November 03, 2004
Wikipedia (and other tourist traps)
Eric Burns, the guy behind, believes that all online comics with more than a hundred strips in their archives should have a Wikipedia entry. Not only that, but the cartoonist himself should not be the one writing the entry.

PE(aott) has 633 strips in its archives. Spade Phillips, P.I. has 264. Kozy K has 114. 2 guys... has 12,789,355.

I'm just saying, that's all.

*cough* wikipedia *cough*

Posted at November 3, 2004 10:17 PM

How many of us *haven't* submitted a 2 guys strip? You've kind of alienated everyone for that comic.

Posted by: nomie at November 3, 2004 10:46 PM

Tee hee, I already made one for Syzygy of Idiocy. Maybe if I'm really bored someday.

Posted by: Grinlax at November 4, 2004 08:43 PM

That's why there isn't one already.

Posted by: Eric at November 4, 2004 09:06 PM


Posted by: cartoonlad at November 4, 2004 10:05 PM

By "So?" I mean this -- Wiki's guidelines seem proposed to keep people with only a handful of strips in their archives to clutter up the wikipedia. They have a general test, but the page itself says to use the Alexa test "for any web comic with its own domain name" Planet Earth (and other tourist traps) doesn't have its own domain name. In fact, it's already begun over at

Posted by: cartoonlad at November 4, 2004 10:15 PM

Feel free to make any corrections. I wasn't really sure about some of the information. (For example, I thought it took place in Texas, but a credit card statement was addressed to Illinois.)

Posted by: Eric at November 5, 2004 10:05 PM

I am putting your article up for deletion under the Wikipedia webcomic guidelines.

Posted by: Ashibaka at November 5, 2004 10:14 PM

I hate you.

Posted by: Eric at November 5, 2004 10:38 PM

For those of you visiting looking for "a petition from the author to make a Wikipedia article about his comic", welcome to a news article where I pointed out that, one of the better webcomics commentary sites feels that online comics that have over a hundred comics in their archives should be represented in wikipedia.

Personally, I do not consider this a "petition for inclusion"; rather this is a discussion of webcomics and their representation in the wikipedia. As stated above, the guidelines appear to exist to keep non-established comic strips from cluttering up space in the wiki. PE(aott) has existed for five years and has over six hundred strips in it's archives.

In Wikipedia's own words: "These guidelines are primaily designed to prevent the multitude of new or unencyclopedic web comics from using Wikipedia as free promotion. Nor is it to be used exclusively to drum out articles that exist as of the time of this article's creation that might not necessarily meet these guidelines."

Also reference

Posted by: at November 5, 2004 10:51 PM

I love some of the comments on the deletion page:

"If I haven't heard of it and it's been around for five years..."

Well now you've heard of it, dear. Get. A. Grip. Even your man Eric Burns admits it's impossible to keep up with them all.

As I suspected when I first had Wikipedia described to me, it seems to be a magnet for people with their heads stuck firmly up their asses to go around discrediting one another's interests as "not notable" and generally engaging in bouts of teddy-throwing that should be restricted to the dank forums where they spawned.

No doubt the entry will stay, but you'll probably get lots of nasty mail and comments from the Wiki "elite" who think you've sullied their precious haunt to such a degree that they can take a break from posting about Urusei Yatsura and WWE to come and pester you.

Posted by: Bourne at November 7, 2004 01:37 AM

That's not what Wikipedia is like.

Posted by: Eric at November 7, 2004 11:20 AM

Wikipedia is like a custard.

Posted by: President Leechman at November 13, 2004 05:29 PM