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02/13/2006 12:38 PM ID: 52842 Permalink   

Wikipedia Political Bias Being Checked by Volunteers

 

Wikipedia volunteers are currently going through and editing the biographies featured on the site as it has been found that some politicians have been benefiting from flattering edits – and that the edits were made from US Congress computers.

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, said: “They’re now looking into edits from government offices, just as a curiosity, but there’s no results yet.” Canadian politician and UK politician bios will also be investigated.

 
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  Problem? Not really.  
 
I can't see a problem with edits being added, flattering or otherwise.

If It said on a page "he went to college" and that’s it, they that politician might ask his PA to add all the things he did in college for example.

I see no problem here, unless they added falsifications…
 
  by: koultunami     02/13/2006 01:21 PM     
  According  
 
to the source, things that could be seen in a bad light -- like broken political promises -- were deleted to make the politician look better.
 
  by: NuttyPrat     02/13/2006 01:33 PM     
  Then I see a problem!  
 
<stern stance>
 
  by: koultunami     02/13/2006 01:44 PM     
  ok  
 
if some 1 see's something wrong, then change it, remember anyone can edit, if its off, correct it, over and over. so what every one is jumpy and quick to correct so i dont see some congressional edit lasting long
 
  by: DREKK   02/13/2006 04:35 PM     
  @Drekk  
 
I do see how it could be a problem.
Only volunteers will be correcting the data... no pay, no recognition for it.
On the other hand, PAs are handsomely paid (probably with tax dollars) to make this polititians look good.
I don't see this as a huge deal but the "cleaner" wikipedia stays the better for all of us
 
  by: exanime   02/13/2006 06:49 PM     
  Broken promises should be removed from wiki  
 
Either that or add the full list for every polititions broken promises. But then if you did that i suppose the database would need to be 8x the size it is now.
 
  by: ssxxxssssss   02/13/2006 11:09 PM     
  Free Information  
 
You really can't make any regulated information, it's all free and fairly uncencored. This is their best attempt at combatting both PA boosting appeal, and Closet dweller from distroying people
 
  by: nexmari     02/14/2006 12:44 AM     
  @koultanami  
 
*Throws pie at Koultanami*
 
  by: theironboard     02/14/2006 12:13 PM     
  Its not the truth...  
 
...unless its the whole truth. You could edit hitler's wiki to say he was a great german leader who wiped out unempoyment & turned germany from a poor bankrupt country into a global superpower in 5 years. would that be an acurate descrpition?
 
  by: lachs     02/15/2006 01:39 AM     
  Wikipedia blows, period  
 
If you want to dumb your self down, start reading that site.

Well, its free afterall. Not every free service actually has merit.

While they are at it, they should also clean that site of all the lies and crap.
Its meant to be a source of information correct? Not some tool for spreading lies, propoganda and political agendas of people living in the 19th century in particular.
 
  by: whipd+kreem     02/15/2006 06:58 AM     
  @TheIronboard  
 
<dodges pie and throws up the horns>
 
  by: koultunami     02/16/2006 03:00 PM     
 
 
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