WE’RE GOING TO VIDCON!

If you’re wondering why we’re wearing giant, button up shirts, I’ve got two words for you: WHISKEY BUSINESS.

Thanks to the rockstars we call our friends, family, former students, and just cool people who like our channel, we are headed to VidCon! Our Fundraiser Page will remain open until June 24 so if you didn’t donate (and you’d like to), you still can! Though we have purchased our entry tickets and hotel stay, we could still use some money to help with flights and and other expenses.

Now would also be a good time to tell the internet about our new Tumblr, Old People at VidCon. The “old” of course being used cheekily and with a lot of eye rolling. We’d really love to connect with YouTubers of a similar age/interests so if this sounds like you, let us know! We’d love to do some cross promotion.

Thank you for your continued support!

Kristin & Sally

Send Us to VidCon Update #6

Our fundraiser deadline is a little less than 2 weeks away and we’re at $710! In the spirit of cross-promotion, we wanted to tell you about some of our awesome funders and their projects.

Want us to promote you? Go to our GoFundMe and donate! Then send us an email and let us know what you do!

Music: “You’re Awesome” by Matt Britton: 

Links to our funders’ websites/projects:

Peace of the Earth Farm

Shiloh Threads

Island Provisions

Humble Farmer

TOP Vietnam Veterans

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins

Christine Friedlander

The Pork Chop Express

In which we get schooled by Wikipedia.

A friend of ours once asked, “Does What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia? have a Wikipedia page?” and our minds were blown. So last night, in a sweaty apartment with a box of wine, we attempted to do that very thing. Despite being huge fans of Wikipedia, we discovered that we actually didn’t know anything about editing a Wikipedia article. We attempted to add What Did You Look Up on Wikipedia? to the article Wikipedia in Culture under the sub-heading Wikipedia as Comedic Material.

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Wiki entry, we hardly knew ye.

As we were clinking glasses to celebrate, our email got a message that said we were indefinitely banned from editing Wikipedia because our addition violated the rule that said entries can’t be commercial or self-promoting. To which we said, touche, Wikipedia, because pretty much everything we do is self-promotion these days. Interestingly, our self-promotion involves fangirling about Wikipedia, but much like a strict dad, Wikipedia stood his ground, our entry was removed and we were grounded for life. We totally understand why this happened and yet have the brain hurts when thinking about how most entries about, say, Jenna Marbles, were made by someone else and  are therefore promotion but not self-promotion. Yes, yes, we know Jenna Marbles is 10,000x more popular than we are, but having a Wikipedia page is most definitely a kind of promotion, even if you didn’t make it yourself.

So let’s make this a learning opportunity, says we. We realized we never actually looked up the Wikipedia page for Wikipedia. Everyone knows that  crowd-sourced encyclopedia has a whole host of problems (i.e., us) and the real mission of Wikipedia is to have a free, crowd sourced, correct encyclopedia. And, just to defend ourselves here, we never made anything up, at least not in our Wikipedia addition. As their on Wikipedia page says, Wikipedia has been made fun of numerous times in television shows and music based on this editing problem, that there have been many posts that are straight up incorrect and that sometimes, people get away with it. Lastly, we were interested in this chart, which shows the statistics for the typical regular contributor to Wikipedia (in 2009).

You’ll notice we fall into the minuscule female section. Also, what the shit is the age group 31-85? Wikipedia is slacking on their categories a little bit here.

Just food for thought. Although Wikipedia is open sourced, there are watchdogs, as we found out the hard way. But it’s also quite obvious from this chart that in terms of gender (and familial lifestyle) that writers and editors of Wikipedia articles are coming from a small group of people.

So, does it matter who edits Wikipedia? Have you (our viewers and readers) ever edited or created a page for yourself or someone else? What was your experience?