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Posted: 20 Aug 07, 23:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi Fans,
We have been trying to fix up the Freddie Mercury Wikipedia article so that we can hopefully make it a "Featured Article" or something like that.
Here it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddie_Mercury. Trust me, it is a lot better than many of the articles that have actually been featured on the main page. For instance, there was a featured Gwen Stefani article that acticle that actually had a trivia section stuck in it. Talk about crappy! I guess that her fans are very dedicated.

I would greatly appreciate any help here, although I hope that the content will remain relatively constant. Feel free to change the wording or to move sentences around. I think that it is vastly better than it was over a year ago when it was rated as a B article.

I would be interested in any new references that
you may have as well. I also do not know the authors of references 12, 14, 20 and 30. If anyone knows, that would be great. These came from Melody Maker, People and the NME.

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Posted: 20 Aug 07, 23:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

With all honesty, that wikipedia article on Freddie Mercury is pathetic. Even the picture of Freddie Mercury at the top of the page is mediocre at best. I'll see what I can do, but unfortunatly I don't have the advantage of having time to spend on such an activity.


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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 00:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Seriously... why waste time editing wikipedia?

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 00:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree that the image at the top of the article does indeed suck. I believe that the reason behind why it involves the fact that you are not allowed to use copyrighted material.

Someone asked why we should care about Wikipedia. The answer is that, if you Goolge the name "Freddie Mercury," the Wikipedia article is the first thing that you get. 10 million people visit it every single day. Talk about influential.





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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 08:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The photo at the top is very inappropriate and should be replaced with a biographical one such as the one that was there before. The other 'odd' photos of Freddie carrying a friend home drunk as well as him at college are also quite out of place for an article where people will first tend to go to if they want to find out information on Freddie Mercury.

EDIT- Sorry, the photo has since been replaced and is a lot better!!

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 08:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie's #1 Fan Forever wrote:

Someone asked why we should care about Wikipedia. The answer is that, if you Goolge the name "Freddie Mercury," the Wikipedia article is the first thing that you get. 10 million people visit it every single day. Talk about influential.


I doubt 10 million look at the Freddie page everyday. Nevermind the fact that anybody can edit the page, so the information is dubious at best.

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 09:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

Freddie's #1 Fan Forever wrote:

Someone asked why we should care about Wikipedia. The answer is that, if you Goolge the name "Freddie Mercury," the Wikipedia article is the first thing that you get. 10 million people visit it every single day. Talk about influential.


I doubt 10 million look at the Freddie page everyday. Nevermind the fact that anybody can edit the page, so the information is dubious at best.


I have to agree with 'Freddie's #1 Fan Forever', but I don't agree with the 10 million people spiel. However, when it's all said and done Wikipedia is probably one of the most influential sources of information on the internet, therefore people might get the wrong idea when they read about certain topics. As fans of Queen we should help maintain an appropriate webpage for him, even if it could be tampered with in the nearby future. I'm doing it for Freddie Mercury's sake.


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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 09:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<font color=FF0033 face=symbol>Freddie wrote:

However, when it's all said and done Wikipedia is probably one of the most influential sources of information on the internet


It's also probably the most unreliable.

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 09:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

<font color=FF0033 face=symbol>Freddie wrote:

However, when it's all said and done Wikipedia is probably one of the most influential sources of information on the internet


It's also probably the most unreliable.


I never said it wasn't.


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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 14:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why are there two pictures from the mid 60s, but none from 1970-1985 ??



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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

Seriously... why waste time editing wikipedia?

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I edited it. I added a Queen Archives link.

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

Seriously... why waste time editing wikipedia?


....because Wiki isn't pathetic on every subject. And frankly, because the internet generation coming behind us is SO incapable of sitting and reading anything other than the latest Harry Potter, that if instant educational gratification is what they want, then the very least those of us who know better can do, is make sure it is accurate.

I think they used to call it "public service".


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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:32 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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the very least those of us who know better can do, is make sure it is accurate.


That's why there are numerous more accurate fan sites.

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ok.computer wrote:

the very least those of us who know better can do, is make sure it is accurate.


That's why there are numerous more accurate fan sites.


Yeah..why waste time making wiki accurate if someone else can just come along and delete your work?

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:36 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

ok.computer wrote:

the very least those of us who know better can do, is make sure it is accurate.


That's why there are numerous more accurate fan sites.


Your average 12 year old is going to go straight to Wiki. I don't doubt the veracity, or work put into, or accuracy of those fan sites, but Wiki is being used in the classroom - alas - as a reference or research tool.

I know that they should be encouraged to at least open the odd book cover, but they aren't. So again, just to reiterate, if this is their first port of call on any number of subjects, it should be as accurate as possible. So I applaud the efforts of those above who are trying to ensure that this very high-profile internet encyclopedia is in some way accurate.






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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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Wiki is being used in the classroom - alas - as a reference or research tool.


That is very sad then. It I was a teacher grading a paper and I saw wikipedia listed as a reference I would be appalled.

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

ok.computer wrote:


Wiki is being used in the classroom - alas - as a reference or research tool.


That is very sad then. It I was a teacher grading a paper and I saw wikipedia listed as a reference I would be appalled.


Around here it's the first place to go. Look on the average source list of a school project: half of the sources are mostly wikipedia or links from wikipedia.

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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

PieterMC wrote:

ok.computer wrote:


Wiki is being used in the classroom - alas - as a reference or research tool.


That is very sad then. It I was a teacher grading a paper and I saw wikipedia listed as a reference I would be appalled.


Be appalled. And welcome to the next generation.


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Posted: 21 Aug 07, 15:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I've heard recently that a lot of teachers are banning wikipedia as a reference.