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  • How PR Subverts Wikipedia
    By on October 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments


    Daniel_Stuckey writes “We all know that Wikipedia can be subverted—it’s an inevitability of an open platform that some people will seek to abuse it, whether to gain some advantage or just for a laugh. Fortunately, the Wikipedia community has strong mechanisms in place to deal with this, from the famous cry of [citation needed] to the rigorous checks and standards put in place by its hierarchy of editors and admins. In recent months though, (more…)



  • Voter suppression – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    By on May 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from exercising their right to vote. The tactics of voter suppression can range from minor dirty tricks that make voting inconvenient, up to blatantly illegal activities that physically intimidate prospective voters to prevent them from casting ballots. Voter suppression could be particularly effective if a significant amount of voters are (more…)

  • A Typical Wikipedia Research Project [CHART]
    By on October 31, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Wikipedia freefall is the gradual degradation of efficiency that occurs when you try to research a topic on Wikipedia.

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  • Wikipedia Is Not Amused By Entry For xkcd-Coined Word
    By on May 13, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    ObsessiveMathsFreak writes “Today’s xkcd comic introduced an unusual word — malamanteau — by giving its supposed definition on Wikipedia. The only trouble is that the word (as well as its supposed wiki page) did not in fact exist. Naturally, much ado ensued at the supposed wiki page, which was swiftly created in response to the comic. BBC America has more on how the comic and the confusion it caused have put the Net in a tizzy. It turns (more…)

  • Nate Kaeding’s Attempted Suicide According To Wikipedia
    By on January 19, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    I’m not saying I condone Wikipedia shenanigans like this one, but after Kaeding’s hall of fame choke job yesterday this sort of thing is to be expected. And at least whoever did it is pretty clever.

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