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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Wiki Me? (Reader Participation Request)

I made a boo-boo recently.

I added a stub article about myself on Wikipedia -- I just meant for it to be a placeholder for myself as a horror/sci-fi writer. When I posted it, I didn't realize it counted as a conflict of interest. Wiki, of course thrives on 3rd party sources and material as a way of ensuring that items written there aren't just a form of spam.

So I'm asking anyone reading this who is interested in helping legitimize the Wikipedia listing of "Mark Leslie" to please visit my Wiki listing and go ahead and edit it with whatever information seems fitting.

Anyone can contribute to, add or edit listings on Wikipedia. Global participation and collaboration is what it's all about. So here's your chance to help me out and participate in the improvement of a dynamic and evolving online encyclopedia. And then you can go and move on to update other articles in areas where you are an expert or perhaps have some additional information to share (additional web links, interesting sidebars, content info, etc) -- but be careful, it can get addictive . . .

2 comments:

Georganna Hancock said...

Thanks for the heads-up on this! I had intended to populate an entry for myself (someday ...), but now have second thoughts. My intent was simple credibility, not promotion. Now I see why/how a self-entry can be misconstrued. I've certainly seen other writers' bios there. I'll try to see what I can do for you.

Mark Leslie said...

Hey Georganna - glad I could help you not make the same mistake as myself. My intent was the same, but I can see how it can be misconstrued.

And to the several folks who have already contributed to updating my wiki entry - THANK YOU!

(Now that it has been updated, the "conflict" flag can be removed - I can remove it myself but am trying desperately to refrain from making any more edits/updates on it)