Wikipedia and Virtual Feudalism

I’m tired of having my edits on Wikipedia immediately rolled back without so much as a by-your-leave. The purpose is so that those who have set themselves up as monitors on a range of pages within their area of expertise can read and review my changes to approve them before permitting them on the page.

Why is it perfectly fine for people to squat on pages, roll back any changes made by anyone other than themselves, and only re-enter the information themselves if it seems truthy or can be easily Googled? The purpose of Wikipedia is a democratic approach to the concept of shared knowledge; it’s being hijacked by people who have so much time on their hands that they can’t POSSIBLY be gainfully employed in the area in which they claim to be experts.

The backlash has been against paid editors who monitor content to ensure a ‘pro’ slant on any page they’re paid to manage; I think the real danger comes from those who monitor pages to
roll back any changes they didn’t approve.



You may think that Dropbox’s limit of 2GB on their free accounts is somewhat small, especially if you want to transfer media files.

However, I have accidentally stumbled upon a FTP (file transfer protocol) use for Dropbox that isn’t popularly known–or so I think.

Without realizing, I put a folder of .avi files (tv shows, movies, etc) in my Dropbox folder. Of course I saw the little red x that means Dropbox is full…once I got to the other computer I use daily.

I started pulling files out of Dropbox on that other computer, and found out that what Dropbox does is queue files for syncing. I completed a 10GB transfer simply by pulling files out of Dropbox on the other end and letting the next file queued at home sync to Dropbox.

*Note that on my OpenSUSE install, the Dropbox cache filled rapidly and needed to be manually cleared, as my
OpenSUSE /home partition only has 10GB allotted to it. I doubt this is a common problem. I’d be interested if any other OSes are liable to this problem.