One of the major criticism of Wikipedia is that it preempts the possibility of having multiple encyclopedias, and thus multiple points of view. But, once you consider the talk pages, you not only restore the multiple points of view, but you also get to witness the contests between them. In that way, at least, this is better than having multiple encyclopedias.
Here's fifteen thousand words of discussion about en and em dashes and hyphens and minus signs. And at the end of that one discussion? No consensus. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(poli...
And this is about punctuation. Imagine what it's like on actually contentious issues - Balkans wars, various islands claimed by more than one territory. Etc.
On the other hand, those are probably just examples of bike shedding. The various talk pages on the Balkan Wars articles range from about 9,000 to 15,000 words, for instance.
Wikipedia is basically infotainment, the Buzzfeed of encyclopedias. See also: Wikigroaning: http://www.somethingawful.com/news/wikigroaning/
> For example, the article called "Knight." Then, find a somehow similar article that is longer, but at the same time, useless to a very large fraction of the population. In this case, we'll go with "Jedi Knight." Open both of the links and compare the lengths of the two articles. Compare not only that, but how well concepts are explored, and the greater professionalism with which the longer article was likely created."
Wikipedia is no substitute for a real subject encyclopedia.
Wikipedia may have problems, but I'm not sure how this particular issue is a mark against it. Wikipedia's editorial resources aren't limited in the same way as a traditional publication. It's not like curtailing "frivolous" subjects will result in better quality "serious" articles: the people who write Star Wars articles are not going to take up medieval history if you prevent them from editing their favorite subjects.
Ever wondered about all the things that this group of "many scholars" have concluded? Check out this Google Search:
Who says it is? It's for quick pointers.
What "serious" purpose does Wikipedia serve, other than being a timely source for things that haven't made it into a subject encyclopedia yet?
A kid in India can hop from physiology, to psychology, to medicine, to anthropology, to geography, to history, to economics, to... Do you get the point?
I guess we shoould just plug wikipedia off and stick a giant banner that says "Wikipedia is not sufficient for scientific inquiry, so we closed it. Go buy Thomson Web of Science."
I'm sure Maadhav in India will be very happy and rest assured that no incomplete information is on the Internet.
I'm sure it depends in what capacity the information is "used", right?
See http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/04/... - it's been featured on the main page just a few days ago.
The same article points out that the editors-to-articles ratio has been rapidly falling from 2007 to 2014 (it bounced back a little this year, but it's too early to say if it isn't just a fluke).
Its a real town in Austria. I'm just pretty sure I'd be flagged as offensive if I posted the Wikipedia link directly :-)
But the above link is to Wikipedia.
Apparently it is good for the tourism industry, people even used to steal the Fucking signs.
In Britain and France, OSM is very good. In NL and DE, it is amazing. In the US, it is okay.
It sort of depends on the user community that edits it. OSM is used heavily by the cycling community who want to put all the off-road cycle paths and so on onto the map. And it's used by hikers and wheelchair users and a bunch of other subcommunities who want to make it good for them.
In the US, there isn't such a big community of fanatical cyclists and so on, so less need for alternatives to commercial maps like Google and Apple.
As for Street View - give it a few years. Mapillary is building a Creative Commons-licensed, user generated Street View. http://mapillary.com - example: http://www.mapillary.com/map/im/SX2UBibwT4S1h4u_jSHmxg
Also, this edit was already marked as spam it seems.
Imagine my surprise when I got an email ONE YEAR LATER saying "your revision has been accepted!"
All the other apps that show bus stops have the stop.
I just don't use google maps for transportation stuff. City Mapper is my goto app for that.
Since Google switched to their own maps data sources and improved their software, inclusion time for fixes improved dramatically.
Another one in Schamburg where it thought a left turn was not allowed at a big intersection.
both were corrected on my report, but after a year or so
Not trying to invalidate these other experiences at all, and my own may not be representative, but apparently they can move fast at least sometimes.
I filed that as a bug and it sat for years without correction.
That guy finished his 'masterpiece' after multiple edits less than 24 hours ago.
that's one trusted editor.
"Update: A Google spokesperson got back to us, explaining that the image is likely a result of a user abusing Map Maker, the tool that allows everyone to contribute to Google Maps. "Even though edits are moderated, occasionally the odd inaccurate or cheeky edit may slip through our system," he said in a statement to Mashable. "We've been made aware of the issue and are working on getting it removed.""
If it was a problem they didn't want the whole world to know about, it would've been removed the second they were made aware of the issue.
To bash on Confluence just because your management has set restrictive policies seems a bit unfair.
It's 5 AM in Mountain View, they probably have to get someone out of bed. Also, I imagine they would like to figure out where it came from, which may or may not complicate the removal, who knows.
Of course this is just some idle speculation, but I have seen honeytoken entries in printed dictionaries for example.
Amazingly, the fake town (called 'Agloe') "became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again" 
People managed to save the original picture:
But it didn't last long. Google deleted the poor guy:
I'm an iPhone and Mac user and still the prank made me chuckle.
If it were believed that this was an official work by Android, I bet the comments would be much different. However, as it does not look official, the comments in this article cannot be compared to the comments on an article relating to what you describe.
EDIT: For those who can't see the link, the map says "GOOGLE REVIEW POLICY IS CRAP :(".
(Personally, I don't see any reason to be outraged about it, and wouldn't be surprised if they don't see this as a reason to even bother about their review process. If it is a volunteer they will ban them, if it is an employee they will hopefully explain that they don't get to make a similar error of judgement again, or perhaps fire them.)
Though my excuse at least is that "Apple is known for their massive review process and locking down of everything - this can only be intentional" if it was Apple.
It's more an expectation from the company - I wouldn't even be fully surprised if it was a cheeky Google employee who did it. Would probably get laughs as PR frowns and makes the map team remove it.
If it was an Apple employee? Beheaded.
I find those stickers extremely annoying, since they conflict with how I know and love the Calvin character.
I wonder which cultural oddities today will be commonly accepted 100 years from now, or whether the globalization will eventually homogenize such local customs, so instead of "memes" living locally for 100s of years they get global exposure and die out within a month.
edit: I'm wrong, seems like there are a multitude of "piss on your rivals jersey" paraphernalia but it's not calvin.
Either they have something akin to Las Vegas in Pakistan, either there is someting very weird with this data.
Go home Larry, you're drunk.
funny? Again open for discussion, but I'm in the yes-camp for this one (even though I don't own Android nor Apple products - or maybe that just is the reason). There's enough sadness and evil in the world already, some harmless fun from time to time won't exactly make it a better place but hey, a smile is better than nothing.
At best, this is a digital-urine covered Easter egg. At worst, it's a tasteless prank that will likely have repercussions for it's creator. And the level of effort required to complete this is unequal to it's hilariousness, so if nothing else, I find it likely whomever is responsible for this wastes a bunch of other time and resources in similar, unproductive, disrespectful avenues.
I harken this is paying homage to those tacky stickers of Calvin having a piss on Ford and Chevy emblems that we all knew someone with in high-school. Eventually, we are supposed to outgrow these immature micro-aggressions and graduate to being loving, compassionate, contributing members of our communities.
It's sad, really, when jokes like this are glorified instead of recognized for what they are – one person's only creative outlet for their inability to cope with being a misfit where they are.
Or maybe it's just a robot pissing on an apple.
At least OpenStreetMap is honest and upfront and doesn't pretend there is a quality assurance team.
EDIT: I cannot conceive a possible reason why this comment is down-voted. Penalizing well meaning and polite discourse is counter intuitive... in the universe I live.
Or is someone about to get fired for a very poor easter egg decision?
Nope hn isn't being gamed by trolls at all.