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un_wiki gets quotes from Wikipedia's
(the "free" encyclopedia) Deletion Logs.
The Deletion Log is a list of all the pages that have abused Wikipedia's democratic remit; it is the last stop on the way to destruction.
The Log can contain fragments of the offending user-created texts.
un_wiki is a Perl script that finds these texts and throws away the rest.
Until 2008 entries in the Deletion Log of the English language Wikipedia ('en.wikipedia') looked like this:
Update Aug 2009
Early in 2008 en.wikipedia removed the above sort of material and replaced it with standard notices written by Wikipedia sysops (or 'bureaucrats').
re-released in 2008 to accomodate this change.
Instead of using en.wikipedia,
presently it translates
material from Wikipedias in several languages (very badly) into English
translators. It's very possible that these
Wikipedias too will follow the lead of en.wikipedia one day. If
so, un_wiki may cease to be.
Aug 2009 I updated the program and at the time of writing it is
you find that un_wiki is not
producing its texts,
please email me at vacua_a T_btinternet[do t]com....
can, like its earlier incarnations, contain offensive material for
disclaims all responsibility.
>> un_wiki Update 2013: un_wiki is nolonger working. Ah!
First it was included in RADICAL
SOFTWARE, an exhibition curated by Domenico Quaranta, March
Then it won the Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica (2006).
It was also in FILE International Language Festival (2006), Brazil.
Then it was off to Japan, where it was exhibited in a Japanese language version at the ICC gallery in Tokyo (2006).
a Spanish language
version appeared at Espacio Movistar, Barcelona June 08, in 'Digital Words'.
It also featured in 'Art Tech Media', Cordoba, November 08.
Image: un_wiki (Japanese version)
Connecting Worlds at NTT InterCommunications Center
photo by KIOKU Keizo