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11:51 am - Didn't Lude and Lucidious collaborate on a single in 03?
Ah, Wikipedia, I love it when you fail in such a wonderful fashion:
She ran away again in 1969, this time ending up in Detroit, arrested by the FBI for crossing into the US, wearing no bra, and sporting a white beret, "in danger of leading a lude and lucidious life."
The lovely thing is that the textbrick of bad writin' has apparently been there since 2008. Nobody wants to touch it with the exception of some fellow in the Talk page whose logic for editing the article isn't just because it needs a bit of red pen, but that it's longer than Bono's biography article.

Well we just can't have that, now, can we?

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From:28bytes
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Well, I know what word "lude" is trying to be, but I'm not so sure about "ludicious."

Lucidly lascivious, perhaps?

Isn't that a Queensrÿche song?
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From:bostonista
Date:November 19th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
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A lude life is one involving the use of 'ludes. Clearly.

Also, she's way beyond lucid ... lucidious, even.
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From:mhaille
Date:November 20th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)
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My guess is "lewd and lascivious." Right up there with "disorderly person" under offenses I'd frame and put up in my living room.
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From:plumtreeblossom
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Good glory, it takes until paragraph 5 just to get to "Rickie Lee was born in..."
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From:beth47
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That is one painful read. Thanks, Unca Spatch!!
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From:susskins
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Crap, I was just on that page three days ago. That'll teach me to skim.
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From:invisibelle
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
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so people actually discuss it before fixing bad wikipedia writing?

I do it all the time without asking anyone, heh. I didn't know it wasn't okay? It's mostly on articles about Indian things that were clearly half written by people whose command of English isn't quite up to encyclopedia level.
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From:mmcirvin
Date:November 20th, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
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The original and, I think, still stated Wikipedia ethos was "be bold". You're supposedly supposed to just fix stuff that's wrong. There are control freaks in some places who will get hacked off about it, of course.

On the other hand, biographies of living people are now in a somewhat special category because of one or two high-profile lawsuits against the foundation. I'd be a little more careful about doing anything with those.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 20th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
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mmcirvin Johnson's right. You're encouraged to jump in and fix stuff, but anyone else can un-fix what you fixed and the resulting argument usually plays out on the article's discussion page. But if you see a typo or something that's not funny enough to leave alone, there's no rule that says you can't just pop in and correct it.

(And gee, are those lawsuits due to the fact that people writing biography pages are doing so with second-hand information and little to no fact checking whatsoever?)
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From:mmcirvin
Date:November 20th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
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I think the point where my initial burst of Wikipedian enthusiasm wore off was the point at which I realized that one of the pages I wanted to correct was the favored turf of a crackpot I was already familiar with, who was probably more devoted to getting his views into the page than I would be to defending mine. (Since then, I think his contributions actually have disappeared from there, but this was years ago.)

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From:derspatchel
Date:November 20th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. Always seemed to me that all Wikipedia arbitration, no matter what for or on what level, eventually boils down to "the shoutiest person gets to keep their edit."
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From:piezocuttlefish
Date:November 19th, 2009 05:43 pm (UTC)
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Holy shit. Remind me never to put on a white beret when I come back to the U.S. I had no clue I could get arrested for that.
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From:goldsquare
Date:November 19th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
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They arrest women who enter the US with no bra?

Bastards. We loves those wimmens.

Or was she wearing a white beret after Labor Day? We can't have that.
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From:la_chispa
Date:November 19th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
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Jesus H.
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From:cursethedark
Date:November 19th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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See, the best I've got is that in the 1600s, the primary export of Suriname was Circus Peanuts.
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From:coconuthead
Date:November 19th, 2009 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Ouch.
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From:davidglasser
Date:November 19th, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)

What were the Wikipedia bio pages like when you were young?

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They went on forever...
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 20th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: What were the Wikipedia bio pages like when you were young?

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But no purple or red or yellow or fire. Just a professional white background.
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From:derspatchel
Date:November 20th, 2009 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: What "lucidious" means to me

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LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE A WINNER

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