Every once in a great while I give in to the temptation to comment on Wikipedia. The comments that follow are occasioned by an article in the Wall Street Journal about a fellow who has created a "bot" that has written a couple million articles for that "encyclopedia."
1. Mike Nutter, a geography editor at Encyclopædia Britannica, created just such a program nearly 20 years ago. It was just an experiment and it was never used to produce actual copy. But there's nothing new in the idea.
2. As ever with Wikipee, the emphasis in the article is on quantity, not, you know, that other q-word.
3. Down towards the end of the article comes this minor concession:
When a project was done that needed bird photos, the bot turned to the Russian version of Wikimedia Commons, which provides millions of free-to-use images.
But at the time, Lsjbot couldn't read Cyrillic and made mistakes. Mr. Johansson later altered the software to address the glitch.
Ah, yes. Write furiously and publish precipitately; consider getting it right at leisure. And never, ever, mention the users who were ill-served while you did things backwards.