Posted by pseudoname on December 1, 2005, at 13:44:37
I know a lot of Babblers use Wikipedia – and some love it. How come nobody's put up a Wiki article on Babble?
As a matter of pride, if nothing else, we should have a presence there. The NEW YORK TIMES quotes us*, forgoodnessake! :) There are some benefits a Wiki entry could provide that Google and the background pages here can't.
I think it'd be nice if Wiki had a brief, basic description of Babble with external links to the boards and some CROSS-REFERENCES from other Wiki articles on mental health, e-medicine, self-help, consumer empowerment, etc.
There's an entry for the word "psycho-babble" (meaning gibberishy use of psych lingo), which would need a disambiguation link. There's also a Wiki member now named "psychobabble".
I hope some Wikifans will be interested to do this. I didn't want to start it myself; it seemed presumptuous. If someone's willing to put one up, what do you think the formal Wiki title should be, since "Psycho-Babble" is taken? "Psycho-Babble by Dr. Bob" (from the meds board header)? "Dr. Bob's Psycho-Babble"? "Psycho-Babble Support Boards"? something else?
For those who don't know, Wikipedia is a Web encyclopedia in which ANY PERSON on the Web can start or edit any article at any time, anonymously (or signed) and without any clearance or permission. In theory, if enough people participate, everyone's errors & biases will get corrected & balanced in the long run. Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Chicago
*And by "us" I mean "med_empowered" ;-)