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Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - giladt - 2012-02-24 11:15
Dear Forum Members
Since its inception, the Linn page on Wikipedia has been hijacked by someone with an axe to grind against the company, for reasons unknown.
I'd like to enlist your help in reclaiming the Linn page for the benefit of the whole community. As a result, Linn's Wikipedia entry can be factual and informative.
My summary of the problems of the existing page is listed in my first response to the thread.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive or definitive list, but to give a flavour for how poor our Wikipedia page is, and how narrow a view our squatter has of Linn.
Let's start a conversation on this thread, and Linn will provide any information to assist those of you wish to author content and edit and maintain the page.
Please feel free simply to start making edits to the Wikipedia entry that take the page in a positive direction.
Thanking you all for your support and participation.
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - giladt - 2012-02-24 12:50
My starting observations...
0. Linn did not start as an offshoot of Castle Precision Engineering. Ivor's father Jack, who owned Castle, helped him by designing a very-quiet running central bearing for the LP12 turntable, and by providing seed capital for Ivor to start Linn.
1. The reference to Acoustic Research is an attempt to discredit Ivor's original design for the LP12. The LP12 took none of its inspiration from this or any other turntable. Quite the opposite, in fact, as it was conceived from first principles through Ivor's own experimentation to be immune to acoustic feedback, which in turn led to the design.
2. The reference to Hamish Robertson and the Ariston RD11 is
a) Libellous - a ruling in the high court in 1978 rejected any claims Hamish Robertson had to the design of the LP12.
b) Wrong - the Ariston RD11 was an OEM version of the LP12.
c) Irrelevant - the Ariston RD11 did not succeed commercially, and had no bearing whatsoever on the success of the LP12 or Linn.
3. The reference to Linn Smart Computing is nothing more than a historical footnote, as irrelevant to Linn as any number of technological initiatives that were off the mainline of new product development over the years.
4. The CD12 was not pioneered by Alan Clark - he worked on the DAC, and many other engineers worked on the product. All design engineering at Linn is performed by teams, not individuals. The product's design was inspired by a trip to Japan by Ivor. When he showed a product prototype with a machined drawer, our Japanese distributor asked if would be possible to machine the entire product from solid. It's revolutionary design was the work of Ivor in concert with the engineering team.
5. The Philosophy section confuses Linn with Ivor. Here and elsewhere there are opinions about Ivor that do not belong on Wikipedia, as they are not factual. The reference to redundancies in 2007 is only partially accurate, and nothing to with company philosophy.
6. Ditto the Management section. Yes, I was appointed MD in 2009, and Ivor remains Chairman, but the rest is factually inaccurate and irrelevant.
7. System hierarchy and Tune Dem: This section is kind-of OK but could be vastly improved by someone who actually understands the topic, and can write well. As it drifts into the LP12 SE, which was never a product, it loses focus and contains many irrelevancies.
8. PRAT - this is nothing to do with Linn. Our listening techniques are actually the opposite of what is stated. They are objective listening techniques that anyone can practice, not subjective.
9. Partnerships - There was never a partnership with Naim. Also, Aston Martin is only one example of the company's meaningful partnerships over the years and is notable as our only branded audio partnership in automotive. Linn's Chakra amplification platform is not defunct.
10. Controversies - again contains libellous reference to the LP12's origin. Also, highly spurious and almost random examples from the past.
11. Market positioning - let's just say the author is not demonstrating expertise in this area. Also, the Majik range was introduced before the restructuring in 2007 / 2008. The name Majik was re-used from the Majik-I integrated amp from some years earlier, but used as a range name for the first time.
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - Warren - 2012-02-25 03:04
I've made some improvements.
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - grimreaper46 - 2012-02-25 05:59
I have made changes to the "origin" section. I have tried to keep this simple and factual.
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - grimreaper46 - 2012-02-25 09:45
But the Edit has been removed. So I don't think we will be allowed to Edit. This is the first time I have tried this so maybe I have done something incorrect. It did change it but it reverted back. I notice that a number of Edits have been reverted. Maybe the conspiracy runs deeper than even Gilad realises.
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - Warren - 2012-02-25 10:24
Perhaps Linn should report this page to wikipedia.
Some contentious pages are semi-protected, eg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler
There are links on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Contact_us/Article_problem to deal with inappropriate company content.
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - grahamd - 2012-02-25 10:31
(2012-02-25 09:45)grimreaper46 Wrote: But the Edit has been removed. So I don't think we will be allowed to Edit. This is the first time I have tried this so maybe I have done something incorrect. It did change it but it reverted back. I notice that a number of Edits have been reverted. Maybe the conspiracy runs deeper than even Gilad realises.
A bit of googling reveals that the wiki-squatter is probably Micheal 'Bink' Knowles. He seems to be a freelance audio technician:
Anyone know anything else about him?
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - mickc - 2012-02-25 11:35
According to his cv he has studied "ear training"! Maybe that's why he thinks he knows it all...
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - Briain - 2012-02-25 11:40
(2012-02-25 11:35)mickc Wrote: According to his cv he has studied "ear training"! Maybe that's why he thinks he knows it all...
That's possibly a typo; maybe he's had "rear training" so he can authoritively talk a load of crap (it's a very good course, look at the rubbish I can talk)!
PS I wonder if Vic's Linn History page is still on the www? That's the one that had all the serial numbers at which changes were made to Linn stuff (way back to the olden days); that was actually a very useful page!
RE: Linn on Wikipedia - We need your help - grimreaper46 - 2012-02-25 13:24
I think it is ear training. I have voluntered to do the Syringing for him.