Monday, February 13, 2006

Wikipedia being edited by congressional staffers

Wikipedians recently noticed that Congressional staffers appeared to be editing Congress members' Wikipedia entries. Normally this wouldn't be a bad thing, except that at least some of the staffers weren't editing according to Wikipedia guidelines (e.g., including only documented facts). The Wikipedia has a request for comment on Congressional staffers' edits (linked to by slashdot), and this newspaper article has more. WikiNews also has an article detailing many of the edits, as well as how wiki investigators discovered who was editing what (via DisinterestedParty and BoingBoing).

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