May 27 2007
Laurel has dramatically stepped up to the plate – “Australia – SAVE FRANK ARRIGO!!! (wikipedia)“.
I haven’t added a comment on Wikipedia, basically because it could be deemed that I have a vested interest (or “COI” as they call it – Conflict of Interest) in the outcome, and I don’t have a wikipedia login.
If I was to make a comment, it would be to counter the argument that being 55th on the list isn’t high enough.
Firstly, the list is a somewhat arbitrary measure of a blog’s popularity. In Frank’s case, because he blogs on the msdn.com domain, it is impossible to derive a true Alexa rank, as is done for the majority of blogs on the list (which are on their own domains, or on a hosted domain that allows this to be derived). Therefore, this has to be approximated (see about the index), and may well have a negative impact on his position in the list.
RSS subscriber counts, which would be a strong determination for popularity, are not taken into consideration either, nor is Google PageRank (which in Frank’s case is 6), and I dare say there could be many other factors used.
I have no doubt that many great and popular Australian blogs are not included in the list, because they do not fit the formula. For example Cameron Reilly’s G’Day World and John Quiggin, do not have a Technorati Rank, so it is impossible to derive an index.
Anyone feeling so inclined to keep Frank’s entry on Wikipedia is encouraged to visit the “articles for deletion” page, and vote to “keep”.
Update: Apparently this entry has been deleted.
Perhaps in hindsight I should have written a more balanced “Anyone feeling so inclined to vote on whether Frank’s entry should be kept or deleted should visit the articles for deletion page”. Mind you I suspect it wouldn’t have made a difference.
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