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    Exclamation American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Don't know how many wp nerds there are out there but just about all of the Bourbon and American whiskey wikipedia articles could use a lot of work. When I get the time (and some more reference materials) I'll get started on fixing them up myself. Maybe an American Whiskey or Bourbon Wikiproject could be started. Any takers?

    Just to get things going, here's links to a few of the articles most in need of help:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rye_whiskey
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elijah_Craig
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Turkey_(bourbon)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Roses
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrot_...per_Distillery
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_T._Stagg
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Larue_Weller

    Here's the category listing for bourbon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Bourbon_whiskey
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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    I've taken a stab at it. It's a great time-waster. I say that because I've "fixed" things only to have some boob unfix them. I do believe the Wikipedia system works, but the process can be frustrating in the short term. I periodically check the main entrees, like "bourbon whiskey," but rarely drill down to stuff about individual brands. You can easily get sucked into spending a lot of time on it.

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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I've taken a stab at it. It's a great time-waster.
    You say that like it's a bad thing. But you're probably right. I should be getting back to trying to synthesize bourbon out of corn syrup and Worcestershire sauce now.
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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    I think the folks here on SB are the perfect people to help fix or expand the wikipedia articles. I've dealt with them a little bit but Wikipedia, as they probably should be, is a little careful and suspect of the official PR or marketing people from brands supplying information or editing the articles. We've approached them with the attitude that we just want them to be accurate and aren't trying to put marketing spin or anything on them and have had some success, but Wikipedia trust you guys more than us.

    As much as Chuck has expressed frustration above, the more people from the "community" that are participating in making the pages better, the better they'll be.
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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Wikipedia will never have the info that can be found here or on other bourbon related sites. Let the masses access our community for their bourbon info fix. Wiki should just have a link to SB. Let's keep it real.
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    Thumbs up Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonFalls View Post
    As much as Chuck has expressed frustration above, the more people from the "community" that are participating in making the pages better, the better they'll be.
    I agree. I read an article in the WSJ a couple of weeks ago about Wikipedia. There is a huge push/pull between those who want to carefully control what is entered and edited and others (who include the founder of Wikipedia) who want it to be totally "open". After reading and rereading the article, I find that I am more in agreement with the open camp. Hit and run article vandalism is very frustrating, but it comes along with the consequences of fulfilling the original dream that everyone should be able to contribute what they know.

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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Here's a positive example. I was scanning the different pages about American whiskey and related topics and came across the entry for moonshine. On a subject in which almost everything you read almost everywhere is wrong, Wikipedia has it almost perfect, and with extraordinary detail about off-the-grid distillation around the world.

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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by mozilla View Post
    Let the masses
    That just sounds really strange to me. Aren't we all a part of the masses? The purpose of Wikipedia and this board seem to be pretty different.

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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Yes, we are all part of the masses.

    I don't go to Wikipedia for any information...especailly bourbon related.

    If someone wants the strait dope on bourbon...I can't think of a better place than a bourbon site. Isn't this just a living encyclopedia?
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    Re: American Whiskey Wikipedia Articles

    Quote Originally Posted by mozilla View Post
    Isn't this just a living encyclopedia?
    No, because there is absolutely no attempt at organisation or indexing, or updating.

 

 

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