January 06, 2005
I guess Wikipedia really does suck
They do a goofy little entry on Instapundit, and they credit somebody else for my neologism. Some nerve! Well, at least I got to use "neologism" in a sentence.
Posted by Jim Treacher at January 6, 2005 02:09 PM
Yea but the whole point of Wikipedia is that you can edit it yourself to correct mistakes.
Dude, the same thing happened with me and "queef" back in 1983.
"Yea but the whole point of Wikipedia is that you can edit it yourself to correct mistakes."
Yeah, last time I checked it was locked down until "disputes are resolved." Maybe they're trying to decide on the exact number of babies Reynolds eats per week. (Don't worry, Lane, that was another joke!)
The thieves, the thieves, the filthy little thieves! Curse them, my Precious! We hates them!
I write for Samizdata, and am in business (blog consultancy) with its editors, and I'm guessing that they linked to the Samizdata blog glossary because it's a comprehensive resource of blogging terms. It gets cited in academic research and stuff like that, and gets an insane amount of daily traffic. (Also, if you do a Google search for 'instalanche,' the Samizdata glossary definition comes second.)
What I'm wondering, though, is how you know you actually coined the term 'Instalanche'? Not doubting you, but I'm genuinely curious.
"What I'm wondering, though, is how you know you actually coined the term 'Instalanche'?"
Cute, Jim, but what I was asking was if you'd scoured the entire web looking for uses of the term and dated each one in order to determine that you got their first. Doesn't sound like a fun job.
Anyway, I was also going to say that linking to the Samizdata glossary definition doesn't - to me, or to most people, I'd imagine - imply credit for coinage. It's like if they linked to the Oxford English Dictionary's defintion of 'butthead,' no one's going to think that the OED guys coined that one, are they? It's just a handy resource to link to (and I suspect the Samizdata glossary definition's second place Google ranking when 'Instalanche' is searched is probably one of the reasons it got linked).
In any case, I hope you get a credit on Wikipedia for coining the term, even if the link to the Samizdata glossary definition remains.
I always relied on that episode of Quantum Leap where Sam went back into the past, his actions resulted in Jim not being born, and back in the future no one used the term "Instalanche."
I'm claiming "Treach mouth" right here and now.
Although the entry is locked down, you could still post your information in the discussion area just to bring it to people's attention. Then update the entry when it's unlocked.