Thursday, February 5, 2015

Let's Make a Better Wiki



Maura Murray's official wikipedia page needs some work and attention. I'm not much of a wiki person. But if you have some the interest and the ability, please take some time this week to make it a little better. Some of the new clues and information (including credit fraud, etc.) should be added.

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  1. Good luck to those that try to make her Wikipedia entry better. I've wrote things for Wikipedia for years, and those editors that work on Wikipedia are a tough bunch. For example, if you try to add anything about Maura's credit card fraud, you must cite your source. And Wikipedia doesn't usually allow a Blog as a source. You usually have to cite your source as something like a reputable newspaper,police report,etc. if you don't use a correct source, the other editors will remove it. It's a whole different world on Wikipedia.

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    1. Just wanted to add that when I wrote that you can't use a Boog as a source on Wkikpedia, it's not because I feel that this blog is bad. It's just that Wikipedia is so strict. Sometimes a blog can be used, for example, a living person or celebrity has their own blog, you can use that as a source, but most of the time, Wikipedia doesn't consider a Blog as a reputable source.

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    2. Whoa! You mean to say there's a hub of information that requires statements that are being laid out to the public as essentially "facts" to be supported on some level by relevant sources?

      What is this world coming to?

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  2. First I want to thank you so much for creating this blog and sharing it with us! I've been following the case for a few years but the last few months it's became my go-to thing to follow up on.... I just reread one of the first posts in this blog, how that Friday the school was actually closed due to the snow. I have a 2002 Sebring, doesn't do well in snow, older car.. We just got hit with a lot of snow a few days ago and thinking about it, I wouldn't travel anywhere far in my car with the weather conditions, especially up north.. As you and everyone has pointed out many of times, it must have been a very important reasoning on why she was going where ever she was going.

    It's always on my mind to that...you would think her family would be having their own blogs or updating facebook pages daily on finding her or keeping the story alive. The fact that your doing this, more than her family, is sad on there end.

    Also, after she crashed her car, where ever she went, she must have brought the liquor with her in her backpack right? She must have had plans, with somebody... I really don't feel she was kidnapped.

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    1. Hi Kristin.

      Thanks for this post. Could you shoot me an email at John888green@gmail.com. I have a quick question for you.

      Best regards,

      Johh

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    2. I think it's highly likely that most, if not all, of the booze apart from the box of wine got smashed in the car crash.

      As far as I know, there's nothing confirming or denying evidence of this booze from LE (apart, obviously, from the box in the car, which I suspect was a different box from the one Maura purchased that day)... Which is too bad because if there was NO evidence of smashed alcohol in the car it would be the most suggestive evidence of a second driver outside of the Butson's "sighting".

      It also begs the question, why take a backpack with a bunch of broken bottles with you?

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    3. @johngreen I sent you an email! :)

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  3. I do wikipedia and have written a number of pages about missing persons cases. I'll take a look at it, but I doubt there is much more that can be done at this point. It doesn't matter how great your research is, blogs aren't considered reliable sources and thus cannot be used by Wikipedia. And for good reason. You may know your information is solid, but you are not backed by any reputable company the way a news article is. There is no one vetting your writing before you publish it. I think I remembered reading that you were writing a book about the case. If that is the case, information in it can be included conditionally (as in "this author speculated that..."). If there are news sources that describe the credit card fraud, it can be used. But a blog? Nyet.

    I'll take a look, but there probably isn't much that can be done.

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  4. I have written articles on Wikipedia and the most common reason for articles being flagged is lack of reputable sources. I would be happy to post additional information that you have mentioned here

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  5. Wikipedia is the No.1 encyclopedia in the world. There are more than 10 million visitors every month.

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