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14 years ago...[edit]

Balloons-aj.svg Hey, David Gerard. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Nat965 (talk) 04:50, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
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IOTA[edit]

Please add IOTA (technology) to your spam patrol. Lot of hype on that page right now, just pruned a lot. Thanks Jtbobwaysf (talk) 09:13, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 8 – 15 January 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 8 – 15 January 2018
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Metadata on the March[edit]

From the days of hard-copy liner notes on music albums, metadata have stood outside a piece or file, while adding to understanding of where it comes from, and some of what needs to be appreciated about its content. In the GLAM sector, the accumulation of accurate metadata for objects is key to the mission of an institution, and its presentation in cataloguing.

Today Wikipedia turns 17, with worlds still to conquer. Zooming out from the individual GLAM object to the ontology in which it is set, one such world becomes apparent: GLAMs use custom ontologies, and those introduce massive incompatibilities. From a recent article by sadads, we quote the observation that "vocabularies needed for many collections, topics and intellectual spaces defy the expectations of the larger professional communities." A job for the encyclopedist, certainly. But the data-minded Wikimedian has the advantages of Wikidata, starting with its multilingual data, and facility with aliases. The controlled vocabulary — sometimes referred to as a "thesaurus" as term of art — simplifies search: if a "spade" must be called that, rather than "shovel", it is easier to find all spade references. That control comes at a cost.

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Zebra crossing/crosswalk, Singapore

Case studies in that article show what can lie ahead. The schema crosswalk, in jargon, is a potential answer to the GLAM Babel of proliferating and expanding vocabularies. Even if you have no interest in Wikidata as such, simply vocabularies V and W, if both V and W are matched to Wikidata, then a "crosswalk" arises from term v in V to w in W, whenever v and w both match to the same item d in Wikidata.

For metadata mobility, match to Wikidata. It's apparently that simple: infrastructure requirements have turned out, so far, to be challenges that can be met.

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Category:Wikipedians who like Black Mirror[edit]

Hey! I saw that you edited the article Black Mirror and thought maybe you would be interested in this new user category I created?-🐦Do☭torWho42 () 01:29, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 9 – 5 February 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 9 – 5 February 2018
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m:Grants:Project/ScienceSource is the new ContentMine proposal: please take a look.

Wikidata as Hub[edit]

One way of looking at Wikidata relates it to the semantic web concept, around for about as long as Wikipedia, and realised in dozens of distributed Web institutions. It sees Wikidata as supplying central, encyclopedic coverage of linked structured data, and looks ahead to greater support for "federated queries" that draw together information from all parts of the emerging network of websites.

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Another perspective might be likened to a photographic negative of that one: Wikidata as an already-functioning Web hub. Over half of its properties are identifiers on other websites. These are Wikidata's "external links", to use Wikipedia terminology: one type for the DOI of a publication, another for the VIAF page of an author, with thousands more such. Wikidata links out to sites that are not nominally part of the semantic web, effectively drawing them into a larger system. The crosswalk possibilities of the systematic construction of these links was covered in Issue 8.

Wikipedia:External links speaks of them as kept "minimal, meritable, and directly relevant to the article." Here Wikidata finds more of a function. On viaf.org one can type a VIAF author identifier into the search box, and find the author page. The Wikidata Resolver tool, these days including Open Street Map, Scholia etc., allows this kind of lookup. The hub tool by maxlath takes a major step further, allowing both lookup and crosswalk to be encoded in a single URL.

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Crying Sun Records[edit]

There is currently a discussion at Crying Sun Records to redirect/merge it with Radio Birdman, your comments/feedback are welcome at Crying Sun Records merger proposal. Dan arndt (talk) 10:20, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

Creation of BookMyShow[edit]

I think the site BookMyShow has gained enough notability and coverage , It qualifies for an article . What are your thoughts? Notability AyaanLamar (talk) 11:32, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

Not sure, though I see a little more WP:RS coverage since the AFD Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Bookmyshow. Definitely one for AFC/draft first - David Gerard (talk) 11:53, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
They deleted the draft, too, FYI. Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Draft:BookMyShow. —Cryptic 01:57, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Editing News #1—2018[edit]

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has spent most of their time supporting the 2017 wikitext editor mode, which is available inside the visual editor as a Beta Feature, and improving the visual diff tool. Their work board is available in Phabricator. You can find links to the work finished each week at mw:VisualEditor/Weekly triage meetings. Their current priorities are fixing bugs, supporting the 2017 wikitext editor, and improving the visual diff tool.

Recent changes[edit]

  • The 2017 wikitext editor is available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices. It has the same toolbar as the visual editor and can use the citoid service and other modern tools. The team have been comparing the performance of different editing environments. They have studied how long it takes to open the page and start typing. The study uses data for more than one million edits during December and January. Some changes have been made to improve the speed of the 2017 wikitext editor and the visual editor. Recently, the 2017 wikitext editor opened fastest for most edits, and the 2010 WikiEditor was fastest for some edits. More information will be posted at mw:Contributors/Projects/Editing performance.
  • The visual diff tool was developed for the visual editor. It is now available to all users of the visual editor and the 2017 wikitext editor. When you review your changes, you can toggle between wikitext and visual diffs. You can also enable the new Beta Feature for "Visual diffs". The Beta Feature lets you use the visual diff tool to view other people's edits on page histories and Special:RecentChanges. [1]
  • Wikitext syntax highlighting is available as a Beta Feature for both the 2017 wikitext editor and the 2010 wikitext editor. [2]
  • The citoid service automatically translates URLs, DOIs, ISBNs, and PubMed id numbers into wikitext citation templates. This tool has been used at the English Wikipedia for a long time. It is very popular and useful to editors, although it can be tricky for admins to set up. Other wikis can have this service, too. Please read the instructions. You can ask the team to help you enable citoid at your wiki.

Let's work together[edit]

  • The team is planning a presentation about editing tools for an upcoming Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting.
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Facto Post – Issue 10 – 12 March 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 10 – 12 March 2018
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Milestone for mix'n'match[edit]

Around the time in February when Wikidata clicked past item Q50000000, another milestone was reached: the mix'n'match tool uploaded its 1000th dataset. Concisely defined by its author, Magnus Manske, it works "to match entries in external catalogs to Wikidata". The total number of entries is now well into eight figures, and more are constantly being added: a couple of new catalogs each day is normal.

Since the end of 2013, mix'n'match has gradually come to play a significant part in adding statements to Wikidata. Particularly in areas with the flavour of digital humanities, but datasets can of course be about practically anything. There is a catalog on skyscrapers, and two on spiders.

These days mix'n'match can be used in numerous modes, from the relaxed gamified click through a catalog looking for matches, with prompts, to the fantastically useful and often demanding search across all catalogs. I'll type that again: you can search 1000+ datasets from the simple box at the top right. The drop-down menu top left offers "creation candidates", Magnus's personal favourite. m:Mix'n'match/Manual for more.

For the Wikidatan, a key point is that these matches, however carried out, add statements to Wikidata if, and naturally only if, there is a Wikidata property associated with the catalog. For everyone, however, the hands-on experience of deciding of what is a good match is an education, in a scholarly area, biographical catalogs being particularly fraught. Underpinning recent rapid progress is an open infrastructure for scraping and uploading.

Congratulations to Magnus, our data Stakhanovite!

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Nomination of Fresh (band) for deletion[edit]

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Ian Grigg[edit]

Hello David. You seem to have a lot of information on blockchain. I have two questions for you:

1. In the leaked documents that is used by the late David Kleimen's family to sue CSW, Craig is referring to David as one of the three persons involved in developing bitcoin. I am wondering if you have any thoughts on who might the third person be.

2. Who is Ian Grigg anyways?

Thanks --Kazemita1 (talk) 16:36, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

I researched this heavily for the Craig Wright section of my own book on bitcoins and blockchains.
I'll state straight out, based on the evidence, that I think Wright had nothing whatsoever to do with the creation of bitcoin.
I could find no evidence that didn't come via Wright that Kleiman had any interest whatsoever in cryptocurrency, or even in programming. The closest was a quote in Andrew O'Hagan's LRB profile of Wright from Wright's ex-wife talking about them visiting Kleiman - but given the complete absence of other non-Wright evidence, I'd class that as "from Wright".
That's all original research for Wikipedia purposes and my book's done quite well, but it's probably not an RS itself yet ;-)
Grigg is someone who blogs about financial cryptography. He has stated that he knows personally that Wright and Kleiman developed bitcoin. I see no reason to lend any credibility to this. He works at R3 on their not-a-blockchain product, and Wright quoted him in one of his backdated blog posts, so he's not completely unrelated to the area.
- David Gerard (talk) 17:23, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
Hello again David. I am wondering if there is any way to access CSW's old blog through some web archive or something. Do you happen to know its name by any chance? Thanks.--Kazemita1 (talk) 05:38, 6 April 2018 (UTC)
Wright's blog with the backdated posts was at http://gse-compliance.blogspot.com/ - you may be able to find some of the posts through archive.org (which is how people worked out he'd backdated them, and given the apparently backdated PGP key I think assuming backdating of the blog is not unreasonable) or archive.is - David Gerard (talk) 08:22, 10 April 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 11 – 9 April 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 11 – 9 April 2018
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The 100 Skins of the Onion[edit]

Open Citations Month, with its eminently guessable hashtag, is upon us. We should be utterly grateful that in the past 12 months, so much data on which papers cite which other papers has been made open, and that Wikidata is playing its part in hosting it as "cites" statements. At the time of writing, there are 15.3M Wikidata items that can do that.

Pulling back to look at open access papers in the large, though, there is is less reason for celebration. Access in theory does not yet equate to practical access. A recent LSE IMPACT blogpost puts that issue down to "heterogeneity". A useful euphemism to save us from thinking that the whole concept doesn't fall into the realm of the oxymoron.

Some home truths: aggregation is not content management, if it falls short on reusability. The PDF file format is wedded to how humans read documents, not how machines ingest them. The salami-slicer is our friend in the current downloading of open access papers, but for a better metaphor, think about skinning an onion, laboriously, 100 times with diminishing returns. There are of the order of 100 major publisher sites hosting open access papers, and the predominant offer there is still a PDF.

Red onion cross section

From the discoverability angle, Wikidata's bibliographic resources combined with the SPARQL query are superior in principle, by far, to existing keyword searches run over papers. Open access content should be managed into consistent HTML, something that is currently strenuous. The good news, such as it is, would be that much of it is already in XML. The organisational problem of removing further skins from the onion, with sensible prioritisation, is certainly not insuperable. The CORE group (the bloggers in the LSE posting) has some answers, but actually not all that is needed for the text and data mining purposes they highlight. The long tail, or in other words the onion heart when it has become fiddly beyond patience to skin, does call for a pis aller. But the real knack is to do more between the XML and the heart.

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Nomination of Fresco (windowing system) for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Fresco (windowing system) is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

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Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. GeoffreyT2000 (talk) 04:53, 26 April 2018 (UTC)

Conflict of interest[edit]

I would have appreciated if you brought your concerns about conflict of interest to me before posting them at the noticeboard. You appear to have misinterpreted the purpose of my Wikipedian-in-Residence position. I work for the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a federal laboratory that performs research on workplace health and safety. My position is not intended in any way to advocate for new technologies, but in fact to ensure that there is reliable information about their health and safety hazards.

I was and still am happy to bring more people into the discussion as it seems we're unlikely to agree on the policy issues, but you have accused me of some fairly serious transgressions in an area which is controversial on Wikipedia right now. I fear that the way you have worded these will make it harder, not easier, to constructively resolve the policy issues. Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 15:29, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

I’m sorry if there has been any misunderstanding. I have not been paid to edit the Feynman Prize article or any other article outside of my Wikipedian-in-Residence position. None of my work on Wikipedia, paid or unpaid, has ever advocated fringe theories. User:Fuzheado and User:Doc James can confirm this. Please withdraw your accusations at COIN and AfD. Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 09:31, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Nanotechnology, particularly in the magical robots sense advanced by the Foresight Institute, is fringe science. You are literally paid to advocate nanotechnology as a respectable non-fringe field on Wikipedia. These are objectively facts. There is no "accusation" to withdraw - David Gerard (talk) 00:17, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
I see where the misunderstanding is. Yes, the type of nanotechnology advocated by Drexler and the Foresight Institute of mechanical nanorobots isn't considered feasible or scientifically valid by most scientists, though it is notable for its historical role in the development of the field. However, nanotechnology as a field is much larger, and contains much legitimate research on things such as nanoparticles, semiconductor fabrication, and supramolecular chemistry. Top universities have faculty working in nanotechnology, and the U.S. government alone spends $1.2 billion on nanotechnology research each year [4]. Do you think all of that is fringe science? Does this article, which I wrote as part of my paid Wikipedian-in-Residence position, look like fringe science? I know that the Drexler vision tends to be more known in popular culture, but it isn't actually representative of nanotechnology research performed by scientists, and most people don't know that.
Also, it's the case that the Feynman Prize actually has been to awarded to practitioners of the latter type of nanotechnology rather than the narrow vision the Foresight Institute is known for. This source sums it up well: "Nevertheless the link between the Drexler program and the research recognized by the Prize and the stance toward Drexler’s NSR [nanoscale research] perspective is highly complex. While the great majority of the Feynman Nanotechnology Prize laureates equate NSR with important and sometimes radical or paradigmatic change in science, very few identify with the vision and priorities of the Drexlerian-sponsored Foresight Institute." Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 21:04, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Community authorized discretionary sanctions proposal[edit]

David, thought you might be interested: A proposal to impose community authorized discretionary sanctions on all articles related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, broadly construed, is currently being discussed at Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard#General_sanctions_proposal. Your comments are appreciated at that discussion. Jtbobwaysf (talk) 05:20, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Edits to LessWrong[edit]

Hi David, In reverting my edits to https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=LessWrong&oldid=prev&diff=843254142, you provided no explanation. I removed the xkcd reference because it that comic only discussed AI, not the specific themes of Roko's Basilisk. Are you able to justify keeping this reference? Btw, please explain your edits in future. Owen214 (talk) 03:26, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

The tooltip mentions it explicitly - David Gerard (talk) 10:52, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
I don't see any tooltips in the comic, I'm not sure what you mean. Owen214 (talk) 21:42, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
The tooltip on [5] is "I'm working to bring about a superintelligent AI that will eternally torment everyone who failed to make fun of the Roko's Basilisk people." View source if your browser isn't rendering it - David Gerard (talk) 22:09, 3 June 2018 (UTC)
Oh I see now. Idk why this explanation couldn't have been provided in the edit log :/ Owen214 (talk) 02:31, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 12 – 28 May 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 12 – 28 May 2018
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ScienceSource funded[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation announced full funding of the ScienceSource grant proposal from ContentMine on May 18. See the ScienceSource Twitter announcement and 60 second video.

A medical canon?

The proposal includes downloading 30,000 open access papers, aiming (roughly speaking) to create a baseline for medical referencing on Wikipedia. It leaves open the question of how these are to be chosen.

The basic criteria of WP:MEDRS include a concentration on secondary literature. Attention has to be given to the long tail of diseases that receive less current research. The MEDRS guideline supposes that edge cases will have to be handled, and the premature exclusion of publications that would be in those marginal positions would reduce the value of the collection. Prophylaxis misses the point that gate-keeping will be done by an algorithm.

Two well-known but rather different areas where such considerations apply are tropical diseases and alternative medicine. There are also a number of potential downloading troubles, and these were mentioned in Issue 11. There is likely to be a gap, even with the guideline, between conditions taken to be necessary but not sufficient, and conditions sufficient but not necessary, for candidate papers to be included. With around 10,000 recognised medical conditions in standard lists, being comprehensive is demanding. With all of these aspects of the task, ScienceSource will seek community help.

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Pseudoscience tag on Foresight Institute[edit]

A couple of weeks ago you place a pseudoscience tag on the Talk page of Foresight Institute. You gave no reason. It has become a subject of discussion at Wikipedia:Fringe theories/Noticeboard#Is this Pseudoscience?. Can you please help shed some light on the addition of that tag, preferably in that discussion? HiLo48 (talk) 10:47, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

The Foresight Institute pushes the pseudoscience version of nanotechnology, i.e. Drexlerian magical microscopic robots. There is considerable debate on the prize's talk page as to the extent this even deserves to be presented in Wikipedia in the form it's being presented in. Posting this here without mentioning that context comes across as deliberately misleading - David Gerard (talk) 10:50, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

Neville Brody[edit]

Hello David Gerard, I have removed the content as it violated several Wikipedia content guidelines (partly unsourced, partly based on a non-reliable source, unencyclopedic non-neutral language and artist jargon). Subjective personal statements like "Neville Brody was a lover of fine art and painting. He had an obsession with art in the 1960s and 1970s." are fine in artists' biographies in magazines or the artist's own website, but simply do not belong in a fact-based encyclopedic article. Unfortunately several other sections of the article have similar flaws and should be rewritten in a dispassionate uninvolved tone. I have already started a short thread on the article's talkpage to point out some of these concerns if you'd like to comment. I'd be glad to discuss this to agree on possible improvements. GermanJoe (talk) 20:18, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

Bow Wow Wow[edit]

I posted on the subject of this image & fair use at Wikipedia:Media copyright questions if you would like to comment. Johnny Spasm (talk) 17:07, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Well, my question has been up for about a week, and no one is commenting on it. I'm trying to do the right thing, but I'm not getting any feedback. With that said, thank you for your feedback. Johnny Spasm (talk) 18:10, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 13 – 29 May 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 13 – 29 May 2018
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Respecting MEDRS

Facto Post enters its second year, with a Cambridge Blue (OK, Aquamarine) background, a new logo, but no Cambridge blues. On-topic for the ScienceSource project is a project page here. It contains some case studies on how the WP:MEDRS guideline, for the referencing of articles at all related to human health, is applied in typical discussions.

Close to home also, a template, called {{medrs}} for short, is used to express dissatisfaction with particular references. Technology can help with patrolling, and this Petscan query finds over 450 articles where there is at least one use of the template. Of course the template is merely suggesting there is a possible issue with the reliability of a reference. Deciding the truth of the allegation is another matter.

This maintenance issue is one example of where ScienceSource aims to help. Where the reference is to a scientific paper, its type of algorithm could give a pass/fail opinion on such references. It could assist patrollers of medical articles, therefore, with the templated references and more generally. There may be more to proper referencing than that, indeed: context, quite what the statement supported by the reference expresses, prominence and weight. For that kind of consideration, case studies can help. But an algorithm might help to clear the backlog.

Evidence pyramid leading up to clinical guidelines, from WP:MEDRS
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Facto Post – Issue 14 – 21 July 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 14 – 21 July 2018
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Plugging the gaps – Wikimania report

Officially it is "bridging the gaps in knowledge", with Wikimania 2018 in Cape Town paying tribute to the southern African concept of ubuntu to implement it. Besides face-to-face interactions, Wikimedians do need their power sources.

Hackathon mentoring table wiring

Facto Post interviewed Jdforrester, who has attended every Wikimania, and now works as Senior Product Manager for the Wikimedia Foundation. His take on tackling the gaps in the Wikimedia movement is that "if we were an army, we could march in a column and close up all the gaps". In his view though, that is a faulty metaphor, and it leads to a completely false misunderstanding of the movement, its diversity and different aspirations, and the nature of the work as "fighting" to be done in the open sector. There are many fronts, and as an eventualist he feels the gaps experienced both by editors and by users of Wikimedia content are inevitable. He would like to see a greater emphasis on reuse of content, not simply its volume.

If that may not sound like radicalism, the Decolonizing the Internet conference here organized jointly with Whose Knowledge? can redress the picture. It comes with the claim to be "the first ever conference about centering marginalized knowledge online".

Plugbar buildup at the Hackathon
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:10, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Hedera Hashgraph (Hashgraph Article)[edit]

Hello David,

I would appreciate if you asked before deleting facts on a Wiki articles.

Information was sourced from ACN Newswire (ACN Newswire distributes press releases in XML format for direct, real-time delivery to financial terminals, syndication partners, news databases and services, and websites around the world. In all, ACN Newswire delivers press releases to more than 3,500 websites, 8,000 media organizations and 1.5 million professional desktops in 70 countries. ACN Newswire is proud to publish with each of its publishing partners below.)

Some of their partners includes Bloomberg, Reuters, Marketwatch, etc.

The other citation is from the US Government website which expands on the 506(c) regulations for context purposes.

The 2 sources I have cited are quite reliable, if you wish me to add more sources just say so, but don't start deleting reliable sourced content.

Please read and understand WP:RS before adding self-sourced content such as press releases - David Gerard (talk) 18:09, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
I read the section which I believe you are referring too and I do not see the infringement which you speak of. I can add additional sources but I am not removing the current citation as it is reliable and not considered self-published.
Please keep in mind that the crypto currency facts are mostly covered by the media and rarely by independent experts, if we were to ignore the media entirely, there wouldn't be anything about crypto in general and an article like Bitcoin would have to be stripped down from 90% of its article. I did my best to find independent sources which had no vested interest in Hashgraph and in that respect, I kept true into the nature of wikis.
To the extent this is true, it means that the crypto in question is not notable and shouldn't be covered in Wikipedia at all. This has previously been a recurring problem with the HashGraph article in particular - people add extensive material that just hasn't got reliable sourcing, and it has to be removed. This led to the article's deletion the first time around.
Press releases are completely self-published. They are not acceptable as Wikipedia sources, except as evidence of self-published material - David Gerard (talk) 18:38, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
Then how can an editor tell the difference between a press release or news/media coverage, because all news to me looks like a press release. Keep in mind I am trying my best to update this topic at it is seriously empty of content and a lot of media has been discussed around this technology. 66.46.127.94 (talk) 18:54, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

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QuackGuru (talk) 14:44, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018
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Neglected diseases
Anti-parasitic drugs being distributed in Côte d'Ivoire
What's a Neglected Disease?, ScienceSource video

To grasp the nettle, there are rare diseases, there are tropical diseases and then there are "neglected diseases". Evidently a rare enough disease is likely to be neglected, but neglected disease these days means a disease not rare, but tropical, and most often infectious or parasitic. Rare diseases as a group are dominated, in contrast, by genetic diseases.

A major aspect of neglect is found in tracking drug discovery. Orphan drugs are those developed to treat rare diseases (rare enough not to have market-driven research), but there is some overlap in practice with the WHO's neglected diseases, where snakebite, a "neglected public health issue", is on the list.

From an encyclopedic point of view, lack of research also may mean lack of high-quality references: the core medical literature differs from primary research, since it operates by aggregating trials. This bibliographic deficit clearly hinders Wikipedia's mission. The ScienceSource project is currently addressing this issue, on Wikidata. Its Wikidata focus list at WD:SSFL is trying to ensure that neglect does not turn into bias in its selection of science papers.

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:23, 21 August 2018 (UTC)