[Foundation-l] Wiki Scanner & wikinew

Cary Bass cbass at wikimedia.org
Wed Aug 22 12:49:36 UTC 2007

Kat Walsh wrote:
> But I would not say that the edits made from computers in its address
> space are the actions of News Corp. (They spread enough terrible
> articles that they're willing to endorse and even advertise to the
> world.) The edits may be things News Corp would actually approve of (a
> lot of them look like they would be) -- but they may also be the
> actions of support staffers and interns on their break, some guy
> playing a joke on his co-worker, or people who just still don't know
> that yes, everyone can see your changes when you make them, who may
> well have been fired for their actions if anyone knew about them at
> the time. I seriously doubt News Corp finds it to be in their interest
> to replace an entire article, even one critical of them, with juvenile
> vandalism, for example, yet that sort of edit can be found among the
> others WikiScanner turns up. (Here's an example, from someone who
> clearly didn't enjoy "The Incredibles".
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?diff=prev&oldid=68303976 )
I've worked in a number of organizations where someone would bring their child to work and have them sit at an absent co-worker's PC.  Evidently this is a possible consequence of such an action.


- cary

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