Arne, you've just brought up one of my pet WP peeves: "to Google" as a verb, and specifically, a verb that indicates a subject's worthiness. Ticks me off to no end.
But it shouldn't. That's the beauty of languages and how they behave and change. The German variant of the verb to google
) has already been included in the Duden
, one of the standard German dictionaries. And as for the subject's "worthiness": as long as Google manages to direct me to JSTOR
articles and the like, which I can then order from a library, it does have some benefits.
Just yesterday I was looking for the inventory number of a photo of a piece from an ancient Roman relief and the originating photo archive, for publication references etc. After 5 minutes I had it. Google can be very helpful at times. One just has to learn to separate the wheat from the chaff.
It's something to add to the large collection of quotes by Wikipedians and others http://tinyurl.com/3ce9wk
who have made it pretty clear that, given a compatible
free license, most all CZ content will be swiped over to WP at first opportunity, leaving us wondering what the heck we're doing over here.
remarks tick me
off. Looks like China Syndrome
has received an alternative meaning. This actually gives me the creeps, especially some wikipedians' disgusting arrogance.
The same way we are trying to prevent articles forked from WP, we should introduce a license that doesn't allow WP to simply copypaste CZ articles into WP and claim them as their own.
You want to know one thing? I'm absolutely glad that CZ is a "citizen's compendium
" and doesn't officially title itself an "encyclopedia". Why? Because pedia
, coming from Greek paideia
, contains paidos
("child"), which means that an encyclopedia
is by definition written to be used by children, and therefore also ad usum Delphini
, as a friend of mine once called it in a slightly different context. In the case of the Wikipedia
it seems that large parts of it are also written and run by
children, not only for
children. And no parents around to tell them that stealing, especially the "wiki-way", is a no-no.