Monday, August 13, 2012

Renewed Effort in Getting ASMR on to Wikipedia

There’s not a week that goes by where I don’t see some mention of Wikipedia. Questions such as “Why isn’t there a Wikipedia article about this?”. “ASMR wiki” is one of the most commonly searched terms that leads people to this blog or my article on HubPages.

Long story short, last year there was an article on Wikipedia about ASMR that was put up by someone. We’re still not quite sure who it was. Envelope seized the opportunity to add most of the content to that page. Then the Wikipedia moderators came along and marked the page for deletion seeing as there was a “lack of scientific evidence” to suggest that such a thing even existed. They weren’t convinced. There was a lengthy discussion and despite our attempts to reason with the moderators, this proved futile.

So the article was taken down, and was archived on our own Research & Support wiki which has yet to be opened to the public.

Recently on Reddit, a topic was started where people decided, after ASMR having received some mainstream media coverage in the last several months, that they would have a crack at getting ASMR back on to Wikipedia. The article is being constructed in sandbox mode, which basically means it can be edited by the public, but isn't published as such. This means it can be carefully crafted to the point where it will be accepted on Wikipedia. All ready one of the moderators has given it his or her approval, saying that the article will qualify as an internet or cultural phenomenon. You decide whether that is a good thing or not.

But for people who want to push to get ASMR on to Wikipedia and get it to stay there, it’s something. It’s a start. There are at least a few recent articles that have been published over at VICE and Independent magazine, as well as the Huffington Post. It seems as though ASMR is becoming too large to just ignore now. We now have a few third party references or sources, which is oh-so-crucial. It might not be accepted for now under the medical conditions category where it was last year, but perhaps in future with sufficient scientific evidence, it may be possible. And how we get to that point is with more mainstream media exposure and an interest from the public at large. Then we might get somewhere, where some scientists who are craving something more important to work on than estimating how far a certain bat-like superhero can glide (seriously) will give this thing the attention it needs with the necessary resources, equipment and funding backing them.

If you head over there and decide to contribute to the article in progress, please just have a look at all the sources listed over on the subreddit topic linked to above before doing so. This will tell you what is acceptable and what you must do to make the article comply with Wikipedia’s standards. Then it has a much better chance of being approved.

1 comment:

  1. Hi - where are things at in terms of actual ASMR research?

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