“This guy needs an editor, Ritalin and a mirror.
Not long ago, when a speaker combined marginal grooming with too-urgent, rambling & vulgar speechifying, he likely would have been dismissed as brain-addled, or a kook…or maybe a drunk. Nowadays, when the same disheveled, semi-coherent guy wangles a speaking gig at even a 3rd-tier industry event – why, then he must be some kind of genius. Quick, everyone, gather around for illumination! Call the children!
I’m sure Mr. Scott (AKA: Jason Scott Sadofsky) does some things well. But you couldn’t tell, from listening to this. His errors are so many – and so basic – that I’d need equal time to lay them out. This is a textbook case of What Not to Do, starting with: Don’t address a group of like-minded acquaintances, in a manner suited only to such occasions, if a recording will be made public, later.
Does he have valid points to make? Yes, several. Good luck in finding them. Does he have a valid point of view? Perhaps, but its plainly evident that he has a substantial chip on his shoulder, regarding both Wikipedia and Mr. Wales, specifically. Perhaps Jimbo did not show appropriate gratitude for Mr. Scott’s sharing of his acumen on critical topics like ‘Xanadu’ (the movie) and 80s-era BBS services.
Bottom line: If you enjoyed high school debate class (ie: smarmy, rapid-fire jeremiads on vaporous topics of the day, complete with a Greek chorus of sniggering toadies), then by all means go ahead and click ‘play’. But if you’re merely looking for useful information on this topic, I suggest that you skim through a transcript, instead…or, just Google ‘Wikipedia problems’.
— Allen Cross, aka MrFumoco, on the archive.org copy of “The Great Failure of Wikipedia”
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