Is Wikipedia biased?

Today is a truly sad day. Probably another day that hints on the victory of black (false) being able to continue its parade as white (truth), and that white (truth) has to lay its pride to rest and be humble about being belittled as black (false).

May the desire to uphold what is white as white awaken inside of you.
Awaken,
Burn Eternally with Compassion and Wisdom.

I used to like Wikipedia. But now, I seriously question some of its contents if that’s how they run the Wiki biz. As a practitioner of Zi Wei Dou Shu, I tried to add to the Zi Wei Dou Shu topic, only to get feedback like “Spam”, “Conflict of Interest”. Maybe they prefer a farmer to talk to us about economics so there wouldn’t be any Conflict of Interest. Or perhaps they prefer to wait 50 years later when another practitioner finally reveals inside practices of a trade by publishing a book first before they would agree about citing from credible sources.

I checked the Editor’s credibility by looking at his profile and realized he’s probably one of your trigger happy editor since he has quite a history of deleting stuffs and info he don’t understand. And some of these info are likely to be essential or trade practices / habits. Of course, he wouldn’t be able to find a book on it out in the market or internet. This seems to be a clear sign that we’re being dominated by another one of those online keyboard warrior taking up the easy job of revert revert and revert. Oh yeah, keepers of peace and order.

Here, I’ll share with what is deleted. I quote the below from Wikipedia Zi Wei Dou Shu.

===Maintained Version, aka version the wiki editor wants the public to see===

Practice

The requester, or the person seeking the fortune telling advice, presents the Four Pillars of Destiny (時辰八字) to the fortune interpreter. This information covers a person’s moment of birth: year, month, day, and time. Without this crucial information, the analysis cannot take place. Chinese name or strokes in the characters that make up one’s name is also requested at times for further refinement in the analysis at times (***This segment about name analysis used for refinement analysis is EXTREMELY misleading…I added the elaboration to this part but it was shot down very soon. The editor rushing to “maintain” this page obviously had VERY limited knowledge in this field. Otherwise, he wants to hide certain info from the public***).

Using Chinese astrology in combination with Chinese constellation, calculations are worked out to chart the stars into 12 different palaces or Gong (宫). This would then be one’s Natal Birth Chart or Mìng Pán (命盘).

By integrating the stars and palaces, their attributes, environmental factors, the Five elements, Yin and Yang concept and all the possible combinations and variations, including the position of the symbolic stars and their interrelations, not only can personalities be understood, but personal and professional relationships can be predicted. (***This portion isn’t totally correct. Sure, I understand if they want to put it in an ambiguous manner to prevent certain practice quirks or secrets from being leaked***) The end result is a calculated translation of one’s destiny in detail including events that have already happened in the past for verification purposes.

The plotting of one’s birth chart is not difficult. What is difficult in Zi Wei Dou Shu is the complex system of interpretation that allows us to ‘see’ the blueprint of our lives.

History

The Zi Wei Dou Shu concept was devised by a Taoist named Lu Chun Yang (呂純陽). It was then developed by Chen Xi Yi (陳希夷) during the Song Dynasty and later on Luo Hong Xian 羅洪先 during the Ming Dynasty to the present day format.[1] Its exact origin, however, is still debated among the different schools, and should not be taken as a guaranteed historical context. (***Yeah, this is the only part I can agree with the editors decision to keep. The history of such arts are always questionable***)

Chinese Astrology has always been closely intertwined with Astronomy. Gifted astronomer/astrologers were recruited as officials to work in Imperial Courts during the dynastic eras. In those days, astrological charts were delineated for the Emperor as his personal fate has a direct bearing on that of his kingdom. The court astrologers played an important role in determining the successor to the throne also.

Astrologers observed the stars and noticed that among so many stars, only one was seemingly stationary while the rest revolved around it. As it was also the brightest, the star was named the “Emperor Star” – the celestial equivalent of the Emperor.

===Attempted Version Update, aka what the editor governing the page DON’T want you to see===

Practice

The requester, or the person seeking the fortune telling advice, presents the Four Pillars of Destiny (時辰八字) to the fortune interpreter. This information covers a person’s moment of birth: year, month, day, and time. (***You don’t just loosely say “Four Pillars of Destiny” like a newbie to the field, there’s a HUGE difference if the date is converted via Solar or Lunar standards. What the wiki editor just upheld here is as a Physics teacher maintained that Force is how heavy a matter is multiplied by its ever increasing speed, instead of the more precise F = ma explanation***) This four sets of birthday information must be in the Lunar calendar format which may vary slightly from the format derived from Solar Calendar used in another fortune-telling method known as Ba Zi. Without this crucial information, the analysis cannot take place

Chinese name or strokes in the characters that make up one’s name is also requested at times for further refinement in the analysis at times. (***And this portion is the undisclosed practice but a known fact among ALL knowledgeable practitioners***) This is called Name Analysis and is an example of practitioners adding different skill sets or techniques to give their analysis more information. Some practitioners also use I Ching, Face Reading, or Palm Reading to complement their readings. There are two main reasons why this is done:

  1. Certain techniques are more efficient in capturing specific types of information,
  2. Practitioners may not have a complete knowledge of Zi Wei Dou Shu, so they have no choice but to use some other techniques as a complement.

By integrating the stars and palaces, their attributes, environmental factors, the Five elements, Yin and Yang concept and all the possible combinations and variations, including the position of the symbolic stars and their interrelations, not only can personalities be understood, but personal and professional relationships can be predicted. The end result is a calculated translation of one’s destiny in detail including events that have already happened in the past for verification purposes.

The plotting of one’s birth chart is not difficult. What is difficult in Zi Wei Dou Shu is the complex system of interpretation that allows us to ‘see’ the blueprint of our lives.

History

The Zi Wei Dou Shu concept was devised by a Taoist named Lu Chun Yang (呂純陽). It was then developed by Chen Xi Yi (陳希夷) during the Song Dynasty and later on Luo Hong Xian 羅洪先 during the Ming Dynasty to the present day format.[1] Its exact origin, however, is still debated among the different schools, and should not be taken as a guaranteed historical context.

Chinese Astrology has always been closely intertwined with Astronomy. Gifted astronomer/astrologers were recruited as officials to work in Imperial Courts during the dynastic eras. In those days, astrological charts were delineated for the Emperor as his personal fate has a direct bearing on that of his kingdom. The court astrologers played an important role in determining the successor to the throne also.

Astrologers observed the stars and noticed that among so many stars, only one was seemingly stationary while the rest revolved around it. As it was also the brightest, the star was named the “Emperor Star” – the celestial equivalent of the Emperor.

(***I have no arguments about this whole chunk being deleted, maybe it should be in a section called “Contemporary Practice”…but NO, the wiki editor just takes the easy way out and delete the whole chunk without any constructive suggestions***)
There are two main schools of Zi Wei Dou Shu. The most commonly known school is the Triple Combination School (三合派), and the other school is the Flying Stars School (飛星派). Although the Triple Combination School received a wider publicity for a longer time partly due to its extensively available books in the market, it has been suggested that it is a spinoff from the more fundamental method known as the Flying Stars School whose approach and techniques were withheld among in-house practitioners. Part of the publicity received by the Triple Combination School is due to its extensively available books in the market. However, it is noted that most of the newer books are usually rehashed works of earlier books added with the new author’s own blend of creativity that is usually not relevant to the core techniques of Zi Wei Dou Shu.

The main characteristics of the Triple Combination Zi Wei Dou Shu (三合派紫微斗數):

  1. The natal chart uses 30 to 108+ stars.
  2. Heavy emphasis on the natal chart template known as the “three combination and four directions” (三方四正).
  3. Emphasizes on the brightness of the 14 main stars.

The main characteristics of the Flying Stars Zi Wei Dou Shu (飛星派紫微斗數):

  1. The natal chart uses 18 stars.
  2. Heavy emphasis on a subject Palace interaction with other Palaces (四化飛伏).
  3. Does not use the brightness of the 14 main stars.

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I did a search in the internet. Apparently I’m not the only one who got to see Wiki’s darker side. Some users out there already tried to hint us on the nature of wikipedia. At first I thought they were whiny. But after I’ve seen what wiki editors do, I have to apologize to them instead:

  1. http://www.dotcult.com/why_wikipedia_sucks
  2. http://www.smoblogger.com/wikipedia-sucks/
  3. http://www.fiendish.org/glimpse-of-genius/wikipedia-sucks/
  4. A page just to exclusive mention that Wikipedia controls publication
  5. Examples of biased information in Wikipedia. Looks like Wikipedia is not the only one armed with internet sources.
  6. Dangers of Wikipedia
  7. The danger of Free Culture
  8. Yeah man, I agree that Jesus is savior. Shady citations…or citations that editors readily treat as credible is both a big problem.

After looking at what some of Wikipedia’s editors do (I’m hopeful some of them are knowledgeable and prudent, rather than delete trigger happy), I can only come up with these conclusion:

  1. Wiki editors have limited knowledge about what they edit.
  2. As long as your information has no books or other internet articles on it yet, they will simply say it is from unknown sources. This implies that the information on Wikipedia could very well be OUTDATED in terms of current industrial or trade practices. This will obviously be a big problem to people who have the impression that the information in Wikipedia is up-to-date and reliable. I was one of Wikipedia’s big fans since they made so many information so accessible to everyone out there. But after today, I worry about the validity of these information.
  3. It’s safer to read the info with a pinch of salt and know that they may be way behind contemporary practice standards or style.
  4. Wikipedia still has very good information. But these information are probably common information which are available in books out in the market or internet. And certain fields like mine (Chinese Metaphysics), common information are the MOST UNRELIABLE source of information you can ever get because the newer writers usually just plagiarize the initial few authors’ information to publish a book or another website to make a quick buck off the market. Such negative activities results in available of common information (that may be blatantly misleading).

I am utterly disappointed with Wikipedia condoning and perhaps even breeding such malevolent practices from some of its editors. I am also sadden to know such are the levels of some of these wiki editors.

Or perhaps, Wikipedia was noble enough to try to take up the tough job of attempting to unify and qualify their editors?

May you decide from the facts for yourself.

Wikipedia, if you are reading this, I have an earnest suggestion for you. Please put in more effort to groom your arms of editors especially if you are so dependent on them for maintaining the quality of your contents. At least upgrade their knowledge beyond that of just deleting stuffs, give them occasional online tests to keep their standards relevant and up-to-date, or, apply more stringent conditions when choosing an editor, e.g., give us credibility by showing their face and name (or at least have that for YOURSELF Wikipedia). And you should probably also verify them via Facebook and the number of friends they have to understand their intention.

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2 Responses to Is Wikipedia biased?

  1. Starbuster says:

    I have never liked wikipedia.

  2. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite certain I will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

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