Wikipedia: “We’re Stuck With a Bunch of Creepy Otaku”

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Japanese Wikipedophiles publically lament the fact that the Japanese Wikipedia has become almost solely a clearing house for the latest minutiae on One Piece, Bleach and seiyuu, with serious articles about serious things practically shunned.

The Japanese edition’s 63 staff (the English version has 1700) are worried that the encyclopaedia’s credibility in Japan is mortally affected by an intense focus on otaku and celebrity related topics – in Japan 80% of its page views are concentrated on “pop culture” articles, compared to 40% on the English Wikipedia and a mere 20% on the French edition.

Whereas articles about science, history and culture are Wikipedia’s international mainstay, in Japan the top three most popular articles are One Piece, Arashi (a boy band) and Jin (a TV drama), with the top articles mirroring the kind of activity seen on sites like 2ch.

Editors complain that Japanese users don’t take editing seriously, and more than half decline to register and contribute anonymously, compared to 30% in the English version.

Other complaints are numerous, with a high proportion of mischievous or outright malign users.

Via Asahi.

A circa 2007 comparison of article popularity:

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English:

1. George Bush

2. Wikipedia

3. USA

4. Christ

5. 2006 Isreal-Lebanon conflict

Japanese:

1. Characters appearing in One Piece

2. Mai Hime

3. Bleach

4. Gintama

5. Code Geass

Number 8 is a list of Japanese porn stars.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:08 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wiki rant incoming.

    English wikipedia is retarded with their insisting on importance and collective ego stroking with comparisons to Brittanica and such. Sad truth is, that purely scientific articles on wikipedia are horrible piece of crap. As in, I made my PhD in article subject and still can't understand gibberish they wrote. And there is no correlation between quality of One Piece character list and article about Surface plasmon resonance.

    What wiki should do is to get out of their ass, realize that they will never be like paper encyclopedias (who uses them anyway) and instead focus on wiki medium advantages.

    If someone wants to write about Miri panties collection, fuck let him, as long as it will be high quality, well sourced article. Let people write about what they want to write and focus on encouraging them to help with 'important' articles too.

    Also, they should enforce clear moderator structure (with means to strip them of their title) and work really on inviting specialists back to field.

    Actually, problem with poor quality of scientific/wikipedo-ic articles is not that there is too many One Piece articles, but because all the specialists that could write were driven off by dumb mob and/or mods on power (lots of cases where some professor made changes to article about *his* research only for them to be undid by some pimply moderator or random dude who didn't even understand what the article is about)

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 15/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why are you focusing on sciences? for example historic article on wiki are good, and anyway they show their sources so you can use them.
    I can understand their worries, 80% is insane. Too much of anything is no good.

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    Comment by Chen-04
    08:06 29/07/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because no one really cares for history that much. You just read it to understand it. With science that's different. You can read that all day and not understand a single word of what's written if it's done badly, which most of it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    pssssssssst, who gives a shit, i cant even use wiki as a source to back me up in my essay for uni...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:54 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    George Bush, really all that interesting?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:13 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Perhaps it's worth noting that there are nearly 2 billion people from all over the world that speak English, and only 130 million Japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 14/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes and that 2billion people are interested in bush......

    Comment by Fiona
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    Comment by rikarika
    20:55 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd take Lelouch over George Bush any day of the week. To me the Japanese seem to know what they're doing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We have two conclusion here:
    1. Otaku is better in their japanese.
    2. Otaku contributes more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:27 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why don't they just hire translators and move the english stuff as a base entry?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It make sense when combine together:
    1. Characters appearing in One Piece - George Bush
    2. Mai Hime Wikipedia
    3. Bleach in the USA
    4. Gintama is Jesus Christ
    5. Code Geass was involved in 2006 Isreal-Lebanon conflict

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:34 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Lelouch masterminded the Israel Lebanon Conflict.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:16 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And no ones mentionned that Mai HIME was second. Seriously?

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    Comment by YoKozo
    17:42 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Japanese Wikipedophiles"

    Japanese Wiki-pedophiles...?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:06 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see what you did there. XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:59 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    must be a sign of some sort

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Jin was a good show

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mai Hime rules! Hell yeah! Masshiro!

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    Comment by Darkomake
    00:25 07/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually i just enter wiki... to help me whit the university... look for bush i mean REALLY? Sataka gintoki or luffy have a loot more to do whit my life that a fagoot like him and i have to add who doesn't want to become THE KING OF THE PIRATES lol

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    17:14 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese pure win

    English bush wtf!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:57 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's end of the parlay,mateys!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:35 17/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    this just made my day

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 20/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They need their own T.V tropes and that will help the burden that poor wiki has there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:53 15/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol this is too much
    but according to a survey, most japanese internet users never even dated. So they are like geeks and geeks will look up suck stuff often

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    Comment by tyciol
    14:18 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    These complaints are stupid, using space on stuff they don't think is notable doesn't diminish the quality of the articles they do think are notable.

    If anything, it ensures they'll be higher quality since vandals will spread out their attacks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 15/02/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "doesn't diminish the quality of the articles"

    Yes, but it just show how the Japanese society is shallow. I love japan but i hate this part of their society, which is real. Only weeaboos can't admit that.
    I don't care about wiki though, it's supposed to be "free" in the end.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:17 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    go go One Piece

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    Comment by Bigall
    05:30 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I believe that 2000 years from now, when the historians study our decade, they will find One Piece. They will see it the same way we see nowadays Greek myth (Hercules, the Argonauts, etc) or even biblical stories, fictional texts related to religion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    japan, where amazing things happen

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:11 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I remember using Wikipedia a couple or two of years back to look up info on Pokémon. Yes, that was one of the main reasons I used it. But since I discovered Bulbapedia in late 2007 and became a member a few months later, my usage decreased.

    Oh, and if you look at the (English) Wiki, compare the amount of information they had about the franchise in 2006 with the info they have now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:13 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've written Wikipedia articles and have had to deal with their editors, and those guys are freaking Nazis. They're under the impression that people actually care what their initial impressions are. The fact of the matter is, people go to Wikipedia to find information about ANYTHING -- instead of going against the flow, why don't you just adapt and make sure it adheres to your policy in terms of notability and accuracy. I prefer Wikia to Wikipedia when not looking up history or boring non-fiction things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 06/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan are creepy :)

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    Comment by Zavalix
    14:02 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wikipedia is a public domain and as such, it only reflects a society top priority and... well... actually I'm amazed "porn" is not a top lister, anyway, if they have it like that is because they WANT IT to be like that, so what's the problem after all?

    In other low-tech news:
    Indeed, a quiet famous quote can fit here "you can have whatever you want and however you want as long I approve it"

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except the English one doesn't reflect society's top priorities. They put an incredible amount of effort into culling the parts that don't meet their standards. They're like incredibly permissive Nazis.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mai Hime and Code Geass.

    As opposed to some dumb president and a guy who never existed.

    And it's Japan that has the issues. Riiiiiight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:36 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gotta love the anti-religion faggotry going around on Sankaku. Then again, it balances out the religious faggots I suppose.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:11 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In this age? No, I'm sure it's flooding with all the anti-religious talk you'll ever need to hear, factual or otherwise (ironically)....

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    Comment by JSRF
    13:49 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why you gotta hate on Arashi?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even the Korean Version is better than the Japanese one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:35 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no, it isn't. you FAILED.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:03 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not many Koreans use Wikipedia, actually.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why should they when they got an abundance of kim-cheh?

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    13:43 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    An obsess fan of 2d character like anime, manga, lolis, toys etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Retarded otakus are retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    talking about retardation by using tired memes doesn't speak well of your own intellectual abilities

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wow! Music Station is ranked 16th. the best musical program, imo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:39 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    American sure like to know about their previous disgusting 3D President XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:20 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah and that disgusting 3d pig is the president of the united stats. What have you done with your life?

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    Comment by Rakshasa
    18:56 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, not getting lots of people killed is what I managed. That should count for something.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:44 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember, it was 2007 results. He was still in office.






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