Morning Toolbox – October 24, 2012 – Slow news? Here’s an infographic

Morning Toolbox is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

Not a ton going on today, it seems – everyone must be getting ready for CSICON this weekend.

But as they say, a picture paints a thousand words, so here’s a picture of some Wikipedia statistics:

I’ve pointed out before how Wikipedia gets huge traffic compared to skeptic web sites. You can see here Paul Kurtz’s bio on Wikipedia got almost 17,000 views in two days after news of his passing. Good thing Susan Gerbic and her team are keeping an eye on this, helping ensure vandals don’t take advantage of this (as I mentioned yesterday).

WordPress updated their iOS app yesterday. I’m finding it more and more useful with each update, especially for moderating comments as they come in.

Don’t forget you can vote in the Stitcher Podcast Awards once per day, give your favorite podcasts some love.

Another short toolbox, have another good day!

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Focused on online misinformation, Tim Farley is a software engineer, computer security expert and scientific skeptic who created the site What's The Harm. He is a Past Fellow of the James Randi Educational Foundation.

One Response to Morning Toolbox – October 24, 2012 – Slow news? Here’s an infographic

  1. sgerbic says:

    Thank you Tim, that picture is truly amazing. For people who can’t see the numbers represented. The Paul Kurtz page prior to his death received about 120 views a day. The two days after his death he received in total about 17K.

    I’m sure you understand that the importance of this? The media is viewing that page looking to make obits and “special” articles about him. If the page were a uncompleted piece of junk that some pages can be, then the media would simply move on and say this man was of no importance. “Even his own people don’t care enough about him”. Or if there was incorrect info or biased then that would be reflected in whatever piece was written about him.

    We would like to think that the MSM (main stream media) would go out and do original research, spending hours pouring over documents and interviewing people. But guess what, ain’t going to happen.

    Please contact me at susangerbic@yahoo.com if you would like to participate in this most important project. I do train and we have hundreds of activities that are waiting for you.

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