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Old 09.08.2006, 19:24
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English forum on the wikipedia

I was having a look through the referals in my logs last night and discovered that we are getting some referals from the wikipedia page on Zurich.

Cool i thought - someone has added us to the page, so I went on over there to take a look. I mean we aren't exactly short of web traffic at the moment with traffic climbing steadily all the time. It was only 10 visitors from the wikipedia this month, but every little bit helps.

Strangely I couldn't find it. I guessed that someone must have added it, and then someone else must have taken it away. Why would someone do that? Surely the english forum is for everybody's benefit, and it runs on a non-commercial basis - why would someone want to remove it from the wikipedia page? Has it done harm to anyone?

Luckily the wikipedia tracks edit histories so I clicked on the history link.

I noticed from the edit comments that someone had added the entry on Aug 3. I confirmed by looking at the edit here.

But what else did I see? Well a user called sunsetexpress. Now that's very interesting - this person also uses the alias beautifulswitzerland and I'm sure many others. She's quite active in the expat scene, and the last I heard she went to work for general motors. I'm not going to say who it is because many of you know exactly who I am talking about already.

Anyway, I checked out her edit here. Yep - plain as day - she deleted the link to englishforum and the link to the comedy club of Zurich (grudge perhaps?). There was no comment or explanation given for the deletions.

Could this be the same person I thought it was, or could it just be someone pretending to be her? Well I thought I'd look at her contributions to see what else she had been up to. Oh - that's interesting - adding some information about the CEO of General Motors, and doing some cleanup on the entry for General motors. Surely this is just way too much of a coincidence?

Anyway, I'm not trying to sling any mud, just wondered what other people thought of this? Any wikipedians among you?

I do find it funny when people think they are anonymous on the internet and they get sprung.

Just to clarify a point: I'm referring to the global wikipedia, not the privately hosted (and significantly smaller) swisswiki.

Edit: Someone thought I was referring to Carmen - she has been an early supporter of the forum and I am most definitely not referring to her in this post!

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Old 09.08.2006, 21:21
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Re: English forum on the wikipedia

personally I'd register, revert-it and I think there is the Talk function in Wiki to communicate the reasons for re-adding it. At least then it makes her look dorky and childish.....correcting it above board.

That should stop her silly games.
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exactly what was it listed as? EDIT oops...i see.

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Old 10.08.2006, 11:39
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Re: English forum on the wikipedia

I added that link onto Wikipedia because I thought it was a shame that the forum wasn't referenced there.
Took me ages and a bit of luck to find it through google.
Its a great source of info on switzerland for people like me, who are in the process of moving there.

I can put the link back if people want, although I'm not really sure why it was removed in the first place.
The link can also be placed under the Switzerland page I guess if people think that is a more apt location.
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Re: English forum on the wikipedia

Hi Planthead,

Yes please do put it back in, knowing the person who removed it (without explanation) I'd say it's more a case of spite / hidden agenda or god knows what. In other words, if there were a reason to remove it, she would have stated as such in her edit.

It's probably not a bad thing to list it under Zurich and on the Swiss page, after all it may be relevant for people in both cases. Not sure why the comedy club was also toasted, but you may want to put that back in as well. You may want to keep an eye on the situation and complain if she kills again.

Though since I'm sure that she's seen this post by now she is probably quite embarassed that she's been found out. If this incident were to repeat itself I'm sure it would be done under a different account...
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Re: English forum on the wikipedia

Links are back on the Zurich page, and added to the main Switzerland page too.
I hope they don't get deleted again and it turns into a "drama"
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Re: English forum on the wikipedia

Thought I'd check in on the page and make sure it hadn't been vandalised again. The englishforum entry was still there, but the edit history showed that both Sunsetexpress and her other alias - Beautifulswitzerland were back at work. This time to add a link to the Zurich International Club - and to describe it as non-profit (??). In fact, sunsetexpress also seems to have authored a wikipedia entry for zhic as well, now isn't that odd... (not).

Well I'm glad to see her contributing to a community based project (wikipedia) and she now seems to be behaving herself a lot better, so as long as she stays away from vandalising the links to English Forum I'll be happy...
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Re: English forum on the wikipedia

With all the talk over recent days about the purpose and history of EF, I was wondering why there isn't a Wiki dedicated to English Forum.

Would be great to have a page showing the history, principles and evolution, I think.

I'd do it myself, but I don't have the history or knowledge to do it well
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Re: English forum on the wikipedia

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With all the talk over recent days about the purpose and history of EF, I was wondering why there isn't a Wiki dedicated to English Forum.

Would be great to have a page showing the history, principles and evolution, I think.

I'd do it myself, but I don't have the history or knowledge to do it well

Given our history and posts, I think we might belong more to uncyclopedia
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