Wikipedia Wars This is a interesting story. I have been hearing bad
press about the wikipedia editors recently. They are deleting, and manipulating many peoples work. Now they edited the big boss.
I understand there is a way to track who does the edits. It is a new program that logs IP numbers.
By David Sarno
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 30, 2007
ON Sept. 17, Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, the founding father of Wikipedia and the community's most celebrated member, created a one-sentence article that
read as follows:
"Mzoli's Meats is a butcher shop and restuarant [sic] located in Guguletu township near Cape Town, South Africa."
Twenty-two minutes later, the article was deleted from the site. Nineteen-year-old administrator Chad Horohoe, who uses the moniker "^demon,"
removed the entry, citing Wikipedia guideline CSD A7 (Criteria for Speedy Deletion: Articles: No. 7), which says that an article can be summarily
deleted -- with no discussion or notice to the author -- if it contains "no assertion of importance/significance."
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This is quite common. Wikipedia admins are notorious control freaks, who are almost answerable to no-one (bar Jimbo himself). Many work pretty much
without any oversight at all and a fair few allow their personal biases to colour how they edit and control articles (look for User:MUNGO for an
For an excellent oversight into how Wikipedia works (or rather, doesn't), I suggest reading
Wikitruth, or any of the
Encyclopedia Dramatica articles related to Wikipedia. The latter link is more humour
related, but does have some content worth noting, if you spend enough time looking around.
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