[WikiEN-l] We need to recognize that advocating is a basic right

Guy Chapman aka JzG guy.chapman at spamcop.net
Fri May 5 12:53:17 UTC 2006

On Fri, 5 May 2006 05:17:33 -0700, you wrote:

>I've heard about the Request for comment from the United States Congress.
>It's true, Wikipedia is used as a PR/spin machine.

Indeed.  And guess what?  They've been rumbled.  Good, isn't it?

It is quite easy for POV pushers to get their way on Wikipedia by
relentless reversion and editing, but much harder for a political
campaign to get away with it, I think, because there is much less
inclination to just wander away and leave the idiots to it.  There are
notable exceptions, naturally.  Part of the perceived problem lies in
the idea that something which is briefly crap is therefore crap; a bad
article up for a week before it gets spotted and fixed is not, in the
end, a big deal, unless it is seriously defamatory (which is likely to
get picked up by RC patrollers).

>I've also noticed Commons is being used to upload PR pictures too, for spin purposes.

And?  What's the problem with having good quality photographs of
subjects released to Commons?

Guy (JzG)

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