Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Editors with an agenda to re-write history at Wikipedia ? Who are they and what is going on? - Crop Circles and recent personal experiences.

By Colin Andrews
January 5, 2010.

The CIA have been busy: "Black September in Jordan" contains wholesale additions, with specific details that read like a popular history book or an eyewitness' memoir. Many more are simple copy edits, or additions to local town entries or school histories. One CIA entry deals with the details of lyrics sung in a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode.

"Politics : Online Rights.
See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign. As has been previously reported, politician's offices are heavy users of the system. Former Montana Sen. Conrad Burns' office, for example, apparently changed one critical paragraph headed "A controversial voice" to "A voice for farmers,"
John Borland

"I invented the term 'Crop Circle' during the 1980s and hence was responsible for the term eventually entering the Oxford Dictionary in 1990. This used to be referenced on the 'crop circle' page at Wikipedia until one day last year (2009) it suddenly disappeared along with other important historical facts" I attempted to correct these and was told if I continued I would be banned.
Colin Andrews - Crop Circles

"On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digital fingerprints offering hints about the contributor, such as the location of the computer used to make the edits.

In this case, the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself".
John Borland

"A BBC (UK) report on the same study, quotes Wikimedia UK as saying that it is seeking more expert contributors: “We're trying to engage a bit more at the moment with people who are very knowledgeable, people who are experts, so working with museums was the obvious next step,” said Michael Peel of Wikimedia UK.

Yet we know of many instances of expert knowledge being ignored and editors being barred for attempting to improve articles on which they are knowledgeable, especially if the topic of discussion is something "alternative" and believe me, it doesn't have to sway much from textbook descriptions to be labelled alternative! "
Dave Smith.

"For years I've engaged in a running battle with the nitwits who "edit" Wikipedia. They consistently trash any alternative subjects that challenge mainstream viewpoints. The hash they've made of my bio and of the Starchild's entry are both ludicrously wrong, and they refuse to change anything to the actual truth. Now we know why".
Lloyd Pye – Starchild

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