badgerbag: (Default)
[personal profile] badgerbag
Here's a good task for anyone not afraid of a little Wikipedia editing.

A search on the phrase "confined to a wheelchair". Let's reduce that from 383 results to 0...

Date: 2009-08-31 09:52 pm (UTC)
kalmn: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kalmn
1, not zero? first hit is:

"a woman who uses a wheelchair" rather than "a woman in/confined to a wheelchair."

which i think might want to be left.

Date: 2009-08-31 10:27 pm (UTC)
aleja: (Default)
From: [personal profile] aleja
This is an excellent idea. Just a little change will do... will be doing this in my "spare" moments. :)

Date: 2009-09-01 12:19 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I'm doing some of these.

Date: 2009-09-01 04:34 am (UTC)
hobbitbabe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hobbitbabe
So am I - mostly working from the bottom of the list up.

Date: 2009-08-31 10:32 pm (UTC)
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
From: [personal profile] sasha_feather
Great idea!

Date: 2009-08-31 11:43 pm (UTC)
kake: The word "kake" written in white fixed-font on a black background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kake
What a good idea! I've done a few.

Date: 2009-09-01 12:37 am (UTC)
vehemently: (Default)
From: [personal profile] vehemently
I've obviously been reading too much fanfic because "confined to a wheelchair" and "wheelchair-bound" both just sound incredibly porny to me.

(Kinky wheelchair: red velcro hand/leg cuffs and revolving spikes on the wheels, Y/Y?)

Date: 2009-09-01 05:57 am (UTC)
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (BtVS/ break my body hold my bones)
From: [personal profile] softestbullet
Hee!

Date: 2009-09-01 02:25 am (UTC)
emceeaich: A close-up of a pair of cats-eye glasses (Default)
From: [personal profile] emceeaich
I did 10 entries from the bottom of the search results, and marked them as minor edits, with the comment "preferred usage is 'wheelchair using' rather than 'wheelchair bound.'"

Date: 2009-09-01 05:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] merovingian.livejournal.com
I did one or two. I couldn't help but be a little snarky with my comment, though.

"Wheelchairs don't confine people. Unless they're jail-wheelchairs, and I just made those up. Wheelchairs help people get around."

Date: 2009-09-01 02:47 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
May I repost? (Along with setting some of those wheelchairs free from their confinement.)

Date: 2009-09-01 02:48 am (UTC)
sciarra: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sciarra
Oh, poo, that was me.

Date: 2009-09-01 05:58 am (UTC)
softestbullet: Aeryn cupping Pilot's cheek. He has his big eyes closed. (Scrubs/ JD! TURK! ...TURK! JD! \o/)
From: [personal profile] softestbullet
Aw, how wonderful!

Date: 2009-09-01 03:53 am (UTC)
19_crows: (Default)
From: [personal profile] 19_crows
This is just the type of obsessive project I enjoy. I'll do a few whenever I think of it.

bonus: found an entry with "wheelchair bound" AND "confined to a wheelchair".

Date: 2009-09-01 03:58 am (UTC)
srevans: (Default)
From: [personal profile] srevans
Um, so, I think I'm on your friends-of-friends list, and I think this is a great plan. I will do my part. :)

ETA: started at the end, working my way up. Did about twenty.
Edited Date: 2009-09-01 04:38 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-01 06:32 am (UTC)
wild_irises: (Default)
From: [personal profile] wild_irises
I did ten or twelve of them, until I found an entry where I had to spend 20 minutes cleaning up the grammar and syntax (and the "confined to a wheelchair"). I'll do more.

This is a great idea!

Date: 2009-09-01 08:09 am (UTC)
emceeaich: A close-up of a pair of cats-eye glasses (Default)
From: [personal profile] emceeaich
I'd have to look around the help for wikipedia, but there are templates you can drop in on a page like:

{template:needs_edit}

which will mark a page as in need of a grammar/spelling/syntax pass.

The cool thing is that you can search on templates and there are folks who watch those queues.

Which is nice when you see a page that needs it, but don't have the energy or cycles to throw at it.
Edited Date: 2009-09-01 08:09 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-09-01 04:27 pm (UTC)
hypatia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hypatia
maybe there should be a {template:needs-de-ability!failification} hehe

Date: 2009-09-01 02:23 pm (UTC)
ext_114918: [Bemused picture of Rick] (Default)
From: [identity profile] shadowspar.livejournal.com

Heh, when I first tried to edit one, I found that somebody had already edited it out from under me. =)

Date: 2009-09-01 04:51 pm (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
Excellent plan! I'll do what I can.

Date: 2009-09-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Excellent plan! I like that the first thing I edited was the "Spike" (from Buffy) entry ^_^
Also, Tweeted to spread the word.

~K~

Date: 2009-09-02 03:11 am (UTC)
hobbitbabe: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hobbitbabe
I went to do more "wheelchair-bound"/"wheelchair-using" and found that a couple of my edits from yesterday have been reverted with comments like "using common and accepted terminology" [Ghostbusters franchise], "unecessary change. wheelchair-bound is more formal and common" [Texas Chain Saw Massacre]. Is anyone else encountering this?

Date: 2009-09-03 08:15 am (UTC)
zvi: self-portrait: short, fat, black dyke in bunny slippers (Default)
From: [personal profile] zvi
As far as I could tell from the Wikipedia policies, there is a desire to be less offensive rather than more, and more specific rather than more generalized when it comes to issues of identity, but there doesn't appear to be a preference for more common terminology. Basically, tell whoever reversed your edits to stuff it, and re-revert.

You may also want to make a Neutral POV argument.

Date: 2009-09-03 02:32 pm (UTC)
kake: The word "kake" written in white fixed-font on a black background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kake
Re the Texas Chain Saw Massacre, I've started a discussion on the talk page. I agree with [personal profile] zvi that "wheelchair-bound" is not a neutral point of view.

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