‘Useless Content’ – Part 2

This week assignment for the course New Media Practices was writing an Wikipedia entry. Although this clarified a lot about Wikipedia and its policies, the job caused me a lot of frustration. I wrote an entry about the Brazilian NGO I worked for, but unfortunately some active Dutch Wikipedia users thought my contribution was ‘Useless Content’.

This was, in Dutch, the entry I posted (tried to post).

Wikipedia Entry (Dutch)

I imagined the topic of my text might not have been relevant enough to appear in a Dutch encyclopedia, but that was not the main critique. Actually I think I have been dealing with a Wikipedia ‘bot’ that simply couldn’t understand the title of my entry, which as you can see is written in Portuguese. I plan to further experiment by posting my entry in Portuguese and English. Let’s see what will happen.

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