Wales said he never dreamed when he started the popular encyclopedic website that so much of its content would wind up in the papers and articles completed by both students and would-be journalists alike.
“I, and so very many hard-working editors who help at Wikipedia got through their schooling doing the actual research and work that was necessary to properly complete the given assignment,” Wales said. “We would actually crack open the books, read the contents, and continue cracking and reading until the material we needed was obtained and put into the pages of our various reports. There was no search engine to type into, no web page from which to cut and paste. And to think that this wonderful site that I and my colleagues have given the entire world would be the crutch that so many lazy individuals use to get by in their various classes and jobs, it sickens me to no end. Thus I am suing.”
Wales said he has filed suit for the good of Wikipedia, and also in the hopes that the “leeches who can’t do their own real work will finally stop leeching off of the blood of true researchers. How would they have survived prior to the digital age? Not very well indeed, I suspect.”
The various suits filed do not name specific damages in each one, though a source close to Wales, whom we found online while doing this article, said that if Wales prevails in merely half of the 27 suits, he can kiss goodbye having to pander for money to operate Wikipedia for the rest of his life.