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You could be forgiven for thinking the front-page of Wikipedia is sponsored by the Gibraltar Tourist Board, with the territory given the kind of product placement large corporations can only dream of. Now Wikipedia's self-styled "spiritual leader" Jimmy Wales has publicly stated that he wants the Wikipedians' curious enthusiasm …


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  1. Mako

    I've sent in a correction...

    Instead of a picture of Roger Bamkin, El Reg seems to have used a stock photo of a homeless man in a library...

    1. Jamie Kitson

      Re: I've sent in a correction...

      This objectification of men must stop! You wouldn't be commenting on a woman's appearance like this, would you?! His appearance has absolutely nothing to do with the story!

      1. James O'Brien

        @Jamie Kitson

        ......I would.

        1. Spoonsinger

          Re: @Jamie Kitson

          And, so we come full circle. (tiz almost religious).

      2. Mako

        Re: I've sent in a correction...

        That wasn't me that downvoted you Jamie.

        Anyway, is it just me, or does his expression say, "I just took a wet dump in a Will Self hardback and slammed it shut."

    2. Robin

      Re: I've sent in a correction...

      "Instead of a picture of Roger Bamkin, El Reg seems to have used a stock photo of a homeless man in a library..."

      It's not a homeless man in a library. It's Jim Broadbent *playing* a homeless man in a library.

  2. Conrad Longmore

    It hasn't stopped

    It hasn't stopped.. 10 "Did You Know" articles on the front page this month so far.

    There is a debate about it on Wikipedia itself here -

  3. TeeCee Gold badge


    Just spent a few moments puzzling over who "the Ayn Rand objectivist in Wales" was crypticly referring to.

    Who could that Rand-fixated Welshman possibly be......?

    1. Mako
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      Re: D'oh!

      You're not alone. Every time I see that man's surname in a headline, it takes a minute to parse what's actually being said.

      1. ISYS

        Re: D'oh!

        It think the Reg need to do a readers poll:-

        Every time you see a headline mentioning Wales and Wiki do you

        A: Think 'Ah this must be referring to that chubby Steve Jobs lookalike'


        B: Think 'What the hell are the Welsh complaining about now!'

  4. Ruairi

    It's like a bloody soap opera over there on wikipedia.

  5. Version 1.0 Silver badge


    Whatever happened to the rule that "The first person to quote Wikipedia loses the argument"?

  6. Peter C.
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    What a joke...

    Wacky-leaks is.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      What on earth has this story got to do with you even know what the article is about?

  7. The Cube

    Small typo in the article

    There is no evidence the user has a commercial relationship with Gibraltar. He may simply be a tit.

    Think that's what you meant.

  8. Mike 68

    Do they have a similar deal with Monmouth?

    Used to be articles about Monmouth every few days on the DYK bit, until I went on the Talk page and told them to give it a rest.

    1. David Neil

      Re: Do they have a similar deal with Monmouth?


  9. Seán

    Bloody Spaniards

    Why can't they focus on different regions of Spain to spice things up a bit.

    1. Iestynaprobert

      Re: Bloody Spaniards

      Gibraltar is not a region of Spain...

  10. Ken 16 Bronze badge

    * The Register has no way of knowing the user's true identity

    Can't you look him up on Wikipedia?

  11. Alan Firminger

    A possible response to misuse might be that every publicity seeker pitches in. DYK and for that matter the rest of the site are open to this abuse. Wail.

  12. Spleen

    Not very effective advertising

    Wikipedia is my browser home page and I read the DYKs every morning over breakfast. It's usually the most interesting section.

    If you had asked me "guess who's spamming DYK with excessive articles?" I would not have said Gibraltar - I would have immediately said the Indonesian Classic Film Society. Because there's something about an Indonesian / Dutch East Indian film or actor every day it seems. There's nothing sinister about this - it means that someone who's interested in Indoniesian film is doing a lot of article expansion and making regular submissions to DYK. Before Indonesian film it was Eurovision Song Contest entrants.

    If Gibraltar are paying someone to promote the country via DYK, they should stop, not because it breaks the rules but because they're doing a rubbish job. I've noticed several trends over the years including the two above, and I haven't noticed Gibraltar items at all. Let alone been tempted to visit. 17 articles in a month occupies a tiny amount of space - DYK generally changes all its articles four times a day, meaning each item will last only 6 hours before disappearing forever, and there can be anything from 6-8 articles in each batch. So 17 out of 700-900 articles. Not very effective.

  13. gibnews


    The problem with the Wikipedia pages about Gibraltar in the past has been that they have been controlled by a bunch of Spanish editors, some in the employ of the Spanish foreign ministry who gamed the system to show things 'their way' and conspired to get any contentious Gibraltarian editors excluded.

    I was banned for a year for insisting that Gibraltar is self governing - which it is.

    Mr Bamkin was employed to train a number of unpaid local editors to create pages for Gibraltarpedia in a project sponsored by the Gibraltar museum, as they worked hard and created lots of pages its no doubt been featured heavily on wikipedia.

    Naturally the forces of darkness have reacted in the same way Spain seeks to prevent Gibraltar joining UEFA contrary to court rulings. Despite their economic mess they have money to spend on Gib bashing.

    I do not edit anything on Mr Wale's dodgy factbook anymore or donate money and free news pictures.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Gibraltar

      "Wikipedia pages about Gibraltar in the past has been that they have been controlled by a bunch of Spanish editors, some in the employ of the Spanish foreign ministry"

      Any evidence to back up your claims, Mr. gibnews?

      "Mr Bamkin was employed to train a number of unpaid local editors to create pages for Gibraltarpedia"

      Did you just say he's been *paid* to train people to edit pages in Wackypedia?

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    I once visited Gibraltar

    It was a day trip and really effing dull. Don't bother. It sucks.

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  16. rtb61

    Why Bother

    So some buffoon in a burst of desperation for money abuses his position with Wikipedia, get's caught and fired. Who expects Wikipedia to be perfect, who expects anything to be perfect. What is important here is abuse was discovered coming from a trustee and the board moved forward appropriately and removed that trustee, that's what proper governance is all about.

    Not some foolish expectations of perfection, it just don't happen but sound corrections in management when problems are discovered.

    The crazy right babble that has infected right wing talking points that everything must be perfect, you can never disclose problems, is getting out of hand.

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