Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 30th May 2009 19:17 UTC
Legal Even though we make fun of Wikipedia, and even though any serious scientific piece shouldn't cite Wikipedia, fact remains that the community-created and maintained encyclopaedia has turned into an impressive database of knowledge. Even though I don't think you should trust it blindly, it's usually an excellent starting point for information, especially when used in a casual setting. Still, its open nature is also a threat to Wikipedia, this week exemplified by the Wikipedia Arbitration Committee banning Scientology from editing Wikipedia pages.
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Wiki Losing Their Touch?
by HappyGod on Sun 31st May 2009 01:53 UTC
HappyGod
Member since:
2005-10-19

It's strange that the Wikipedia are taking such drastic measures with this.

This to me is reminiscent of the elephant page vandalism fiasco. For those that don't know, there was (is) a movement going to prove the ineffectiveness of Wikipedia by continuously vandalising the elephant page (I notice the page is still locked), by writing that the numbers of elephants had grown by ridiculous numbers in the last few years.

If you look at the average time one of these vandalism attempts lasts on the history page, it's very low, mostly only a couple of minutes.

Looks to me like the Wiki guys are either losing their patience or they have something particular against Scientology, which would be understandable.

I have noticed that Wikipedia does seem to have a pretty low tolerance for anything that doesn't push the standard lines of the major religions though.

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RE: Wiki Losing Their Touch?
by jptros on Sun 31st May 2009 06:17 in reply to "Wiki Losing Their Touch?"
jptros Member since:
2005-08-26

While I don't disagree with you I think it has more to do with the Scientology people trying to control the information that's put there. They have a history of being control freaks as being pointed out by the first post.

http://www.binaryfreedom.info/node/318

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Church_of_Scientology_warns_Wikileaks_o...

The controversy and criticism section of this article is an interesting read:

http://en.citizendium.org/wiki/Church_of_Scientology

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, if you look at the dispute the problem was escalating beyond the control of the admins. The constant edit wars between Scientology and anti Scientology to a variety of pages, not even those directly related to Scientology was overwhelming admins and causing them to lose their neutrality in a few cases. They wouldn't stop and the problems were getting worse. If the anti-Scientology groups came from a single IP block there is a good chance they would have been cut off as well.


I believe the next step is that Scientology will simply distribute its edits to various privately owned homes. It won't solve the problem, but it was the easiest thing to do.

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