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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress 165

Posted by Soulskill
from the history-no-longer-written-by-the-victors dept.
alphatel writes: Wikipedia has blocked anonymous edits from a congressional IP address for 10 days because of "disruptive" behavior. These otherwise anonymous edits were brought to light recently by @Congressedits, a bot that automatically tweets Wikipedia changes that come from Congressional IP addresses. The biography of former U.S. defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld was edited to say that he was an "alien lizard who eats Mexican babies." Mediaite's Wikipedia page was modified to label the site as a "sexist transphobic" publication.
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

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  • Re:I take offense! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Calavar (1587721) on Friday July 25, 2014 @12:01PM (#47531913)
    Sure, these edits were mostly harmless, but @CongressEdits is still a great idea because it dissuades politicians from ordering their staff to make edits that could be misleading. I, for one, would love to see an @HeartlandInstituteEdits.
  • by jones_supa (887896) on Friday July 25, 2014 @12:40PM (#47532337)
    While Wikipedia is varying in quality, I'm actually glad that we have at least some kind of transparency to see who makes the various edits. I wonder what kind of manipulation or shilling has been going on with dead tree encyclopedias or history books?
  • Re:Sad (Score:5, Interesting)

    by dbc (135354) on Friday July 25, 2014 @12:55PM (#47532451)

    There used to be a time where you could politically disagree with some but still be great friends, or at the very least amicable colleagues. Nowadays, the other political side is just filled with inhuman enemies that need to be degraded and driven into oblivion.

    Indeed. I recall when Hubert Humphrey retuned to the Senate floor after months of cancer treatment. He was terminal, in the last weeks of his life, but he found the energy to return one last time. Barry Goldwater, a man he had run against during a presidential election, a man who was always on the opposite side of any debate, crossed the aisle and embraced Humphrey in a bear hug that lasted a least two minutes, Senate decorum be damned. On national television. These two men, decade after decade, made the case for their beliefs, debated vigorously, but never lost each other's respect. Where has that gone?

  • Re:Sad (Score:3, Interesting)

    by RabidReindeer (2625839) on Friday July 25, 2014 @02:03PM (#47533111)

    I'd push it a lot farther back than that. More like when it became fashionable to hate Liberals. Not merely as individuals a la GWB, but as an entire group.

    To the point that Liberals, who - as any Conservative will happily point out - are too spineless to defend themselves, dodged the problem by renaming themselves "Progressives".

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