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    Andy Summers rejoins Soft machine? Wha??!

    Is this for real? This was on the Soft Machine band members wiki page. See "current members." Its not even close to April 1.

    I'm guessing maybe he guested at a few shows? And this got misconstrued?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...f_band_members

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    Is this for real? This was on the Soft Machine band members wiki page. See "current members." Its not even close to April 1.

    I'm guessing maybe he guested at a few shows? And this got misconstrued?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...f_band_members
    I can't find anything about this online, so I've removed the Wikipedia listing!

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    He was briefly on tour with them in 1968... anything else?

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    "Andy Summers – lead vocals, guitar"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave (in MA) View Post
    "Andy Summers – lead vocals, guitar"
    Yes if there is one thing the current Soft Machine should *not* want from Mr. Summers, it would have to be lead vocals.

    Well I'm sad it is very probably not true. Andy is a top notch jazzer and he did put out a nice CD of guitar duets with Etheridge back in the early 90s. So the idea was just plausible enough for me not to totally discount it immediately when I first saw the wiki page.

    As a side question: how does (probable) nonsense like this end up on Wikipedia? Can anyone pretty much put whatever they want up there until someone like Henry challenges it and it gets taken down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    As a side question: how does (probable) nonsense like this end up on Wikipedia? Can anyone pretty much put whatever they want up there until someone like Henry challenges it and it gets taken down?
    Some years back I was reading the wiki on some big band musician--I forget who--and the discography included an album titled I'm Afraid of Bees. I thought this was hilarious and wanted to see what the cover looked like, but digging around on Google revealed no other references to this supposed album. So I checked out the edit page and discovered that the person who added that title also added nonsensical references to fear of bees on other celebrities' wiki pages--and these were his only contributions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    Yes if there is one thing the current Soft Machine should *not* want from Mr. Summers, it would have to be lead vocals.

    Well I'm sad it is very probably not true. Andy is a top notch jazzer and he did put out a nice CD of guitar duets with Etheridge back in the early 90s. So the idea was just plausible enough for me not to totally discount it immediately when I first saw the wiki page.

    As a side question: how does (probable) nonsense like this end up on Wikipedia? Can anyone pretty much put whatever they want up there until someone like Henry challenges it and it gets taken down?
    Here, this will illustrate the reality of wikipedia

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/wxqy...angled-english

    This one is troublesome

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipe...-08-30/Opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by arturs View Post
    As a side question: how does (probable) nonsense like this end up on Wikipedia? Can anyone pretty much put whatever they want up there until someone like Henry challenges it and it gets taken down?
    Anyone can edit Wikipedia. You can go right now and do so. (A few pages require you to register an account and use it for a while before you can edit them, but most don't.) It seems like a mad system, but it works more often than not. There are community-written and community-enforced rules, so bad edits will usually get reverted and you can be blocked if you're disruptive.

    Most people don't edit Wikipedia. Various studies have been done of Wikipedia editors and they're not a very representative sample. It can be an intimidating space if you start getting into contentious areas (contentious either meaning in terms of the topic or arguments over minor formatting questions!). But the more people who are involved, the better the result. Dive in!

    Quote Originally Posted by begnagrad View Post
    Here, this will illustrate the reality of wikipedia

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/wxqy...angled-english

    This one is troublesome

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipe...-08-30/Opinion
    There are greater problems with the smaller language Wikipedias. The fewer people involved, the worse the result. Those two examples are for Wikipedias other than the English language one, not that English language Wikipedia doesn't have its flaws too.

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    In German wikipedia the rules are such, that your first fifty edits are going to be revised and approved or not, and only then you have the credentials (after fifty approved edits) to be a legit contributor. Hungarian wikipedia apparently has a similar system, but there have been conflicts in other languages (as I have been told), such as in Croatian, where there have been right-wing groups who wanted to tilt the angle in their favour.
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