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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales has resigned as Board member and Chair Emeritus of the Wikimedia Foundation, severing his seven-year relationship with "the free encyclopedia anyone can edit." The man who once called himself Wikipedia's Spiritual Leader has also stepped down as the president of Wikia, the for-profit …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    Too late was the cry

    you posted the story at 12:02pm, thus meaning you are the fool.

  2. Andrew A

    I was taken in...

    until the third paragraph. Didn't bother reading the rest.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    Well, the icon...

    ...says most of it... Best one so far...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    April Fool

    It's after 12 o'clock now, making you the fool, not us...

  5. Simon Riley

    April 1st

    A happy April fools day to you all!

  6. Anonymous Coward


    If only it weren't 1st April

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A title is required - WHY???

    Thanks for this; after a late night pratting around with RedHat, I needed a laugh

  8. Anonymous Coward

    62 minutes too late?

    I got as far as "In a candid interview with The Register" before I twigged!

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Hmmm, you realise that, with a published date of 12:02PM this makes the author an April fool as UK April fool is only until midday. Unless this is actually legit, which I doubt, considering how much Wales was enjoying his expense account.

  10. Michael Jolly


    .. we been all fools stone is the way forward not Web 2.0 lol

    Nice one guys

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Gone but not forgotten

    How sad to see Jimmy leave like this. I hope he didn't feel compelled to resign because of all the horrid stories El Reg kept publishing about him.


  12. Anonymous Coward
    Jobs Horns

    if only

    would seriously decrease the amount of stuff the reg could write about

  13. James

    Published Tuesday 1st April 2008 12:02 GMT

    Is that 7 years bad luck, or just time differences... :D

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    Oh Why oh why oh why,

    Such sadness fills my heart,i weep at this terrible news,

    Ahh,I have come undone,what is me but a mere shell of a man in the face of such

    dreadful knowledge,

    Oh help me for i fear that dread shall overtake me,

    If i fall,remember me on this April day,

    Paris,cause she aint kno fule

  15. b166er

    Who says

    Statesians don't have a sense of humour?

  16. Eddie

    Not yet the fool...

    Apparently the Author is in San Fransisco, where it would be about 3-4am, on it should still be okay..

  17. TeeCee Gold badge

    12:02 in the afternoon.

    Er, it sez GMT, so whoever called 62 minutes has the win here.

    But aside from that folks, read the byline. It's from Cade in SF, GMT -8 it says here, cut the poor beggar some slack. Nobody gets up at sparrow chirp just to avoid being taken to task by pedants.

    Besides, it's funny and worth stretching a point for........

  18. Sceptical Bastard

    Lightened my day, anyway

    Quote: "In a candid interview with The Register, Wales said he intends to join the brotherhood of Franciscan Friars, taking the traditional vows of poverty, celibacy, and obedience"

    Brilliant, just effing brilliant. I burst out laughing when I got to the bit above. :)

    But wait a mo - that's about the third or fourth April Fool on the site today. Don't you Vultures have *any* work to do? On second thoughts, silly question...

  19. James

    A load of baloney...

    It's going to be illuminated-manuscript-o-pedia FFS

  20. Stephen Russell
    IT Angle

    April fools!


  21. Paul Buxton

    Excellent article

    just a pity it's not true. :)

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    You know it's an April Fool

    ...when it claims to be a Reg exclusive!

  23. Chris McFaul


    maybe it should be more of a xmas wish than an april fool?

  24. Smallbrainfield
    Thumb Up

    Posted in San Francisco... it's an April Fool. It only appears to have been posted after 12 noon to GMT users ?

    Heh, I took the headline seriously until I noticed it had been posted in Bootnotes.

  25. Feef Lovecraft

    April fools DAY

    It's called April fools DAY not April fools before noon.

  26. James Pickett

    I fell for that..

    ..until I got to the celibacy bit.

  27. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    On the other hand

    It made as much sense as any other story from Wikipedia-land.

    I still prefer the virutal human story

  28. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: @Eddie - RE: Not yet the fool...

    OK, folks, we know, April Fool's ended at midday/this or other silly story is not very subtle and did not fool you not even for a second/etc. We know.

    We know.

    In other news, we are aware of these factors. Plus, everyone is fully up to date with the situation.

    WE KNOW.

    Please post something amusing about Ann Coulter now. Thanks.

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    We'll never forget...

    the day El Reg turned into the Onion.

  30. Anonymous Coward


    I liked this story, best effort of the day!

    Ann Coulter has freakish arms by the way.

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Haven't you changed to BST at Vulture Central?

  32. J


    "Ann Coulter has freakish arms by the way."

    Just the arms!? Sheesh, she's quite all around scary no matter the angle...

  33. Sketch-UK
    Paris Hilton

    Pity the Fool

    The tradition (in the UK at least) goes that if you attempt a prank after 12 noon on April 1st, you are the fool.

    Paris, because we are talking about fools

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