Jimmy Wales

  1. Tech

    Hard-Working Wikipedian Reaches 1 Million Edits

    Wikipedian and compulsive editor Justin Knapp has just accomplished a goal that is surreal in its magnitude. Justin Knapp is the first person to make 1 million edits to everyone's favorite free, editable encyclopedia. Yes anyone can edit it, but no one edits it quite like Justin Knapp. He's been barreling at the record for the a while now, maintaining an average of over 350 amendments per day. In celebration of his achievements, Knapp has been given an impressive array of Wikipedia awards, and has had April 20th named as a holiday in his honor as a thank you from Jimmy Wales himself.

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  2. Tech

    Wikipedia to Blackout on January 18th Protesting SOPA and PIPA

    The bad news is that while SOPA may be "shelved," PIPA is still on. The good news is that while PIPA may still be on, Jimmy Wales has come out and announced that Wikipedia's anti-SOPA, anti-PIPA blackout is on too. The decision isn't unilateral, but rather by concensus of the Wikipedia community and as such, the English language Wikipedia will be going dark on January 18th from midnight to midnight EST reaching an estimated 25 million users globally. Better listen to what Jimmy says and get your homework done ahead of time.

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  3. Tech

    Internet Giants Reportedly Considering “Nuclear Option” Blackout To Protest SOPA

    With the culmination of the SOPA hearings conveniently postponed until sometime in January, the tech world gained a little bit of time to prepare and execute some anti-SOPA demonstrations. Wikipedia had been considering a protest blackout that, as of yet, has not come to fruition and, according to reports by CNET, other Internet giants including Google, Twitter, and Facebook may be considering the "nuclear option" as well. The reports are derived from a quote by Markham Erickson head of the NetCoalition trade association that calls the aforementioned companies members.  "There have been some serious discussions about that," Erickson says. "It has never happened before."

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  4. Tech

    ByeDaddy Makes it Easy to Check Who is Still With GoDaddy

    After coming out and supporting SOPA, domain registrar GoDaddy caught a lot of flak. After catching said flak and "reversing" their stance, they are still catching a lot of flak. That being the case, there are all kinds of little apps popping up to help you increase the amounts of flak, one of which is, which makes it trivially easy to see who has a domain with GoDaddy. It's worth nothing that the cleverer, more intuitive, but creepily-named domain, actually redirects to GoDaddy's homepage. Looks like they saw that one coming.

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  5. Tech

    GoDaddy Stands By Pro-SOPA Position, Becomes Focus of Boycott

    For the most part, the technically-inclined world is against SOPA and it seems that only big businesses like Viacom and Universal Music Group are for it. There is one strange exception though: GoDaddy. After customers started asking about the company's position, GoDaddy came out with this statement, one of the few arguments for SOPA. Needless to say, this has a lot of people upset, the kind of people who have a number of domains, the kind of people who are now calling for a boycott.

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  6. Tech

    Wikipedia May Undergo Blackout To Protest SOPA

    If you go to Wikipedia in the next couple of days and don't see anything, there probably isn't anything wrong with your Internet connection. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is considering blanking out all Wikipedia pages in protest of SOPA, a bill that countless Internet-based content providers and freedom of information advocates are particularly wary of. Wales pitched the idea to the Wikipedia community and feels that a blackout could send an extremely powerful message to law-makers.

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  7. Tech

    Wikimedia Reaches Its Fundraiser Goals; No More Giant Jimmy Wales Banners?

    Wikimedia announced this morning that they have concluded their current and shortest fundraiser ever; and that despite its brevity they managed to have their most successful year ever, raising $16 million.  It's not like it was close, either: in 2009 they only managed to fundraise $7.5 million. Said founder Jimmy Wales:

    This fundraiser had all the ingredients of what we love about Wikimedia projects: people come together, contribute what they have, and together we do something amazing. The contribution of a technology worker in Mumbai, India joins with the contribution of a stock broker from London, and of a student in Moscow, and the result is that we're able to sustain and support this joint endeavor for another year.

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  8. Weird

    Most Unsettling Facebook Profile Picture of the Month

    Somebody should tell Jimmy Wales about this.  Alexandre Oudin, a French artist, has distinguished his Facebook page from the masses with a creative use of the now more prominently featured pictures of the new Facebook profile. (If this paticular Facebook profile layout doesn't look familiar to you, you probably haven't "upgraded" to the new look.  Or it's possible that you don't even have a Facebook.  If so, we wish you luck with your further endeavors, and invite you to watch this educational video.)

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  9. Tech

    Jimmy Wales’ Face All Over Wikipedia: The Next Logical Step

    Well, if it A/B tests well ... (via The Daily What)

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  10. Tech

    Why Is a Giant Jimmy Wales Staring at You on Every Page of Wikipedia? Science.

    You may have heard that the Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit group behind online encyclopedia Wikipedia, recently launched an appeal asking users to donate money to keep the site free; Wikimedia is targeting $16 million of fundraising over the next two months. You may also have noticed, if you've been on Wikipedia anytime lately, a gigantic banner atop the page containing a photo of Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales staring at you, possibly causing your latent scopophobia to kick in. What gives? In fact, open data provided by the Wikimedia Foundation reveals that the giant Jimmy Wales ad is not just a monument to the founder's egomania, but that it's emerged at the top in a process of natural selection, testing much better than other appeals.

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  11. Weird

    Jimmy Wales Out at Wikipedia Over Pornography Controversy? (Update)

    Last month, Wikimedia co-founder Larry Sanger drew national attention when he sent an open letter to the FBI accusing Wikimedia Commons of distributing child pornography. If a recent report is to be believed, the controversy within the Wikipedia community that ensued has led Jimmy Wales, the chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation and the co-founder of Wikipedia and Wikia, to relinquish his top-level administrative powers, leaving Wikipedia in "chaos." Contrary to followup reports from some outlets, there's no indication that Wales has resigned from any of his posts, but his stepping down from his administrative role could still have significant ramifications:

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  12. Entertainment

    Tastes Like Wiki: Four Foods Whose Secret Ingredient is “Wikipedia”

    In an interview with Mediabistro posted today, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had a lot to say about his businesses, Wikipedia and Wikia, their future, and the future of media and the Internet. Also: he's a LOST and FlashForward fan.

    The interview is interesting and well worth a read, but this exchange towards the end got our attention:

    Mediabistro: There's a restaurant in China that has a dish called "stir-fried wikipedia with pimentos." Why did they call it "wikipedia"?

    Wales: There's a whole weird meme about this. People keep sending me photos of menus in China with all kinds of different dishes being translated as "Wikipedia". The best we can figure is that someone is asked to translate the menu into English. They ask, "What's the name of this dish in English?" And someone says, "I don't know, look it up in Wikipedia!" And they just write down: "Wikipedia". But honestly, I have no idea!

    A funny, satisfactory origin story: But what, exactly, are "fried wikipedia with pimentos" and these other Wikipedia-infused dishes? Fortunately, it's the Internet, "pics or it didn't happen" is the governing rule, and there are indeed pics:

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