Tony Vala-Haynes
Moraga, California

Wikid interpretation

Julian Dibbell's "Turf Wars" [Site Specific, May 3–9] berates the Wikipedian hive mind for the proposal to delete the Wikipedia article about Wikitruth, a hostile site. With two mouse clicks, Dibbell could have discovered that the matter had been resolved on April 20, with a decision to keep the information about Wikitruth. Dibbell insinuates that Wikipedia "can't make room for a critical look at its own practices." With a few more mouse clicks, he could have found that Wikipedia already has a 5,000-word article on "Criticism of Wikipedia," plus a different 5,000-word article that's just direct quotations from outside critics, plus a 2,500-word article presenting criticisms from users. Furthermore, if there's a criticism that should be added, or an existing one that should be stated more forcefully, Dibbell (or anyone else) can go to the page and edit it. Perhaps you paladins of openness would like to open your website to similar public criticisms of the Voice's practices.

Jim Lane


In our March 1–7 issue, we published a cover story entitled "Do You Wanna Kiss Me?" All of the information in the story relating to Steve Lookner was false and completely fabricated. Lookner never made a trip like the one described in the article, never said the quotes attributed to him, and never performed any of the actions that were portrayed. We apologize to Steve Lookner for this story.


Because of a typing error, a quote by Laurence Tribe in Nat Hentoff's April 26–May 2 column, "Why We're Americans," was inaccurate. We quoted Tribe as saying, "The more people grow accustomed to a listening environment in which the ear of Big Brother is assumed to be behind every wall, behind every e-mail, and invisibly present in every electronic communication, telephonic or otherwise, the Constitution will be mummified." The quote should have ended after "otherwise." The phrase "the Constitution will be mummified" was Hentoff's.

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