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Hash Site Review: Wikipedia on Hashing

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How many hashers know there’s a Wikipedia entry for Hash House Harriers?  Not many, I bet.

Most of us know Wikipedia’s a user-edited online encyclopedia, where regular people like you and me can write, update, correct, and (if we choose) falsify entries on any topic.  Someone (I don’t know who, other than that it wasn’t me) started the Wikipedia HHH entry in September 2003 by posting the Hash Primer I wrote for Hawaii RacePlace Magazine in 1995.  It wasn’t credited to me and there was no link to the site it had been copied from, the Half-Mind Catalog, but what else is new?  And anyway, I didn’t even know there was an HHH entry on Wikipedia until months later, when someone emailed me about it.

By the time I got there, other hashers had started adding additional information, a lot of it shameless advertising for certain hashing web sites (you know who you are).  Responsible hashers began editing out the more flagrant instances of self-advertising and ax-grinding, and over time the Wikipedia HHH entry has become neutral, informative, and to the point.  I can’t tell you who all the individual editors are (some of them choose to be anonymous), but they’re doing a good job telling the story of hashing to what I hope is an interested and curious non-hashing audience.

Anyway, you should check it out.  It still needs work, and maybe you have useful suggestions or something to contribute.  If you don’t want to get your own hands dirty, contact me with your suggestions . . . I’ve already got Wikipedia inkstains up to my elbows.

Read my other hash site reviews here!

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