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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RE: Wiki Losing Their Touch?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sun 31st May 2009 06:20 UTC in reply to "Wiki Losing Their Touch?"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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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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