Breaking Up Is Hard To Do. Wikipedia Can Help

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News Posted: Mon, Mar 3 2008 6:47 AM

Jimmy Wales has broken a lot of ground in his day. The founder of Wikipedia has turned the online collaborative encyclopedia into a household word. Wales was contacted by Canadian political commentator Rachel Marsden about defacement of her Wikipedia page, and apparently one thing led to another. In another first, he's announced the breakup of his very short relationship with the Fox News commentator--in an entry on Wikipedia.

In the statement, Wales claims his involvement with Marsden's Wikipedia profile was "completely routine." He also claims to have met Marsden for the first time last month. Shortly before their meeting, Wales reportedly sent this note to a list of Wikipedia operators:

    "In the past week or so we have struck up something of a personal friendship, and I offered to meet with her and give some feedback on her website design and business model. As such, at least for the time being, I may have a sufficient COI [conflict of interest] regarding this case that I should not edit the article or do anything "official" in my Jimbo-ness :)."

Since this is the Internet age, "Hell hath no fury like a love scorned" has manifested itself by Miss Marsden selling Mr. Wales' T-shirt on Ebay. Starting bid is 99 cents.

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This seems a bit.....childish? Maybe? How old are we again boys n girls....

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