Crap or questionable articles

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by ericbarbour » Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:08 am

Christ, only noticed because SAOCOM 1B was launched today.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAOCOM
Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR-L), an L-Band instrument featuring standard, high resolution and global coverage operational modes with resolution ranging from 7 to 100 m, and swath within 50 to 400 km. It features a dedicated high capacity Solid State Recorder (50 to 100 Gbits) for image storage, and a high bit rate downlink system (two X-band channels at 150 Mbits/s each).[10]

The SAOCOM system operates jointly with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation in X-band to provide frequent information relevant for emergency management. This approach of a two SAOCOM and a four COSMO-SkyMed spacecraft configuration offers an effective means of a twice-daily coverage capability. By joining forces, both agencies are able to generate SAR products in X-band and in L-band for their customers.[10]

The SAOCOM system operates jointly with the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation in X-band to provide frequent information relevant for emergency management. This approach of a two SAOCom and a four COSMO-SkyMed spacecraft configuration offers an effective means of a twice-daily coverage capability. By joining forces, both agencies are able to generate SAR products in X-band and in L-band for their customers.[10]
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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by Eric Corbett » Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:23 pm

It's pretty obvious to anyone that the overwhelming majority of Wikipedia's articles are crap, or should be, and many are at best of questionable notability.

But even when a subject is notable, taking the case of townships as an example, they're almost always dragged down by this kind of crap:https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?ti ... =981511089

Now I'm sure the two Hogan brothers are very decent people, but who is this "Matthew Hughes (Famous Software Engineer)"?

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by ericbarbour » Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:30 pm

Eric Corbett wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:23 pm
Now I'm sure the two Hogan brothers are very decent people, but who is this "Matthew Hughes (Famous Software Engineer)"?
Heh, and googling his name doesn't help -- there are scores of people with that name associated with IT somehow.

Get used to this, I think it's becoming MORE commonplace and not less. The dysfunction and incompetence are spreading.

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by Eric Corbett » Sun Oct 04, 2020 8:40 pm

ericbarbour wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 9:30 pm
Eric Corbett wrote:
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:23 pm
Now I'm sure the two Hogan brothers are very decent people, but who is this "Matthew Hughes (Famous Software Engineer)"?
Heh, and googling his name doesn't help -- there are scores of people with that name associated with IT somehow.

Get used to this, I think it's becoming MORE commonplace and not less. The dysfunction and incompetence are spreading.
And spreading from an already wide base.

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by ericbarbour » Tue Oct 20, 2020 8:23 pm

Clever vandalism--just copy the same article 4 times. Difficult to notice......

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?ti ... =977006615

Follow-up: "Wikipedia vandalism is fixed quickly" MY ASS. The above edit was made on Oct 13, and I posted it here on Oct 20, a WEEK later. And on Thursday, two days AFTER THAT, the blatant vandalism remains.....

Finally fixed on Oct. 28. That's Wikipedia vandalism for you--it might last 10 seconds, it might last for weeks or months.....

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by ericbarbour » Sat Oct 31, 2020 7:54 pm

Like African subjects or obscure insect species, Wikipedia's content about notable recording studios is extremely variable/crap/nonexistent.

List of British recording studios leaves out a lot of minor operations. Some of the articles listed there (like this) are blatant self-promotion.

There is no list of American studios, just a category. Plus another category for California only. Many historic studios, like Bell Sound or Norman Petty Studio, have no separate article and very little mention otherwise.

No matter what, they tend to be short and without much information. With a few exceptions ..... like this blathering joke of an article. Very few of them look like the Record Plant article, a good balance of history and notable recordings made there. Or The Automatt. (One thing that makes a studio important is its equipment roster. You will find little or nothing about their equipment in WP coverage.)

Then we have this. Which is obviously being compiled by Scandinavian metal fans under iP addresses (or perhaps the owner of the studio and friends?). Otherwise it's deeply obscure:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Abyss ... ng_studio)

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by ericbarbour » Mon Nov 02, 2020 12:05 am

From a friend:
From the WP article on BoPET— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoPET

"The Descent stage of the apollo's lunar module is covered in BoPET because it's lightweight and made sure the inside temperature of the inside of the desecent [sic] stage (where a significant amount of apperature [sic] was stored) was normal."

Amateur hour. Fifth grade writing skills plus it's wrong. The descent stage was shielded with Kapton, not Mylar.
Added on 1 March and sitting unnoticed for eight months......

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?ti ... =943005535

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by ericbarbour » Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:09 pm

Do you think we are rid of Cirt? Explain this.

https://xtools.wmflabs.org/articleinfo/ ... ct_Veritas

It's not simply that he's a rabid leftist and biaser of WP content. It's not enough that he's carefully protected by the usual idiots (Guy Chapman, Andy Mabbett, Neutrality etc). He's also a terrible writer.....this article is a rant and badly organized.

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by sashi » Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:18 am

So who exactly do you think isn't in the Cirt anyway? the Snoog? the Starship? That entry just goes on and on.

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Re: Crap or questionable articles

Post by ericbarbour » Sat Nov 14, 2020 11:04 pm

sashi wrote:
Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:18 am
So who exactly do you think isn't in the Cirt anyway? the Snoog? the Starship?
Take your choice. Snoogans is clearly a Cirt sock--he does very similar angry editing to Cirt, and is "protected" by the same people (the ones who are left anyway). A guy that obsessed probably has dozens of accounts lined up and ready to use.

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