January 31, 2006
Wikipedia blocks congressional access
It appears that a significant number of congressional staffers have been indulging in a little creative editing on Wikipedia:
I am opening this RFC in order to centralise discussion concerning actions to be taken against US Congressional staffers who repeatedly engage in revert wars, blank content, engage in libelous behaviour or violate WP:NPOV, WP:CIV. The editors from these IP ranges are rude and abrasive, immature, and show no understanding of Wikipedia policy. The editors also frequently try to whitewash the actions of certain politicians. They treat Wikipedia articles about politicians as though they own the articles, replacing community articles with their own sanctioned biographies and engaging in revert wars when other users dispute this sudden change. They also violate Wikipedia:Verifiability, by deleting verified reports, while adding flattering things about members of Congress that are unverified.
Right now Wikipedia has blocked their IP addresses for a week, although comments on the page suggest support for a longer time out.
I’d ban every one of this pathetic bunch permanently.
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This whole story is so childish and gay.
I don't care what side of the aisle these losers were on; editing Wikipedia to score some cheap, cute political point off of someone you don't like is full on bullcrap. Frankly, I'd just ban them outright, and leave it at that--you'd think these a-holes have better use of their time other than looking for shits and giggles on Wikipedia. They think it's soo cute that they put "Senator ____ is a queer", and they all bring their colleagues around the PC, and they laugh, and...I'd fire their asses right there.
Posted by: vcthree at January 31, 2006 2:32 PM