Interesting Wikipedia situation developing


Wikipedia appears to have banned all contributions and edits coming from the US Congress!


"I am opening this RFC in order to centralise discussion concerning actions to be taken against US Congressional staffers who repeatedly revert wars, blank content, engage in libelous behaviour, violate WP:NPOV, WP:CIV. The editors from this IP are rude and abrasive, immature, and show no understanding of Wikipedia policy. The editors also frequently try to whitewash the actions of frequent politicians.



They treat Wikipedia articles about politicians as though they own it, replacing articles with their sanctioned biographies and engaging in revert wars when other users dispute this sudden change. They also violate Wikipedia:Verifiability, by deleting verified reports, while adding flattering things about members of Congress that are unverified." (from Wikipedia Request For Comment, via Digg)


I am not exactly clear on Wikipedia's dispute resolution process. It seems especially challenging given the decentralized approach they take. From reading the entry they do make a real effort to be organized and consistent in their approach, which is impressive.


If you are curious you should follow the link above and see what you make of it.


One curiosity, don't know what to make of it: This entry is being heavily and rapidly edited even as I type. Following the change history it looks like the original author of the entry is someone who goes by the Wikipedia name of Natalinasmpf. If you look up his or her bio, it starts as follows:


"Greetings. I'm a politically active fifteen year old radical who lives in Dover, Singapore, and I have a communist slant...even though my government condemns it regularly (like every other country in the world). Generally, by communism, I mean ..." (from Wikipedia User Entry for Natalinasmpf)


So that's who is keeping the US Congress away from Wikipedia. The world is flat after all.



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Posted on January 30, 2006 and filed under Life, Technology.