This is about to happen to a Wikipedia page that Tim Farley created for Karen Stollznow. I helped add a few links here and there, but the credit for the site and getting Karen on the front page of Wikipedia for 8 hours on Saturday July 23, 2011 is completely Tims.
First go to the main Wikipedia page (I've heard this is one of 3 leading pages on the Internet). You will see several catagories...
Today's Featured Article
In the News
On this Day...
Did you know?
Tim Farley apparently figured out how we can use the "Did You Know?" section to our skeptical advantage. This is right up there with the "Got Your Wiki Back" project. I'm not exactly sure how this all works (and you can read about it right there on the Wiki site) but from what I've learned the featured pages are there because someone requested they be there. The Wiki page has to be new and the quote that is left there must be something that can be linked to a really good source.
Why is this important?
Well because the 8 hours that the site is listed will generate about 5K extra hits. And not only will Karen's page be accessed, but the ripple effect will cause all the links that are on her page to also be accessed (to a lesser degree).
So there is a flurry of activity going on behind the scenes tonight, getting the last bit of crumbs off the counter and linking everything possible in order to get ready for the visitors. Nothing like a looming deadline in your face to get things done. This Wiki page was created today in anticipation of Karen's premier.
For those interested in how things work, here is the queue for the Did You Know page.
BTW today Tim Farley released this blog giving more reasons why skeptics should be editing Wikipedia.
Check out the home page for Wikipedia Saturday July 22, 2011.