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Jimmy Wales

  1. Jimmy Wales Out at Wikipedia Over Pornography Controversy? (Update)

    Last month, Wikimedia co-founder Larry Sanger drew national attention when he sent an open letter to the FBI accusing Wikimedia Commons of distributing child pornography. If a recent report is to be believed, the controversy within the Wikipedia community that ensued has led Jimmy Wales, the chairman of the Wikimedia Foundation and the co-founder of Wikipedia and Wikia, to relinquish his top-level administrative powers, leaving Wikipedia in "chaos." Contrary to followup reports from some outlets, there's no indication that Wales has resigned from any of his posts, but his stepping down from his administrative role could still have significant ramifications:

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  2. Tastes Like Wiki: Four Foods Whose Secret Ingredient is “Wikipedia”

    In an interview with Mediabistro posted today, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had a lot to say about his businesses, Wikipedia and Wikia, their future, and the future of media and the Internet. Also: he's a LOST and FlashForward fan.

    The interview is interesting and well worth a read, but this exchange towards the end got our attention:

    Mediabistro: There's a restaurant in China that has a dish called "stir-fried wikipedia with pimentos." Why did they call it "wikipedia"?

    Wales: There's a whole weird meme about this. People keep sending me photos of menus in China with all kinds of different dishes being translated as "Wikipedia". The best we can figure is that someone is asked to translate the menu into English. They ask, "What's the name of this dish in English?" And someone says, "I don't know, look it up in Wikipedia!" And they just write down: "Wikipedia". But honestly, I have no idea!

    A funny, satisfactory origin story: But what, exactly, are "fried wikipedia with pimentos" and these other Wikipedia-infused dishes? Fortunately, it's the Internet, "pics or it didn't happen" is the governing rule, and there are indeed pics:

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