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Thread #99952   Message #1998407
Posted By: wysiwyg
16-Mar-07 - 08:11 AM
Thread Name: BS: Wikipedia Boo-Boo
Subject: BS: Wikipedia Boo-Boo
It's been suggested from time to time that Mudcat convert its music resources to the wiki-way. Now Wikipedia-- the oft-cited uber-authority that, along with Google, has convinced wannabe experts that you can seem to know everything about a subject without really knowing a damn thing about it-- has been pantsed.

Wikipedia falsely reports Sinbad's death
Associated Press Writer

MIAMI (AP) -- Actor-comedian Sinbad had the last laugh after his Wikipedia entry announced he was dead, the performer said Thursday. Rumors began circulating Saturday regarding the posting, said Sinbad, who first got a telephone call from his daughter. The gossip quieted, but a few days later the 50-year-old entertainer said the phone calls, text messages and e-mails started pouring in by the hundreds.

"Saturday I rose from the dead and then died again," the Los Angeles-based entertainer told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

The St. Petersburg-based company, which describes itself as "the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit," leaves it to a vast user community to catch factual errors and other problems. Apparently, someone edited it to say Sinbad died of a heart attack. By the time the error was caught, e-mail links of the erroneous page had been forwarded to hundreds of people.

A note on Sinbad's Wikipedia page Thursday night said the site has been temporarily protected from editing to deal with vandalism.