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

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

    The speed with which Wikipedia catches malicious edits and fixes them demonstrates how reliable it is.
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    I always like checking wikipedia when an athlete or umpire/referee makes a bad call or bad play. The speed at which people will mess with their entries with some funny stuff is hilarious. But yeah, Pasch is right, it usually gets caught quick.

    With how many entries are on wikipedia, the fact that they've only tagged 250 is rather impressive.
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    While nothing is perfect I think Wikipedia deserves a top spot in history for some of the greatest leaps forward in the spread of human knowledge. Its open and easily editable format may make it vunerable at times to biased editting, but its generally quickly caught and that same format lets other people quickly correct errors.

    Think for a moment if you wanted to read an article about literally anything, the first place to go is wikipedia and if you don't like that material or want to see the sources for it every wikipedia articles lists them at the bottom.

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    This is a step in the right direction but not a final one. There are tons of things need fixing.
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    Wikipedia has references, which makes it better than 99% of what we can link to on the internet. Check them if you doubt an articles validity.

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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..."<
    Continue -> Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages - News - Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
    Anyone that uses Wikipedia very much knows there are people altering the entries. This is quite obvious, where prominent persons are mentioned or the topic is controversial. Often there is the glib feel of hidden persuaders sticking to the entry.

    Usually the information has proven good, however. But I would not rely on Wiki as a sole source under any circumstances.

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

    I'm for it as a basic source of information. Some of the articles are excellent, and chock full of knowledge from cited sources (all you have to do is click one of the little blue numbers to check out the source, if you think the source is bunk, report it). The only real problems you're going to have are on controversial issues, and they'll straight up tell you that there may be issues with that article so you know to take it with a grain of salt. The core community who gives a damn about academic integrity is quick to tag some bull**** and call out bias and personal assertions. It's a very self-regulating community, and a lot of people on there take it very seriously. It's reliable enough to use as a general outline.
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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 ?
    It is pretty safe to say Wikipedia does not give a **** what you say about them as they have no clue who you are, nor any reason to care.

    People who bitch about wiki as a source are people who do not know how to use wiki. If you think of it as a gathering of sources in a convenient location, then you will use it right.
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    re: Wikipedia: We have blocked 250 'sock puppets' for biased editing of our pages[W:45]

    I'm the first one to admit that Wikipedia is not 100.00% reliable and as such take it as a sole source with a grain of salt. But I'm also the first one to use it as I know that generally it is a dang good site for general information and a good starting spot to get more information on a particular subject. I've both used it on this site AND have spoken against it. And no, that doesn't make me a hypocrit. As with anything in this world there is always a good and bad to anything and everything.
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