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June 19, 2008

Wikipedia Local

Crosscut Seattle has the article Writing Wikipedia for Seattle, about the joys and challenges of growing and maintaining a little corner of Wikipedia devoted to Seattle. It’s similar to what I’m doing with Carsonpedia, except that rather than carving out a little corner of Wikipedia for myself, and having to fight the the concepts of “notability” and “verifiability”, I just started my whole new space to play in. In fact, it was the shift from a free and open Wikipedia to one that’s more tightly controlled by insiders and upper-level editors that led the author to cut back the time he spent updating the Seattle pages. As he says, “there were better things to do with the time I spent online.”

Since I started my own site, I don’t have any upper level editors to tell me what to do. I’m the one setting the rules. But that also means, for now, that I’m the only one doing all the work, and I’m finding I just can’t make the time to work on it the way it needs to be worked on. New pages, like ones on the Nevada State Railroad Museum and Glenn Lucky, are few and far between. It’s disappointing to see so little progress, but building a site like this properly is a full-time job, or several full-time jobs. There needs to be a staff working on this, and instead there’s just me. So I’ll do the best I can, and watch the site grow slowly.

But at least I’m not doing all this work under Wikipedia’s increasingly oppressive rules.

New Then And Now Article

Crossposted from Around Carson.

Third Street

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done any Then And Now articles. I think part of the problem is that I’ve wanted to do them right, so I haven’t done any at all lately since I didn’t feel they’d be up to my standard of quality.

I need to get over that. There’s nothing wrong with a quick and dirty Then and Now, so I need to get over myself. Especially now that summer is here, and it is prime picture taking season around Carson City because all the trees are green. I only have a couple of months to get out there and rephotograph all these old pictures I have.

Today is the first of what I hope to be many upcoming Then and Now articles. I had this picture submitted to me at the WNHPC, and I had no idea where it was, what it was, what part of town it was in, if it was still standing, anything. It wasn’t until a comment came in from Dwight Millard (of Millard Realty, and my boss about twelve years ago, even though he probably doesn’t remember me) letting me know where it was. I schlepped down there to check it out, and wow have things changed. It’s the same building, though. Check out the article to see what it is.

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