that all in the internet and you an endless source of entertainment.
I would like to refer to the "Greater Internet ****wad Theory".

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2004/03/19/ (Link is NOT WFS, for use of profanity).
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:58 PM   #8
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

Wikipedia's current model is unsustainable. For confirmation, here is the abstract of an academic paper with no fewer than 138 (count 'em!) footnotes.

Journal of Telecommunications and High Technology Law, Vol. 8

Abstract:
This Essay explains why Wikipedia will not be able to maintain a credible website while simultaneously letting anyone freely edit it. To date, Wikipedia editors have successfully defended against malicious attacks from spammers and vandals, but as editors turn over, Wikipedia will need to recruit replacements. However, Wikipedia will have difficulty with this recruiting task due to its limited incentives for participation. Faced with a potential labor squeeze, Wikipedia will choose to restrict users’ ability to contribute to the site as a way of preserving site credibility. Wikipedia’s specific configuration choices make it an interesting test case to evaluate the tension between free editability and site credibility, and this Essay touches on how this tension affects user-generated content (UGC) generally.

Keywords: Wikipedia, user-generated content, UGC, Web 2.0, peer production, wiki, online, volunteer

JEL Classifications: J20, J41, L15, L86, M50

Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 20, 2009 ; Last revised: January 31, 2010

Read the whole thing by clicking on the "one-click download" line at the top of the (W/F/S) page at:
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.c...act_id=1458162

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Old 02-16-2010, 05:49 PM   #9
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

Bo,

I'm pretty sure this hate extends past the internet for this crew. At least I would like to think so. I would hate for them to be a bunch of loud mouth pussies, whose balls shrivel up as soon as they walk away from the keyboard.
 
Old 02-17-2010, 06:41 AM   #10
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Re: What's up with the Crossfit Wikipedia entry?

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It's locked down due to an edit war. There was a time where it read like CF was the epitome of fitness, excersize, and would soon end poverty and war which makes it read like an ad, which violates wikipedia regulations. Then the ***ers got a hold of it and made it look like CF was out to destroy mankind through rhabadosis and annoying S&C experts. Add to that, some copyright issues on some photos, and the page is locked.

There is currently an effort to edit the article into what is hoped to be a fair article.
Jamie, you have obviously been lurking over on the darkside, why not introduce yourself as well.
 
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