July 6, 2006 8:17 AM PDT

Wikipedia founder launches political site

Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales this week announced the opening of a wiki devoted to hot-button political topics such as gay marriage and environmental protection.

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Political junkies who can't get enough of Daily Kos or RedState (depending on party preferences) may now have a new Web 2.0 toy in the form of Campaigns Wikia.

As with Wikipedia, Wiktionary and other wikis, contributors to Campaigns Wikia will be able to edit any section of the site, provided that they register for free accounts first.

Campaigns Wikia was unveiled, appropriately, on July 4, with an "open letter to the political blogosphere." Wales said he is targeting the masses of activists from every corner of political opinion who have made the Internet their home base.

Ever since Howard Dean's then-surprising Internet-based campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004, and the subsequent coverage of bloggers' presence at the major parties' national conventions, the use of the Web as a political tool has become an increasingly highbrow topic. If Campaigns Wikia is a success, Wales hopes that it will be a resource where voters can become more informed about current events and issues, he said.

Even though the so-called blogosphere is perhaps best known as a breeding ground for liberal rhetoric, Wales aims to make Campaigns Wikia a nonpartisan effort.

"Whoever you are and whatever you believe, you can share with me my sincere desire that the process starts to be about substance and thought, rather than style and image," he said.

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cool
thats it. hope it works well.
Posted by michaelbolzenius (3 comments )
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cool
thats it. hope it works well.
Posted by michaelbolzenius (3 comments )
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The founder of the website best known for libel, shiftiness and liberal politics proclaims his new political site will be non-partisan and about substance. I'm signing up now.

Because I'm sure they'll look at, among other topics, the presidency of George Bush and the Iraq war in cold, hard light of facts without emotional bias or pandering to their editorial and donor bases, just like real politicians do all the time.

I love how liberals trumpet bipartisanship (moveon.org, wikipedia, nytimes.com), but completely disregard anyone who doesn't agree with their viewpoint.
Posted by solomonrex (112 comments )
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selective use of the facts
In your rant against "editors" you seem to not know that on wikipedia everybody can edit the articles in order for the system to work. Sure some people distort the facts. I equally despise that if it is done on purpose with no regard to intellectual honesty. However I believe most things on wikipedia to be fact, I am always doing my best to double check things I read. With that said I believe the you and others that im grouping together on the right would benefit from using a little more intellectual honesty.
Posted by heartsinaustin (2 comments )
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The founder of the website best known for libel, shiftiness and liberal politics proclaims his new political site will be non-partisan and about substance. I'm signing up now.

Because I'm sure they'll look at, among other topics, the presidency of George Bush and the Iraq war in cold, hard light of facts without emotional bias or pandering to their editorial and donor bases, just like real politicians do all the time.

I love how liberals trumpet bipartisanship (moveon.org, wikipedia, nytimes.com), but completely disregard anyone who doesn't agree with their viewpoint.
Posted by solomonrex (112 comments )
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selective use of the facts
In your rant against "editors" you seem to not know that on wikipedia everybody can edit the articles in order for the system to work. Sure some people distort the facts. I equally despise that if it is done on purpose with no regard to intellectual honesty. However I believe most things on wikipedia to be fact, I am always doing my best to double check things I read. With that said I believe the you and others that im grouping together on the right would benefit from using a little more intellectual honesty.
Posted by heartsinaustin (2 comments )
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Why another site - Wikipedia is already a political site
He's already let Wikipedia be taken over by liberals.

So this site is going to be "nonpartisan"?

"Nonpartisan" is a code word for "liberal".

What's he going to do to keep in "nonpartisan"?

What happens when the rabid liberal marxists/socialists, and the nuts from Kos take it over with their tinfoil hat "everything is Bush's fault" posts? Delete their posts?
Posted by fafafooey (171 comments )
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too judgemental
>>He's already let Wikipedia be taken over by >>liberals.
Anyone can edit wikipedia, if there is sufficient citation and information they can back up what is being stated with.

>>"Nonpartisan" is a code word for "liberal".
I have to disagree with you, Nonparisan may be code word for many things, but that does not prove any point.

>>What's he going to do to keep >>in "nonpartisan"?
The lifeblood of the site is neutrality and equal oppurtunity for folks left, right and center. If the site becomes another "Fox New Fad", people would go to their own comfort sites, which dont state they are "fair and balanced".

>>when the rabid liberal marxists/socialists, >>and the nuts from Kos take it over with their >>tinfoil hat "everything is Bush's fault" >>posts? Delete their posts?
From your statements, I feel you wont be impressed unless Bill Orielly or sean hannity edits the posts and comments, but I think any thing that exceeds it "political and intellectual" limits, would be deleted, but again we have to wait and see.

To sum it up, you are rushing to judgement, and I would counsel patience and cold hard facts in any of your future posts.

adios.
Posted by YankeePoodle (785 comments )
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Why another site - Wikipedia is already a political site
He's already let Wikipedia be taken over by liberals.

So this site is going to be "nonpartisan"?

"Nonpartisan" is a code word for "liberal".

What's he going to do to keep in "nonpartisan"?

What happens when the rabid liberal marxists/socialists, and the nuts from Kos take it over with their tinfoil hat "everything is Bush's fault" posts? Delete their posts?
Posted by fafafooey (171 comments )
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too judgemental
>>He's already let Wikipedia be taken over by >>liberals.
Anyone can edit wikipedia, if there is sufficient citation and information they can back up what is being stated with.

>>"Nonpartisan" is a code word for "liberal".
I have to disagree with you, Nonparisan may be code word for many things, but that does not prove any point.

>>What's he going to do to keep >>in "nonpartisan"?
The lifeblood of the site is neutrality and equal oppurtunity for folks left, right and center. If the site becomes another "Fox New Fad", people would go to their own comfort sites, which dont state they are "fair and balanced".

>>when the rabid liberal marxists/socialists, >>and the nuts from Kos take it over with their >>tinfoil hat "everything is Bush's fault" >>posts? Delete their posts?
From your statements, I feel you wont be impressed unless Bill Orielly or sean hannity edits the posts and comments, but I think any thing that exceeds it "political and intellectual" limits, would be deleted, but again we have to wait and see.

To sum it up, you are rushing to judgement, and I would counsel patience and cold hard facts in any of your future posts.

adios.
Posted by YankeePoodle (785 comments )
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The one way they can call their site unbiased and non-partisan is through hosting nothing but user-generated content. When the content is user-generated, it will swing to the direction of the users. If there is a balanced user-base, the content will be balanced.

You want to know how you turn a liberal or conservative site the other direction or "non-partisan"? Through greater participation from the other side of the spectrum.
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