Thu, 08 Dec 2016
An earlier article discussed how I discovered that a hoax item in a Wikipedia list had become the official name of a mountain, Ysolo Mons, on the planet Ceres.
I contacted the United States Geological Survey to point out the hoax, and on Wednesday I got the following news from their representative:
This week we cleaned up a few relevant Wikipedia articles, including one on Italian Wikipedia, and Ysolo has been put to rest.
I am a little bit sad to see it go. It was fun while it lasted. But I am really pleased about the outcome. Noticing the hoax, following it up, and correcting the name of this mountain is not a large or an important thing, but it's a thing that very few people could have done at all, one that required my particular combination of unusual talents. Those opportunities are seldom.
[ Note: The USGS rep wishes me to mention that the email I quoted above is not an official IAU communication. ]