Wikipedia Bans Those Who Know

Gawker is becoming a great source of news. They just posted a story regarding Wikipedia’s banning of the British Department of Health. Apparently they made, “too many edits.” Gawker also list a few other notable authorities that have been banned, such as The German Parliament, and The United States House of Representatives.

It’s amazing that in a time when we are desperately trying to move towards transparent governance, and accuracy of information that they would ban people who are experts, and institutions that represent authorities on specific subjects from editing their encyclopedia. Wikipedia does this and then wonders why information professionals are skeptical about the quality of information included in their database…

Me thinks they’re missing more than a few pieces from their convoluted puzzle.


~ by Woeful on February 28, 2008.

15 Responses to “Wikipedia Bans Those Who Know”

  1. Honestly, I don’t know too many people that take wikipedia seriously. The ones that do, well they have flippers for arms or something.

    Anyway, now my curiosity has me going. I’m actually gonna peek at gawker. I’m a dam fool.

  2. *damn*

  3. Go ahead, you know you want to. 😉

  4. Haha I did. It’s officially on my favorites. And you linked directly to the bestiality part of the site too. Sex, porn, and all that stuff is a bonus. But NOT in this case. Overall, that is a great site. For me anyways. Thanks 🙂

  5. Yeah, there’s nothing like kissing a goat.

  6. Hey I just got back from the library. The fucking cookbooks are gross. Especially the seafood ones. Bleah. I also was fined today a whole nickel. Ahh well.

  7. Conspiracy theorists might say that government agencies would edit out the stuff they don’t want us to know and just use Wikipedia to further propagate their lies. Thus, they would applaud Wikipedia’s refusal to become yet another one of the government pawns.

    But that’s just what a conspiracy theorist might say….. 😛

  8. From the sound of the article it seems that it was a quantity issue… Not a quality one.

  9. I think we need to stop for a moment and try to visualise the sort of person who makes decisions like this on the Wikipedia trading floor.

    Me, i’m thinking nerdboy, a bit of a personal hygiene problem, knows too much Monty Python, can conduct an entire conversation in acronyms…

    Wikipedia should be hiring librarians to run their show, not technoids.

  10. … Or at least a few people with common sense.

  11. i love kafka! i’ve read the metamorphosis and the hunger artist. i’d read kafka over poe any day.

  12. You realize, of course, that the US House of Representatives was banned because certain congressmen were assigning interns to repeatedly make edits that were favorable to them & their pet projects, unfavorable to political opponents, and which bore no relation whatsoever to reality.

  13. Thanks for commenting Mahadevi. Kafka’s good stuff… Keep reading!

    Why does that not surprise me Jules? In that case, however, how does banning them stop this? They can just hire people to edit and get around any IP restrictions if they really want to push their agendas.

  14. Wow. For some reason this doesn’t surprise me. Ha.

  15. Hi Ashley! 😉

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