User: Mdfalco is a business partner buddy of New York Brad. He was last seen fixing up New York Brad’s Wikipedia article, polishing the article for New York Brad’s law firm, and adding links to his publication Green Bag Press.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Mdfalco has now cited New York Brad as an expert on Rex Stout. (They are both members of “The Wolfe Pack” fan club.) The edit in question concerns the writer’s first published story, believed to be from 1912. Mdfalco has changed the footnote. Previously the footnote said:
As extensive searches for an early story by Stout titled “Their Lady” have been unsuccessful, it appears the story may have been published under another title.
MdFalco has changed this to:
story by .
So, no real information about the missing story. Just a promotional item about the club newsletter and a teaser about New York Brad. No link, no ref.
Okay, so maybe it’s one of those open source thingies, all about providing information as a public service, and you can read it online. And maybe it’s peer-reviewed, with the type of editorial board that would make it a WP:RS reliable source for Wikipedia purposes?
The full name of the newsletter is “The Gazette—The Journal of The Wolfe Pack“. They publish twice a year, and you can get a 2-year subscription for $35.00. But wait, the newsletter is for members only. “Join now to start receiving your copy.” But if you look at the membership page says it’s $40. It says you have to “print, fill out, and mail the membership application with a check for $40.00“. A check? I can’t remember the last time I saw one of those. And snail mail!
And it may take a while:
“Initial processing of memberships submitted by mail may take a few weeks since someone must go to the USPS to pickup check, then deposit check and update mailing list.”
LOL, a P.O. Box, but it looks like they do have PayPal.
Lots of “click here to buy” Amazon stuff. And Ira’s stepmother Amanda Matetsky gets a little free promotion on their book list.
Oh, but there are more fees:
The cost of events is not included in the membership fee. Membership fees are used only for Gazette publication/mailing and mailings of newsletters.
Really, they mail dead-tree newsletters? Now that is really 1912. Not even an option to log in and read it online?
And what is the cost of these “events”? As they say, if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.
But hey, why not use Wikipedia to promote membership in your private club, with access to your private newsletter. The North Face got away with it.
Wikipediocracy just ran a hit piece on a woman who they allege might have complained privately about harassment by a male Wikipedian. Might not even be true, but they ran her off the project with their pogrom, just as surely as a SanFranBan. Not the first time either. Let’s see if the Wikipediocrazies are willing to touch this one, or if it will be Fanboy City.
[Just noticed this: he goes on to add “Their Lady” was published as “Her Forbidden Knight”. But everyone agrees that that story was published in 1913, not 1912. In fact the list here shows seven other stories earlier than that one, five of them from 1912. And this material is copyright 2015 by Ira Brad Matetsky (aka New York Brad, who added a commentary so as to tweak the copyright date) so it’s not exactly new material, but it doesn’t seem to have made it into the Wikipedia article. What kind of sourcing is this? If this was a biography of a woman scientist, it would be at deletions already, or at least would have acquired a hostile template or two.]