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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post

    Four or five years ago some lady edited the Hells Angels MC page claiming that the H.A.'s were founded in the late 1930's. Her source she said was her father. It stayed up for almost a month. Most people who lived in California during the 40's-60's are well aware the H.A.'s were founded by WW ll veterans right after the Second World War.
    Didn't the name and emblem come from an Air Corps fighter squadron or bomber wing or something?
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Wikipedia admits spin doctors and users with false online identities have been changing pages

    I wonder if I ruffled some wkifeathers by not accepting Wkipedia being a reliable source and posting the and Wikipedia disclaimer ?




    >" Wikipedia, the largest reference work on the Internet, has made an unprecedented admission that its site is being manipulated by paid spin doctors and "sock puppets" using false online identities to change entries.

    A long statement from the Wikimedia Foundation, the charitable organisation that oversees the sixth largest site on the web, revealed that some 250 sock puppets have been "blocked or banned" after being found to have carried out "non-neutral editing" of Wikipedia pages.

    Wikipedia, which has grown to more than 30m articles (with more than 4m in the English language edition) since it was founded in 2001, uses a team of some 250,000 volunteer editors to protect the authenticity of its content.

    But in the statement, Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, acknowledged that it had been the victim of concerted activity in falsifying pages for commercial and other motives..."<
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    Let's see, 250 of 250,000, is .1% or .001. That means that 99.9% of their editors are not a problem of any sort. I can't think of too many organizations can claim that level of neutrality.
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Maybe it's because I'm an academic by nature, but this neither shocks me nor concerns me. Using wiki as a source is opening yourself to ridicule by anyone with meritorious knowledge of a subject.
    I agree, sort of, but I do think it is a good starting place for general info, and as sources for potential details, opnions, etc.
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    I contribute to Wikipedia just like I do this forum. I pay my way. I contribute to what I use.

    You?

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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by Gipper View Post
    Maybe it's because I'm an academic by nature, but this neither shocks me nor concerns me. Using wiki as a source is opening yourself to ridicule by anyone with meritorious knowledge of a subject.
    If you are researching something outside of an academic situation and your first stop is not wiki, you screwed up. It should not be the last stop, but it is the best starting place for just about every single topic.
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Do you think I should close my 11 year old Wikipedia account ?
    The implication in the OP was that you somehow had something to do with Wikipedia's announcement, which is laughable.

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    Greetings, APACHERAT.

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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by Un biased View Post
    I still would not use Wikipedia if you cant find your information on another site than chances are it is not correct . Unless your site has a edu ending most likely you need another site with verification of your statement to be believed and thought of as truthful . Safety in numbers .
    If you're unwilling to use Wiki, then you're wasting research time. I use Wiki daily; it's a quick shortcut when I need a baseline summary or need to learn the names that matter, and the hyperlinked references which are scholarly are what they are. (I also use Google Scholar daily, but not nearly as much as I use Google: Speed. Grab the concept and the names and links, and for ordinary people's ordinary purposes, you're done.

    For example, I'm not terribly interested in management topics. If you're a 20 or 30-something and didn't live through the TQM craze but somebody's mentioned it here at DP, you Google. Study the page for a sec. Wiki will probably be the first hit, so you click. Total Quality Management...Japan...Deming...Crosby...done.

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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    The implication in the OP was that you somehow had something to do with Wikipedia's announcement, which is laughable.
    I've been active on the Wiki talk pages for over ten years now when I found incorrect information being published on certain topics/articles.

    I may be the only one on the net who started putting up Wikipedia's disclaimer when I use Wikipedia on a forum.

    I don't think Wikipedia appreciates that. They would rather hide the link to their disclaimer at the bottom.

    Normally I wouldn't have done that but I see so many who use Wikipedia as a source to back up an argument and they actually believe if it's on Wikipedia, it must be accurate.

    Wikipedia has cajones to come out yesterday and publicaly announce they have problems.

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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    There could be a lesson here...

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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    Didn't the name and emblem come from an Air Corps fighter squadron or bomber wing or something?
    Supposedly it does. U.S. Army Air Forces 303rd Bombardment Group.

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