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Author Topic: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404  (Read 3620 times)

nosh

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Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« on: April 04, 2009, 12:12:12 AM »
You have to be a geek (and easily amused?  ;D ) to find something like this hilarious - Nearly 4 million people Wiki'd "HTTP 404" in the last 30 days.  That's more hits than The Beatles or Watchmen.

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009, 01:38:08 AM »
Oh that is definitely hilarious, though I certainly fit your "easily amused" and "geek" criteria.

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2009, 07:10:45 AM »
I agree, funny stuff, but why oh why did nearly all those searches occur 27th to 30th March??? :huh:

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009, 10:04:27 AM »
I agree, funny stuff, but why oh why did nearly all those searches occur 27th to 30th March??? :huh:

Could you explain anything because I get your sarcasm but have no clue what you are talking about.

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2009, 10:41:09 AM »
Actually wasn't being sarcastic, I do think it's kind of funny that 404 was the most viewed item.

But I'm even more curious that it seemed to spike at the end of the month. I wonder what happened around the 27th and 28th that prompted so much interest. Did a popular site start 404ing?

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2009, 03:43:02 AM »
maybe some botnet or virus or spider that guesses wikipedia pages and it actually means 404 pages were returned?

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 05:18:38 AM »
Perhaps but HTTP 404 is a proper Wikipedia page explaining the error, and a Google for even just 404 turns up that page as 1st result so my instincts are that something on those days prompted alot of people to look up what 404 actually means when seen online.

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009, 08:20:36 AM »
Facebook/myspace probably went under.... those users would be stumped.

They'd go into shock withdrawl symptoms

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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009, 08:59:00 AM »
Facebook/myspace probably went under.... those users would be stumped.

They'd go into shock withdrawl symptoms

Lol, somehow I could see a huge group of people all logging onto facebook/myspace at the same time, and they all see 404. "What the heck does that mean?"

...now I'm curious to see what the wiki article says, I have never read it.
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Re: Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2009, 02:35:37 PM »
This may be a quick starting urban myth but I heard it was in Eastenders - look it up if you're not a Brit - someone called someone else 404, so perhaps all the carrot crunchers were looking it up?