Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The article too awful for Wikipedia

Yesterday I promised the article on Matt Ottinger that Wikipedia deleted. Well, Wikipedia didn't delete it - five guys voted for it to go, four voted for it to stay, and the closing admin (more about them later) thought 5-4 was a "consensus" for deletion. The admin said the story didn't have independent sources, though several were provided.

As Mr. Serling used to say, submitted for your approval:

Matt Ottinger is the host of the Michigan-based high school quizbowl show QuizBusters and its middle school equivalent, QB Jr. on WKAR-TV,1 for which he received a Michigan Emmy nomination.2 He is also known for maintaining three websites related to game shows:

The Game Show Home Game Home Page, which contains information about nearly all the game show home games ever produced in the U.S., including board games, computer and video games, and Internet sites with games.

The Game Show Compendium, which provides links to many game show fan sites around the world.

The Bill Cullen Home Page, with extensive information about the legendary game show host, along with many photographs from all stages of Cullen's long career.

Ottinger is also a co-founder of The Game Show Forum, which started in 2003 and is one of the principal Internet forums for game show discussions. The forum was established due to the large amount of trolling activity at alt.tv.game-shows. He appeared as a contestant on Jeopardy! on June 21, 2004, and faced Ken Jennings in the fourteenth game of his record run. Ottinger took an early lead on Jennings, and led by $2,400 after the first round of play. But Jennings took control in the Double Jeopardy! round and defeated Ottinger on his way to his record 74-game winning streak and a then-record $2.5 million in total winnings. During the show, Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek made an appreciative mention of Ottinger's Bill Cullen website.3 Ottinger is also involved in programming for the local Okemos Channel.4

1Matt Ottinger: Producer/Host, WKAR 2007, retrieved on 2007-09-03. Meet Matt Ottinger, host of "QuizBusters", WKAR 2007, retrieved on 2007-09-03.
2Notables, MSU News 2000, retrieved on 2007-09-03.
3Quiz show host goes on other side of podium Triviahalloffame.com February 2005, retrieved on 2007-09-03.
4The Local Access Zone, Erik Adams, The Big Green: Bringing MSU to Size April 2006, retrieved on 2007-09-03.

External link
Matt Ottinger's personal website, with photo

Category: American game show hosts
Category: Internet personalities
Category: Jeopardy! contestants

Just awful, isn't it, and a disgrace to any online encyclopedia? At least I have the consolation of knowing that none of the delete voters - and certainly not the closing admin - will ever host a television show for nearly twenty years, be nominated for a statewide Emmy, operate an important web forum and several terrific websites, and give Ken Jennings a real run for his money on Jeopardy!

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