4 thoughts on “Comment is Free, Wikipedia, and Why Blogs ‘Don’t Get No Respect’ – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I think wikilawyering is different in many respects from talmudic arguing (of which I know next to nothing that didn’t appear in Yentl).

    Wikilawyering is much closer to CalvinBall, where the rules are infinite, obscure, vague, hard to find, and constantly changing.

    The Wikipedia is a pit. If you continue to add to it for more than just minor edits, you’re a real mensch. And a bit of schmendrick as well since your contributions will never be acknowledged or appreciated and will most likely be reverted or adulterated within a few days.

    Best wishes though.

  2. You could be right about that. Pilpul connotes more the disputatiousness of rabbis arguing fine points of Torah and halacha (law). Wikilawyering is more like what John Yoo did in writing his infamous torture memos.

    If you read my Talk page you’ll see lots of vacuous wikilawyering.

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